Suncoast Scene - Fun Events for the Weekend

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SARASOTA, FL (WWSB) - The Suncoast rolls out it's holiday entertainment this weekend. It's the 18th annual Ditchfield Family Christmas Show at the Sarasota Opera House Friday night at 7:30 and Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. Everybody on stage is a member of the Ditchfield family.

Stephen, the patriarch of the family says, "The show is a spectacular Christmas celebration there are a lot of folks who miss the the traditional music and that's what we present, it's just old fashioned stuff, the stuff you grew up, performed the way you heard it. We do a lot of the holiday favorites and the most loved songs of Christmas."

And Show Folks, an organization of circus performers celebrates their 50th anniversary with a gigantic show.

Dusty Sadler, one of the producers says, "We have high wire acts, flying trapeze, we even have zebras, unicycles and two rings of sailor circus stars."

Plus Bello Nock and some of the biggest stars in the business.

Show Folks Circus is at Roberts Arena December 8th and 9th. There are two shows each day."

And leaping lizards Annie's at the Manatee Performing Arts Center thru December 17th.

Producing Artistic Director Rick Kirby says ,"I wanted to do something family friendly and there is no better choice than "Annie", its feel good, it's so appropriate for young kids to come see it, it has a holiday theme to it built in."

There are 2 casts of kids, 18 in all. Alanna Riff plays "Annie". She will steal your heart.

And "The 1940s Radio Hour" is now at the Players Center.

Artistic Director, Jeffery Kin says, "It has amazing holiday spirit, it has a great story, you get to care and feel for the people who are doing this radio show.

And it has the big band sound. We have a live 16 piece live orchestra on stage."

And we have something special here on the sun coast that they don't have up north. They may have snowmen and sledding but we have the Sarasota Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. It's Saturday night at 6 pm , it comes right in front of Marina Jack's and turns around in Bayfront Park.