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Roxanne Fay plays an 80-year-old Alice in Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland.Courtesy of Roxanne Fay

Stage Planner: Real story behind 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Jersey Boys' returns, Chingo Bling

THE REAL ALICE: DREAM CHILD To create something new about Alice in Wonderland, you have look where no one else is looking. That is how Roxanne Fay, a familiar presence on Tampa Bay stages, approached the show she created around Alice Liddell, the child who inspired the Lewis Carroll classic. Dream Child: The Trial  …

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  1. Mary Anne Hamilton, a relative of Alexander Hamilton, gets the trip of a lifetime

    Human Interest

    As the lights came up at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, Aaron Burr was rapping ruminations about his rival, Alexander Hamilton.

    Mary Anne Hamilton, 82, shows photos of her late husband, Laurens, and memorabilia from Hamilton.
  2. Stage Planner: Real story behind 'Alice in Wonderland,' 'Jersey Boys' returns, Chingo Bling

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    THE REAL ALICE: DREAM CHILD

    To create something new about Alice in Wonderland, you have look where no one else is looking. That is how Roxanne Fay, a familiar presence on Tampa Bay stages, approached the show she created around Alice Liddell, the child who inspired the Lewis Carroll …

    Roxanne Fay plays an 80-year-old Alice in Dream Child: The Trial of Alice in Wonderland.
  3. Ferraro's Studio Theatre closes, seeks new location

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Almost two years to the day after opening, Jimmy Ferraro is shutting down his 68-seat Studio Theatre on Main Street and canceling the four summer shows scheduled from June 10 to Sept. 25.

    Jimmy Ferraro says the lack of seats and parking problems hampered the theater.
  4. String quartet that includes St. Petersburg native wins $100,000 prize

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    The Calidore String Quartet, which appeared at the Palladium in April and includes St. Petersburg native Ryan Meehan, has won the grand prize in a new music competition, the University of Michigan announced.

    The Calidore String Quartet.
  5. Find a Friend: Dachshund mix

    Stage

    "Mel" is the Portuguese word for "honey," and a perfect name for this sugary little brown bear. Mel is a bit shy at first but warms up quickly and affectionately. She's a 1-year-old, 25-pound dog-friendly pal who plays endlessly with the other nice foster dogs in her temporary home. She would make a great play-pal or …

    Dogma Pet Rescue
  6. 'A Funny Thing' becomes funnier when improv is added

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    LARGO

    A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum opened on Broadway in 1962 and won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The farce was made into a film in 1966, has experienced several Broadway revivals and has played in many a high school auditorium.

    Ashlyn Bigley, playing Vibrata, emerges from the house of Marcus Lycus past a gawking Kurt Gawlik, playing a Protean.
  7. Funny, clever 'Urinetown' provides a royal flush at Richey Suncoast

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    Please, please, please don't let the icky title of Urinetown, The Musical, put you off. If you do, you'll be depriving yourself of one of the funniest, cleverest, and, as done by Richey Suncoast Theatre, best-performed shows you will see in ages.

    Mike McGuigan plays Officer Lockstock and Liz Onley is Little Sally in Urinetown at Richey Suncoast Theatre.
  8. Weeki Wachee High production of 'Mary Poppins' benefits from community support

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    WEEKI WACHEE — Everyone knows her. She is the perfect nanny with a magical carpetbag and umbrella who takes two children under her care on a magical journey and helps mend a fractured family.

  9. Review: 'If/Then' is a mixed bag, long on concept, short on substance

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    TAMPA — I am feeling ambivalent about If/Then, which runs through the weekend at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. We are talking about an original musical that takes on a few big questions and tries to answer them. That is bold and commendable.

    Photo by Joan Marcus. Jackie Burns and Matthew Hydzik star in If/Then, a musical about roads not taken.
  10. Stage Planner: 'Two Thirds Home' held over, orchestra does Rachmaninoff, 'Undateable' Ron Funches at the Improv

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    HELD OVER: TWO THIRDS HOME

    One of the newer local theaters is getting traction with an intense family drama. Two Thirds Home by Padraic Lillis has been held over an extra weekend. The intimacy of the 35-seat theater, tucked into a mall on W Hillsborough Avenue, works well, said Ward …

    In the Heather Theatre’s Two Thirds Home, Vincenzo Hinckley, left, and Zach Coppola play brothers who confront family issues after their mother’s death. The 90-minute play has been held over an extra weekend.