Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. Hillsborough

First performance of musical 'Vizhon' will raise money for cancer research

The Village Players are back with a new musical, Vizhon The Magical Musical, starting at 8 p.m. Oct. 5 at James McCabe Theatre, 506 N Fifth St. in Valrico. The play is being produced in conjunction with South of Broadway Studios.

Both companies will put this on to help raise money for cancer research development and the arts. Half the proceeds will go toward cancer research. The family production stars Gabrielle Ray as Billie and is directed by Nancy Fueyo.

Vizhon follows young Billie, who struggles with her group science project at school. After losing her mother, Billie is also dealing with issues of self awareness and self esteem. The story takes the audience on a journey of fantasy through her self-discovery, showcasing all the support she receives from the people who love her.

Set in the land of Time, the story shows Billie and her friends as they are captured by a dragon and fight to save Vizhon. Through this mission Billie learns she can be or do anything she sets her mind to.

This is the world premier of the show, written by Carmine and Dorayne Lombardo. Half of the money raised will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and The Catherine's Legacy Fund. The other half will benefit the Village Players. Moeny also will be raised through a silent auction of donated items.

Adter the premier, shows are scheduled 8 p.m. Oct. 6 and Oct. 12-13 and 3 p.m. Oct.7 and 14.

Tickets for adults are $18 and Seniors and Military are $15.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (239) 287-3865 or visit