A look at what’s playing, and what’s upcoming, on local stages
This week’s round up of stage performances offers a mix of plays, music and dance.
The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre performs the modern classic “Disney Frozen Jr.” Thursday through Sunday in Eustis.
The romantic comedy, “The Last Romance,” takes the stage this weekend only at the Living Drama Theatre in Eustis.
The Clermont Performing Arts Center hosts DIVAS3 with songs from the 1960s to 1990s.
And, enjoy bunch and a family-friendly drag show Saturday with the Broadway Brunch Bunch in Mount Dora.
Here’s a look at what’s on stage this week and beyond.
“Disney Frozen Jr.”
The Bay Street Players Young Peoples Theatre presents “Disney Frozen Jr.” at 7 p.m. March 5-7 and 2 p.m. March 8 at the Historic State Theatre in Eustis.
The modern Disney classic brings Elsa, Anna and the magical land of Arendelle to life on stage with memorable songs from the animate film plus a few new ones.
Tickets: $6 for children, $12 adults. Details: baystreetplayers.org
“The Last Romance”
The romantic comedy “The Last Romance” plays performances March 6-7 at the Living Drama Theatre in Eustis.
In the play, an elderly widower, Ralph, decides to take a different path on his daily walk. Instantly smitten by an elegant, mature woman, Carol, he turns on the charm hoping for a second chance at love. Defying Carol’s reticence, Ralph embarks on a journey to regain the happiness that seemed all but lost.
Tickets: $10 seniors, students, military and first responders, $15 adults. Details: livingdramatheatre.com
Straight from the Las Vegas strip comes DIVAS3, a trio of talented women with powerhouse voices singing the biggest hits of the greatest divas from the 1960s to 1990s at 8 p.m. Friday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center.
Divas3 honors the hits by pop-music icons like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Cher, Dolly Parton, Donna Summer and more.
Tickets: $18 to $25.50. Details: clermontperformingarts.com
The Broadway Brunch Bunch
The award-winning, family-friendly Broadway Brunch drag show extravaganza takes you along for the best of Broadway both past and present 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Mount Dora Plaza Live, 2728 W. Old Highway 441.
Elaborately staged and beautifully-costumed production numbers will transport you from the roof tops of London to the streets of 1950's Baltimore. With a cast of singers, dancers, and female impersonators.
Tickets: $15.95 for kids, $24.95 for adults. Dretails: mountdoralive.com
The Tavares Community Theater recently announced the Cemetery Club on stage March 13-29 at the Tavares High School Auditorium, 603 N. New Hampshire Ave.
In the play, three Jewish widows meet once a month for tea before visiting their husbands’ graves. Ida is sweet tempered and ready to begin a new life, Lucille is the feisty embodiment of a girl who just wants to have fun and Doris is priggish and judgmental, particularly when Sam, the butcher, enters the scene. He meets the widows while visiting his wife’s grave. Doris and Lucille squash the budding romance between Sam and Ida. They are guilt-stricken when this nearly breaks Ida’s heart.
The show opens March 13 with a wine and cheese reception.
Tickets: $10 to $18. Details: tavarestheater.org
“Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth”
The Moonlight Players in Clermont present the comedy “Farndale Avenue Housing Estate Townswomen’s Guild Dramatic Society’s Production of Macbeth” March 13-29.
The play centers on the society’s assault on the classics with a startlingly original production of Macbeth staged to get them to the Welwyn Garden City Finals. Under the carefully mascara’d eye of adjudicator George Peach, all events conspire hilariously against them.
Bay Street Players fundraiser
The Board of Directors of The Historic State Theatre are holding the inaugural edition of Play Your Part, an annual benefit dinner and performance supporting the Bay Street Players on March 14. The event begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception at 5 p.m., an outdoor seated dinner along Magnolia Street at 6 p.m. and wrapping up the evening with a premier of “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill” based on the life of Billie Holiday at 8 p.m.
Proceeds benefit the Julia Nora Vatter Technical Theatre Fund, which was established in 2009 in the legacy Julia Nora Vatter.
Cost: $100. For tickets call the box office at 352-357-7777 or email email@example.com.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
Transport yourself from the Historic State Theatre in Eustis to 1959 in a seedy bar in Philadelphia on March 15 and 20 to witness one of Billie Holiday’s last performances, given four months before her death. More than a dozen musical numbers including “What A Moonlight Can Do”, “Crazy He Calls Me, “Easy Living, “Strange Fruit,” “Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness If I Do” and “God Bless the Child” are interlaced with salty, often humorous, reminiscences to project a riveting portrait of the lady and her music.
Tickets: $15. Details: baystreetplayers.org
“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”
The IceHouse Players present “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” March 20 to April 12 at the Sonnetag Icehouse Theatre in Mount Dora.
In the play, a distant heir to a family fortune plots to speed up the line of succession to become the Earl of Highhurst with a great deal of charm – and a dash of murder. The play is winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Tickets: $9.50 to $23.50. Details: icehousetheatre.com