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Top 10 Tampa Bay area events for the week of March 8-14

Tampa Theatre finally reopens its doors after a year of closure, and families can hunt for gnomes or chow down on strawberry shortcake.
The Tampa Theatre went dark due to the coronavirus in March 2020. The historic theater reopens its doors this week with a screening of "The Father."
The Tampa Theatre went dark due to the coronavirus in March 2020. The historic theater reopens its doors this week with a screening of "The Father." [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]
Published Mar. 8
Updated Mar. 8

Tampa Theatre Reopens: After being closed a year because of the coronavirus, Tampa Theatre reopens its doors with a screening of The Father, starring Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman. Runs through March 21. Masks are required, temperatures will be screened at the door and social distancing is required in theater seating, lobby areas and restrooms. Download the Noble Concessions App to make purchases from your seat. $13.50, $10.50 members. 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 3 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286.

Godspell: A small group of people help Jesus Christ tell different parables with comic timing and an eclectic mix of music, led by hit song Day by Day. Masks are required and temperature checks will be performed. $24-$28. 8-10 p.m. Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Carrollwood Players, 4333 Gunn Highway, Tampa. 813-265-4000.

This week is your last chance to get strawberry shortcake at the Florida Strawberry Festival. The festival ends March 14.
This week is your last chance to get strawberry shortcake at the Florida Strawberry Festival. The festival ends March 14. [ ROBERT BURKE | Tampa Bay Times ]

Florida Strawberry Festival: This is the final week for the festival, which features a midway, concerts, animal shows, eating contests, strawberry shortcake and other food items. Masks are required. $10, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. through Sunday. Strawberry Festival Grounds, 303 BerryFest Place, Plant City. 813-752-9194.

Mike Donahue & Third Man Out: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Irish tunes. Mike Donahue, who has been playing Irish music since 1993, will play guitar and provide lead vocals. Reservations are required to allow for social distancing. $23-$28. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 First Ave. NE, Ruskin. 813-645-7651.

Gnoming Around Oldsmar: Gather family and friends and hunt for gnomes through this popup art project. Visit City Hall to pick up a program brochure that includes riddles to solve and find the gnomes. Once you find the mythical creature, take a photo and post it to social media using #OldsmarGnomes. Program brochures are also available at the Oldsmar Public Library, Cypress Forest Recreation Center and online at oldsmarpopupart.com. Free. Go hunting from sunrise to sunset through May 31. Oldsmar City Hall, 100 State St. 813-749-1100.

The Office! A Murder Mystery: This interactive and immersive parody that is staged as a walking tour of downtown Clearwater starts at the Capitol Theatre and takes you through the Cleveland District to solve the case of the Scranton Strangler. Shows start every half-hour and run about 90 minutes. $44-$49. 5:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-9:30 p.m. Sunday. Nancy and David Bilheimer Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. 727-791-7400.

Jim Sorensen plays Dwight Schrute in the Capitol Theatre's outdoor walking tour and interactive parody known as "The Office! A Murder Mystery."
Jim Sorensen plays Dwight Schrute in the Capitol Theatre's outdoor walking tour and interactive parody known as "The Office! A Murder Mystery." [ TRACY MAY | Capitol Theatre ]

Stand Pup Comedy: Friends of Strays Animal Shelter is partnering with Comic Cure for a fun online event starring adoptable pets and funny humans. The event is for mature audiences, and the performers have been seen on America’s Got Talent, Comedy Central, Conan and the Tonight Show. Tickets are $20-$25 on Eventbrite, and 50 percent of your purchase will be donated to Friends of Strays. The Zoom link for the event will be emailed on the day of the show. 8-9:30 p.m. March 16. Friends of Strays Animal Shelter, 2911 47th Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 522-6566.

Disenchanted: Disney’s princesses have become “disenchanted” with their fairy-tale luxury lifestyles and have come back to life to set the record straight. $114 for a table for four. 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo. 727-587-6793.

In "Disenchanted," Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends storm the castle to take their lives back, none too happy with the exploitation they've suffered through today's films, books and dolls.
In "Disenchanted," Snow White and her angry band of storybook friends storm the castle to take their lives back, none too happy with the exploitation they've suffered through today's films, books and dolls.

Florida Orchestra Masterworks Concert: Socially distanced on the stage, the orchestra joins with Mitchell Kuhn (oboe) to present Serenity. 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Also, the orchestra presents Mozart’s Gran Partita. $23-$53. 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Both shows are at the Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-892-3337.

St. Puppy’s Day: Bring your four-legged friend to the 10th annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration for dogs with an Irish-themed costume contest, live music, adoptable dogs, traditional Irish food and green beer. Donate a 7-pound or larger bag of dry dog food to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. Free. 2-6 p.m. Saturday. Dubliner Irish Pub, 2307 W Azeele St., Tampa. 813-258-2257.