Coming Up! Space Coast Symphony Orchestra brings Broadway hits


The Space Coast Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 16th season with Broadway Classics this weekend. The concert takes a journey through the best of Broadway musicals with show stopping tunes from “Mary Poppins,” “South Pacific,” “Evita,” “The King and I,” “Carousel,” “Grease,” “An American in Paris,” “Miss Saigon” and more. Conductor Aaron T. Collins says this is the kind of concert that kicks off a new season with audience pleasing favorites. Tickets purchased on the orchestra’s website cost $35. Tickets at the door are $40 with free admission to those 18 years and younger or with a college ID. The Broadway Classics concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, at the Emerson Center, 1590 27th Ave., Vero Beach. Call 855-252-7276 for more information or visit

Riverside Theatre has a couple of great offerings for children this weekend. presents “Shrek, the Musical, Jr.” this weekend. This is a 60-minute version of the crowd-pleasing musical. It is performed by students ages 11 to 18 years. The story centers on everyone’s favorite ogre, a donkey, and unexpected love. It is based on the Oscar-winning hit film. Tickets are $10. “Shrek the Musical, Jr.” performs 7 p.m. Friday, June 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and 2 p.m. Sunday, June 16. The theater also presents another in its popular “Playtime in the Park” dance events this Saturday. Children and their parents will be invited to dance along with the company’s award-winning Young Children’s Curriculum. That runs up to 30 minutes and begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 15. Admission to Playtime in the Park is free. Both presentations are held at Riverside Theatre, 3250 Riverside Park Dr., Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990 or visit

Riverside also keeps the adults in mind with its Comedy Zone presentations of standup comedy. This weekend, it features headliner Greg Hall and feature act Kojo Prince along with emcee P-mac. The standup performances begin at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, June 14, and Saturday, June 15. All seats are $25. Free concerts at “Live in the Loop” will be held in the evenings Thursday through Saturday: “Hot Sauce Moon” performs a wide variety of music from classic rock and folk rock to country and blues from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 13. You might want to get up offa your seat when “The Mighty Flea Circus” performs swing, rockabilly and Jump Blues from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, June 14. “GenX” performs hits from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Admission to the Live in the Loop concerts is free. You can reserve a cabana if you like. Bring lawn chairs if you like. Bar & Grill service starts at 5:30 p.m. so do not bring coolers, tumblers, water bottles or food. Riverside Theatre is at 3250 Riverside Park Drive, Vero Beach. Call 772-231-6990 or visit

One more important Riverside Theatre item: If you want your child to participate in “Guys and Dolls, Jr.” be sure to submit the Kids Audition Video by Friday, July 14. This program is designed for children ages 6 and older and runs from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays Aug. 13 to Oct. 10 and carries a $300 tuition fee. The expectation is that the full cast will travel to the Junior Theatre Festival in Atlanta. From Jan. 16-20 in 2025. Additional travel fees are $100. Riverside Theatre Education’s Tuition Assistance Program provides financial assistance to qualifying students. Call 772-231-6990 or visit

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