Archive for December, 2013

YWAM of Tampa Offers “Early Bird Ticket Sales Special” for Brooksville Performances of Judah Ben-Hur, the Musical


Brooksville, Florida – YWAM of Tampa and Live Oak Theatre announces that it will offer an “Early Bird Ticket Price Special” for tickets to Judah Ben-Hur, the Musical. From January 2 to January 10, Adult tickets will be only $12, instead of the usual $15. This represents an early bird 20% discount. Student prices will remain the same.


Regular adult admission is $15. Students 13 and under are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee/tea and dessert.


Judah Ben-Hur, the Musical will be performed at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mt. Fair Ave., Brooksville, FL, 34601, Date:  Friday, January 17, Saturday, January 19, and Sunday, January1 9, 2014. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday’s performance is at 3 pm. Doors open one half-hour earlier for coffee/tea and dessert.


ALL proceeds will be used to send the JBH team to Philippines to build homes and bring joy through free performances of JBH.


For more information go to or call the box office at 352-593-0027, of find us on Facebook at Live Oak Theatre.


Judah Ben-Hur the musical is co-produced by YWAM (Youth With a Mission) of Tampa Bay and Live Oak Theatre. It is a magical tale of romance, comedy and adventure. The audience is invited to re-live the legend of Rome’s great character, the hate that nearly destroyed him and the love of Christ that transformed him. Under the helm of Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber’s former G.M., “Judah Ben-Hur” held its world premier at Singapore’s NUS Cultural Centre, where it ran for 56 performances. The musical has been pared down for touring with a cast that includes the original stars of the show and a dozen other seasoned performers (including credits off Broadway and London’s West End).


The New York Times has called the creative team’s work “spot-on” and “a seeming endless well of feeling.” MTV (Asia) reported that the songs from Judah Ben-Hur “are so catchy and memorable that you’ll be humming them on the way out of the auditorium.”


The New Paper calls Judah Ben-Hur “A razzle-dazzler like MISS SAIGON … and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. Charlton Heston may have…charisma, but David M. Sanborn definitely makes a more delectable Judah Ben-Hur, and a more multi-talented one at that.”


For more information about the musical, go to or Judah Ben Hur Musical on Facebook.


About Ellen Sanborn


Ellen Sanborn started her career on London’s West End more than 30 years ago and has opened for such legends as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, and, more recently, has led Worship Workshops with singers like Bob Fitts and Darlene Zschech.  As a director, she has also staged such musicals as “The Sound of Music,” and “My Fair Lady.”


About David Sanborn


David M. Sanborn, Ellen’s son, has performed for hundreds of thousands of people throughout the U.S. in stage roles such as Tony in “West Side Story,” as Peter in “The Witness” and as Jesus in “The Miracle.” His one-man show, “King David,” recently had its New York City premier off-Broadway, where it ran for 12 straight weeks.


The New York Times has called David’s work with Ellen “spot-on” and “a seeming endless well of feeling.” MTV Asia said their songs are “so catchy and memorable that you’ll be humming them on the way out of the auditorium.” Together, Ellen and David have written such musicals as “Judah Ben-Hur,” “Little Lord Fauntleroy,” “King David” and “Anne of Avonlea.”

Live Oak Theatre Presents:

It’s a Wonderful Life- a Live Radio Stage Play




Tickets are now on sale for Live Oak’s It’s a Wonderful Life


Brooksville, Florida – The Live Oak Theatre Company announces that tickets are now on sale for the performance of the “radio adaptation” of It’s a wonderful Life. Performances will be held on December 6 & 7. All performances will be held at the Fellowship Hall of Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 200 Mount Fair Avenue, Brooksville, Florida 34601. Both performances are at 7:30 pm. Seating will be limited to only 150 seats per performance.


Adult admission is $10; students 13 and under are $5 with the purchase of an adult ticket. All tickets include coffee/tea and dessert.


This production will be recorded for a later broadcast on local radio. For more information go to or call the box office at 352-593-0027.


Live Oak Theatre’s 2013-2014 season is under the sponsorship of the following organizations: “ROOT” SPONSORSHIPS – LRE Ground Services and Rotary Club of Brooksville; “BRANCH” SPONSORSHIPS – Oak Hill Hospital, Papa Joe’s Ristorante, &; “ACORN” SPONSORSHIPS – Ishpeming Group, LLC & Weichert Realtors.


About It’s a Wonderful Life


It’s a Wonderful Life is based on Frank Capra’s film of the same name and was adapted for radio by Tony Palermo. This performance is a staged radio reading staring the well known actor, David Sanborn as George Bailey Brooksville storyteller, Jerry Cowling as Clarence, Randi Olsen as Mary, and Vince Vanni as the villainous Mr. Potter. The production includes the talents of many members of Live Oak Theatre Company and Youth With A Mission.


About the Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT)


The Live Oak Theatre Company (LOT), a non-profit organization, is a division of YWAM (Youth With a Mission) Tampa, a not-for-profit 501c3 company. The Live Oak Theatre Company exists to enrich families, individuals, and the community as a whole by providing positive, artistic experiences in the performing arts – including excellent, affordable, and edifying FAMILY-FRIENDLY entertainment, performance, and educational opportunities for theater patrons and participants of all ages.


For more information about the Live Oak Theatre Company, including sponsorship and audition opportunities, call 352-593-0027 or email, or go to


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