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A show for the holidays and all ages

The engaging, fast-paced musical encourages audience participation.

By LaRITA JACOBS, Times Correspondent
Published December 12, 2007


Check out Santa's Holiday Revue Saturday and you'll take as much delight in the audience's reaction as the performance on stage. Clapping hands, tapping toes and childish giggles make the annual performance at the Largo Cultural Center a holiday tradition for many local families. "The show brings out what the holidays mean for people around the world," said Colin Bisset, the center's manager. "There is a lot of song and dance. It's a very lively show." For the fourth consecutive year, Seminole's Stages Productions will bring the musical review to Largo.

The production looks at the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, Chinese New Year and others.

Promising a heart-warming experience that celebrates the magic of the season, the professional theater ensemble draws crowds every year.

"These are age-old stories," Bissett said. "They remain the same, yet families return year after year. Our four school shows are already sold out, but we have seats for our two public shows on Saturday."

In addition to the well known Broadway and musical series, the Largo Cultural Center is building a reputation for children's and family shows.

Partnered with Stages Productions, the school performances have grown from five per season in the 2005-06 school year to 18 for the current school year.

Each show is just under one hour long, aimed at engaging even the youngest audience members.

e_SDLqSanta's Holiday Revue is a special holiday treat for our kindergarten children," said Tina Suleiman, a teacher at Starkey Elementary School.

"We discuss Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas in class and this show truly depicts the story in a very animated way."

But the show isn't just for children, said Donna Seaman, the center's box office manager.

"This is one of our best shows for all ages," Seaman said. "We have many people who come without kids - from seniors to young adults."

Santa's Revue is fast paced and encourages participation. Unlike a movie, no one is expected to sit quietly.

And that's a good reason to clap your hands, tap your toes, and giggle.


What: Santa's Holiday Revue

Where: Largo Cultural Center, 105 Central Park Drive

When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $5 for children, $7 for adults. $20 family 4-pack also available.


[Last modified December 11, 2007, 22:37:48]

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