The lineup of Tampa Theatre’s inaugural speaker series, Limelight, is irresistibly eclectic: legendary football coach Lou Holtz (Mar. 12); theoretical physicist Michio Kaku (Apr. 4); NBC correspondent and presidential daughter Jenna Bush Hager (Apr. 23); Florida’s favorite columnist/novelist/pot-stirrer Carl Hiaasen (May 14); and renowned photographer Platon (June 6). Series subscriptions are on sale now for $275-$375 at the theater’s box office and online for an additional fee. A select number of Platinum packages (premium seating, cocktail receptions) are also available. Fun fact from the Tampa Theatre crew: The word “limelight” derives from the invention in the early 1800s of theatrical lighting technology using quicklime, which bathed any scene in an intense white glow when burned at a temperature of more than 4500°F and focused through a thick glass lens. For the first time, plays could simulate sunlight, and individual performers could be highlighted. The technology’s name soon took on a life of its own, forever associated with the bright glow of fame. Look for Limelight’s famous speakers to shed new light on their areas of expertise.
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