Before there was Bette Midler, Mae West, or Miss Piggy, there was Sophie Tucker. Armed with a quick wit and a powerful voice, Sophie Tucker defied all stereotypes and expectations to become one of the most popular entertainers of the first half of the 20th century. She emerged from an era flush with flappers, a large woman with even larger personality – a woman who … Continue reading An FST Favorite Comes “Home”
Pack your bags! This summer, FST is taking the whole family on a one-of-a-kind musical road trip with On The Road Again, an all-new touring live performance. Featuring songs like “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” “Surfin’ USA,” and “Deep in the Heart of Texas,” we will celebrate all that makes this country special from sea to shining sea. “We modeled this show off of our … Continue reading FST Children’s Theatre Goes “On The Road!”
Do you remember the first award, trophy, or moment of recognition that you received as a kid? Remember how proud and excited you were? That’s how over 100 playwrights from across the country and as far as Scotland and Israel felt this year on FST’s Young Playwrights Festival Day. Over the course of 30 years, FST has reached over one million students through WRITE A … Continue reading Celebrating 30 Years of WRITE A PLAY!
Beginning this June, the stage lights will sparkle across FST’s beautiful Parisian Cabaret theatres for the first time in over a year. We are thrilled to bring you three sizzling musical revues starring some of the country’s top cabaret artists who will serenade Sarasota audiences with revolutionary Rock & Roll, crooner classics, and timeless swing standards. GOODNESS GRACIOUS! The Cabaret Series kicks off with Great … Continue reading A Summer of Stories and Song
FST Improv heads into summer with the return of its most popular show, Life’s a Beach, our go-to show for celebrating (and poking fun at) all things “Sarasota.” Drawing inspiration from audience suggestions, the cast of FST Improv weaves sketches, musical numbers, and classic improv games that pay special tribute to this beautiful spot in paradise we hold so dear. From the epic annual snowbird … Continue reading Life’s a “Beach!”…Why Not Laugh About It?
Will Luera has been a fixture of Sarasota’s blossoming improv scene since 2014, when he joined Florida Studio Theatre as its Director of Improv. Since then, Will and his family have made this little slice of paradise – with its countless roundabouts and annual New Years Eve pineapple drop – their home. We sat down with Luera to learn more about FST Improv’s summer show, … Continue reading Poking Fun at the Place You Call Home with Will Luera
She’s bawdy. She’s naughty. And she’s BACK! Florida Studio Theatre is thrilled to reopen its Mainstage with one of the “hottest” shows in FST history, celebrating the one, the only, the incomparable Miss Sophie Tucker. Inspired by the real life and artistic impact of one of the most popular entertainers of the first half of the 20th century, Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red … Continue reading Getting Hotter All the Time!
In 2020, Madalyn McHugh brought grit and grace to FST’s Goldstein Cabaret with her stunning Sarasota debut in the hit country music revue Outlaws & Angels. This spring, McHugh returned to Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre to “make the earth move” and share more beautiful music in FST’s all-new musical revue Three Pianos. We sat down with McHugh to learn more about her lifelong love affair with … Continue reading Queen of the Keys with Madalyn McHugh
Two years after making his FST debut in the hit 2019 Summer Cabaret Who Loves You: A Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond, the one-and-only Michael Maricondi has returned to dazzle audiences with his top notch piano playing in FST’s all-new musical revue, Three Pianos. We sat down with Michael to learn more about how he fell in love with “the keys” and what … Continue reading A Welcome Return with Michael Maricondi
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