May 2018

April 2018

New Burt Reynolds Institute opens in North Palm Beach


Burt Reynolds Institute

Burt Reynolds Institute

While the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre has struggled in recent years to find a home they could really call their own, the staff, students and volunteers never gave up on that dream. With the opening of their new location in North Palm Beach, they have proven that good things come to those who wait.

Located in the Village Shoppes of North Palm Beach, the intimate space provides students who wish to hone their acting, improvisation, writing and filmmaking skills a supportive environment in which to challenge themselves and grow in confidence. The Institute also has a black box theatre, where shows featuring original material written by emerging playwrights will be produced. The goal is to offer Florida residents an opportunity to become a part of the process of creating a new play. Each production will be followed by a talkback with the author(s) during which audience members will be encouraged to share their thoughts. In a recent interview, Managing Director/playwright/novelist Donna Carbone said, “There is a huge difference between a critique and criticism. An honest critique can go far to help an author improve upon a written work. Criticism serves no purpose whatsoever. We value input from a discerning audience.”

The address for the Burt Reynolds Institute for Film and Theatre is: 133 U.S. Highway One, Suite 115, North Palm Beach, Florida 33408. The Institute is only open when classes are in session or when a production is being mounted.

To sign up for the Institute’s newsletter, drop an email to [email protected]  or visit their website at If you would like more information on classes, call 561 743-9955. Currently, the Institute offers classes in acting, scene study and character development, audition preparation, improvisation, teleprompter proficiency, writing for novel/stage/screen for adults and their unique Young Hemingway’s writing class for children ages 10-14.

Barrett-Jackson Auction Sets Records In Palm Beach

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions, was a star-studded event, featuring celebrity, record attendance, record auction sales and the largest number of registered bidders for any Palm Beach auction. Three impressive collections were sold at the 16th annual auction, highlighted by renowned collector and philanthropist John Staluppi’s highly coveted Cars of Dreams vehicles, which all sold at No Reserve.

Celebrities who flocked to the four-day auction included Jimmy De Martini, fiddler with the Zac Brown Band, as well as Hollywood icon Burt Reynolds, who greeted fans, signed autographs and encouraged bidding on the block for three Pontiac Trans Ams. Other celebrity guests included actor Alfie Wise, North Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, NASCAR legend Rick Hendrick and former NFL wide receiver Reggie Wayne.

In total, 692 vehicles sold, nearly all at No Reserve, for more than $38.3 million, while 380 pieces of automobilia brought in over $702,000, and $450,000 was raised through the sale of charity vehicles, bringing the total auction sales to more than $39.4 million. This year’s auction also attracted more than 700 new bidders, a new record for Palm Beach. In addition, there was an impressive showing from the international community, including vehicle consignments from Brazil and Italy.
“Our guests have made the Palm Beach Auction such an electrifying event year after year,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We were especially honored to be trusted to auction three incredible collections, including the ‘Cars of Dreams’ owned by our good friends Jeanette and John Staluppi. Their 145 vehicles, which all sold at No Reserve, represented some of the finest examples of ’50s, ’60s and ’70sera American cars. It was a pleasure working alongside John and Jeanette to find new homes for the vehicles in his remarkable collection, and we so appreciate their philanthropic support of our charity efforts over the years.”

At the beginning of the week, Barrett- Jackson kicked off its 16th Annual Palm Beach Auction with a special parade featuring vehicles from John Staluppi’s Cars of Dreams Collection. During the four-day auction, 145 vehicles from the collection sold for $13.96 million. Automobilia sales during this year’s event were among the best recorded to date in Palm Beach, with restored gas pumps and porcelain neon signs among the most sought-after pieces.