TAMPA - Jobsite Theater and the Straz Center will present the musical theater masterpiece “The Threepenny Opera,” running Oct. 18 through Nov. 12, in Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa.
Regularly priced tickets are $29.50. For performance times and to purchase tickets, call 813-229-7827 or visit www.strazcenter.org.
Jobsite Theater will continue its 2017-18 season with its annual co-production with the Straz Center. This year, Jobsite and the Straz have partnered to bring to the stage “The Threepenny Opera,” a titillating, toe-tapping tour-de-force and major landmark of 20th century theater.
ST. PETERSBURG - Beyond its mainstage productions, American Stage Theatre Company, at 163 Third St. N. in St. Petersburg, offers additional, dynamic programming for audience enjoyment such as live music, creative storytelling, improv comedy and post-show conversation in the lobby café.
Offered as part of American Stage’s Family Series, “In the Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi” will be presented Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22, noon. Based on the story by Rudyard Kipling, adapted by Y. York and directed by Tiffany Ford, this family-friendly production encourages the power of “we” instead of “me.”
When Rikki Tikki Tavi washes up in a pristine garden, Darzee, the sassy tailor bird, is not amused and refuses to share. Darzee and her friend, Chuchu, pull out the stops attempting to run off the pesky mongoose. But watch out for Nag, the cobra! The other animals will have to band together when Nag sets his sights on Rikki. This adaptation of the Kipling classic offers a poignant message about sharing and collaboration.
ST. PETERSBURG - American Stage - currently celebrating 40 years with its “We the People” season - recently announced the extension of “The Royale” through Sunday, Oct. 22.
The extension will bring four additional performances to the stage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 19-21, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 22, 3 p.m. Ticket prices vary by performance. For information and tickets, call 727-823-7529 or visit Americanstage.org.
Jay “The Sport” Jackson wants nothing more than to prove he’s the best boxer in the world. However, in the Jim Crow era, his chances are as good as knocked out. When a boxing promoter hatches a plan for “the fight of the century,” The Sport just might land a place in the ring with the reigning white heavyweight champion. But is the country ready for this face off?
CLEARWATER - “On Golden Pond,” by Ernest Thompson, will be presented Oct. 5-17, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.
Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 2 p.m.
This classic American comedy-drama is every bit as touching, warm, and witty today as when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. Retired couple Ethel and Norman Thayer spend every summer at their home on Golden Pond. This year, their adult daughter visits, bringing along her 13-year-old son. The turbulent relationship between father and daughter, the generation gap between young and old, and the difficulties facing a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine in a play that gives audiences a unique insight into the modern American family.
ST. PETERSBURG - “White Fang,” will be presented Oct. 6-29, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Rising British playwright Jethro Compton is directing this world premiere of his epic new play, a cinematic tale of love, loss and redemption inspired by the Jack London novel. Deep in the forests of the Yukon Territory. after the massacre of her tribe, a young girl is rescued from the snow by an old huntsman from a nearby settlement who offers shelter and the strength to survive. Torn from centuries of tradition, facing a new and violent land, she struggles to find her path in the world.
CLEARWATER - The men of Australia’s Thunder from Down Under will be performing Nov. 22, 7 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. This is a rescheduled show after the original date on Sept. 16 was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.
Described as the “perfect girl’s night outback,” this Australian export features dynamic dance routines, barely-there costumes, state-of-the-art lighting and chiseled abs. An internationally acclaimed male revue, the “sexy blokes” from Thunder from Down Under know how to get the audience excited from the minute they walk out on stage, according to the show’s Facebook page.
CLEARWATER - The Early Bird Dinner Theatre will present its new comedy “Mama Won’t Fly,” opening Saturday, Sept. 2, and running through Oct. 22, at the theater, 13355 49th St. N., Clearwater.
Performances are 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Matinees are 11 a.m. on Thursdays and Saturdays. The price for buffet and show is $36. Call 727-446-5898 for reservations.
“Mama Won’t Fly” is written by Jamie Wooten, Jessie Jones and Nicholas Hope. Early Bird’s cast is led by director James Rayfield. The talented ensemble includes Andrew Allen, Donna Donnelly, Donna DeLonay, Thelma Gauthier, Karen Good, Georgia Kosloski, Danny-Ray Polson and Margee Sapowsky.
ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall Theatre Company continues to grow with the addition of two new staff members, including Margaret Murray and Nick Mathis.
These new team members join freeFall’s current staff led by Eric Davis, artistic director; and Cheryl Forchilli, executive director. freeFall Theatre was founded in 2008 and established its permanent home at 6099 Central Ave. in 2011. During this short time, freefall has continued to excite audiences while being featured in national publications like Tampa Bay Times, American Theatre Magazine, Time Out New York and The New York Times. After many years of steady growth, freeFall now has 11 full-time employees working together to produce a season of plays and musicals operating under a Small Professional Theatre Contract (SP-7) in agreement with Actor’s Equity Association.
Murray joins the team as freeFall’s first development director. Murray’s most recent position was at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, where she served as donor development manager for two years and was instrumental in bringing numerous new donors into the museum fold. Prior to joining the MFA, Murray served as executive director for the Tampa Bay International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival from 2001-2003, program director from 2009-2010, and back as ED in 2014-15, after earning her master’s degree in arts administration from Savannah College of Art and Design.
Clearwater Jazz Holiday Clearwater Jazz Holiday, Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 19-22, at Coachman Park, 301 Drew St, Clearwater. Daily general admission tickets start at $16 in advance. For information, visit www.clearwaterjazz.com.
Toad the Wet Sprocket Toad the Wet Sprocket, Thursday, Oct. 26, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. Tickets start at $42.50. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.atthecap.com.
Friday, Nov. 3, 2017
Loretta Lynn Loretta Lynn, Friday, Nov. 3, 8 p.m., at The Mahaffey, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg. Tickets start at $35.50. Call 727-893-7832 or visit themahaffey.com. This concert was originally scheduled on Feb. 17.