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  1. Stage West's 'Dorothy in Wonderland' a whirlwind of a mashup

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    SPRING HILL — Everyone knows the classic story of Dorothy Gale's amazing journey in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And who doesn't remember Alice's trip through Wonderland? But does anyone know what happens when their two worlds collide?

    Kyle Parker is Tweedle Dum, Louis Romeo is the Lion and Wyatt Washington plays Tweedle Dee in the Stage West Community Playhouse production.
  2. Dancers descend on downtown Tampa

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    The International Dance Challenge, bringing together more than 500 dancers from around the country, runs through Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Dancers who won regional competitions are in town for nationals, performing in a variety of styles and categories.

    Britta Gunlach, 18, of Riverview does a star turn during the International Dance Challenge at the Straz Center in Tampa on Tuesday. The challenge includes more than 500 dancers from around the country, performing in a variety of styles and categories. Gunlach is a student at Judy’s Dance Academy in Valrico and started dancing when she was 2. Dancers who won regional competitions were invited to the challenge, which runs through Thursday. According to the competition’s website, the national event was organized in 1997 and the first competitions were in 1998.
  3. In the satire 'Occupation' at Jobsite Theater, U.S. sells Florida to China

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    It's 2017, the national debt has skyrocketed, and the government has been forced to take drastic measures.

    Sell Florida to China for $5 trillion.

    Nathan Jokela and Katie Castonguay as Gare and Kell Cartwright in Jobsite Theater’s Occupation.
  4. Stage Planner: Get tickets now for seasons at the Straz, Stageworks and more

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    Theater might be coasting a bit for the summer, but the new season lineups offer something for everybody. We've got musicals and experimental plays, Broadway legends and Shakespeare coming. Advance tickets are available for many, so if you want to be sure to catch the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec. …

    Ashley Danewitz plays Anninna, left, and Elizabeth de Trejo is Violette in La Traviata.
  5. Misty Copeland promoted to principal dancer at American Ballet Theater

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    NEW YORK — Misty Copeland, whose openness about race in ballet helped to make her one of the most famous ballerinas in the United States, was promoted Tuesday by American Ballet Theater, becoming the first African-American female principal dancer in the company's 75-year history.

    Misty Copeland and James Whiteside appear in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on Wednesday. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role, a key moment for her fans who hope she'll soon be named American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. [Gene Schiavone of American Ballet Theater via AP]
  6. Opera company closes out the season on a lighter note

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    ST. PETERSBURG — Putting It Together, a revue of Stephen Sondheim songs loosely arranged around a Manhattan couple's cocktail party, aims to please devotees of the composer.

    Putting It Together’s five-member cast includes, from left, Paula Broadwater, Peter Kendall Clark, Clayton Brown, Kaitlyn Costello and Tripp Fountain.
  7. Twerk like it's 1820: OED says the word is older than you think

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    The first time Miley Cyrus acquainted us all with the sight of her twerking behind more than two years ago, people could barely contain their hysteria. Half of her critics considered the dance scandalous and hyper-sexual; the other half were frustrated she had claimed ownership of a dance that had existed in black …

    Miley Cyrus put the word “twerking” on the map at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards at the Barclays Center in New York, but twerking as a word originated in the 1800s.
  8. Big and bold, Mamma Mia! delivers on its promise at Straz in Tampa

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    TAMPA — At this point, you don't go to Mamma Mia!, the touring Broadway show playing at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, without some idea of what to expect.

    Mamma Mia!,the hit Broadway musical, runs through Sunday at the Straz Center in Tampa. A capable cast milks both corny and the occasional X-rated joke for all they are worth.
  9. Play looks to raise Alzheimer's awareness among African-Americans

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    Performing in a theatrical production was just something young Garrett Davis wanted to check off his to-do list.

    Daren McGill and Samantha McSwain perform in Forget Me Not, a play about Alzheimer’s disease that will be staged Saturday.
  10. Cheers and bouquets for Misty Copeland at her American Ballet Theater 'Swan Lake' debut

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    NEW YORK — Swan Lake is always one of the most popular ballets for dance fans. But the whoops and cheers from a packed crowd at the Metropolitan Opera House signaled something more this time.

    Misty Copeland and James Whiteside appear in "Swan Lake" at the Metropolitan Opera House on Wednesday. It was Copeland's New York debut in the lead role, a key moment for her fans who hope she'll soon be named American Ballet Theater's first black principal dancer. [Gene Schiavone of American Ballet Theater via AP]