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Richey Suncoast Theatre rolls out offerings for 2014-15 season

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As Richey Suncoast Theatre winds up its 2013-14 season in May with the Monty Python-inspired Spamalot, a spoof of the seriously sweet Camelot that ended March 23, the board has announced the 2014-15 shows and ticket information.

"Current season ticket holders can retain their seats if they buy their tickets now or no later than the day they see Spamalot," said Marie Skelton, executive director of the theater. That means if your ticket is on, say May 8, you must buy your season tickets to next year's shows by May 8, or your seat will be released for sale to the general public. Those with season tickets on May 25, the last day of Spamalot, have until May 25 to keep their seats.

Everyone can buy season tickets now and choose any available seat.

Later, if a more desirable seat opens up, they can change to that one, Skelton said. Call (727) 842-6777 to check office hours, or leave a message and you'll be called back. The box office will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays starting May 1 and one hour before each show for in-person seat selection and ticket purchase.

The season has five regular shows for $60. Add the Christmas show for another $10. Otherwise, individual tickets are $17, so season ticket purchase gives a considerable cost savings.

Opening night is at 8 p.m. on a Thursday, followed by three subsequent weekends with shows at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays.

Memberships to the theater are also available at levels from $200 to $1,000 (or more) and include tickets and other privileges.

The shows are:

Sept. 11-28: The musical Merrily We Roll Along, based on the 1934 Moss Hart/George S. Kaufman play and written in 1981 by George Furth and Stephen Sondheim.

Told in flashback, it starts in 1976 at a party given by the wildly successful film producer Franklin Shepard. Over the next few scenes, the story goes back every couple of years to 1957, when Frank and his pal Charley are aspiring serious writers, to show how Frank slowly sold out for monetary gain.

Oct. 16-Nov. 2: Dixie Swim Club, a comedy about a group of women who were on the swim team in college and meet at a secluded North Carolina cottage every year to catch up on each other's lives.

The play shows four of those weekends over a period of 35 years. The play has been called a mix of Steel Magnolias and Same Time, Next Year.

Nov. 28-Dec. 7: A Pasco Christmas Musical, a surprise every year, featuring scores of local actors and aspiring actors.

Jan. 15-Feb. 1: Whose Wives Are They Anyway, a comedy/farce by Michael Parker (The Sensuous Senator, The Amorous Ambassador, Hotbed Hotel, etc.).

A large cosmetics company has been sold, and the top executives ship their wives off to New York City for a shopping spree while they plan a weekend of golf and a meeting with their new boss — who turns out to be a woman who says she wouldn't hire any man who would spend the weekend golfing without his wife. So the fellows "recruit" wives, including the sexy young receptionist.

When no other woman can be found to impersonate a wife, one of the guys agrees to play both "wife" and himself. This leads to cross-dressing, door-slamming and all the Parker laughs.

March 5-22: State Fair, the Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II musical based on the 1945 movie and launched on Broadway in 1996.

It's the story of the farming Frake family's visit to the 1946 Iowa State Fair, where the parents hope to win blue ribbons and the young adult children hope to find romance. It produced the song hit It Might As Well Be Spring, among other songs.

May 14-31: Bye, Bye Birdie, a 1960 musical based on the time in 1957 when singing idol Elvis Presley was drafted into the Army. (The name of the lead character comes from Conway Twitty, a Presley rival.)

In it, Birdie is drafted, and as a publicity stunt, holds a contest before he's shipped overseas, with the winner getting one last kiss from him on The Ed Sullivan Show.

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