Scene & Heard by Heidi Kurpiela

Scene & Heard 06.17.10

Posted June 15, 2010 at 7:00 am

by Heidi Kurpiela

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+ Mimi Edlin and friends make their stage debut
In her stage debut last week at the Sarasota Bay Club, artist Mimi Edlin proved you’re never too old to play young.

Edlin, dressed in a short skirt, knee socks and spiky red hair, played the part of a bored school girl June 10, in a staged reading of first-time playwright Dottie Stevens’ play, “What is Art?”

Directed by Jennifer Walker, the play follows a motley crew of characters (played by 12 Sarasota Bay Club residents) as they tour St. Peter’s Basilica, in Rome, and admire Michelangelo’s “La Pietà.”

The cast, most of whom have never acted before, drew a crowd of 160 people to the Sarasota Bay Club last week.

“It went very, very well,” says Edlin, whose doting beau, Alfred Ginewsky, lavished the cast with wine after their dress rehearsal. “I got to tell you, these parts were so ingrained in us, I wasn’t nervous at all during the performance.”

Spoken like a true stage diva.

+ ‘Menopause’ gives girls a reason to go out at night
This just in: The Asolo Repertory Theatre’s “Menopause the Musical” provides date night and girls’ night out entertainment. Just ask Joanne Middleton, a Parrish resident and downtown Sarasota theater-lover.

After entering 107.9 WSRZ’s “Girls Night Out” contest and winning four free tickets to the June 4 opening of “Menopause,” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre, Middleton announced plans to return to the theater with her husband, Mike, to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. Middleton and her girlfriends arrived at the Asolo Rep via limo opening night, toasted the “Menopause” cast at a champagne after-party, dined at Treviso on the Ringling Museum grounds and crashed at Hotel Indigo.

Below: Diane Sanguedolce, Heidi Habhegger, Joanne Middleton and Caryl Parks with limo driver Steve Simon







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