With more than 60 years of theatrical experience, Ocala Civic Theatre presents more than a dozen fully staged productions each year in its 401-seat venue at the Appleton Cultural Center. Having nothing to do with amphibians or singing, When Bullfrogs Sing Opera is a charming comedy of manners focusing on two sisters from the country town of Bullfrog Waller. When Millicent, who has jettisoned her rural roots for a big-city lifestyle, is suddenly forced to deal with her thoroughly countrified sister Coreen coming back into her life, she panics and, in an effort to keep her roots hidden, tries to pass her sister off as an actress deep inside a role as a backwoods girl. In ensuing mix-ups, misunderstandings, and deceitful dealings, relationships are threatened, secrets are revealed, and library cards are left unused as Millicent is forced to confront the embarrassment she feels toward her past.
A famous tautologist once said that nothing pairs better with a crawfish festival than crawfish. This thought-provoking maxim is an apt summation of the Ocala Crawfish Fest, an annual celebration of Louisiana-style cooking and live music. In an interview with Ocala.com, festival organizer Deb Cone described the event as an opportunity to combine kids-education fundraising efforts with casual, laid-back fun. As she put it, “We wanted to do something for the entire community where you don't have to dress up.” Attendees can throw down blankets or lawn chairs and kick back to musical stylings that are as Cajun as the cuisine that is being served up, all while reveling in the knowledge that their merriment is helping the independent education facility Hale Academy.
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Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of Anytime Fitness’s three-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. Plentiful strengthening supplies include circuit sets, plate-loaded barbells, and free weights, and TV-equipped cardio equipment keeps eyes entertained as muscles work. A trio of personal-training sessions under the watchful eye of a certified trainer familiarizes sheepish biceps with their new confidence-boosting dumbbell pals. After a workout, retreat to the sanctuary of private showers and restrooms to freshify your newly sculpted anatomy before leaving with a stronger spring in your step.
At Gatewood Arabians Training, Fran Lee and Diane Alonso welcome riders of all levels onto their sylvan, 12-acre plot for horseback riding. While engaged in riding lessons in the shade of tall Grand Daddy Oak trees, dropping a horse off for training, or recruiting accomplices for old-timey bank robberies, visitors will also find themselves surrounded by rolling pastures filled with grazing cows and Milo the farm cat.
The heated training pool greets small classes of aquatic aspirants wishing to familiarize themselves with the gear and diving techniques required for safe deep-sea spelunking. An experienced staff of coral collectors and squid-attack survivors outfits groups of six to eight divers with vests, masks, oxygen tanks, and other essential gear before leading them in to the water. As new divers move about the marine environment with increasing confidence, instructors may gently test their limits with breathing tutorials and underwater break-dance battles. Discover Scuba is an ideal opportunity for curious divers to test the waters before committing to an open-water session or certification program.
The seasoned performers of Piccadilly Circus dazzle audiences of all ages with 90 minutes of acrobatics, comedic high jinks, and trained animals beneath the big top. Audiences gasp at high-flying trapeze artists swooping through the air with the confidence of a kite in a wind tunnel, as well as contortionists able to bend themselves into human bonsai trees. Death-defying motorcyclists roar into a caged globe to perform a 360-degree display of vehicular mastery. Gaggles of clowns coax out chuckles, and a trained elephant parades around the ring, occasionally stopping to memorize an audience member's phone number. General-admission seating surrounds the ring, allowing ample viewpoints from which to observe the boisterous spectacle.