Like the music pioneer Stevie Wonder, Sean Holland II was born and raised in Michigan, where Sean has performed in some of the state’s most prestigious venues. Now, he brings the music of his fellow Michigander to life onstage in FST’s lively Cabaret, A Place in the Sun: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder. We sat down with Sean to talk about the importance of versatility … Continue reading Stevie Wonder and The Eye of Imagination: Artist Spotlight on Sean Holland II
When Marissa Gast moved to Sarasota to be an Acting Apprentice at FST, she knew she would spend a year learning from FST’s team of professional artists, but she had no idea that she would be a key cast member of one of FST’s Mainstage productions. Marissa Gast makes her FST Mainstage debut this season with What the Constitution Means to Me, an Obie Award-winning … Continue reading Debating Our Country’s Future – With Marissa Gast of “What the Constitution Means to Me”
When Obie Award-winning playwright Heidi Schreck was a teenager, she traveled the United States giving speeches about The Constitution for prize money. These experiences inspired her to write What the Constitution Means to Me, an engaging and entertaining play that is now playing in FST’s Keating Theatre. Actress Amy Bodnar, who has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in national tours, plays Schreck in FST’s production … Continue reading Taking on A Dream Role – With Amy Bodnar of “What the Constitution Means to Me”
This Season, FST Improv has a never-before-seen show every week to keep you laughing till springtime. Beginning January 21, Life’s a Beach, perhaps the most-loved FST Improv show of the Season, returns! This revue-style performance features sketches, musical numbers, and popular improv games that pay special tribute to this beautiful spot in paradise that we hold so dear. From the epic, annual snowbird migration and … Continue reading Looking to Beat the Winter Blues?
Florida Studio Theatre’s award-winning arts-in education program, WRITE A PLAY, is back in full swing! The program kicked off in September with a bold new interpretation of Charlotte’s Web, bringing classes and educational groups to FST’s campus. One Tuttle Elementary student said, “This is my first field trip, and it’s the best one ever!” Another student, Michael M., shared, “That was phenomenal, I would give … Continue reading WRITE A PLAY Reaches Farther
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, FST’s Stage III Series returns to the Bowne’s Lab stage. Designed for the adventurous theatre-goer, Stage III produces edgy plays that are challenging in content and unique in form. This year’s lineup is particularly exciting, featuring two World Premieres and one Regional Premiere. THE CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE The process of getting pregnant and preparing to welcome a … Continue reading Welcome to the Edge: Stage III Returns
Has an FST production ever inspired you to want to get involved in the theatre as a creator or arts appreciator? From center stage to the writer’s room to the rehearsal hall, the FST School offers theatre fans a myriad of opportunities to dive more deeply into the art form. At the FST school, students learn from the professionals through classes in Acting, Improvisation, Playwrighting, … Continue reading Go Backstage or Onstage With The FST School
FST’s latest hit Cabaret, The ’70s: More Than A Decade, opens with “A Fifth of Beethoven” written by Walter Murphy and the Big Apple Band and adapted by FST Resident Pianist Jim Prosser. “Jim takes classical and well-known songs and turns them on their heads,” said Managing Director and Cabaret Developer Rebecca Hopkins. “He wants audiences to know the words and the music. He wants … Continue reading Jim Prosser’s 30th Year With FST!
This Winter, FST presents the Regional Premiere of Network, a thrilling dramatic retelling of the 1976 Academy Award-winning film by Paddy Chayefsky. Adapted by Lee Hall, Network follows Howard Beale, a veteran anchorman who is fired for not bringing in enough viewers. Furious that he is being let go after 25 years with the network, Howard has a mental breakdown live on air during his … Continue reading Network: A Human Story
Kevin Loreque was last seen at FST in 2014 playing Patsy in Monty Python’s Spamalot, an outrageous parody of the legend of King Arthur and his search for the Holy Grail. This season, he shows off his dramatic acting skills in the Obie Award-winning play, What the Constitution Means to Me, now playing in FST’s Keating Theatre through February 26, 2023. Over the course of the 90-minute play, … Continue reading The Man of Many Hats: Meet Kevin Loreque of “What the Constitution Means to Me”