Surfside History

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SURFSIDE PLAYHOUSE
A Little History

  • In April of 1959, a dynamic and excited group of erstwhile Thespians presented its plans for a live theatre in Brevard County. They called themselves The Surfside Players of Cocoa Beach. The Players began implementing its plans, approved by city officials, civic groups and local residents.
  • In May, 1959, their first production, The Moon is Blue was presented at the Cocoa Beach Fire House. In following years, the Players staged their shows at the fire house, in churches & motels, and even on the beach!
  • On January 6, 1963, ground was broken for Surfside Playhouse at the corner of Fifth Street South and Brevard Avenue in Cocoa Beach. In April of 1963, the dream came true with the official opening of Surfside Playhouse.
  • The theatre seats an audience of 269, is fully air-conditioned and offers special equipment for the hearing-impaired.
  • The annual programs feature a variety of high quality performances ranging from light-hearted comedy to lilting musicals to riveting dramas.
  • Several weekends during the year are available for special theatrical performances, which may be proposed to the Board of Governors.  Usually these require very minimal tech and scenery, and rehearsals are conducted at a different location than the playhouse.
  • A children's theatre group was officially formed in 1979 and has continued with the current class, known as the Surfside Youth Players. Graduates of SYP and other teenagers have  been able to continue the theatre experience with the Outreach Players, launched in 1998.
  • Educational programs include workshops in such areas as Stagecraft, Costuming, Play Writing, Audition Techniques, and specific performance skills. Surfside Players has also supported junior & senior high school productions.
  • The annual Playwriting Contest was founded in 2001 to offer local Brevard County playwrights an opportunity to present original full-length plays on Surfside's stage with talented actors and staff.
  • Our playhouse currently hosts three productions per season by the Playwrights Workshop of Brevard, a troupe dedicated to helping new and established local playwrights improve their craft through feedback with Workshop members as well as a live audience.  Each production normally debuts three new one-act plays.
  • Our newest performing venture is the Fearless Improv Brigade, with classes in improvisational comedy taught semesterly by Mario Busacca since 2013.  The thrill of brand-new theatrical stories, devised on the spot, is yours to experience from a seat in the house, OR standing on stage...
  • A snack bar in the brightly decorated lobby serves as a source of revenue for the non-profit, 501(c)3 organization.  The Players have also sponsored Jazz Festivals, Golf Tournaments, Barber Shop Quartets, special by-invitation performances for charity, surfing movies, celebrity auctions and yard sales as fund raisers.  Additional support comes from matching grants and corporate & personal donations, assuring the facility of continued maintenance and upgrades.
  • Surfside Players extends a warm welcome to aspiring thespians, seasoned performers, and to anyone with a love for the Theatre.

 

Seasons Past
   
 Season 57 - 2015-2016
   Noises Off!
   Steel Magnolias
   Miracle on 34th Street
   Guys and Dolls
   The Who's Tommy
   The Diary of Anne Frank
 Season 56 - 2014-2015
  Lend Me a Tenor
  Wait Until Dark
  A Christmas Story
  Gypsy
  Biloxi Blues
  Paint Your Wagon
 Season 55 - 2013-2014
 Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
  Nunsense II:  The Second Coming
  Hello, Dolly!
  Love Letters
  To Kill a Mockingbird
  SHOUT! The Mod Musical
 Season 54 - 2012-2013
   You're a Good Man Charlie Brown
   The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 
   La Cage Aux Folles
   Same Time, Next Year
   Breaking Up is Hard to Do
   Love, Sex and the IRS
   'Night, Mother
 Season 53 - 2011-2012
   Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
   Dead Man's Cell Phone
   The Compleat Wrks of Wllm Shkspr (Abridged)
   Grease
   Rumors
   Rent
Season 52 - 2010-2011
   Glengarry Glen Ross
   Funny Money  
   Cats
   Chapter Two
   City of Angels
   Baby With the Bathwater
   Love Letters
   The Pillowman
 Season 51 - 2009-2010
   Harvey
   Fiddler on the Roof 
   Prisoner of Second Avenue
   Hair 
   Frost/Nixon
   Beyond Therapy
   Boy Gets Girl
 Season 50 - 2008-2009
   The Moon is Blue
   All My Sons
   The Odd Couple 
   Oliver
   Sweet Charity
   The Actor's Nightmare
   Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All for You
   Rabbit Hole
   The Rocky Horror Show
 Season 49 - 2007-2008
   The Crucible
   The Mousetrap
   Man of La Mancha
   45 Seconds from Broadway
   Pirates of Penzance
   The Vagina Monologues
   Vampire Lesbians of Sodom
 Season 48 - 2006-2007
   Godspell
   The Foreigner
   The Gifts of the Magi
   The Seven Year Itch
   A Chorus Line
   Our Town
   Camp Creepy
 Season 47 - 2005-2006
   Murder Among Friends
   Urinetown The Musical
   Last of the Red Hot Lovers
   Annie Warbucks
   Run for Your Wife
 Season 46 - 2004-2005
   Plaza Suite
   Nuncrackers
   The Man Who Came to Dinner
   West Side Story
   Dial "M" for Murder
 Season 45 - 2003-2004
   The Lone Star Love Potion
   L'il Abner
   Steel Magnolias
   Evita
   Move Over, Mrs. Markham
 Season 44 - 2002-2003
   Into the Woods
   Lend Me a Tenor
   Babes in Toyland
   Let's Murder Marsha
   Nunsense II
   Black Comedy & The Real Inspector Hound
 Season 43 - 2001-2002
   Nunsense
   Noises Off
   Once Upon a Mattress
   The Star-Spangled Girl
   Witness for the Prosecution
 Season 42 - 2000-2001
   God's Favorite
   Don Juan in Chicago
   Annie
   Getting Away with Murder
   Victor/Victoria
   Communicating Doors
   A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
 Season 41 - 1999-2000
   Cactus Flower
   Dark of the Moon
   The Sound of Music
   Sylvia
   Cash on Delivery
   Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
 Season 40 - 1998-1999
   Brighton Beach Memoirs
   Who Goes Bare?
   Moon Over Buffalo
   H.M.S. Pinafore
   One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
   Funny Money
   The Secret Garden
 Season 39 - 1997-1998
   Crossing Delancey
   I Hate Hamlet
   Marvin's Room
   The Mikado
   A Streetcar Named Desire
   Everybody Loves Opal
   Oliver!
 Season 38 - 1996-1997
   The Best Man
   Cemetery Club
   Company
   Gypsy
   Out of Order
   Greater Tuna
   Camelot
Season 37 - 1995-1996
   Charley's Aunt
   Pump Boys & Dinettes
   No Sex Please, We're British
   The Music Man
   Don't Dress for Dinner
   The Crucible
   Jesus Christ Superstar
 Season 36 - 1994-1995
    Arsenic and Old Lace
    Death Takes a Holiday
    Play It Again, Sam
   Can-Can
    Lost in Yonkers
   Twelve Angry Men
   City of Angels
 Season 35 - 1993-1994
   Lettice and Lovage
   Flowers for Algernon
   Bell, Book and Candle
   My Fair Lady
   Paint Your Wagon
   A Few Good Men
   The Heidi Chronicles
 Season 34 - 1992-1993
   Corpse
   To Kill a Mockingbird
   How the Other Half Loves
   The King and I
   Man of La Mancha
   Prelude to a Kiss
   Lend Me a Tenor

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MISSION STATEMENT:

Surfside Players is a community theatre dedicated to the performing arts through productions, presentations, education and outreach.

SURFSIDE PLAYERS, INC. IS A 501 (c)(3) NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION SPONSORED IN PART BY:  The Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brevard Business News, The Margaret Heins Foundation, and the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners through the Brevard Cultural Alliance.