EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY  ‘MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING & MARRIAGE’

Interactive variety show-style comedy runs January 28-February 6

“This season we were looking for shows that were fun and funny and ‘Miss Abigail’ fits the bill,” says Emerald Coast Theatre Company producing artistic director Nathanael Fisher. “Whether you are into dating, mating or marriage — or all three — this comedy is relatable and will bring the laughter we all need.”

In this Off-Broadway romp by Ken Davenport (“Spring Awakening” (Tony nomination) “Kinky Boots” (Tony Award)) and Sarah Saltzberg), “Miss Abigail” takes you back to a simpler time before “booty calls” and speed-dating, back when “fidelity” was more than an investment firm.

This is the story of Miss Abigail (Kindra Steenerson), the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars (think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post), and her sexy sidekick Paco (Elbi Cespedes), as they travel the world teaching Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-to” tips on dating, mating and marriage.

The audience participates in this hilarious variety show and Miss Abigail’s strapping young assistant is there to provide for her every need. This smash Off-Broadway hit will keep your laughing all night long — that’s the Miss Abigail “guarantee.”

The show opens Friday, Jan. 28 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 6. Performances are Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 7:30 p.m. with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinees Jan. 30 and Feb. 6.

Arrive to the theater early to enjoy the display of original artwork in the ECTC Lobby Gallery exhibited in partnership with the Cultural Arts Alliance of Walton County. The exhibit features artwork by local artists. All the artwork is available for purchase. A portion of proceeds benefit ECTC and its theater education programs.

This production is directed by Nathanael Fisher.

The cast features Kindra Steenerson and Elbi Cespedes. Steenerson, who earned her MFA in performance/directing from Utah State University, makes her ECTC debut with this appearance. Most recently, she appeared as The Angel in “Angels in America” at Carolina Actors Studio Theatre in Charlotte, and as Jennifer Jones in Lee Street Theatre’s production of “The Realistic Joneses.” Other favorite roles include Hecuba in “The Trojan Women,” Lady Caroline in “Enchanted April,” Audrey in “Little Shop of Horrors,” and The Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods.” Steenerson is the executive director of SAGE Acts, and currently teaches acting, voice, movement and directing at University of North Carolina – Wilmington.

Cespedes is a SAG-AFTRA actor from New York City who’s thrilled to be making his debut with ECTC. Most recently, he starred in an original musical titled “Focus” in Boise, Idaho as well as Belfast, Maine. He’s a recent graduate of Wagner College where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre performance. Some of his favorite stage credits include “Somebody in Everybody,” “Celebration” and “Cabaret.”

Costume and prop design is by Anna Fisher. Set and lighting design by Rebeca Lake with sound design and stage management by Phillip Padgett.

A part of the Professional Theatre Mainstage series, “Miss Abigail” will be staged in ECTC’s performance space located on the second floor of 560 Grand Boulevard in Grand Boulevard Town Center in Miramar Beach.

Tickets are $33 per person for adults, $31 for seniors (55 years-old and up)/military and $27 for students (must show ID). To purchase tickets call (850) 684-0323 or visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org.

ECTC is implementing its Safety Protocol Plan to ensure our patrons can enjoy all offerings in a safe environment. Patrons can find the detailed plan on ECTC’s website.

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Save the date for ECTC’s upcoming mainstage offerings: “2 Across” (Feb. 18-27) and “Xanadu” (May 13-22); and the StoryTeller series: “The Fall of April” (Jan. 11); “Give ‘Em Hell Harry” (Feb. 8) and “Katharine Hepburn” starring Shirley Simpson (Mar. 3).

ECTC’s 2021-2022 season is made possible with support from Grand Boulevard Town Center, St. Joe Community Foundation, Howard Group, and the South Walton Tourist Development Council.

To become a corporate sponsor, make a tax-deductible donation, volunteer or learn more about Emerald Coast Theatre Company, find them on Facebook, call (850) 684-0323 and visit www.emeraldcoasttheatre.org. ##

ABOUT EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY Emerald Coast Theatre Company is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2012 by Nathanael Fisher, MFA, and his wife, Anna Fisher, MA. Based in Miramar Beach, Florida, ECTC’s mission is to enrich and entertain the Emerald Coast community through professional and educational theater. ECTC operates year-round with a two-fold mission to provide both educational and professional offerings to the Northwest Florida community. Educational outreach includes after school and home-school programs, touring and staged productions, summer camps, workshops, and classes.

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EMERALD COAST THEATRE COMPANY ‘MISS ABIGAIL’S GUIDE TO DATING, MATING & MARRIAGE’

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