Thursday, May 24, 2012
"Legally Blonde the Musical!" is based on the book and movie, "Legally Blonde," and is being staged in the Greater Brandon community at the Barn Theatre at Winthrop. Opening night is May 24 at 8 p.m., with show dates through May 27.
The following report was submitted by Deborah Evans, director of community relations for the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, in residence at the Music Showcase on Oakfield Drive in Brandon. ______________ Join us for Legally Blonde the Musical! The show is performed by, The FAOPA Players, the newest theatre group with the Florida Academy of Performing Arts. The FAOPA holds its rehearsals at Music Showcase in Brandon. The musical is under the direction of Tammy Modica, who recently completed the successful FAOPA production of The Wedding Singer. The Legally Blonde production is based on the novel "Legally Blonde" and the 2001 film of the same name. It tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who enrolls at Harvard Law School to …
Friday, February 24, 2012
Peter B. Sanders plays the role of Robbie Hart in the Florida Academy of Performing Arts production of “The Wedding Singer: The Musical Comedy,” on stage at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
The following report is written by Peter B. Sanders, who stars as Robbie Hart in the Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA) production of “The Wedding Singer: The Musical,” on stage at the James McCabe Theatre in Valrico. The FAOPA is in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon. ______________ What can I say about being in “The Wedding Singer,” the musical comedy? This has long been one of my favorite shows, and I have been singing all of the songs along with the CD for years, ever since my good friend Pedro Amaral introduced me to this uber-fun Broadway show, based on my favorite Adam Sandler movie. Robbie Hart has been a dream role of mine ever since I first heard of the show. He is the lead singer of an 80's cover band! "Yeah," I …
Friday, February 10, 2012
Music Showcase is more than a music store. It's a place where people of all ages perform and master the arts through the Florida Academy of Performing Arts.
Music Showcase has been serving the Brandon community since 1996 and is more than "just a music store." It has its own auditorium, available to rent for parties, performances and events, and serves as well as the home base for the not-for-profit Florida Academy of Performing Arts (FAOPA). To learn more about this business on Oakfield Drive, just east of Kings Avenue, visit the the Music Showcase listing on Brandon Patch. While you're there, write a review or give it a rating, and let the owner and your neighbors know what you think. Interested in having your business featured on Patch? Be sure and claim your directory listing. Visit our business directory (see the “Places” tab above), search for your business, and then click the "Claim …
Monday, November 21, 2011
Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October prompted Music Showcase to raise funds and conduct an essay contest to find a worthy recipient of aid.
The following report was submitted by Deborah Evans, director of community relations for Music Showcase in Brandon. _____ In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, Music Showcase held an essay contest to find a patient currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. After being nominated by a friend, Shelly Ellis won the contest because she is without healt insurance and is about to undergo a double mastectomy. The money awarded to Ellis on Nov. 1 was raised through various fundraisers at Music Showcase throughout the month of October. These included the sale of pink cupcakes, cookies and ribbons and a Sock Hop, for which food was donated by Chick-fil-A, Domino's Pizza, Hungry Howies and PB&J Vending.
Friday, October 28, 2011
The store's parking lot area is slated to feature about 80 vendors.
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- Kevin Brady
Friday, October 28, 2011
Music Showcase is looking for vendors for its Christmas Festival, set for Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Brandon store, 402 Oakfield Drive. The festival will feature live music in the auditorium with performances by Music Showcase students. There will also be performances on the patio that will feature performances area schools and the community like the Eastern Hillsborough Community Band and singer Mark O'Shaunassey and the Florida Academy of the Performing Arts Rockestra. The outside parking lot area is slated to feature about 80 vendors such as Admired Jewelry, Tupperware, Top Hat Balloon Creations, That's Groomer To You, The Village Early Learning Center, Santa, children's activities, face painting, bounce house and …
Saturday, August 13, 2011
“I want to be in the car with mom or dad and say ‘I know that instrument. It’s a cello or it’s a guitar,” said Thomas Desmond, who led the free class at Brandon’s Music Showcase.
Aspiring young musicians tried their hand at a variety of musical instruments at a "Music Makers" workshop at the Florida Academy of Performing Arts on Aug. 13. The not-for-profit performing arts group is in residence at Music Showcase in Brandon. “I would like the children to come away from today with an aural vocabulary,” said instructor Thomas Desmond, who has taken voice and saxophone lessons at Music Showcase for nine years. “I want to be in the car with mom or dad and say ‘I know that instrument. It’s a cello or it’s a guitar.' ” A music education major at the University of South Florida, Desmond chose a selection of woodwind, brass and string instruments for the event. Children ages 4-16 turned out for the "musical petting zoo," …
Friday, August 12, 2011
The free Music Makers workshop is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive.
Aspiring young musicians will get a chance to try their hand at a variety of musical instruments this weekend when the Florida Academy of Performing Arts offers a free workshop for young children. The free Music Makers workshop is set for 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 13 at Music Showcase, 402 Oakfield Drive. It’s the first of what the store hopes to make a monthly event, said spokesperson Debbie Evans. Music Showcase is currently finalizing its fall schedule. “It’s going to be like an instrument petting zoo,” Evans said. “It’s a way for children to try out an instrument they may have had an interest in but maybe have not had a chance to use. They may find out it’s something they continue to want to play.” They event will also some fun music-…
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Sean Michael Buchanan performed on the Brandon Idol stage and in numerous community theater and Riverview High School theater productions. He leaves behind an infant daughter.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Information about a memorial fund set up to help benefit the victim's daughter has been clarified. Details of the crime have been updated in response to corrections and clarifications issued by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office to its initial reports. His goal was to “stretch his vocals” and to give the show a little variety. So when it was his turn on the Brandon Idol stage in 2010, Sean Michael Buchanan gave it his all with “Jeremy,” a Pearl Jam song meant to rock the stage. “Pearl Jam is a hard band to sing,” Buchanan said at the time. “I figured if I could pull it off it would be good.” Buchanan, 26, is being remembered in the Greater Brandon area as the guy with a great voice, strong dance moves and a great …
Monday, March 14, 2011
This year's event is scheduled March 31 to April 3.
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- D'Ann White
Monday, March 14, 2011
Residents are invited to swing into spring at this year's Spring Jubilee, scheduled from March 31 to April 3 on the grounds of St. Stephen Catholic School, 10424 St. Stephen Circle, Riverview, off Boyette Road. This year's director, Gene Batronie, said fairgoers can look forward to plenty of food, rides and entertainment at this year's Spring Jubilee, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary. "We're doing some new things this year, such as an Easter egg hunt for the entire community," said Batronie. More than 3,000 eggs will be hidden around the jubilee grounds for children to find on April 3 at 11 a.m. "We're really trying to think of things to bring out the entire community," said Batronie. The entertainment tent will feature a …
Thursday, February 17, 2011
At auditions for the Village Players production of "Bye Bye Birdie," Melissa Weiland took time out to discuss her passion for the stage and her dreams for the future.
Melissa Weiland is a whiz at singing and performing on stage, thinking nothing about putting it all out there in front of an audience. So it was no surprise that she heeded the call of a friend to audition for the Village Players production of “Bye Bye Birdie.” “Last night my friend talked me into it,” said Weiland, at the Feb. 16 audition. Indeed, it didn’t take much to convince Weiland, a homeschooled student from Riverview, to take to the stage for another shot at would be her 12th show in community theater. “I feel like I can do anything on stage,” she said. “For some people, out on the soccer field is where they belong. I feel like when I’m on the stage, this is where I belong. I feel that’s why God gave me a voice, to use it.” …