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  1. As its last original musician retires, the Florida Orchestra looks to new beginnings


    TAMPA — In 1964, Evelyn Pupello was a shy 16-year-old who lived through the strings of her violin.

    Evelyn Pupello, 67, rehearses with the Florida Orchestra at the Mahaffey Theater earlier this month. The last remaining charter member of the orchestra, Pupello has been playing professionally longer than the orchestra has existed.
  2. Meet performing arts critic Andrew Meacham, former obit writer


    For a part of my life, I loved nothing more than waiting in the wings to go on stage. There I could only see my immediate surroundings, and I nurtured at least a steadily evolving vision of what I wanted to do.

  3. Review: Freefall Theatre's 'The Tempest: Esta isla es mia' an ambitious adaptation


    ST. PETERSBURG — Eric Davis has been studying his post-colonial literature, and the result is The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia, a one-man show at Freefall Theatre in which he adapts The Tempest and makes the connection between Shakespeare's enchanted island and Cuba.

    Eric Davis wrote and stars in Freefall Theatre’s “The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.” [Photo by ALLISON DAVIS]
  4. Florida Orchestra closes season with Beethoven and Sibelius


    It's time for the Florida Orchestra to close out its wide-ranging season of guest conductors and look forward to welcoming new music director Michael Francis permanently in the fall. The orchestra caps off the current masterworks season with a program under the direction of Larry Rachleff, music director of the Rhode …

  5. American Stage's 'Red' exposes an artist's drama


    Visual art meets performance art when American Stage Theatre Company presents Red, the Tony Award-winning play about abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. John Logan's drama spans a period of two years in which Rothko and his assistant completed a giant commission for a series of murals in New York's Four Seasons …

    The Tony-winning play Red opens at American Stage in St. Petersburg, with Andrew Joseph Perez, left, and Gregg Weiner.
  6. Florida Orchestra lands singer Michael Feinstein for January gala concert


    Playing off the American theme running through the Florida Orchestra's coming season, the orchestra has landed one of the greatest American pops singers of all time: Michael Feinstein.

    Musician Michael Feinstein in 2012.  (Getty Images)
  7. Newest show by John Leggio's performing arts students promises plenty of sizzle


    HUDSON — Over the years, John Leggio's Center for the Performing Arts has gained a reputation for putting on shows equal to — and sometimes better than — many full-time professionals. His youthful Xcel dance troupe has performed twice on Royal Caribbean cruise ships and recently took master classes …

    Dancers rehearse at John Leggio’s Center for the Performing Arts for their upcoming show.
  8. In 'The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,' Freefall Theatre merges Shakespeare and Cuba



    The set for the next production at Freefall Theatre includes 9 tons of sand on the stage. But don't expect a day at the beach.

    Eric Davis wrote and stars in Freefall Theatre’s “The Tempest: Esta Isla Es Mia,” an adaptation of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
  9. The Illusionists bring shocking tricks to the Straz stage


    Two images come to mind when you say "magic show": Clowns pulling quarters out of Grandma's ear or David Copperfield making the Statue of Liberty vanish.

    Dan Sperry, The Anti-Conjuror, is one of the seven magicians coming to the Sraz Center with The Illusionist Tour from May 26-31. 

Photos Courtesy of Joan Marcus.

Illusionists, The: ? Witness the Impossible
Marquis Theatre

Seven illusionists enact mind-bending acts of magic and illusion; many have never been seen before. This critically acclaimed production is a mix of outrageous, jaw-dropping acts of grand illusion, levitation, mind-reading, disappearance and a full-view water escape. 

Cast List:
The Manipulator, Yu Ho-Jin
The Anti-Conjuror, Dan Sperry
The Trickster, Jeff Hobson
The Escapologist, Andrew Basso
The Inventor, Kevin James
The Warrior, Aaron Crow
The Futurist, Adam Trent

  10. A lot of fine characters to like in Richey Suncoast Theatre's 'Bye Bye Birdie'


    It's likely that everyone who sees the spirited musical comedy Bye Bye Birdie will delight in the entire show, especially the lively way it's done at Richey Suncoast Theatre. But it's also likely everyone will have a favorite character somewhere in the 39-member cast.

    Janine Paradiso, from left, Mitchell Gonzalez, Patrick Moran, Roger Kleemichen, Justin Buyea and Kevin Wykoff rehearse on the set of Bye Bye Birdie at Richey Suncoast Theatre.