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Weekend fun: Wine, blues, plays, dance

Has football fatigue got you fumbling with your remote? • Maybe it's time to call your own plays this weekend and enjoy our bountiful season of fall festivities and theatrical pursuits. • Tonight see graceful wheelchair dancing by the REVolutions Dance. • Or classic musicals like The Fantasticks, Annie Get Your Gun and Singing in the Rain may be just the ticket. • Then there's the wine and blues festival in downtown Dunedin, now a two-night affair. • Here are the details:

'The Fantasticks' in Tarpon Springs

The Fantasticks is said to be the world's longest-running musical.

"It ran off-Broadway for a record-breaking 42 years," said Jamie Bierchen, the director of the Tarpon Springs production.

The plot is about two neighbors, one with a teenage son and one with a teen daughter, who build a wall and create a feud in order to manipulate their kids into falling in love.

"It's great music combined with a love story that transcends time and reminds audiences of their own first love and perhaps their own parents' involvement," Bierchen said.

The show runs at 8 tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St. Tickets cost $16, or $12 for students. Call the box office at (727) 942-5605 or visit

'Singin' in the Rain' in Largo

Eight O'Clock Theatre presents Singin' in the Rain at the Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive. Performances are at 8 tonight and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $26 for adults, $16 for students age 19 and under, $23.50 per person for groups of 10 or more. Call the box office at (727) 587-6793 or visit

'Annie Get Your Gun' in Clearwater

Another audience favorite, Annie Get Your Gun, goes out with a bang this weekend at the Francis Wilson Playhouse.

"We're having sell-out performances," said Andrew Rufo, the theater's general manager. "This was Irving Berlin's most popular Broadway show, and people are leaving the theater singing all the great songs."

The musical tells the story of sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her love and rival, Frank Butler.

The cast is huge, with 40 members ranging in age from 4 to over 70, Rufo said.

Curtains open at 8 tonight and Saturday, with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. The Francis Wilson Playhouse is at 302 Seminole St. in Clearwater.

Call the box office at (727) 446-1360 or visit

REVolutions Dance at Ruth Eckerd Hall

Fourteen years ago, Dwayne Scheuneman broke his neck diving into a swimming pool. He turned to wheelchair track and field to keep fit. Then he met a woman with a dance company and hasn't seen a racetrack since.

"I love the creativity, movement and expression of dance," he said. "Through dance, I've learned much more about myself."

In 2005, he and Amie Fishinger formed REVolutions Dance, a nonprofit professional dance company composed of dancers with and without disabilities. They teach classes and hold workshops.

Tonight at 7:30, about 20 dancers will perform in the Murray Studio Theater at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen Booth Road.

Guest artists include Karen Peterson and Dancers, a company from Miami, and Sign of Da Times, a deaf theater troupe in Tampa.

Tickets are $17, $12 for students. Call (727) 791-7400 or visit

Class info: (813) 727-4104 or

Wine and blues in Dunedin

The 2nd Friday Dunedin Wine/Art Walk is from 5:30 to 10:30 tonight and features entertainment in Pioneer Park. On Saturday, Dunedin Wines the Blues returns for its 18th year downtown with blues music and wine tasting from 5 to 11 p.m. For information, visit

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