Gulfshore Playhouse unveils first look at its new theatre and education center.

A little over two months after announcing the selection of its architectural firm, Gulfshore Playhouse unveiled the first exterior rendering of its new state-of-the-art and education center to a more than 250-person audience at the 8th Annual Bubbles, Baubles and Broadway Gala on March 26.
 
The complex will be designed by world-renowned architectural firm, H3 – a design studio within Arquitectonica specializing in theatres and arts and culture buildings. The architectural firm has designed some of the most prominent theatres in the country, including the Claire Tow Theatre and Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center, the Theatre for a New Audience in New York, and the renovation of Radio City Music Hall in New York.
 
The new home for the professional regional theatre will be situated on a three-acre parcel at the corner of 1st Avenue South and Goodlette-Frank Road, which will extend the core of downtown to the east of 5th Avenue.
 
The new theatre, which faces Goodlette-Frank Road, will be an expressive sculptural design inspired by the white sand and golden sunsets of the Gulf Coast. The theatre has also been designed to connect with Naples’ downtown landscape featuring gardens with walking paths, lush terraces and contemplative spaces.
 
The design of the theatre showcases the vibrant and animated lobby, which includes 30-foot, floor-to-ceiling glass windows that frame views out to the surrounding streetscape. Patrons arriving at the playhouse will enter into an energetic and airy lobby space, with multiple levels and overlooks designed to encourage people watching. The lobby will also serve as a welcoming and engaging space for audience members, visitors, students, and families, and feature a café/bar and lounge areas to relax and enjoy.
 
The sense of anticipation carries into the theatre itself. Plans for the complex will include a 400-seat mainstage proscenium theatre with sloped stadium seating, side boxes, and a striking arched proscenium, which will be used for large-cast musicals, classics, and world premiere comedies and dramas presented in an intimate setting. The mainstage will be the size of a traditional Broadway stage, which will be used for productions transferring to a Broadway theatre, when appropriate. The space will also provide audiences with better comfort, superior sightlines and state-of-the-art acoustics.  
 
“This new space is authentic, innovative and unlike any architecture we have in Southwest Florida. It will truly be a dynamic destination location and beautiful addition to Goodlette-Frank Road,” said Founder and Producing Artistic Director Kristen Coury. “This new space will also allow us to expand our community engagement and education programming and bring to life larger world-class productions created just for Southwest Florida audiences.”
 
 
A separate 125-seat studio theatre will provide a home for Theatre for Young Audiences, cabarets, jazz performances, and edgier fare, as well as a rental space for meetings, convenings, and other performances.
A large rehearsal room, with an indoor-outdoor emphasis, will double as public spaces that can be used for special events, weddings and galas.
 
The Education Wing will provide additional spaces for students, including rehearsal rooms, classrooms, performance spaces, and a student lounge for studying and rehearsing lines. The theatre and education center will support the expansion of Gulfshore Playhouse Education with programs focused on preprofessional training in acting and musical theatre, as well as expand its in-school and after-school education programs and provide opportunities for family engagement and life-long learning.
 
 “What is unique about this theatre is that there’s an education component. Not all theatres have the ability to do that. Often, they don’t fit, like a New York theatre wedged between other buildings, but here, we included an educational wing that also serves a community purpose,” said lead designer and Arquitectonica Principal Bernardo Fort-Brescia.
 
Gulfshore Playhouse expects to triple its capacity in the new theatre and education campus, resulting in more than $10 million annually being contributed to the local economy by visitors and residents with the potential to shop, dine and stay at local businesses and hoteliers, according to national averages.
 
The new theatre and education center is part of Gulfshore Playhouse’s Next Stage capital campaign, which includes funding for the building costs, endowment, and a building transition fund. A portion of the funds already raised were used to purchase the land in November of 2017. Quiet phase fundraising is currently underway. Project assistance is being provided to Gulfshore Playhouse by Pizzuti Solutions, and financing is in place with BMO/Harris Bank.
 
Gulfshore Playhouse is committed to enriching and strengthening the cultural fabric of our region by producing professional theatre productions of a national standard that celebrates the diversity of our audiences, draws people together to discover a new understanding of oneself, and gives back in a spirit of outreach and service.
 
For more information about Gulfshore Playhouse or its new facility, visit www.gulfshoreplayhouse.org or call 239-261-PLAY (7529).
 

Naples Never Disappoints: Here Are The 14 Most Beautiful, Charming Beach Towns In Florida

According to OnlyInYourState.com, Naples ranks as one of Florida’s most beautiful, charming beach towns:

“The only thing better than a small town is a small town with a beautiful beach. Our beach towns are Florida’s crown jewels, but the larger ones are often taken over by hoards of tourists. Visit one of these smaller coastal towns to discover all of the art, history, dining, shopping, wildlife, and natural beauty that make them pretty close to paradise”…

5. Naples

Flickr/Diana Robinson

Flickr/Diana Robinson

Beautiful beaches, fine dining and boutique shops are a large part of the appeal of this town in southwest Florida. If you’re up for something a little more adventurous, explore Florida’s wildlife at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary or Collier-Seminole State Park.

Read the whole story here: http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/florida/charming-beach-towns-fl/

Are You Ready to Move into an Unparalleled Luxury Home at Mangrove Bay?

Boat docks at Mangrove BayIsn’t it time for you to move into one of the fully decorated, absolutely stunning model homes at Mangrove Bay in Old Naples? The Amelia III and the Sanibel III are available for sale, offering top-of-the-the line features, interiors imagined in a “coastal style” décor by the award-winning firm of Freestyle Interiors, guest cottages, a concierge lifestyle, and their own private boat slips.

Mangrove Bay, in Old Naples, is situated along the Gordon River, offering water enthusiasts convenient access to Naples Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Each of the 53 Old-Florida style single-family residences comes complete with a private boat slip.

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Waterfront Luxury Entices at Mangrove Bay

The Amelia III Model's outdoor living area with pool and spa

The Amelia III Model’s outdoor living area with pool and spa

Live along the Gordon River in Old Naples in one of only 53 stunning single-family residences at Mangrove Bay. This is the perfect time to consider a home with these enticing views. Its unique location offers Mangrove Bay residents an unmatched lifestyle including spacious, open-plan homes, each with its own private boat slip.

Three elegant model homes at Mangrove Bay are now open—the Keewaydin II and Amelia III Waterfront Residences, and the Sanibel III Courtyard Residence, with a very attractive leaseback opportunity for the Sanibel III and Amelia III models. Read more

Mangrove Bay: Coastal Style at Its Finest

Amelia III Model Great Room

Amelia III Model Great Room

Living along the Gordon River in Old Naples sets the tone for the home designs at Mangrove Bay, modeled in the Old Florida cottage style, yet with every modern amenity. The perfect interior design complement to the architectural style of Mangrove Bay’s 53 luxury single-family homes is best described as “coastal style.”

Faith Fix, ASID, of Freestyle Interiors, describes it as a range of influences that reference the organic colors and textures of coastal nature, and signature styles associated with different coastal areas around the world. “The Florida ‘coastal style’ is an amalgam of influences from different cultures and people coming from different areas, so in some places you might see a lot of Mediterranean influence, and in others, a more ‘traditional New England’ sense of style.

“We think of it as a combination of the traditional and the whimsical, light and bright environments, and interiors that reflect color and playfulness.” Read more

At Mangrove Bay, You’re in the Center of It All

The private docks at Mangrove Bay

The private docks at Mangrove Bay

The adage “location, location, location” has never been more true than at Mangrove Bay, an exclusive community of only 53 luxury single-family homes perfectly situated along the Gordon River in Old Naples.

Naples is often referred to as the jewel of Florida’s Gulf Coast, and rightfully so. Known for its white sugar sand beaches, warm Gulf waters, and spectacular sunsets, our city boasts the feeling of Old Florida, an affinity for appreciating Florida’s natural wonders, while offering big-city sophistication. Read more

Mangrove Bay: Living the Resort-Style Waterfront Life

An aerial view of the access to the Gulf of MexicoLife at Mangrove Bay in Old Naples is designed to be relaxing and luxurious. In addition to the lavish appointments inside and outside of these spacious single-family, Old Florida cottage-style homes set along the Gordon River, residents have the benefit of resort-style living with an on-site Concierge Center, an owners-only boat ramp, and – of course – their own private boat slip.

The Concierge Center at Mangrove Bay will offer ground-level storage for residents’ paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and jet-skis, adjacent to the private boat ramp. The main level Club area is a generous space ideal fo private parties, homeowners’ association meetings, on-site exercise classes, and more. In addition, the Club Room opens onto a spacious balcony to extend events outdoors and enjoy the beautiful view of the Gordon River.

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HOME + DESIGN: Downtown Oasis at Mangrove Bay

HOME + DESIGN: Mangrove Bay's Downtown Oasis

HOME + DESIGN: Mangrove Bay’s Downtown Oasis

Mangrove Bay was selected as a featured keynote property in the January edition of HOME + DESIGN magazine, focusing specifically on our Amelia III Waterfront Residence model home, interviewing architect Matthew Kragh of MHK Architecture & Planning, Faith Fix and Julie Roy of Freestyle Interiors, and Christian Andrea of Architectural Land Design.  Read the entire piece here by clicking on the image above!

Live the Waterfront Lifestyle at Mangrove Bay

Mangrove Bay boat docks

The boat docks at Mangrove Bay

With only 53 residences comprising Mangrove Bay, prime waterfront living along the Gordon River is only for a select few who desire unparalleled views and immediate access to every water-based activity right from their own personal dock step.

Mangrove Bay’s residents will step from their homes to the deck of their boats to cruise Naples Bay, fish the beautiful backwaters, kayak peacefully through the mangroves, enjoy easy access to the Gulf of Mexico, and tie up to the many waterfront restaurants and entertainment venues available along Naples’ waterways. Mangrove Bay offers a virtual sea of opportunities for water lovers—and it all begins at home. Read more