Bay Street holds over ‘A Little Night Music’

You don’t often get a chance to see A Little Night Music, Stephen Sondheim’s glorious testament — in waltz time — to the foolishness of love. So here’s good news: Bay Street Players are holding over their production, which I saw and enjoyed last month. Here’s the story.

(P.S. I’m told the additional performances are just 8 p.m. Thursday March 4 and 2:30 p.m. Saturday March 6.)

A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC – HELD OVER

Stephen Sondheim’s Award winning musical will continue through March 6

Bay Street Players will extend the scheduled four-week production run of Stephen Sondheim’s elegant romantic comedy A Little Night Music for one more weekend, now closing March 6.  This five-time Tony Award winning musical continues at the historic State Theatre in downtown Eustis.  A Little Night Music is generously sponsored in part by Gregory & Barbara Phillips, United Arts of Central Florida, and the City of Eustis.

Based on Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night, this witty and stylish musical is set in turn-of-the century Sweden where affairs of the heart are uppermost in everyone’s thoughts.  A Little Night Music, with book by Hugh Wheeler, is a celebration of the desperation and delights of romantic attraction as a trio of mismatched couples try to find their way to love.  Featuring an enchanting score set entirely in waltz-time, A Little Night Music includes Sondheim’s most popular work, the Grammy Award-winning song “Send in the Clowns.”

Artistic Director David Clevinger designed and directed the production.  His team includes:  John DeHaas, Musical Director; William Dumas, Lighting Designer; Kate Olsen & Bonnie Swanson, Costume Designers; Tara Whitman, Choreographer, and a crew of community volunteers.

The cast features talent from all over Central Florida:  Jennifer Bonner (Desiree), Michael Funaro (Frederick), Genna Kanago (Anne), Stephanie Adams (Countess Charlotte Malcolm), Ben Adams (Count Carl-Magnus), Ashley Willsey (Petra), Rob Guest, Jr. (Henrik), Charlotte Jardine (Madame Armfeldt), Rod Harris (Frid), and Rebecca Budzynski and Korie Bayne sharing the role of Fredrika.

Also featured in the cast are Asher Adams, Stephanie Bakich, Alfred Howard, Todd Lutz, JoAnn Marchand, Cathy Ratliff and Debra Sussman.

A Little Night Music will now continue through the matinée on Saturday March 6.  Thursday, Friday, and Saturday performances begin at 8:00 p.m. , Saturday and Sunday matinée performances begin at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $19.00 except on Thursday when they are $16.00. For reservations, call the Box Office at 352.357.7777 or visit www.baystreetplayers.org to purchase tickets online. Group discounts, gift certificates, student rates, and multi-pass tickets are available. Located at 109 N. Bay Street, Eustis, the Box Office hours are:  1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11:00a.m.-3:00 p.m. on Saturday performance days.

4 responses to “Bay Street holds over ‘A Little Night Music’

  1. John DiDonna

    Hey,…the Friday night show was called off. Only Thursday night and Saturday afternoon!

  2. margare nolan

    Darn!
    I won’t have a chance to see this production…but I’d LOVE to see Jen Bonner in the role of “Desiree” having just seen Catherine Zeta-Jones play it alongside Angela Lansbury last week. I’ll bet Jen is Fabulous!

  3. John DiDonna

    YES SHE IS! Yay Jen!

  4. Jennifer Bonner

    🙂 Aw shucks! Only two performances left…I shall miss Desiree…

    PS – I’m glad the school board hasn;t blocked this site so I can keep up on my news from Elizabeth 🙂