Emerald Coast Theater Company (ECTC) takes the center stage spotlight for a moment to celebrate the launch of its fifth anniversary season on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast.
ECTC is a non-profit professional theater company founded by Nathanael Fisher and his wife, Anna, in 2012 with a mission to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater.
"This fifth-year season is such an exciting time for Emerald Coast Theater Company,” said Fisher, ECTC's producing artistic director. “It is thrilling to be presenting programming for the whole community — we truly have something for any age. We are grateful to our community for its unwavering support of our growing theater company and invite everyone to come join as we celebrate this humbling milestone throughout the season.”
After five years, ECTC has established itself as a professional theater company focused on staging thought-provoking productions, festivals and creative collaborations as well as a community resource for professional acting, improv workshops and even creative corporate team building.
ECTC has expanded its professional main stage productions to four. The 2017-18 season will include a musical comedy, a play, a docudrama and a romantic comedy.
All professional mainstage production schedules are Thursday (opening night) through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. (unless noted otherwise). And all ECTC productions will be staged at ECTC’s space located upstairs at 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard at Sandestin.
“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” with music by Jimmy Roberts, book and lyrics by Joe Dipietro, opens the season Sept. 14 and runs through Oct. 1.
A musical comedy with everything you ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws but were afraid to admit. This production runs 120 minutes and is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to some mature themes and language.
“A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L'Engle, adapted by John Glore, is set for Dec. 7-23. The running time is 75 minutes and includes an additional matinee on Saturday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m.
One of literature's most enduring young heroines, Meg Murry, is back — stubbornness, braces, and all. Once again, she's joining forces with Mrs. Whatsit, Charles Wallace, Calvin O'Keefe and more to battle the forces of evil so she can rescue her father, save humanity and find herself. In the end, we know two things for sure: Love can overcome evil and there is such a thing as a tesseract. Appropriate for ages 5 and up (no lap children please).
“The Amish Project” by Jessica Dickey is a 90-minute docudrama set for Jan. 18-28.
A fictional exploration of the Nickel Mines schoolhouse shooting in an Amish community, “The Amish Project” explores the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. Due to mature content, this production is appropriate for ages 13 and up.
A modern romantic comedy about a marriage and a dog, A.R. Gurney’s “Sylvia” centers on the world of a middle-aged New York couple turned topsy-turvy when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine running loose in Central Park. “Sylvia” will be staged Feb. 15 through March 4. It runs 120 minutes and is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to mature situations.
Ticket prices for the musical production “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” are $30 for adult, $26 for senior and $22 for students. Tickets for non-musical productions are $28 for adults, $24 for seniors and $20 for students.
Emerald Coast Theatre Company’s Professional Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) is a program that showcases professional actors performing productions especially selected for young audience members.
ECTC’s 2017-18 Theatre for Young Audiences offerings are:
“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” — Fridays and Saturdays Oct. 13-28 at 10 a.m.. All ages.
“A Mark Twain Storybook" — Fridays and Saturdays Jan. 26 through Oct. 3 at 10 a.m. Ages 6 and up.
“Aesop's Fables” — Fridays and Saturdays April 6-14 at 10 a.m. All ages.
ECTC’s Educational Theatre Productions are designed for kids from first grade to 10th grade. The 2017-18 season will be presented in the fall and spring (dates TBD) as follows:
“The Addams Family” — Teens (6th-10th grade)
“Disney Aristocats KIDS” — 1st-5th grade
“Once on This Island” — Teens (6th-10th grade)
“Magic Treehouse: Pirates Past Noon” — 1st-5th grade
Pricing for TYA productions and Educational Theatre offerings will be posted on ECTC’s website closer to the season opening.