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Jeff McCullers (fifth generation Estero, Floridaian) grew up around citrus farming, fishing, construction, and well drilling. I love the fact that his three sentence bio includes his ten years as 4-H club member. He wrote two small books on local history while still in high school. A teacher and school administrator for 34 years, he's taught English, drama, journalism, stagecraft, and humanities. He’s also an amateur poet, photographer, and painter. While I’ve known Jeff, mostly via Facebook, for the past decade or so, I knew him by reputation all the way back to my high school years in the late 80's. All my friends who were doing theatre there spoke of him like he was a living legend, now that I’ve gotten to know him years later, they were not joking.

Jeff McCullers (fifth generation Estero, Floridaian) grew up around citrus farming, fishing, construction, and well drilling. I love the fact that his three sentence bio includes his ten years as 4-H club member. He wrote two small books on local history while still in high school. A teacher and school administrator for 34 years, he's taught English, drama, journalism, stagecraft, and humanities. He’s also an amateur poet, photographer, and painter. While I’ve known Jeff, mostly via Facebook, for the past decade or so, I knew him by reputation all the way back to my high school years in the late 80's. All my friends who were doing theatre there spoke of him like he was a living legend, now that I’ve gotten to know him years later, they were not joking.

Episode 15: Provence

Jun 20, 2018

 

Episode 15: Provence

Jun 20, 2018

 

Courtesy of Dance Bochette

Dancers take the stage June 24 at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre for a festival of dance performances in honor of the late Jeanne Bochette who died in February at the age of 89.  Bochette was a pioneering dance instructor, entrepreneur and Grand Dame.  She founded the Dance Bochette studio in Fort Myers in 1951 and taught thousands of students in the forms of ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop, jazz and others over a teaching career that spanned seven decades.  Before opening the studio, Bochette performed with New York City Ballet and the Rockettes in the 1940s.  Bochette was also known locally for her tireless advocacy for the performing arts.  Bochette’s daughter Alyce Bochette, who is the director of Dance Bochette, joins us for a preview this Sunday’s upcoming tribute festival as we look back on the life, accomplishments and contributions of this remarkable woman.

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