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Yu Ho-Jin, a member of the Illusionists known as the Manipulator, is a master at sleight of hand.Photo by Joan Marcus

Stage planner: The Illusionists do the impossible , 'Unelectable You' rolls with political realities

NOW YOU SEE IT: THE ILLUSIONISTS The Illusionists are blowing through Tampa like superheroes, each endowed with special powers. The Anti-Conjuror (Dan Sperry), a Goth apparition with black fingernails and lipstick, multiplies birds and nearly beheads himself with dental floss. The Escapologist (Andrew Basso) will r …

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  1. First North Suncoast production of 'Menopause the Musical' highlights Show Palace's 2017-18 season

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    HUDSON — The Show Palace Dinner Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season of shows, four packages of season tickets at discounted prices, and a small increase in price for all shows.

  2. Florida Orchestra season lineup features world-class talent, a mix of classics and new work

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    As a conductor of the Florida Orchestra, Michael Francis spends time on the details. He is the border collie nipping at the herd, the proofreader who preserves accuracy to the text, the timekeeper.

    Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis, shown conducting the Florida Orchestra in October, says,  “I just feel that we are on the cusp of something absolutely wonderful here.”
  3. With new Black Box Theatre, Saint Leo University prepares for full slate of 2016-17 shows

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    ST. LEO — When the Saint Leo Theatre Company came together last spring to stage A Murder is Announced, a play written by Leslie Darbon and adapted from the novel by Agatha Christie, cast and crew faced a mystery that had nothing to do with the whodunit theme of the play itself.

    Elizabeth Panek, a biology major and spring graduate of Saint Leo, played Letitia Blacklock in A Murder is Announced.
  4. Sunshine City Opera, a new professional company, brings a fresh approach

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    A new professional opera company focusing on new or little known work holds its second concert Thursday. At a time when established opera companies tend to rely on proven war horses or eternal favorites, Sunshine City Opera is already offering a change of pace.

    Sunshine City Opera will focus on new or rarely heard works. Courtesy of Erin Houlskamp.
  5. Stage planner: The Illusionists do the impossible , 'Unelectable You' rolls with political realities

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    NOW YOU SEE IT: THE ILLUSIONISTS

    The Illusionists are blowing through Tampa like superheroes, each endowed with special powers. The Anti-Conjuror (Dan Sperry), a Goth apparition with black fingernails and lipstick, multiplies birds and nearly beheads himself with dental floss. The Escapologist (Andrew …

    Yu Ho-Jin, a member of the Illusionists known as the Manipulator, is a master at sleight of hand.
  6. Capable cast engrosses audience in Stage West's production of 'Twelve Angry Men'

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    There is no soft underbelly of bigotry in Twelve Angry Men, the 1956 drama about a jury debating a death sentence for a 16-year-old accused of murdering his father.

  7. Reggaeton's J Balvin set for Clearwater's Coachman Park

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    CLEARWATER — Colombian reggaeton singer J Balvin will headline the 2016 Hispanic Heritage Concert in Coachman Park on Oct. 9.

  8. Auditions set for two shows at Richey Suncoast Theatre

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., will hold auditions for two shows at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and 27.

  9. Before retirement, one last tour through every hidden nook of the Straz Center

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    TAMPA — The explosions set off fire alarms through downtown Tampa.

    Mike Chamoun explains the features of the Morsani Hall stage during his last behind-the-scenes tour. After 25 years in his job, Chamoun is set to retire at the end of the month.
  10. Stage planner: Sunshine City Opera debuts, SPFestival's many pop-up performers

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    NEW BLOOD: SUNSHINE CITY OPERA

    Sunshine City Opera, a new company, debuts this weekend, focused on new or rarely heard works. The company, founded by composer Erin Huelskamp, top, will present an hour's sampling of its vision at the Studio@620.

    Sunshine City Opera will focus on new or rarely heard works.