Monday, February 25, 2013
A cast of eight men and six women is sought for the 2013 Plant City Entertainment production of "The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood," a community theater production set for show dates in May.
Auditions for the 2013 Plant City Entertainment production of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood are set for today, Feb. 25, and tomorrow, Feb. 26, at the Plant City Theatre at 101 North Thomas St. Call-back auditions for a cast of eight men and six women are scheduled for Feb. 28. The comedy by Mary Lynn Dobson, published by Dramatic Publishing, is under the direction of Plant City Entertainment veteran Tyler Hollis and his wife, Angela. Show dates are May 3-4 and 9-11 at 8 p.m. There is a Sunday matinee, May 5, at 2 p.m. ______________ Synopsis Of The Somewhat True Tale of Robin Hood It sure is hard to be humble when you're a swashbuckling, egocentric super-hero. But our gallant guy-in-green tries his best as he swaggers through The …
Monday, February 18, 2013
The streak continues for the Brandon High School wrestling team under the legendary leadership of head coach Russ Cozart.
It was another historic milestone for the Brandon High School wrestling team, which this weekend staked claim to the 2013 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Class 3A crown, the school's 24th state title and 13th state victory in a row. At The Lakeland Center on Feb. 16, Kevin Norstrem ended his high school wrestling career with a fifth individual state title, a moment that he memorialized in the arms of legendary head coach Russ Cozart, whose hug was witnessed by the crowd that had risen to give the 138-pound wrestler a standing ovation, according to a TBO. com report. Norstrem’s brother, Kyle, a freshman, won his second state individual title, with a 113-pound pin in the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Rick Faurote is a 1977 Brandon High graduate and community theater veteran with scores of credits under his belt. His latest role puts him in a nun’s habit.
The all-male cast of the M.A.D. Theatre production of Nunsense A-Men! features Rick Faurote, a Brandon High graduate and two-time grandfather, as Mother Superior, a role the community theater veteran said gives him a chance to "stretch myself a little bit." Playing the Reverend Mother Mary Regina, a former circus performer, tightrope walker, who can't resist the spotlight, "is a blast," Faurote said. It's a great role for doing what he likes to do best on stage, which he said is "to make people happy and to hear their laughter." M.A.D., the Music, Acting, Dance Theatre of Tampa, opened the show Feb. 7 at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Art's Shimberg Theater, at 1010 North W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. Remaining show dates are…
Sunday, January 27, 2013
In residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, the Showcase Players, through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, is on stage this month and next with "Parade" at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
Music educator and director Migue Oquendo calls Parade "one of the best shows that nobody knows about," which is why he has staged the production three times with the Showcase Players, in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon, and now through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA). "The show has great music and the fact that it's based on a true story makes it so much more intriguing," Oquendo said. "It gives a lot of history, in terms of teaching people about racism and intolerance. Sometimes it's important to go back to these roots and see what it was like." The show is on stage at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico, at 506 Fifth St., on Jan. 25-27 and Feb. 1-3 (see times below). As noted in the show's program: "Parade tells …
Tuesday, January 8, 2013
The Village Players community theater troupe seeks singers and strong dancers for its 2013 production of "Godspell," set to be staged during the Lenten season, at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico. Auditions are for a cast of 13.
The Village Players is returning to the stage with the musical production of Godspell, for which auditions have been extended. Cast hopefuls are invited to attend auditions Thursday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico, at 506 Fifth St., north of State Road 60 "Come with a song to sing a capealla, or accompanied by a CD," said Gail Pierce, who is co-directing the musical with Lois Green. "If you can't make it, call the Village Players hotline number to see if we can accommodate an alternate date." The Village Players hotline number is 813-643-8292. Pierce said the community theater troupe seeks to fill 13 cast positions (ages 16 through the early 40's) and that dance experience is a plus. Additional nights of …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Casting is under way for the Village Players production of “Godspell” at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
The Village Players is returning to the stage with the musical production of Godspell. The first night of audtions was held Jan. 2 at the James McCabe Theater. Additional audition dates are Jan. 5 and 6 at 3 p.m. The show is directed by Lois C. Green. Cast hopefuls are asked to come prepared to dance and to sing a one-minute song. The Village Players last took to the stage with Miracle on 34th Street, directed by Gail Pierce, assisted by Josie Costa. The James McCabe Theater is at 506 Fifth St. in Valrico, north of State Road 60 and west of Valrico Road. Call the Village Players information line at 813-643-8292 or 813-630-2237.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Kim Mitchell refuses to accept a final curtain, reprising her portrayal of Sister Robert Anne, of "Nunsense" musical fame, a year after winning her fight with Stage 4 colon cancer. For this Plant City Entertainment show, closing night was Dec. 15.
Tell Kim Mitchell she reminds you of Broadway legend and belter Ethel Merman and you’ve given the community theater veteran one of the best reviews she could hope for. On stage at the Plant City Entertainment Theatre, with her one-woman show, Sister Robert Anne’s Cabaret Class, Mitchell does Merman proud. “Kim came off the stage the other night and someone told her, ‘My God, you’re like Ethel Merman,’ ” said Shirley Outen, a member of the board for Plant City Entertainment, who also happens to be Mitchell’s mother. “This woman said she loved Ethel Merman, that she saw Ethel Merman on stage, and that seeing Kim actually was like seeing Ethel Merman up on stage again. That, of course, thrilled Kim.” What thrills Kim as well – along with …
Closing night for the 2012 Village Players production of "Miracle on 34th Street" is Dec. 15, at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
The 2012 production of the Village Players staging of "Miracle on 34th Street" wraps up Dec. 15, featuring Kris Kringle, as Santa Claus, and a "courtroom" full of people who want to believe. With audience members a part of the extended courtroom scene, Domin Pazo, as Judge Henry X. Harper, presides over the trial of Kris Kringle, played by Donald "D.G." Speirs, his defense orchestrated by Oliver Sprague, as attorney Fred Gayley. For Speirs, playing Santa Claus is more than a role, more than a job, more than a way to spend the holidays. To say it's a dream to play his dream role sounds trite, but it's true. To say that he believes? Well, that's true, too. "Miracle on 34th Street" centers on divorcee Doris Walker (Elizabeth Irving) and her…
Monday, December 10, 2012
The Village Players have announced their lineup of shows for the 2013 community theater season at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
The Village Players, currently on stage with the seasonal classic, "Miracle on 34th Street," will be returning in the new year with auditions for their March production of "Godspell." The Village Players, in residence at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico, is the oldest, continually running community theater troupe in the Greater Brandon area. Currently noted on the troupe' 2013 schedule are: ______________ For information about auditions, dates, times and ticket information, call the Village Players hotline at 813-643-8292.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
The Village Players is on stage with the seasonal classic, "Miracle on 34th Street," at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
The Village Players production of "Miracle on 34th Street" is on stage today, Dec. 9, for its sole matinee performance, at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico. Show time is 3 p.m. "Miracle on 34th Street" centers on divorcee Doris Walker and her young daughter, Susan (played by Hannah Westcott), who is raised to believe that fantasy is misguided. When she meets Kris Kringle, the man her mother hires to replace an inebriated Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Susan's upbringing is put to the test — and so, too, her mother's beliefs. Community theater veteran Donald "D.G." Speirs plays the coveted role of Kris Kringle. The show, and pre-show enertainment, feature singers young and old performing Christmas carols. …