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Hernando Art Beat: What’s Happening in Theatre

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A thriving, dynamic, and endlessly creative art scene is truly the life’s blood and heartbeat of any community. And in the new Hernando Sun column Hernando Art Beat, we will spotlight and celebrate all art groups and artforms in Hernando County, including visual, theatrical, musical, and literary. It will feature visual art samples, interviews, event previews, literary excerpts, and links to music performances.

Hernando Art Beat is a designated space for the arts in Hernando County, and we welcome all creative artists and art groups to be a part of it. Send your submissions anytime to community reporters Megan Hussey and Linda White-Francis at [email protected].


Live Oak Theatre Presents Theatrical Art and Arts Education

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Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT) is a not-for-profit 501 (C) (3) repertory company of local artists, located at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, FL 34601.  The Live Oak Theatre Company “exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive artistic experiences in the Performing Arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying family-friendly entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for Theatre patrons and participants of all ages.”

Live Oak Theatre has announced the indoor and outdoor performance schedules for its groundbreaking new original production, “The Bard Unleashed.”

The first in its “Shakespeare on the Green” series, The Bard Unleashed will be performed outdoors (weather permitting) on October 9-11, indoors October 16-18, and then again outdoors (weather permitting) on October 23-25 at the Carol and Frank Morsani Center for the Arts. Seats are $25 for adults and $10 for children ages 13 and under when accompanied by an adult.

“Worlds collide in this non-traditional Shakespearean presentation,” read a related news release.  “Audiences will be taken on a literary journey through a variety of The Bard’s works featuring comedy, tragedy, betrayal, and star-crossed love. You will experience them all, with a few modern twists and turns along the way, making the unfamiliar, familiar.”

In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be conducted indoors. Anyone not comfortable moving indoors can switch their tickets to a different outdoor performance.

To purchase tickets, go to https://liveoaktheatre.square.site/  or email [email protected] or call 352-593-0027.  Call for details on COVID-19 precautions and seating arrangements.

Also in the arena of exciting live performances, Live Oak Theatre invites the public to another of their popular IMPROV Nights 7:30 pm Friday evening, October 30. The IMPROV Night will take place at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts. Doors open at 7 pm Seats are only $10 per person and must be purchased in advance.

“Join us for a night of unpredictability, laughter, and joy as our Live Oak Conservatory’s Improv Troupe takes the stage to create a show that no one has seen before, nor will anyone ever see again,” read a related news release. “All games, all skits, all of our actors’ choices will be inspired by you, the public.”

At the Live Oak Conservatory, the educational arm of Live Oak Theatre where about 150 children and adults study ballet, jazz, tap, art, chorale, improv, and other skills, limited openings are now available in select dance classes.

The Conservatory limits class sizes to adhere to social distancing guidelines.  For more information about fees and how to register email [email protected] or call 352-593-0270.

These classes are taught by veteran Florida arts educator Jane Russell Geddings:

 Pre-K Level 1 & 2 Dance & Acro – Ages 2-6, learning readiness program to develop motor skills, body awareness, and basic tumbling skills. Fundamentals of Tap and Ballet. In addition, as students’ progress, Miss Jane will introduce increased flexibility, strength, speed, balance, coordination, and endurance. Introduces movement combinations requiring more coordination and concentration.  Tuesdays 10:15 am – 11:00 am

 Jazz (Beginner/Intermediate) – A training program that promotes body alignment, balance, core strength, and “feeling from the inside”. Also used for rehabilitation. It is the world’s first standard technique for teaching jazz and musical theater dance… Thursdays 10:30-11:30 am Jane Geddings

 Ballet – (Beginner-Intermediate), American Ballet technique. A style of classical ballet, this class seeks to develop essential skills in dancers as well as strength and elasticity. Thursdays 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Tap(Beginner/Intermediate), Techniques in Tap with emphasis on form and aspects of performance. Learning Tap gives ear training and learning complicated rhythm patterns. Thursdays 1:00 pm -2:00 pm 



Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey
Megan Hussey is a features journalist and author who is the winner of Florida Press Association honors and a certificate of appreciation from LINCS (Family Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force) and Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center for her newspaper coverage of these issues. She graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., with a journalism major and English/sociology minor, and previously wrote for publications that include the Pasco editions of The Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times. A native of Indiana, she lives in Florida.
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