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ST. PETERSBURG - Imagine the grittiness of Stomp and the creativity of Blue Man Group, combined with the most unique approach to magic in 50 years. That’s Drew Thomas Magic's Materialize, the edgy new Broadway and Vegas-caliber production coming to The Mahaffey Saturday, July 11 at 8 p.m.

America's Got Talent finalist Drew Thomas has broken all the traditional "rules" of magic, presenting trend-setting illusions with social media, technology and drones!

Once the stage is set, all of the magic evolves from the objects on stage. No smoke, no mirrors, no fancy boxes, no magic clichés just hard-hitting original illusions, hilarious comedy and Drew’s three “Sensational Angels” creating indescribable magic in a deconstructed industrial environment, backed by a heart-pounding soundtrack mixed by a live DJ.

Drew’s clever use of theatrics, music and magic combine into the perfect blend of high-octane entertainment to engage today’s fast-paced audiences. One of his favorite responses to the show is: “I’m not usually a magic fan, but I love what you do.”

Tickets priced at $25.50 and $37.50 may be purchased online at themahaffey.com, charge by phone at 727-893-7832 or in person at The Mahaffey Theater Box Office. The Mahaffey Box Office is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday or at least 90 minutes prior to any ticketed event. There are no added charges ever on tickets purchased directly from The Mahaffey Theater.
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players present its sixth annual One Act Plays Festival, running July 3-12, at West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.

Once again, Rick Kastel is serving as producer of the festival.

“It’s obviously a very, very big job,” Kastel said in a phone interview. Although the first performance is scheduled for July 3, Kastel and others have been working on the festival for months.

“We start back in January soliciting scripts by email from the list West Coast Players has,” Kastel said.
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GULFPORT - The Gulfport Community Players’ 15th Summer One-Acts Festival features a medley of short plays - something for every taste - being performed over two Thursday-Sunday weekends, July 9-19 at the Catherine Hickman Theater, Beach Boulevard and 26th Avenue South in Gulfport.

A cast of 36 actors and actresses will bring 13 original one-act plays (most less than 10 minutes) to life during the Festival. This year’s lineup includes a variety of comedies, light dramas, and one slightly eerie tale.

Tickets are only $15 and may be purchased with a credit card online at www.GulfportCommunityPlayers.org. Tickets are also available for purchase with cash or check at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (3121 Beach Blvd.), or within one hour of show time in the theater lobby.
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ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall Theatre’s production of “Mame” runs July 11-Aug. 9 at 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees will be Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Matthew McGee - Tampa Bay’s glamorous, madcap comic genius - plays everyone’s favorite madcap aunt in the hilarious and heartwarming musical comedy. The show will mark the end of freeFall’s 2014-15 season at the St. Petersburg venue. Lourelene Snedeker stars as Mame's friend and rival, Vera Charles, in the freeFall mounting. Featuring direction by freeFall artistic director Eric Davis and choreography by Shain Stroff, the cast also includes Lulu Picart as Agnes Gooch and Patrick Ryan Sullivan as Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside. Other principal players include Mark Vincent Mansinlungan (Ito), William Garrabrant (Young Patrick), Nick Lerew (Patrick Dennis), John Lombardi (Dwight Babcock), Maya Naff (Pegeen Ryan), Shain Stroff (M. Lindsay Woolsey), David Michael Bevis (Junior Babcock) and a special appearance by Emilee Dupre as Gloria Upson.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced the World Stage Series for the 2015-16 season, which includes returning favorites such as Nebraska Theater Caravan’s “A Christmas Carol,” the Salute to Vienna New Year’s Eve concert and Neil Berg’s 108 Years of Broadway.

Most performances will be presented at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Performances by Florida Orchestra’s Beethoven and Michael Amante will take place at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced the lineup for its Adults at Leisure Series for the 2015-16 season, which includes returning favorites Blue Suede Shoes (The Premier Elvis Birthday Bash) starring Scot Bruce and Mike Albert, The Bronx Wanderers, The Jive Aces and Neil Berg’s 108 Years of Broadway.

In addition, new this season is On the Magic Carpet with Barbara Eden, The Young Irelanders, Close to You: The Music of The Carpenters, Adam Trent “The Futurist” direct from The Illusionists and many more.
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ST. PETERSBURG - American Stage Theatre Company’s After Hours Series will continue with three events in June called Hawk and Wayne’s “This is a Comedy Show,” “The Scott & Patti Show in “Viva Vegas,” and SATP Fundraiser, Peter Panned.

In July, the show will go on with two events, including Hawk and Wayne’s “This is a Comedy Show” and “The Vagina Monologues.”

Following is a summary of the upcoming shows:
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ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall Theatre recently announced its 2015-16 season lineup. Since freeFall opened its doors four years ago, artistic director Eric Davis has chosen a unifying theme for each season.

“Our 2015-16 season explores the human memory,” Davis explains in a brochure for the upcoming season. “From individual memory to collective memory, from the things we remember to things we forget, from the truth to how we revise history - this season is peopled by characters looking to their pasts in order to face the future.”
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CLEARWATER - The newest comedy from Early Bird ensemble is directed by actor Toby Manion, and includes Barbara Anthony, Kevin Bangos and Tracy Borgatti. “If The Shoe Fits” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini runs through July 12.

Show time is 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with 11 a.m. early shows on Thursdays and Saturdays.

It all started when Delores, an unhappy housewife, and George, a shoe salesman, met at Shoe Fantasy and it was love at first shoe-fitting. The only thing standing in the way was Delores’ doting but half-witted husband, Marvin, who would never agree to a divorce. So there was only one thing left to do-kill Marvin so they can run off together and live a carefree life of passion and romance in a tropical paradise.
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• Sunday, July 5, 2015
If the Shoe Fits
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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One Act Plays Festival
CLEARWATER – West Coast Players will present the 2015 One Act Plays Festival, running July 3-12, at the West Coast Players Theatre, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

WCP’s call to playwrights resulted in more than 250 submissions from all over the world. The best plays were selected, 11 directors were enlisted and 26 actors were cast.

“An intriguing evening of comedies and dramas await you,” a press release from WCP states. “Following each evening’s performances, audiences will vote for favorite plays. At the end of the production the votes will be tallied and the top three vote-getting playwrights will share in the distribution of the entry fees collected from the play submissions.”

In all, there will be seven performances during the production run. Evening performances, at 8 p.m., will be presented July 3, 10 and 11. Matinee performances, at 2 p.m., will be presented July 4, 5, 11 and 12. Tickets are $19.

For information or for tickets, call 437-2363, email boxoffice@wcplayers.com or visit www.wcplayers.org.

Before the One Act Plays Festival gets underway, theatergoers have an opportunity to see West Coast Players’ production of “Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays,” by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright; and conceived by Brian Shnipper.

The show runs June 5-21 with Friday and Saturday performances at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Tickets are $19.

Perhaps more than any other current controversy, same-sex marriage has been discussed and debated in state legislatures, classrooms, courtrooms and across dining room tables throughout the country. “Standing on Ceremony” brings the issue down to the human level with laughter and just a few tears. The play not only addresses gay marriage but also celebrates all individuals who commit to a life-long journey together.

“Standing on Ceremony” stars Tom Costello, Janice Creneti, Suzanne Delaney, Donna Donnelly, Mark William Myers, Margee Sapowsky, Nick Sloan, Nasja Wilkins and Ron Zietz and is directed by Donna Donnelly.

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• Monday, July 6, 2015
Stu Hamm Band
The Stu Hamm Band featuring Alex Skolnick and Joel Taylor, Monday, July 6, 7:30 p.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. For ticket information, call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

 
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• Tuesday, July 7, 2015
American Idol Live
American Idol Live, Tuesday, July 7, 7:30 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $39. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
• Thursday, July 9, 2015
If the Shoe Fits
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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Occupation
“Occupation,” by Ken Ferrigni, presented by Jobsite Theater; July 9 through Aug. 2; at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets start at $34.53. Call 813-229-7827 or 800-955-1045, or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Shinedown
Shinedown, Thursday, July 9, 7:30 p.m., at The Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35. Call 893-7832 or 800-874-9020, or visit www.themahaffey.com.

Shinedown exploded out of the rock and roll gate with 2003’s platinum-selling “Leave a Whisper.” The album produced the hit singles “Fly From the Inside” and “45,” along with a transcendent cover of the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic “Simple Man.” “Save Me,” from the 2005 release “Us and Them,” spent a record 12 weeks on top of the Active Rock chart. In 2008, “Second Chance” – from “The Sound of Madness” – reached the Billboard Top 7, and went three times platinum.
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Summer One-Acts
The 15th annual Summer One-Acts, presented by the Gulfport Community Players: July 9-19, at the Catherine Hickman Theater, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. Visit www.gulfportcommunityplayers.org.
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• Friday, July 10, 2015
Artist reception
DUNEDIN – The Fine and Crafty Show will be on display for the months of July and August, on the second floor at Stirling Studios and Gallery, 730 Broadway.

An artist reception is set for Friday, July 10, 5:30 to 8 p.m., in conjunction with Dunedin's monthly Art and Wine Walk. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibit is free and open to the public. Regular gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For information, email Karen Baker at kbkaos@sover.net.

 
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If the Shoe Fits
“If the Shoe Fits,” by Matt Thompson and Matt Chiorini, through July 12, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater. Matinees are Thursday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Evening performances are Saturday and Sunday, 4 p.m. Cost is $29.95 for dinner and the show. Call 446-5898 or visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com.
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