|Arthur W. Marks, Danny Bernardy, and Rainbow Dickerson. Photos by Maria Lyle and Amy Steinmetz.
|Million Dollar Quartet
by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
November 9, 2016 – January 1, 2017
Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical inspired by the true story of the famed recording session in 1956 at Sun Records Studio. They came together to make music. They ended up making history.
“Explosive vitality” – The New York Times
Clever Little Lies
by Joe DiPietro
December 14, 2016 – March 4, 2017
Secrets are exposed and clever little lies are crafted when a confidence shared between father and son escalates into an unexpected family disclosure that could change everything. Shattering and hilarious, Clever Little Lies is a story of long-term love and marriage…for better…and for worse.
“Touching” – The New York Times
brownsville song (b-side for tray)
by Kimber Lee
January 25, 2017 – March 26, 2017
Tray Thompson is not just a name, not just a statistic. Set against the gritty backdrop of rundown Brooklyn, brownsville song is a poignant, and uplifting story of one family’s courage and endurance after a senseless act of gang violence alters a high school senior’s dreams forever. REGIONAL PREMIERE!
“Poignant…vivid” – The New York Times
by Victoria Stewart
April 5, 2017 – May 26, 2017
Rich Girl is a clever and contemporary comedy about women and their relationship to men, mothers, and money – in that order. Can they ever really coexist? REGIONAL PREMIERE!
“Clever detail” – Talkin Broadway
|Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
by Rebecca Hopkins with Arrangements by Jim Prosser
October 5, 2016 – January 29, 2017
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves celebrates the women who have captivated the world with their dynamic personalities and fierce vocals. From the 1970s to today, female artists have been pop pioneers; pushing boundaries and charting new musical territory. Featuring songs by powerhouse performers such as Cher, Tina Turner, Reba McEntire, and Peggy Lee. “If you really want something you can.. make it happen” – Cher
by Richard Hopkins and Catherine Randazzo
with Caroline Kaiser and Arrangements by Jim Prosser
November 30, 2016 – March 31, 2017
A tribute to the virtuosity and elegance of the “piano man,” Piano Men features the works of the 20th Century’s best pianists such as Billy Joel, Elton John, and Barry Manilow with songs such as “Piano Man,” “Your Song,” and “I Write the Songs.”
“Music is… an explosive expression of humanity” – Billy Joel
Older Than Dirt
by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins
with Arrangements by Jim Prosser
February 8, 2017 – June 4, 2017
Getting old is not for sissies, but it sure is good for a laugh. This musical comedy revue provides a witty and heartfelt 360 degree view of aging. Featuring songs by Shel Silverstein, Adam Sandler, and Neil Young, Older Than Dirt takes the audience on a journey through the pitfalls and perks of aging. Featuring songs such as “When I’m 64,” “Don’t Be Ashamed of Your Age,” and “Forever Young.”
“The secret of staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age” – Lucille Ball
| Stage III returns to Florida Studio Theatre in the 43rd season. This offbeat program brings work to the Sarasota stage from both ends of the spectrum. Stage III is dedicated to the presentation of socially significant productions, stimulating audiences by presenting challenging content and unique form.
|Stalking the Bogeyman
by Markus Potter, original story by David Holthouse
January 4, 2017 – January 15, 2017
Stalking the Bogeyman follows renowned journalist David Holthouse’s secret pursuit of justice for a crime hidden for 25 years. This new play explores the dangers of vengeance, the power of forgiveness, and the strength of family
“Grippingly intense” – London News
by Johnna Adams
February 15, 2017 – February 26, 2017
A parent/teacher conference begins as a mystery, with a distraught mother seeking answers from an emotionally overwhelmed teacher as to why her son, Gidion, has been suspended from his 5th grade class.Gidion may have been bullied severely-or he may have been an abuser. As his story is slowly uncovered, the women try to reconstruct a satisfying explanation for Gidion’s act and come to terms with excruciating feelings of culpability. “Riveting, explosive” – Chicago Critic
by George Brant
March 22, 2017 – April 2, 2017
An ace fighter pilot is reassigned to desk duty following an unexpected pregnancy. After the birth of her child, she is relegated to operating drones from her base in Las Vegas. As she destroys enemies from the safety of a control room, Grounded takes us on a journey of self-discovery, identity, and morality.
“A searing piece of writing” – The Guardian
|The Velveteen Rabbit
by Kevin Del Aguila
Springing to life for a whole new generation is the enchanting tale of a toy bunny who longs to become real. Complete with a wise old rocking horse, an assortment of toys, and even a magical fairy, this timeless story uses the audience’s imagination to transform the actors and their simple props. A joyous celebration of imagination, creativity, and the power of a child’s love.
“As beautifully engaging for adults as for children” – Entertainment Weekly
Deck The Halls!
by Patrick A. Jackson and Caroline Kaiser
The holidays are hotter than ever in Florida! Get in the holiday spirit with FST- Florida style. Join us as we deck the palms with bows of holly and have a very sandy Christmas! In this brand new interactive children’s show full of favorite carols, festive sketches, and family fun we will celebrate everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special.
Alice With A Twist
Follow Alice down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland in this interactive improvised twist on the classic children’s story. What kooky characters will she meet along the way? How will she find her way out of Wonderland? YOU decide. Created in the spirit of “Choose Your Own Story” theatre, this show is an opportunity for your child to be a part of Alice’s adventure!
The Dragon vs. the Hiccups & Other Winning Plays
by various young playwrights
Join us for the final show of the Children’s Theatre season, The Dragon vs. The Hiccups and Other Winning Plays. Wise, heartfelt, and often hilarious this anthology of award-winning short plays highlights the most creative and imaginative writing from Elementary school students. Performed by a cast of professional actors, these authentic stories from the minds of children contain laughter, lessons, and learning for us all.