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Get your Tampa Bay local theater fix while self-isolating

The Florida Orchestra will be broadcast on the radio, and local theater companies are packing social media with content.
Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan plays with the Florida Orchestra during a dress rehearsal for the opening night of their 2019-20 season. [MONICA HERNDON | Times]


Had the coronavirus pandemic not shut them down until at least April, the Florida Orchestra would have been performing a Broadway pops program this weekend in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater. But they’re not leaving listeners without some tunes. Starting this week, the orchestra will broadcast archive recordings of its Masterworks Series on the radio at WSMR-89.1 and 103.9 FM, and online at The programs start streaming at 7 p.m. every Thursday. Kicking things off is the program that launched the current season back in September, featuring Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, Ravel’s Bolero, Mason Bates’ Mothership, Beethoven’s Lenore Overture No. 3 and Grieg’s Piano Concerto, featuring Cuban pianist Aldo Lopez-Gavilan. The broadcasts will continue every Thursday through June 11 and be archived on WSMR’s website for a month after airing.

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While local theaters remain dark, they’re active on social media, with videos, live streams, interviews and blogs. Here’s how to follow them.

David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts: @strazcenter

Ruth Eckerd Hall: @rutheckerdhall

Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre: @bilheimercap

Mahaffey Theater: @mahaffeytheater

The Palladium: @mypalladium

Freefall Theatre: @freefalltheatre

American Stage: @americanstage

Jobsite Theater: @jobsitetheater

Stageworks: @stageworkstampa

Also, follow local duo Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel as the Scott and Patti Show. They have live-streamed their show, because we could all use a laugh right now: @sandpshow.

Scott Daniel (left) and Matthew McGee perform as a child prodigy and his stage mother sidekick in The Scott and Patti Show. [Allison Lynn Photography]