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Friday, April 25, 2014
A Bad Year for Tomatoes
“A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” by John Patrick, March 13 through May 4, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Evening performances are presented Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are presented Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m. Cost is $29.90 which includes dinner and show.
This hilarious comedy deals with the very funny misfortunes of a famous television actress who seeks to “get away from it all” in a small New England town. Fed up with the pressures and demands of her acting career, the famous Myra Marloe leases a house in New England to write her autobiography. Dealing with her nosy omnipresent neighbors turns out to be more difficult than she imagined so she invents a mad homicidal sister who is kept locked in an upstairs room. The ruse works well at first until the local handyman develops an affection for “Sister Sadie” and complications ensue.
“Anything Goes,” Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, 7:30 p.m., at Clearwater High School, 540 S. Hercules Ave., Clearwater. General admission is $15 for adults and $10 for students. For information, call Joy Roche at 298-1620, ext. 2125, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blast Friday, Friday, April 25, 5:30 to 10 p.m., on the 400 block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater. The kick-off event of the 61st Fun ’n Sun Celebration, Blast Friday is downtown Clearwater’s free, family-friendly street festival.
Bright House Networks is the sponsor the monthly event that features a variety of vendors, food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, starting at 5:30 p.m. The fun continues until 10 p.m.
Entertainment will feature a performance by Mark Farner with Stormbringer.
“Chicago,” April 23-26, 7:30 p.m., at Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.
Known for producing Broadway, movie and television stars, Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg will showcase its newest cast of Broadway hopefuls in an exciting production of “Chicago” at the school’s Janet Root Theatre.
The longest running American musical in Broadway history, “Chicago” is the ultimate tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery – all set to show-stopping songs and dance moves originally created by famed choreographer Bob Fosse.
Totally unique to the show, and the local arts community, is the use of spectacular human flying sequences created by Flying by Foy, the leading theatrical flying service used in Broadway shows, Las Vegas reviews and television productions. The flying sequences are made possible by businessman and philanthropist Bill Edwards.
Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine, Friday, April 25, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Chapelaine will be joined by special guest Nate Najar.
During this event, each of these talented gentlemen will play some solo numbers, both classical and otherwise, and then they will play a duet or two together.
Chapdelaine won the world's top competitions in both "fingerstyle" and "classical" guitar, the 1998 National Fingerpicking Champion and the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition. He is the only person to ever have won both awards.
Admission is $20 per person and $15 for students and seniors. Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620.
Rob Thomas, Friday, April 25, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $65. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Thomas is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, garnering a string of accolades, both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for solo work and collaborations with other artists.
In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Thomas with its first ever “Starlight Award,” created to recognize a songwriter in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards and has earned the Songwriter of the Year crown from both Billboard magazine and BMI, two years in a row.
Thomas is best known for his chart-topping hits such as “Lonely No More” and “This is How a Heart Breaks” and Matchbox Twenty hits like “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone” and “Bent.” Thomas also earned three Grammy Awards for “Smooth,” his smash collaboration with Santana.
Suncoast Symphony Orchestra Concert, Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., at North Bay Community Church, 3170 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Donations will be accepted. The theme of the concert will be movie music. Call 686-2094.
“Talking With,” by Jane Martin, April 18 through May 4, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $17. Call 437-2363 or visit www.wcplayers.org.
“Talkin With” was the 1992 winner of the Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play. It is a collection of extraordinary monologues written by the "mysteriously pseudonymous" Jane Martin.
These 11 monologues make up an "evening of idiosyncratic characters who amuse, move, and frighten, always speaking from their souls," and range from a "baton twirler who has found God through twirling, a fundamentalist snake handler, an ex-rodeo rider crowded out of the life she has cherished by a man in three-piece suits who wants her to dress up ‘like Mini Damn Mouse in a tutu,’ an actress willing to go to any length to get a job, to an old woman whose dream is to live in McDonald's.”
“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, at Northeast High School, 5500 16th St. N., St Petersburg. Performances will be 7 p.m. There will be one matinee on Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.
The Drama Department at Northeast High School will present its adaptation and production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a fun and endearing six time Tony Award-winning musical.
The story follows six kids in the throes of puberty who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. With its enormously appealing cast of lovable misfits, nerds, neurotics and eccentrics, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ anguish, which chronicles the experience of adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
This quirky yet charming show even includes audience spellers, guaranteeing a different show every time.
Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the students of Northeast High School’s drama program. For information, call Jessica Mansis at 434-8970.
“The 39 Steps,” adapted by Patrick Barlow From the novel by John Buchan and the movie of Alfred Hitchcock, directed by Rick Hite; April 25 through May 4, at Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Call 942-5605 or visit TarponArts.org.