December 10 2016 – Melanie Mays, Director of MADco, and Royce Lovett, musician


First, The Wonderettes are back at the Monticello Opera House! Directed and choreographed by Melanie Mays, Winter Wonderettes finds the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland,” the result is, of course, marvelous! Melanie will talk with Brien other upcoming shows and her work as director of the Monticello Acting and Dance Company.

Then,​ g​rowing up in north Tallahassee, Royce Lovett dreamed of being a boxing champion. It was an activity he shared with his father, who outfitted him with gloves, tape, and weights and trained him at the Lincoln Center in Frenchtown. Lovett believed it to be the greatest sport in the world, enjoying the stamina and intellectual skills that the game sharpened. “Most people think about taking out aggression when they think about boxing,” explains Lovett. “It’s all about learning how to not be afraid of what’s in front of you.” But, along the way, music became is love and focus on his career as a musician has resulted in numerous tours, albums and his latest EP, Love Wins. Royce will talk with Brien about his faith in God, his newly signed label and his determination to be a force for good through his music.