West Coast Players to present ‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’

CLEARWATER — “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress,” by Alan Ball, will run May 31 through June 16, at West Coast Players, 21905 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater.

Presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service Inc., the production will be directed by Linda Weir. Performances will be Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 p.m. Tickets are $21. Call 727-437-2363 or email boxoffice@wcplayers.com.

During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee, estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent, and touching celebration of the women's spirit from the author of the famed television series, “Six Feet Under.”

Inaugural Tarpon Arts Film Festival set

TARPON SPRINGS — Tarpon Arts will host the first-ever international film festival to be held in Tarpon Springs this summer.

The Tarpon Arts Film Festival will be presented Thursday through Sunday, June 27-30. The films featured in the festival range from ones filmed in Tarpon Springs to films submitted from as far away as Iran, Morocco, Italy, Germany and India. The festival features 21 films total, including 16 shorts and five features.

The festival will kick off with an opening reception Thursday, June 27, 7:30 p.m., at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. Festival ticket holders are invited to enjoy a casual reception mingling with some of the film writers and directors. Friday through Sunday, June 28 - June 30, will consist of multiple three-hour blocks, each containing a selection of short and feature-length films. Festival patrons will be provided with score sheets to cast their votes for their favorite films. Several of the time blocks will be followed by a question-and-answer session and panel discussion with the film writers and directors. After the festival’s final screening Sunday, June 30, at 5 p.m., a brief awards ceremony will be held to announce the festival’s fan-favorite winners in both the short and feature length categories.

Patrons have the option to purchase tickets to select time blocks or to buy an All-Access Festival Pass to view various films of their choosing anytime during the three-day festival. Individual block tickets are $8 general admission, $5 for Tarpon Arts members, and $3 for students and children. All-Access Passes for the entire festival are $30 general admission, $20 for Tarpon Arts members, and $10 for students and children.

A full festival schedule, film descriptions and publicity images can be found online at TarponArts.org/filmfestival. Tickets can also be purchased online or by calling 727-942-5605.

St. Pete ArtWorks to present ‘Across Time’ exhibition

ST. PETERSBURG — Vincent Ricci, sculptor, teacher and artist, will present his solo show “Across Time,” running May 14 through June 8, at St. Pete ArtWorks Gallery, 2412 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

An opening reception will take place Saturday, May 18, 6 to 9 p.m., at the gallery.

The exhibition explores the transition between time and space as Ricci engages the viewer in three-dimensional story telling.

“I have always been interested in the mystery of human existence: our relationship to time, space, and to each other,” Ricci said in a press release. “Through my sculpture I express this using the serene isolated figure or isolated animated groups and working with cycle themes. At times, I use lifelike fragments of the body, leaving it for the viewer to fill in the empty spaces for themselves.”

Ricci attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, and graduated from the Accademia di Belli Arti, Rome, where he worked with Pericles Fazzini, Giacomo Manzi and Emilio Greco. In the United States, Ricci had the opportunity to work with Malvina Hoffman, Michael Lantz, and Donald DeLue. He taught at Boston University, New England College of Art, Montserrat, Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts. Ricci was director and instructor at the Center for the Arts, Villa Maria, Greppocorno, Italy, where he instructed in modeling, mold making, casting and life drawing.

Matinee Opera Players to present ‘Summer Romance’

PINELLAS PARK — The Matinee Opera Players will present “Summer Romance” Sunday, June 16, 3 p.m., at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Pinellas Park.

Matinee Opera Players will perform a show tune or two, a well-known popular song or two and arias from a repertoire of well-known operas. The players feature composers such as Wagner, Mozart, Verdi and Puccini.

Admission is free. For information, visit www.matineeoperaplayers.org.

St. Pete Opera Company to present two Puccini one-act operas

ST. PETERSBURG — The St. Petersburg Opera Company will present a double bill of two one-act operas by Giacomo Puccini, May 17-21 at the Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg.

The program will feature “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” Performances will be Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. For information and tickets, visit stpeteopera.org.

In the tragedy “Suor Angelica,” a nun must face the truth about her past and confront her judgmental aunt, who has arrived at the convent for purposes of her own. The Donati family squabbles over the inheritance from dear, departed Cousin Buoso in the comedy “Gianni Schicchi.” They hire a crooked lawyer to re-write the will, but the outcome is not what they expected.

The casts include Susan Hellman Spatafora, Seungyeon Baek, Lucas Levy, Claudia Chapa, Daniel Scofield, Kelly Curtin and other professional opera singers.

The double bill of “Suor Angelica” and “Gianni Schicchi” opens St. Pete Opera's 2019 Puccini Festival, which will continue with a production of “Madama Butterfly” in June.

Founded in 2007 by Maestro Mark Sforzini, the mission of the St. Petersburg Opera Company — a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation — is to enrich the cultural lives of the residents of and visitors to the Tampa Bay area, by presenting fully staged professional opera productions of the highest quality, and to make opera accessible to present and future audiences through community outreach, educational initiatives, and collaboration with other arts organizations.

Syd Entel Galleries opens new group exhibition

SAFETY HARBOR — “April Showers Bring May Flowers – New Art in Bloom,” a group exhibition, is now underway at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass Etc., 247 Main St., Safety Harbor.

The exhibition will continue through June 8.

This group show consists of award winning artists in both art and glass celebrating springtime. Their inspiration comes from the colors and details of nature’s beautiful flowers.

The show includes the paintings by Sally Evans, Marie Powell, Lisa Schuster, Emilija Pasagic, Maya Eventov and Helen Zarin. Glass artists included are Andrew Madvin, Bob and Laurie Kliss and Loy Allen.

Russian artist Maya Eventov’s style of impasto painting is easily recognizable. An intense depth of color is achieved through the progressive blending of paint using a succession of different sized palette knives. 

Yugoslavian artist Emilija Pasagic’s technique involves a unique blending of bees wax and oil paint applied to paper, board or canvas. In this contemporary application of the ancient technique of encaustic, the paint is sometimes blended into the hot wax, burnt into it or simply painted upon.

Florida artist Sally C. Evans is one of the most dynamic, up and coming artists in the Southeast. Sally's subject matters include landscapes from Southwest to the Southeast and the flora and fauna of Florida. Acrylic and pastels are her choice of medium in bold contrasting colors.

The show is open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call 727-725-1808 or visit sydentelgalleries.com.