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Diversions: Coming attractions

Published February 22, 2007



The Pasco County Fair will be held at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Hours are 3 to 11 p.m. today ; 3 to midnight Friday 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday; and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $7 ages 13 and older; $4 ages 12 and younger. Admission includes championship rodeo at 7 p.m. Fridayand 2:30 on Saturday.


Deadline for applications for the Heritage Arts Center Association's "Spotlight on Talent" competition is today. Prizes worth $2,000 will be awarded to winners amateurs or professional in grades K-12. Any form of entertainment is welcome. Preliminary auditions are March 10 at the Wesley Chapel High School Theatre for the Performing Arts. The show and finals are at 6 p.m. March 31, also at the Wesley Chapel center. Entry fee is $20 for solos, plus $5 for each additional performer, up to $80. Application forms are at


The zany musical 'Anything Goes' will be presented by Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $15. Box office is open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Call (727) 842-6777.


The musical 'Singin' in the Rain' opens Friday and continues matinees and evenings through April 15 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Shows are at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and some Thursdays (doors open at 6 p.m. for buffet and cash bar); 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and some Saturdays (11:30 a.m. for buffet and cash bar); 3 p.m. Sundays (doors open at 1 p.m.). Dinner and show, $42.50; show only, $31.45; ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95, all plus tax and tip. Call (727) 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll free elsewhere at 1-888-655-7469.


The comedy-drama Same Time, Next Year will play at the Forum at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Call (352) 683-5113.


The musical 'Damn Yankees' will be presented by the River Ridge High School drama department at 7 p.m. Friday; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. Sunday. The show is at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $10, reserved seating. Call (727) 815-1117 or (727) 774-7386.


The Silver Follies Revue will present "Let Us Entertain You" at 7 p.m. Friday at Heritage Pines, 11542 Scenic Hill Blvd., Hudson, call (727) 861-7784; and at 2 and 7 p.m. Sundayat Heritage Springs, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway., Trinity, call (727) 372-5411. Tickets are $7.50. Heritage Pines will have a buffet dinner before the show at extra cost. Reservations are suggested.


Grammy-winning singer Melissa Manchester (Midnight Blue; Don't Cry Out Loud) will perform at 8 p.m. at Pasco-Hernando Community College Performing Arts Center, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Tickets are $22 to $32 and available online at or by phone at (727) 816-3707 (limited hours) or at the box office one hour before the show.


Singer John Timpanelli and four singers will perform "Walk Down Broadway" at 2 p.m. at Zephyrhills City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. Tickets are $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Auditions for The Music Man will be held at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, at 6 p.m. for ages 6 through 12 and 7:30 p.m. for ages 13 and older. Roles are available for actors, singers and singers who move well. Production dates are May 10-27. Director is Marie Skelton. Call (727) 842-6777.

through FEB. 27

Paintings of European scenes by Karen L. Hayne will be exhibited Feb. 1-27 in the UpStairs Gallery at the Pasco Arts Council's art center, 5744 Moog Road, Holiday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Free.

Through MARCH 31

Women artists will be featured in "A Woman's Work Is Never Done" at the Progress Energy Art Gallery, 6231 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The gallery is open noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturdays. Free.


'Waiting for Guacamole,' an exhibit of avocado images by Elizabeth Indianos, will be at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Art Gallery at the east end of the campus library building, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Inquire at the library desk to admittance to the exhibit.


The Thursday Musicale, a chorus of 50 women, will present the group's 2007 scholarship winners at its concert at 2 p.m. March 1 at Living Word Church, 5151 Rowan Road, New Port Richey. Performing will be French horn player Miriam Stevens; pianist Lesley Dennis, singers Christine Sexauer, Martina Taylor and Jesslyn Kostopoulos, and trombone player Alex Papadopoulos. Donations will be requested.


"Battle of the Bands" will be held at 1 p.m. March 3 at Des Little Stadium at Gulf High School, 5355 School Road (west of Madison Street) in New Port Richey. Admission is $5.


The classic movie musical Singin' in the Rain will be shown at 2 p.m. March 3 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Admission is free, open seating. The movie is the first in a series of classic films that will be shown for free at the theater, courtesy Friends of the NPR Public Library and the theater.


Center Stage Theater and Dance Studio will present "Vibrations," a musical show starring ages 5 to adult doing country, contemporary, hip hop dance and song to benefit the Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida, Inc. The show is 7 p.m. March 3 at the theater, 5201 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Tickets are $25. Call (727) 853-1010.


Pianist-singer Ed Linderman will perform "We Couldn't Get Barry Manilow, Victor Borge, Michael Feinstein or Suzanne Somers, so Here's Ed!" at 2 p.m. at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Tickets are $3, available at the door 30 minutes before the show on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The Richey Concert Band will perform at 2:30 p.m. at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The program includes Tea for Two, The Candy Man, theme from The Magnificent Seven, Satin Doll and marches. Admission is $2 at the door. Call 842-7502


Singer-musician Paul Saik will perform opera, Broadway and sacred music at a concert at 3 p.m. March 4 at St. Mark's Presbyterian Church, 7922 State Road 52, Hudson. A tenor, Saik has performed with the Des Moines Metro Opera and the Santa Fe Opera. He has released two recordings of religious music. Tickets are $6 in advance, available at the church office, and $8 at the door. Call (727) 863-5646.

MARCH 8-25

Stage West Community Playhouse will present the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, starring Peter Clapsis as Pseudolus. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as on March 8 (the only Thursday show during the three-weekend run); Sunday shows are at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15. The theater is at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-5113.

Send arts and entertainment items for Diversions: Coming Attractions to Barbara L. Fredricksen, St. Petersburg Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey 34667 or e-mail to

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