Colonial Quarter Debuts Live-Action Musical/Comedy Show
06/11/2013

Partnership Between University of Florida, City of St. Augustine, Fla., and Private Entrepreneur, Pat Croce, Scales New Heights with Launch of Area’s Only Show of its Kind

Online PR News – 11-June-2013 – St. Augustine, FL – Imagine a serene, star-filled St. Augustine sky ‘neath a stately and majestic oak tree centuries ago. In the moments between cannon fire and cavalrymen voices, stop to listen and take in your surroundings – hear the music rising from the tranquil shores of the Matanzas. Feel the romance in the air, as magic and wonder permeate your surroundings. Embrace the life that was and the people that lived it. It is from this that Colonial Crew Revue derives its inspiration.

“Absolutely enchanted – that’s how the audience will feel upon seeing this show,” said Pat Croce, Colonial Quarter’s Chairman and Executive Producer of Colonial Crew Revue. “There’s simply nothing like this show in St. Augustine. It stands on its own two feet as a unique, immersive experience that is entertaining for everybody.”

A live-action musical/comedy show inspired by the city’s days of yore, Colonial Crew Revue has given the city the only show of its kind. Taking place on Colonial Quarter’s custom-crafted stage beneath the stately Colonial Oak in the attraction’s 16th century Spanish garrison town section, the show forms the perfect union of entertainment and education, translating the dramatic moments of that period into a high-energy, humor-filled showcase of St. Augustine’s Colonial history.

“Colonial Quarter has received raving reviews since its grand opening in March,” said Cindy Stavely, Colonial Quarter’s Executive Director. “Now, just three months later, we’ve got a whole new dimension to add to the fold for people to get excited about all over again.”

Full of music, magic and comedy, Colonial Crew Revue showcases the talent of a traveling troupe of performers, the Picolata Players, who are preparing to entertain the troupes at the Castillo de San Marcos. They have, however, become entangled in the long-standing feud between newest member, El Comico, and his brother El Capitan, the captain of a Castillo guard and the man who decides whether or not they get to perform.Traveling performers were once attacked by Seminole Indians in Picolata, Florida, a tiny town on the eastern banks of the St. Johns River. In the classic spirit of "the show must go on," the handful of the massacre’s survivors forged onward roughly 20 miles east to St. Augustine, where they were scheduled to perform that evening. Despite having lost wagons full of props and costumes in addition to many members of their troupe, the “players” by way of Picolata performed as planned in St. Augustine to wondrous reception.

“Humor was obviously essential in writing the show, but it was vital that history play a part as well,” said Scott Abrams, Colonial Crew Revue’s writer and director, as well as one of the show’s actors. “Picolata fit the bill perfectly: It’s a small place few have heard of, but that everyone wants to know about once they hear the name because it sounds so unique and fun – just like our show.”

Abrams is just one actor in an awe-inspiring cast of St. Augustine-area performers: Diego Bermudez, Andrew Deveroux, Mollie Gillis, Madi Mack, William McRea, Andrew Nance, and Sydney Zaruba round out the Picolata Players. Colonial Crew Revue features and relies extensively on audience participation throughout its show, and afterwards, cast members will guide audience members to the Taberna del Caballo, Colonial Quarter’s Spanish-inspired, open-air restaurant a stone’s throw away, for a delightful meet-and-mingle experience that features the opportunity to converse with the cast and receive autographs whilst raising a toast. Colonial Crew Revue-specific merchandise will also be available for purchase.

“History is unquestionably one of St. Augustine’s main draws for visitors and locals alike,” said John Stavely, Director of Historic Programming at Colonial Quarter. “With the addition of the Colonial Crew Revue, we’ve certainly found yet another way to turn education into entertainment through a fun, creative and engaging experience that you’ll only find at Colonial Quarter.”

Upon its debut performance on Saturday, June 22, Colonial Crew Revue will entertain up to 250 lucky ticket holders every Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets for adults are $29.99 and children $14.99.

There are also combo ticket packages available in conjunction with general Colonial Quarter admission, as well as sister attraction, The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. St. Johns County residents – as well as active military, college students, AAA members, University of Florida alumni, and senior citizens – with ID receive a $2 off discount for adults and $1 off for children. Sangria, wine, draft beer and soft drinks, plus savory snacks, are complimentary and unlimited throughout the show.
Croce is passionately looking forward to Colonial Crew Revue’s curtain rising. “Colonial Quarter was already an awe-inspiring experience,” he said. “Now, with Colonial Crew Revue, we’ve just made it a whole lot better!”

About Colonial Quarter

As the city’s newest attraction, Colonial Quarter is a living history experience with something for everyone to discover and enjoy. Stroll through two gorgeous acres showcasing three centuries of history and listen to Colonial residents tell of their daily lives in the Old World. From atop a 17th-century-styled watchtower, enjoy a bird's-eye view of America's oldest masonry fort - the Castillo de San Marcos - and the tranquil Atlantic Ocean. Two 18th century-styled eateries - a Spanish taberna and a British pub - offer a mouth-watering taste of Old World-meets-modern-day gastronomy. Musket-drill gunpowder, smoke from authentic blacksmith creations, manicured gardens, and sawdust from the ongoing construction of an authentic-scale 16th-century sailing ship all offer a snapshot of St. Augustine's days of yore. Feel authentic artisan creations in its shopping emporiums, sift through coquina sand to find buried artifacts, and create leather jewelry to take as a souvenir. All this and more at the Colonial Quarter – a unique public/private partnership between the University of Florida, the city of St. Augustine, and entertainment entrepreneur, Pat Croce. Please see ColonialQuarter.com for more information.

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