A party by the Panhandle Players to kick-off its 2018-19 season lit up the stage Sunday afternoon at the Chapman Auditorium, and filled the stomachs of about 100 supporters of the community theatre troupe.

Inside, the audience got an inside look at the upcoming Oct. 19-21 production of “Secrets and Sweet Tea,” from author Jerry Hurley and director Judy Loftus. In addition, the crowd enjoyed a short scene from the comedy, set in a funeral home, with short, comic performances from actors Michele Boston, Eric Olsen and Torben Madson.

Later, the audience thrilled to a spirited performance by the Tallahassee Community College dancers, now in its 17th year, led by artistic director Aurora Hansen and assistant artistic director Mindy Whitehead. The dancers will light up the night with the Crooked River Lighthouse at Lantern Fest, set for Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the lighthouse park in Carrabelle Beach.

The evening closed with a short concert of Celtic music by Meabh’s Mavericks, which featured Tim Kerns on bohdran, Holly Riley on fiddle, Alexis Finet on flutes and whistles and Stephen Hodges on guitar.

Throughout the evening, visitors enjoyed Ramon Valenzuela’s famed, freshly prepared, authentic Mexican tacos.

After the opening production in two weeks, the season continues with “A Nice Family Christmas,” on Dec. 7 to 9 (see sidebar), “Murder at the Chapman,” on Feb. 8 to 10, 2019, and “Dial M for Murder,” March 22 to 24, 2019.

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