Premiering Saturday, May 13 at 2:30PM & Sunday, May 14 at 2PM • NW Florida Theater Festival | Emerald Coast Theater • Grand Boulevard in Sandestin, Florida
My Barista! A Musical Starring REDD
By Anne Hunter
ABOUT MY BARISTA! A MUSICAL SKETCH COMEDY
Starring REDD, the singing bartender from Redd’s Fueling Station, MY BARISTA! is a 45-minute sketch comedy and variety show created by Anne Hunter, based on her musical, MY BARISTA! The show centers around a famous coffee-slinger and her summer job working as a barista for a notorious real estate developer at his new urbanist coffee shop on the Gulf of Mexico. In each show, REDD relives the summer over and over again, while the patrons of her coffee shop, played by a varying cast of repertory actors and local celebrity guests, present new parodies of contemporary culture and politics on Scenic Highway 30A – with soulful music, riotous humor, and the infamous REDD, performing as herself.
Helen “REDD” Vizard is a professional singer, and television personality, residing in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida. REDD has been singing since she could see herself in the mirror – alongside Cher, Donny and Marie and using a hairbrush as a microphone. She went on to sing in church choirs, concert choirs, performed in high school and community theatre musicals, and sang the national anthem at football games. REDD says: “I got my start by bugging whatever band was performing at local bars until finally had the nerve to say, “I can do this!” She moved to Scenic Highway 30A in 2007, from Key West and went on to star in Honky Tonk Angels at the Seaside Rep Theater in Seaside, Florida. REDD has made frequent appearances on 30A TV, QTV News, and New Year’s Eve celebrations as seen on CNN. She spent a week on The Weather Channel as the “weather wannabe queen” and has performed in Las Vegas. REDD’s Fueling Station is tucked inside behind the only convenience store and gas station in Blue Mountain Beach. Redd’s Fueling Station is local hangout that features a full bar and local music featuring REDD The Singing Bartender, as herself. The Northwest Florida Daily News claims that, “REDD’s Fueling Station Serves Up A Good Time.” http://www.nwfdailynews.com/news/20170317/redds-fueling-station-serves-up-good-time . Her music releases are available at CD Baby ( http://www.cdbaby.com/artist/redd1 ) on on Amazon, and iTunes.
ABOUT MY BARISTA! A MUSICAL
Written for Broadway by Anne Hunter in 2005, MY BARISTA! is the story of Nina Jordan, a free-spirited young woman with one wish: to find true love. After discovering a help-wanted advertisement to “Be a Beach Barista,” Nina leaves the suburbs for a new urbanist beach town situated on the Gulf of Mexico where she is hired to open a coffee shop with a team of architects, accountants, lawyers, consultants and contractors. A tricky web of fumbled conspiracies unfolds as each faction of the team plots to take over the popular shop. When the patrons come to Nina’s rescue, the passions of a small beach town turn into an epic turf war amidst a budding love that is tragically caught in the middle. Unable to circumvent the system, Nina becomes disillusioned while the coffee shop is secretly taken over by a new owner who threatens to demolish the beautiful beachside building. When Nina loses all hope, she resigns and the owner of the coffee shop places a “Be A Beach Barista” ad to hire a new barista to take her place. The cycle begins again as Nina’s departure beckons the seed of new beginnings for everyone. The sketch comedy series begins when the next barista arrives to fill the position.
ABOUT ANNE HUNTER
Born in Manassas, Virginia, in 1971, Hunter spent her early childhood in Selma, Alabama, before moving to Plano, Texas, where she graduated from Plano Senior High School in 1990. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Alaska in 1997. Hunter moved to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, in 2004, and opened cafes and art galleries in the new urbanist communities of Alys Beach, Watercolor, Rosemary Beach and Seaside. In 2010, she moved part-time to SoHo, New York City, to scout emerging artists while becoming a freelance writer. The story for her musical, MY BARISTA!, was written in 2005. Her fantasy-fiction epic, The Bohemians, is chronicled in three books released in serial episodes beginning in 2016. Anne Hunter Galleries is located at 25 Central Square in Seaside and is dedicated to preserving the primitive, contemporary and modern art of the new urbanism.
ABOUT THE NORTHWEST FLORIDA THEATRE FESTIVAL
The Northwest Florida Theatre Festival is an inclusive and creative celebration of a community of artists embracing what makes us the same and what makes us unique. Engage in the Northwest Florida Theatre Festival as a performer or participant in the experience and become a part of an innovative avant-garde gathering of art and artists. Hosted by Emerald Coast Theatre Company at 560 Grand Boulevard, Upstairs, Miramar Beach, Florida, May 12-21, 2017. Performances are open to the public. For entry, participants are required to have a Festival Button ($5), show tickets are $10-$20. For more information, submission application, schedule, and ticket sales go to www.NWFTheatreFestival.com. #AStageForAll
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. 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. The professional theater efforts are focused on thought provoking productions, festivals and collaborations as well as acting and improv workshops and classes for adults.