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Diversions: Coming attractions

Published March 15, 2007



The musical Singin' in the Rain 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 Wednesdays and 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.


Stage West Community Playhouse will present the musical comedy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Shows are at 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets: $18. The theater is at 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Call (352) 683-5113.


West Pasco Art Guild continues its "Flora & Fauna" art exhibit through April 6. It features floral arrangements by the New Port Richey Garden Club and wood carvings by Calusa Wood Carvers. Gallery hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The gallery is at 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey.


The Gilbert and Sullivan Players will perform Utopia, Ltd. at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday, March 22 and 24 and at 2 p.m. Sunday and March 25 at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, 324 Pine St., Tarpon Springs. Tickets are $16; $14 for center members and students. Call (727) 942-5605.


The rarely-seen opera A Village Romeo and Juliet will be presented in video by the Centennial Opera Group at 12:30 p.m. March 16 at the Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday. The opera is by Frederick Delius, who once managed his family's citrus grove near Jacksonville and later composed Florida Suite as a tribute to the state. Admission is free.


The Santa Fe Guitar Quartet from Argentina will perform classical to Tango music at 7 p.m. at the Pasco-Hernando Community College Center for the Arts, 10230 Ridge Rd., New Port Richey. Tickets are $16 and $18. Call (727) 816-3707.


Jekyll & Hyde: The Musical will be presented at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Performers are Salerno Theatre Co. of Tampa. Tickets are $15 adults, $12 Richey Suncoast Theatre season ticket holders, and $8 ages 12 and younger. The box office will be open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays starting today and an hour before each show.


A violin and piano concert to benefit the Charlotte Murrin Memorial Suzuki Education Foundation will be presented from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Tickets are $15. Proceeds will fund music scholarships and be used to buy musical instruments for those who cannot afford them. Send checks made out to CMMSEF to Ken Murrin, 4543 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, FL 34609; include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.


Nature Coast Festival Singers will present a spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the First United Methodist Church, 8831 West Bradshaw Blvd., Homosassa; and at 3 p.m. March 25 in the First United Methodist Church, 9344 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill. Admission is free, but a donation for the scholarship fund will be accepted.


Rockers Sha Na Na: The group that revived 1950s music in the 1970s (Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay) will do dinner shows at 1:30 and 8 p.m. at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Doors open two hours before each show for buffet and cash bar. Dinner and show, $49.50, plus tax and tip. Call 863-7949 in west Pasco; toll-free elsewhere, 1-888-655-7469.


Betty Jean Steinshouer portraying Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings will be presented by Friends of the Pasco County Library System at a luncheon from noon to 2:30 p.m. Monday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Lunch and show, $20 for the public, $10 for Friends of the Library members. Tickets are available at any Pasco County Library or call Ann Coppola at (727) 861-3040.


The James Bond adventure movie Casino Royale will be shown for free at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S. Walton Ave., Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 942-5628 for directions.


Avenue Players Theatre will present Noel Coward's farce Blithe Spirit at Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art, 600 Klosterman Road, Tarpon Springs. Performances are at 7 p.m. March 21, 22, 23, 29 and 30 and 2 p.m. March 24, 25 and 31 and April 1. Tickets are $11 for non-members of the museum, $8 for students and members. Call (727) 712-5762. A mini-tour of the museum 30 minutes before the show is included in the price of the ticket.


Chasco Fiesta: Pasco County's biggest festival will take place in and around downtown New Port Richey. The festival honors the area's American Indian heritage with the Native American Festival presented by members of several tribes and features a different type of music every night, special food events, a street parade, car show, flea market, golf and softball tournaments, bicycle tours, kayak races, arts and crafts, boat parade, and fun runs.

MARCH 22-25

Heritage Pines Players will present the comedy Lend Me a Tenor at 7 p.m. March 22 and 23 and 2 p.m. March 25 at Heritage Pines Performing Arts Center, 11524 Scenic Hills Dr., Hudson. Tickets are $8, available at the Heritage Pines front desk or by phone at (727) 861-7784.

MARCH 23-24

Downtown Dade City Main Street opens the Spring Fest 2007 art show with a preview party and artists reception, "Fools for Fine Arts" at 7 p.m. March 23 at Kafe Kokopelli, 37940 Live Oak Ave., Dade City. Tickets are $20 for members, $25 for non-members. The Spring Fest 2007 show is from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. March 24 in downtown. It features fine art, live jazz and garden displays. Admission is free


Tarpon Springs Area Historical Society will hold tours of five historic homes and one historic church from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 24: The Knapp House, the Coburn House, the Laurie Sullivan cottage, the Safford House, the Genny McDonald & Jim Schlaff house and the Unitarian Universalist Church. Tickets are $12 for society members, $15 for non-members, available at any of the homes on the tour. Call (727) 943-4624 for addresses.


A Funky Fashion Show to benefit Fostering Hope Florida, a foster home support organization, will be held at 7:30 p.m. March 26 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 11321 U.S. 19, Hudson. Local actors and dancers will model everything from bikinis to bridal gowns and hot pants to hoopskirts in a "tacky to terrific" show. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $25. Call (727) 688-5328.


Students at Bishop McLaughlin Cathlolic High School will perform the comedy Noises Off at 7 p.m. March 30 and 31 and 2 p.m. April 1 at the Eleanor Dempsey Performing Arts Center at the school, 13651 Hays Road, Hudson. Tickets are $8 adults, $5 students and children, at the door. Call (727) 857-2600.


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.

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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