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The 29th Annual American Stage in the Park


Ease on down the road with this modern take on a timeless classic

American Stage in the Park

By William F. Brown and Charlie Smalls

Directed by Karla Hartley*
NOW through Sunday, May 4

The Saturday performance (5/3) for THE WIZ is on schedule as planned. - update at 4pm


Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!

"A carnival of fun!" -Time

"Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat." -NY Post

"A virtual musical circus...driving rhythms, soaring songs!" -WABC TV

Dorothy is going to the Land of Oz and she’s walking on a road paved in rock, gospel, and soul! This beloved Broadway musical – winner of 7 Tony Awards (including “Best Musical”) is a dazzling multi-cultural journey that will take you to the most fantastical places…and back home again. The perfect night for families and theatregoers to see American Stage under the stars…downtown St. Petersburg’s cool spring tradition for almost 30 years.

Sara DelBeato - Lion
Whitney Drake - Dorothy
Darryl Reuben Hall - The Wiz, Uncle Henry
Sharon E. Scott - Aunt Em, Evillene, Glinda
Torrey Thomas - Scarecrow
Allyson Tolbert - Addaperle, Ensemble
Chris Walker - Tin Man

Scott Daniel
Georgia Mallory Guy
Tia Jemison
Jesse Rodriguez
Rodner Salgado

The Band:
Michael Raabe - Musical Director & Keyboards
Paul Stoddart - Guitar
Joe Grady - Bass
Burt Rushing - Drums

Read the Previews - Click Below:
Tampa Bay Times Preview by Stephanie Hayes
The Tampa Tribune Preview by Walt Belcher

Sarasota Herald-Tribune Preview by Jay Handelman
Preview by Kayleigh Walters
The Weekly Challenger Preview by Frank Drouzas

Actor Spotlight:
The Road Back Home by Frank Drouzas, The Weekly Challenger
Meet the Dog Behind Toto in THE WIZ by Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times

Read the Reviews - Click Below:

“Fresh…entertaining, fast-moving and fun [with] sass to spare…Sharon Scott, a veteran performer with a mammoth voice, plays three roles. When she opens the second act as wicked witch Evillene, the energy really starts to pop. Scott is hilarious…On the duet Be A Lion, [Whitney] Drake and [Sara] DelBeato send a stunning harmony into the night sky…When we meet the Wiz, the set by Scott Cooper really starts to come to delicious life.”   -Stephanie Hayes, Tampa Bay Times

"Spot-on entertaining…moving…soulful…fun…impressive." - Walt Belcher, The Tampa Tribune

"Soul-stirring…a fun if lightly packed trip back to Oz has movie fans skipping down the Yellow Brick Road…played brilliantly with a fun twist by female actor Sara DelBeato…Sharon E. Scott, as expected, delivers a powerhouse performance…Darryl Reuben Hall as Uncle Henry and The Wizard is a force to be reckoned with…Also, big props to the sassy and spunky ensemble players." -Julie Garisto, Creative Loafing

What the Patrons are Saying:

"We saw it Saturday - EXCELLENT show!"

"The Wiz was the best show in the park that I have ever seen and that is saying a lot, since they are all very good! What a great performance!"

Click below to watch two of the stars of THE WIZ, Whitney Drake, Darryl Reuben Hall, and Sharon Scott, talk about our recent park show!

Picnic with Parkshore!
Parkshore Grill Catering will be cooking up a special menu exclusively for Park.
A portion of the proceeds benefit American Stage.

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Performance Times and Ticket Prices:
This Park Production will perform Wednesday through Sunday
at 8 pm at Demen’s Landing Park
Gates open at 6 pm and Will Call opens at 5:30 pm

RESERVED Chair Seating ($32) – Wednesday through Sunday performances
PREMIUM Blanket Seating…or lying down ($26) – Wednesday through Sunday performances

GENERAL Admission Lawn
($18) – Friday and Saturday performances
– Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday performances

– Friday and Saturday performances
– Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday performances

Kids 6 and under are free on the lawn.

No alcohol or pets* are allowed to be brought into the park (by city ordinance).
Food and beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are sold at the event.

*Pets will be allowed on the designated theme nights for “pets and their people.”

Please note: There will not be concession sales
available on preview nights (April 9 & 10)

American Stage in the Park is performed outdoors at Demens Landing Park, located on the corner of 1st Avenue South and Bayshore Boulevard SE in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The box office is located at 163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg.

American Stage Theatre Company is located at the Raymond James Theatre,
163 3rd Street North in the heart of downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

For tickets, please call the American Stage Box Office at (727) 823-PLAY (7529) or

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