Make us your home page
Instagram

Annual Christmas show at Richey Suncoast Theatre will feature variety

NEW PORT RICHEY — Every holiday season for the past couple of decades, Richey Suncoast Theatre's Christmas show has been a locally written show with a story.

Sometimes, it has featured the harridan Mrs. Artiluke, head of the CAVE-dwellers (Citizens Against Virtually Everything), a unabashed parody of homeowners associations and their attempts to spoil Christmas.

Other times, it has been stories about Santa Claus or the North Pole. In 2013, it was a touching story about how theater executive director Marie Skelton is coping with the death of her late husband, Charlie, through the love and support of the RST family. The Skeltons are largely credited with saving the theater when it seemed to be on its last legs back in the late 1990s.

This year, RST is trying something altogether different: an old-fashioned variety show, with a cast of 28, ages 6 and up, singing, dancing and performing monologues related to the season.

Some of the 24 segments, such as Don't Eat a Poinsettia and Christmas with a Monkey, will feature the 6- to 8-year-olds: Chava Schuster, Nicholas Rindone, Dylan Lemmons, Kylie Hartzog, LilyAnn Ingersoll, Angelina Sylvia and Joie Robert.

Others, such as Marshmallow World and Bob Dylan's Christmas Island, will feature the 9- to 11-year-olds: Iliana Fotopolis, Toni Gihirardo, Robert Lischak, Courtney Lischak and Amaya Beebe.

The teen group features Mica Defalco, Angelina Fotopolis, Jimmy Tolbert, Angelina D'Augustino, Paige Cetnor and Trina Brown, and their numbers include A Christmas Song from Elf, the Musical, and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree.

And the adults — Cenia Wolmers, Cathy Hillard, Dianne Gillespie, Kyle J. Sigley, Kelly Hanely, Samantha Sharp, Jeff D'Augustino, Liz Onley, David Ceal and Tim Foster — will perform A Kid at Christmas from A Christmas Story, the Musical, and the Celtic Woman's Christmas Pipes.

The show also will feature several soloists and ensembles from the cast, as well as humorous and patriotic monologues, topped by an all-cast medley of songs by Irving Berlin.

Megan Gillespie directs the show, and Michele Paula Rose is music director. The choreographer is Lauren Piskothy.

>>fast facts

RST variety show

Pasco Christmas Musical runs weekends Nov. 27 through Dec. 6 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18, reserved seating, cash or check preferred, convenience fee charged for credit card use. Call (727) 842-6777.

Annual Christmas show at Richey Suncoast Theatre will feature variety 11/18/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 4:40pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 24

    Events

    Zac Brown Band: The country, folk and Southern rockers embark on the "Welcome Home" tour in support of the album. 7 p.m., MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $27.50-$77.50. (813) 740-2446.

    Handout photo of the Zac Brown Band, performing at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre in Tampa on 9/24/17. Credit: Shore Fire Media
  2. Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Sept. 23

    Events

    Smithsonian Museum Day Live: Museums across the nation partner with the Smithsonian to offer free admission for one day. Among them are Florida Holocaust Museum, Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art in Tarpon Springs.Cracker Country in Tampa, Ringling Museum of Art. Note: Dalí Museum is free for Pinellas County …

    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is among the museums participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live, offering free admission. (LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times)
  3. Tampa Repertory's 'Flying' soars in some places, sputters in others

    Stage

    TAMPA — Tampa Repertory Theatre has always insisted on putting on plays that mean something. Several shows over the last couple of years have zeroed in on the social and cultural baggage that comes with being female (The Children's Hour, Silent Sky and Grounded come to mind). None of those …

    The Southeastern premiere of Flying, Sheila Cowley's play at Tampa Repertory Theatre about veterans of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots, includes (from left) Holly Marie Weber, Rosemary Orlando, and Becca McCoy. Photo by Megan Lamasney.
  4. After 22 years, it's last call for beloved Ybor venue New World Brewery

    Music & Concerts

    YBOR CITY — Steve Bird spreads his tools across a patio table. He has awnings to unbolt and paraphernalia to unpry, from the busted Bop City neon by the stage to the Simpsons "El Duffo o Muerte" mural in the courtyard. He'll uproot a fountain and dismantle a roof and attempt to keep his bar intact. The …

    Various decor and memorabilia fill the walls and shelves at New World Brewery in Ybor City.
Long time music venue and hangout New World Brewery in Ybor City will be closing it's doors and moving locations. Patrons enjoy one of the last events before New World Brewery changes its location to Busch Blvd in Tampa.  [Photo Luis Santana | Times]