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Dempsey Performing Arts Center to host Elvis, Beatles, plays and more

Peter Alden brings the Elvis vibe to the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center on Feb. 19. “The Beatles” and plays are also planned.

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Peter Alden brings the Elvis vibe to the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center on Feb. 19. “The Beatles” and plays are also planned.

Three theater producers have announced seasons of shows at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Hudson.

Dempsey Arts Center

The theater itself will present two tribute concerts in February. Tickets are $15 to $29, depending on location in the theater. Phone (727) 857-2604 or visit ed-pac.org.

7:30 p.m. Feb. 19: Peter Alden as Elvis, accompanied by the band Suspicious Minds. Alden portrays the young Elvis. He attended Florida Southern College and performed as Conrad Birdie in the musical Bye Bye Birdie, based on Elvis Presley's stint in the Army. After that, he did Elvis tribute shows at Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando. He played at Libertyland in Memphis during Elvis Week and played Elvis in "Legends in Concert" in Las Vegas.

3 p.m. Feb. 27: "Beatle Beat," a re-creation of the look, style and sound of the Beatles. Performers include veterans of Disney's Epcot and Beatlemania.

B.A.D. Company

The theater troupe founded by brothers Tom and Rick Bronson will present two shows. Reserved seats are $15, available at (727) 857-2604 or online at ed-pac.org. General admission is $9 at the door.

8 p.m. Feb. 4-5 and 3 p.m. Feb. 6: The Complete History of America (Abridged), a comedy by Adam Long, Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor (a.k.a. the Reduced Shakespeare Company). The madcap comedy offers "600 years of American history in 6,000 seconds."

Weekends March 18 to April 3 (no show March 20): Jesus Christ Superstar, the rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. The musical is based on the Gospels of the New Testament and focuses on the last week of Jesus' life.

Hat Trick Theatre

The professional Hat Trick Theatre Productions will present four shows in 2010-11. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. In addition, there will be an "Industry Night" at 8 p.m. on the Monday after the second weekend.

Tickets are $16 adults at the door, or $14 in advance. Students and seniors are $11 at the door or $9 in advance. A Flex Pass offers four tickets that can be used in any combination over the course of the season for $54 for adults and $36 for students and seniors. Call (727) 857-2604 or e-mail smountan@bmchs.com.

Through Nov. 7: The Importance of Being Earnest, the Oscar Wilde classic about two men who pretend to be named Ernest so they can lead double lives.

Jan. 14-30: Proof, by David Auburn, the Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning drama about a young woman coming to terms with the legacy of her recently deceased father.

April 22-May 8: Mauritius, a drama by Theresa Rebeck, about a supposedly valuable stamp collection and the five people vying to reap the windfall.

July 15-31: Noises Off, a farce by Michael Frayn, showing what goes on backstage and onstage during a tour by a quarrelsome theater troupe.

Dempsey Performing Arts Center to host Elvis, Beatles, plays and more 10/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 3:23pm]

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