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Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel

Step back in time with the Henry B. Plant Museum and enjoy the single-character performances that bring turn-of–the-century Tampa Bay Hotel staff members and guests to life.

Each character is based wholly or in part on actual hotel staff and guests.  Based on original research conducted by the Henry Plant Museum, these characters recreate the attitudes and mores of a bygone time, along with the sorrows and joys of their existence.  Catch a glimpse of life at the Hotel through the eyes of each individual character.  From the reminiscences of Henry Plant himself on what led him to build such a palace, to the letters home written by a Spanish-American War soldier, you will learn more about the time period through each character’s particular vantage point. Performances are 30 minutes. Arrive early as seating is limited seating and available on a first-come first-served basis.

Upstairs/Downstairs is graciously underwritten by Mosaic and with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

Upstairs/Downstairs at the Tampa Bay Hotel with Mr. & Mrs. Bergner

Community Room 4537 Lowell Road

Gilded Age visitors Mr. and Mrs. Bergner have arrived to see and be seen, but what should this wealthy duo wear to appear their best? This humorous performance demonstrates the many layers worn in the 19th century and examines the reasons for this time period’s elaborate clothing and accessories.