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ST. PETERSBURG - American Stage Theatre Company opens the 29th annual American Stage in the Park with the musical production of The Wiz, running April 9 through May 4 at Demens Landing Park in St. Petersburg.

The Wiz is about Dorothy who is going to the Land of Oz and she’s walking on a road paved in rock, gospel and soul. This beloved Broadway musical - winner of seven Tony Awards - is a dazzling multi-cultural journey that will take you to the most fantastical places and back home again.

The Wiz is performed at Demens Landing Park located on the corner of First Avenue South and Bayshore Boulevard Southeast in downtown St. Petersburg.

Show times are 8 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. Gates open at 6 p.m. and “will call” for tickets begins at 5:30 p.m.

Reserved chair seating for is available for $32 and premium blanket seating costs $26. General admission lawn tickets are $18 for Friday and Saturday shows and $13 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $20 on Friday and Saturday and $15 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday. Kids age 6 and under admitted free for lawn seating.

For tickets or more information, call the box office at 727-823-PLAY (7529) or visit www.americanstage.org.
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CLEARWATER - Andrew Lloyd Webber’s all-new “The Wizard of Oz” comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall for five-days, April 15-19.

Show times are Tuesday, April 15, 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, April 16, 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 17, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, April 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, April 19, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

The new production is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever-popular MGM screenplay, this new production contains all the beloved songs from the Oscar-winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players stages Talking With ... a comedy by Jane Martin April 18-May 4. The community is invited to come out and enjoy the show in the theatre's new seating.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $17 and $15 each for groups of 10 or more. Call the box office at 727-437-2363.

Presented by special arrangement by Samuel French Inc.
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TARPON SPRINGS - Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center presents Sandy Wilson’s The Boy Friend Friday through Sunday, April 4-6 and 11-13.

Jamie Bierchen directs, with musical direction by Dan Fox and music performed by the Rhythm Kings Orchestra.

Reserve seat tickets are $24, $22 for members and students. For tickets or more information, call 727-942-5605 or visit TarponArts.org.
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ST. PETERSBURG - Around the World in 80 Days continues at American Stage Theatre through April 13.

The theatre company’s fourth play of the season, Mark Brown’s Around the World in 80 Days was adapted from the adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne.

Go back to the year of 1872 to begin the adventure in London and then continue around the globe and back. Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock. Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 33 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time.
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CLEARWATER - Explore the lives of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri during Francis Wilson Playhouse’s presentation of “Amadeus” April 3-13.

Peter Shaffer’s “Amadeus” is a play that gives a highly fictionalized account of the lives of composers Mozart and Salieri. It premiered on Broadway in 1980 and was nominated for seven Tony Awards: two best actors, best director, best costume design, lighting, and set design.
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CLEARWATER - “A Bad Year for Tomatoes,” by John Patrick, runs through May 4, at Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St. N.

This hilarious comedy deals with the 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 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 until the local handyman develops an affection for sister Sadie and complications ensue.
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players announces the fifth annual One Act Plays Festival scheduled on July 11-13 and 18-20.

West Coast Players extends an invitation to novice, emerging or accomplished playwrights to submit one-act plays to be performed during the festival. Scripts are being solicited with the following criteria.
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CLEARWATER - West Coast Players is changing the sixth show in its 2014 season. Instead of Moon For the Misbegotten, WCP will be performing Talking With by Jane Martin.

Talking With was the 1992 winner of the Theatre Critics Association Award for Best Regional Play.

Talking With is a collection of extraordinary monologues written by the "mysteriously pseudonymous" Jane Martin. These eleven monologues make up an "evening of idiosyncratic characters who amuse, move, and frighten, always speaking from their souls."
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• Sunday, April 20, 2014
Mainsail Art Festival
39th annual Mainsail Art Festival, Saturday and Sunday, April 19-20, at Vinoy Park, Bayshore Drive and Seventh Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg. Hours will be Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free.

The festival will feature more than 270 juried fine art and craft exhibitors working in ceramics, digital art, fibers, glass, graphics, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood. The festival awards more than $60,000 in prizes, including a $10,000 Best of Show award.

The event also will include top name entertainment, Young at Art Student Show and Awards, Kids Create and activity tent, and a culinary arts food court.

Visit www.mainsailart.org.
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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.
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Juried art show
ST. PETE BEACH – The Suntan Art Center, 3300 Gulf Blvd., hosts a juried art show and fresh market each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Admission and parking is free. Call 367-3818 for details.
Talking With
“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.”
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• Monday, April 21, 2014
Starlight dances
DUNEDIN – The Starlight Dance occurs every Monday, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center, 330 Douglas Ave. Participants can enjoy an evening of dancing and music by the Ellis Hale Band. No partner is required. Cost is $6 per person. Call 298-3299.
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• Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Line dancing classes
PINELLAS PARK – Pinellas Park Elk’s Lodge 2217, 7550 40th St. N., offers a weekly line dancing class every Wednesday at 7 p.m. Call 561-7683 for more information.
• Thursday, April 24, 2014
Annual Poetry Celebration
Annual Poetry Celebration, Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m., at the Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N., Safety Harbor.

Kicking off the evening will be a Poets’ Mingle where guests are invited to kick back, enjoy wine, coffee and refreshments while listening to a special performance by the local musical duo The Last Ghost Dance. An open mic will round out the evening with readings from local poets.

The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Safety Harbor Public Library. For information, call 724-1525, ext. 4112.
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Anything Goes
“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 rochej@pcsb.org.
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Dunedin Showcase Theater: “Destiny”
DUNEDIN - Dunedin Showcase Theater: Destiny, Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 27, 2 p.m., at Dunedin Community Center.  

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. Seats are first-come, first-served. Show tickets are $10 each.

Call 812-4530.
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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.
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