Planned Giving Matters

by Jordan Faddis On December 3, Florida Studio Theatre will hold a celebration honoring those who have made lifetime commitments to FST through planned giving. The event will include dedication ceremonies for both FST’s recently renovated artistic producing offices and its new costume studio. Florida Studio Theatre received a generous Legacy gift from the Muriel O’Neil Fund for Performing Arts of Community Foundation of Sarasota … Continue reading Planned Giving Matters

A Marquee Season with Challenges and Entertainment

We have a fantastic Mainstage line-up this Winter! It is the kind of season that comes together every five or ten years. It’s a “marquee” season: three of the plays received highly successful, high-profile Broadway productions and the fourth is a World Premiere. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder won the Tony Award for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Direction, and … Continue reading A Marquee Season with Challenges and Entertainment

Fall Improv Raises the Stakes

by Sarah Durham With three groups, seven in-house teams, workshops around the globe, and weekly shows, not to mention the annual Sarasota Improv Festival, FST’s Improv program might be the most ambitious in all of Florida. This fall, we’re kicking off an all new Improv season with the audience favorite, Out of Bounds, where two teams of improvisers go head-to-head to compete for the most … Continue reading Fall Improv Raises the Stakes

Children’s Theatre Grows

by Caroline Kaiser Now in its third year, FST’s Children’s Theatre series is soaring to new heights with magic, adventure, and holiday spirit for the whole family. First up is a new take on the timeless classic, Peter Pan. Journey with Peter and friends to Neverland, a magical island where there are no parents, no chores, and fairies and pirates rule! This show is the … Continue reading Children’s Theatre Grows

Singin’ It Like the Women Lived It

by Lydia Baxter “We were poor but we had love. That’s the one thing that Daddy made sure of,” sang Loretta Lynn in her most famous song, “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” For the most influencial female singer-songwriters of all time — including Lynn along with artists like Joni Mitchel, June Carter-Cash, Dolly Parton, and countless others, music not only transformed their lives, their music was their … Continue reading Singin’ It Like the Women Lived It

From Under the Street Lamps and Into the Spotlight

by Becca Jennings Its roots were simple: Acappella singing, tight, four-part harmonies, and straightforward lyrics — sometimes with a few non-sensible made-up words like “dip dip dip and sha-boom.” Unchained Melodies celebrates the great harmony groups of the 20th century — an era of music where voices sounded like finely tuned instruments. Where there are limited resources there is often creative ingenuity. Without musical instruments … Continue reading From Under the Street Lamps and Into the Spotlight

Straight from Broadway

by Meg Gilbert and Becca Jennings Time Out New York has called her “one of the best experimental playwrights in America.” She’s the first and only Asian American woman to have her work produced on Broadway. She’s a two-time Obie Award-winner and a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient. And this season, Young Jean Lee’s complexly explosive avant-garde play, Straight White Men, is coming straight from Broadway to … Continue reading Straight from Broadway

Knives and Niceties, Poise and Poison

by Michael Nichols Monty Navarro is a poor, but lovable, heir to nothing, who has just buried his beloved mother. When an old family friend reveals that Monty is, in fact, ninth in line to a powerful earldom, young Navarro plans to reclaim the wealth and prestige so cruelly denied any way he can. Bees? Cannibals? A swim under the ice? There are so many … Continue reading Knives and Niceties, Poise and Poison

A Gentleman’s Guide to Multi-Casting

by Ben Southerland In A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, dexterous actor Richard Henry plays eight different characters in the span of two hours. If that sounds exhausting, you might find it hard to imagine that he will also die over 600 times this season on FST’s stage–more times than any other actor to date. So, why cast the same actor to play so … Continue reading A Gentleman’s Guide to Multi-Casting

How to Obtain a Title (Without Killing Anyone)

by Michael Nichols Marry the current holder or immediate heir of a hereditary title (Like Meghan Markle did!) The former American actress is now known as “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Sussex, Countess of Dumbarton, and Baroness Kilkeel.” And all she had to do was marry Prince Harry. Convince Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to give you a life peerage If romancing a noble … Continue reading How to Obtain a Title (Without Killing Anyone)