New At The Guild!

Dear Guild Family,

            I once read that to change the shape of an ice cube, you have to let it thaw first! Once it has been reduced to a warm puddle, you can reshape it and create a whole new shape, a whole new dimension. And there’s that word again, “change.” If there’s just one word that has echoed through halls of our campus during the past 18 months, it’s CHANGE.

            As I enter into my second season on the Guild Board of Directors and as a second year President, I hope that you are enjoying the many changes that were planted by the Board last year and are now coming to fruition this season. The Guild is now operating as a year round theatre when we opened our first show DIXIE SWIM CLUB in July. And what a show that was! Director Art Pingree had a marvelous cast! Change brought about the talented Tony nominated Michael Naffziger as our staff Set De...

The Guild is excited to announce that its 61st season will incorporate reader’s theatre productions known as the Apron Series as part of its regular lineup.  Last season there were five such productions which were performed during the February Theatre Festival.  The response was so favorable that we’ve decided to include at least four Apron productions each season.  
Apron productions are so named because they are performed on the part of the stage known as the “apron” in front of the theatre drape.  Actors read from the script and use vocal expression rather than visual expression with sets and props to tell a story. For new and aspiring actors, this style is a great way to get involved and get your feet wet or be involved in performances that require a lesser time commitment for rehearsals and productions. 
This season The Guild will present four Apron productions.    Sherman Sergel’s “12 Angry Me...

Are you interested in using genuine Theatrical Makeup products to create your characters as a performer?  Are you fascinated by airbrushed face painting, special effects makeup, or simply how to look your best when you go out?  Makeup Artist Rob Volsky has announced the launch of Theatrical Makeup Workshops at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild, starting this fall.  Held every other week, the ongoing workshops are suited to all skill levels, and hands-on training includes practice on actual performers in Guild productions and other local performance venues. Online resources are provided on his Facebook page: Character Makeup Club. There is no tuition for the workshops at the present time, but students are encouraged to order basic supplies to begin their own personal kits.  This is a great workshop for performers as well as for future theatrical makeup artists.  Class size is limited to 12 students, and will be open to...

The Guild welcomes two new talented individuals who have already made a splash with this season’s opener “The Dixie Swim Club.” 


Set Designer, Michael Naffziger is a Tony nominated theatre educator and currently the Theatre Director for the award-winning theatre program at Indian River Charter High School – Schumann School for the Visual and Performing Arts.  Prior to moving to Vero Beach, Michael was the owner of the D Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles, the Resident Director at The Lewis Family Playhouse and toured with Redlands Civic Light Opera.  In addition to his productions at the Charter High School and the Theatre Guild, his work and designs have been produced in Tampa at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, the TECO Theatre, and the Tampa Theatre.  Michael is the founder and director of The Actors Academy and specializes in the use of acting technique to discover honesty in the art.  Michael reside...

Long-time Volunteer, Sue Nalepa was awarded the "Jacobus Siebert Hazen Award" for her Years of Service Above and Beyond at the 2017/18 Annual Genie Awards Banquet this past June.  Sue and her husband, Larry moved to Sebastian in 1986 and began attending shows at The Guild to meet new friends. Sue began her volunteer work with her husband building sets. She went on to serve many aspects of the theatre’s productions from costumes and ushering to lighting and stage managing. Sue has also appeared on stage in a few productions including “Bye Bye Birdie.” Sue is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has a degree in Physical Therapy. She retired five years ago but we won’t be saying “Bye Bye” to Sue anytime soon. She enjoys her work with the Guild and we are so grateful to have her. Thank you Sue Nalepa for your dedicated work.

Milo Hassloch hails from Kentucky, but has also lived extensively in Louisiana, Texas a...

On December 1, 2018 there will be a special event to benefit the People Care Center, Inc., a local non-profit organization dedicated to helping those living with HIV/AIDS in Indian River and St. Lucie Counties.   

A Legacy of Love, a World Aids Day event, will be presented at the Vero Beach Theatre Guild honoring the lifetime achievements of Kelli Randell.  Cocktail hour begins at 6PM followed by the show at 7PM.  There will also be a Meet & Greet following the Grand Finale Performance.  

World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. The People Care Center supports people living with HIV and AIDS and educates the community.  

Seating is reserved, and tickets are $30.  Purchase tickets HERE 

"A Legacy of Lo...

Philip White and Jill A. Hargrave participated in Readers Theatre’s “A Night To Remember.” The program now is called the Apron Series

So you’ve never been enticed by the bright lights of Broadway but you’d like to try your hand in local theater if it didn’t involve such a big commitment? Well, has Vero Beach Theatre Guild got just the thing for you! 


Formerly known as the Readers Theatre, the new Apron Series has four “front of the grand drape” readings scheduled. (The grand drape is the curtain typically opened and closed during performances to reveal or conceal the stage and scenery from the audience.)


Jon Putzke, president of the board of directors, and a frequent director of Vero Beach Theatre Guild shows, considers the series “a great way to get your feet wet."


He recognizes it can be intimidating at first because there aren't a lot of rehearsals, "but having the script in hand helps build the confidence...

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