SQUEEZE MY CANS: SCIENTOLOGY ON STAGE
For a sizable chunk of her life, Cathy Schenkelberg was a model Scientologist. She kept up with succession of expensive courses, bought with lucrative earnings as a voice-over actor for national retailers.
Schenkelberg left the church several years ago. She will act out her story this weekend in a one-woman show. Squeeze My Cans — Surviving Scientology comes to Stageworks Theatre after sold-out runs in Chicago and Hollywood, Calif....
If you're driving along Third Street S, or just happen to be taking in the view of Bayboro Harbor behind the University of South Florida St. Petersburg's library, you might have noticed a mysterious black ship tied off on the seawall. Glance inland, across tiny Poynter Park, and you'll see a towering scaffold. The ship looks like something out of Pirates of the Caribbean, or our long-lost Bounty....
TAMPA -- Four days after his 100th birthday, Anton Coppola conducted a two-hour concert Saturday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, the much anticipated highlight of a fund-raising gala for Opera Tampa.
The concert (Coppola Conducts: 100 Years Young) feted Coppola in the way he likely appreciated most -- by allowing him to honor his family, his Italian heritage and his life's work, including his 18 years as Opera Tampa's founding artistic director. ...
03/24/17 BlogTwo dancers tapped out a few minimal movements, still in workout tights and ironing out a piece of choreography involving a 10-foot length of PVC pipe. MOMIX, an acrobatic and interpretive dance troupe with brand of storytelling that is at once abstract and highly personal, would soon rivet a sizeable crowd Thursday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Perfor...03/23/17Stage
Anton Coppola was 10 when they died in the electric chair.
Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed on Aug. 23, 1927. The murder convictions of two Italian immigrants sparked worldwide outrage. As a boy in East Harlem, Coppola had heard his father and friends talking about the case around the dinner table. Seventy years later, he wrote an opera about the case.
Are you following the math? The trial of a century was almost a century ago. On Tuesday, Coppola turned 100. ...03/22/17Stage
LOCAL TALENT: AUTUMN BURNETTE
For one member of the acrobatic dance troupe Momix, this tour date is a stopover close to home. Autumn Burnette, right, who performs a variety of gravity-defying feats, was born in St. Petersburg 30 years ago.
She started tumbling around age 4, and graduated from St. Petersburg High's International Baccalaureate program. Into middle school, she also starred on the gymnastics team, particularly the uneven bars. That is, until dance came calling....03/21/17Stage
From its unveiling nearly a year ago as part of the current American Stage season, Informed Consent showed promise.
This one-act would dive into the historical tension between science and religion. Through the lens of a landmark court case pitting an American Indian tribe against a university over genetic research, the play would explore power and myth-making, ask hard questions and challenge audiences to come up with their own answers....03/15/17Stage
BOUNDARY ISSUES: INFORMED CONSENT
In 1989, Arizona State University researchers entered into a research project with a group of American Indians living in the Grand Canyon area. The search for a genetic marker to Type 2 diabetes was unsuccessful. The scientists later used leftover blood samples for other studies, and that's where their troubles began with the Havasupai tribe.
Informed Consent by Deborah Zoe Laufer delves into legal and ethical issues surrounding privacy, medical records, religious beliefs and social stigmatization. The play opens Friday at American Stage....03/15/17Stage
The Florida Orchestra has been planning its 50th anniversary season all year and the party is on.
The theme is celebration.
Highlights include a jubilant opening concert, the Carmina Burana (Oct. 6), with the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay; Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet paired with West Side Story, as the world marks 100 years since the birth of Leonard Bernstein (Feb. 16-18); the return of longtime music director Jahja Ling, conducting Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 1 (Jan. 6-7); and the orchestra's first performance of Verdi's Requiem since 2002 (April 20-22)....03/14/17Obituaries
ST. PETERSBURG — In June 1952, Lloyd Conover stood alone in a Brooklyn laboratory, watching a chemical reaction unfold before him.
The young chemist for Pfizer had been toying with an idea considered impossible at the time: What if he could modify two existing molecules, each with antibiotic properties, to create a more powerful antibiotic?
The experiment yielded Tetracycline, a breakthrough in the history of antibiotics and for many years one of the most prescribed, treating acne and ear infections, malaria and bacterial pneumonia....03/08/17Stage
TAMPA — The premise of Something Rotten, an irreverent reinvention of stage history that opened Tuesday at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, sells itself: What if William Shakespeare wasn't really all that?
What if musicals developed out of a desperate response by his Elizabethan competitors — even if they found the idea ludicrous that anyone would pay to see actors singing, dancing and acting at the same time? Wouldn't it be great to come up with a musical for the little guy, one that brings the Bard down a peg or two?...03/08/17Stage
STAYING POWER: ELAYNE BOOSLER
A lot of comedians make a name for themselves by going loud, branding themselves almost literally into our brains. Elayne Boosler has always preferred topical, provocative and clever, and it's worked for 40 years. Boosler, whose next stop is Ruth Eckerd Hall's Murray Theatre, has been a fixture on national television for decades, including two movies for Cinemax and HBO's Comic Relief, and in February made Rolling Stone's list of Top 50 stand-up comics of all time. There's always a serious side with Boosler, who is a big advocate for animals and has said, "My fashion philosophy is, if you're not covered in dog hair, your life is empty." 7 p.m. Thursday. 1111 N McMullen Booth Road, Clearwater. $30. (727) 791-7400. rutheckerdhall.com....03/08/17Stage
The young man lifted his hands, one of which held a baton, and brought them down.
A grand piano took off like a racehorse hit with a whip, the pianist slamming chords in Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, better known as the Pathétique. It and Jeancarlo Gonzalez, a graduate conducting student at the University of South Florida School of Music, had gotten this far together several times....03/05/17Stage
It has long been the hardest ticket to get on Broadway, let alone in Tampa.
But the wait locally for Hamilton finally has an end in sight. A touring version of Broadway's hottest musical in decades is coming to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa during the 2018-2019 season, the center and the show's producers have confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times. Exact dates will be released early in 2018....03/04/17Stage
TAMPA — Since taking over as music director in 2015, Michael Francis has articulated a strong interest in expanding the reach of the Florida Orchestra, geographically and culturally.
"The Dalí Experience," a multimedia collaboration with the Dalí Museum, is the orchestra's latest foray in that kaleidoscopic direction. If the orchestra succeeds in broadening its presence through the Tampa Bay area and beyond, this concert will be remembered as a conceptual step forward....