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Now's the time to pencil in dinner and a show

Area venues have announced upcoming plays, performances and concerts. Here's a calendar.

Published August 28, 2006

If it's late August, it must be time to get out your date books to plan how many shows, concerts and events you can stuff into the upcoming 2006-07 season.

To help in that endeavor, the Times is offering a list of times, dates, places and ticket prices for some of the area's largest venues.

The Palace Grand

275 Della Court, Spring Hill (off U.S. 19, one-third mile north of the Pasco-Hernando county line). For tickets, call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free, 1-888-655-7469, outside west Pasco.

Nov. 17: Comedy hypnotist/mentalist Ken Whitener. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15. Light menu and full bar available at additional cost.

March 14: Singer-songwriter, comedian Cahal Dunne in "Grand to be Irish." Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35.95, plus tax and tip.

Show Palace Dinner Theatre

16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays, and 1:15 p.m. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Doors open two hours before each show for dinner and full cash bar. Dinner and show, $42.50; show, $31.45; age 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95; any three shows, $108.75; any four shows, $145, all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere, 1-888-655-7469.

Sept. 29-Nov. 18: Mame, a musical.

Nov. 23-Dec. 25: A Show Palace Christmas.

Jan. 5-Feb. 18: Victor/Victoria, a musical.

Feb. 23-April 15: Singin' in the Rain, a musical based on the classic movie.

April 20-May 27: Swingtime Canteen, a musical with more than 30 vintage classics.

June 1-July 8: Neil Simon's Rumors, a fast-paced farce.

(Future shows in 2007-08 are July 13-Aug. 26, 2007, Ain't Misbehavin'; Aug. 31-Sept. 23, 2007, Greater Tuna; Oct. 5-Nov. 17, 2007, South Pacific; Nov. 22-Dec. 25, 2007, A Show Palace Christmas; Jan. 4-Feb. 24, 2008, The Full Monty; Feb. 29-April 13, 2008, Kiss Me, Kate; and April 18-May 25, 2008, Big, Bad, Bawdy Burlesque.)

Richey Suncoast Theatre

6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Shows are $15, all reserved seating. Regular shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday of opening week, then, for the three subsequent weekends, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays the week before a show opens through the end of production, and an hour before each show. Call (727) 842-6777.

Sept. 7-24: Fiddler on the Roof, the ground-breaking 1964 musical.

Oct. 19-Nov. 5: Lend Me a Tenor, a farce set in a 1934 Cleveland opera house.

Nov. 24-Dec. 3: A Pasco Christmas, an offbeat, original holiday musical.

Jan. 11-28: Auntie Mame, a comedy.

Feb. 22-March 11: Anything Goes, a Cole Porter musical.

May 10-27: The Music Man, a musical.

Stage West Community Playhouse

8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursday of opening week, then, for the three subsequent weekends, at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 for musicals, $15 for plays, available online at, click on TicketLeap, or at the box office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and one hour before each show. Call (352) 683-5113.

Sept. 7-24: It Runs in the Family, Ray Cooney's wild farce.

Nov. 2-19: Guys and Dolls, a musical comedy.

Jan. 4-21: Charley's Aunt, a gender-switching Victorian comedy.

March 8-25: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, musical.

May 10-27: 45 Seconds from Broadway, Neil Simon's newest comedy.

The Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse

(See address and box office hours above). Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for the musical, $10 for the plays, or $25 for all three.

Oct. 13-15 and 20-22: Nunsensations, the Little Sisters of Hoboken, do a fundraiser in Las Vegas.

Feb. 16-18 and 23-25: Same Time, Next Year, a sweetly licentious comedy.

April 13-15 and 20-22: Edward Albee's drama Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Aripeka Elks Lodge No. 2520

9135 Denton Ave., Hudson. Dinner and Show, $28 and $26, reserved seating. Ticket office is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Call Judy at (727) 868-2994, ext. 14.

Oct. 14: Sweet Dreams of Patsy Cline, featuring Leanne Williams.

Nov. 11: The Las Vegas Review starring Ruby Tuesday and Keith Coleman.

Dec. 16: The Diamonds singing group.

Jan. 13: The New Odyssey, a trio that sings, plays 30 different instruments and does comedy.

Feb. 3: Smokey Joe's Cafe, the music of Leiber and Stoller (Charlie Brown, Kansas City, On Broadway, Lovin' You) with dance and comedy.

March 10: Red, Hot and Blue Review, ragtime to Motown and more.

Polish American Pulaski Association

4616 Darlington Road, Holiday. Dinner and show, $22; show only, $18. Call Bea at (727) 785-6296 or Leona at (727) 376-8149. Dinner is served "kitchen service" style, with a choice of entrees, from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m., and the show starts at 6 p.m.

Oct. 6: "The Godfathers of Comedy," Joe Beddia and Pat Capuzzi.

Nov. 3: Comedian-singers Timothy Hawkins and Ginger.

Dec. 1: Tommy O and Marilyn do a Las Vegas-style show with impersonations.

Jan. 5: Singer-songwriter-comedian-pianist Cahal Dunne.

Feb. 2: Rob Garret's tribute to Neil Diamond; opening is impressionist Christopher John.

March 2: Mariachi band and singers in A Night in Acapulco.

April 6: P.J. Leary's tribute to Louie Prima and Keely Smith.

Center for the Arts at River Ridge

11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets available 7 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the center's office in the lobby. Call (727) 774-7382. For ongoing updates to the season, go to

7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday: Nunsense, a musical comedy performed by the River Ridge faculty. Tickets are $10.

Oct. 27-29: River Ridge drama students in the comedy The Man Who Came to Dinner. Tickets are $6.

Nov. 17-19: Mitchell High School drama students in Little Women. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 18, and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Tickets are $6.

April 13-15: Mitchell High School drama students perform Moby Dick: The Musical at 7:30 p.m. April 13, 2 and 7:30 p.m. April 14, and 2 p.m. April 15.

The following shows are geared to elementary school students. Shows are at 10:30 a.m. and noon. All reserved seating.

Oct. 17: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, by Omaha Theatre Company, for pre-K through second grades. Tickets, $4.

Oct. 20: Little Monster Tales, by Fantasy Theatre Factory, for K-fifth grades. Tickets. $4.

Nov. 9: Cinderella, by Enchantment Theatre Company, for second-sixth grades. Tickets, $4.

Dec. 6: Victorian Magic Lantern Show, by American Magic Lantern Theater, for K-fifth grades and beyond. Tickets, $5.

Dec. 15: The Nutcracker Ballet, by Expressions, the Dance Company, shortened version. For all grade levels. Tickets, $5.

Dec. 20: The Great Alphabet Adventure, by Eckerd Theatre Company, for pre-K through third grade. Tickets, $4.

Jan. 17: Rip Van Winkle, by Bits and Pieces Puppet Theatre, for K-fifth grades. Tickets, $4.

Feb. 7: The Princess and the Pea, by American Magic Lantern Theater, for K-fifth grades. Tickets, $4.

March 13: Tales from the Southern Front, by Eckerd Theater Company, for second-fifth grades. Tickets, $4.

April 25: Anatasia Krupnik, by National Touring Theater, for fourth-eighth grades. Tickets, $4.

April 26: Never Everglades, by Fantasy Theater Factory, for K-sixth grades. Tickets, $4.

[Last modified August 28, 2006, 00:11:16]

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