Tampa Theatre, Straz Center, Stageworks Theatre pack its schedules with oldies, goodies, and more

by Katelyn Massarelli

Tampa Theatre

This semester, Tampa Theatre’s schedule is jam packed with old movies, famed series and events for UT students to enjoy. Tampa Theatre is located in downtown at 711 N Franklin St. Throughout the Fall semester they’ll host recurring balcony backstage tours of the historic theatre starting with one on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 11:30 a.m. Adult admission is $10. Most movies being shown range from $10-15 for admission with a few showings for free. They will host a Ghosts of Tampa Theatre tour from Oct. 19-31 along with their Nightmare on Franklin Street movie series with showings of Rocky Horror Picture Show, Nightmare on Elm Street, Psycho, Hereditary and more. There will also be a live Storytelling called Spirits of the Bay on Oct. 29. For more information or to see what they have to offer this semester, visit tampa theatre.org. Here’s a few to keep in mind this semester:

  • Sing-A-Long Greatest Showman at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15. Admission is $13.
  • Rewind: Mean Girls 8 p.m. on Oct. 3. Admission is $8.
  • Where Hands Touch will show at varying times between Sept. 14-19. Admission is $11.
  • Pick of the Litter will show at varying times between Sept. 29 to Oct. 3. Admission is $11.
  • Rewind: Office Space will show at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 17. Admission is $8.

The Straz Center of Performing Arts

The broadway big season performances like Chicago are the highlights of the Straz Center upcoming performances, but there’s more coming that still offer the same theatre vibe on a budget. Happening right now until Sept. 16, performances of Crossdresser for Christ the musical with Ginger Minj from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Admission for smaller performances and events tend to range from $20-100 depending on seats you choose. This semester there will be some events that are free. Those events include Fourth Friday downtown celebrations along with Straz Live! In the Park. The Straz Center is located at 1010 N Macinnes Place. For more performances and events happening during the Fall semester, visit strazcenter.org. Check admission prices online. Here are a few performances and events happening this Fall.

  • The 12th annual Crack Up Cancer Comedy Benefit at 8 p.m. on Sept. 15.
  • Cannonball Cabaret starts at 6 p.m. on Sept. 22.
  • Follies hits the stage at 2 p.m. on Oct. 7. Tickets are $21.75.
  • Edgar & Emily by Joseph Mcdonough at varying times from Oct. 10 through Nov. 4.
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in concert starts at varying times on Oct. 13 and 14.

Stageworks Theatre

The small community theatre is about to kick off its 2018-2019 season. Tampa’s longest running professional theatre company, the theatre continues to bring relevant plays to their audience. Shows from their season happening throughout the season include Judgement of Nuremberg, The Revolutionists and the Winter Wonderettes. The Judgement of Nuremberg follows Ernst Janning, one of the most influential German legal minds of the pre war era, and other influential Nazis as they face a military tribunal in the second wave of post war trials at Nuremberg.

The Revolutionists is a brutal comedic quartet about four women who lived boldly in France during the French Revolution’s Reign of Terror. The story shows the importance of a woman’s voice being heard, even in dark times. This play offers a funny tone to feminism, legacy and standing up for one’s beliefs. The Winter Wonderettes offers a social celebration with the girls entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creativity to save the holiday party. This performance brings ‘60s holiday classics like “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rocks” and more.

Admission ranges per show. The Judgement of Nuremberg runs from Sept. 27 through Oct. 14, The Revolutionists runs from Nov. 1-18 and The Winter Wonderettes runs from Dec. 6-23.

Katelyn Massarelli can be reached at katelyn.massarelli@theminaretonline.com

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