Looking for that special gift? Live entertainment might be just the ticket

Live entertainment - especially local - makes for the perfect holiday gift.
The Screaming Orphans, a  talented Irish sister act out of Donegal, Ireland will be a highlight at the Celtic Family Jamboree held Feb. 8-9 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville
The Screaming Orphans, a talented Irish sister act out of Donegal, Ireland will be a highlight at the Celtic Family Jamboree held Feb. 8-9 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville
Published December 15 2018

You're making a list, checking it twice and still can't come up with that special gift for that special someone? Consider the gift of live entertainment. Here are a few suggestions for upcoming events for those wanting to keep it local:

The comedy/drama, Steel Magnolias, Jan. 10 - 20 at the Stagewest Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Boulevard, Spring Hill. Robert Harling's play is set in Truvy’s beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are “anybody” come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth, and the local social leader, M’Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a “good ole boy.” Tickets are $20; $15 for students. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or go to https://stagewestflorida.com/.

Rogers and Hammerstein's Cinderella opens Jan. 12 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson. The musical is based on the fairy tale about a woman forced into servitude by her stepmother and stepsisters and features favorite musical numbers such as: Impossible, My Own Little Corner and Ten Minutes Ago. Tickets are $55.50 plus tax. For reservations, call (727) 863-7949 or go to http://showpalace.net/

The comedy Fox on the Fairways opens Jan. 17 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. A tribute from Ken Ludwig (Lend Me A Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic shenanigans, it's a furiously paced comedy that recalls the Marx Brothers' classics. A charmingly madcap adventure about love, life and man's eternal love affair with ... golf. Tickets are $18 cash, $20.07 credit card. Call the box office at (727) 842-6777 or email westerby11@aol.com.

Tom Jones Tribute, 2 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Pasco-Hernando State College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The show is part of the 2018-2019 PHSC Foundation's performing arts season, and features Lou Nelson performing Tom Jones hits from the 1960s through '90s. Tickets are $30-$35. Contact the ticket office at tickets@phsc.edu or by calling (727) 816-3707.

Comedy Impressionist Jimmy Keys performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. Highway 19, Hudson. Tickets are $25 plus tax. For reservations, call (727) 863-7949 or go to http://showpalace.net/

The J.R. Farley Big Band series starts Jan. 30 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. Other shows are Feb. 27 and March 3. Shows start at 2 p.m. Tickets are $12 cash; $14.07 credit card. Discount for season members. Call the box office at (727) 842-6777 or email westerby11@aol.com.

Disneys' Beauty and the Beast opens Jan. 31 at Stagewest Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or go to https://stagewestflorida.com/.

The Richey Community Orchestra presents, "Liberace: The Legend Lives On," at 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Special guest soloist is classically trained pianist Martin Preston. Tickets are $15. Purchase tickets at richeycommunityorchestra.com or at the RCO Box Office at 6827 Amberjack Lane, Hudson, FL 34667. Tickets also may be purchased at the door the day of the concert if available.

Seventh annual Celtic Family Jamboree, Feb. 8-9 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville. Music, athletic competitions, sheep-herding exhibitions, instrumental workshops and camping in the rustic setting of the ranch. Entertainment includes Albannach, Cutthroat Shamrock, Screaming Orphans, West of Galway Trio and more. Presented by Celtic Heritage. Tickets: Purchase ahead at a discount: $127.50 for two nights camping and two adult weekend passes or $32 per person for weekend pass. Gate prices: weekend pass: $35. Friday: $20. Saturday: $25. Camping (with electric) $40 per night; $20 primitive camping per night. For tickets, go to http://www.celticheritageproductions.com/FamJamTix.htm?fbclid=IwAR04KxO1frwwhWH-bL9dZdAI8fEES5JMarYvSdFH_ftZ1O8qj6rXxKTLpu4

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