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FREE SMOKE ON THE WATER BARBECUE COMPETITION AND MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS FOOD, BANDS, AND FAMILY FUN TO DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS

April 24, 2018 - Fort Myers, FL - Great music and delicious barbecue return to the Fort Myers River Basin this April at the 5th Annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival! Experience the best barbecue and music festival in Southwest Florida on Friday, April 27th from 6pm - 10pm, and Saturday,…

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FREE SMOKE ON THE WATER BARBECUE COMPETITION AND MUSIC FESTIVAL BRINGS FOOD, BANDS, AND FAMILY FUN TO DOWNTOWN FORT MYERS

April 24, 2018 – Fort Myers, FL – Great music and delicious barbecue return to the Fort Myers River Basin this April at the 5th Annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival! Experience the best barbecue and music festival in Southwest Florida on Friday, April 27th from 6pm – 10pm, and Saturday, April 28th from 11am – 10pm at the Fort Myers River Basin. Admission is free!
 
Entry to Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival is absolutely free! Attendees can stroll through Fort Myers River Basin while enjoying great music and fun for the whole family. This year, event goers can purchase barbecue from one of the many cook teams from across the South. Plus, enjoy local sweets, food, and retail vendors of all kinds. Enjoy music from acts like Sheena Brook, the Nowhere Band, The Electric Mud, and the Ben Allen Band, and shop from one of the many retail vendors. Plus, families will love the fun-filled Kid Zone! Experience the festivities for free, or purchase VIP tickets for Saturday that include a covered picnic area near the stage, one meal, and two drink tickets.
 
Smoke on the Water Barbecue Competition and Music Festival is a Florida BBQ Association Sanctioned Competition. It includes professional teams from all across the Southeast who fire up their smokers for a chance at the Grand Champion title. ​As a sanctioned contest, Smoke on the Water is a qualifier for the Jack Daniels Invitational Draw ​and the FBA’s new championship contest, the Sonny’s Smokin’ Showdown Invitational​.​ The 5th annual Smoke on the Water Barbecue & Music Festival promises an authentic experience of craft barbecue, beer, and bands! For more information, visit https://www.sbdac.com/smoke-on-the-water-fort-myers/.
 
5th Annual Smoke on the Water
Fort Myers River Basin
Friday, April 27th • 6pm – 10pm
Saturday, April 28th • 11am – 10pm
Free to Attend
VIP Tickets: $75 (Access to VIP Tent and Tables at premium location near the stage, one meal, three drink tickets to be used for beer or non-alcoholic beverages, and a shirt.)
Visit www.sbdac.com or call 239 333 1933 for more info.
 
 
 

ART CASTELLANOS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS FLORIDA SOUTHWEST CAPE CORAL, FLA., April 24, 2018 – Art Castellanos, AIA, has been elected president of the American Institute

CAPE CORAL, FLA., April 24, 2018 – Art Castellanos, AIA, has been elected president of the American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest Chapter for a one-year term. The Southwest Florida chapter includes 160 architects in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties. Castellanos is the president of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects, a regional architectural firm…

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ART CASTELLANOS ELECTED PRESIDENT OF AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS FLORIDA SOUTHWEST CAPE CORAL, FLA., April 24, 2018 – Art Castellanos, AIA, has been elected president of the American Institute

CAPE CORAL, FLA., April 24, 2018 – Art Castellanos, AIA, has been elected president of the American Institute of Architects Florida Southwest Chapter for a one-year term.
The Southwest Florida chapter includes 160 architects in Lee, Charlotte, Collier, Glades and Hendry counties.
Castellanos is the president of Castellanos + Tramonte Architects, a regional architectural firm specializing in commercial design at 1625 S.E. 46th St., Suite 2A, in Cape Coral..
Castellanos has more than 25 years of experience in architecture working in both public and private settings.  He served as the architect for the Lee County School District for 10 years and worked in commercial enterprises such as WCI Communities and McGarvey Development Co. prior to starting his own architectural firm in 2014. He earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Miami.
Castellanos + Tramonte Architects is a full service multi-discipline architectural firm that specializes in commercial architecture, which includes fire stations, healthcare buildings, public facilities, office buildings, shopping centers, industrial/warehouse buildings and, most recently, private educational and assembly buildings.
The architectural firm has designed more than 150 buildings throughout Florida, including fire stations, shopping centers, government buildings, restaurants, 7-Elevens and much more from Florida’s panhandle to Naples
Lee County projects include numerous locations of Culver’s and Rib City, Orion Bank in Cape Coral, Gastroenterology Associates of Southwest Florida, Advanced Pain Management and Spine, Nevermind Restaurant, Laguna Lakes Clubhouse, Time Warner Cable, Providence Christian School, Associates in Dermatology, Associates in Digestive Health, Hope Methodist Church and others.
For more information, visit Castellanos + Tramonte Architects website at www.castellanostramonte.com, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/castellanostramonte/).
 
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May WIB Presents Summer Slump Business Boost

Fort Myers, Fla. April 23, 2018 – The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee (WIB) will host its May networking meeting from 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd at Hello SWFL at 13099 South Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33907.  This month’s WIB event will focus on getting through off-season with…

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Fort Myers, Fla. April 23, 2018 – The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Women in Business Committee (WIB) will host its May networking meeting from 4–6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2nd at Hello SWFL at 13099 South Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, Florida 33907.  This month’s WIB event will focus on getting through off-season with “Summer Slump Business Boost” while providing open networking for local professionals.
We’ll hear from the winners of the 2018 Chrysalis Award for excellence in Sales & Marketing — the dynamic team of Hello SWFL, as they provide us with insight into attracting new customers and avoiding common pitfalls that many businesses experience during the summer months. WIB wants to “Heat Up” our member’s summer marketing and PR program plans – while cooling off with delicious, locally brewed beer provided by Eight-Foot Brewing.
Thank you to Hello SWFL for both hosting and sponsoring our May Women in Business meeting. The non-profit spotlight this month will be the Goodwill Micro Enterprise Program.  All business professionals are invited to attend.  Admission is $10 for Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce (GFMCC) members and $20 for future GFMCC members.  To register, call (239) 332-3624 or visit www.fortmyers.org.
ABOUT WIB:
Part of the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, the Women in Business committee is dedicated to helping women achieve their fullest professional and personal potential.  A variety of networking and educational programs are offered throughout the year, typically the first Wednesday of every month from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
ABOUT GREATER FORT MYERS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE:
Located at 2310 Edwards Drive in Downtown Fort Myers, the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has been serving Lee County and surrounding areas since 1989. The Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce is a business organization of professionals who support and promote a progressive, sustainable community.

Arbor Day Celebration at Edison & Ford Winter Estates

    FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 23, 2018) -- On April 27, at 10 a.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration. As part of the annual event, students from Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School will help plant a tree on the historic property. This year will be an extra…

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FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 23, 2018) — On April 27, at 10 a.m., Edison & Ford Winter Estates will hold its annual Arbor Day celebration. As part of the annual event, students from Edison Park Creative and Expressive Arts School will help plant a tree on the historic property. This year will be an extra special celebration, as the teacher accompanying the students from Edison Park, Maria Rose, is also a Golden Apple award recipient.
The first Arbor Day celebration was held in Nebraska City in 1872 and as many as one million trees were planted. For many years, Thomas and Mina Edison planted Coconut Palms along the fence line at their Fort Myers’ winter home on Arbor Day. The tradition was brought back with the involvement of Edison Ford patron and garden lover, Berne Davis.
Over the years, many trees have been planted on the property, including Mango, Hong Kong Orchid, Live Oak, Geiger, citrus, Calabash, Royal Poinciana and Jacaranda. The site has hundreds of tropical trees on more than 20 acres, including the champion-sized Banyan and Mysore Fig.
The Arbor Day celebration is included with general admission. For more information, contact 239-334-7419 or visit the website at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.
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Edison & Ford Winter Estates
Edison & Ford Winter Estates is the internationally known winter home site of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford. More than 250,000 visitors walk through the site each year from all around the globe. The organization has received many awards, including the National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the National Garden Clubs’ Historic Preservation Award. The site is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures,” a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. The Edison Botanic Laboratory is a National Historic Chemical Landmark. The site is open every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and until 9 p.m. during the month of December.
 

Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center 162. 11090 FGCU Blvd North, Fort Myers, FL 33965

SSW is three hour FREE in-person workshop where attendees can become educated regarding divorce in a private, relaxed environment. These workshops are headed by three divorce professionals- an attorney, mental health professional and financial professional. During our 3 hour presentation you can begin to get your questions answered regarding the legal, financial, and family aspects…

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Florida Gulf Coast University, Cohen Center 162. 11090 FGCU Blvd North, Fort Myers, FL 33965

SSW is three hour FREE in-person workshop where attendees can become educated regarding divorce in a private, relaxed environment. These workshops are headed by three divorce professionals- an attorney, mental health professional and financial professional. During our 3 hour presentation you can begin to get your questions answered regarding the legal, financial, and family aspects of divorce. Regardless of where you are in the divorce process- either contemplating a separation, in the middle of a divorce action and feel you need unbiased information, or considering a change of divorce process, we can help you feel more confident and secure in your decisions.
 

Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Opens New Location on Surfside Blvd in Cape Coral

CAPE CORAL, FL – May 1, 2018 – After 6 years since first opening their doors in Cape Coral, Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of a second location in Cape Coral on May 1, 2018. The new location at 2366 Surfside Blvd, Suite C111 in Cape Coral offers…

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Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery Opens New Location on Surfside Blvd in Cape Coral

CAPE CORAL, FL – May 1, 2018 – After 6 years since first opening their doors in Cape Coral, Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of a second location in Cape Coral on May 1, 2018. The new location at 2366 Surfside Blvd, Suite C111 in Cape Coral offers the same quality dermatology services patients have come to know and trust from Riverchase Dermatology. This new location will offer general dermatology services including treatments for a variety of skin concerns with immediate appointments available.
As part of their dedication to providing quality patient care to the Southwest Florida area, Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery continues to expand their service area in order to reach a greater number of those in need of dermatology services at a convenient location. With the addition of this new office location, Riverchase now offers over 37 convenient dermatology and cosmetic surgery locations throughout Florida.
About Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery
Riverchase Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery is one of Florida’s largest, fastest growing and most comprehensive skin centers. Founded in Naples, Florida in 2000 by Andrew T. Jaffe, MD, FAAD Riverchase has maintained its initial vision of providing the most comprehensive skin cancer, dermatology and cosmetic surgery services for over a decade. The caring and skilled providers at Riverchase use the latest techniques and equipment to diagnose and treat a wide range of skin disorders and cosmetic concerns. Riverchase has many convenient locations throughout Florida. For more information, visit www.RiverchaseDermatology.com.

Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund hosts spring luncheon for contributors

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 20, 2018) – More than 80 Women’s Legacy Fund contributors and Prima Donors recently attended the Southwest Florida Community Foundation Fund’s spring luncheon. The luncheon was exclusively for WLF contributors and Prima Donors. The Women’s Legacy Fund is a group of women who combine their contributions in this collective philanthropy initiative…

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Community Foundation’s Women’s Legacy Fund hosts spring luncheon for contributors

FORT MYERS, Fla. (April 20, 2018) – More than 80 Women’s Legacy Fund contributors and Prima Donors recently attended the Southwest Florida Community Foundation Fund’s spring luncheon. The luncheon was exclusively for WLF contributors and Prima Donors.
The Women’s Legacy Fund is a group of women who combine their contributions in this collective philanthropy initiative to foster the immersion of women in philanthropy and develop the region’s next philanthropic leaders.
The luncheon included facilitated discussions around the two grant focus areas selected by the WLF grants committee this year which was access to resources for business ownership for women, and access and attainment of education opportunities for women and girls.
Since its inception, the WLF has been able to provide more than $200,000 in grants to benefit people and communities in Southwest Florida including this year’s grant of over $30,000. Currently, the Fund has $827,000 in endowment that will continue to help fund local issues now and in the future.
Contributors to the WLF give a minimum of $250 each year ($100 for women younger than 25). The first half of contributions is pooled for the purpose of immediate annual grants, while the second half is pooled into the WLF’s endowment fund which provides additional grants to be made both now and in years to come. Prima Donors are local women who have contributed $10,000 or more to the WLF endowment and are committed to making an impact in their community through charitable giving.
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. It partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community last year. With assets of $93 million, it has provided more than $67 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Community Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. Based in Fort Myers, it has satellite offices located in Sanibel Island, LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers.
 
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $5.4 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of $115 million, it has provided more than $71 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. Currently, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are located off College Parkway in South Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.

LCEC Pledges $25,000 to FSW

April 9, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA – When it comes to supporting workforce education, Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) took it a step further by pledging $25,000 to Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Business and Technology over the course of the next five years. “This gift will help us continue providing the…

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LCEC Pledges $25,000 to FSW

April 9, 2018 – FORT MYERS, FLA – When it comes to supporting workforce education, Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) took it a step further by pledging $25,000 to Florida SouthWestern State College’s (FSW) School of Business and Technology over the course of the next five years.
“This gift will help us continue providing the workforce education so our students can become the professionals our southwest Florida region needs,” said Susie DeSantis, executive director, FSW Foundation. “We will use this generous gift to provide materials for several areas of study, including crime scene tech labs, and construction and engineering materials.”
LCEC supports education through involvement and financial support of local initiatives in order to strengthen the workforce pipeline.
“Mentoring students, serving in leadership roles, and offering internships are just a few of the ways we become part of the solution for a sustainable future,” said CEO Dennie Hamilton. “We are excited about how our partnership with FSW has developed over the years and we look forward to the impact we can make for business and technology students.”
In recognition for LCEC’s support, the company has a five-year naming of the welcome lounge of FSW’s School of Business and Technology on the second floor of Building K on the Fort Myers campus.
The Florida SouthWestern State College Foundation currently has professionally managed endowments and other funds approaching $45 million that allow it to support the work of the college. The Foundation provides nearly $1M annually in student scholarships and investments in programs, technology and facilities to benefit the nearly 22,000 students the college serves each year. To underwrite and expand the mission of the college the FSW Foundation continues to attract contributions from individuals, organizations, businesses and private foundations. As a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 tax-exempt organization with 50 years of successful operating experience, the FSW Foundation offers the opportunity to establish endowed funds which ensure the impact of a donor’s contribution lives on in perpetuity.
 About LCEC
Established in 1940, LCEC is a not-for-profit electric distribution cooperative serving Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Marco Island, Sanibel and Captiva Islands, Pine Island, Everglades City, Immokalee, Ave Maria, and parts of Lehigh Acres. LCEC is committed to providing efficient, reliable, cost-competitive electricity and emerging energy solutions and excellent service to our customers.  LCEC is also a major contributor to the local economy as one of the largest employers in Lee County with nearly 375 employees and by its support of many local agencies through charitable giving, volunteerism and environmental stewardship.
More information is available online at FSW.edu/foundation; email: foundation@fsw.edu and by calling (239) 489-9201.
 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JURIED EXHIBITION ASKS ARTISTS TO INTERPRET THE SYMBOL X IN HONOR OF SBDAC’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

April 9, 2018 - Fort Myers, FL - Calling all artists! Submit your interpretation of the symbol X in honor of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s 10th anniversary! Submitted works will be curated and selected for display in the Grand Atrium throughout June. Plus, artists have a chance to win the Best in…

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - JURIED EXHIBITION ASKS ARTISTS TO INTERPRET THE SYMBOL X IN HONOR OF SBDAC’S 10TH ANNIVERSARY

April 9, 2018 – Fort Myers, FL – Calling all artists! Submit your interpretation of the symbol X in honor of the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center’s 10th anniversary! Submitted works will be curated and selected for display in the Grand Atrium throughout June. Plus, artists have a chance to win the Best in Show, SBDAC Pick, or People’s Choice competition for cash prizes! Submit by May 11th. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located at 2301 First St. in the historic downtown Fort Myers River District.
Icons have power. They evoke memories, experiences, and information stored in the collective unconscious. Of these icons, the symbol X has many evocative meanings: X marks the spot. X speaks of intersections. X is numeric. X is the most controversial rating. X indicates elimination. X is where we sign. X is how we sign. X signals a choice made. X is a variable. X expresses the power of magnification. X is marked of an unknown identity. Explore the meaning of this powerful symbol in the June Juried Exhibition as we celebrate a decade at the Davis!
Pieces submitted to the exhibition should fit the call to artists “X” theme, and artists must submit statements explaining how their pieces fit the theme. There are no specific guidelines for artwork dimensions and proportions, but the curator encourages innovative and unique installations. Artists may submit up to two pieces for consideration. All entries must be digital files uploaded via the June Juried Exhibition submission form on the SBDAC website. For complete details and submission, visit https://www.sbdac.com/event/june-juried-exhibition-x/.
Overall Best in Show – Cash Prize in the amount of $500
People’s Choice – Cash Prize in the amount of $250
SBDAC’s Pick – Cash Prize in the amount of $250
June Juried Exhibition: X
Deadline for Online Submission: 5/11/18
Exhibition Opens: 6/1/18 • 6pm – 10pm
Submission link: https://www.sbdac.com/event/june-juried-exhibition-x/
For more info, call 239 333 1933.

HEATHERS The Musical Opens at Florida Rep Education

“Heathers: The Musical” Opens at Florida Rep Education May 23 FORT MYERS, FL – The long-awaited Florida Rep Education Conservatory production of “Heathers: The Musical” officially opens May 23 at the Historic Arcade Theatre. The production runs May 23 through May 27 with matinee performances on May 26-27. Priced at $10 with a valid student…

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“Heathers: The Musical” Opens at Florida Rep Education May 23

FORT MYERS, FL – The long-awaited Florida Rep Education Conservatory production of “Heathers: The Musical” officially opens May 23 at the Historic Arcade Theatre. The production runs May 23 through May 27 with matinee performances on May 26-27. Priced at $10 with a valid student ID and $20 for adults, general admission tickets are available at www.FloridaRepEducation.org and through the box office at 239-332-4488.
Nominated for several accolades, including the 2014 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music and the 2014 Off Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical, the show features book, music, and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe based on the hit 1988 film written by Daniel Walters. “Heathers” continues to electrify audiences and critics alike for three decades running with its smart and compelling story about navigating a high school dystopia paired with rocking musical numbers that have carved their way into the upper echelons of musical theatre hits. Conservatory audiences will hear songs such as “Candy Store,” “Dead Girl Walking,” and “Beautiful” sung once again on stage by the familiar student faces of Westerberg High.
This hilarious, heartfelt, and homicidal rock musical tells the story of Westerberg High and the rule of a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing trio: Heather, Heather, and Heather, the most popular but cruelest girls of the school. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark and mysterious new kid, JD, who plans to put the Heathers in their place – six feet under.  With its moving love story, laugh-out-loud comedy, and unflinching look at the joys and anguish of high school, Heathers puts perspective on the high-school experience and what’s really important in life.
The production features an all-star line-up of Florida Rep Education Conservatory veterans and familiar faces. The cast is led by Nayda Baez (“School of Rock,” Florida Premiere) as the intelligent misfit Veronica Sawyer, Brice Kingsley (Conservatory debut) as the dark and brooding JD, Athena Kelley (“Metamorphoses”) as Heather Chandler, Chloe Tsai (“Metamorphoses”) as Heather Duke, and Cat Westley (“Metamorphoses”) as Heather McNamara.
Education Director Kody C. Jones directs the production. Rosalind Metcalf (“Curious George: The Golden Meatball,” Florida Rep Education TYA Tour) music directs with choreography by Megan Leonard (Conservatory debut). Rosalind Metcalf joins this production from New Jersey after many years of music directing for numerous colleges and theatre companies while Megan Leonard’s extensive background in dance includes working with the Radio City Rockettes and touring “The Addams Family.” Emma Woods (“School of Rock,” Florida Premiere) serves as assistant director and Christina DeCarlo (“School of Rock,” Florida Premiere) is the assistant choreographer.
The design team includes set designer Jordan Moore (“Cabaret,” Florida Rep mainstage), lighting designer Andrew McDaniels (Conservatory debut), costume designer Jacquelyn Loy (Conservatory debut), sound designer Josh Schacht (“Cabaret,” Florida Rep mainstage), and production stage manager Caycelynn Hoggard (“Snow Me Away Cabaret”).
“Heathers: The Musical” is generously sponsored by Marvin & Lynne Birdt.
Florida Rep Education’s Conservatory program is designed for young artists who want to pursue theatre. It offers young artists an introduction to the professional world with a real-life regional theatre experience providing a creative outlet that culminates with a short run of public performances.
Florida Repertory Theatre Education performs on tour and in the Historic Arcade Theatre on Bay St. between Jackson and Hendry with limited free parking in the Fort Myers River District. Visit Florida Rep Education online at FloridaRepEducation.org, and by following the Education Department on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.