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The cast of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio includes, from left, Alexandra Batsios as Konstanze, Wesley Morgan as Belmonte, Marielle Murphy as Blonde and Scott Joiner as Pedrillo.Courtesy of St. Petersburg Opera Co.

Stage planner: St. Pete Opera opens, Katt Williams comes to Tampa, Florida Orchestra does 'Final Fantasy'

  OF NOTE: ST. PETE OPERA OPENS   The Abduction from the Seraglio, regarded by the St. Petersburg Opera as an under-appreciated gem, is the opening production for the company this weekend. Mozart debuted the opera in 1782 in Vienna as Die Entführung aus dem Serail, earning him the emperor's now infamous advice, as  …

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  1. Cast delivers comedic treat at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre

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    Studio Theatre founder/owner Jimmy Ferraro was beaming about 9:30 p.m. Friday as still-chuckling patrons filed past him for hugs and handshakes on their way out the door. Ferraro knew he had just opened a blockbuster hit at his small theater, and he was basking in the glow.

  2. 'Abduction from the Seraglio' by St. Petersburg Opera shows off Mozart's genius

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    ST. PETERSBURG — A nearly full house turned out on Friday for the St. Petersburg Opera's first production of 2016, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio.

    The cast of Mozart's "The Abduction from the Seraglio" includes (from left) Alexandra Batsios as Konstanze, Wesley Morgan as Belmonte, Marielle Murphy as Blonde,and Scott Joiner as Pedrillo. The show starts at 2 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Palladium Theater. [St. Petersburg Opera Co.]
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    Human Interest

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    St. Petersburg Opera Company conductor Mark Sforzini [Lara Cerri   |   Times (2010)]
  4. Familiar story of 'On Golden Pond' comes to Stage West's Forum

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    SPRING HILL — By now, the drama On Golden Pond is probably familiar to most people. But the sometimes warm, sometimes prickly relationships in the play can bring as much joy, if not more, as the story itself, so watching it again and again can be satisfying and heartwarming every time.

    Betsy Glasson stars as Ethel Thayer and Ernie Rowland as Norman Thayer in Stage West’s production of On Golden Pond. 
  5. Stage planner: St. Pete Opera opens, Katt Williams comes to Tampa, Florida Orchestra does 'Final Fantasy'

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    The Abduction from the Seraglio, regarded by the St. Petersburg Opera as an under-appreciated gem, is the opening production for the company this weekend.

    The cast of Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio includes, from left, Alexandra Batsios as Konstanze, Wesley Morgan as Belmonte, Marielle Murphy as Blonde and Scott Joiner as Pedrillo.
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    Watching Oscar winner Anne Hathaway run and jump onto a prop wrecking ball in a tank top and men's underwear is a next-level type of entertainment.

    The Ritz Ybor announced Wednesday that it would be hosting a local Lip Sync Battle on May 14. Here's our fantasy Tampa Lip Sync Battle cast
  7. Murder mystery at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre is full of laughs

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    NEW PORT RICHEY — Someone in the upcoming comedy at Jimmy Ferraro's Studio Theatre's Murder at the Howard Johnson's is indeed going to be eliminated, but who it will be and how it comes about remains a mystery until the very last moment.

  8. Will Fox's 'Grease: Live' be the one that we want?

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    Determined not to let NBC have all the criticism, Fox will premiere its first of two live musicals in 2016 on Sunday: Grease: Live.

    Aaron Tveit, left, and Julianne Hough rehearse as Danny Zuko and Sandy for Grease: Live airing live Sunday on Fox. Tveit and Hough lead a cast that seems experienced in musicals.
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    Part comic book, part radio play, Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth is a tongue-in-cheek sci-fi thriller.
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    The journey from Kirk to Bill has spanned a half century.

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