Cultural Park Theater wraps up summer with concert, one-act plays

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By Michael Moran
As the summer winds up, Cultural Park is going out with its own brand of fireworks as we welcome Atilio Marinelli and Anne Tormela to the stage with their amazing voices as he pays tribute to Elvis Sinatra, Tom Jones, Mario Lanza, Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Their unique voices will send the audiences out with their hearts full of song, memories and yes romance as Mr. Romantico himself takes our stage.
Finally, we bring the outrageous comedy of playwright Joe Simonelli to the stage with Seven By Simonelli. This fast paced series of seven one-act plays will leave everyone with a smile and plenty of laughs as our summer season comes to an end.
But don’t go away, season ticket sales opened on July 15 for the 57th Culliton Gunterberg Broadway Season which starts Sept. 13 through Sept. 22. First will be the family classic musical, The Little Mermaid, followed by the Florida premiere of Joe Simonelli’s The Ghost in the Meadow (Sept. 27 through Oct. 6). Fans of old-fashioned ghost stories will enjoy this creepy thriller. When two sisters relocate from Manhattan to an old farm house in upstate New York, they soon realize that they may not be alone in the house. An old boyfriend drops in to visit and when the strange occurrences continue he calls on the services of a psychic colleague to try to quell the restless spirits. An old fashioned thriller written just for the stage … Simonelli has written an atmospheric piece that delivers plenty of chills with a liberal dose of tension breaking comic relief. A real Halloween treat!
Following will be the opening of another classic play, On Golden Pond, followed by Same Time Next Year, The Owl and the Pussycat and Nana’s Naughty Knickers. Attached to these is our family favorite, “A Spectacular Christmas Revue,” followed by a new musical revue of “A Passage to Ireland,” which will take you through a journey of Irish culture with music old and new celebrating the best of the Emerald Isle.
The season highlights two major musicals: Dan Grogan’s Nunsense (Jan. 10 through Jan. 19) and the Broadway hit musical Urinetown (Feb. 28 through March 8.)
Season tickets and packages can be purchased through the box office at the theater located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, or call 239-772-5862
Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.

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