There's music in the air with three Broadway musicals on stage in Lake County this week. Life is a banquet for witty and spirited “Mame”, opening Friday at the Melon Patch Theatre. “Peter Pan” and his troupe of Lost Boys, performed by the Bay Street Players in Eustis, add a sprinkle of fairy dust to the holidays and Don Quixote battles windmills in his quest in “The Man of La Mancha” by the Icehouse Players in Mount Dora. Family friendly “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” by the Bay Street Players Young People's Theatre will perform its last show this weekend.

Looking ahead, gather up your talent and enter the “Lake County Has Talent!” talent show Dec. 10 presented at the Tavares Theater Co. For an adult-themed show that is a little naughty and a little nice, see “A Politically Incorrect Christmas Show” at the Moonlight Players Theater in Clermont. Lastly, catch a wave back in time at the “Good Vibrations Christmas Party” for some surfing music a la Beach Boys.


The irrepressible “Mame” opens Friday at the Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg and plays through Dec. 18. The musical centers around a free-spirited woman in the 1920's, whose guardianship of her 10-year-old nephew turns her life upside-down.

This is a must see show because it's about living life to the fullest,” said director John Turcotte. “She gets a maternal instinct she never had before, but she's still very avant garde, bohemian, and there are so many things she does that other people don't approve of.”

Songs from the production include “We Need a Little Christmas” and “Bosom Buddies.”

Tickets are $18 for adults, $9 for students. Details at

'Peter Pan'

Join Peter Pan, Captain Hook, the Darling children, The Lost Boys and Tinkerbell for the family friendly “Peter Pan.” Peter, a free-spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, and his playful fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night, and with a sprinkle of fairy dust, begin a magical journey to Neverland. Featuring songs “I’m Flying,” I’ve Gotta Crow,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “Never Never Land.” Shows through Dec. 11 at the Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay Street, Eustis.

“Peter Pan is a classic musical everyone knows and with the holiday season, it's something everyone should see,” said Derek Critzer, who plays Captain Hook's sidekick, Smee.

“The show radiates youth and joy and overall magic. It's a feel good piece that leaves you with a skip in your step.”

Tickets are $11 to $18. Details at

'The Man of La Mancha'

One of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Man of La Mancha is based on Miguel de Cervante's 17th century novel, Don Quixote, which takes place during the Spanish Inquisition. While in a dungeon awaiting trial, Cervantes entices his fellow prisoners to become the characters in an enactment of his prized possession — a manuscript. Together, they act out the imaginings of an elderly man, Alonso Quijana, who believes himself to be Don Quixote, a knight-errant. Against all odds, Quixote and his trusty squire, Sancho Panza, embark on the road to restore chivalry and to seek out the good and innocent in a world filled with darkness and despair. Through the enactment, the prisoners are given hope and a restored faith in humanity. Songs include the classic, “Quest,” also known as “The Impossible Dream.”

“It is very heartwarming and reminds people of their connection to everyone else, humanity and love of human kind, which is a good message for the holiday," said Darlin Barry, managing artistic director.

Shows through Dec. 11 at the Sonnetag Theatre at the IceHouse, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. Cost is $10-$22. Details at

'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

Don't miss out on the last production of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a Bay Street Players Young People's Theatre production of a family friendly play about a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant, according to The performance is at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Historic State Theatre, 109 N. Bay Street, Eustis. The production won Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Rising Star at the Florida Teacher's Conference. Tickets are $7 adults, $5 children. Details at


Lake County Has Talent!

Think you have what it takes to take the stage? Now's your chance with Lake County Has Talent! talent show on Dec. 10, presented at the Tavares Theater Co. at Bridges Covenant Church, 1100 N. St. Clair Ave., Tavares. Sing, dance, make people laugh with your stand-up comedy, bring your band, juggle or share your poetry. Whatever you do, it must be family friendly. Acts are limited to five minutes and the show is a total of two hours. The bonus – first place wins $50, second $30 and third $20 with the remainder going to the building fund. If your talent is sitting in the audience, you can cast votes for the winners. Additional voting tickets may be purchased. Details, registration and tickets at on the events tab. Tickets are $10.

'A Politically Incorrect Christmas Show'

An original play written and directed by Moonlight theater’s Thomas J. Kline, “A Politically Incorrect Christmas Show” at the Moonlight Players Theater, 735 W. Minneola Ave., Clermont, is aimed at an adult audience. A little bit naughty, a little bit nice, the show is filled with songs and laughter that’s guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit. Dec. 8-22. Details at

Good Vibrations Christmas Party

Bring your kids and your grandkids for this Christmas “beach” party featuring former longtime Beach Boys’ band members Bobby Figueroa, Sterling Smith, Ed Carter, Randell Kirsch and Christian Love (son of Beach Boys’ lead singer Mike Love.) California Surf Incorporated will take you on a musical journey featuring the surf ‘n’ sand classics of the Beach Boys with some holiday tunes thrown in for good measure. 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at Clermont Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $58.02 to $46.95.