The Resilience of the People’s Music

Pickup trucks. Dirt roads. Cowboy hats. …Electric guitar solos? Since its inception, the definition of what constitutes “country music” has been ever-evolving. In its early days, country was called “hillbilly music,” created by European immigrants who settled in the foothills of Appalachia with their folksy ballads and fiddles in tow. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, the heart of country was cowboy songs and bluegrass. Then, … Continue reading The Resilience of the People’s Music

Artist Spotlight: Meet The Wanderers’ Travis Keith Battle

Travis Keith Battle is making his FST debut he is certainly no stranger to doo-wop. He has also performed in shows like Dreamgirls and Memphis, which both feature influences of the genre. We sat down with Travis to learn more about his experiences working on The Wanderers, from what he enjoys most about Sarasota audiences, to why doo-wop is such a challenging art form and … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Meet The Wanderers’ Travis Keith Battle

Artist Spotlight: Meet The Wanderers’ Ryan Morales

New to FST, Ryan Morales brings his interpretation of vocal harmony to the sounds of doo-wop & rock & roll. Ryan has performed in other productions of shows like Flashdance: The Musical, Joseph & The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, & Chicago. However, The Wanderers is his first Cabaret. So we sat down with Ryan to learn more about his experiences with vocal harmony, his favorite songs to … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Meet The Wanderers’ Ryan Morales

Melting Pot Music…Electrified

When most people think “Country Music,” geographically, they often think about the Southern or Midwestern United States. But country is true “melting pot music,” with roots from literally all around the world. The fiddle, from Europe. The banjo, from Africa. The mandolin, from Italy. And with each addition, the genre evolved, splitting off like tree branches, and giving birth to more and more nuanced subgenres … Continue reading Melting Pot Music…Electrified

The Magic is Back Again

Grab your magic wands, your imagination, and the edge of your seats, because FST’s Weekend Children’s Theatre Series is back! “This year, families can expect shows that are enjoyable for both children and adults. Whether it’s getting the audience to help encourage Cinderella to go to the ball or reminding adults of their favorite Aesop’s fable, this year’s lineup is sure to create memorable experiences … Continue reading The Magic is Back Again

“Feel-Good Music” is In Order!

“Rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.” – Plato FST is thrilled to kick off its Winter Cabaret Season with The Wanderers, a musical celebration of the great male harmony groups of the 1950s along with the artists they helped inspire in the 1960s. Featuring such timeless hits as “At the Hop,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” … Continue reading “Feel-Good Music” is In Order!

Buddy Holly Lives

By Jack Getz Buddy Holly played from his heart. And FST’s Winter Mainstage opener, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, goes straight to the heart of who he was. Playwright Alan Janes’ Buddy is a different animal. The mind behind this musical doesn’t love Holly’s music because it’s old. Janes loves it because it’s good. After seeing FST’s take on Alan Janes’ musical, we believe you’ll … Continue reading Buddy Holly Lives

The Genesis of Rock & Roll

Before The Beatles or The Stones ever played a note, popular music was forever changed by the bespectacled kid from Lubbock, Texas: Buddy Holly. Now, FST is thrilled to kick off our Winter Mainstage Series with the story of his rise from a small town Country music performer to Rock & Roll stardom. Featuring over a dozen of Buddy’s hits, including “That Will Be the … Continue reading The Genesis of Rock & Roll

Artist Spotlight: Meet The Swingaroos’ Assaf Gleizner

Assaf Gleizner has co-created several shows that have premiered at FST with The Swingaroos, the Swing-era territory band that he started with vocalist Kimberly Hawkey. Now, he is back to highlight the greatest hits of the 1920s-1960s with an all-new show, Jukebox Saturday Night. We sat down with Assaf to learn more about personal connection to music, how he decided to become a musician, and about music’s … Continue reading Artist Spotlight: Meet The Swingaroos’ Assaf Gleizner

Harmony Heads Up The Season

Fall in love with the music of the ‘50s and the ‘60s all over again with this season’s Winter Cabaret opener, The Wanderers! In this charming new music revue, our cast of four accomplished performers will transport you back to simpler times with their tight harmonies, slick choreography, and, of course, matching jackets. Honoring the dynamic harmony groups of the mid-20th century—from The Four Seasons … Continue reading Harmony Heads Up The Season