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Richard Gilewitz, a favorite entertainer for Citrus County audiences, will bring music back to the Art Center of Citrus County in July.

The Art Center Theater, closed for main stage plays for the past year, is returning to full programming with a comic musical and a special performance by guitarist Richard Gilewitz this July.

The musical, “Assisted Living” is a funny take on senior life as it is lived at Pelican Roost, a full service retirement home to some very colorful characters who will take the audience on a journey that celebrates memory loss, joint pain and hearing aids.

The vaudeville-type revue will have audiences laughing in the aisles as the celebrate aging with the talented cast.

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Directed by Danielle Downey, the play opens July 16 and will run weekends through Aug. 1. Tickets are available through the box office at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. or by calling 352-746-7606.

During the time the musical comedy is on stage weekends, the Art Center will host two special musical performances by Richard Gilewitz and Tim May on July 21.

At the time the theater shut down last March due to COVID-19 restrictions, rehearsals were underway for the very funny play “Will You Still Love Me in the Morning.” This play will open the fall season this year, followed by the Neil Simon play “Rumors,” and then followed by a humorous winter musical “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

That musical will be followed by the humorous and sometimes touching “Champagne Charlie Stakes,” the mystery “Something to Hide,” and the hilarious “Four Old Broads.”

Season tickets are now on sale for the summer musical, the Gilewitz concert and the play season that begins in September.

After the theater closed in March, the theater put on two youth musicals during the fall and early spring by limiting the audience and adhering to COVID-19 protocols, but the Gilewitz concert and all of the season plays were postponed, so this summer’s musical will represent a reopening of the theater for mainstage plays.

While the theater was largely closed during the year, the Camera Club was operating using Zoom meetings and competitions and outdoor photography trips, and this spring the Art Center hosted a special presentation on “barn art,” or the kind of art one might see on midwestern barns.

Photography by Camera Club members is currently on display in the Art Center Arts & Education building.

With the theater reopening, and plans underway for other meetings and activities, the Art Center is once again becoming the center for visual and performance arts in Citrus County.

For more information on activities or how you can be involved in the arts, check the Art Center website at artcenterofcitruscounty.org, call the business office at 352-746-0924 or the box office at 352-746-7606.

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