The scent of hairspray and pre-pageant jitters come to the stage at Sarasota Players Theatre in “Smile, The Beauty Pageant Musical,” a play about a 1980s beauty pageant set in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Krista Hunsicker, a junior at Lakewood Ranch High School, stars as Shawn Christianson, a fierce, competitive contestant anxious to get the crown.
“When I’m not at rehearsal, I’m singing songs from the show because they are stuck in my head,” Krista says.
Being in the show has also offered some new experiences.
“Walking and dancing in heels is a challenge,” she says.
This headlining musical of the season is a satire that examines the true personalities of both the contestants and those who run the pageant and reveals their true personalities under the big hair and blue eye shadow. In addition to Krista, the play features several other East County residents, including Jillian Smith (Braden River Middle), Victoria Najmy (Haile Middle), Kristina Greco (Haile Middle), Channing Weir (Manatee School for the Arts) and adult Kat Walton of Lakewood Ranch. The Players will perform “Smile, The Beauty Pageant Musical” at 8 p.m., April 23-25, and 2 p.m., April 25 and 26, at the theater, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $23 for adults and $12 for students. For more information, call the box office at 365-2494.
Everlasting Faith Fellowship will be hold Christian worship services at 10:30 a.m., Sundays, at Lakewood Ranch Town Hall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd.
Everlasting Faith Fellowship is a Christian Church that has a vision to bring Biblically based teaching and preaching to the families in the area along with creating a family atmosphere of love and acceptance for all who come, said Senior Pastor James Gerace. The services are open to everyone in the Sarasota and Manatee counties.
For more information, call 870-3994 or visit www.EFFChurch.org.
Rosedale’s Head Professional and PGA Master Professional Mike Clayton has announced that Rosedale will be offering Women On Course, Golf Instruction for Women. The 11-week course will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays, beginning May 13, at the club, 5100 87th St. E. An Introduction Clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, May 9.
The cost for the 11-week program is $195 per person and will be limited to the first 24 ladies to sign up. There is no charge for the Introduction Clinic.
For more information, call Rosedale’s Golf Shop at 756-0004.
Palm-Aire Country Club will host a tennis clinic featuring Luke Jensen and area tennis pros from 10 a.m. to noon and 3-5 p.m., April 24, at the club, 5601 Country Club Way.
Luke Jensen is an ESPN Sports commentator and former Grand-Slam Men’s Doubles Champion. An exhibition by Jansen and area pros will be held at 1:30 p.m. Junior players are welcome to participate.
The event is open to the public. To sign up, call 351-4117.
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