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Sun City Center has the busiest stages in town


Published:   |   Updated: November 20, 2013 at 02:04 PM

If William Shakespeare lived today and wrote the words, “all the world’s a stage,” we would think that he must live in Sun City Center, where there seems to be a theatre stage around every corner. In addition to two large auditoriums – Community Hall and the Borini Theatre at Kings Point – this community has several local churches with copious performance halls. Factor in the smaller Rollins Theatre and Freedom Plaza Auditorium, and there is truly a stage around almost every corner.

Since scores of people in Sun City Center enjoy performing frequently and on as many stages as possible, all those venues are a good thing.

Freedom Plaza has its share of folks bitten by the stage bug. A host of residents are longtime Freedom Frolickers, participating in that stage show year after year. Many are also members of our relatively new drama club, Plaza Players, which is growing by leaps and bounds. This group recently presented its first big production, “America Celebrates Freedom.”

Between residents’ shows and their requisite rehearsals, educational and administrative programs, plus movie and videos shown on a large, pull-down screen, the Freedom Plaza stage is seldom empty. On one evening each week, the bingo machine takes center stage and on other evenings Opera Club finds the spotlight. Along with these in-house activities, frequent stage entertainments are brought in, which places the Freedom Plaza stage in nearly perpetual use.

Giving their own stage some respite, several Freedom Plaza resident actors are joining cast members at Sun City Center United Community Church in their forthcoming benefit, a murder mystery dinner show.

“Murder on the High Cs” is billed as a comedy with class. The farce takes place at a banquet following a fictional opera performance and offers entertainment by real opera singers. When a VIP dinner guest falls face-first in his salad – he is poisoned – hilarity ensues. The banquet’s Master of Ceremonies Vernon Verbose casts suspicion on other characters, including Fritz Fiddler, concert master, and Carlotta Cadenza, prima donna. The now-grown-up detectives of juvenile literary fame, the Hardy Boys, bungle in to help solve the crime to end the evening on a high note.

Reservations are $20 for this entertaining Nov. 22-23 event in the Great Hall of United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave. They are available by calling the church office at (813) 634-1304 during business hours.

We invite you to come join the fun.

Peggy Burgess, Freedom Plaza Associate and columnist for The Sun.

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