Traveling acts take center stage this weekend while local theater groups are in rehearsals for the holiday season. Family-orientated comedy is just a ruffled pirate shirt away Saturday in Clermont in the Off Broadway musical pirate adventure based on audience suggestions, “The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!” Impressionist Johnny Counterfit blends comedy and music with unique song pairings Saturday at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale. Hypnotist Doug MacCraw will put on a mesmerizing show Friday at the Black Box Theatre in Clermont.

And, don't forget to check out upcoming local productions, including “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” “Nunsense, the Musical,” “Peter Pan” “Mame” and “Man a la Mancha,” where you can play a walk-on role.

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told

Laugh out loud as “Pirates of the Caribbean” meet Who's Line is it Anyway” in “The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!” at 4 p.m. Saturday on the main stage at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 U.S. Highway 27 South. Flung into the future by a sea witch, the pirate crew must perform the greatest pirate epic ever seen on stage to return home, but part of the script is missing. The audience comes to the rescue by filling in the blanks. The show is appropriate for little swashbucklers and adults. Tickets are $10.75 to $21.50. Reservations: www.clermontperformingarts.com or 352-394-4800

The Johnny Counterfit Show

Go back in time with the Johnny Counterfit Show at 7:30p.m. Saturday, with more than 200 voices for traditional and pop songs, as well as actors and politicians in music and clean comedy. Impressions run the gamut from Johnny Cash to Vince Gill, Rodney Dangerfield to Johnny Carson, Archie and Edith Bunker, Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan singing. Tickets: $28 to $32. Reservations: 352-821-1201 or www.obopry.com.

Hypnotist

Hypnotist Doug MacCraw blends comedy and hypnotism in an interactive performance on stage at 8 p.m. Friday at the Black Box Theatre at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 U.S. Highway 27 South. in “The Ultimate Mental Thrill Ride” show. Tickets are $15 and doors open at 7 p.m. Reservations: www.clermontperformingarts.com or 352-394-4800.

Upcoming


Nov. 4-20 the Moonlight Players will perform the “Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged),” or in short – all 37 Shakespeare plays in 97 minutes. Details: www.moonlightplayers.com
Nov. 5–19 The Tavares Community Theater Company presents “Nunsense, the Musical,” a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser, at the Tavares Theater. Details: www.tavarestheater.org.
Nov. 18-Dec. 11 the Bay Street Players fly across the stage and into Neverland with “Peter Pan.” Details: www.baystreetplayers.org.
Nov 18 - Dec 11 “Man of La Mancha” takes the stage at the Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse in Mount Dora. And, if you've wondered if the footlights were your calling, for a $75 donation you can play a walk-on role as a tortured prisoner or sadistic guard for one night only – or – select another person thrown into the dungeon on behalf of your donation. Details: www.icehousetheatre.com.
Dec. 2-18 the adventures of “Mame”, a free spirited woman in the 1920s whos guardianship of her 10-year-old nephew turn her life up-side-down plays at the Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg. Details: www.melonpatchplayers.com.