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Drama, Comedy, Theatrics, Oh My! Springtime Tampa Theater Breakdown


By Katelyn Massarelli

Tampa entices many for its famed tropical weather and enriching city life, but the city is also engulfed in many kinds of theatre productions and entertainment. UT students can stay close to campus and view productions presented by the department of Speech, Theatre, and Dance in Falk Theater, but they can also explore the city in theaters like the Straz Center. Below are different areas where students can go, along with productions and live shows happening during this semester.

University of Tampa- Falk Theater

The Seagull (March 3-April 3, 8 p.m.)

Directed by Dr. Robert Gonzalez, The Seagull’s opening night will begin March 31 at 8pm. Originally written by Anton Chekov, this production is a classical play takes place at a Russian estate in the late 1800s. Starring UT students, Amanda Franz as Irina Arkadina, Nicholas Falduto as Konstantin Treplief, Mikaela Bracken as Nina and Adam Hall as Boris Alexeyevich Trigorin. Treplief is a struggling writer who longs for the love of his mother, Arkadina, and his dream girl, Nina. Treplief will endure many hardships in both of these important women in his life throughout the play. The last day showing is April 3 at 2pm.

General Admission: $15

Senior Citizens/Non-UT Students: $10

UT Students and Faculty- Free with Student or Staff ID.

Dogfight (April 21-24, 2 p.m.)

Dogfight takes place in 1963 right in the middle of the Vietnam War. On the last night before their deployment, three marines bet to see who can bring the ugliest girl to a party. For Eddie Birdlace, played by Sean Royal, the girl he brings is a waitress named Rose Fenny, played by Mollie Posnik. Fenny will change the game for Birdlace when she opens his eyes to love and compassion.

General Admission: $15

Senior Citizens/Non-UT Students: $10

UT Students and Faculty- Free with Student or Staff ID.

Straz Center

Murder for Two (March 1-May 1)

Murder for Two will be taking place in the Straz Center’s Jaeb Theater. In this comedic performance, one actor plays the detective and his fellow cast mates serve as the suspects in a mysterious murder. The performance lasts 90 minutes and, depending on what day you attend, there are times in the afternoon and evening, offering many opportunities to see the show.

Ticket Prices Range from $40-45

Groups of 10 or more can be discounted to $34.

The Lightning Thief (April 17, 2 p.m.)

Held in Ferguson Hall of the Straz Center, this play is based off the Percy Jackson and the Olympian Series by Rick Riordan. Main character Percy Jackson is put through the wringer when mythological monsters and Gods of Mount Olympus come for him. He finds that he is the leading suspect behind the disappearance of Zeus’ lightning bolt.

Tickets: $12.50

Beautiful – The Carol King Musical (April 26-May 1)

Carole King’s true story is brought to life in this musical performance. Depicting her job working alongside her husband, Gerry Goffin, and her relationship with her best friends, Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, she became a knock out solo act. Show times range from afternoon to evening depending on the day.

Ticket prices range from $65-150.

Tampa Theatre

The Karate Kid with Ralph Macchio LIVE (April 9)

This showing of The Karate Kid will be a chance to watch a timeless classic with the Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio. The movie is the traditional underdog story with an inspiring tale of a young boy taking on Karate after moving to California from New Jersey. Macchio will be there to share his experiences making the film and behind-the-scenes stories from the movie that made him a star.

Tickets: $46.50 (plus applicable fees)

Meet and Greet Tickets: $129 (plus fees).

Quote – Along Labyrinth (April 24, 3 p.m.)

The 1986 classic film starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly will be shown in a special audience oriented “Quote- Along” show. Subtitles will be shown on the screen, so viewers can yell out their favorite lines and sing along to every song.

Online Ticket Price: $12.

Tampa Shakespeare Festival (Held in Downtown Tampa’s Waterworks Park)

Richard III (March 31 and April 2, 6 p.m.)

Shakespeare’s play will be brought to the Tampa area on these final two days. A production portraying the last king of the House of York, Richard III, will show the betrayals and lies the character uses to rise to power.

Admission is free to public

Much Ado About Nothing (April 1, 6 p.m. and April 3, 2 p.m.)

In the final two days of this production, the audience will witness a Shakespearian comedy. The characters, Benedick and Beatrice, are featured in the play about plots against true love yet still try to help love develop.

Admission is free to public.

Katelyn Massarelli can be reached at

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