INNOVOCATIVE THEATRE: UGLY LIES THE BONE
An improvised explosive device injures a veteran on her third tour of Afghanistan. She tries to get her life back in Titusville, but the road isn’t easy for Jess, her caregiver sister or her ex-boyfriend. Innovocative Theatre concludes its second season with Florida native Lindsey Ferrentino’s Ugly Lies the Bone, which won a 2016 prize given by the National Arts Club to an "outstanding new playwright on the verge of national recognition."
Since selecting the show, Innovocative founder Staci Sabarsky visited Hillsborough County’s Veterans Treatment Court, which seeks alternative sentencing for honorably discharged veterans charged with misdemeanors.
"It really affected me," said Sabarsky, who is also directing this show.
She has since launched a Facebook fundraising campaign for the Elk Institute for Psychological Health and Performance.
Runs Friday through Aug. 19 at Stageworks Theatre, 1120 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 151, Tampa. $30 (opening night reception $35), $25 seniors, $20 students and military. A preview Thursday costs $15. (813) 374-2416. For showtimes, go to stageworkstheatre.org.
DARK MONTH: FRIGHT NIGHT
Freefall Theatre probably isn’t showing a trio of campy horror films in August as a prelude to its 2018-19 season, themed A Brighter Tomorrow. Miss McGee, otherwise known as Freefall outreach coordinator Matthew McGee, will host. The Patti half of the Scott and Patti Show has lacked a freestanding drag persona, maybe until now. Plus he grew up watching Elvira’s Movie Macabre, and counts himself a huge fan of the Mistress of the Dark.
"I’m also a horror fan and will be giving the audiences a lot of fun trivia as well," McGee said. "I will be there in drag to provide catty commentary during the films. Should be a lot of fun."
The series starts Saturday with Fright Night, then moves to Gremlins on Aug. 18 and Creepshow on Aug. 25. All shows start at 8 p.m. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.
COMING SOON: TAMPA BAY THEATRE FESTIVAL
The area’s only full-fledged theater festival runs Aug. 31 to Sept. 2. In its fifth year, the Tampa Bay Theatre Festival brings back workshops on character development, play writing and improv; a master class with Harry Lennix of NBC’s The Blacklist; and competitions in monologues and short- and full-length plays.
The festival officially kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 31 with Neighbors, shown above, festival founder Rory Lawrence’s new play, at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Other event locations through the weekend include Stageworks Theatre, Carrollwood Players and Hillsborough Community College’s Ybor City campus. tampabaytheatrefestival.com.
AUDITIONS: MASTER CHORALE
If you a serious about singing and can learn challenging music, you might consider trying out for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. The chorale is concluding auditions for its 40th anniversary season, which includes performances with the Florida Orchestra and a performance tour to Carnegie Hall. Prepare a song no more than three minutes. You’ll be evaluated on sight singing, rhythm and vocal exercises. 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 10 to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the University of South Florida School of Music, 3755 USF Holly Drive, Tampa. Contact Kara Dwyer, (813) 974-7726 . masterchorale.com/audition.
PRE-PROFESSIONAL: BALLET AUDITIONS
L’Academie of Dance, St. Petersburg’s new ballet studio, is casting its debut production of the Nutcracker. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday 8/11, artistic director Sean Musselman will audition roles for boys and girls ages 5 to 12; including soldiers, mice, angels, Mother Ginger and the party scene. Dancers ages 13 and older will audition from 1 to 3 p.m. for the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Waltz of the Flowers, the snow scene and all other scenes from the second act. 4853 Park Street North, St. Petersburg. (727) 826-0004. lacademieofdance.com.