This page was updated on .. July 25th  2014
Ed Fletcher's
   
Early Bird Dinner Theatre
13355 49th Street North
Clearwater, Florida  33762
Still $29.90 (plus tax)   Per Person

Phone for Reservations:
(727) -  446-5898
(Leave name, number)
Welcome!

    This live professional theatre and buffet dinner in Florida is easily reached from Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa, and Sarasota.

    We are the best dinner show value in the Tampa Bay area and Florida. You will find great dinner music, great food, great theatre, friendly atmosphere, and excellent service!

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       Entertaining Clearwater since 1987, we moved from Ft. Harrison to McMullen Booth Road in 2006. We moved to our present location on 49th Street in 2013.  

On this web site you will find:
 
  • Synopsis of the current play
  • Show Times; Seating
  • Buffet and Menu
  • 2014-2015 Schedule
  • Previous EBDT Presentations
  • 2014-2015 Schedule
  • EBDT Local Reviews
  • Email Mailing List
  • Directions

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  • The Origins Of Our Theatre
  • Contact Information
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    Ed Fletcher
    1938-2012

        Tickets:   Phone (727) 446-5898 to make reservations or to check on seating for a particular date. Leave your name and phone number, and we will return your call as soon as possible. Performances are on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings of each week, plus matinees on Thursday and Saturday.
          All tickets are still only $29.90+tax per person.

          So, get a table of your friends together and enjoy the entire package of dinner, dinner music, and live theatre!

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    Now through...
         ... September 6th  2014

    Ed Fletcher Productions

    ... Summer Intermission ...


              Each summer at this time we take a short break.

              The next season will begin on September 6th when Ed Fletcher Productions presents the comedy Greater Tuna. We will close out the year with Miracle on South Division Street.
              2015 will open with Caught in the Net on January 10th. This is the sequel to Ray Cooney's hilarious comedy Run for your wife.
              Scroll down for the 2014-2015 Schedule.

              We're looking forward to entertaining you!


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    Show Times

         Evening performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of each week, and matinees are on Thursday and Saturday. All seats are (still!) only $29.90+tax each.
    Mon
     
    Tue
     
    Wed
     
    Thursday
    Matinee
    Evening Show1
    Friday
     
    Evening Show
    Saturday
    Matinee
    Evening Show
    Sunday
     
    Evening Show
    Please call to confirm that the show you would like to see has available seats.
    1 Thursday Evening shows are available January-March

    Seating at 11am for Matinees - - Seating at 4pm for Evening Shows - - Menu
    Salad bar opens during seating, performance begins after dessert is served
    Matinees end approximately 3pm - - Evening Shows end approximately 8pm.

           Price is "per person," whether it's one person, one table or a bus load. Our policy on complimentary tickets for groups is "one free" for every twenty (20) paid. Your bus driver is automatically our guest. In order to keep our prices affordable, we must keep our operating costs down.  Therefore, we cannot accept credit cards and we use a 24-hour telephone answering service. Be sure to leave your name and telephone number.

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    2014-2015 Schedule

    Gift
    Certificates

              Call Susan Fletcher Lyons at (727) 446-5898 or write to Susan.Lyons@EarlyBirdDinnerTheatre.com to purchase a gift certificate. It's valid for any production during the year.
              PS: The phone number is the theatre reservation line, so plan to leave your name, number, and best time to call.

    Summer Intermission  July 13 - September 5, 2014
    This is our short annual summer break.
    Greater Tuna
    By Joe Sears, Jaston Williams
       and Ed Howard
    September 6 - October 19, 2014
              Greater Tuna is the hilarious comedy about Texas' third smallest town, where the Lion's Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies.
              The eclectic band of citizens that make up this town are portrayed by only two performers, making this satire on life in rural America even more delightful as they depict all of the inhabitants of Tuna -- men, women, children and animals.
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    "Sharp, satiric, & funny" ~~The New Yorker
    "Howlingly funny." ~~Variety
    "A whale of a funny evening" ~~Houston Post

    Miracle on
           South Division Street

    By Tom Dudzick
    October 25- December 21, 2014
              Meet the Nowaks of Buffalo, NY. Clara and her three grown kids have always known they were special, ever since the miraculous night in 1942 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Grandpa in his barbershop!
              Since then, the neighborhood has looked upon the Nowaks' 20-foot commemorative shrine as a beacon of hope and faith amidst the urban rubble. And now daughter Ruth unveils her plan to write and star in a one-woman show about the family miracle so the "whole world will know!" However, as her plans for theatrical immortality unfold, the entire family's faith is shaken to the very core when a deathbed confession causes the family legend to unravel.
              The results are heartfelt and hilarious and just in time for Christmas.
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    "Best comedy of the year in Connecticut!"
    ~~Examiner.com
    "A rollicking comedy where one revelation builds on another..."
    ~~The Journal News

    Happy New Year 2015!  Change your calendars
               from 2014 to 2015.
              Enjoy your New Year's eve celebration, then plan to join us again in 2014.
    Caught in the Net
    By Ray Cooney
    January 10 - March 1, 2015
              The sequel to Run for Your Wife finds the bigamist taxi driver John Smith still keeping his two families in different parts of London, both happy and blissfully unaware of each other.
              However, his teenage children, a girl from one family and a boy from the other, have met on the Internet and are anxious to meet in person since they have so much in common name, surname and taxi driving dad!
              Keeping them apart plunges John into a hell hole of his own making. His lodger Stanley could be a savior, but he is about to go on holiday with his decrepit old father who turns up thinking he is already at the guest house.
              The situation spirals out of control as John juggles outrageously with the truth.
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    "Brilliant...The funniest play of the year."
    ~~Daily Mail
    "Utterly magical...firework display of knockabout comedy."
    ~~Spectator
    "A sheer joy from beginning to end."
    ~~Daily Telegraph

     
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    Seating
    (Seating assignment is by table number.)

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    Catering by Banquet Masters
    in the Early Bird Newsletter
    Buffet Menu

    Full Salad Bar
    Tossed Salad
    Pasta Salad
    Three-Potato Potato Salad
    Carrot Salad, Tomato Wedges
    Sliced Black Olives, Green Olives
    Cucumber Rings, Sliced Red Onions
    Sliced Beets, Assorted Sliced Pickles
    Italian Dressing, Ranch Dressing
    Entrees

    Virginia Baked Ham

    Carved Top Round Roast Beef
    with Au Jus and Horseradish

    Salmon Almandine

    Seasonal Chicken Entree

    Meatballs in
    Marinara Sauce or Baked Ziti
     



    Sides

    Long Grain Wild Rice

    Mashed Potatoes

    Vegetables


    Assorted Rolls and Butter
    Coffee and Ice Tea
    Dessert
    Chocolate Cake
    or Dessert DuJour

    Menu Subject to Change
    No smoking in the dining/seating areas.
    A gratuity for the wait staff is appreciated and not included in the admission.

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    Performances presented our new location:
     
    Early Bird Dinner Theatre
    13355 49th Street North
    Clearwater, Florida 33762

    For Reservations & Information call
    (727) 446-5898


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    Previous Presentations



    Set: Move Over Mrs. Markham
    January 10 - March 3, 2013

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    Cast: A Bad Year for Tomatoes
    March 13 - May 4,  2014

    Cast: Cookin With Gus
    May 8 - July 13,  2014
    Cast: Lend Me A Tenor
    January 11 - March 9,  2014

    Cast: Boeing Boeing
    November 7 - December 22,  2013

    Cast: Over the River
    And Through The Woods

    October,  2013

    Cast: Murder Among Friends
    March 7 - April 28,  2013

    Cast: Move Over Mrs. Markham
    January 10 - March 3,  2013

    Cast: Moon Over Buffalo
    September 8 - October 27,  2012

    Cast: Separate Beds
    April 26 - June 3,  2012

    Cast: Lie, Cheat, and Genuflect
    January 5 - February 26,  2012
     

    Cast: A Bedfull of Foreigners
    November 1 - December 23,  2012


    Cast: Nobody's Perfect
    June 14 - July 29,  2012

    Cast: What Is Susan's Secret
    March 1 - April 22,  2012
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    Cast: Leading Ladies
    September 8 - October 30,  2011
    Cast: Don't Dress for Dinner
    April 28 - June 19, 2011
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    Cast: The Dixie Swim Club
    January 6 - February 27, 2011
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    Cast: The Sensuous Senator
    November 3 - December 23,  2011

    Cast: Last of the Red Hot Lovers
    July 14 - September 4,  2011
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    Cast: Sex Please, We're Sixty!
    March 3 - April 24, 2011
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    Cast: How the Other Half Loves
    November 4 - December 26, 2010


    Cast: There's a Burglar In My Bed
    January 7 - February 28, 2010
     
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    Cast: The Kitchen Witches
    July 15 - September 5, 2010
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    Cast: Funny Money
    April 29 - June 20, 2010

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    Cast: Death by Chocolate
    March 4 - April 25, 2010
     

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    Cast & Crew: Bermuda Avenue Triangle
    January 2 - February 22, 2009
     
     

     

    Cast: Natalie Needs a Nightie
    February 25 - April 19, 2009

     

    Cast: Private Lives
    April 23 - June 14, 2009

     

    Cast: Anybody For Murder?
    November 5 - December 20, 2009
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    Cast: Out of Order
    January 3 - February 24, 2008

     

     
    Cast: Run For Your Wife
    February 28 - April 20, 2008

     
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    An Early Bird Special Presentation:

     

    World Premier


    Never Kiss A Naughty Nanny
    November 3 - December 23, 2007

     

    (Right: Fox 13 Charley's World, archived on YouTube.com: Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny )

         This section contains a link to youtube.com, and contains a 2-1/2 minutes of a TV News special report. We hope your computer is configured so you can see the video clip. It has sound, so remember to turn on your speakers! Drop us a note and let us know what you think: Webmaster.2013@EarlyBirdDinnerTheatre.com
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    Cast: Never Kiss A Naughty Nanny
    Pictured with playwright Michael Parker (L)

     

    Cast: Steel Magnolias
    February 22 - April 14, 2007

     
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    Cast: Sin, Sex, and The CIA
    November 2 - December 26, 2006
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    Cast: Deathtrap
    April 27 - June 18, 2006

     

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    Cast: Hotbed Hotel
    September 15 - November 6, 2005

    Cast: A Bedfull of Foreigners
    January 6 - February 27, 2005

     

     
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    Reviews

    Cookin' With Gus Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - May 5, 2014
    A Bad Year for Tomatoes Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - March 17, 2014
    Early Bird Dinner Theare opens in new location
             Tampa Bay Newspapers (TBNWeekly) - October 21, 2013
    Comedy on Tap at Early Bird Dinner Theatre
             Tampa Bay Newspapers (TBNWeekly) - January 10, 2013
    Moon Over Buffalo Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - September 24, 2012
    The Sensuous Senator Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - November 28, 2011
    Leading Ladies Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - October 3, 2011
    Last of the Red Hot Lovers Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - August 1, 2011
    Don't Dress for Dinner Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - May 23, 2011
    Best Dinner Theaters on Florida's Gulf Coast AssociatedContent (Yahoo!) - January 31, 2011
    The Dixie Swim Club Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - January 22, 2011
    How the Other Half Loves Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - November 22, 2010
    Lovers and Other Strangers Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - October 4, 2010
    Kitchen Witches
    Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - July 19, 2010
    Funny Money Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - May 10, 2010
    There's a Burglar in my Bed Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - January 11, 2010
    Anybody for Murder? Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - November 10, 2009
    Squabbles Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - September 7, 2009
    Private Lives Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - May 26, 2009
    Bermuda Avenue Triangle tickles opening night audience. St Petersburg Times - January 9, 2009
    Run For Your Wife Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - March 17, 2008
    Out of Order Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - January 19, 2008
    About.com:Tampa Bay Lee Zumpe article about Ed Fletcher and the Theatre
    Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny Fox 13 Charley's World archived, on YouTube.com
    Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny Review Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - December 4, 2007
    Never Kiss a Naughty Nanny Review Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - October 30, 2007
    Angel Street Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - September 5, 2007
    Pajama Tops Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - July 2, 2007
    Who's In Bed with the Butler Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - September 21, 2006
    Death Trap Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - May 4, 2006
    Whose Wives Are They Anyway? Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - Mar 16, 2006
    Crimes of the Heart Tampa Bay Newspapers (Online) - January 13, 2006

         Did you find a links to a reviews of any production at the Early Bird Dinner Theatre? Please send the address to the Webmaster.
    Epilogue
    Chris Tracey (1957-2008) St. Pete Times - June 14, 2008
    Early Bird Theatre remembers Chris Tracey Clearwater Citizen - July 9, 2008

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    This is reprinted from our February 2011 Newsletter:

    The Origins of the
    Early Bird Dinner Theatre
      

    Ed Fletcher
     
    1938-2012

              In our very first issue of the Early Bird Newsletter, we wrote about the origins of our theatre and how Founder and Producer, Ed Fletcher, had been at the helm all along.
              Now that we have had so many new patrons coming to the theatre, we thought that the story was worth repeating!
              Ed Fletcher first retired at the age of forty. But a born entrepreneur like Ed does not go quietly into the world of retirement. Fletcher opened a successful Art Gallery business in the Tampa Bay area that flourished for years.
              In the mid-1980's, he sold the Art Galleries and decided to write and produce his own screenplay. It was during that production that he began to discover how many talented actors there were in the Clearwater area.
              After the film was produced, Ed decided that these actors needed a theatre, and another career was born. He began his search and found a man who owned three restaurants. Fletcher jumped in and opened three dinner theatres in Seminole, Dunedin and New Port Richey. Now, local actors had three venues in which to work!
              When the restaurant owner retired in 1990, Ed quickly found a new venue at a banquet hall on Fort Harrison in downtown Clearwater. He built a stage and the theatre opened that same year. In fact, the very first production was the ever-successful show Social Security.

              The concept behind Early Bird Dinner Theatre is a simple one that meets the needs of the patrons. Ed knew that there were a lot of people who loved getting out for dinner and seeing a show, but still wanted to get home at an early hour.
              Thus, Early Bird Dinner Theatre was born.
              The formula behind this simple yet very effective idea was a smash hit, and the theatre remained at the Fort Harrison location for sixteen successful years.

              When the owner of that banquet hall retired, the theatre moved to its next location on McMullen Booth Road. Once again, Ed set to work to expand the stage and make improvements that would enhance productions.
              Early Bird is now in its fifth successful season in our new venue.
              "There's no doubt about it," said Mr. Fletcher, "if you're looking for excellent dining and exciting professional entertainment, the Early Bird Dinner Theatre is the best in the area."
              After almost twenty-five years of successful productions that bring great pleasure to both patrons and local actors, Ed Fletcher should know!
              Those of us who love theatre are very grateful to Ed for all his efforts to keep theatre alive and well in Tampa Bay.

    ~~ by Jennifer Sloan Early Bird Dinner Theatre Newsletter, February 2011 (Page 2)


    The Early Bird Dinner Theatre celebrated 25 years of Entertainment in 2012!

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    Contact us:
  • If you have suggestions/questions/comments about Public Relations,
             write to Theatre Liaison Susan.Lyons@EarlyBirdDinnerTheatre.com
  • If you have suggestions/questions/comments about the Newsletter,
             write to ListMaster.2013@EarlyBirdDinnerTheatre.com
  • If you have comments about the website,
             write the Webmaster.2013@EarlyBirdDinnerTheatre.com  
  • Visit us on Facebook.com: Early Bird Dinner Theatre
  •      For all other questions/comments about the Theatre, please call the Theatre at (727) 446-5898. The answering machine is available 24 hours a day.  However, we return calls only at reasonable hours. When you call, please leave your name, phone number, and a brief summary of your question or statement.
    Call to inquire about:
    Gift Certificates  -  Upcoming performances
    Arrangements for tour buses  -  Make or change reservations
    Dinner or beverage questions  -  Auditions
    You may also write to us:
    Early Bird Dinner Theatre
    13355 49th Street North
    Clearwater, Florida 33762
    Visit us on Facebook.com: Early Bird Dinner Theatre

    The YouTube video at top of our web page was written, created & edited by Jennifer Sloane.
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    Website opened July 31st 2004
    This page updated on .. July  25th  2014

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