Standing ovation greets Godspell opening at Actors’ Playhouse

Pictured at Coral Gables City Commission meeting on Oct. 18 with Proclamation for Coral Gables Interact Club’s support for Polio Plus are (l-r) Ted Eldredge, 2012-13 Rotary District Governor; Hilda Mendoza, property manager, 550 Biltmore Building; Walter Alvarez, Coral Gables Rotary president; Jake Makin, Interact president, and Gables Commissioner Frank Quesada.

The critically acclaimed Broadway musical Godspell opened at Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre on Oct. 12. With a full house, the show received a standing ovation from an appreciative audience. Artistic director David Arisco has added his special touch to this show making it hilarious — especially the first act — and unforgettable. A super talented cast combined with audience interaction and a few other surprises make this a fun, “must see” performance that will run through Nov. 4.

Linda Knudsen and husband Harry Holmbreaker attend Godspell opening night show

Aside from the usual opening night festivities, Actors’ Playhouse was celebrating the start of the its 25th season. Actors’ executive producer Barbara Stein not only welcomed and thanked show sponsors that evening, but also applauded all those who have supported the theater from its early days in Kendall and, of course, the City of Coral Gables for its vision in converting the old movie theater into this wonderful community resource.

Following the show, guests enjoyed a lovely dinner provided by Ortanique and had a chance to visit with the cast. For tickets to Godspell call 305-444-9293.

Tania Stern (left) congratulates Barbara Stein on Actors’ Playhouse 25th season during opening night for Godspell.

The Coral Gables High School Interact Club was honored with a Proclamation on Oct. 18 for the club’s support of Rotary International Polio Plus Campaign and for helping bring about awareness with the lighting of buildings, the next one at 550 Biltmore Way.

Walter Alvarez, president of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables which sponsors this Interact Club, was on hand with Interact’s Jake Makin, 550 property manager Hilda Mendoza, and Rotary’s District 6990 Governor Ted Eldredge to participate in the presentation made by Gables Commissioner Frank Quesada.

For more than 35 years, Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade have been one of the best places to purchase Christmas trees and wreaths bringing holiday cheer to many South Florida homes. The tradition continues and, as always, 100 percent of proceeds from the trees and wreaths sales benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami Dade, whose positive programs serve 10,000 boys and girls in Miami-Dade County. To kick off the 2012 selling season, Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade will hold a grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony at the tree lot on Monday, Nov. 19. Look for Santa Claus at the event that also will include local dignitaries and Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami- Dade representatives.

In other non-profit activity, Saturday, Nov. 3, was a big day for the Arthritis Foundation nationwide due to their annual Arthritis Walk. The Miami-Dade event took place at Amelia Earhart Park, 401 E. 65 St. in Hialeah. Registration began at 8 a.m. and the Walk started at 9 a.m. This year’s honorary chair was Turtle Thomas, baseball head coach at Florida International University.

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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

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