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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.

Performances will be presented at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.

Single tickets priced for all performances are priced range from $35 to $100, except for the Kristin Chenoweth performance. Tickets to the Chenoweth show range from $45 to $100. Broadway Series packages are also available. Single tickets and packages go on sale Friday, May 15. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.

“We are proud to present such a wide variety of stellar musicals this season at Ruth Eckerd Hall ranging from the smash hit movie turned musical ‘Saturday Night Fever’ to the iconic musical ‘Ragtime,’” said Zev Buffman in a press release. Buffman is president and CEO of Ruth Eckerd Hall Inc. “All of these musical miracles, along with the exclusive bay area performance by the delightfully talented Tony Award-winner Kristin Chenoweth and the phenomenal acoustics of Ruth Eckerd Hall spell out great joy. And if this wasn’t enough, get ready for more great announcements for the upcoming 2015-16 season.”
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LARGO - Houston-based Soul Street Dance Company will come to the area on Friday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 9, 11 a.m., at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive.

The shows are presented as part of the center’s Children's Educational Series. Attendees will have an opportunity to check out the excitement of street dance as four energetic dancers perform “Breakin' Backwards,” a contemporary mix of choreography, to the most popular music of several decades, such as songs by Count Basie, Elvis Presley, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson.
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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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ST. PETERSBURG - American Stage Theatre Company is celebrating 30 years outdoors with the musical “In the Heights,” running through May 17.

“In the Heights” is being performed at Demens Landing Park, located on the corner of First Avenue South and Bayshore Boulevard Southeast in downtown St. Petersburg.

Performances are presented Wednesdays through Sundays, 8 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m. and will call opens at 5:30 p.m.

Reserved chair seating is $32. Premium blanket seating is $26. General admission lawn, purchased in advance, is $18 for Friday and Saturday performances and $13 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances. General admission lawn, purchased at the gate, is $20 for Friday and Saturday performances and $15 for Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances. Kids age 6 and younger are admitted free on the lawn.
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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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CLEARWATER - The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall has announced its Summer Arts 2015 program.  Kicking off June 8, the classes explore talents, help children discover new friends, allow for experiences with professional arts instructors and encourage performances of what has been learned on a stage in a professional setting at Ruth Eckerd Hall.

All classes at the Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts are literacy based and arts and crafts sessions are taught daily by a visual arts specialist. Classes are enrolling now.

Performing arts classes and camps are available for many ages and experience levels. All-day themed dramatic classes for ages five to seven include And Now For Something Dinosaur, Minions and Spongebob: Tanks for the Memories.  All-day themed dramatics classes for ages eight to 10 include Superheros and Supervillains, Star Wars: Knights and Off to Emerald City.
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Entertainment Calender
• Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” May 5-10, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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• Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” May 5-10, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Flogging Molly
Flogging Molly, Wednesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m., at Jannus Live, 16 Second St. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $38.20. Call 565-0550 or visit jannuslive.com.
• Thursday, May 7, 2015
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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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” May 5-10, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Performances are Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $46. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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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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Rob Bell and Pete Holmes: Together at Last
Rob Bell and Pete Holmes: Together at Last; Thursday, May 7, 8 p.m., at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts is at 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets start at $25. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
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Sunset Beach concert
TARPON SPRINGS – The city of Tarpon Spring’s Sunset Beach concert series continues Thursday, May 7, 7 to 9 p.m., at the western end of Gulf Boulevard. Two food trucks will be available. For more information, call 942-5628.
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ZZ Top and Jeff Beck
ZZ Top and Jeff Beck, Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m., at Mid Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre, at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N., Tampa. Tickets start at $40. Call 813-740-2446 or visit www.livenation.com.
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• Friday, May 8, 2015
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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