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Boca Happenings

Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library and Other
Community Partners Support Summer Reading Initiative

	 The Friends of the Boca Raton Public Library have shown                                         	 The Friends’ gift was augmented by a $500 grant for the     school years to prevent “summer slide,” during which
their support for this year’s Summer Reading initiative at                                        Summer Reading program from the Junior League of Boca         students may lose up to two months of skills. As a community
the library through a generous donation of $12,300. This                                          Raton. The law firm of Boyd, Richards, Parker and Colonnelli  partner in education, BRPL encourages families to read
funding was used to launch Summer Reading with last                                               also made a generous donation of $1,000.                      during summer break to keep their reading skills sharp.
month’s Kick-Off Party at Spanish River Library, and will                                         	 Every year, the Boca Raton Public Library, along with       	 For more information about the Friends of the Library,
also provide “Libraries Rock!” book bags for community                                            public libraries in South Florida and around the country,     please visit bocalibraryfriends.org. Sign up for Summer
members who register for Summer Reading, as well as prizes                                        presents a Summer Reading program. This year’s theme is       Reading through the library’s website at bocalibrary.org or
for participating children, tweens and teens. Library staff                                       “Libraries Rock!” and music-themed activities and classes     visit the Downtown or Spanish River Library.
will also wear themed Summer Reading shirts, thanks to the                                        will inspire all ages to rock out and read. The Summer
Friends’ donation.                                                                                Reading initiative provides an educational bridge between

“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do”
at Stage Door Theatre

Features the Music                                                                                widowed resort owner Esther,
of Neil Sedaka
                                                                                                  who is more preoccupied with
	 Stage Door Theatre’s final production in their long-time
venue on Sample Road, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, is in                                            keeping her hotel open.
performances now through August 12th. The company’s next
production, La Cage Aux Folles, will open in their new home                                       	 Stage Door Theatre Producer
at the Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on August 31st.
	 The sweetly comic story of “Breaking Up” is that of                                             Derrelle Bunn has called on
Marge and Lois, who arrive at Esther’s Paradise Resort on
Labor Day weekend 1960 for a holiday that was intended to                                         Jonathan Van Dyke to direct
be Marge’s honeymoon — until the groom left her at the altar.
It is set to the music of pop icon Neil Sedaka, and the score                                     the production. “As a long-time
showcases 18 Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys
Are,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “Calendar Girl,” “Love Will Keep                                           Neil Sedaka fan, I was thrilled
Us Together” and, of course, the chart-topping title song.
	 Lois attempts to console Marge by setting her up with                                           to find out his music was the
the resort’s handsome, self-obsessed singer Del Delmonaco,
but her plans backfire when Del mistakenly assumes that                                           inspiration for a new musical
Marge’s father can further his ambitions to become the next
teen heartthrob on American Bandstand. Gazing forlornly                                           comedy,” Van Dyke says.
at Marge from the wings is geekish cabana boy and aspiring
songwriter, Gabe. And in the meantime, when he isn’t                                              “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do is
entertaining guests with his comical Borscht Belt shtick,
house comedian Harvey is secretly carrying a torch for                                            a terrific theatrical collaboration

	 Editor.........................................................................	 NilsA.Shapiro  of story and music. It has plenty

  Photography By.........................................................	 Elyse Arnel            of laughs, but has its share of

                                                                                                  poignancy, too, as Mr. Sedaka

                                                                                                  seems to have a song for every

                                                                                                  emotion.

                                                                                                  	 “I have always been drawn

                                                                                                  to ensemble shows and this

                                                                                                  cast of six is tremendous,” he

                                                                                                  continues. I am so pleased to

                                                                                                  have been invited back to Stage The entire cast rehearsing the show’s final number. (Left to right) Gail Byer, Michael Small,

                                                                                                  Door to be a part of this...taking Trenton Bainbridge, Molly Shippy, Leigh Green, Bruno Faria. Photo Credit: Carol Kassie

                                                                                                  our audiences on a trip back to

                                                                                                  1960 and the Catskills to enjoy the timeless music of Neil for Breaking Up is Hard to Do are $48. Group rates are

                                                                                                  Sedaka.”                                                      available, as are student prices (with valid ID). Tickets may

                                                                                                  	 The show runs through August 12th. The theatre is be purchased at the Broward Stage Door Theatre box office

                                                                                                  located at 8036 Sample Road, in Margate (33065). Tickets at (954) 344-7765 or on line at https://www.stagedoorfl.org.

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