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At Long Last with Max Meyers

In Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s Broadway musical Bright Star, actor Max Meyers plays Billy Cane, a fresh-faced, hopeful soldier who has just returned home from World War II. While many soldiers came back to America clouded in darkness, Billy comes back to North Carolina with his optimism intact and a determination to achieve his dream of becoming a writer. We sat down with Max … Continue reading At Long Last with Max Meyers

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The Sun is Gonna Shine On Alice

Meredith Jones is no stranger to FST – she charmed audiences as Patsy Cline in last summer’s production of Always…Patsy Cline and brought down the house in Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves. Jones returns to FST to play Alice Murphy, a steely copy editor, in Edie Brickell and Steve Martin’s Broadway musical  Bright Star.  We sat down with Meredith to talk about the dramatic range of … Continue reading The Sun is Gonna Shine On Alice

The Hometown Heartthrob

Blake Price started performing when he realized that becoming a professional athlete might not be the best way to go. He went on to act in his first feature film during his junior year of high school, and is now developing one himself. This winter, Blake is bringing his storytelling savvy to Sarasota in FST’s production of Bright Star.  Blake plays Jimmy Ray, the quick-witted, flirtatious … Continue reading The Hometown Heartthrob

Towards A Fervent Theatre

Welcome back. It’s the beginning of a new season. And this new beginning is filled with anticipation, excitement, and just the right amount of gleeful fear. Why? Because now, we set out on a journey to bring the best in contemporary theatre to one of the best audiences in the country. I am entering my 40th Season as your Artistic Director. When I started in … Continue reading Towards A Fervent Theatre

Honoring the Dangerous Ladies

By Camryn MacIver Florida Studio Theatre is proud to present The Suffragist Project, an artistic and community-wide celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. With FST at the helm, the Project has brought together over 50 community partners that will each host their own programming in honor of the monumental milestone. Partners … Continue reading Honoring the Dangerous Ladies

Eminent Entertainment

By Benedict Burgess FST Improv returns, reviving old favorites and expanding into new forms. The season kicks off with audience favorite Out of Bounds, a competitive improv show where teams face off in a gut-busting battle. “We’re doing things a little differently this year,” says Will Luera, FST’s Director of Improv. “We’re forming a total of eight distinct teams. Every Saturday night, the audience decides … Continue reading Eminent Entertainment

Anyone Can Be a Storyteller

By Meg Gilbert One big idea shines through FST’s 4th Annual Children’s Theatre Season: anyone can be a storyteller. “Using the imagination and innovation that audiences have come to expect from FST, we will tell stories of truth and family for a new generation this season,” shared Caroline Kaiser, FST’s Director of Children’s Theatre. Starting November 30, FST’s Children’s Theatre celebrates the holidays with Deck … Continue reading Anyone Can Be a Storyteller

Melting Pot Music

By Lydia Baxter It sounded like heartbreak, but with a rock & roll twist and a flair for the soulful. Featuring the sounds of hard knock living and home-style storytelling, FST’s rousing new musical revue, Outlaws and Angels, captures an American spirit with themes of freedom, faith, and family. From country’s classics like Hank Williams and “Outlaws” like Willie Nelson, to contemporaries like Miranda Lambert, … Continue reading Melting Pot Music

Dean Martin & The Legacy of a King

By Lydia Baxter Charisma. Comedy. Confidence. Dean Martin was “The King of Cool.” Elvis Presley admired him. Marilyn Monroe partied with him. And Frank Sinatra was his wingman. FST’s newest Cabaret, That’s Amoré! celebrates the great songbook and talent of Dean Martin. Featuring music that put Martin on the map, with classics like, “Everybody Loves Somebody,” “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head,” and “Volare,” … Continue reading Dean Martin & The Legacy of a King

Shine On, Bright Star

By Lydia Baxter We’ve all had musicals and movies that we grew up with, featuring songs or scenes we just can’t knock from our memories. For me, it was Guys and Dolls and West Side Story. For comedian Steve Martin, it was The Music Man and Oklahoma. For American singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, it was The Sound of Music. What is it about these musicals that cause … Continue reading Shine On, Bright Star