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  1. Show Palace announces 2015-16 shows, special prices and opening night change

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    HUDSON — The Show Palace Dinner Theatre has announced its 2015-16 season of shows, along with a special seven-show price and several schedule changes.

  2. Get bitter with 'Santaland Diaries' at American Stage

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    Perhaps you have tried to get into the holiday spirit, but just find yourself hating everyone and everything around you. Well, here's the show for you! Catch the final performances of Santaland Diaries at American Stage in St. Petersburg. In Joe Mantello's stage adaptation of David Sedaris' famous holiday story, …

    Brian Shea plays Crumpet the elf in Santaland Diaries, showing at American Stage in St. Petersburg.
  3. Moscow Ballet brings 'Great Russian Nutcracker' to the Mahaffey

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    It can be easy to slip into nutcracker overload this time of year, but the Moscow Ballet has some ways to keep the classic story feeling fresh. The company's Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Sunday, bringing with it 10-foot silk puppets, life-sized Russian nesting dolls …

    The Moscow Ballet brings its Great Russian Nutcracker this weekend.
  4. 10 noteworthy Tampa Bay performing arts moments in 2014

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    The performing arts scene in Tampa Bay continues to evolve into something bigger, better and more influential each year. But tectonic shifts don't happen without incremental changes, good, bad and otherwise. • This year brought big infusions of cash, hungry audiences and leadership mix-ups that will ripple into …

     Michael Francis, the incoming conductor of the Florida Orchestra, during an interview with the Tampa Bay Times.
  5. Dancer Cheryl Burke joins 'Ballroom' lineup at Mahaffey

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    Cheryl Burke, the Dancing With the Stars pro who recently set a record as the first dancer to appear in the show's finals seven times and the semifinals 10 times, has joined the lineup for Ballroom With a Twist, a live show coming to the Mahaffey Theater in January.

    Dancing With the Stars’ Cheryl Burke is a popular pro who has made it to the show’s finals seven times.
  6. Review: New 'Phantom of the Opera' at the Straz still an alluring spectacle

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    TAMPA — Some things in life are just reliable. A Delmonico from Bern's Steakhouse. A quality cashmere sweater. Hot coffee on a cool morning.

    Katie Travis and Chris Mann in "The Phantom of the Opera."
  7. Florida Orchestra to serenade the sick with free Moffitt concert

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    When the musicians of the Florida Orchestra take their seats to play today, it won't be in a concert hall full of subscribers.

    “This is very much what I believe to be an important aspect of an orchestra. . . . To make music not just a form of entertainment, but something that is so utterly intrinsic and necessary.” Michael Francis, 
incoming conductor
  8. Three questions for opera star Elizabeth Futral, coming to St. Pete Opera

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    Elizabeth Futral has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, at Carnegie Hall and all around the world. She's been everyone from Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire to Cleopatra in Giulio Cesare to Musetta in La Bohème.

    Elizabeth Futral, 51, who lives in Roanoke, Va., has family in Clearwater and Brandon, so her visit will also be a holiday vacation.
  9. Touring 'A Christmas Carol' comes through Ruth Eckerd Hall

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    There's certainly no shortage of A Christmas Carol productions this year. But Nebraska Theatre Caravan has been redeeming everyone's favorite Scrooge since 1979. The professional touring wing of the Omaha Community Playhouse brings its adaptation of Dickens' Christmas ghost tale to Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater …

    Matt Kamprath as Scrooge and Sarah Kloster as the Ghost of Christmas Past in Nebraska Theatre Caravan’s A Christmas Carol, which has been touring since 1979. It comes to Ruth Eckerd Hall on Monday.
  10. For Demetri Martin, comedy's great puzzle is finding the art within

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    Few and far between are the puzzles that Demetri Martin cannot solve. This is a man who has composed a 500-word palindrome, who writes jokes at a treadmill desk, who taught himself ambidexterity just for the heck of it.

    Demetri Martin says he likes a variety of outlets for his comedic creativity.