Theatre Company finds home in Grand Boulevard

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Past and present board members of the Emerald Coast Theatre Company are shown in the new space at 560 Grand Boulevard.

As it launches its fourth season this fall, Emerald Coast Theatre Company (ECTC) will move into the upper level of 560 Grand Boulevard, which offers ample performance space and frontage on U.S. Highway 98, not to mention an enviable “address.”

This new location will provide ECTC with an official space that will be utilized for professional productions, educational programming and also improv shows.

“This partnership with Grand Boulevard is huge for Emerald Coast Theatre Company,” said Nathanael Fisher, ECTC’s producing artistic director. “One of our goals is to help this area become a cultural destination, and this partnership is an exponential step in that direction.”

During the 2016-17 season, ECTC will present a variety of professional programs that the Emerald Coast is sure to love. This October and November, Nick Payne’s romantic journey “Constellations,” recently performed on Broadway by Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson, will keep your wheels turning as this two-character drama questions the boundaries of our world. “Constellations” will run Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., Oct. 21 through Nov. 6.

This holiday season will welcome a haunting story as told by Charles Dickens himself through the voices of four storytellers. This year’s adaptation of “A Christmas Carol,” called “A Dickens Christmas,” will be revised with a new twist that highlights the ghostly aspects of the story. Scrooge will be chilled by those infamous apparitions as audiences are warmed by this classic tale. “A Dickens Christmas” performances will run Dec. 9 through 24 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

January 2017 aims to please with “Bakersfield Mist,” a hilarious, inspired by true events comedy-drama that follows unemployed bartender Maude and art expert Lionel Percy as they begin to question the true definition of art and the authenticity of people. “Bakersfield Mist” will run from Jan. 27 through Feb. 19 with evening performances Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

ECTC has also announced that its preliminary roster of 2016-2017 sponsors includes Grand Boulevard, St. Joe Foundations, Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County and Culture Build Florida (the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs). Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Producing Artistic Director Nathanael Fisher at 850-684-0323.

Being a non-profit, Emerald Coast Theatre Company appreciates the support of those in the community and is currently looking for the donation of 100 cushioned chairs, a cargo van and volunteers to help move in and set up the new location.

To find out more about the professional season, purchase tickets, volunteer or learn about ECTC’s educational programming, please visit www.EmeraldCoastTheatre.org or call 850-684-0323.