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Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players

Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players Studio Grand Central- owned and operated by the brother & sister team of Ward Smith and Karen Riffe.

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And that's a wrap on season 2! That makes a total 20  productions in only 2 years. Massive THANK YOUs to all staff, cast...
12/19/2022

And that's a wrap on season 2! That makes a total 20 productions in only 2 years. Massive THANK YOUs to all staff, cast and crews. Your professionalism and artistry have been a blessing and a inspiration. To all our sponsors, advertisers, volunteers and ticket buyers,
I remain extremally honored and humbled by your love and support. Very excited for 2023 as we have some great shows on the books. In the mean time, enjoy the holidays with friends and family, and all the best for a fantastic new year.
Best,
Ward Smith

Tonight, through Sunday's final performance, we'll be featuring some extraordinary wines from Becca's extraordinary trav...
12/15/2022

Tonight, through Sunday's final performance, we'll be featuring some extraordinary wines from Becca's extraordinary travels to Australia, New Zealand, France and beyond!

The Off-Central Players and The Children’s Home Network thank everyone who participated in the toy drive donations!!…the...
12/13/2022

The Off-Central Players and The Children’s Home Network thank everyone who participated in the toy drive donations!!…the delivery of toys was taken to Santa’s Workshop!

AUDITIONS Round 2https://studiograndcentral.com/auditionsNATIVE GARDENS, by Karen ZacariasAuditions:  January 3rd and 4t...
12/11/2022
The Off-Central Players

AUDITIONS Round 2
https://studiograndcentral.com/auditions
NATIVE GARDENS, by Karen Zacarias
Auditions: January 3rd and 4th, 7PM - 9PM
Rehearsals: Start Mid-February
Show Run: March 16th - March 26th; Thursday - Sunday

Pablo, a high-powered lawyer, and doctoral candidate Tania, his very pregnant wife, are realizing the American dream when they purchase a house next door to community stalwarts Virginia and Frank (already cast). But a disagreement over a long-standing fence line soon spirals into an all-out war of taste, class, privilege, and entitlement. The hilarious results guarantee no one comes out smelling like a rose.

Tania Del Valle: 30s - smart, likable, positive, passionate, fit and highly energized pregnant, PhD candidate and gardener.

Pablo Del Valle: 30s - smart, likable, ambitious, savvy, young attorney

ALL POSITIONS PAID
What to Bring:
Headshot/Resume,
1 Comedic monologue (90 seconds or less)
Possible reading from play (materials provided)

Thank you for supporting Studio Grand Central and The Off-Central Players!

12/10/2022

Join us tonight for an Art Reception and stay for THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL…the visual works of Becca McCoy and Justin Groom…reception 5:00 to 8:00…showtime 8:00…tickets at: www.studiograndcentral.com/tickets

We are part of the St. Pete art alliance ART WALK. Come join our art reception featuring the work of Becca McCoy and Jus...
12/09/2022

We are part of the St. Pete art alliance ART WALK. Come join our art reception featuring the work of Becca McCoy and Justin groom and stay for the play! Tickets for the play at: www.studiograndcentral.com/tickets

Another opening night!  We couldn’t do it without all our Sponsors!!!  We thank you for your support!!!Hal Freedman & Wi...
12/08/2022

Another opening night! We couldn’t do it without all our Sponsors!!! We thank you for your support!!!

Hal Freedman & Willi Rudowsky, Joe & Juliana Ditmyer, Russ Buchan, Ted & Sarah Hamilton, Ingrid & Tom Green, Duncan & Irene McClellan, Richard Bullis & Tony Woolworth, John C. White, Ed & Linda Benoway, Debbie Yones & Alan Mohney, Jr., Elizabeth Wood, and Harry S. Kammerer

THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL runs Dec 8 - 18th…tickets and show dates/times at:

www.atudiograndcentral.com/tickets

Tech Run
12/08/2022

Tech Run

Join us for Opening Night Bubbly for THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL…Dec 8th…Pre-show reception 7:15 to 8:00…Showtime 8...
12/06/2022

Join us for Opening Night Bubbly for THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL…Dec 8th…Pre-show reception 7:15 to 8:00…Showtime 8:00…purchase tickets at: www.studiograndcentral.com/tickets

Spreading Holiday Cheer last night at Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy & Cabaret…thanks to all who were there and for supporting our...
12/04/2022

Spreading Holiday Cheer last night at Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy & Cabaret…thanks to all who were there and for supporting our toy drive to benefit The Children’s Home Network…we will be accepting unwrapped toys for the remainder of this week.

Locally sourced, farm to showroom fresh, high-quality entertainment TONIGHT.Don't miss the fun!www.studiograndcentral.co...
11/28/2022

Locally sourced, farm to showroom fresh, high-quality entertainment
TONIGHT.
Don't miss the fun!
www.studiograndcentral.com


11/24/2022

Wishing all our artists and crews, both past and future; our volunteers, advertisers, sponsors and all of you that have been through our doors, and all those on the way we wish you very happy and heartfelt Thanksgiving.

We are partnering with The Children’s Home Network…Come enjoy Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy & Cabaret on Dec 3rd and bring an unw...
11/23/2022

We are partnering with The Children’s Home Network…Come enjoy Ha-Ha-Holiday Comedy & Cabaret on Dec 3rd and bring an unwrapped children’s holiday present to donate...tickets at:
www.studiograndcentral.com/tickets

Rounding out our second season is the world premiere of a new solo show by Becca McCoy, The Year of Extraordinary Travel...
11/21/2022

Rounding out our second season is the world premiere of a new solo show by Becca McCoy,
The Year of Extraordinary Travel. In this new solo show, her real-life adventure of traveling somewhere every month for a year becomes a theatrical event - exploring relationships, how perspective shapes memory, and the pursuit of authenticity in life. This award-winning actress returns to the Tampa Bay area for the first time in three years and we couldn't be more excited to welcome our dear friend back for what will be
an extraordinary evening.
Tickets on sale now at https://studiograndcentral.com/tickets

11/20/2022

A Number is WRAPPED!

Something Clean NOMINATED FOR Best Play, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Direction/Sound Design of a Play (Ward Smith), ...
11/19/2022
BroadwayWorld Tampa Awards

Something Clean NOMINATED FOR Best Play, Best Ensemble Performance, Best Direction/Sound Design of a Play (Ward Smith), Best Performer in a Play (Debbie Yones), Best Supporting Performer in a Play (Alan Mohney Jr. and Troy Brooks, Best Favorite Local Theatre (Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players) Such a high honor for our young theater company.
Please click over to show your love and support!

Voting is Now Open!

Thanks to all our friends, supporters, sponsors and advertisers! Help us close strong St. Pete! Only 2 performances of A...
11/19/2022
Studio Grand Central

Thanks to all our friends, supporters, sponsors and advertisers! Help us close strong St. Pete! Only 2 performances of A Number remain

Thank you for supporting Studio Grand Central and The Off-Central Players!

11/18/2022

Designer and Director extrodinare Alan Mohney Jr's remarkable set conception to completion.
A Number must close Nov. 20 limited seats available at www.studiograndcentral.com

Ok, boys and girls. We’re making a list and lining up some great music and fun for Studio Grand Central’s Ha-Ha Holiday ...
11/15/2022

Ok, boys and girls. We’re making a list and lining up some great music and fun for Studio Grand Central’s Ha-Ha Holiday Cabaret. Local favorite Sydney Reddish, last seen in our smash hit Haunted Cabaret joins our own Anthony Gervais accompanied by Chris Kinney for some classic holiday standards ranging from naughty to nice.
There’s plenty of laughs to be had from stand-up comedians, host and MC Ward Smith, Florida’s Funniest Female 2018 Sheena Reagan, and direct from the Bored Teacher’s Comedy Tour, Mike Rivera who’s also been featured on the View.
Tickets are just $35.00
Bring an unwrapped toy to benefit The Children’s Home Network.
Click over to www.studiograndcentral.com

Don't miss the final performances of the critically acclaimed and Theater Tampa Bay Recommended, A NUMBER. Click for lim...
11/15/2022

Don't miss the final performances of the critically acclaimed and Theater Tampa Bay Recommended, A NUMBER. Click for limited seats now: https://studiograndcentral.com/

Most appreciated TTB!
11/14/2022

Most appreciated TTB!

...  and from The Gabber!  Thank you David Warner
11/14/2022
Take 'A Number' at St. Pete's Studio Grand Central

... and from The Gabber! Thank you David Warner

Domestic drama? Suspense thriller? Science fiction? “A Number” is all that and more. Here's reviewer David Warner's thoughts on the play currently in production at Studio Grand Central in St. Pete.

Review from Broadwayworld.com
11/13/2022
Review: Caryl Churchill's A NUMBER at Studio Grand Central

Review from Broadwayworld.com

A Number written by British Playwright Caryl Churchill first premiered in September of 2002 at the Royal Court Theatre in London, England. The play starred Michael Gambon in the role of Salter, and Daniel Craig in the role of Bernard (Et al.). Under critical reception, Churchill’s play was lauded ...

11/13/2022

A Number.
Pay What You Can Wednesday Nov 16th.

We LOVE our sponsors and advertisers…this one LOVES your animals…Thank you Plummer Pet Hospital…with your support, we co...
11/12/2022

We LOVE our sponsors and advertisers…this one LOVES your animals…Thank you Plummer Pet Hospital…with your support, we continue to SHARE THE POWER OF CREATIVITY...tickets for tonight’s play, A NUMBER, can be purchased at: www.studiograndcentral.com/tickets

Nice preview
11/12/2022
Previews: A NUMBER at Off-Central Players

Nice preview

'Most every script you pick up begins with some sort of description, by the author, about the setting, time, place, etc. With A Number, Ms. Churchill gave us three words: ‘Where Salter Lives’ - that throws the door open to virtually any possibility,' said junior director Alan Mohney.

11/12/2022

Always up for a challenge, producing artistic director Ward G. Smith dives headlong into the character of Salter, the complex and multi- layered role of a father dealing with grief, guilt and vanity. Get your tickets now https://studiograndcentral.com/tickets

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From the Leafmore Studios 🍋 Bookshelf:
THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL
Written by Becca McCoy
Photography by Becca McCoy
Cover art by Justin Groom

This month in YOET:
OCTOBER 2018 - New York City
“Between September and October 2018, this was the most concentrated time I’d ever gotten to spend in New York City, so I made a point of exploring all five boroughs. One of my favorite things to do when visiting the city is taking the ferry to New Jersey and sitting riverfront on the Hudson to look at the skyline.”

Published in conjunction with St. Petersburg Press, THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL is a 138-page hardcover photo anthology with a splash of memoir following Becca McCoy’s experience of traveling somewhere every month for a year. Between September 2018 and August 2019, Becca McCoy traveled to 8 states in the US and 7 other countries with 5 different travel companions and sometimes alone. THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL contains short tales and hundreds of photos celebrating the relationship-deepening, horizon-expanding, joy-inducing nature of travel, and the beauty of our diverse earth and common humanity.
Available at beccamccoy.com and leafmorestudios.com.

See it live on stage! THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL world premiere solo show is running from December 8-18, 2022 at Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players. Tickets available now at studiograndcentral.com.

Show postcards are IN! And getting mailed OUT! (Becca looooves mail)🌟

Tickets are available for THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL
Written & Performed by Becca McCoy
Directed by Vickie Daignault
December 8-18, 2022
Studio Grand Central
2260 First Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33712

Tickets at https://studiograndcentral.com!

See you in December at Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players!
From the Leafmore Studios 🍋 Bookshelf:
THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL
Written by Becca McCoy
Photography by Becca McCoy
Cover art by Justin Groom

This month in YOET:
SEPTEMBER 2018 - New York City / London, England / Normandy, France
“In these posts, the Year is being shared in calendar year order, so even though we’re 4 months to the “end,” this is the beginning! What became this extraordinary year began in September 2018 with an opportunity, a ‘yes,’ a support network, and an adventurous spirit.”

Published in conjunction with St. Petersburg Press, THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL is a 138-page hardcover photo anthology with a splash of memoir following Becca McCoy’s experience of traveling somewhere every month for a year. Between September 2018 and August 2019, Becca McCoy traveled to 8 states in the US and 7 other countries with 5 different travel companions and sometimes alone. THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL contains short tales and hundreds of photos celebrating the relationship-deepening, horizon-expanding, joy-inducing nature of travel, and the beauty of our diverse earth and common humanity.
Available at beccamccoy.com and leafmorestudios.com.

See it live on stage! THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL world premiere solo show is running from December 8-18, 2022 at Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players. Tickets available now at studiograndcentral.com.

Becca’s doing an author talk with Heritage Village TODAY at 2pm via Zoom - join the webinar: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86217338945?pwd=dG5MTE0xVGQ3SDBIcWJxcDJRZ0hXUT09

Published in conjunction with St. Petersburg Press, THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL is a 138-page hardcover photo anthology with a splash of memoir following Becca McCoy’s experience of traveling somewhere every month for a year. Between September 2018 and August 2019, Becca McCoy traveled to 8 states in the US and 7 other countries with 5 different travel companions and sometimes alone. THE YEAR OF EXTRAORDINARY TRAVEL contains short tales and hundreds of photos celebrating the relationship-deepening, horizon-expanding, joy-inducing nature of travel, and the beauty of our diverse earth and common humanity.

The world premiere stage adaptation opens this December at Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players, directed by Vickie Daignault.

Congrats to the folks at Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players on the opening night of Something Clean, featuring OTC's Troy Brooks! Selina Fillinger's intimate drama follows Charlotte Walker in the aftermath of her son's incarceration for sexual assault. Witness this provocative play now through August 28th.
Tickets: https://studiograndcentral.com/tickets/ola/services/something-clean-august-11-to-august-28
Photos by Jim Swallow
Have a great Opening Night and a hugely successful run!

Your Big Break Youth Stage friends.
A new, powerful production is coming to Studio Grand Central in St. Petersburg. "Something Clean" debuts August 11th and runs through the 28th.

https://www.abcactionnews.com/morning-blend/new-powerful-production-coming-to-studio-grand-central
We're talking back-to-school on today's Morning Blend! Lunchboxmafia joins us with some ideas on packing your child's lunch.

Plus - "Something Clean" is coming to Studio Grand Central. The entire cast joins us to talk about what you can expect from this powerful production.

Make sure to tune in today at 10am!
Opening tonight! starting at 5pm PLUS a Gallery talk at Morean Arts Center @ 4:30pm! FREE and open to the public.

Thank you to Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players & Goodrich Wealth Planning Raymond James for sponsoring our annual Members Show!

Plus Show Openings at Morean Center for Clay with shows featuring works by Artists-in-Residence Jordan Kramer & Karina Mago
ICONIC: Portrait Edition is THIS Saturday. You don't want to miss out on this fabulous event!

Tickets available here: https://moreanartscenter.org/iconic/

Thank you to all of our partners, especially Presenting Sponsor Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players
The Inaugural William Shakespeare's Birthday Bash is happening today at the Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players starting at 10am!

Creative Pinellas wrote a fabulous article about this day-long street St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival of the arts celebrating the birth, life and works of William Shakespeare – with performances, visual art, music, street performers, activities for kids, food and drink. https://creativepinellas.org/magazine/shakespeares-birthday-bash/

Check it out then get your $10 tickets here. Children under 12 are free! https://studiograndcentral.com/tickets/ola/services/shakespeare-s-birthday-bash
This weekend at participating Theatre Tampa Bay theaters. Stageworks Theatre MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. Early Bird Dinner MOON OVER BUFFALO. And at Studio Grand Central the closing weekend of BREADCRUMBS.
One Night Only! Monday, February 28th. St. Petersburg Shakespeare Festival at the Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players Presents Shakespeare's Fools In Love A staged reading workshop adapted from Shakespeare’s Comedies. "Pay What You Can" Reservations Happening Now https://studiograndcentral.com/
This weekend from participating Theatre Tampa Bay productions. The World Premiere of SOUP at Lab TheaterProject. And continuing productions of CROWNS at Straz Center for the Performing Arts REAL WOMEN HAVE CURVES at Powerstories Theatre. MAYDAY at Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players and BOEING BOEING at Early Bird Dinner Theatre Get to the theatre this weekend!
“If music be the food of love play on”

St Petersburg Shakespeare Festival is in search of musicians and street performers for our Inaugural William Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash April 23 and 24 in St Petersburg, FL.

Musicians with experience and expertise in Renaissance/Elizabethan/Jacobian music and instruments are sought to perform throughout the day(s) and Renaissance/Elizabethan/Jacobian Street performers are sought to populate our Birthday Bash Boulevard. Musicians and performers with “new takes on the old works” are welcome.

The Inaugural William Shakespeare’s Birthday Bash is a 2-day street festival of the arts celebrating Shakespeare’s birth and works. Activities include performances of shortened-Shakespeare plays, visual art, music, activities for the kids, food and drink.

The Bash is brought to you by St Petersburg Shakespeare Festival and the Off-Central Players.
Studio Grand Central & The Off-Central Players

For more information contact: [email protected]
or
https://linktr.ee/stpeteshakesfest

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