For nearly a century, The Henegar Center has been South Brevard’s destination for education and culture. Come help us celebrate this important milestone at the HENEGAR BUILDING 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA, being held 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 29 at The Henegar, downtown Melbourne, Florida.
This elegant event will be the talk of the town as it honors the historic building’s past and celebrates a future packed with extraordinary theater, music and dance.
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The HENEGAR BUILDING 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA includes special centennial performances, live entertainment throughout the building, a mainstage production, theater tours and heritage history displays, a live and silent auction, sumptuous buffets, complimentary drinks and a cash bar. Patrons purchasing VIP tickets will be snuck into a VIP Speakeasy Lounge.
“We are very excited about the building turning 100 and having this opportunity to share this historic event with the community that has given so much to us is very important to us. Everyone is going to have an amazing time and get to experience an event like no other,” says Executive Director, Roger Hughes.
One hundred years ago, in 1919, ground was broken for the Ruth Henegar Elementary School. In 1991, with the help of Tony Award winning Broadway stage and scenic legend Peter Feller, the Brevard Regional Arts Group turned the building into the 474-seat Henegar Center for the Arts to be the home of Indian River Players (which changed its name to Melbourne Civic Theater upon completion of the renovation). It has been an important, storied place for theater lovers, community actors and theater artists, both amateur and professional.
Broadway luminaries Jason Robards and Elaine Stritch walked the boards at the Henegar. And, the organization has been the happy beneficiary of scads of Broadway props, drops and more used by big names such as Jerome Robbins and Neil Simon. Its burgundy grand drape was made for the 1996 Broadway revival of “The King and I.”
Keeping in mind its founders’ ambitious goal to create a public theater to benefit all, Henegar leaders have done ground breaking work. Most notably, former board member Wendy Brandon and former artistic director Hank Rion grew the Henegar’s programming with sold-out productions of new and exciting shows. Its outreach into Brevard’s African American community proudly produced plays of diverse voices, including “The Color Purple” and “Smokey Joe’s Café.” The Henegar was the country’s first community theater to produce John Waters’ “Cry Baby the Musical.” It also stepped up to carry on the tradition of high school summer theater programs and delivered the sold-out, critically acclaimed production of “Les Miserables, Jr.” Its second floor has a black box theater where edgier dramatic fare can be found, such as the popular “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill” and the provocative “Venus in Fur.”
The Henegar also has an active children’s program and plays for young audiences. The program includes classes and productions which charm young and old alike.
Currently, productions are in the works for “Bonnie & Clyde” (Jan. 18 to Feb. 3), “Tarzan (March 8 to 24), Rodgers & Hammerstein on the Silver Screen (April 5 to 7), “Red” (April 19 to 28) and “West Side Story” (May 3 to 19).
The 100-Year Anniversary Gala Committee has planned a series of special projects and programs designed to engage everyone in our community both inside and outside the theatre. Beginning in February and running through the week of the Gala, there will be a series of on-line and in-person programs designed for fun and friendship. Those include on-line photo contests, capturing Bonnie & Clyde, a “bar crawl” through downtown Melbourne (complete with dedicated designated drivers), a muscle man contest, a flash mob (shhh, don’t tell anyone), a paint-in and much more.
Centennial Sponsorships are available with a series of exceptional sponsorship opportunities – please see below for packages and contact information to take advantage of this great opportunity.
We invite everyone to take part in and enjoy the HENEGAR BUILDING 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY GALA. Doors to the Gala open 6 p.m. March 29. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for VIP admission. The VIP premium package includes admittance to the exclusive VIP Speakeasy Lounge, premium buffet, three drinks and VIP seating at the mainstage presentation. The Henegar is at 625 E. New Haven Avenue, Melbourne, Florida. Call 321-723-8698 or visit www.henegar.org/100yearsfor more information.
The Henegar’s e-newsletter will also provide the latest information about the Centennial. Visit www.henegar.org/100yearsto subscribe. Connect with us to stay up-to-date throughout the year by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Join the conversation by using the official Centennial year hashtag, #Henegar100 #HenegarGala
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