Mattie Kelly Center's location lures Broadway blockbusters


The next Broadway production coming to the state-of-the-art Mattie Kelly Arts Center in Niceville is "The Addams Family," running Nov. 12.

NWFSC/Special to the News Bulletin
Published: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 06:49 PM.

For lovers of stage shows and musicals, the Mattie Kelly Arts Center at Northwest Florida State College's Niceville campus is an unlikely blessing.

Few communities — thanks to a perfect storm of geographical and technical factors — can lure Broadway blockbusters such as "The Addams Family," which runs Nov. 12.

But the convergence of the center's prime location, on a route well-traveled by touring shows, and being a state-of-the-art facility leads to the Mattie Kelly Center being a Mecca for stage buffs.

"We're in a marvelous location for the touring shows," Sylvia Bryan, the center's assistant director, said.

"When the shows travel the circuit, they're going to go to the bigger cities. Well, guess who's right in the middle, right off I-10?"

The Mattie Kelly Center's previous Broadway hits established NWFSC's ability to attract successively impressive seasons, Bryan said.

"We've gained a reputation over the years that we can accommodate these shows," she said.

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