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Playwright Israel Horovitz continues his partnership with Jobsite Theater, this year bringing Gloucester Blue.. 
Photo by Jean Marie Marion.

What's on stage this week: New company Circle in the Water, Florida Orchestra's season ends

ORCHESTRA FINALE: EMPEROR CONCERTO The Florida Orchestra ends its season this weekend with Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, also known as "the Emperor Concerto." Dejan Lazic will play the composer's last piano concerto, with music director Michael Francis conducting. The concert also features Tchaikovsky's Symphon …

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  1. Painted with suspense

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    TAMPA — Sometimes a show comes along that does everything. It engages the senses on every level, tells a story that feels real and keeps you guessing to the end.

    Ned Averill-Snell, left, plays Latham and Landon Green is Stumpy, two working class painters working to convert a loft for a well-off couple.
  2. Tonight's sold-out performance marks end for 'Greatest Show on Earth'

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    UNIONDALE, N.Y. — The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus that has wowed crowds for 146 years with its "Greatest Show on Earth" is taking its final bow on Sunday.

    Ringmaster Kristen Michelle Wilson, right, hugs a member of the crew after the red unit's final performance, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Providence, R.I. For the performers who travel with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, its demise means the end of a unique way of life for hundreds of performers and crew members. [Associated Press]
  3. Florida Orchestra season ends on a triumphant note with Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5

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    TAMPA — The Florida Orchestra ends its 49th season with a complete set of three qualitatively different pieces. They joined Beethoven and Tchaikovsky with a brand new work on a weekend that signals the departure of one of its longest-serving musicians and the ascent of first-year principals.

    Croatian pianist Dejan Lazic? plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto for the Florida Orchestra’s final concert of the season.
  4. Hat Trick Theatre's farcical 'The Three Musketeers' is about as much fun as losing a sword fight

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    CLEARWATER — For its last production of the season, Hat Trick Theatre has chosen an adaptation of The Three Musketeers. Two of its own, original director Joe Winskye and photographer Bianca Badia, wrote this farcical interpretation, which takes this baroque adventure by Alexandre Dumas and mashes the …

    Hat Trick Theatre's The Three Musketeers is a farcical interpretation, which mashes the accelerator to the floor. Courtesy of Hat Trick Theatre.
  5. After 44 years, principal clarinetist Brian Moorhead retires from the Florida Orchestra

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    TAMPA — He's had the same dream lately. Brian Moorhead is waiting for a bus carrying fellow musicians of the Florida Orchestra.

    Assistant principal clarinetist Erika Shrauger, left, and principal clarinetist Brian Moorhead rehearse Wednesday.
  6. Here's what 'Frozen' and Broadway star Idina Menzel is reading these days

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    Menzel is known to some as the green-skinned Elphaba from Wicked. Other fans go farther back and think of her as Maureen from Rent, while her youngest fans recognize her as the voice of magical Elsa in the Disney movie Frozen. When we …

    Idina Menzel
  7. Funding for arts in Florida suffers a continual downhill slide

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    Three years ago, Florida arts and culture organization celebrated a windfall. Gov. Rick Scott approved $42.9 million in grants through the Department of State's Division of Cultural Affairs. A wide swath made out, from the Tampa Theatre to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, the Florida Aquarium to the Lowry Park Zoo.

    Melissa Minyard and Kelly Pekar take part in Freefall Theatre’s 2016 production of The Light in the Piazza, which sold out 96 percent of its seats. It made $6,745.
  8. What's on stage this week: New company Circle in the Water, Florida Orchestra's season ends

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    ORCHESTRA FINALE: EMPEROR CONCERTO

    Playwright Israel Horovitz continues his partnership with Jobsite Theater, this year bringing Gloucester Blue.. 
Photo by Jean Marie Marion.
  9. Tears with the tigers: Go behind the scenes as Ringling Bros. circus comes to an end

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An elephant stretches its trunk through a window to soothe a sick child. A woman gives birth and three months later is back performing on the high wire. A handler of big cats weeps as the beasts lope out of the ring for the last time.

    Ringling Bros. boss clown Sandor Eke hugs his 2-year-old son Michael after the red unit's final show on May 7 in Providence, R.I. "The Greatest Show on Earth" is about to put on its last show on earth. [Julie Jacobson | Associated Press]
  10. Stageworks Theatre says 2017-18 season is "Year of the Woman"

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    Stageworks Theatre has dubbed its 2017-2018 season the "Year of the Woman." It was to open with Beehive, the '60s Musical, which celebrates female singers and groups. But the theater can't secure rights to the music, producing artistic director Karla Hartley said, so in its place, Stageworks will …

    The Year of Magical Thinking is one of Stageworks Theatre's 2017-18 season offerings.