2012 Tampa Bay Holiday Theater Preview

October 11, 2012 6:00 AM

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(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

(Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Frederich Nietsche wrote, “Life without music would be a mistake.” This is never more true than around the holiday season. Nothing captures the joyous holiday spirit quite like music. Whether you love classical, ballet or rock ‘n’ roll, Tampa Bay has a holiday celebration for you.

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“The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller”
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827
www.strazcenter.org

Date: November 17

Chip Davis, creator of “The Christmas Music of Mannheim Steamroller,” is hailed as the number one Christmas music artist in history. The Grammy Award-winner has crafted a show that combines Mannheim Steamroller’s Christmas music with dazzling multi-media effects. Come find out why Mannheim Steamroller has been a beloved holiday tradition for over 25 years. You won’t want to miss it.

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“Elf”
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827
www.tampa-theatre.com

Dates: November 20-25

This musical, based on the movie “Elf,” is fantastic fun for all ages. Join Buddy the elf — who is actually human — as he tries to track down his birth father in New York City. Cheer him on and sing along as he restores the Christmas spirit to his jaded New York family. For those of you who loved the film, this musical will only impress audiences more as a live performance.

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2nd Annual Richard Nader Rock and Roll Concert to Benefit Toys for Tots
The Palladium Theater
253 5th Ave. N.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-3590
www.spcollege.edu

Date: November 24

Richard Nader Entertainment, Inc. is best known for the award-winning Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival concerts. Now, RNE welcomes you to the second annual holiday show. The lineup will feature Tommy Mara and The Crests, The Mystics, Johnny Thunder, special guest The Impacs and of course, plenty of holiday favorites. A portion of the proceeds benefits Toys for Tots.

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The Florida Orchestra Presents “Holiday Pops”
Progress Energy Center for the Arts – Mahaffey Theater
400 1st St. S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 892-5767
www.floridaorchestra.org

Date: December 22

The 140-member Master Chorale of Tampa will join forces with the Florida Orchestra in this breathtaking holiday spectacle. With traditional favorites like “Jingle Bells,” “Sleigh Ride,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Hanukkah in Santa Monica,” this is a concert the whole family will enjoy. Just a few days before Christmas, it will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit.

Related: Guide To The Tampa Bay Symphony

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“Next Generation Ballet’s The Nutcracker, The Great Imperial Ballet”
David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
1010 N. W.C. MacInnes Place
Tampa, FL 33602
(813) 229-7827
www.strazcenter.org

Days: December 22-23

“The Nutcracker” is perhaps the most beloved ballet of our time. This heartwarming holiday classic will feature St. Petersburg native Daniel Ulbricht, Boston Ballet Principal Jeffrey Cirio and the award-winning dancers of the Next Generation Ballet. Prepare to be whisked away on a delightful holiday adventure that will come to life in this dazzling performance of “The Nutcracker.”

Related: Best Tampa Theaters And Concert Halls

Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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