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American Stage, Ruth Eckerd add administrators

American Stage and Ruth Eckerd Hall both hired key administrators recently. At American Stage, the new development director, Angela Bond, has experience on both sides of show business.

She has been a performer in Tampa Bay area productions such as Tapestry: The Music of Carole King and My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra, and she has directed plays such as Grace, about the Ku Klux Klan bombing of a Birmingham church, and Thrill Me, a chamber musical on the Leopold-Loeb murder case.

Bond, who graduated from Rollins College in 1981 with a degree in theater and business, has worked in the development departments of the St. Petersburg Arts Center and Bayfront Health Foundation. She succeeds Cynthia McGowan, who was American Stage's development director for about a year.

At Ruth Eckerd Hall, the new chief operating officer is Kevin T. Carlon, previously an executive with the North American Polo League in Palm Beach. Carlon, with a master's in sports business and management from the University of Massachusetts, has worked for the Colorado Rockies and Denver Grizzlies.

His performing arts resume includes stints at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in New York and Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, in western Massachusetts. At the Clearwater hall, Carlon will oversee marketing, education, programming, ticket office and information technology and facility operations.

NO ROREM: Composer Ned Rorem will not fulfill his commission to write the opera Little Nemo in Slumberland for Sarasota Youth Opera in 2009. J.D. McClatchy has written a libretto, and Sarasota Opera plans to find another composer to complete the work for a production in 2010.

ZAPPED: Bogus Pomp, the Frank Zappa tribute band, heads to Germany next month to perform for the second time in Zappanale, an annual festival devoted to all things Zappa. In Hamburg on Aug. 13, the eight-piece band will be featured on a "Zappa Meets Bach" program at St. Catherine's Church, where J.S. Bach played the organ in 1701 and 1720. "We get to play on the same stage that Bach played on," said guitarist Jerry Outlaw. To warm up for the festival, Bogus Pomp has concerts at 8 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday at the Marion Theatre in Ocala and 8 p.m. July 26 at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg. $20.

PINK FLOYD: The Florida Orchestra, which played memorable Zappa-themed concerts with Bogus Pomp in 1999 and 2000, announced some unconventional programming for next season: Music of Pink Floyd, Jan. 30 at Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg; and a screening of The Wizard of Oz, with the orchestra playing the film score, May 23-24, also at Mahaffey. (727) 892-3337; toll-free 1-800-662-7286.

BALLET AND POPCORN: Following the success of opera beamed to movie theaters, ballet is coming to the silver screen. Productions from the Bolshoi Ballet and La Scala will be shown at the Beach Theatre, 315 Corey Ave., St. Pete Beach. The lineup includes The Pharaoh's Daughter (Aug. 31), Bolt (Sept. 7) and Mediterranea (Sept. 21). 7 p.m. $15. (727) 360-6697;

John Fleming can be reached at or (727) 893-8716.

American Stage, Ruth Eckerd add administrators 07/17/08 [Last modified: Friday, July 18, 2008 8:01am]
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