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ABOUT THE CULTURAL CENTER at ocean reef

A BRIEF HISTORY

Prior to the Cultural Center’s establishment, residents of the Ocean Reef Community had to travel a minimum of 40 minutes to the closest movie theaters, and farther to major performance venues. In an attempt to fill the cultural and entertainment void, Ocean Reef Club member committees established small concert and lecture series and several events were held each season in standard “banquet halls” featuring mostly local talent for cost effectiveness. Community groups requesting meeting space were in competition with paying conference groups and scattered and shuffled all over the vast property. Something was missing in paradise!

The need was clear, and the call was heard by generous and proactive members of the community. A ground-breaking ceremony was held January 2, 1999. Gradually, the complex building emerged and the list of contributors grew until, by the time of the grand opening, there were more than 200 members of the Ocean Reef community who had made this extraordinary building possible.

The Cultural Center at Ocean Reef opened in January 2001 to unanimous praise and gratitude from the community. Since that date, the Center has thrived as an integral part of the community used by virtually all residents and the number of donors has risen to just over 500. The Center’s state of the art theater now brings some of the most in demand, exciting names in show business to our secluded corner of the world. Live performances and lectures are custom selected for the community by community members. Each season’s schedule has offered something for all ages, audiences and tastes, and the offerings continue to grow and improve each year.

The theater hosts an astounding 24 to 26 shows each winter season. Some highlights of headliners from past seasons include: Peter Nero and the American Pops Orchestra, Neil Sedaka, The Miami City Ballet, The Ten Tenors, The Capitol Steps, Les Standiford, Bernadette Peters, Marvin Hamlisch, Tommy Tune & The Manhattan Rhythm Kings, Peter Cincotti, Tony Bennett, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, Mikhail Gorbachev, Willie Nelson, David McCullough, The Oak Ridge Boys, Kenny Loggins, Mary Matalin & James Carville, The 5 Browns, Paul Anka, Liza Minnelli, The Temptations & Four Tops, Jay Leno are just a few. The intimacy of 300-seat theater, in which every seat is a truly great seat, is a luxury and a rarity that makes for an exceptional experience.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Barbara Olcott
Chairman

Marshall Wishnack
Vice Chairman

Cindy Manzo
Treasurer

Tom Davidson

Founding Chairman

Alan Goldstein
Chairman Emeritus

John Hunt
President

Marlene Boll

Ron Elenbaas

Dick Farmer

Nancy Harrington

Gus Hillenbrand

Amy Joseph

Cynthia Lee

Michael Leemhuis

Cindy Manzo

Kathie Markel

Bill Nutt

Linda Owens

Christine Patton

David Ritz

Tom Schievelbein

Stacy Schmetterer




TICKETS
Performance tickets requests are processed in order of the date they are received and by donor level: Lifetime Trustees, Chairman's Circle, Executive Producers, Benefactors, Directors, Founders and Friends. All General Admission tickets will be processed after November 30.

Benefactors and Directors will be limited to four tickets, Founders and Friends to two. Additional ticket requests for donors will be placed on a standby list and once all the donors are ticketed, the additional ticket requests will be filled based on availability. Family Entertainment shows will not have a ticket limit. Tickets will be issued to you at the door the evening of the performance. An e-mail will be sent in advance to confirm all of your ticket reservations.

REFUNDS
There are no refunds on tickets unless an event is cancelled or rescheduled.

SPECIAL NEEDS
Wheelchair locations and companion seats or other special needs must be requested when purchasing tickets. Assisted listening devices are available to the hearing impaired.

DRESS CODE
The Dress Code provides a set of guidelines for members and guests. It is the responsibility of each member to conform to the Dress Code at the Cultural Center, and to ensure that family members and guests do so as well. While all children are expected to be appropriately attired, children over the age of 12 should follow adult requirements.

Live Performances & Evening Lectures:
Jackets for gentlemen (ties preferred) and equally appropriate attire for ladies.

Family Entertainment:
Collared shirt and trousers for gentlemen and children (no jeans, shorts, crop tops or tank tops, please).

Movies & Movie Buffet:
Neat boating and casual attire (no tank tops, crop tops, frayed, tattered or cut-off jeans) is required for those attending a movie. Dress for the movie buffet requires collared shirts and walking shorts for gentlemen and equally appropriate attire for ladies.

PERFORMANCE DINNERS
The Ocean Reef Cultural Center offers a plated dinner in the Cultural Center Lobby before each performance and a buffet-style dinner before the family entertainment performances. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 305-367-6300.