In this week's newsletter:
- Main feature: show your love and support for Community Haven!
- Brand new opera to be performed on two Sundays - Victory of Love
- SHT's Curtain Call 2008 results are in!
- Listen to the Watchdog every day live on my show during the Rep Convention!
- GOT A MINUTE? 2008, the third annual 60× 1-minute plays performed for cancer research!
- SCENE magazine with Habitat's Fairy Godmothers
- My current appearance schedule;
And of course ... The best guests on radio!
For latest guest lists and news updates, go to www.CliffRoles.com every day!
My visit to Community Haven
What a wonderful time I had on Friday on my tour of the Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities over on DeSoto Road! CHAC Development Director Marla Doss was kind enough to accompany me round the grounds to meet all the fantastic residents and staff.
I'm doing a special radio show with Marla and CHAC President Peg Connell on Tuesday, September 9 from 2 - 3 pm, so watch out for that. Meanwhile, here's a shout-out to all you wonderful Haveners, and especially tireless staffers Michelle & Penny, Corinne & April, Nisha, Angelina, Renata, Frank, Marie, Liz, Jay and Carolyn!
Kaleidoscope is a musical theatre workshop for teens and adults with developmental disabilities (Downs Syndrome, mental retardation, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, and various other mental, physical and emotional disabilities) offered in partnership with the Asolo and CHAC.
The touring company was conceived as a way to make room for new participants. It is an opportunity for veterans of the program to continue their personal growth, meeting new challenges as they perform for schools, churches, and community organizations.
Ladies & Gentlemen: next season the Kaleidoscope touring company is going to need a generous Angel. A person or organization that will provide the money for these terrific people to tour and perform. About $ 40,000. Are you that wonderful donor? If you are, or you'd like to contribute some money or time, contact Marla Doss at (941) 355-8808, Ext. 224 or mail her at email@example.com. Sponsoring possibilities are endless. As is the gratitude and love of the Community Haven residents and staff. Please help them.
Victory of Love, the Opera
I'm going to be emceeing a very interesting new project on the next two Sundays: a new opera debuting in Sarasota!
Libretto by Eberhard Gress, Music by J.B. (Jay) Starker
September 7th at Faith Lutheran Church, 7750 Beneva Road
September 14th at Whitfield Presbyterian Church, 7045 N. Tamiami Trail
Both performances 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Featuring Voce de Sarasota under the direction of Deidre Reigel of the Sarasota Choral Society & Orchestra under the direction of POPS Extras! Artistic and Music Director, Gary Reinstrom !
Cost for admission only $5.00 at the door or online at www.srqboxoffice.com. If you need more information, call (941) 362-7632.
Curtain Call 2008
I'd like to thank EVERYONE who went online and voted in the Sarasota Herald Tribune's Curtain Call - I am honored to have won Best Supporting Actor, Play for my performance as Val in last season's Golden Apple Dinner Theatre production of Neil Simon's Laughter on the 23rd Floor.
You can read about all the winners in Jay Handelman's piece in yesterday's Herald Tribune, which I've posted in "Press".
I'm ecstatic! Thanks to Jay for nominating me, and to you for voting for me!
The Watchdog's on my show!
Chris Markowski on Talk of the Sun Coast!
reporting LIVE during the
Republican National Convention: Minneapolis-Saint Paul, September 1 - 4, 2008
from 3.05 - 3.15 pm EST every day of the conventions.
So don't forget to tune your radios to 1220 AM, or listen in every day on the LIVESTREAM here on the Net at www.newstalk1220.com!
GOT A MINUTE? 2008
It's all coming together - we've got the sixty plays, a stellar cast of 23 talented actors - and we're going to put on three performances that will knock your socks off.
GAM 2008 PRODUCTION TROUPE
TOM APOSPOROS, AUSTIN ABRAMS, ANGEL BORTH, RICHARD BRANDT, BOBBIE BURRELL, CINDA GOEKEN, DAN HIGGS, JUSTIN IRWIN, SONIE LASKER, LORI MARSH, JASZY McALLISTER, STEVE McALLISTER, PATRICK McCALL, ELLIE McCAW, GWEN McCAW, KAYLENE McCAW, LIAM MERCIER, LEAH PAGE, PERLA PANDO, ANGEL PARKER, MIRIAM RING, THERESA ROSE, SHELLEY WHITESIDE, BEAU WILLIAMS
GAM 2008 ECLECTIC THEATRE TROUPE
ANNETTE BREAZEALE, CECE DWYER, JEFFERY KIN, BARRY LOOK, JULIE LOOK, SANDRA MUSICANTE, CLIFF ROLES, BOB TRISOLINI, PAM WILEY, LYNFORD WILEY
You can find a list of this year's 1-minute plays at Eclectic Theatre Company.
And it's all happening at the Players Theatre on Friday, September 12 at 8pm and Saturday, September 13 at 2 pm and 8pm.
Our Gala performance with food, drink, silent and live auction will be on Saturday, September 13 at 8 pm. We hope you'll all come! In our first year we raised $11,000, and last year over $ 20,000 for cancer research! Help us to beat that this year!
Tickets (941) 365-2494!
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is our opportunity to honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors, educate women about early detection and prevention, and raise money to fund lifesaving research and support programs to help fight breast cancer. But Making Strides is more than just the name of a walk. It describes the amazing progress that we can make if we work together to defeat this disease.
Below is a link to our team page. I hope you will visit it and sign up to
join our team to experience an incredible day of inspiration and meaning, and to provide hope for all people facing breast cancer.
Hope starts with you and me - let's walk! You can visit the web address: Got A Minute Team
Seen The New SCENE?
I'm pleased and proud to write a column every month for SCENE Magazine.
My August article tells of a kind of magic - read how 100 Fairy Godmothers are helping Habitat for Humanity to get down and dirty to build a house!
And they all lived happily ever after ... well, except for a few blisters.
Get your new copy of SCENE Magazine now at newsstands, book- and drug stores, or by subscription!
Here are the remaining dates of where I'll be appearing / emceeing / auctioning / acting etc. during 2008 - I hope to see you out and about!
Sept 7 4:00P POPS EXTRAS! Victory Of Love, the Opera @ Faith Lutheran Church
Sept 12/13 8:00P (2:00 P matinee on Saturday, 9/13 as well) Got A Minute Play Festival 2008 @ The Players
Sept 14 4:00P POPS EXTRAS! Victory Of Love, the Opera @ Whitfield Presbyterian Church
Sept 25 11:30A Second Chance, Last Opportunity Luncheon @ Michael's On East
Oct 9 thru 11 Always A Part Of Me (Florida Theatre Conference 1-hour edited version) @ The Players and Venice Theatre
Oct 15 11:00A SCAN and MAN Senior Idol Talent Show @ Municipal Auditorium
Oct 16 6:00P Key to the Cure @ Saks Fifth Avenue
Oct 25 6:00P Manatee Players Masked Ball Fundraiser @ IMG Academies
Nov 5 thru 8 Always A Part Of Me (Florida Theatre Conference 1-hour edited version) @ Lakeland Centre, Lakeland
Nov 18 thru 21 Jenny Beres' Thick As Thieves @ Home Resource
Dec 3 6.30P Lakewood Ranch Women's Club Holiday Dinner and Auction @ LWR Golf & CC
the best guests on radio, join me, Cliff Roles, for Talk of the Sun Coast Monday thru Friday, from 3 to 4 pm
on 1220 AM WSRQ
(or listen on the LIVESTREAM at www.newstalk1220.com)
Join me live every weekday afternoon!
LIVE from the 1220 AM studio from 3 - 4 pm
Monday, September 1:
Chris Markowski, The Watchdog On Wall Street, Republican Convention Report / Stuart Kaminsky, author, The People Who Walk In Darkness
Tuesday, September 2:
Chris Markowski, The Watchdog On Wall Street, Republican Convention Report / Tom Nadler, trans-Florida kayaker
Wednesday, September 3:
Chris Markowski, The Watchdog On Wall Street, Republican Convention Report / Ben Turoff, Glenridge Performing Arts Centre
Thursday, September 4:
Chris Markowski, The Watchdog On Wall Street, Republican Convention Report / Linda Joffe, Kathleen Supove & Corey Dargel, New Music New College
Friday, September 5:
Taped Show - Dr. John & Marjie McConnell - cycling from Fairbanks to Key West
If you'd like to view my guest list for the whole month, go to