Written by Florida playwright Lindsey Ferrentino, Innovocative Theatre brings a searing drama to Stageworks Theatre. Ugly Lies the Bone tells the story of a severely wounded female war veteran in 2011 attempting to start a new life after a third tour in Afghanistan. She faces struggles after returning to her home in Titusville, Florida. She's endured intense pain from both her injuries and the surgeries that followed, and uses virtual reality therapy for pain management to begin to emotionally heal herself.BWW Review: SPUNKY OPTIMISTIC ORPHAN STEALS YOUR HEART IN NEW TAMPA PLAYERS' ANNIE at University Area CDC August 4, 2018
When starring in a production like Annie, you'd better be a powerhouse. Last night at the opening of New Tampa Players' production of Annie, twelve-year-old Annie Sardouk proved why she was the lead. This young actress sang with vocal power of someone twice her age. To say I was impressed is putting it lightly.
The ensemble of orphans was perfectly cast, from the bullying Madison Levine whose facial expressions were priceless down to the adorable littlest twins. And you can't talk about the talented orphans without a discussing the costumes and beautiful seamlessly-changing set. Despite minor technical mic issues, the show ran like a well-oiled machine.BWW Previews: YOUTH WITH SPECIAL NEEDS GET CHANCE TO PERFORM THROUGH NEW TAMPA PLAYERS' THE PENGUIN PROJECT at University Area CDC August 1, 2018
Anyone who has been on stage understands the magic that happens when a group of people learn lines, music, choreography and blocking, put on make-up, wigs and costumes, use props, react to sound effects and bow to thunderous applause together. The cast becomes a family and that experience becomes an addiction, a theatre fix that is only satisfied by performing in another show.
New Tampa Players wants to share this passion with young people who have interest in theatre but may never have been afforded the chance to be on stage.BWW Review: MAS THEATRE OLIVER - SPECTACULAR ENTERTAINMENT at Carrollwood Cultural Center July 29, 2018
There's no wonder why Oliver sold out at Carrollwood Cultural Center. Celebrating their 10th anniversary and revisiting the first show that debuted at the center with two of the original actors - Terry Larosa and Kimberly Rostas, MAS Theatre's Oliver was spectacular entertainment.
Under the exceptional direction of Tracy Stemm-Crews, musical direction by Mary Jo Hahn, choreography talents of Ashley Ryan Lord and Aaron Washington, lighting by Keith Eisenstadt, and costumes by Heather Cleveland, there wasn't a moment that went too fast, an actor that needed to pick up speed, a set change that took you away from the story, choreography that didn't have perfect pace. Everything worked in this high-energy production - especially the cast using the balcony during the beautiful Who Will Buy and by creating an immersive experience for the audience by going up and down the aisles.BWW Previews: THE MARCIA P. HOFFMAN SCHOOL OF THE ARTS' SWEENEY TODD Takes A Ghostly Turn at Ruth Eckerd Hall July 26, 2018
A large cast of 43 students, ages 11-18 from The Marcia P. Hoffman School of the Arts will bring the school edition of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a tale of love and revenge to stage at Ruth Eckerd Hall on July 26-28.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, explores the infamous story of Benjamin Barker (Sweeney Todd), a London barber with a disturbing partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.BWW Previews: NEW TAMPA PLAYERS' ANNIE BRINGS TONS OF HEART TO STAGE at University Area CDC July 25, 2018
When most people think about the musical Annie, they think of "Tomorrow" and a little girl with bright red hair. Director KariAnn Stamatoplos thinks there is so much more to the classic story. It's not just Annie, but Daddy Warbucks who gets his chance to shine in New Tampa Players production of Annie on August 3-12 at University Area CDC.BWW Previews: PETER PAN, JR. FLIES INTO HCC Brandon Campus Theatre July 19, 2018
Two casts of 27 kids ranging from ages six to 16 are extremely excited to bring the modern version of Peter Pan, Jr. to audiences in the auditorium at HCC Brandon on July 21 & 22. During Florida Drama Kids' Musical Theatre Camp, when the older ones take a leadership role to peer mentor the younger students, you see firsthand the importance and positive impact of theatre in the lives of young people.BWW Previews: ENJOY A GOOD CLEAN TIME AS HONKY TONK LAUNDRY SPINS INTO The Show Palace Dinner Theatre July 17, 2018
Imagine working in musical theatre, doing what you love with a good friend. Add in some classic and contemporary country music and you have the story behind the story of the musical Honky Tonk Laundry opening July 21 at The Show Palace Dinner Theatre.
Millicent Hunnicut and Bridgette Karl star respectively as Lana Mae Hopkins, owner of the Wishy Washy Washateria and employee, Katie Lane Murphy. Both Millicent and Bridgette performed together at Show Palace in The Great American Trailer Park under the talented direction of Matthew Belopavlovich. Just like the characters they play, the actresses bonded and when an opportunity arose to perform the two-women show with Matthew as the director, the two jumped at the chance.BWW Previews: NEW THEATRE COMPANY PJMA DEBUTS WITH THOUGHT-PROVOKING MUSICAL BARE: A POP OPERA Hosted at Carrollwood Players Theatre July 17, 2018
New theatre company, PJMA Theater Productions debuts its inaugural season with the provocative musical Bare: A Pop Opera on September 7 through 22, hosted at Carrollwood Players Theatre. The theater company plans to finish the season in 2019 with Carrie The Musical and another musical, to be selected.
Ryan Roberge, theater founder and director said, 'PJMA is proud to represent a diverse group of people with innovative works. We are a semi-professional theater company that is creating theatre performances that not only entertain but inspire and challenge our audience.'BWW Review: Riveting SPRING AWAKENING IS at Eight 'O Clock Theatre July 13, 2018
Young people wanting answers and adults refusing to give them is the theme of Eight 'O Clock Theatre's newest production July 13-22, a dark coming of age tale, Spring Awakening.
Written in 1891 with modern folk-rock music and lyrics applied by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater in 2006, Spring Awakening is a story of friends growing up in Germany, girls and boys discovering their sexuality with no one willing to guide them. The musical covers topics like abuse, homosexuality, masturbation, sadomasochism, suicide, and abortion. It frankly explores what happens when parents are too prudish to discuss the hormonal urges that come with impending adulthood.BWW Previews: PATEL CONSERVATORY'S SUMMER INTENSIVE MUSICAL HELLO DOLLY! DEBUTS at Teco Theatre, Straz Center July 13, 2018
When you talk about a musical and its ensemble on the 35-minute drive home, it's one of two things - good or bad. In the case of mad Theatre's It Shoulda Been You, expertly directed by Tony P. Gilkinson, good doesn't do justice to the talent that graced the stage and in the audience on Wednesday night. If final dress rehearsal is any indication of how fun a performance you'll see, complimented by a live band under the musical direction of Tim Flores, I guarantee that you are in for a treat.BWW Previews: YOUTH IN REVOLT: SPRING AWAKENING at Eight O'Clock Theatre July 11, 2018
With themes of abuse, statutory rape, abortion, and suicide, director Jason Tucker does not shy away from any of the controversial subjects. It's today's story except for the unmistakable fact that it's based in Germany circa 1891. Based on Frank Wedekind's 1891 play, Spring Awakening at Eight O'Clock Theatre is a dark coming-of-age tale of kids looking for answers and the adults who refuse to provide them.BWW Interview: Emily Escobar wins Scholarship from THE JIMMY AWARDS at Minskoff Theatre July 6, 2018
From the little girls wobbling on plastic dress-up heels and Cinderella costumes outside taking photos with the fairytale princess to youngsters in the audience dressed in their Sunday best, waiting eagerly for the story to begin, Cinderella was a special event for children and adults, alike.BWW Previews: THE LAST FIVE YEARS TELLS A CAUTIONARY TALE at NYNE June 28, 2018
Imagine putting a DVD of your life together in the player and forwarding through the mystery of new love, the excitement of moving in together, the happiness of your true love finding success in work, the bliss of engagement and a new marriage, the resentment of success, the end of a marriage. Now if you play it backwards from the relationship dissolution to its inception simultaneously, only pausing at the wedding in both versions, you have the premise for the musical named TIME Magazine's ten best shows of 2001, The Last Five Years.