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Hershey Theatre The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
4802 North Us Highway 301
Tampa,
FL
US
In the darkened arena of the local, nonprofit theater, audience members communicate with the drama on stage as though the actors’ lit faces were more real than the insistent nudging from a neighbor vying for armrest dominance. This season includes such offerings as: The God of Isaac (December 2–19), which portrays a young man’s quest to discover his spiritual identity; The MOMologues (February 17–26), a comedic exploration of the job of motherhood using irreverent wit; and A Lesson Before Dying (April), which engages an innocent black man’s search for honor and dignity before he is put to death for a crime he did not commit. The final play in July has yet to be announced.
1120 E Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa,
FL
US
The Murder Mystery Company challenges diners to exercise detective skills and fledgling telepathic abilities in a comedic evening of mock murder and faux fatalities that unfolds during a three-course meal. Between an introductory salad and a mystery-dessert epilogue, guests nosh on one of three of the Empress Tea Room & Bistro's main-course munchables, including options with fish, chicken, or vegetables fashioned to spell out a ransom note. As mouths occupy themselves, the mystery begins with a murder, and a detective soon arrives on the scene to locate the perpetrator in the audience. Tablemates work together to clear their good names, slyly sleuthing and sorting out clues, flexing critical-thinking skills, and preparing for futures in real-life crime. All patrons will receive a photo slideshow from the performance as a way to fondly remember light-hearted death-themed evenings.
12924 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa,
FL
US
The consortium of professional instructors at Palm Harbor Dance Studio shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the cha-cha. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and foxtrot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba.
32828 US Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor,
FL
US
Before Bogdan and Gosia Wienc founded Magic Dance Club, they had already cast spells across Europe with their elegant footwork. Having conquered the floors of their native Poland as finalists in the Polish National Championships, the couple perfected their craft in England under the tutelage of some of Europe's most esteemed ballroom dance coaches. By the time they made it to Florida, the dancing duo was unstoppable. They were named one of the twelve best couples at the U.S. National Championships in the standard ballroom division and earned membership in the National Dance Council of America. Now, they're "in the business of making people happy" at their own studio, Magic Dance Club, where students master an array of joyous dances, including the tango, foxtrot, mambo, swing, and the cha cha. All lessons take a three part approach, as students start in private sessions, graduate to group lessons, and then field test their skills during dance parties.
10001 66th Street North
Pinellas Park,
FL
US
Since 1993, Cirque Dreams' family-friendly variety extravaganzas have called upon a cast of acrobats, strongmen, and daredevils to wring the oohs and aahs out of audiences with tremendous feats of derring-do. During each themed production, more than 100 performers garbed in dazzling outfits twirl high in the air, contort their bodies into impossible shapes, and solve long division problems to earn uproarious applause from the crowd. At Dream Studios in Pompano Beach, Florida, hundreds of contracted artists from around the world develop their skills and prep for Cirque Dreams performances under the direction of Neil Goldberg and his team of choreographers, contortionists, and designers.
1111 North McMullen Booth Road
Clearwater,
FL
US
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