An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
A riotous ride, complete with audience participation, The Moonlight Players Theater’s production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is sure to be nothing short of a delightful comedic genius.
Performances on: 4/22, 4/23, & 4/29, 4/30 at 8pm
4/24 & 5/1 at 3pm
Dear Moonlight Patrons,
As our 26th season closes with less of a bang than anticipated, due to the pandemic closing much of our county and suspending all local theatre activity, Moonlight has found many changes happening close to home. Due to these changes and the timing of the pandemic-related closures, we are making this bittersweet announcement that we will be vacating our Warehouse Theater home in historic downtown Clermont.
Many of you know that we have had plans to build or move into a new home that we own rather than rent. Some of you may also know that the parking lot adjacent to our front door has been graded and repaved, complete with a retention wall, which has eliminated direct access and parking for the Moonlight Players’ Warehouse Theater, located at 735 W Minneola Ave. With the end of our season hastened by the pandemic, access to our facility wiped out by the adjacent landowner, and our own plans for the future slowly coming into focus, Moonlight’s Board of Directors decided this was the right time to make a big change.
While we have been in this home for over 20 years, there are too many obstacles facing our patrons going forward for us to remain where we are. Moonlight is nothing without our community of patrons and volunteers, and it is too much of a hardship for many patrons to not have any parking near the theater, let alone adequate handicap parking or even an accessible drop-off location.
On top of the practicalities of building access, we were recently notified that due to the retention wall, which was built counter to what was permitted, the theater’s front entrance no longer has sufficient room for proper egress, and so we could not open even if we wanted! While our landlord did install a sidewalk to help provide access around the side of the building, it unfortunately was not permitted properly and is undersized. This has posed additional obstacles beyond the concerns for patron parking, general accessibility, and safety in the wake of the pandemic.
While we may be leaving our current home, the building does not define the Moonlight Family, which includes not only our many, dedicated volunteers but also our devoted patron base. We WILL continue performing in the interim until we settle into a new theater home. We will continue our children’s programs, including Twilight Theatre for Youth and the Lunatics Improv Troupe. We are also looking to produce and perform a selection of smaller shows we can take to various venues in the Clermont area for our patrons to continue enjoying the quality productions they have come to expect from Moonlight.
We are here for our community – that is what community theatre is all about! We at Moonlight extend deep and heartfelt thanks to our patrons and volunteers. In the coming weeks, we will be quickly packing to vacate the building and may need additional help. If you would like to be a part of this, please make sure you join our Moonlight Volunteer page on Facebook.
We are committed to continuing our mission of providing a performance art venue for all members of our community. Please stay tuned for more information on what our next steps will be and how you can make an impact in shaping Moonlight’s future!
Moonlight Players Executive Board of Directors
Trista Fouts President
William Pratesi VP of Production
Tom Kline VP of Operations
Lavonte Rogers VP of Administration
Ro Alexander VP of Finance
The Moonlight Players (a non-profit organization), was founded by Jan Sheldon and Sara Ackers in the city of Clermont, FL. With a monetary birthday gift from Jan’s dad, the original Moonlight Players decided their first production would be The Sound of Music, directed by Jan and music directed by Sara. Other members involved in that very first play were Chris Walsh and Lee Matheny on light design, and Diana White and Bonny Rae on costume design. From then on, the Moonlight Players performed at a variety of places around the Clermont area, including South Lake High School’s auditorium, The Lakeridge Winery, The Mulberry Inn, and Jenkins Auditorium. Their love for theater remained strong and intact throughout all these venue changes, until the group finally found their home in 1999, an old car shop renovated into a theater over the years, and called it The Moonlight Warehouse Theater
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Our shows are sponsored in part by George Pérez. George is an internationally known award-winning comic book artist whose work has appeared in the pages of all the major comic book companies and other magazines. He’s been the subject of several printed retrospectives and biographies and is recognized as one of the true giants in his field. George is also a great lover of the theatre and performed in or directed several community theatre productions in New York before moving to Florida in 1995, where he lives with his wife, Carol Flynn, a fellow theatre lover and dance instructor specializing in ballroom and belly dance. George was so impressed by the Moonlight Players that he volunteered to design essay writers uk show artwork for the last several seasons. George returned to the stage to be in the Moonlight Players’ productions of Li’l Abner, The Mikado and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Thank you, George!
Listed below are the corporate sponsorship levels for individual Moonlight Players shows. If you would like to purchase one of these options, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Sponsorship"
Corporate Presenter: $2000 (Limit - 1 Sponsor)
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Corporate Partner: $1000 (Limit - 2 Sponsors)
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Corporate Sponsor: $750 (Limit - 4 Sponsors)
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Corporate Sponsor: $500
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Corporate Benefactor: $250
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All packages include the following:
Moonlight offers two discount options for bulk ticket orders:
Our FLEX PASS is a pack of 8 tickets* to be used how you like: come see 8 different shows, bring 7 friends with you to one show, or anything in between! CLICK HERE to purchase the Flex Pass, then follow the instructions in this video on how to redeem your ticket discount when purchasing the individual tickets to our show(s).
Moonlight Players also offer group rate discount for parties of 15 or more. Great for student groups, the group rate offer $2 off the face value of every ticket. Please call our box office message line or email us at email@example.com to inquire about group rate purchases.
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