Lemon Bay Playhouse

96 West Dearborn Street

Englewood, Florida 34223

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2016 - 2017 Performances

Our 30th Season

September 7 - September 25, 2016

Exit Laughing


Written by Paul Elliott and Directed by Peter Ivanov

For 30 years their lives revolved around their weekly "girls" bridge night. But when one of the foursome inconveniently dies, Millie decides to "borrow" the ashes from the funeral home for one last card game. Thus begins one of the most zany and unforgettable nights of their lives! (and yours!!)

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Hear and see what people are saying about “Exit Laughing”.

Cast of Exit Laughing
The superb cast, director and stage manager assembled for “Exit Laughing” take a short break from rehearsals to pose for a group photo. Standing (from left to right) are Peter Ivanov (Director), Susie Lowe (Leona), Maureen Young (Connie), Ruth Shaulis (Millie), and Dottie Warner (Stage Manager). Seated (from left to right) are Dawn Kalish (Rachel) and Ray Magsby (Bobby).

October 19 - November 6, 2016


HYPNOSIS – A Thriller/Comedy

Written by David Tristram and Directed by Bob La Salle

The Great Gordo is an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, who randomly chooses Alan Briggs, a mild-mannered cop, as his next "victim." Briggs plays along, the audience laughs and everything seems to be going along fine. But someone out there has other ideas...the mind games begin and we sense there can only be one winner - but who? A hilarious mixture between thriller and farce, this play will keep you guessing and have you in stitches throughout!

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Hypnosis Cast
The mesmerizing team assembled for this production of “Hypnosis” take a break from rehearsals to pose for a picture. Seated (l to r) are Nick Nichols (Allen Briggs), Michele Strauss (Helen Briggs), and Charlie Tyler (Gordo). Standing (l to r) are Kathy Amelia (stage manager) and Bob La Salle (director).

October 25, 2016



Englewood Helping Hands, Inc. Fundraiser Performance

HYPNOSIS – A Thriller/Comedy

Written by David Tristram and Directed by Bob La Salle

The Great Gordo is an alcoholic stage hypnotist in the twilight of his career, who randomly chooses Alan Briggs, a mild-mannered cop, as his next "victim." Briggs plays along, the audience laughs, and everything seems to be going along fine. But someone out there has other ideas...the mind games begin, and we sense there can only be one winner - but who? A hilarious mixture between thriller and farce, this play will keep you guessing and have you in stitches throughout!

Lemon Bay Playhouse, and many of the volunteers, are donating the facility and their time for this one night performance of the play, “Hypnosis”. This benefit performance is planned for a night that the playhouse is normally closed. The Playhouse is donating ALL of the proceeds from this performance to Englewood Helping Hand, Inc.

Help stock the pantry shelves and enjoy a night at the theater filled with suspense and comedy. Come join us and put the FUN into FUNdraiser.

All proceeds from this performance go to Englewood Helping Hands, Inc.

Reserved seat tickets are $25 each for this performance. Buy Tickets Now

Saturday, November 19, 2016; 7:30 pm

Mark Twain Portrait

"Mark Twain Turns 70, Words and Songs"

The year is 1905. You and others in the audience are friends of Mark Twain, invited to his New York City home on the occasion of his 70th birthday.

You are treated to the incomparable entertainment of Twain's humorous stories and the songs he loves to sing while strumming his guitar. Rod Rawlings brings to the stage more than his astounding resemblance to Mark Twain. He brings a striking and memorable portrayal of the immortal character based on years of reading, research and rehearsal. He uses Twain's timeless words from start to finish. And when he plays guitar and sings, just as Twain enjoyed doing, Rod's rich voice reminds you of the simple joy of the music of Twain's time. For more information and to see some of his performances visit his web site at www.marktwainperforms.com.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

November 30 - December 18, 2016

Bob's your elf


Written by Norm Foster and Directed by Tim Fitzgerald

An ornery elf named Bob gets banished from the North Pole to learn a lesson about cooperation. Santa sends him to a small town to help out with their Christmas Pageant. Here, Bob is faced with a group of bumbling amateur actors who are doing their best to put on the best darn Christmas show their town has ever seen.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Saturday, January 7, 2017; 7:30 pm

Marcy Downey

"Swinging Through the 40’s"

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 "Swinging Through the 40’s”. Marcy sings the greatest hits of The Andrews Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Glenn Miller, Billie Holiday, Doris Day, Movie Musicals, and so much more; plus a tribute to USO Shows of Yesteryear, and a special salute to Veterans of all ages. And of course, she adds her signature comic stamp with comedy characters and hilarious stories.

Whether you lived it or only heard about it, those fabulous 40’s left a lasting legacy. Relive the memories! Go to www.marcydowney.com for a video demo of her performances.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

January 18 – February 12, 2017

Office Hours


Written by Norm Foster and Directed by Ralph Barnes

It's one Friday afternoon and the audience is looking in on six different office settings in a big city. Here we follow six different and very funny stories which are somehow related to one another. This is one wild ride that sends the audience into collective, uncontrolled laughter.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 pm and
Sunday, February 19 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Shorts Aloud Festival


Once again, Lemon Bay Playhouse’s Readers Theater will be presenting their annual Shorts Aloud Festival. This will be its eight 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.

Mark your calendars and buy your tickets soon at the special price of $12.00.

Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017; 7:30pm

John Tuff and Friends

“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 six 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.

March 8 - April 2, 2017

Tuesdays with Morrie


Written by Mitch Albom and Directed by Ric Goodwin

For all of us, there is one special person who made a difference in our lives. For sportswriter Mitch Albom, it is former professor, Morrie Schwartz. After a 16 year separation, the pair journey down a path in which the older man passes lessons of life to the younger man, who will always remember his Tuesdays with Morrie - an inspiring and unforgettable evening of theatre.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

Saturday, April 15, 2017; 7:30pm

Las Vegas Legends

“Las Vegas Legends”

Las Vegas Legends is a musical journey thru Jimmy’s favorite songs by a wide variety of performers from the classics to today's contemporary artists hot off the Las Vegas Strip over the Years.

Jimmy’s high energy and enthusiasm is tempered only by his ultra-smooth vocals as he creates his impressions of Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, Tony Orlando, Bobby Darin, adding the crooner the voices of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole, then quickly moves on to glide thru the voices of Rod Stewart, Joe Cocker, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli and Neil Diamond just to name a few. Yes, he’ll certainly stop and focus on “The King”, Elvis Presley with a very amusing parody, but keeps moving as he belts out the hits and covers many more greats like Billy Joel, Michael Bublé, Elton John, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong, Jimmy Durante, Stevie Wonder, and maybe even The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. And be sure that in typical Jimmy Mazz style, there's always a few surprises thrown in for good measure. Never the same show twice. Visit www.jmazzsings.com for more information.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

April 26 - May 14, 2017

I ought to be in pictures


Written by Neil Simon and Directed by Ron Bupp

Herb a Hollywood screenwriter currently between "gigs" and suffering from writer's block, is surprised when his past reappears in the form of Libby, his estranged teenage daughter from Brooklyn. She has made the trek cross country with dreams of movie stardom. With encouragement from Steffy, his once a week girlfriend at his side, Herb decides to take another stab at fatherhood and hopefully this time get it right.

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

June 7 - June 25, 2017

Senior Follies


Written by Billy St. John and Directed by Michele Strauss

Who says being old can't be fun? Certainly not the senior residents at the Pleasant Valley Retirement Home, two of whom don their sleuthing caps to unmask imposters in their midst. Humor, romance, and mystery combine to make this a show that will have you cheering at the climax!

Reserved seat tickets are $18.00 each.

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