TARPON SPRINGS - The 39 Steps, a comedy thriller play, comes to Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, April 25-27, May 2-4. Show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday.
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre.
This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, more than 150 zany characters (played by the very talented small cast of Rick Bronson, George Hook, Elizabeth Phillips, and Mike Briggs), an on-stage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance.
In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.
From the novel by John Buchan and the movie of Alfred Hitchcock, adapted by Patrick Barlow, the show is directed by Rick Hite.
ST. PETERSBURG - freeFall’s newest production opening April 26 and closing May 18 promises to be a real drag! Artistic director Eric Davis directs this exciting new staging of a Gilbert and Sullivan classic, The Mikado.
The Mikado stars Patrick Ryan Sullivan as The Mikado of Japan, Larry Alexander as Pooh-Bah and Tampa Bay’s favorite actor/drag performer Matthew McGee as Katisha, the elderly lady.
DUNEDIN - “Timid New World: Six comedies about our scary future,” written by Jack Gilhooley, will be presented by The Gypsy Stage Repertory Friday and Saturday, April 25-26, at The SAFI Space, 1714 County Road One (Braemoor Plaza) Suite 2 in Dunedin.
Show time is 8 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday.
The show features a staged reading of six quirky, funny plays by Jack Gilhooley. Gilhooley is an accomplished, award winning, published playwright whose work has been produced world-wide from New York City to Los Angeles to Dublin.
Cost is pay what you can at the door. Suggested donation is $10. Libations and snacks will be available for a donation as well.
CLEARWATER - The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts at Ruth Eckerd Hall announces its Summer Arts 2014 program. Kicking off June 9, classes provide an opportunity for local children to explore talents and experience the arts with professional arts instructors and perform in a professional setting.
Classes are available for ages 3 through 18 for all experience levels, and are taught by instructors with years of instruction and/or performance experience in music, theatre, movement, and dance.
One-week, half-day classes for artists ages three to four allow our youngest students to discover theatre, music, movement and visual arts through a story based theme. Classes include: Fairies In The Moonlight, Peter Rabbit And Farmer McGregor, as well as Once Upon a Seashore, part of our Fun Music Time series. Classes are limited to twelve participants unless otherwise noted.
The popular themed dramatics classes return, exploring a different area of knowledge each week including Finance, Geography, History, Marine Ecology, and Heros. Classes are available for ages 5-7 and 8-10 and include Despicable Money, Muppet Mapquest, Time Tunnel Treehouse, Dolphin Tales, and Lego Land. Students participating in Marine Ecology week will also participate in a field trip to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
PINELLAS PARK - Venue Theatre will host auditions Sunday, April 27, 6 p.m., at 9125 U.S. 19 N.
The theater will be auditioning for its upcoming summer season productions of “The Cemetery Club” and “The Gin Game.” Men and women who can portray age 55 and older are sought. Cast breakdowns for each production are listed below.
PINELLAS PARK - Venue Theatre, at 9125 U.S. 19 N., Pinellas Park, is having a spring cleaning sale through April 26.
Sale hours are Fridays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as select weekday times. For weekday times and information, call 656-8525.
For sale are items no longer needed which are in storage, such as clothing (costumes), prop items (household) and set items (furniture, pictures and other household goods). Of special interest is a doll collection, which was donated to the theater, silk trees and plants and road boxes.
The theater is a nonprofit organization. A portion of the proceeds will go toward tuition assistance for the summer acting camps for young people at the theater.
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.
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.
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."
The monologues 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."
PINELLAS PARK - Venue Theatre and Actors Studio recently announced the schedule for upcoming acting classes.
Saturday classes for the Future Stars Program will begin Jan. 11, 10 a.m., for ages 4 to 7; and at 11 a.m., for ages 8 to 12. Musical Stars, ages 10 to 17, will meet Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m., for training and rehearsals for the show “Grease!” Teen Stars will meet Thursdays, 5 to 7 p.m., beginning Jan. 9. Adult workshops will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7 to 10 p.m., beginning Jan. 13.
Monthly fees vary. An 18-week commitment is required.
There will be an open house and registration event Saturday, Jan. 4, 1 to 4 p.m. Interested students should plan to come to that open house to register and for class placement. Musical students are requested to sing any song of their choice - not from the show - on key.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blast Friday Blast Friday, Friday, April 25, 5:30 to 10 p.m., on the 400 block of Cleveland Street, Clearwater. The kick-off event of the 61st Fun ’n Sun Celebration, Blast Friday is downtown Clearwater’s free, family-friendly street festival.
Bright House Networks is the sponsor the monthly event that features a variety of vendors, food, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, starting at 5:30 p.m. The fun continues until 10 p.m.
Entertainment will feature a performance by Mark Farner with Stormbringer.
Chicago “Chicago,” April 23-26, 7:30 p.m., at Shorecrest Preparatory School, 5101 First St. NE, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students.
Known for producing Broadway, movie and television stars, Shorecrest Preparatory School in St. Petersburg will showcase its newest cast of Broadway hopefuls in an exciting production of “Chicago” at the school’s Janet Root Theatre.
The longest running American musical in Broadway history, “Chicago” is the ultimate tale of murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery – all set to show-stopping songs and dance moves originally created by famed choreographer Bob Fosse.
Totally unique to the show, and the local arts community, is the use of spectacular human flying sequences created by Flying by Foy, the leading theatrical flying service used in Broadway shows, Las Vegas reviews and television productions. The flying sequences are made possible by businessman and philanthropist Bill Edwards.
Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine Guitarist Michael Chapdelaine, Friday, April 25, 7 p.m., at The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg. Chapelaine will be joined by special guest Nate Najar.
During this event, each of these talented gentlemen will play some solo numbers, both classical and otherwise, and then they will play a duet or two together.
Chapdelaine won the world's top competitions in both "fingerstyle" and "classical" guitar, the 1998 National Fingerpicking Champion and the Guitar Foundation of America International Classical Guitar Competition. He is the only person to ever have won both awards.
Admission is $20 per person and $15 for students and seniors. Visit www.studio620.org or call 895-6620.
Rob Thomas Rob Thomas, Friday, April 25, 8 p.m., at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Tickets start at $65. Call 791-7400 or visit www.rutheckerdhall.com.
Thomas is one of the most distinctive vocalists and accomplished songwriters in contemporary music, garnering a string of accolades, both for his work as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for solo work and collaborations with other artists.
In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame presented Thomas with its first ever “Starlight Award,” created to recognize a songwriter in the early years of his or her career that has already made a lasting impact. He has won numerous BMI and ASCAP Awards and has earned the Songwriter of the Year crown from both Billboard magazine and BMI, two years in a row.
Thomas is best known for his chart-topping hits such as “Lonely No More” and “This is How a Heart Breaks” and Matchbox Twenty hits like “Push,” “3AM,” “If You’re Gone” and “Bent.” Thomas also earned three Grammy Awards for “Smooth,” his smash collaboration with Santana.
Suncoast Symphony Orchestra Concert Suncoast Symphony Orchestra Concert, Friday, April 25, 7:30 p.m., at North Bay Community Church, 3170 McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Donations will be accepted. The theme of the concert will be movie music. Call 686-2094.
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.”
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” Thursday through Saturday, April 24-26, at Northeast High School, 5500 16th St. N., St Petersburg. Performances will be 7 p.m. There will be one matinee on Saturday, April 26, 2 p.m.
The Drama Department at Northeast High School will present its adaptation and production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” a fun and endearing six time Tony Award-winning musical.
The story follows six kids in the throes of puberty who are overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves. With its enormously appealing cast of lovable misfits, nerds, neurotics and eccentrics, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ anguish, which chronicles the experience of adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime.
This quirky yet charming show even includes audience spellers, guaranteeing a different show every time.
Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the students of Northeast High School’s drama program. For information, call Jessica Mansis at 434-8970.