More News: Teen Ambassadors, New Theatre Lab Program, Charlie Cinnamon Exhibit, Kravis Volunteers & Insight Benefit

Friday Deadline for Teen Ambassadors Application

Teen Ambassadors, the Broward Center’s program providing high school students an inside look at professional performing arts productions, is gearing up for another year.

The deadline for submitting an application is 5 p.m. Friday. More information is available at

Each year, 24 students with an interest in the performing arts and an aptitude for writing, receive free tickets to attend performances and workshops presented at the Broward Center and other venues to enhance their knowledge of the arts. Students have the opportunity to see tours of Broadway shows, opera, ballet, jazz and concerts. Teen Ambassadors then share their insights and post reviews of the shows on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

They receive community service hours for their participation in the program, which runs from September through May each year.

A Touch of Cinnamon

His typewriters, a tuxedo, letters, videos, and scores upon scores of publicity photos personally inscribed to the recipient from a who’s who of people who only need first names: Tallulah, Chita, Tab, Charlton and, of course, Liz – all attempt to sum up the life and legacy of one of the region’s leading figure in the arts: press agent extraordinaire Charlie Cinnamon.

An exhibit of these articles and many more continues through Sept. 9 at the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU documenting the 94-year arc of a life that ended in 2016, but whose effect will be felt for decades to come.

The exhibit curated by Jacqueline Goldstein and produced by Richard Jay-Alexander, Manny Hernandez and Charlie’s family includes a nine-minute interview by Hernandez and an evocative portrait in words by his friend and former Miami Herald critic Christine Dolen.

For a while, Charlie lives again.

The museum is at 301 Washington, Avenue in Miami Beach. The exhibit is open Tuesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. except holidays. For more information visit

A small exhibit is adjacent displaying nine paintings Tennessee Williams created during the 1970s loaned by his friend from Key West David Wolkowsky.

Theatre Lab Aims For Families

Theatre Lab, the professional company based at Florida Atlantic University, is expanding beyond its mission of nurturing challenging new plays for adults.

The Heckscher Theatre for Families series will be fully produced productions meant to entertain anyone from age 8 years old to 80, to quote the news release.

First up is the American premiere of Ronia, the Robber’s Daughter by Allison Gregory – based on the novel by Astrid Lindgren, running from Sept. 8-30 with public performances at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays at FAU’s Boca Raton campus at 777 Glades Road.

The shows will also double as the center-piece of an educational outreach program with free performances for school children during the week.

Artistic Director Matt Stabile wrote, “I want to get as many people as possible here to see this show.  This one isn’t so much about the ticket sales as it is about creating high-quality, affordable theatre for families to attend.  I don’t think we get nearly enough of that in our community.  I also think getting families (and children) to engage in live-theatre early and often is imperative to the long-term success of our art form.”

Stabile will helm the piece with actors Niki Fridh, Leah Sessa, Angelina Lopez-Cateledge, Timothy Mark Davis, Zack Myers and Roderick Randle.  Known professionals are on the creative team: Michael McClain, set design; Dawn Shamburger, costumes, and Tom Shorrock, lights.  An original score will be performed live by Paul Cateledge and Angelina Lopez-Cateledge.

Tickets for the weekend performances are $15 for adults and free for students 18 and under. For more information, visit

Local Theater Artists Benefit Insight for the Blind

A raft of local theater artists will perform in an October 1 fundraiser for Insight for the Blind, a group that serves the visual impaired with among other projects Talking Books. The company is headed by veteran South Florida sound designer Matt Corey and the company employs several local performers.

The program, Hollywood Live!, will be held at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 West Atlantic Blvd. It will feature song standards from films stretching back to the 1940s. The production directed by Shari Upbin will feature Jeffrey Bruce, Lindsey Corey, Laura Hodos, Michael Focas, Amy Tanner, Mark Sanders and Sandi Stock with musical and band direction by Caryl Fantel, Roy Fantel and Rupert Ziawinksi.

Tickets at $100 or $150 for preferred seating and can be purchased at

Become A Kravis Volunteer And Maybe See Theater For Free

The Kravis Center in West Palm Beach is seeking volunteers for the coming season. New volunteer orientations will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, September 14 and 6 p.m. Thursday, October 25 at Persson Hall.

The facility seeks ushers, tour guides, and workers in hospitality, the gift shop, data entry, the education department and the administrative offices.

To become an usher, applicants must complete a training course about Kravis Center operations. The course includes information about emergency evacuations, seating, show procedures and customer service skills.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer can fill out the online application and bring it to the orientation program.  If unable to attend the orientation, submit the application to Beth Foster, Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL  33401. The application is available at

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