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Weekend forecast: Down to the wire Christmas shows

Bill DeYoung



Friday at Clearwater's Capitol Theatre: Rockapella Christmas, with Manny Houston, left, Armand Hutton, Jeff Thacher, Calvin Jones and Scott Leonard. Publicity photo.

And so Christmas is here again. Family in town? Although most of our area’s homegrown show-makers are taking this holiday weekend off, there are options for entertaining.

Joy to the world, et cetera, et cetera.


Today (Dec. 21)

Smooth jazz, easy listening, overall music mellow man Jim Brickman is at the piano tonight at Clearwater’s Capitol Theatre. Brickman’s A Joyful Christmas show (7:30 p.m.) is a solo affair, carols ‘n’ classics aplenty. Find tickets here.


Friday (Dec. 22)

Rockapella, likely the best-known a capella singing group in the world, plays the Capitol Theatre at 8 p.m. The show is called, strangely enough, Rockapella Christmas. Find tickets here.

Cirque performers with symphonic music? In this case, it’s the Texas-based Cirque Musica, with aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns and dancers from Hungary, Ukraine, Mexico, France, Brazil, Mongolia, the United States and other countries in a family-friendly production called Holiday Wonderland, at 7 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater. Find tickets here.

The Historic Uptown Neighborhood Association has a free Family Movie Night, starting at 7 p.m. at Round Lake Park, 6th Street and 6th Avenue N. They’re showing The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) and providing hot cider and a sing-a-long. “Bring a blanket and comfy seat.”


Saturday (Dec. 23)

At Amalie Arena, the late Paul O’Neill’s Trans-Siberian Orchestra – the symphonic arena-rock band that spells CHRISTMAS with bombast and capital letters – sets down at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. – that’s right, two presentations of its 2023 “rock opera” The Ghost of Christmas Eve. Find tickets for these Tampa shows here.

Celtic Angels, a quintet of fair-haired singing lasses from Ireland (or at least with Irish names) with musicians, blend old and new, traditional and commercial, sacred and secular with rosy-cheek charm. The Celtic Angels Christmas show begins at 7 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre. Find tickets here.

“Miracle on 34th St. – A Live Musical Radio Play” ends with Sunday’s matinee at freeFall Theatre.

Sunday (Dec. 24)

Sunday’s 2 p.m. matinee is your last chance to catch Miracle on 34th Street – A Live Musical Radio Play at St. Petersburg’s freeFall Theatre. There are shows at 7 tonight (Dec. 21) and Saturday (2 and 7 p.m.), and at press time very few tickets remained. Check here.

The Weekend Forecast appears every Thursday in the Catalyst

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