Lemon Bay Playhouse

96 West Dearborn Street

Englewood, Florida 34223

(941) 475-6756



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2015 – 2016 Events
Our 29th Season
Dedicated to Rita Corn

Oct. 21 - Nov. 8, 2015


Written by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick & Directed by Bob La Salle

All is fair in love? Even murder? That is the question posed in this light and funny suspense/comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson’s Motor Inn. This is a holiday of laughs with mirth provoking situations. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

The cast has been selected for Murder at the Howard Johnson’s and includes Kim Fox as Arlene Miller, Jim Walsh as Mitchell Lavell, and Mike Levasseur as Paul Miller.

Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015; 7:30 pm


"Jazz the way you like it"

For this fantastic jazz sextet performance, Greg Nielsen has pulled together musicians from the area and will include original reproductions of the great Duke Ellington Band in a 6-piece format. The instrumentation used will consist of trumpet, trombone, tenor sax, alto sax, clarinet, piano, bass, and drums.  Some of the arrangements will be authentic, and some will be more modern creations of the great classic Ellington Library.

Greg, a native of Michigan, spent many years teaching and performing in Detroit. A multi-faceted brass musician, he has performed on trombone with such greats as Slide Hampton, Nancy Wilson, the Four Tops, Cab Calloway, Ramsey Lewis and many others. Nielsen performed in Florida for several years before returning to music education as an instructor at Booker Middle School, where he has inspired and cultivated aspiring young musicians for more than 27 years. He is also in top demand as a performer, sharing the stage with such names as Nat Adderley, Al Cohn, Bobby Shew and other notables. Nielsen also performs locally with the Sarasota Jazz Project. Join us for the “Ellington Hour” and listen to some incredible music. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Theater Dec. 2 - Dec. 20, 2015

SOCIAL SECURITY – A Comedy  NOTE: Show Changed

Written by Andrew Bergman & Directed by Ralph Barnes

Two married art dealers struggle with the visit of the wife's goody goody sister, her uptight CPA husband, and her archetypal Jewish Mother- who are there to try to save their college student daughter from the horrors of living only for sex. The comic sparks really begin to fly when the mother hits it off with the elderly minimalist artist, who is the art dealers' best client! The play is described as a "hoot"! Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.


Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016; 7:30 pm


 "Hits and Bits of the Sullivan Show"

With a lifetime of show business experience, and an impressive list of stage appearances including New York, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, and Florida, Marcy Downey is the ultimate entertainer.  Her singing voice has attracted critical acclaim from coast to coast, and her stage personality "lights up every room in which she appears". This season she will perform her new show "Hits and Bits of the Sullivan Show". Marcy performs song hits and classic comedy bits from Ed Sullivan’s most famous guests!  Some of the acts you will see include Liza Minnelli's Cabaret; Sophie Tucker’s Red Hot Mama; and Sammy Davis Jr’s Mr. Bo Jangles; plus hits from frequent guests Rosemary Clooney, Connie Francis, Wayne Newton, and many others, including a “duet” by Sonny and Cher (hint: They’re both Marcy!). Then get ready to laugh your head off as Marcy recreates the comedy of Phyllis Diller, Minnie Pearl, and even a cameo appearance by “Miss Piggy”.  It’s going to be “A really big shooow!” To see a video demo of her performances visit www.marcydowney.com. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

 Jan. 20 - Feb.14, 2016


Written by Neil Simon & Directed by  Ric Goodwin

Hilarity abounds in three episodes of couples occupying a suite at the Plaza. Each couple has their reasons for staying at the Plaza. Couple #1, their house is being painted. Couple #2, he is looking for a sexual diversion. Couple #3, they are trying to get their daughter out of the bathroom to get her married. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016; 7:30pm


“No ‘Cryin' In Your Beer Old-time Country Music”

John Tuff and Friends make their second appearance on the LBP stage. This very talented group of musicians will provide the audience with a fantastic evening of music consisting of classic country hits of the past.  Their performance will include classic country music, of current and older country legends, such as Johnny Cash, Hank Snow, Ernest Tubb, George Jones, Johnny Horton, and more.  

 These country musicians started out five years ago as a duo performing for a fundraiser at the Englewood United Methodist Church (EUMC). Since that time, it has grown into a group of five gifted musicians singing all over Southwest Florida in a variety of venues.  The emphasis is on old-time country music, the kind many of us grew up with on the family radio.  This show will lift your spirits and bring you back to the old days to a time when folks valued good music, good times, and pride in this great country of ours. If you appreciate this style of traditional country music, come and join us for this tribute to the country hits of the past, featuring many of country fans’ favorite stars and their music. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Readers Theater Saturday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm


Once again, Lemon Bay Playhouse’s Readers Theater will be presenting their annual Shorts Aloud Festival. This will be its seventh year, and this popular event is always well attended. A unique form of live theatre, the actors always give the audience a laugh-filled performance with twists and surprises.  Show times are February 27 at 7:30 pm and Feb. 28 at 2:00 pm and 7:30pm.  Mark your calendars and buy your tickets soon at the special price of $12.00.

March 9 - Apr. 3, 2016


Written by Ernest Thompson & Directed by Will Horton

This is a love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-fourth year. They are visited by their divorced daughter, her son, and her fiancé. This is a touching, funny, and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and loveable elderly couple facing their twilight years.  Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Saturday, April 9, 2016; 7:30 pm


“String Instrument Concert – A Musical Variety”

Tim’s performance will be a musical variety from jazz to country, popular to sing along. He will even include international songs as well as classics - all played on guitar, banjo, mandolin and ukulele. You may even hear Dueling Banjos. With a natural proficiency on these instruments, along with his smooth baritone vocals in a seemingly inexhaustible supply of popular standards, Tim, a twice North American banjo champion, has enjoyed engagements on television, cruise ships, at top hotels and in concert venues around the world. A special highlight in Tim’s career came in 2002 when he was honored by being inducted into the Banjo Hall Of Fame. In 2015 he was, again, inducted, making him a double inductee to the Banjo Hall Of Fame. For more details, and to see some videos and hear samples of his music, please visit www.timallan.com. Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

April 27 - May 15, 2016

PROOF – A Drama

Written by David Auburn & Directed by Murray Hudson

Catherine, a troubled young woman, has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father. Now, she must deal with her own volatile emotions. With the arrival of her estranged sister and her father’s former student, she discovers more difficult problems. The mystery and surprise of this play provide for an engrossing theatrical evening.  Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

June 8 - June 26, 2016


Written by Sean Grennan & Directed by Ron Bupp

This delightfully tender and funny play takes you smoothly through several years of holidays with a typical American family. The mother, father and three grown children all have hopes and dreams. As time passes, the family discovers that, despite what we may have in mind, we often arrive at unexpected destinations.  As Woody Allen once said “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans”.  Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

 Season Calendar and Booking

The cast of “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s” take some time from rehearsals for a photo opportunity. Standing (l to r) are Mike Levasseur (Paul Miller), Kim Fox (Arlene Miller) and Jim Walsh (Mitchell Lavell). Seated (l to r) are Bob La Salle (Director) and Cheryl Hastings (Stage Manager).


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The cast of “Social Security” take a few minutes from rehearsal to pose for a picture. Standing (l to r) are Bob La Salle (David), Paul Bravo (Maurice) and Brad Jenkins (Martin). Seated (l to r) are Dottie Warner (stage manager), Jessie Choate (Barbara), Kathy Amelia (Sophie), and Judy Tilley (Trudy). Ralph Barnes (Director) is missing from the picture.