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Local Stars in Upcoming Holiday Shows

Your favorite carol can put you in the holiday spirit and timeless classics like The Nutcracker are a must-see during December.

There are dozens of holiday concerts and shows being performed across Tampa Bay this season. Here are a few shows featuring future stars from Westchase and surrounding neighborhoods.

Merry and Bright – Holiday Concert
Dec. 9, 7 p.m.
Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church
2902 W. Fletcher Ave.
$10 General Admission (Children 5 and under free); $15 Reserved Seating
http://www.luminayouthchoirs.com

Celebrate the joyous sounds of the holidays with familiar songs and carols performed by the Lumina Youth Choir during their annual Holiday Concert. If you go, be on the lookout for Fords resident Alyssa Kobel, an eighth grader at Davidsen Middle School Center for the Arts.

The Nutcracker
Dance Theatre of Tampa
Dec. 15-17, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.
University of South Florida
College of Arts Theater 1
(800) 745-3000
Tickets, $25 - $28
NewTampaDanceTheatre.com

This will be the first time Deer Park Elementary student Valentina Vivera will be performing in this iconic ballet. She will be dancing the part of a soldier.

Next Generation Ballet’s Nutcracker
Dec. 21-23, 7 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Straz Center for the Performing Arts
Tickets, $30 and up
(800) 955-1045
StrazCenter.org

This will be Vineyards resident Zoe Gallagher’s second year performing in Next Generation Ballet’s version of The Nutcracker. She will perform as a Snow Maiden and a member of the Flower Corps. A sophomore at Blake High School, Zoe is a dance major who also plays the cello in the school’s orchestra.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker
Dec. 28, 3 p.m.
The Mahaffey Theater
400 1st St. SE, St. Petersburg
Tickets, $32.50-$189.75
727-893-7832
http://www.themahaffey.com

Vineyards resident Natalie Wynne has been dancing for 10 years but this will be her first time performing with the Moscow Ballet. She will be dancing the part of a Snow Maiden.

The Nutcracker
Tampa Ballet Theatre
Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m.
Central Park Performing Arts Center
105 Central Park Dr., Largo
$34.50 - $39.50
(727) 587-6751
http://www.largo.com

Dec. 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Ruth Eckerd Hall
1111 McMullen Booth Rd., Clearwater
Tickets, $28 - $78
(727) 791-7400
http://www.rutheckerdhall.com

This is the third year that Westchase Elementary second grader Mallory Livingston will be performing The Nutcracker with the Tampa Ballet Theatre. This year she’ll be dancing the parts of a soldier, an angel and Polichinelle.

Entertainment Revue’s Christmas Kaleidoscope Show
Dec. 9
(813) 395-3612
http://www.entertainmentrevue.com

Be on the look out for Shires resident Cristal Grace Mangune. A Westchase Elementary student, she is the youngest member of this professional song and dance ensemble.

By Marcy Sanford

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