Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Hernando Performing Arts Guild opens season with "Simply Streisand"

BROOKSVILLE — The resemblance is uncanny. From the hairdo to the trademark long fingernails, she looks a lot like a young Barbra Streisand.

"But what's more important is her voice," said Susan Rupe, publicity chairwoman for the Hernando Performing Arts Guild. "She sounds just like Barbra."

The look and the voice that belong to Carla Delvillaggio will entertain in Brooksville on Saturday when the Hernando Performing Arts Guild kicks off its 2015-16 concert season with "Simply Streisand."

Described in a New York Post review as the "next best thing to seeing Streisand herself," Delvillaggio is an award-winning tribute artist who performs at venues across the country, including in Miami, New York City and Las Vegas.

"The show will be a great kickoff to our season," Rupe said.

Season tickets ($80) are still available, as well as individual tickets ($25) and corporate sponsorships.

One important change this season, Rupe said, is that tickets must be purchased either with check or cash. Credit cards are no longer being accepted. Rupe said the best way to purchase is to call the hotline at (352) 799-5577.

Additionally, December's concert will be on a different day and time than usual. Instead of a Saturday evening, it will be on the first Sunday afternoon in December.

All proceeds from the guild's concert series benefit student scholarships. Last spring, four scholarships were awarded to local students who are continuing their education in the performing arts.

The 2015-16 season includes a diverse lineup: December will be Divas by D.A.W.N., with Carlene Mitchell performing a tribute to Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston and Natalie Cole; January will be music, magic and comedy with Julian Bond; February will feature singer Bobby Brooks Wilson, recreating the legendary Jackie Wilson; and March will feature "Almost Manilow," a tribute to Barry Manilow with Charlie Vee.

"It is going to be an exciting season," Rupe said. "There will be a little bit of everything. You won't be disappointed."

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