Media get preview of Havana Music Hall at Actors’ Playhouse

Media get preview of Havana Music Hall at Actors' Playhouse

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Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre pulls off another coup with the World Premiere of Havana Music Hall, a musical that is sure to make you laugh, cry and want to dance.

During rehearsals Richard Kagan, who wrote the music, lyrics and story, shared the background on hos the show came to be. With encouragement from his actress wife, Julie Hagerty, Kagan looked into several options in his quest to write a musical and came upon information on a Cuban musician, Jose Hernandez, whom he miraculously found in California.

It turns out that Jose’s story and what he endured after the revolution in Cuba was compelling and inspiring. Thus, it became the story for the musical and one that resonates with countless immigrants from countries where freedom comes at a huge cost. This show is a must see and it promises to warm your heart and make you appreciate our country and what many endure to overcome tyrannical regimes.

By the way, Kagan is a big supporter of no-kill animal shelters and will be looking to support those efforts locally. For $20 at the shows you may purchased an adorable white stuffed dogs adorned with a hat with a musical note, a souvenir for the premiere that will benefit an appropriate shelter or organization. If you attend the show, help save a pet by picking up one or two for your kids.

Tickets start at $30 and group rates are available for this show. Call 305-444-9293.

Aside from the theater, there are many other upcoming events that promise to be fun. The GFWC Coral Gables Woman’s Club is preparing for its Halloween Haunted Mansion Party to benefit the club’s free children’s dental clinic. Chairing this year’s event are Barbara Lapsley and Marilyn Smit who advise all to come in costumes and prepare for a night to remember. If you are looking for a great Halloween party, you can get a jump on the festivities at this Oct. 20 annual affair that offers everything from a deejay with dancing and games to contests for best costumes and more. Tickets at $35 per person include food and a cash bar and may be purchased at the door for $40.

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Profit Inc. members gathered at 1st Citizens Bank in Coral Gables for an open house. LaWanda Loftus welcomed members and guests giving tours of the renovated offices. Among the many dropping by before the UM footbal game on Sept. 27 were Dr. Joe Briggle, Mike and Susan Sutta, Lillian Ser, Bob Kemper, Kemp Mobley, Enrique Yunis, and Carmen Siman. For information on joining this dynamic group visit They meet monthly on the first and third Thursday for lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant.

Finally, GFWC District 11 women’s clubs, comprised of clubs from all over South Florida, recently returned from Fall Board, a planning conference of GFWC Florida.

District 11 director Elizabeth Kourtesis Fisher of Miami Springs Woman’s Club was proud to have so many attending from our area. Among the CGWC members attending with this writer were Arely Ruiz, Jessenia Franscisco, Yvonne Llauro, Valerie Valenzuela, Dr. Iris Torres, Donna Myrill, Mayra Dominguez, Nancy Desmangles, Linda Hartwell, Barbara Lapsley and Mireya Kilmon. Anyone interested in joining a woman’s club will find it rewarding and a great way to making lasting friendships.

Until next time, keep making each day count.

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A graduate of the University of Florida with a major in Spanish, Burns has an extensive background in advertising, marketing and reciprocal trade, travel , non profit consulting and management. Before joining Miami's Community Newspapers as a columnist and marketing specialist, Gloria was the Executive Director of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee (6 yrs.) and first Executive Director of the Coral Gables Community Foundation (14 yrs.) and the Pinecrest Community Foundation (1 ½ yrs) . Burns' volunteer activities led her to become a columnist for Community Newspapers writing Gloria’s Gab, that focuses on the non-profit activity, and a host of an online show, Gloria's Gab LIVE. Gloria serves the board of the Rotary Club of Coral Gables as Civic and Charity Chair, and is involved in the club's International Committee. She is an active Life Member of the Jr. Orange Bowl Committee and is Secretary of the Merrick Festival. She serves on the board of directors of the Coral Gables Woman' Club as Publicity Chair and also coordinates the club's monthly fundraiser for various charities with Gringo Bingo at Clutch Burger. In addition, Gloria participates in numerous other charitable events and is a member of the Business Forum Group, Profit Inc., the Greater Miami Festival & Events Association and the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce. In other volunteer activity, Gloria helps Miami Christian School with fund-raising and PR; is an Ambassador and volunteers for events for A Safe Haven for Newborns. She is an active member of the Music Ministry at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church where she enjoys singing in the choir every weekend.


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