Before a crowd of 5,000, the Singing Christmas Trees come brilliantly to life.

ORLANDO – David Uth, the senior pastor of First Baptist Orlando, stood on a nearly bare stage, behind him a silver curtain covering up precisely what the huge audience at the church had shown up for. Sensing their anticipation, the pastor smiled, and offered a quiz. “You’re going to see… Continue reading

A Depression-era musical that holds up beautifully today: See Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” in Lakeland.

LAKELAND – The year was 1934. The nation was caught up in the midst of a Great Depression. What people needed more than anything was a happy diversion, a way to get their economic troubles off their mind and just escape from it all and just enjoy themselves. Cole Porter, the… Continue reading

From the movies to TV and now community theater, “It’s A Wonderful Life” is back for the holidays.

WINTER HAVEN – The odd thing is, except for the opening and final scene, most of “It’s A Wonderful Life” doesn’t really have much to do with Christmas. And yet for decades, the classic 1946 movie starring Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed has been a favorite around Christmas time, with… Continue reading

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