By Kathy L. Collins

Residents of the SouthShore who love live theatre came together on Thursday, September 26 to attend the “Catch the Excitement” party which was co-hosted by the Performing Arts Company and the Pelican Players. The evening was an opportunity for everyone to become acquainted with these two theatre companies who have decided to forge an alliance to work together to bring quality, affordable and easily accessible live theatre to the SouthShore.

Ellen Kleinschmidt, President of the Performing Arts Company asked, “How many small towns can boast two professional community theatres?” Kleinschmidt added, “We have decided to work together because we have a common goal, and I am sure that this is the start of something big.”

Linda Halperin, President of the Pelican Players said, “In the spirit of community, we are excited to forge a new relationship. Working together, we can ensure that quality theatre will be provided to all.” Halperin added, “It is our combined mission to make Sun City Center your theatre destination.”

In the years since they began, the Pelican Players have produced over 100 shows which does not include travelling shows performed outside of Kings Point.

In the ten years since the Performing Arts Company was started, they have produced 37 productions and 16 benefits.

While the two companies are joining forces to bring top quality entertainment to the area, they will remain anonymous and each have a fantastic 2013-14 season of theatre planned. First up is The Performing Arts Company and their production of ‘The Game,” an original musical comedy. Show dates are October 30 and 31 and November 1,2,7,8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m.. A matinee on November 9 will take place at 2:30 p.m. All shows will be at the Rollins Theatre.

The Pelican Players will kick off their season with “Don’t Dress For Dinner” set to take place on Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, December 7 at 1:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. All shows will be held at the Borini Theatre in Kings Point.

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