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October schedule busy at TBPAC
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TAMPA - October's calendar is full at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center. A variety of entertainment, including orchestra music, theater and plenty of family entertainment is scheduled. The following are the highlights of the upcoming shows.

- Lewis Black will perform on Sunday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $39.50.

- "Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune," Jobsite Theater Play Series, will be presented Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 6 - 23, at Shimberg Playhouse. Show times are Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. Tickets are $16.50, $19.50 and $21.50.

A preview performance is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

"Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune" is a bittersweet comedy that combines poignancy and laughter as it traces the unlikely romance that develops between two middle-aged losers. Out of their sometimes-touching, sometimes-hilarious interplay, the promise of a relationship beyond a one-night stand emerges. Though their personal details may be unique, the problems Frankie and Johnny face are universal.

Age recommendation: 18 plus; contains brief nudity, adult language and situations.

- Sesame Street Live Elmo's Coloring Book is scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Oct. 7 - 9, in Carol Morsani Hall. Show times are Friday 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. and Sunday 1 and 4:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $14, $18, and $23.

- Eddie Griffin will entertain on Saturday, Oct. 8, 7:30 p.m. in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $25.50 and $35.50. Audiences may know comedian and actor Eddie Griffin from the TV show Malcolm and Eddie, the Dysfunktional Family special or the Deuce Bigalow movies.

- Symphony of the Americas will perform on Sunday, Oct. 9, 4 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $22.50, $35.50 and $45.50.

Conducted by Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese and featuring pianist Thomas Tirino, who specializes in the music of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, the Symphony of the Americas comes to The Center with an evening of Latin-inspired orchestral music: George Gershwin's "Cuban Overture," Ernesto Lecuona's "Rhapsodia Argentina" and Isaac Albéniz's "Rhapsodia Espanola."

- "Hansel and Gretel" O.S.T. will be presented on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in Ferguson Hall. Show times are 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $5.

Come along with Hansel and Gretel on their journey through the woods to Oggy the Ogre's house where they discover that "you can't always judge a book by its cover." This original musical puts a hip twist to the classic tale and is filled with lively characters, music, dancing and audience participation.

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Cathy Rigby stars as Peter Pan.
- "Peter Pan," starring Cathy Rigby, SunTrust Broadway in Tampa Bay Series, will be presented Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 11 - 16, in Carol Morsani Hall. Show times are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sun. 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $31.50 to $67.50.

In her farewell performance as Peter Pan, Tony Award-nominee Cathy Rigby takes flight in the 100th anniversary of the immortal James M. Barrie tale Peter Pan. This timeless musical masterpiece complete with evil Captain Hook, a crafty crocodile and the enchantment of Never Never Land will touch, inspire, dazzle and charm every generation. Take off with the ever-youthful Cathy Rigby and revel in the magic and whimsy of this beloved classic.

- Henry Rollins will perform on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall, 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.50.

- The Florida Orchestra presents Opening Night!, part of the Masterworks Series, Monday, Oct. 10, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets are $15.50 to $50.50.

With Stefan Sanderling conducting and Jon Kimura Parker on piano, The Florida Orchestra presents Stravinsky's "Fireworks," Prokofiev's "Piano Concerto No. 3" and Shostakovich's "Symphony No. 11."

Call The Florida Orchestra at (813) 286-1170.

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Shapiro & Smith Dance presents Anytown: Stories of America
- Shapiro & Smith Dance presents Anytown: Stories of America on Thursday, Oct. 13, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $22.50, $35.50 and $45.50.

Danced to the legendary music of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell (the E Street Band), Anytown speaks to the plight of regular folks and the daily struggles, life challenges and deep intimacies that make up humankind.

- The Florida Orchestra presents Golden Age of Film Music & Beyond, part of the Super Pops Series, on Friday, Oct 14, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $15.50 to $50.50. This multimedia concert features legendary music from such classic movies as "Gone with the Wind," "Lawrence of Arabia," "North by Northwest," "The Magnificent Seven," "Spartacus" and more.

A full-size motion picture screen suspended above the orchestra will display rare photographs from both in front of and behind the camera, making this concert both musically and visually memorable.

Call The Florida Orchestra at (813) 286-1170.

- Christine Lavin, Club Jaeb, will be presented on Monday, Oct. 17, 7:30 p.m., in the Jaeb Theater. Tickets are $25.50.

The ever-buoyant Christine Lavin manages to get her audiences to laugh and think at the same time - no small task - but she's just as capable of breaking their hearts with a song such as "The Kind of Love You'll Never Recover From."

Visit www.christinelavin.com.

- "Toying With Science," O.S.T., will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 18 and 19, in Ferguson Hall. Show times are Tuesday 10:15 and 11:45 a.m., and Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $5.

In this fast-paced, dynamic program originally commissioned by Boston's Museum of Science, Gary Krinsky explores basic scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums and balance using circus skills, mime and audience involvement. Gary is a crowd-pleaser and a Center favorite - balancing five ladders on his chin at one time.

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Kids can learn to amaze at The Magical School for Wizards.
- The Magical School for Wizards, Kid Times Series for children ages 5 to 11, Sun., Oct. 23, Ferguson Hall, 2 p.m.: $7.50, $9.50, $11.50. Now touring from Broadway, The Magical School for Wizards sparks imagination through interactive children's theater integrated with amazing magical illusions. Kids in the audience become the students of the Possumworth School for Wizards, where remarkable and astounding feats will tantalize their thoughts.

- "The Magical Wizard of Oz," O.S.T., will be presented Monday, Oct. 24, in Ferguson Hall. Show times are 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $5.

Students will follow Dorothy and friends down the yellow brick road to Oz, where the Wizard teaches the Scarecrow mathematics, the Tin Man learns poetry, and we explore the meaning of courage with the Lion. Eventually Dorothy learns that you can't solve problems by running away. By using our brains, our hearts and our character, we can all find our way home.

- The Florida Orchestra presents Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7," part of the Masterworks Series, on Monday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., in Carol Morsani Hall. Tickets are $15.50 to $50.50.

With Stefan Sanderling conducting and Lisa Vroman, (vocalist) and Hudson Shad (male voice quartet), The Florida Orchestra presents Weill's "The Seven Deadly Sins" and Beethoven's "Symphony No. 7."

Call The Florida Orchestra at (813) 286-1170.

- "Danny, King of the Basement," O.S.T., will be presented on Thursday, Oct. 27, in Ferguson Hall. Show times are 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Tickets are $5.

In two years, Danny "Delco" Carter and his Mum have lived in more places than most kids lose teeth. But far from being overcome by his homelessness, Danny thrives. When Danny moves into a basement apartment on Clinton Street, the kids he meets have way more problems than just being hungry. But Danny's imaginative play creates a community that allows his friends to cope with their problems and ultimately help Danny.

- Rumpelstiltskin, the Musical, O.S.T., Fri., Oct. 28, Rehearsal Hall, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m.: $4. The excitement begins when Gracie the baker's daughter meets a magical little elf who spins straw into gold for a royal fee. Important lessons like "it isn't nice to brag or boast" and "never make a promise you can't keep" are relayed through comedy and music in this original musical tale.

- The Florida Orchestra presents Romantic Overtures, Coffee Concert, on Friday, Oct. 28, 11 a.m., in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $17.50 to $28.50.

With Susan Haig conducting, The Florida Orchestra presents Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream Overture," Brahms' "Tragic Overture," Wagner's "Rienzi Overture" and more.

Call The Florida Orchestra at (813) 286-1170.

"Rumpelstiltskin," the Musical, Wee Folk Series for children ages 3 to 5, will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 29, in Rehearsal Hall. Show times are 10 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $6.50.

The excitement begins when Gracie the baker's daughter meets a magical little elf, who spins straw into gold for a royal fee. Important lessons like "it isn't nice to brag or boast" and "never make a promise you can't keep" are relayed through comedy and music in this original musical tale.

- Beijing Modern Dance Company presents Rear Light on Sunday, Oct. 30, 8 p.m., in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $22.50, $35.50 and $45.50.

Inspired by and set to the Pink Floyd's classic "The Wall," Rear Light reflects a young Chinese generation struggling to reconcile its traditional culture with influences from abroad and a thirst for freedom.

For tickets, call (813) 229-STAR (7827) or (800) 955-1045 outside Tampa. Visit TBPAC.ORG.

The Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center is at 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place.
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