This ‘Midlife Crisis’ will delight young and old

Great voices, hilarious lyrics and terrific music make MID LIFE! The Crisis Musical a must see for theatre lovers young and old. The show, performed at Actors Playhouse in the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables will run through August 10. For those over forty, the musical really hits home.

Of course, the younger crowd laughs as they can identify different characters in their own families from this cast of actors whose rich voices and acting skills entertain so well.

Artistic director David Arisco ‘s talented cast includes Margot Moreland, Maribeth Graham, Wayne Steadman, Allan Baker, Lourelene Snedeker and Barry Tarallo, all of whom make you laugh out loud with numbers like What Did I Come in Here For? and “He Got What He Deserves,” a scene from a 30 year reunion.

Debi Wilborn, Marielena Dietz, Frances baboon, Mayra Dominguez, Karen Kirby, Charo Bolanos and Carmen Suarez at CGWC Bunko Night.

With Catering by Lovables providing an extensive and delicious pre-show buffet, and Bacardi donating a full bar throughout the evening, opening night on July 11, had a party atmosphere. Following the show, The Crepe Maker was also on hand offering guests a selection of great desserts made on the spot while the cast came out to meet and greet an audience that had given them a standing ovation for their performances.

Among those enjoying the evening were Executive Director Barbara Stein and Chairman of the Board Dr. Lawrence Stein, Coral Gables Mayor Don and Jeannett Slesnick; Mrs. Miami, Mireya Kilmon; former Mayor Dorothy and Jack Thomson; John Roscio, of Macy’s; Art Hertz; Adolfo Henriques, Chairman, President and CEO, Florida East Coast Industries, Inc.: Lourdes Perez, of Continental Airlines; John Sorgie and Annie Goodrich, of Sunset Quickprint; Tom Bovee, of Corporate Express, and Carol Bovee: Marge Hartnett; Enid Miguez and David Albury: and Alberto Romeo, of Alberto Romeu Studio, who has generously donated his photographic services throughout the years to the Playhouse.

Mrs. Miami, Mireya Kilmon, with sister Lourdes Perez, of Continental Airlines, at opening night party for Midlife; The Crisis Musical at Actors’ Playhouse in Coral Gables

Performances are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday; no Wednesday shows as of July 30, and additional matinees July 16 and July 23.

Tickets are $46 Friday and Saturday evenings, $38.50 for other performances (student, senior and group discounts available, with restrictions). Call the theater at 305-444-9293 or visit the web site. Also, members of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce are being extended special rate for the musical, call 305-446-1657 for more information on that special. Coral Gables Woman’s Club held a “Sex and the City” themed Bunko Night offering members a great way to get together over the summer, typically a down time for most service organizations. Debi Wilborn organized the affair, catered by Terry Cooke, and the ladies came decked out for a fun evening of fun and games.

Among the many members and guests enjoying the social were Barbara Lapsley, Andy Young, Karen Kirby, Linda Hartwell, Frances Baboun, Mayra Dominguez, Marielena Dietz, Debra Adam, Nancy Desmangles, and Kathy Terry. It is not all parties for this industrious group of women. In fact, Coral Gables Woman’s Club owns and operates the May Van Sickle Dental Clinic, a free clinic that provides more than $130,000 in dental care annually to disadvantaged children.

By the way, if you are interested in community service and meeting people who make a difference in our community, Coral Gables Woman’s Club is always looking for new members. You do not have to be a Coral Gables resident to join and, in fact, members come from as far north as Miami Beach, Doral and Miramar to as far south as Palmetto Bay, Pinecrest and South Dade. For more information, go online to coralgableswomansclub. com or contact the Club’s New Member Chair: Debi Willborn at < the2coolgirls@aol.com >. As the summer rolls on, many are leaving Miami for some fabulous trips. Bill Martinez, of Stanfill Funeral Home, just returned from a great trip to Viet Nam and Cambodia while Yoli Woodbridge and Jo Burke cruised to Alaska, a popular trip for so many every summer. Ron Shuffield, of EWM Realtors, surprised wife, Anita, with a trip to Europe and even got tickets for Wimbledon.

Elizabeth Silverman, of Catering by Lovables, with Enid Miguez and David Albury at Actors’ Playhouse opening night party.

Speaking of traveling, Vicki LeMaster, a popular and much loved hair stylist at Jireh Salon in South Miami, has moved to the Carolinas with her daughter Felicia. During her final week tons of clients came by for a final cut, color and blow dry including such notables as Nancy Hogan, Chip and Cindy Withers, Christina Burns and hundreds more, all sad to see her leave South Florida. LeMaster’s mother and sister, who works at MetroZoo, still live in Miami; so, they will be back for visits. Until next week, keep making each day count.

Keeping up with what’s happening in our community is quite a challenge and I am certain there are many activities I miss. If you would like to submit information for this column, please send your news via e-mail to galburns@ aol.com.

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Gloria Burns
A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel as well as non profit consulting and management. Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist writing Gloria’s Gab, a column that focuses on the non-profit activity. Burns was Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee for 6 years and then served as the first Executive Director of Coral Gables Community Foundation for 14 years after which she helped the emerging Community Foundation of Pinecrest. Active in many non profits, she received the 2015-16 President's Best Member Award from the GFWC Coral Gables Woman's Club, 2012-13 CGWC Leadership Award, 2012-2013 Rotarian of the Year Award as RCCG Public Relations Chair and Fund raising Co-Chair, 2011 Florida Federation of Women’s Club Volunteer of the Year for the District 11 and honored by the City of Doral as one of their first recipients for the Doralian Women's Award. Among her list of current responsibilities, Burns co-chairs two annual student recognition breakfasts for the Coral Gables Friends of Education; helps coordinate charity partners for the Westin Colonnade's Annual Give Kids the World Breakfast; serves on the board of directors of Doral Business Council; is Parliamentarian and serves on the board of the GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club; serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables and is Publicity Chair; and is a member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee. Gloria is also an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where sings sings in the choir. She can be reached at gloria@communitynewspapers.com

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