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Coming Up at The Straz
May 29
2015
Mamma Mia!
JUN 23-28
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MAMMA MIA! is the ultimate feel-good show that has audiences coming back again and again to relive the thrill. Now it’s your turn to have the time of your life at this smash-hit musical that combines ABBA’s greatest hits, including “Dancing Queen,” “S.O.S.,” “Super Trouper,” “Take A Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All,” with an enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship. Whether it’s your first visit or your fourteenth, see the show that has the whole world coming back for more, because every time feels like the first time at MAMMA MIA!.

One Man Breaking Bad – The Unauthorized Parody
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With more than a million hits on YouTube, and sell-out runs at comedy festivals in Melbourne and Edinburgh, LA actor Miles Allen smacks the senses with his super-charged, hilariously accurate renditions of all the iconic characters, including Walter White, Jesse, Saul, Skyler, Hank, Walt Junior, Mike and Gus Fring.
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Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.

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Young Anglers Fishing Tournament
May 16
2015
The 19 th Annual John’s Pass Young Anglers Fishing Tournament is a great way to teach kids more about fishing and get them involved in this fun Florida pastime. Captain Mark Hubbard of Hubbard’s Marina owns and operates the tournament with help from local businesses as a charitable event benefiting Madeira Beach Fundamental School. The tournament will be held Saturday May 23 rd inside John’s Pass Village. Registration and fishing will kick off at 7am, weigh-in begins at noon and the awards ceremony will follow at 2:30pm. Participants in the tournament will be given complimentary food at the weigh-in. The young anglers will also receive shrimp in a bait bucket, gift bag, and a raffle ticket, which are included at registration! There will be multiple giveaways and raffles during the weigh-in and awards ceremony for anglers, friends and parents. This event is the perfect opportunity to get the family together for some fishing fun. The weigh-in and awards ceremony will be held on the waterfront patio behind the Friendly Fisherman Seafood restaurant. The tournament will be $15 for kids 5 and under and $25 for kids 6-15 years old. They will be allowed to fish from the patio, from the catwalk, from the beach, from the jetty, from their own boats, or from the Hubbard’s Marina AM half day. For more information, call Hubbard’s Marina at (727)393-1947.
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West Coast Players presents STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays
May 28
2015
The month of June is meant for weddings. From June 5 – 21, 2015, West Coast Players will present STANDING ON CEREMONY: The Gay Marriage Plays
by Mo Gaffney, Jordan Harrison, Moisés Kaufman, Neil LaBute, Wendy MacLeod, José Rivera, Paul Rudnick, and Doug Wright.

Conceived by Brian Shnipper.

Perhaps more than any other current controversy, same-sex marriage has been discussed and debated in state legislatures, classrooms, courtrooms and across dining room tables throughout the country. STANDING ON CEREMONY brings the issue down to the human level with laughter and just a few tears. The play not only addresses gay marriage but also celebrates all individuals who commit to a life-long journey together. A heartwarming gem.

STANDING ON CEREMONY stars Tom Costello, Janice Creneti, Suzanne Delaney, Donna Donnelly, Mark William Myers, Margee Sapowsky, Nick Sloan, Nasja Wilkins, and Ron Zietz and is directed by Donna Donnelly.

Performances are June 5 – 21, 2015.
Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 pm.
Sunday matinees at 2 pm.

Tickets are $19. Group Discounts available for parties of 10 or more.

To book your tickets: Call 727-437-2363, email boxoffice@wcplayers.com,
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West Coast Players Theatre is located at 21905 US 19 North, Clearwater, FL 33765. Directions to the theatre can be found at www.wcplayers.org.

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Adam Andrews Creates Solo Piano Music That Is Distinctive
May 26
2015
ADAM ANDREWS
A THOUSAND SPRINGS

Pianist Adam Andrews, on his second solo album, has created music that captures the experience of going into the wilderness on an overnight spiritual and healing retreat. Known for his vibrant, forceful solo piano playing, and melodic passionate compositions, Andrews hopes his music will inspire listeners to work at solving their problems, to grow mentally and spiritually, and to create better lifestyles.

Whether listeners use this new music as a soundtrack for their own retreat out in nature, or relax at home and enjoy the music as part of their own personal healing and growing process, Andrews made the music to resemble and facilitate a journey toward an improved life. The cover of the album shows Andrews playing a grand piano next to a large group of waterfalls tumbling off pristine mountaintops. Andrews lives in Colorado at the foot of the Rocky Mountains near the world-famous Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods Park.

More information on Adam Andrews is available at his website (adamandrewsmusic dot com). His CDs and digital download tracks are available at online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes and many others.

Previously Andrews was a member of the folk-pop group Cede which released four albums, actively toured North America (and as far away as Bulgaria), and performed regularly in front of audiences of 5,000-to-7,000 people.

Then Andrews released his first solo album, Road to Ambo, in 2014. “It was inspired by my family’s journey to adopt our son from Ambo in Ethiopia; the love I have for my family; and my dreams of justice and relief for those who are suffering.” The recording received airplay on hundreds of radio stations around the world and went Top 10 on the international Top 100 Zone Music Reporter Chart (the main chart for new age and modern classical music). Andrews was named one of the Top 5 “Best New Artists of the Year” by the ZMR radio programmers. In addition, the album was added to Pandora and the prestigious Whisperings Piano Radio Channel, and it went to #1 on the Enlightened Piano Radio Chart. It also received a nomination for “Best Solo Piano Album” from the One World Music Awards, and was named one of the Top 10 “Albums of the Year” by Audiosyncracy Radio.

Now Andrews returns with his second album of original solo piano music, A Thousand Springs. “The first four tunes are about enjoying nature and exploring your inner self, unwinding from city-life and our day-to-day stresses. The next four pieces reflect the time you take to relax, heal, reassess and map out positive steps forward. And if you were on an overnight campout, you would be sitting around a campfire and meditating about your life. The last group of four compositions represent cleaning up the campsite, leaving nature or the retreat, and moving back into society, but now facing the world rejuvenated and with a plan for improvement,” he explains.

“Each song is based on common life experiences that we go through or emotions that we often feel. It is so important to have hope in our lives, and eventual healing. I want the music to serve as a source of encouragement. It also is necessary to stop sometimes and celebrate the small and large victories.

“The first tune is the same title as the album, ‘A Thousand Springs,’ because I envisioned springs of water as the source of life, offering a nurturing, sustaining environment for growth. When a springs becomes a stream it sometimes cascades down and becomes a falls, so the next piece is ‘Authenticity Falls,’ which reminds us to be true to who we are. With ‘Finding Free’ I am suggesting that the listener be creative with an open heart and mind. Inside yourself is one place you can find true freedom. It is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and stress out, so I wrote ‘Just Gotta Be’ to remind us that we don’t always have to do something, but sometimes we can just be in the moment and relax.”

The second section of the album begins with “Night Embers” which connotes a time of thought and reflection around a warm fire. “It also is about forgiveness and letting go, and not letting the spark from an ember roar back to a blaze of rage or pain.” “Every Dark Tear” is Andrews’ suggestion to take time to grieve along the way. “Surrounding Hollow” has a double-meaning -- a concave area of landscape in nature as well as an empty feeling inside which can heal when surrounded by love and caring. Regarding “A New Dawn Rising,” Andrews says, “Each day brings new opportunities. People need new visions to be inspired to continue on.”

The last third of the album continues with thoughts of moving forward. “Water Over Ashes” literally describes putting the campfire out, but in a broader sense it symbolizes leaving the old places behind and starting out on a new path. “Not Lost On Us” suggests it is healthy to “put ourselves aside, have empathy for others and do something to help other people.” Regarding the track “Believe,” Andrews says, “I wanted to do music about remaining positive in life because there is always hope, even though it can be difficult to take a step of faith.” The recording ends with “Foundation Falls.” “Now that we have a solid foundation in place, it is time to blaze some new trails, to move forward while staying true to our vision.”

Andrews, who now lives in Colorado Springs, grew up in Denver, Colorado, with a mother who studied music in college and often sang to him when he was a small child. At age seven he began taking classical piano lessons from two progressive teachers that encouraged students to compose their own pieces for recital performances; included jazz, boogie-woogie and improvisation in the curriculum; and even jammed with their students. Adam studied Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Chopin, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky. Adam memorized Joseph Haydn’s “Concerto in C-Major” at age ten and the following year did the same with Haydn’s “Concerto in D-Major” which he performed in concert in front of a large crowd.

During high school his interest in classical music waned as he became involved in playing sports and listening to rock’n’roll (U2, Tom Petty, Def Leppard, Nirvana, Joe Satriani). Andrews graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration, but soon began to play the piano more actively again. He founded the band Cede with a singer and two acoustic guitarists and later they added a bass player and drummer. At first they played contemporary Christian worship music, but soon began composing their own material. Their popularity performing for youth groups led to them being hired for a lengthy tour of parent-teen conferences in large churches, auditoriums and arenas all over the country plus trips to Canada. In five years the band recorded and released four successful folk-pop Christian-music albums of original material -- The Roots, Surrender, To You and Carried Away. Andrews composed some of the band’s material, and on the last album he wrote and performed two solo piano tunes. The group performed at conferences headlined by Michael W. Smith; played in a Denver sports arena on the same bill with Steven Curtis Chapman and Delirious; opened other shows for Waterdeep and Cindy Morgan; and handled the music for a praise-and-worship service where they performed with Mitch McVicker. Cede also performed in front of a large audience at the Alamo Dome stadium in Texas, and in Bulgaria where they were televised nationally.

After leaving Cede, Andrews continued composing and occasionally performing for church services, worship groups and conferences. He also established a successful career as a Senior Director at a major non-profit ministry where he contributed to the launch of an orphan care ministry and helped shape international ministries to families. Andrews says he has been influenced musically in recent years by pop groups such as U2, Mumford & Sons and Needtobreathe as well as new age pianists such as Jim Brickman and Ludovico Einaudi.

According to Andrews, “This album, A Thousand Springs, is simply intended to be a source of encouragement for all. Each tune has a specific focus about a universal emotion often experienced along the journey to healing and inspiration.”
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David Franklin Unveils His Instrumental Music On Playing With Shadows CD
May 26
2015
DAVID FRANKLIN
PLAYING WITH SHADOWS

David Franklin believes music is one of humanity’s most powerful tools for healing. Previously known for several albums as a singer-songwriter, the eighth recording by this guitarist and pianist is the instrumental Playing With Shadows which he hopes will help listeners connect to their inner feelings and ultimately, create more of a sense of connection in their lives. On 10 of the songs he is joined by bassist par excellence Michael Manring.

Franklin, who also is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Northern California, says, “Music influences us on many levels, such as relaxing us or making us feel better when we enjoy it as entertainment. It also can serve as a bridge that connects us to ourselves and others, reminding us we are not alone. But it can work on deeper levels too, by helping individuals form a deeper understanding of themselves and others. Ultimately, music in it’s highest form is healing, and creating music for others is an honor and privilege.”

Franklin has had a varied career. He supported himself in college as a rock’n’roll drummer, became a keyboardist in a rock band in New York City for several years, toured and recorded as an acoustic guitar-playing singer-songwriter, recorded an avant-garde album featuring “found sounds” (such as a vacuum cleaner) and, as an environmentalist, spent a year walking across the country to help raise awareness of environmental issues, all the while performing music.

Playing With Shadows contains solo performances, duos and trios. There are 18 original songs and Franklin plays piano on 15 of them (seven are solo piano pieces). He plays acoustic guitar (always in non-standard tunings) on five of the pieces. Three compositions have Franklin on both piano and guitar.

In addition, ten of the tunes feature Franklin’s friend and neighbor Michael Manring, considered the pre-imminent bass-player in new age music with credits including Michael Hedges, Alex deGrassi, Will Ackerman, Montreux, the Turtle Island String Quartet and countless others. Manring plays electric fretless bass. On one of the album’s songs, Franklin duets with accordian-player Rick Corrigan (a member of the popular San Francisco Bay Area group The Pick-Pocket Ensemble), and on another Franklin and Manring are joined by Franklin’s son, electric-guitarist Alex Franklin (a member of the recording rock group Waterfly Spigot).

Playing With Shadows and other recordings by David Franklin are available as CDs and digital downloads through his website (DavidFranklin.com) as well as many online sales sites including iTunes and Amazon.

“Someone once told me not to be afraid of silence in music and that always stuck with me,” explains Franklin. “On this recording I played with silence a lot. I specifically wrote and arranged these pieces to feature space, openness and simplicity because I felt it gave the music more emotional resonance. I also wanted to move through different musical spaces which is why I varied the instrumentation.”

Several of album’s compositions are placed side-by-side and serve as Part One and Part Two of a theme. “Shifting Landscapes - Dawn” and “Shifting Landscapes - Dusk” represent “how music, journeys and life go through different stages and phases, evolving, shifting, changing.” Franklin says he came up with the titles for “Falling Slowly” and “Falling Fast” because “these are the kind of musical pieces that are easy for me to write. I just sort of fall with the music and let it carry me.” “Not Just a Walk in the Park” goes with “The Rabbit Hole” and the two melodies represent “an adventure I had with some friends when we got profoundly lost in a forest and wondered if we were ever going to find our way out.” “First Day of Autumn” and “Autumn Memories” are Franklin’s tribute to his East Coast upbringing when the leaves turn and it becomes obvious that summer is over (“new seasons, changes and transitions -- all part of life”).

Regarding the tune “There Used to be Songbirds,” Franklin says, “I read an article that said many songbirds will be wiped out by climate change in 30-to-40-years, so this is my requiem for the future.” “Giza” was written in Egypt where Franklin was inspired by the huge pyramid of that name. “Living in Interesting Times” is “a play on words because the music radically changes time signatures again and again.” When his children were young he wrote the lullaby “Song for the Dreaming” to lead them gently into sleep. He says about the tune “Goodbyes” that “we say little goodbyes all the time, but this was written at a time when a lot of losses were happening to people I deeply care about.” The album ends, appropriately, with the pensive solo piano piece “A Final Song” that Franklin improvised in the studio (“It was a happy accident because I was testing sound levels, but the recording equipment happened to be turned on.”).

David was born and raised in New Jersey. In he fifth grade he discovered drums, in sixth grade he picked up guitar and started writing songs, and by the time he got to the 11th grade he had added piano and voice to his musical arsenal. He played drums in rock bands through high school and college, while earning a Bachelors degree in Environmental Science at Pennsylvania State University. While at college he also performed as a singer-songwriter. After college he worked in New York City for three years using his environmental degree and taking air samples inside office buildings while also playing keyboards in a rock band.

Wanting to make more of a difference by calling attention to environmental problems and solutions, Franklin took a year off in 1990 to join 90 other environmentalists in The Global Walk for a Livable World, a year-long hike across the country from Los Angeles to Washington DC and New York. Along the way they spoke at schools, to the media and to politicians. Franklin and some of the other environmentalists also performed music. Franklin wrote and recorded songs throughout the trek, and that music was released as an album, Our Children’s Only Home.

The albums that followed also contained original compositions and were primarily vocal folk-pop projects -- such as Patterns Yet Unknown and Strangers and Angels -- although the recordings usually contained the occasional instrumental piece. Franklin also did a solo piano album called Traditional Christmas Melodies. One out-of-the-ordinary project was Shadowlands, an avant-garde album influenced by eclectic pioneers such as John Cage and Steve Reich, and geared to induce trance-state healing. The album’s experimental music contained the occasional voice or instrument, but primarily focuses on “found sounds” (vacuum cleaners, baby cries, computer printers).

Franklin later returned to college and earned his Masters in Counseling and went on to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in working with teenagers, and often incorporating music into his work.

“When I was nine-years-old,” remembers Franklin, “I made a promise to myself that never in my life, would I miss a day of playing music. Except for a handful of exceptions because of illness or travel, I’ve kept that promise for 40 years. This instrumental album, Playing with Shadows, is the culmination of all that playing. Although I enjoyed creating my vocal albums, this one feels the most natural to me. My hope is that the sounds of these quiet instruments may inspire listeners to become more grounded and present, so that they can feel a deeper sense of connection with themselves and others.”
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Swirling Global Sounds And Unique Rhythms Heard On Russell Suereth CD
May 26
2015
RUSSELL SUERETH
SPIRITUAL HAVEN

Electronic-keyboardist Russell Suereth promotes universal spirituality with his heartfelt original instrumental music that blends new age sounds and world-fusion rhythms as heard on his third album, Spiritual Haven.

“I believe people all over the world need spiritual havens,” explains Suereth. “Of course some people find this in physical places such as churches, temples or sacred sites, but with the right mind-set it can also be in a car, on a couch, in your home or in an office. The most important aspect is that people from all nationalities, cultures and countries can find a sense of spirituality within themselves and feel safe to go there. Religion and belief in a Higher Power is a matter of personal choice, but spiritual meditation is universal and can also encompass a person’s own spirit as well as nature and the world around us. I believe music can help people connect to their own spirituality, which, in turn, can contribute to a healthier lifestyle and a fuller sense of well-being.”

More information on Russell Suereth (pronounced sue-reth) is available at his website (www.RussellSuereth.com). Spiritual Haven -- and his two earlier recordings on Haven Tone Records, Small Steps and Going Down the Highway -- are available as digital-download albums (and individual download tracks) at online sales sites such as CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody and many others.

Suereth also is the creator of Music of Spiritual Places, a video series that focuses on spiritual places around the globe with his music serving as the soundtrack to the images. These short videos are often about 45-seconds long and serve as a respite and haven for viewers to turn to during their busy or stress-filled day. Some of the series images include the Mainri Snow Mountain Range in China where the highest peak is a sacred site for Tibetan Buddhists, the Siam Cultural Park in Thailand, the Santa Maria Church in the Spanish town of Wamba, and a terraced mountainside in the Incan Sacred Valley in Peru. The series, which has new videos added on a regular basis, can be found at the video channel www.youtube.com/user/rsuereth/featured or accessed from Suereth’s website (which also is titled Music of Spiritual Places). In addition, Suereth’s site showcases regular song-length music videos for select tracks from the Spiritual Haven album.

“I find music and visual imagery inextricably linked,” says Suereth. “So often music calls up images in our minds, and scenic sites can be enhanced when music is heard at the same time. There are many places in the world that have special meaning to human beings. The wonderment of those places can be connected to music, both that played long ago as well as contemporary melodies inspired by those sites.”

Suereth’s music is an interesting combination of sounds. The basis for much of the music are the sounds of Western acoustic instruments -- piano, oboe, bassoon, guitar, viola, cello and French horn. These are augmented by a variety of traditional ancient instrumentation from around the world -- duduk (a double-reed woodwind-flute that originated in Armenia), guzheng (a Chinese plucked zither), grand marimba (a low-pitched xylophone that originated in Africa but was developed in Latin America), koto (a Japanese zither with movable bridges), oud (a Mideast lute with a short neck), krin (A West African idiophone log drum) and ethnic frame drums (animal-skin hand-drums from the native tribes of the Americas). Suereth brings his sound into the contemporary realm with the addition of some modern sounds -- the hang drum (looking like a dented flying saucer it is both a melodic and rhythmic instrument) and synthesizer. Suereth’s music is most characterized by the woodwind melodies and his unusual rhythmic patterns that sound Mideastern one moment and Pacific Rim-oriented the next.

The Spiritual Haven album begins with the highly-rhythmic “A Magic Flight” (“certain music makes you feel like you are soaring and flying so I wanted to capture that feeling”). “Distant Voices” and “The Village Breathes” both evoke primitive remote places with all the sounds of that community going about the business of lives being lived. “Swirling Spice” captures the smells, sounds, motions and multi-colored sights of a Mid-East bazaar. “Night Dances” reflects “all the movement that happens after dusk -- people dancing, animals stirring, a variety of nighttime sounds.” Other tunes focus on nature -- “Nightingale Rushes” (“those birds sing the most amazing songs”), “Red Moon Calling” (“the Earth and all its inhabitants have such a close physical and spiritual connection to the moon, but ancient peoples recognized it more than we do”) and “Red Moon Rising” (“a rising moon on a clear night looks enormous and it is an impressive and magnificent event”).

Some of the compositions are about circumstances that people go through. “‘Glimmer of Light’ reflects those times when a person has a problem or a difficult situation, and they turn to spirituality and then see a solution or at least hope up ahead,” states Suereth. “For ‘Notions Astir’ I pictured sitting on a mountaintop watching the sun rise up through the clouds below while the majesty of it inspires new ideas.” “Sudden Awareness” was inspired by “one those life situations of enlightenment which buoys you up and gives you feelings of happiness or contentment.” Similarly, the tune “Realization” is “another moment of illumination that sweeps away worries and takes you to a beautiful existence.”

Suereth has always enjoyed music. When he was nine he started four years of guitar lessons, formed a garage band and began writing music for the first time. He has played guitar ever since, but about a decade ago he became more serious about it and for several years practiced several hours daily.

Suereth began listening intently to new age music in the Eighties and Nineties. “I was particularly impressed by David Arkenstone’s Valley in the Clouds, David Lanz’s Cristofori’s Dream, The Narada Collections, Patrick O’Hearn and Alex deGrassi. Eventually this led to my decision to start incorporating a much wider range of sounds and instruments into my style. In the late 2000s I met a professor of music at a college who was very helpful in introducing me to the possibilities of keyboards, so I ended up taking lessons from him to expand my musical proficiencies. I still love the guitar, which is a very physical way of making music. But working on the piano and keyboards helped me understand a lot of things I was missing, including accompaniment. This led to my exploration of synthesizers, samplers and computers in creating my music.”

According to Suereth, “I like my music to be made up of a variety of sounds, new and old. I like utilizing the sounds of classical instruments such as the oboe and cello and piano, and having them sound warm and natural, like old friends to our ears. But then I also enjoy adding instruments, such as a guitar or oud, where I sometimes heavily process the sound which gives it a more modern feeling.

“Another influence would be the great modern classical composer Aaron Copland. I put a portrait of him up in my studio to remind me of how careful he was in composing and arranging his music. I spend a lot of time on each note and its placement to help make my music interesting to my audience and to impart meaning into each piece.”

Suereth released his debut recording, Small Steps, in 2013 followed by his second CD, Going Down the Highway, the next year. For Spiritual Haven, Suereth again composed the tunes, created all the music, and produced and arranged. Mastering was handled by industry veteran Tom Eaton for Imaginary Road Studios.

“My music has its foundation in the earth and the spiritual places around us, both the traditional sites and new spaces. I specifically try to make music that has a spiritual feeling or connection. With my music and visual imagery I am trying to promote the spiritual perspective of the planet. I am trying to create an environment where people can go to explore their spirituality, which, for humans, is one of our most important pastimes.”
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