By Michael Moran
The Cultural Park Theater announces its 59th Broadway and concert season, as our theater is beyond excited to announce our Grand Reopening Month, beginning Sept. 9, with our original musical revue “And the Nominees Are… !
Since 1963, we have provided inclusive, diverse,and culturally rich programming including comedies, dramas, musicals, original works by new writers along with a full concert season featuring performances of everything from Broadway to country music for every taste. We have also run youth education programs, teaching the technical, adult and children’s acting classes, dance and music. That is, until the pandemic shut us down last year.
Cultural Park Theatre owes its survival through the dark cloud of COVID to our community-minded members, patrons and sponsors like the Culliton Gunterberg Foundation. We owe each of them our thanks. These are the folks who truly kept our theatre alive in Cape Coral.
Words cannot describe the joy we feel being able to fully reopen our doors to the public after a year and a half. We almost thought we would never see the day, but now it’s just around the corner. Our venue volunteers, actors, technical staff and stage crews, will reunite for the first time. We can’t wait to see artists on stage and smiling fans in the audience. However, we are very much aware that our dedication to the health and safety of our staff, patrons, artists and community. To make sure we are doing our part to stop the spread of COVID-19 with the heightened transmission of the delta variant, we will be requiring temperature checks at the door and ask that all non vaccinated patrons wear a mask throughout their visit to our theater. We also continue to follow all CDC guidelines and maintain the enhanced cleaning procedures throughout our building and performance areas.
Cultural Park has also incorporated many of the lessons learned during the pandemic to now actually grow our venue by adding performances that are focused on re-energizing our actors and the community with additional programming outside of what has been produced in past years.
These programs include a special Haunted Theater Walk in October alongside of our family friendly Halloween Revue opening Oct. 21. Also opening Nov 11 is an awarding-winning performance of A Piece of My Heart which tells the true story of five women and their service in Vietnam as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of that war and all the men and women who severed our country then and now.
These productions along with the musicals Nunsense Two and the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, will be surrounded by hilarious comedies such as Mamma Won’t Fly, Play On, The Savannah Sipping Society, the family classic It’s A Wonderful Life – Live Radio Play and the original comedy You’re Never Too Old by Carl Megill.
These shows surrounding our concert series and more will result in 26 full length productions insuring our title of the “Busiest Little Community Theater in the United States,” and we promise to keep you smiling and singing and even a little dancing along with an occasional tear, as Cultural Park Theatre and our community move forward from the strains and stress of this past year.
The Cultural Park Theater is located at 528 Cultural Park Blvd. in Cape Coral. Call the box office at 239-772-5862 or visit www.culturalparktheater.com.
Michael Moran is executive director of the Cultural Park Theatre Company.
By Michael Moran