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'Rumors' pits some frantic circumstances against a group of partyers who want to keep a low public profile -- but their hostess and help are missing. Left, Matt Flynn, Bonnie Knapp, Bianca Embley and Diane Davis star in the Naples Players Production.

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"Rumors" pits some frantic circumstances against a group of partyers who want to keep a low public profile -- but their hostess and help are missing. Left, Matt Flynn, Bonnie Knapp, Bianca Embley and Diane Davis star in the Naples Players Production.

Jack Everly, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra pops conductor

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Jack Everly, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra pops conductor

‘Thank You Myra’ days announced

“Thank You Myra” days, a tribute to Philharmonic Center for the Arts founder and CEO Myra Janco Daniels, have been organized for

Jan. 14 and 15, featuring concerts with celebrity appearances by alumni such as Boston Pops Music Director Keith Lockhart, music, art, food, free community events and more.

Collier County and the city of Naples both will proclaim Jan. 14-15 as “Thank You Myra” Days to honor Daniels, who is retiring this year.

The two-day celebration will include an orchestra concert at the Phil on Jan. 14 featuring Lockhart, who conducted pops concerts at the Phil from 1993 to 1995, and several special guest performers. A free “Community Day” at the Phil on Jan. 15 will be tailored for families. It will include a museum open house, performances by the Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Chorale, food stations catered by Naples restaurants and other family entertainment.

The “Thank You Myra” days tribute is being planned by the staff and board of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts, with its auxiliaries, Naples Philharmonic League and Friends of Art; Naples Daily News; and Naples Chamber of Commerce.

In conjunction with the celebration, the Phil is launching the Myra Daniels Legacy Fund, a one-time request to create a reserve that may be drawn, at the discretion of the board, to support the Philharmonic Center, Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, Naples Museum of Art and the center’s education programs. Information: 254-2704

More details on the tribute will be announced closer to the events. Co-chairs of the “Thank You Myra” Days celebration are David Drobis, a member of the Philharmonic Center board of directors and executive committee, and Adria Starkey, president of Naples Trust Co.

Kids will be — or not be — ‘Hamlet’

Southwest Florida is due to get a sunny dose of classic Shakespeare when the Naples Players KidzAct 12-17 age troupe presents “Hamlet” at 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Hamlet” revolves around the Prince of Denmark seeking to uncover a conspiracy by his uncle Claudius and the chamberlain Polonius to ascend to the throne, and avenge his father after counsel from the former King Hamlet’s ghost. All the while, Prince Hamlet must confess his love to Ophelia, Polonius’ daughter, and feign madness in order to reach the bottom of Claudius’ plot.

Matt Striegel is playing Hamlet. Maya Mathis is playing Ophelia and Dakota Doyle is playing Gertrude.

The Naples Players KidzAct Baker Stage production is directed by Megan McCombs, with advisory assistance from John McKerrow. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at the box office, by calling (239) 263-7990, faxing a request to (239) 434-7772, or by visiting

Seating for the Players’ Baker Stage — outside Sugden Community Theatre on the plaza of 701 Fifth Ave. S. — has only 100 seats, so prompt ticket reservations are suggested.

Everly Memorial Day maestro

Jack Everly, principal pops conductor of the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra for the 2011 National Memorial Day Concert and “A Capitol Fourth,” two of PBS’s highest-rated programs, which air live from the West Lawn of the U.S.Capitol.

Everly took over these prestigious conducting jobs last year from the late Erich Kunzel, who directed the NSO in these concerts for 20 years. Kunzel also served as principal pops conductor with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra for 11 years.

Everly became the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra’s principal pops conductor in 2009. He is the former music director of the American Ballet Theatre, where he was originally appointed by Artistic Director Mikhail Baryshnikov. He also has conducted shows on Broadway, including “Hello, Dolly,” “A Chorus Line,” “Showboat” and many others. Everly is principal pops conductor of the Indianapolis and Baltimore symphonies and the National Arts Centre Orchestra of Ottawa, Canada.

‘Rumors’ closes out mainstage season

“Rumors” are bubbling over and that makes for a fun evening when the playwright is Neil Simon. The plot starts with a toney dinner party that never happens: The arriving guests find servants and hostess missing and the host with a gunshot through the earlobe — and given their exalted position in the city, none of this group want the police or media showing up.

The Naples Players is staging a production of the comedy of confusing events through May 15 at Sugden Community Theatre, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples. Play dates: this weekend through Saturday night; April 27 to 30; May 1, 4-8; and 11-15, with Sunday curtain up at 2 p.m. and all other days at 8 p.m.

Tickets: $30. Information and reservations: 263-7990

Register for Fort Myers classes

Arts for ACT Gallery in downtown Fort Myers is offering art classes and photography for children/home-schoolers and an adult mixed-media class with found objects.

Information on the six-week courses, which begins the second week of May, except for the photography class, which begins June 16, can be found on the organization’s website: Fees are between $80 and $90 for the entire course. For more information, call

(239) 939-2553.

Art Association awards scholarships

The Naples Art Association at the von Liebig Art Center and Ringling College of Art and Design awarded $8,000 in college scholarships to seven Collier County high school juniors and seniors last Friday.

The scholarship program, started in 1971 by the Naples Art Association, was designed to encourage young aspiring artists to realize their dreams of becoming professionals in the visual arts. The scholarship is named after Jade N. Riedel, an exceptional artist and Naples Art Association member who served as the chair of the scholarship exhibition program and was its chief fundraiser for many years.

Ringling College of Art and Design juried the work to select one student to receive a $5,000 scholarship to attend Ringling. John Hushon, president of artnet AG, a global art company, juried the work to award six students with $500 scholarships. Decisions were based on originality, technique, composition, presentation and application of design principles.

John Treanor of Gulf Coast High School was awarded a $5,000 scholarship to attend Ringling College of Art and Design for his colored pencil drawing titled “The ‘Fly’ Fisherman.”

The following senior students each received a

$500 scholarship to attend an accredited college:

-- Community School of Naples: Victoria Core, Lacey McKee, Erin Rectanus

-- International Learning Academy: Jeremy Nemeth

-- Palmetto Ridge High School: Katherine Navarro

-- Golden Gate High School: Oscar Santiago

All submitted artwork will be on display at the von Liebig Art Center located at 585 Park St. in Naples through April 30. Admission to view the exhibition is free.

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