Giselle “Giselle,” Sunday, May 12, 3 p.m., at The Palladium at St. Petersburg College, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for seniors, students and children. Call 822-3590 or visit www.mypalladium.org. Presented by St. Petersburg Ballet Company, “Giselle” was first choreographed in 1841, Act I is set in a German village and tells the story of Giselle, a young peasant girl who falls in love with Albrecht, a Prince disguised as a peasant. Albrecht, who is already engaged to a duchess, pretends to be in love with Giselle. When Giselle realizes the deception she goes mad and dies of a broken heart. Act II takes place in the forest where Wilis roam from dusk to dawn. Wilis are spirits of young girls who died before they were married and the keep all men away from the forest by dancing them to death. The Queen of the Wilis, Myrtha, commands Giselle to rise from her grave and to dance Albrecht to death. Giselle loves Albrecht and forgives him for deceiving her by keeping him alive until the sun rises.
Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits,” created and written by Gerard Alessandrini, May 3-19, presented by Eight O’Clock Theatre, at Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $25.50 for adults and $12.50 for children 19 and younger. Call 587-6793.
John & Jen “John & Jen,” by Tom Greenwald and Andrew Lippa, May 3-26, at freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Call 498-5205 or visit www.freefalltheatre.com. Performances are Thursday, 7 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets are $37 for adults and $34 for students, seniors and military members. There is a $7 surcharge for premium seating.
Over the River and Through the Woods “Over the River and Through the Woods,” by Joe DiPietro, May 2 through June 16, presented by Early Bird Dinner Theatre at the Italian-American Club, 200 S. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, with seating at 4 p.m. Matinees are Thursdays and Saturdays, with seating at 11 a.m.
Pippin “Pippin,” by Stephen Schwartz and Roger Hirson, May 9-26, at Francis Wilson Playhouse, 302 Seminole St., Clearwater. Call 446-1360 or visit www.franciswilsonplayhouse.org. Performances are generally Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Tickets for nonmusicals are $21 for adults, $11 for students. Tickets for musicals are $26 for adults, $13 for students.
The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee “The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee,” by Rachel Sheinkin and William Finn, American Stage Theatre’s 28th annual American Stage in the Park, April 27 through May 26, with previews April 25-26. The production will be staged at Demens Landing Park, on the corner of First Avenue North and Bayshore Boulevard Southeast in downtown St. Petersburg. For ticket information and performance times, call 823-PLAY (7529) or visit www.americanstage.org.
The Amish Project “The Amish Project,” by Jessica Dickey, presented by American Stage Theatre, April 12 through May 12; previews April 10-11, at the Raymond James Theatre, 163 Third St. N., St. Petersburg. Call 823-PLAY (7529) or visit www.americanstage.org. Generally, main stage performances are Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Saturday and Sunday, 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $29 to $59 depending on the date and time of the performance.
Behind the Gates “Behind the Gates,” by Wendy Graf, presented by Jobsite Theater, May 1-26, at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Call 813-229-7827 or visit www.jobsitetheater.org. Performances are Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Matinees are Sunday, 4 p.m. Tickets are $28.