Musicals are a hit this weekend and tickets are going as fast as the dancing in “Footloose” at the Melon Patch in Leesburg and the laughs in “Kiss Me Kate” by the IceHouse Players in Mount Dora.

Looking ahead, the comedy “Greater Tuna” by the Bay Street Players in Eustis opens next week.

‘Footloose’

The Melon Patch Players in Leesburg presents the musical “Footloose” through April 7.

The story is about Ren and his mother who move from Chicago to a small farming town. Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn’t prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise control over the town’s youth that he cannot command in his own home.

When the reverend’s rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.

Tickets: $9 to $18. Be sure to get tickets early as 75 percent are already sold.

Details: melonpatchplayers.org

‘Kiss Me Kate’

The IceHouse Players in Mount Dora present “Kiss Me Kate,” a Cole Porter musical and winner of five Tony Awards in 1949. The show opens plays until April 14.

In the theatrical tale, passions run high as Broadway actor/director, Fred Graham, and his tempestuous ex-wife, movie star Lilli Vanessi, play opposite each other in a modern musical version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.

The show is being directed by IceHouse Managing Artistic Director, Darlin Barry, with set design by David W. Clevinger, music direction by Susan Eissele, choreography by E.B. Block, lighting design by Philip Lupo and costumes by Anna Maria Muller.

In the show, Michael Colavolpe and Laurie Sullivan lead as Fred Graham/Petruchio and Lilli/Kate. Supporting roles are played by David Coalter as Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Siobhan Gale as Lois Lane/Bianca and Buddy Fales and Robert Collinge II as the bumbling gangsters. Featured players include Michael Horn, Kevin Kriegel, Stephanie Adams, Joel Curtis, Rob Adams, James Simpson, Art Zerbel, Caleb Coalter, Nathan Childers, Charly Sparks, Cassidy Lynn Worboys, Lilian Berner, Madi Unwin and Sarah Gontarski.

Tickets: $22 Wednesday and Thursdays, $24 Fridays to Sundays. $20 for groups of 15 or more, $15 students 18 and older with school ID and $10 students ages 5 to 17.

Details: icehousetheatre.com

COMING ATTRACTIONS

‘Greater Tuna’

“Greater Tuna” plays April 5 to 28 at the Bay Street Players in Eustis.

This long-running Off Broadway hit features two actors creating the entire population of Tuna in a tour de farce of quick change artistry, changing costumes and characterizations faster than a jack rabbit runs from a coyote. Two actors, twenty characters, and a barrel of laughs. Rated PG.

Details: baystreetplayers.org

AUDITIONS

‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’

The Moonlight Players in Clermont will have auditions for “The Merry Wives of Windsor” Sunday and Monday at the Moonlight Warehouse, Theatre, 735 W. Minneola Ave. in Clermont. Roles and descriptions are on the site, moonlightplayers.com. The play will run June 7 to June 16.

‘Sister Act: The Musical’

The Bay Street Players in Eustis will hold open auditions from 7 to 10 p.m. April 7 and April 8 by appointment only at the State Theatre in Eustis. Send your resume and headshot to avatter@yaoo.com. Bring sheet music for a Broadway-style song that is appropriate for your vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. The production, directed by Carlos Francisco Asse, will run May 31 to June 23. Rehearsals begin April 19.

‘All Shook Up’

The Moonlight Players in Clermont are holding auditions for “All Shook Up” featuring the music of Elvis and inspired by Shakespeare's “Twelfth Night” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 7 and 8. All roles are open.

Singing auditions start at 6 p.m. with dance auditions immediately afterward. Bring a 16-bar song appropriate to the style of the show. Provide sheet music in the correct key, as an accompanist is provided. No CDs permitted and no monologues required. Rehearsals begin April 15. The show runs July 12 to Aug. 4.