Pyramid Players ‘true talents shine through on stage’

Special to The Log
Pyramid Players present Beyond the Mist, an original musical adventure, Nov. 2 in Niceville.

The Pyramid Players are coming your way, witches and werewolves they will play. Goblins and ghouls they do exist. Where, you ask? Why, beyond the mist.

The Pyramid Players will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 to present the original musical adventure Beyond the Mist at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd. in Niceville.

This is the 10th annual show for the performance company that is fast becoming one of the Panhandle’s most well known acting troupes.

The doors open at 6 p.m. for a silent auction and an exhibit of the finest art, archival prints, gifts and handcrafted jewelry from Pyramid’s six fine-arts centers around the state. The artwork, including the spectacular showpiece “Don’t Cross Me” by Richard Sasnett, will be available for purchase. Early arrivals will receive a “seat saver” so that they can feel free to browse. Tickets are $10.

The Pyramid Players are all adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities whose true talents shine through on stage. They are truly professional, and enormously entertaining. They provide community theatre at its best.

Beyond the Mist will take the audience on a musical journey to a land that lies only within dreams, a land rife with ghoulish characters including the Goblin King, Medusa, Frankenstein, the Wolf Man and the Boogie Man, all portrayed with an almost human warmth. These familiar characters will be brought to life by The Players through dialogue, song and dance.

“People need to come see this show because there are so many great songs that will have the audience grooving and soaring along with The Players,” said Keri Woods, show director and Pyramid performance art coordinator. “This year our dancers have really stepped it up. The large cast choreography is more impressive than it has ever. We’re talking new talent, new STARS!”

The best of your favorite spooky characters and great music plus the ever-expanding talents of Fort Walton Beach’s Pyramid Players promise an unforgettable evening of fun for the entire family.

The cast includes veterans Reid Soria, Ann James and Dominique Lannaman (Neil, Maudette and Kate, respectively, from last year’s Taking NYC, Pyramid Fort Walton Beach’s more inclusive show to date) who will entertain and delight the most discerning theatre buff. They are surrounded by nearly three dozen veteran and emerging actors, dancers and singers, all who are honing their craft at Pyramid Fort Walton Beach, under the practiced eye of professional instructors.

The Players perform throughout the year at festivals, civic clubs, churches, conferences and other venues from Orlando to Milton.

The show will provide the audience with a glimpse into the abilities of a group of people whose ability to contribute to their communities too often goes unrecognized.

“The students of Pyramid face many challenges and hurdle different obstacles throughout their lives. Performing gives them the opportunity to work toward an outcome that is meaningful and showcases their talents,” said Pyramid Fort Walton Beach director J.R. Blood.

Cast members learn that hard work and dedication permit them to excel, not only on stage, but in their personal lives as well. The demands of performing allow The Players to stretch their talents and improve everyday skills. They develop clearer, more expressive singing and speaking voices, and improve coordination, balance and rhythm. They also learn responsibility to each other through commitment of months of demanding rehearsals.

“They put in a lot of hard work on dance routines and learning their lines, but they are also working as a team, cooperating with each other and learning to be patient as others work toward their own goals,” said Blood. “Their talent and professionalism is amazing.”

For more information about The Pyramid Players or Pyramid, Inc. or to purchase tickets to Beyond the Mist, call J.R. Blood at 850-862-7139 or email