Saturday, June 16, 2012
The spotlight is on the James McCabe Theater, from its 1915 birth as the Valrico Civic Center to its life today as a community theater. Paranormal researchers were to investigate long-held haunting claims at a June 16 fundraiser.
The leading character in the June 16 fundraiser show at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico is the structure itself, which had its birth in 1915 as the Valrico Civic Center and is believed by many community theater veterans to be haunted. Are there ghosts at the James McCabe? That will be asked and addressed today, June 16, at the theater, which has been deemed an historical landmark. _____________ _____________ The building is not in great shape, and over the years many attempts have been staged to raise funds to fix and mend the building, which serves today as the main venue for the Village Players of Valrico. Today's event is another attempt in that regard and features, among other participants, Plant City Paranormal Research and Fire…
Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Village Players concludes its three-weekend run of the Tony award-winning "Avenue Q The Musical" featuring a cast of humans and puppets at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico.
In the end, the puppets stole the show at the closing-night performance of the Village Players production of "Avenue Q The Musical," which featured as well a strong cast of puppeteers and the directorial debut talents of Brian Carpenter and his production crew. At the closing night curtain call June 9 at the James McCabe Theater, Carpenter's daughter, Kerstyn, a student at Hillsborough Community College, made sure her father knew just how special that inaugural effort was. She presented her father with a bouquet of flowers, then told the audience how proud she was of her father, who watched as she, too, made her mark as a director in high school. "This is why we got into theater," Brian Carpenter said on behalf of himself and his wife, …
Saturday, June 2, 2012
The Valrico Village Players continue its three-weekend run of the Tony award-winning musical, "Avenue Q: The Musical!" with June 2 shows at 7 and midnight. Remaining show dates for the adult-themed show are June 8 and 9.
The Valrico Village Players at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico, with a cast of 10, returns to the stage June 8 and 9, with two stagings of the Tony award-winning "Avenue Q: The Musical!" Actress Kat N. Coates has a reminder for the audience: "If the puppets don't hear laughter, they get scared," she wrote on the show's Facebook page. "And she hopes that all of you who come out tonight have an amazing time." Susan Lucas Kazenas, an audience member, posted a stunning review: "I saw the show last night and couldn't stop laughing. The set is great, the cast is perfect for their parts and each did a fantastic job." The show, though, is not for everyone. With its "explicit content" it is "not recommended for young children." The adult-…
Saturday, March 10, 2012
The Village Players returns to the James McCabe Stage tonight, March 10, with adult and older-aged students. Last night was a chance predominantly for young stars to perform.
"Raise the Roof" is on stage at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico. Last night, March 9, was a night mostly for young performers. Tonight, mostly adults take to the stage for the annual variety show, directed by Brian Carpenter. Doors at the James McCabe Theater in Valrico open at 7:30 p.m. The curtain rises at 8 p.m. The show benefits efforts to make repairs to the aging building, opened in 1915 as the Valrico Civic Center and now home to the Village Players community theater troupe. ______________ RELATED COVERAGE: ______________ Check back for story coverage and photo captions.