CONTACT: Nicole Clayton
Public Relations Associate
(941) 366 – 9017 ext. 338
DATE: May 20, 2014
(Sarasota, FL) — America’s Premiere Doo-Wop group is coming to FST’s Court Cabaret as the first act in the Summer Cabaret Sidekicks Series.This dynamic a cappella group will perform their hit show, At The Hop, beginning June 10 and running through July 6. Subscriptions for all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. Single tickets range from $32-$36. Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org, by phone at (941) 366-9000, or by visiting the Box Office.
Performing songs of the 50s and 60s, this lively group entertains with a spontaneous humor and refreshing contemporary style of song. Celebrating their 25th anniversary, The Alley Cats are a perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing. Featuring songs such as “Life Could Be a Dream,” “Rock ‘N’ Roll Is Here To Stay,” and “Duke Of Earl.”
Florida Studio Theatre is thrilled to present this unique cabaret show At The Hop, showcasing a long-standing tradition of using only the voice to create a sound as grand as a full piece band complete with instruments and the best of musical technology. With their pitch-perfect harmonies and engaging fun performance style, this group has developed a broad fan base that spans all across the country.
Formed while studying music at Fullerton College, The Alley Cats began their musical journey in 1987 as a featured act in Disneyland’s “Blast to the Past”, a salute to the 1950s. Their long-standing relationship with Disney also took them to New York City, where they were featured during the world premiere of Disney’s animated film, “Hercules.” Their accomplishments also include numerous TV shows, radio jingles, and thousands of live stage performances.
FST Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins, speaks to the reputation they have garnered throughout their years of performing stating, “I first saw the Alley Cats a few years ago opening for Jay Leno in Las Vegas. This is a show that is not only funny and bright, but presents the purest harmonies that made Doo-Wop famous. This group has earned their reputation as America’s premiere Doo-Wop singing group. I am thrilled to welcome this dynamic act to FST.”
President of Alley Cats Music, Inc. and a performer in the group, Mando Fonseca, speaks to the inspiration that drives this group to keep making music of this artistic style. “We find it important to continue the tradition of “street corner” harmony because of its purity, ease for any type of singer (novice or professional) and because it is an American art form, one of the few. We are very excited to return to FST and are hoping it can be a tradition.”
The Alley Cats will perform their hit show, At The Hop, beginning June 10 and running through July 6. Subscriptions for all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. Single tickets range from $32-$36. Subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased online at FloridaStudioTheatre.org, by phone at (941) 366-9000, or by visiting the Box Office.
About Florida Studio Theatre
Known as Sarasota’s Contemporary Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre was founded in 1973 by Jon Spelman. Starting out as a small touring company, FST traveled to places such as migrant camps and prisons. The company eventually settled down into a permanent home, acquiring the former Woman’s Club building – now renamed the Keating Theatre. In the years that followed, Florida Studio Theatre established itself as a major force in American Theatre, presenting contemporary theatre in its five theatre venues: the Keating Theatre, the renovated Gompertz Theatre, the Goldstein Cabaret, the John C. Court Cabaret, and the Bowne Lab Theatre.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to a broad-based audience. Under Richard Hopkins, Artistic Director and CEO, FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. As FST grows and expands, it continues to provide audiences with challenging, contemporary drama and innovative programs.
2014 Summer Season
Pump Boys & Dinettes – June 4
Becoming Dr. Ruth – June 25
Taking Shakespeare – July 23
At The Hop – June 10
Clearly Invisible – July 8
Somewhere Over The Rose – August 5
FST Improv – June 7
Sarasota Improv Festival – July 11 & 12