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LARGO - Eight O’Clock Theatre presents Stephen Sondheim’s musical comedy, Company, Thursday-Sunday, May 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.

A sophisticated and honest look at relationships from musical theater’s most renowned composer, “Company” is largely regarded as a trailblazer of the dark-comedy, modern-musical genre.

On the night of his 35th birthday, confirmed bachelor Robert contemplates his unmarried state. Over the course of a series of dinners, drinks, and even a wedding, his friends explain the pros and cons of taking on a spouse. The habitually single Robert is forced to question his adamant retention of bachelorhood during a hilarious, yet accurate, array of interactions.

“Company” features a brisk and energetic score containing many of Stephen Sondheim's best known songs such as “Getting Married Today,” “The Ladies Who Lunch” and “Being Alive.”

The original production was nominated for a record-setting fourteen Tony Awards and won six.

This production is directed by Rocco Morabito with choregraphy by Ronnie DeMarco and music direction by Emi Stefanov.
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ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall Theatre Company in St. Petersburg presents “The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,” Thursday through Sunday, May 23 through June 14.

Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday. Talkbacks will be offered each Friday during the run except during the first preview.

Adapted by Eric Davis, “The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia” is presented by Bill Ward and Nicholas and Diane Bailey Morton.

Shakespeare’s magic-filled exploration of the politics of colonialism erupts with power and relevance in this one-man spectacle starring freeFall artistic director Eric Davis. This all-new adaptation does not just use Cuba as a setting for the play; it creates an entirely new second storyline that applies those themes to Cuba’s history. There are multiple references to Jose Marti and various Cuban writers.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Craig Christie’s family-friendly musical "Jungle Bungle" will be presented Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 23, 3 and 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The production will be presented in partnership with Origin Theatrical.

It’s a new day and a new school for Oliver, and making a new friend when he meets Claire in the school ground doesn’t help him with the feeling that nothing is as it should be. Join Claire and Oliver on an exciting musical safari created to engage the young and young at heart in a magical adventure. "Jungle Bungle" explores the theme of fear of the unknown while celebrating friendship, individuality and imagination. The show is aimed at 4- to 10-year-olds. Co-directed by Bob Devin Jones and Craig Christie, “Jungle Bungle” features a revolving cast of PCCA Gibbs High School students including Lauren Crandall, Tommy B. Hansana, John Kammerer, Auhria Newton-Reynolds, and Jermaine Robinson.
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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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CLEARWATER - “Grand Hotel, the Musical,” by Luther Davis, Robert Wright, George Forrest and Maury Yeston, is on stage Thursday through Sunday, May 7-24, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

Based on the 1929 Vicki Baum novel and play, and the subsequent 1932 MGM feature film, this sweeping musical focuses on events taking place over the course of a weekend in an elegant hotel in 1928 Berlin. The intersecting stories of the eccentric guests of the hotel, including a fading prima ballerina; a fatally ill Jewish bookkeeper, who wants to spend his final days living in luxury; a young, handsome, but destitute Baron; a cynical doctor; an honest businessman gone bad, and a typist dreaming of Hollywood success.
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GULFPORT - The Gulfport Community Players will audition for 44 roles being performed during the 15th annual Summer One-Acts running July 9-19. Auditions will be Monday and Tuesday, May 18 and 19, 7 p.m., at the Back Door Theater, 1619 49th St. S.

The Players are casting 22 female and 19 male characters in their late teens, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Additionally, there are two nonspeaking roles for a young couple and a male voice over (audio only) part.

Candidates should plan to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to fill out paperwork. Résumés and headshots aren't necessary. Actors will be asked to do cold readings from the scripts. Some folks may be cast in more than one role.
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CLEARWATER - Ruth Eckerd Hall recently announced its Broadway Series for the 2015-16 season and it includes a parade of hit musicals.

The lineup includes “The Producers,” “Ragtime,” “42nd Street,” “Annie,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Saturday Night Fever,” “Bullets Over Broadway” and an exclusive Tampa Bay area performance with Tony Award and Emmy-winner Kristin Chenoweth.
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CLEARWATER - The gala screening of the new thriller, The Forger was held at the Capitol Theatre Saturday, April 18. The star of the film, two-time Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe Award-winner John Travolta was in attendance to introduce the film to the audience prior to the screening.

A check in the amount of $38,000 donated by the audience was presented and Travolta added $12,000 for a grand total of $50,000 to benefit the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
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• Saturday, May 23, 2015
Ain’t Misbehavin’
“Ain’t Misbehavin’”, May 21-24, in the Murray Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $20. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

 
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Annapurna
“Annapurna,” by Sharr White, presented by Jobsite Theater; April 29 through May 24, 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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Company
“Company,” with book by George Furth and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, May 22-31, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo.

Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.

Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for students. A city of Largo handling fee of $3.50 will be added to each ticket. Call 587-6793 or visit largoarts.com.

 
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Fourward Glass Gallery grand opening
ST. PETERSBURG – Fourward Glass Gallery, a modern, upscale glass gallery at 611 Central Ave. in downtown St. Petersburg, will celebrate their grand opening on Sunday, May 23.

The gallery features functional, scientific, heady, and decorative artisanship from world-renowned glass blowers. The event will kick-off at 11 a.m. with private tours, catering by theAvenue, libations, giveaways, and a charity raffle.

The grand opening will provide visitors with an opportunity to buy raffle tickets for donated hand blown glass pieces. Raffle proceeds will go to support cancer patient and glass artist Ben Wilson.

For information, call 433-9991 or visit www.fourwardglass.com.
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Freedom Fest
The seventh annual Freedom Fest, Friday through Sunday, May 22-24, on State Street in downtown Oldsmar.

Sponsored by the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce, Freedom Fest will feature live music from start to finish, plenty of food and arts and craft vendors and fun activities for the kids. Hours will be Friday, 5 to 11 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 11 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 10 p.m.

The big tent will be back to supplement the shade of the beautiful oaks and provide more seating to enjoy the great music. Cost is $2 a person. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free.

 
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Grand Hotel, the Musical
“Grand Hotel, the Musical,” by Luther Davis, Robert Wright, George Forrest and Maury Yeston, Thursday through Sunday, May 7-24, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Tickets are $26 for adults and $15 for students. Call 446-1360 or visit franciswilsonplayhouse.org.
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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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Jungle Bungle
ST. PETERSBURG – Craig Christie’s family-friendly musical "Jungle Bungle" will be presented Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.; and Saturday, May 23, 3 and 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg.

The production will be presented in partnership with Origin Theatrical.

It’s a new day and a new school for Oliver, and making a new friend when he meets Claire in the school ground doesn’t help him with the feeling that nothing is as it should be. Join Claire and Oliver on an exciting musical safari created to engage the young and young at heart in a magical adventure.

"Jungle Bungle" explores the theme of fear of the unknown while celebrating friendship, individuality and imagination. The show is aimed at 4- to 10-year-olds. Co-directed by Bob Devin Jones and Craig Christie, “Jungle Bungle” features a revolving cast of PCCA Gibbs High School students including Lauren Crandall, Tommy B. Hansana, John Kammerer, Auhria Newton-Reynolds, and Jermaine Robinson.

General admission is $15. Cost for students and seniors is $10 and children age 4 and younger will be admitted for free. Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620 for more information.
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The Tempest
“The Tempest,” from the play by William Shakespeare, adapted by Eric Davis; May 23 through June 14, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com.

Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets prices vary depending upon performance time.

Shakespeare’s magic-filled exploration of the politics of colonialism erupts with power and relevance in this one-man spectacle. The play draws startling parallels between Shakespeare’s final work and the post-colonial “New World.” Prospero, rightful Duke of Milan, shipwrecks his conniving brother by means of a magical storm.

As the befuddled travelers encounter the ephemeral Ariel, the earthy Caliban, and Prospero’s sheltered daughter Miranda, old rivalries and new romances take root. In another time and place, one man’s voyage from Cuba to the U.S. begins to echo the events and politics of Shakespeare’s play.
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• Sunday, May 24, 2015
Ain’t Misbehavin’
“Ain’t Misbehavin’”, May 21-24, in the Murray Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets are $20. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 3 p.m.

 
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