5 & Dime Theatre Group Presents 'The Eight' at CoRK!

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Jacksonville's most interesting urban theatre company is mounting a production of "The Eight" at CoRK, in the exploding King Street Entertainment District. Strictly for adults, the new show takes Christmas where it was never ever intended to go in the funniest imaginable way. The 5&Dime; crew has transformed the space over at CoRK Art Center into a cross between a Hee Haw set and a Swedish Black Box in advance of the show! Rehearsals have been screamingly funny. Don't miss this show, or the chance to hang out in the King Street District this weekend! Join us for some backstage photos and the saucy intro to the show!

The Eight
Reindeer Monologues

Scandal erupts at the North Pole when one of Santa’s eight tiny reindeer makes a shocking accusation. As mass media descends upon the event, the other members of the sleigh team demand to share their perspectives, and a horrific tale of corruption and perversion emerges, which seems to implicate everyone from the littlest elf to the tainted Saint himself.

With each deer’s confession, the truth behind the explosive allegations becomes clearer and clearer… and murkier and murkier… in this wickedly black comedy!


directed by MICHAEL R. LIPP
stage managed by MARY BETH WARD and BRADEN WARD
production management by LEE HAMBY

DECEMBER 16 - 18

Fri, Dec 16 at 8pm
Sat, Dec 17 at 8pm and 11pm
Sun, Dec 18 at 4pm


CoRK Arts District
2689 Rosselle Street

$10 in advance
$15 at door
http://the8.eventbrite.com/ (purchase tickets!)

The Cast:

(Dasher) is proud to be a part of this exciting and emerging theatre company and to be working with this top-notch cast. Dave received his MFA in theatre directing from Florida Atlantic University and received additional graduate training (Sanford Meisner technique) at Northern Illinois University, after earning a BA from UF. Last year, he studied in London at Shakespeare’s Globe stage, where he performed the title role in Macbeth. Dave also serves as a sponsor of Middleburg High School’s drama program. Local audiences may know him as either a director or an actor. He was last seen as Capulet in Romeo and Juliet at Theatre Jacksonville. Dave’s other local credits include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at Limelight Theatre, Roger Debris in The Producers at OPCT, and Charlemagne in Pippin at PBTS, where he directed award-winning productions of Art and more recently, The Merchant of Venice. Last July, he directed the highly celebrated, The Drowsy Chaperone at TJ. Other favorite directing credits include: The Tempest, Barnum, Noises Off, A Man for All Seasons, The Lion in Winter, Torch Song Trilogy, and Kiss of the Spider Woman.

(Cupid) is either a member of Jacksonville’s burlesque subculture or a sexual deviant. Since November 2009, Ed has produced locally, with partners Belladonna Knightshade and Anita Nightcap, the international art salon concept, Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School JAX. After emceeing the burlesque art event for two years, Ed has since been heard to refer to himself as ’The Godfather of Jacksonville Burlesque’, but only in actor bios. An accomplished Legilimens, Edward was never-the-less surprised to be asked to act as Cupid, the openly gay reindeer, considering he doesn’t think of himself as a reindeer or an actor. However, Ed found that his fellow thespians hardly batted a false eyelash at his own smug narcissistic egotism. Used to being surrounded by beautiful nearly-naked women while on stage, Mr. Mourningwood finds this production of Jeff Goode’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues to be a bit of a sausage fest.

KENT LINDSEY (Hollywood) has had a tremendously exciting career. As an actor, Kent has appeared in the films Glory, Passenger 57, and GI Jane, as well as numerous national and regional commercials, along with independent and industrial films. He won an acting award for his role as the HEAD in the 48 Hour Film Festival in 2007. Kent was best known for his original children’s character, Safari Sam, host of the Kids Club on Fox. Safari Sam was recognized for his work with children by Attorney General Janet Reno, The City of Jacksonville, and more. Kent has been seen on stage in The 1940’s Radio Hour, Side Man, Assassins, and Inherit the Wind. Kent is Vice President and part owner of Lindsey Films, a film and video production company. In 2010, Kent was President of the Meninak Club.

MARYBETH ANTOINETTE (Blitzen) has had a blessed and adventurous life in theatre thus far and is proud to be a part of the inaugural season of The 5 & Dime!! Her last role, Becca in Rabbit Hole, won her a Best Actress award at Theatre Jacksonville. She appeared in Nunsense as Sr. Robert-Anne. MaryBeth was awarded Best Actress in a Leading Role for her portrayal of Laura Keene in Theatre Jax’s production of Our Leading Lady. Having recently relocated here from the west coast of FL where she was/is honored to be an active and award winning member of the theatre community in many plays, musicals, cabaret shows, and concerts, MaryBeth’s most memorable roles include Rose in Gypsy (Curtain Call Award – Best Actress Musical), Marjorie in Extremities and Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde (Awarded Sarasota Magazine’s Best Actress in Drama and Best Actress - Musical for each role as well as Handy nominations for both). Other favorites were Magenta in the Rocky Horror Show (reprising in 2011 Venice Theatre), Daisy in On A Clear Day, Ramona in Blue Plate Special and Rizzo in Grease.

STEVE ANDERSON JR. (Comet) is back on The 5 & Dime stage since his impressive performance as Montag in Fahrenheit 451. He was last seen at Players by the Sea as the fast-talking, energetic Franco Wicks in Superior Donuts. Other recent productions include the award-winning short film Botched for the Savannah 48Hour Film Festival and an independent short film, Causality for The XOF Project. Prior to that he was seen at Players by the Sea singing and dancing as part of a talented cast in the toe-tapping musical Ain’t Misbehavin’. Some of Steve’s favorite shows include Parade, Crumbs, Hair, Gee’s Bend, Julius X, Closer, notes from the bottletree, and The Two Gentlemen of Verona. Steve has a BFA in Theatre Studies from Southern Methodist University. He is currently represented by First Coast Talent. When not performing, Steve currently records audiobooks and radio announcements, enjoys time with his family, and hunts for the next project.

AMY NOEL J CANNING (Dancer) is psyched about being a part of The Eight, working with such a talented cast, director and producers. Amy was most recently seen playing the 80 year old Esmerelda in Theatre Jax’s production of Wellfarewell. Amy has been seen in plays in the past years at Theatre Jacksonville in such roles as: Kate in Taming of the Shrew, Helena in Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lettice in Lettice and Lovage, Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing and Lenny in Crimes of the Heart. She received the best Actress award twice and has since been nominated three times-a thrill every time! Before her local community theatre stomp she played Kitty in Six Degrees of Separation, Off-Broadway at the Wings Theatre in NYC. She was in the award winning Off-Broadway production of Leaf in the Mailbox by Elan Zafir and performed stand up regularly in the big city. Most notably she was given the opportunity to open at Caroline’s Comedy club on Broadway. She has performed many roles regionally as well as New York. She has performed in London, Ireland and Greece and credits much of her acting philosophy to her one time teacher, the great Zoe Caldwell. Amy Has her MFA in acting and has taught theatre at University of Florida, and now teaches at FSCJ, adult acting classes for Theatre Jacksonville and she is the Drama Teacher by day at Bishop Kenny High School.

BILL RATLIFF (Donner) has been a part of the Jacksonville theatre community for a quarter of a century. His most recent appearances have been in the Players by the Sea summer musicals The Who’s Tommy (Uncle Ernie), Parade (Hugh Dorsey), Sweeney Todd (Judge Turpin) and Bat Boy: The Musical (Dr. Parker). Other PBTS productions include Bill W. and Dr. Bob (Bill W.), Urinetown (Cladwell), The Lion in Winter (Henry), Mr. Roberts (Mr. Roberts), Equus (Dysart), The Dining Room (multiple roles), The Fantasticks (El Gallo), All My Sons (Chris), and A Walk in the Woods (Honeyman). Other local credits include Love Letters (ABET), I Hate Hamlet, Forever Plaid, Sylvia, Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened… (Theatre Jacksonville), Twelfth Night and MacBe*h (Shakespeare at the Met) and Side Man (Jacksonville Stage Company) as well as several appearances with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Bill is a graduate of Furman University where he studied theatre and earned his degree in Economics.

STACI COBB (Vixen) is a graduate of DASOTA (dance), and JU (Theatre/Dance/Voice). Post-graduation she spent 8 years working and studying in New York City, returning home to Jacksonville in 2003. Staci has sung back up for the late Phoebe Snow, played a lead in an Indian feature film (Inscrutable Americans), performed with Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie (TJ’s Happily Red 2006), sung in an Amanda McBroom master class, and played lots of dream roles onstage. Staci has had the pleasure of playing Anne in Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Lucille Frank in Parade – winning a Players by the Sea Pelican Award for Best Actress, Lesley in Talking Heads (PBTS), The Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods (Theatre Jacksonville), Martha in The Secret Garden (TJ Supporting Actress Award), Sara Jane Moore in Assassins (also co-produced), Fastrada in Pippin (PBTS) and Meredith in Bat Boy (Pelican Award for Best Actress). Most recently, she had the pleasure of playing another notorious "vixen" - Roxie Hart (Chicago) at PBTS. Jacksonville directing credits include Anatomy of Gray, Moon Over the Brewery (TJ) and The Who’s TOMMY (Players). She’s also had the honor of performing as a featured soloist and actress with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Staci’s thrilled to playing another amazing role alongside such a stellar cast! She’s a co-founder and current President of The 5 & Dime, so it’s especially awesome to be performing in her first 5 & Dime production.