The Tybee Post Theater proudly presents the two opening nights of the Tybee Performing Arts Society’s production of “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.”
The comedy is set in the 1960s and is about poor Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married restaurateur, who wants to the the sexual revolution before it is too late. A man with a gentle soul and no experience in adultery, he proceeds to fail miserably in the seduction of three very different gals!
Directed by Dr. Ronnie Stilton. Starring Joshua Stafford, Kim Trammell, Raina Bass and Renee DeRossett.
The first opening nights of the production will be staged at the newly reopened 200-seat Tybee Post Theater, Nov. 6 and 7.
Tickets are $20; $18 for Theater members. The Post Theater will have reserved seating, so go online and get your tickets and select your seats at tybeeposttheater.org or call 912-472-4790.
The Post concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh popped movie popcorn!
The Tybee Post Theater presents Tybee City Limits with Jason Bible and The Train Wrecks, CcWitt and Lyn Avenue, and singer/songwriter Sarah Poole
It’s the first installment of our new monthly music series, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, which will quickly become the most talked-about local music programming on the coast. Each month Tybee City Limits, modeled after the long-running Austin City Limits television show, will feature three acts– a singer/songwriter and two of the Coastal Empire’s hottest bands — under one roof in one great show!
This week’s show opens with the talented singer/songwriter Sarah Poole from Savannah. Poole’s a self- taught musician with a smokey indie/folk voice that can’t quite be compared to anyone else. She says some of her influences include Nirvana, Stevie Nicks, Florence and the Machine, Mumford and Sons, and First Aid Kit.
Savannah country band Lyn Avenue fronted by the dynamic Cc Witt is up next. Lyn Avenue officially began in 2010 as a pop-rock band playing the basements of Savannah. It wasn’t until 2011, when lead singer Witt, wrote the song “Everyday Guardian Angel,” a pure country ballad, that audiences truly started to take notice. Since then, the band has been enthusiastically embracing their southern roots.
Lyn Avenue was a contender in the GA Music Awards, nominated for “Best Country Band” in 2013 and again in 2014. The band’s latest album titled “The Other Side” produced by Justin Murray, melodically illustrates their country influences with eccentricity and charm.
And, finally, the enormously popular Train Wrecks, who offer up raucous and rollicking Americana and were recently voted Savannah’s best country/Americana band by Connect Savannah. The Train Wrecks are a hard-working band of songwriters and performers.fronted by Jason Bible, who love nothing more than good songs and a good show. They deliver a dynamic, original blend of Americana, ranging from outlaw alt-country and bluegrass to rootsy rock and beyond, all with a distinctive Southern swagger. They’ve opened for legends like Jerry Jeff Walker and BB King, and have been dubbed the Hardest Gigging Band in Savannah.
Our MC is Thomas Oliver, host of the monthly Savannah Songwriters Series, a songwriters-in-the-round show the first Sunday of every month at Johnny Harris Restaurant in Savannah. WRHQ’s 105.3 Quality Rock is promoting Tybee City Limits and will broadcast segments of the show on its Second Sunday podcast.
Our concession stand offers beer, wine, soft drinks and fresh hot popcorn, so come early, get a drink and hold onto your seat!
Tickets are $10 general admission, $9 for Theater members. Doors open at 7:30 pm. Get your tickets in advance by clicking here!
THE LAST OF THE RED HOT LOVERS, NOV. 6-7
The Tybee Post Theater proudly presents the first theatrical production ever in the newly restored and reopened landmark theater — Neil Simon’s comedy “The Last of the Red Hot Lovers” — in a limited two-night opening run Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 7.
The Tybee Arts Performing Society’s production stars Tybee favorites Renee DeRossett and Kim Trammell, and introduces newcomers to the Tybee stage Raina Bass and Joshua Stafford. The show is being directed by Dr. Ronnie Stilton, who also directed TAPS’s production of the comedy “Kitchen Witches” last year.
Simon’s hilarious comedy is set in a Manhattan apartment in the 1960s and centers around poor Barney Cashman, a middle-aged, married nebbish, who wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails miserably in each of three attempted seductions with three very different gals!
Hugely popular on Broadway, the show opened in 1969 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre and ran for two years and 706 performances.
The Tybee Post Theater hosts the two opening nights of this production before it moves to the Tybee Arts Center, Nov. 17-23.
Post Theater Tickets, $20 Reserved Seating; $18 Theater members. Doors open at 7:30; show begins at 8 pm. This is reserved seating and likely to be a sell-out. We recommend getting tickets in advance.
Nationally known comedian
Jerry Farber headlines new Tybee Comedy Revue!
The Tybee Post Theater launches its Tybee Comedy Revue in two weeks! You won’t want to miss this fantastic night of stand-up comedy starring nationally known comedian and pianist extraordinaire, Jerry Farber. Jerry lives in Atlanta and is one of the city’s most recognized and acclaimed performers, entertaining there and in comedy clubs around the country for over two decades. His style is inspired by both jazz and comedy greats, from Dave Brubeck and Errol Garner to Woody Allen and Mark Russell.
His unique style of hip piano finesse and warm blooded humor endears him to fans. Best of all, he personalizes each performance, weaving his audience into each routine. He performs at a near exhausting pace that leaves a crowd roaring at his Georgia Redneck Routine and mesmerized by his music.
Jerry is a local TV and radio personality in his own right, and even ran for mayor of Atlanta twice in the tradition of Pat Paulsen, finishing third twice behind none other than Andy Young and Maynard Jackson. As Farber is fond of pointing out, “A guy like me could never run for office in a country like China or Syria, or Chile…or Mississippi.”
Another Atlanta comedy superstar, Kristi Leigh Snyder, opens for Jerry as we bring a non-stop barrage of stand-up comedy to the post Theater stage for the first time … ever! Kristi’s comedy is authentic and vulnerable delivered with random bursts of theatricality. In television terms, she’s a Carrie Bradshaw-Liz Lemon blend, with a Monica Gellar undertone; a Julia Sugarbaker bouquet on the nose, with a nice Blanche Devereaux finish.
Kristi has worked as a professional stage actress in film and commercials and often features for headliners such as Jerry. She has an original one-woman show called Banter & Ballads that has been acclaimed critically all over the Southeast.
The Tybee Comedy Revue, which will become a regular feature in the Tybee Post Theater’s year-round lineup of entertainment, is produced by Tom Paris of the Savannah Comedy Revue, based at the Bay Street Theatre.
Don’t wait! Get your tickets now!
Only the second ticketed event on the historic Tybee Post Theater’s stage, this performance is likely to sell out. Order your tickets online at the
Tybee Post Theater box office. Pick them up at Will-Call the night of the show.
Cost: $15; $13.50 for members. Tickets are General Admission.
When: Saturday, Oct. 17. Doors open at 7:30; show begins at 8 pm.
Extras: Our concession stand offers wine, beer, soft drinks and fresh popped popcorn!
Tybee City Limits, Oct. 24, 7:30
The first installment of a monthly music series, Tybee City Limits, the Best in Live Local Music, will feature three acts– a singer/songwriter and two of the Coastal Empire’s hottest bands.
This month, we’ll have the talented songstress Sarah Poole opening the show; Savannah country band Lyn Avenue fronted by the dynamic Cc Witt up next; and, finally, who else but the enormously popular Train Wrecks, who offer up raucous and rollicking Americana and were just voted Savannah’s best country/Americana band by Connect Savannah.
Tickets are $10 and on sale now at the Tybee Post Theater box office! Get them while they last. This will be a big time!
The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Nov. 6-7. 7:30 pm
The Tybee Post Theater presents the Tybee Arts Association’s production of Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy set in the 1960s about pitiful Barney Cashman, a middle-aged married nebbish, who wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late. A gentle soul with no experience in adultery, he fails miserably in each of three attempted seductions with three very different gals!
Directed by Dr. Ronnie Stilton. Starring Joshua Stafford, Kim Trammell, Raina Bass and Renee DeRossett.
Come see our inaugural theatrical production! Only two performances in the Tybee Post Theater before the show moves to the Tybee Arts Center, Nov. 17-23.
Tickets are $20 and on sale now at the Tybee Post Theater box office. This will be a sell out. Don’t wait!
As the days count down to the grand opening for the Tybee Island Post Theater, there’s still a lot of work to do.
Jim Kluttz, president of the board of directors for the theater, said the main goal is to get a certificate of occupancy in time for the Sept. 26 event and complete the final touches later. To reach that point, he said, would mark a major accomplishment in a long effort by numerous citizens to reopen the theater to the public.
“Ask anybody who’s ever tried to open a building, there’s a million things to do,” he said. “People need to understand, our goal is to get it open. Once we have a certificate of occupancy, we control the space. What this space does, it’s an opportunity to have people laugh, maybe cry, be together.”
Tybee’s Post Theater has come a long way since it was built to entertain U.S. soldiers at Fort Screven in 1930. After it served its usefulness to the U.S. Army, the theater was opened to civilians, before closing — nearly permanently — in 1945. It was almost wiped from the island in 1999 when plans to demolish the property were submitted to the city.
Just as it was on the brink of destruction, a group of citizens intervened. They convinced city officials to buy the property, and in the time since, work has been under way to renovate the theater into the cornerstone of the city’s performing arts community.
Kluttz said it’s important to recognize all the efforts to revitalize the facility over the years, even as the current group of volunteers work to bring it to completion.
“We try to remember all the people who came before us,” he said. “We have been so fortunate because we had a couple of board members who said they’d … step in and do this. There’s a million little stories.”
During a presentation on the status of the renovation project to the City Council last month, Keith Gay, vice president of the board of directors, reported that after nearly 15 years of work, the project has almost reached the finish line.
There’s still some items left to buy, and the money is going faster than it comes in. But more intervention on the part of city officials could get the project wrapped up once and for all, he said.
“To do all this work and not be successful would be a crime, in my opinion,” Gay told the council. “Ultimately, the theater will belong to the city. It’s in your hands. Our hope is that you’ll recognize it’s now time for the city to step up. … We will hand you an asset (worth) $2 million.”
Board member Alfie Waite reported during the presentation last month that by the end of August, $1.8 million had been spent on the theater — most of it since it was acquired by the nonprofit Friends of the Tybee Theater in 2006.
The money, raised through a mortgage, a loan from the city, sales tax revenues and through a grass roots effort involving donations, grants, memberships and special events, has been used to replace the building’s roof, windows and doors, electrical and HVAC systems, along with renovation of the restrooms, concessions, the lobby, marquee and ticket booth.
But the theater still lacks backstage dressing rooms and restrooms, curtains, an audio/visual system and sound-absorbing wall coverings, among other items.
Another member of the board of directors, Bill Blakey, said all that remained in cash on hand was money needed to operate the facility. That’s why they were asking the city to contribute.
Tybee Mayor Jason Buelterman said city officials are still working on a plan to help the nonprofit organization get the equipment it needs for a successful opening. There may be a way, Buelterman said, to buy the items and lease them to the Friends of the Tybee Theater in exchange for use of the facility.
“We’re working with our attorney and our finance director to make sure we can do this,” Buelterman said. “The problem they’re having is that it’s hard to operate a facility like that and break even, but it’s even harder if you’ve got an enormous debt to deal with.”
It may be possible, he said, for the city to buy the equipment with money from the general fund and reimburse the fund with sales tax revenues as they come in.
After all the money and support the city has invested in the theater, the mayor said, it wouldn’t make sense not to finish the work.
“The city supported it for a long time,” Buelterman said. “We devoted SPLOST dollars to the project over a decade ago to get a roof. The city stepped up even before the SPLOST to make sure it didn’t get demolished. And then the city’s been providing ongoing financial support for it. We’re showing the community supports it.”
Regardless of what equipment is in hand within the next month, the Friends of the Tybee Theater are moving ahead with plans to host a grand opening this month. City officials will be on hand to cut the ribbon, and the theater will host live music and complimentary champagne and hors d’oeurves.
The theater will host its first event, Tybee’s Got Talent, later this month.
“Basically, it’s going to come down to being an open house to see what we have wrought,” Kluttz said. “What’s driven us on this, is once you go east of Savannah, there’s no venue like this.”
For more information about the Tybee Post Theater, call 912-663-1099.
IF YOU GO
WHAT: Tybee Post Theater Grand Opening reception
WHERE: Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.
WHEN: 6-8 p.m., Sept. 26
WHAT: Tybee’s Got Talent!
WHERE: Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.
WHEN: 7-9 p.m., Sept. 27
By KELLY QUIMBY
What better way to preview the Theater’s beautiful new stage than with Tybee’s Got Talent, a legendary local talent competition that showcases the best Tybee has to offer. Hosted by the incomparable Renee deRossett and Kim Trammell, you’ll see musicians, vocalists, dancers, and, perhaps even, the South’s finest bird caller! You will see it all! An illustrious panel of judges will pick the winners and great prizes will be awarded!
We’re pleased to announce the Grand Reopening of the historic Tybee Post Theater! To herald this long-awaited event, the Friends of the Tybee Theater is hosting an elegant thank you for the members, volunteers and community that all have supported our efforts to restore and reopen this treasured landmark.
Tybee city officials will join us for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to kick off this free event. Then we’ll welcome you to a splendid evening of live music on the Theater stage from that fab trio Girlfriends and invite you to enjoy complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres under the stars! Dress for a party and be a part of this historic evening. It’s all free! This one’s for you, Tybee!
And the following night, we offer our very first ticketed event, and what else could it be, but an evening of Tybee’s Got Talent hosted by the incomparable Renee DeRossett and Kim Trammell. This one’s Sunday from 7-9 pm, costs $10. We’ll have cash bar. If you want to get up on stage and showcase your talent, call Renee at 912-596-4992, or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an entry form. You won’t want to miss this one! CLICK HERE FOR ENTRY FORM
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Looking for something new to do on Tybee this summer? How about a new craft beer festival at the pier?
The sunset event will feature about 15 Georgia breweries, each providing tastings of their top two craft beers. The breweries, including Moon River Brewing Co., Coastal Empire Beer Co., Southbound Brewing Co. and SweetWater Brewing Co., will vie for the titles of Best Georgia Craft Brew and Best Supporting Georgia Craft Brew. It is up to festival-goers to decide which of the up to 30 craft brews will be awarded titles. Everyone who attends the event will receive a ballot, so cast your vote and see which brewery comes out on top!
IF YOU GO
What: Craft Brew Battle at the Beach
When: 5-8 p.m. July 24
Where: Tybee Pier & Pavilion
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
While sampling the different tastes the breweries have to offer, listen to live music from Tybee’s own Lazaretto Creek Band. Also, munch on freshly popped popcorn, play games, pick up restaurant coupons and enjoy the beach as the sun goes down.
Tickets are available online now for $25; cost at the door is $30.
Proceeds will go to the restoration of the historic Tybee Post Theater, a 1930s theater used by soldiers at Fort Screven to watch movies and enjoy downtime. Plans are in motion to renovate the theater, which has been at risk for demolition, into a community center for the citizens of Tybee Island.
Make your way to Tybee on July 24 for a good cause. After all, it’s not every day you can sample more than two dozen craft beers and do something special for the community!
For all things Tybee, go to www.visittybee.com, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @visittybee.
Membership Drive Begins!
The Tybee Post Theater is going to reopen!
Imagine having your own local movie theater where you can watch classic films, children’s favorites or the newest release right here on Tybee!
Imagine watching a play, listening to live music, or just sitting back and enjoying a dance performance, stand-up comedy routine, poetry reading, storytelling, karaoke contest or the latest Tybee’s Got Talent competition!
The Tybee Post Theater will be Tybee’s civic center; the hub for the island’s cultural arts and entertainment!
If you’re not already a member of the Theater, now is the time to join! Membership has its privileges: You get discounts to all events, invitations to members-only gatherings, our Post newsletter and a nifty membership card! Plus, you’ll be helping fund our restoration, cover our operating expenses and pay for programming once we’re open! Your membership is vital to our mission! We need your support now more than ever!
Originally Posted by Savannah Morning News Posted: July 8, 2014 – 3:23pm
The Tybee Post Theater moved closer to raising the curtain this week when it hired a new architect and announced a substantial donation to recharge the restoration of the 1930s movie house.
The theater received an unexpected donation of slightly more than $100,000 from a donor with ties to Tybee who asked to remain anonymous. It’s the largest single donation ever received by the Friends of Tybee Theater (FOTT), the non-profit organization formed more than a decade ago to restore and reopen the Theater.
The donation, which came in the form of stock that the Theater board sold for $106,000, was deposited into a new restoration fund dedicated exclusively to the Theater renovation. Along with two foundation grants of $10,000 and $5,000 received this spring, the new funding is a much-needed boost to a rehabilitation project more than a decade in the works.
The Theater board will add a $500,000 construction loan to the restoration fund and use that money to begin renovation on the auditorium and reopen the Post Theater, possibly as soon as the end of the year, according to Melissa Turner, executive director of the Theater.
Watch for a notice about a Membership meeting early this fall. As soon as we have construction documents, we’ll invite our Members to the Theater for a presentation on the upcoming work on the auditorium. It’ll also be your chance to see the new lobby, restrooms and concession area that were completed last year — if you haven’t already!
We’re planning some special fundraising events for the Fall. Remember Membership has its privileges and that includes discounts to all events! If you haven’t renewed your membership this year, please do! You won’t want to miss a thing! This is going to be a benchmark year for your Theater!
Our website TybeePostTheater.org is open 24/7. There you can renew your membership, purchase an engraved brick or star, sign up to be a volunteer or purchase Tybee Post Theater event tickets.
Thanks so much and we look forward to seeing you at our next Tybee Post Theater event!