ST. PETERSBURG - A freeFall tradition is reinvented as an all-new cast joins us this holiday season for Keith Ferguson's and Bruce Greer's enchanting new musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol runs Nov. 29-Dec. 24. Special performances are scheduled the week before Christmas for patrons to share this classic with their family and friends visiting for the holidays.
With a soaring and inspirational score, and faithful incarnations of all of the memorable characters, Dickens’ ghost story leaps from the page and delights with stunning theatricality, lush scenery and costumes, and surprising special effects.
"freeFall’s A Christmas Carol is one of Tampa Bay’s Favorite holiday traditions," said Community Outreach Director Matthew McGee. "This year, the show promises an array of new surprises, including new staging and an all-new cast. It’s also the perfect opportunity to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with family, friends and co-workers as part of your annual holiday party or family get-together.”
freeFall favorite David Mann plays Ebenezer Scrooge with Joey Panek as Bob Cratchit, Stephan Jones as Jacob Marley/Mr. Fezziwig and Kelly Pekar as The Ghost of Christmas Past. This brand new cast also features Megan Buzzard, Cara Lynn Craig, Kali Rabaut, Taylor Simmons, Daniel Schwab and Mark Richard Taylor with William Garrabant as Tiny Tim. The cast is also joined by a talented group of Bay area children.
ST. PETERSBURG - St. Petersburg City Theatre continues its 90th Mainstage Season, presented by Raymond James, with Philip Grecian's A Christmas Story. Opening night is Dec. 5 and the production runs through Dec. 21.
Show times are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Lobby will open one hour prior the show, with doors to the audience chamber opening 30 minutes prior to the show.
CLEARWATER - Yo Gabba Gabba! comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall Friday, Dec. 5, with shows at 3 and 6 p.m. Yo Gabba Gabba! LIVE! is a show that kids and parents can both enjoy.
Yo Gabba Gabba! is an award-winning, live-action television series and live stage show that revolves around the adventures of DJ Lance Rock and five colorful characters who come to life when they hear the magic words, “Yo Gabba Gabba!”
CLEARWATER - Direct from Beijing, The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.
The troupe was founded in 1951 and is one of the most acclaimed acrobatic troupes in China, performing many unique acrobatic acts for several generations. More than 200 artists of the company have won gold and silver awards at international and national acrobatic competitions and circus festivals.
ST. PETERSBURG - Cirque Dreams Holidaze, coming to The Mahaffey Theater Friday, Nov. 28, 8 p.m., is an amazing airborne adventure - the biggest, most colorful, most spectacular salute to the season, from the creators of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy.
Cirque Dreams Holidaze re-imagines the holiday season with more than 300 costumes, 20 acts and 30 performers from 12 countries, showcasing an endless variety of imaginative, heart-pounding and gravity-defying feats you have to see to believe.
ST. PETERSBURG - The Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project will present “As Is,” by William Hoffman, on Monday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m., at American Stage Theatre, 163 Third St. N.
Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15. A cash bar will be available. For information and to reserve tickets, call 823-7529 or visit www.americanstage.org.
“As Is” is the very first AIDS play ever produced in New York. Winner of the Obie and Drama Desk Awards, this powerful, deeply affecting play was originally presented Off-Broadway by the Circle Repertory Company, then transferred to Broadway where it was nominated for a Tony Award.
CLEARWATER - The premiere performance of “She Loves Me,” by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff; will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 3, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater.
This special performance will benefit the Dunedin Historical Museum. There will be an open reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., including hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and soda. Guests also will have the opportunity to participate in a silent auction of artistically designed tabletop Christmas trees created by some of Dunedin’s downtown merchants and artists or take part in a raffle. During the reception, guests will be entertained by holiday-attired carolers standing by the cozy, holiday spirited fireplace in the main lobby of the theater.
Tickets are $40 per person with the evening’s proceeds being donated to the Dunedin Historical Museum to continue its educational community programming. For reservations, call Gabrielle Snapp at 446-1360 or purchase tickets at the Dunedin Historical Museum, 349 Main Street, Dunedin; or call 736-1176.
CLEARWATER - So You Think You Can Dance, the 11-time Prime time Emmy Award-winning show that sparked America’s fascination with dance, is set to captivate audiences again this fall, live on tour, with more stops than ever before.
Celebrating its momentous 11th season, So You Think You Can Dance’s Top 10 finalists will make their way across North America with a stop at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the So You Think You Can Dance 2014.
The Theatre Grapevine presented the 2014 STAR Awards Ceremony Oct. 19, in Matheos Hall at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Clearwater.
Just as the theater community the awards honor each year is a fixture in Pinellas, so, too, is the award ceremony itself.
“I have attended every award night from the beginning, over 30 years ago,” said Dee Crews, publisher of Theatre Grapevine. Her comments appear in the October 2014 issue of the publication in which she praises her readers for helping to keep the arts alive in Pinellas County. “You are part of live theater which has been around this county for many, many years. If it wasn’t for Grapeviners, there would be no awards.”
CLEARWATER - “Miracle on South Division Street," by Tom Dudzick, runs through Dec. 21, at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre, 13355 49th St N., Clearwater.
Show times are 11 a.m. Thursdays and Saturdays, and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
Miracle on South Division Street is the story of the Nowak family, living amidst the urban rubble of Buffalo, New York’s East Side. Maybe the neighborhood is depressed, but not Clara, the family matriarch. She happily runs her soup kitchen and tends to the family heirloom - a twenty-foot shrine to the Blessed Mother which adjoins the house. This neighborhood beacon of faith commemorates the day in 1942 when the Blessed Virgin Mary materialized in her father’s barbershop! When the play opens, a family meeting is in progress.