On Higher Ground with Nygel D. Robinson

Having charmed audiences with his Rock & Roll rhythms in the record-breaking 2018 Cabaret Blue Suede Shoes and his polished charm in the 2020 hit revue That’s Amoré, Nygel D. Robinson returns to Sarasota to “tickle the ivories” in FST’s all-new musical revue Three Pianos. We sat down with Robinson to learn more about his relationship with the piano and what it’s been like to … Continue reading On Higher Ground with Nygel D. Robinson

Peek Behind the Curtain with Carole J. Bufford

Nothing keeps Carole J. Bufford down. Less than two years after her last appearance at FST, this critically acclaimed Cabaret star returns to the stage with Vintage POP!, an all-new musical revue following the transformation of popular music over the past century. With audiences and critics heralding Bufford as “exceptional,” “outstanding,” and “a boat-load of pizzazz and charm,” is it any surprise that the show … Continue reading Peek Behind the Curtain with Carole J. Bufford

Striking Chords

For over three hundred years, pianos have been the backbone of popular music. From classical composers to singer-songwriter superstars, musicians have turned to the keys to create some of the most iconic and influential compositions to date. Now, Florida Studio Theatre proudly presents Three Pianos, an all-new musical revue celebrating artists who redefined one of the most timeless instruments. Producing Artistic Director Richard Hopkins returns … Continue reading Striking Chords

Write What You Know: A Classroom’s Timely Musical

When Mrs. Mills asked her Booker Middle School theatre class what kind of musical they might like to write, inspired by a real person or event, and what the title song would be, the students bubbled with creative ideas. “I kicked the brainstorm off with King Tut: The Musical…and the title song would be ‘Wrappin’ in Style,’” said Mrs. Mills. One student suggested Ponce de … Continue reading Write What You Know: A Classroom’s Timely Musical

A Classic Career

From swing standards to rock classics, Carole J. Bufford has a knack for giving vintage records a shiny new spin. But how did she become, as The New York Times puts it, “a 21st century Barbra Streisand?” Bufford says her earliest musical memory is her at three-years-oldserenading her childhood church in Lincolnton, Georgia, with “Jesus Loves Me.” Later, Bufford performed in pageants and studied the … Continue reading A Classic Career

The Advantages of Vintage

By Benedict Burgess We’ve all had those moments. You turn on the radio. You put on a record. The harmonies and melodies swirl until suddenly you’re somewhere else entirely – a dream, a memory, now unlocked with just the right key. Carole J. Bufford is a master of such moments. Called a “21st century Barbra Streisand” by The New York Times and heralded as “One … Continue reading The Advantages of Vintage

Improv Returns!

If laughter is indeed the best medicine, then FST’s resident Improv team is fully stocked. FST Improv returns this spring with Triple Play, a special improv showcase specifically designed to entertain from a distance.  Beginning March 20, three improvisers, an emcee, and an improvisational musician to provide comedic accompaniment, will each return to the FST stage. Like our year-round Improv shows, these improvisers will draw … Continue reading Improv Returns!

Here To Serve You

The stages are set. The costumes are made. The talent is warming up in the wings. But our audiences’ theatre-going experience wouldn’t be complete without a little help from the people behind FST’s Green Room Cafe & Bar, who are just as eager as our artists and administrative staff to welcome you back to the theatre. “What is so special about FST’s Green Room is … Continue reading Here To Serve You

A Spirited Summer Season

They say that the best things in life are worth waiting for, and we couldn’t agree more. This summer, FST returns to full production with a lively three-show Mainstage Series and a three-show Cabaret Series that celebrates the joy and resilience of contemporary theatre. Big Characters. Big Impact. FST’s 29th Summer Mainstage Season kicks off with Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, one of the most … Continue reading A Spirited Summer Season

Killer Keys

While Carole J. Bufford entertains with Vintage POP! in FST’s Keating Theatre, across the street in FST’s Gompertz Theatre, audiences are singing along to classics like “Crocodile Rock” and “Just the Way You Are.” Helping FST welcome audiences back to the theatre is its newest musical revue, Three Pianos, celebrating musical pioneers who refused to fit the mold of “rock star” and forged their own … Continue reading Killer Keys