Comedies, tribute to Elton John, auditions

The weekend starts off with a bang with two comedies opening on Friday.

On Friday, Leesburg’s Melon Patch Theater opens the community theater premiere of “Yes, Virginia.” The two-man show is a heartfelt comedy as the lives of an employer and employee take on new meaning.

The laughs keep coming in “Unnecessary Farce” opening Friday at Mount Dora’s IceHouse Theater when a police surveillance turns to mass confusion and laughter.

Also on stage this week is an Elton John tribute show, a ‘Happy Days’ reunion as Donny Most and Misty Rowe sing 1950s songs and The Mother Goose Murders dinner show in Tavares.

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Here’s a look at this weekend’s live performances.

“Yes, Virginia”

Melon Patch players in Leesburg present the community theater debut of “Yes, Virginia” which will open Friday and play through January 30.

The play takes place on New Year’s Eve when the longtime housekeeper, who had been laid off months earlier, shows up for work not remembering that she was no longer employed. She said she was hurt and the employer and employee discover they have an incredible friendship and the relationship takes on new relevance.

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Author Stan Zimmerman said the play is loosely based on an experience he had with his mother when she was in the early stages of dementia and they were trying to get her into assisted living. Her mother suggested that they employ their black housekeeper to live with her, not realizing that the housekeeper had died years ago.

“I’ve been able to process life through my work and I’m very lucky to be able to do that and earn a living at the same time,” Zimmerman said.

“It’s a mix of comedy and real subject matter,” he added. “At the end of the day, you want it to be funny and tell a story. It’s very heartfelt and moving. I can’t wait for the people of Leesburg to experience this play and these two women – it’s like you’re in the living room with them.

In the play, Virginia is played by Ze Carter and Denise is played by Nancy Sievert.

Details at melonpatchplayers.org.

“Useless prank”

It’s hilarity onstage in the IceHouse Theater production of “Unnecessary Farce” which opens Friday and plays through February 6 at Mount Dora.

In the play, two rookie cops set up surveillance at a cheap motel to trap a small-town mayor who embezzles funds in his videotaped guilty acts. When the camera picks up a bit of unrehearsed handkerchiefs and a crazed kilt-wearing, bagpipe-wielding hitman stumbles into the fray and comedic pandemonium is unleashed.

Details: icehousetheatre.com.

Together Again: A “Happy Days” Reunion

Donny Most, beloved star of the long-running television series “Happy Days” and Misty Rowe of “Hee Haw” and “Happy Days” are together again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center. Singing the songs of Sinatra, Bobby Darin and more, Most and Rowe keep you coming back for more with their incredible vocals and showmanship.

Tickets are $20-$32 at clermontperformingarts.com.

I’m Still Standing Tribute Show

Dwight Icenhower performs a tribute to Elton John, I’m Still Up, Friday at 7 p.m. at the Living Dram Theater in Eustis.

Tickets are $17-20 at livingdramatheatre.com.

The Murder of Mother Goose

Join a cast of Mother Goose characters for a murder mystery dinner and show at Fish Camp Restaurant in Tavares at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Tickets are $42 at Somethingnewstudiofl.com.

Hearings

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Auditions for “Chess” are at 7 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Melon Patch Theater in Leesburg. The dates of the shows are from March 18 to April 3.

Details at melonpatchplayers.org.

Upcoming Attractions

“It’s not bad behavior”

The Bay Street Players present the three-time Tony Award-winning musical revue, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’, which runs January 20-30.

“Ain’t Misbehavin'” is one of the most dynamic music reviews of all time with classic Fats Waller songs exemplary of the so-called Harlem Renaissance,” said Bay Street artistic director Carlos Francisco Asse. “It’s a pleasure for the public which is so much fun. You will clap and jump out of your seat.

For tickets and information, go to eustisstatetheatre.org.