Performing Arts Highlights: Oct. 15-31
Here we are, well into the hot Florida autumn. This season change typically brings a bit of spookiness. Let me stop stirring the cauldron and get to the latter half of October’s performing arts highlights.
The Yellow Dress
Thursday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m., Deanna’s Educational Theatre, St. Petersburg College Clearwater Campus Arts Auditorium, 2465 Drew St., Clearwater
This one-woman show is based on the real experiences of women victims of dating violence and sexual assault. Hosted by Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force, the Jewish Alliance to End Domestic Violence of Tampa Bay (JAEDA), and other community partners. Program guests include Lissette Campos of WFTS TV ABC Action News and a musical performance by The Real Clash.
Tickets may not be available at the door on event night. You’re encouraged to reserve your seat prior to October 16 by emailing: JAEDA1492@brighthouse.com.
$10 at the door, students free with ID .
Sesame Street Live! Let’s Party!
Friday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 21, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 22, 1 p.m.; Mahaffey Theatre, 400 First St. S., St. Petersburg
Jump to the beat on Sesame Street at an all-new, interactive show that unfolds on one of the world’s most famous streets at the funniest, furriest party in the neighborhood!
$15, $22, $35, $45, $65
Friday, Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 22, 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m., St. Petersburg Opera Company, Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N., St. Petersburg
Under the direction of Mark Sforzini, the opera presents Gounod’s story of an aging man who makes a deal with the devil. What would you do to be younger? Unhappy with his life, Faust makes a pact with the Devil that draws a host of other characters into his bargain. Marguerite, an innocent young girl, her brother Valentin, and Siébel, a young man who is infatuated with Marguerite: all are collateral damage as Faust jousts with the Devil. Gounod gave us glorious melodies and sumptuous orchestrations for this dark tale. Sung in French with English translations above the stage.
$20, $40, $55, $75
A Night on Broadway with the Qol Quartet
Saturday, Oct. 21, 7:30 p.m., Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs
The professional singers of the Qol Quartet will take you on an imaginary trip to New York’s Broadway District for an evening of some of the greatest songs ever written for the stage from shows such as Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, Oklahoma, and many more. You’ll experience songs that uplift and inspire. Performed by four talented singers with exquisite voices. Tickets available at www.tarponarts.org.
$24 for members, $28 for nonmembers.
Radio Theatre Project Very Scary Celebrity Fun-raiser
Monday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S., St. Petersburg
Live radio theater and a very scary Celebrity Fun-raiser. Radio Theatre Project actors, along with some surprise guests, will perform”Twisted Tales of Poe: The Radio Play,” based on the stories of Edgar Allen Poe and written by Philip Grecian. If Poe doesn’t creep you out, a treat from Elizabeth Gelman, “The Blackout,” will definitely do the trick.
West Fest St. Pete/White Fang at freeFall
Thursday, Oct. 26, 6 p.m., freeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg
Savor west St. Pete’s local flavor—from the restaurants to retail shops to breweries to health and wellness resources—with a maker’s market, DJ, kids’ activities, and open house at the freeFall Theatre.
Also, don’t forget freeFall’s 2017/18 season opener, an all-new adaptation of White Fang, written and directed by Jethro Compton. Stars Jen Diaz as Lyzbet Scott, Hannah Benitez, Daniel Schwab, Michael Mahoney and Alan Mohney, Jr. round out the cast. Michael Raabe returns to freeFall as musical director.
Free admission, food and drink prices vary at West Fest. Ticket prices range from $37 to $52 for White Fang, depending on date and time of performance. Visit freefalltheatre.com for more information
Night of the Living Dead
Thursday, Oct. 26, 7:30 p.m., Hat Trick Theatre, Ruth Eckerd Hall Murray Studio Theater, 1111 N. McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater
Night of the Living Dead (based on the screenplay by John Russo and George Romero) is the horror masterpiece that gave birth to the zombie as we know it – springing to life (and death) on stage. A group of strangers are trapped in a remote farmhouse as a strange plague begins to spread. As the hordes of undead begin to grow, so do the tensions among our survivors. Can they band together and survive?
Tickets are available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, by calling 727.791.7400, or by visiting
www.RuthEckerdHall.com. Runs through Nov. 5.
$24, $20 for students and military with ID, a three-show package priced at $55 is also available (a savings of $17).
So You Think You Can Dance?
Sunday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N. McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater
The top ten finalists from season 14 of the hit television show will perform favorite numbers of the season and a few new ones. The top 10 finalists—Dassy, Kaylee, Kiki, Koine, Lex, Logan, Mark, Robert, Sydney and Taylor, plus all-stars Jasimin Harper and Marko Germar—will perform live.