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Little Tunes

A comic memoir, written and performed by Ned Averill-Snell and directed by Matthew Ray

The Studio@620 invites you to "Little Tunes" by Ned Avrerill-Snell on Monday October 29th at 7:00 PM.  This original work premiered in May 2012 at Jobsite Theater in Tampa, and soon after was selected for the 2012 United Solo festival ( in New York City, where it will premier on October 31, 2012.

Sweet, funny, and sometimes sung, Little Tunes is a tale of growing up in an eccentric ‘70s family, misadventures in a musical education, and finding out what happens after a dream dissolves...

Co-sponsored by Tampa Repertory Theatre (TRT). A portion of the proceeds will help fund TRT’s 2012/2013 season






The comments below were posted on Facebook by audience members who saw the premier production:

I thought the whole thing was brilliant from beginning to end. Alvin I talked about it all the way home. Laughing at the funny stuff, being outraged at the tragic stuff and loving how honestly it was presented... We want to see it again. Clare, Sarasota

Just saw an incredible performance. Ned Averill-Snell gave one of the funniest, most honest, and brilliant performances I've ever seen.  Kari, Tampa

What a fun time. Just the kind of theatre experience I needed! Chris, Gulfport

Loved every minute of it! But best of all, so did my dad!!!! Bill, Orlando


Little Tunes is Averill-Snell’s third play produced in Tampa Bay. In reviews of his other plays, local critics have said Averill-Snell:

“ a fine actor and a literate, thoughtful playwright... a terrific performer and a writer with an eye on what's tragic in popular culture.” Mark E. Leib, Theatre Critic, Creative Loafing

“...can really act... can really write. His writing, like his acting, is controlled and witty. Every effect is thought out, from the silliest comedy to the most heart-wrenching biography.” Peter Smith, The St. Petersburg Times

 “ an admirable actor with a comic range and an agile intensity.” Joanne Milani, The Tampa Tribune


Ned Averill-Snell is a well-known stage actor and playwright in Tampa Bay, having appeared in Jobsite Theater's The Lieutenant of Inishmore, American Buffalo, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Race, and Fahrenheit 451. Elsewhere in Tampa Bay, Ned has appeared at American Stage (A Moon for the Misbegotten, Chesapeake), Alley Cat Players – now renamed Improbable Athenaeum -- (A Man for All Seasons), the Gorilla Theater (Sideshow, Snakebit), and the Tampa Repertory Theatre ( Before coming to Florida he was a regular presence at Indiana Repertory Theater in Indianapolis, and he has also appeared at theaters in Massachusetts and New York, and in the occasional independent film project, industrial or commercial. He is the author of two other plays: about the author..., which he performed at Orlando Theatre Project, and Emeralds in an Onion Field, in which he appeared at the Orlando International Fringe Festival; both were subsequently produced in Tampa by the Alley Cat Players. A Massachusetts native, Ned is a co-founder of Tampa Repertory Theatre, lives in Tampa with his wife, Jo, and is a father of three. He is a 1983 graduate of the Theatre program at Indiana University, Bloomington.


Matthew Ray is a Florida native currently living in Tampa. He graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Theater. Previous directing projects include Musings of a Postmodern Romantic, a collection of staged poems written by his partner Christopher Hawthorne, and Moliere’s Tartuffe. Matthew often stage manages for Jobsite. He is very excited to work on this project with Ned. He wants to thank Ned for the opportunity to direct him in this wonderful piece and hopes that it touches you as much as it has touched him. He also wants to thank his family and friends for all their support over the years.



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