This Week at Florida Studio Theatre, 2015 – 2016 Winter Season Announced!

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 This Week at Florida Studio Theatre              September 21, 2015
We are excited to announce our 2015 – 2016 Mainstage and Cabaret Seasons! Click here to check out the Season Announcement in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
The Cabaret season kicks off on October 15 in the John C. Court Cabaret with Soul Mates: A Journey to Hitsville, by Bill Castellino and Human Nature with David Rudder. The show features the greatest memories and music of the sound that changed America forever. Following Soul Mates is Yesterday by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Jim Prosser, featuring the chart topping iconic songs of the British Invasion. Closing the Winter Cabaret is the smart satirical sketch comedy show, Laughing Matters (vol. 5) Lock the Gates written by Rebecca Hopkins, Jim Prosser, and Adam Ratner. Producing Artistic Director, Richard Hopkins spoke on the upcoming season, “This Cabaret Season showcases some of the most extraordinary poets, lyricists, and composers of the 20th century.”
This Mainstage season starts off in the Gompertz Theatre on November 20 with the BROADWAY HIT, One Man, Two Guvnors by Richard Bean, based on Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters. Francis Henshall, a disarming and doltish man, finds himself employed by a local gangster and a notorious criminal. While desperately trying to prevent discovery of his dual employment, inspired insanity, high-low antics, and nimble wordplay ensue – all backed by live musicians paying homage to rockabilly and a certain Fab Four. Following the first mainstage show are the REGIONAL PREMIERES of Butler by Richard Strand, Outside Mullingar by John Patrick Shanley, and closing with Alabama Story by Kenneth Jones.
This Mainstage season takes audiences all around the world from Brighton, England, to Fort Union, Virginia, to Mullingar, Ireland, ending in Montgomery, Alabama. FST strives with every season to produce theatre that challenges with as much gusto as it entertains, and this season is no exception. Hopkins shares his final thoughts on the Winter Mainstage Season stating, “We have an exciting season ahead. FST began as an artist’s theatre, and it remains as such to this day. We do not hold a myopic view of the artist. The work we choose to produce and efforts we extend to begin important conversation in our community, all focus around our audience. After all, it is not uncommon for the ‘artist’ to come from the audience. These are your plays: the reflection of your life and of the world we live in.”
Subscriptions and single tickets are NOW on sale. Call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000 or visit us online at to order your tickets today.
Youth/Adult Education Classes
Featured Teaching Artist – Adam Ratner
Adam Ratner. Photo by Carla Varisco.
FST is ready for all new sessions of Youth and Adult Education Fall classes starting this week. From the beginning student to the serious performer, the FST School is a program designed to advance any performer in classes of acting, music, dance and improvisation. Gearing up for Fall classes, the teaching staff at FST is preparing for a whirlwind of a season with Lead Teaching Artist, Adam Ratner.
Adam Ratner has been a part of Florida Studio Theatre for nearly 30 years. He began as a student in the Children’s Acting Program and as a performer in the improvisational comedy troupe, The Kids Komedy Club in the 1980’s. After receiving his acting degree from Florida State University in 1999 and living in New York City, he returned to FST where he became a member of the Education Staff as Lead Teaching Artist, actor, playwright, and Coordinator of the Young Playwrights Festival. On the FST campus, Adam teaches an array of acting, theatre arts, and improvisation classes from newcomers to advanced actors with students varying in age from kindergarten, youth, teens, and adults. Through FST’s partnership with the Ringling College of Art and Design, Adam teaches acting and improvisation workshops for the junior and senior students in the college’s animation program.
Adam shared his excitement for Session I of Youth/Adult Classes, “Every year as Fall rolls around at FST I get excited to delve back into teaching workshops and classes. With new students it is a chance to open their minds and hearts to the world of theatre and all it has to offer. Finding new discoveries not just necessarily about acting or writing, but about talents and abilities they may not have even realized they possessed. With returning students it is a chance to catch up on what is happening in their lives since we last worked together and to see them continue to blossom and grow creatively. This year is going to be full of fantastic opportunities for our students to learn acting, writing, improvisation, and number of other theatrical techniques. One of the most rewarding parts of being a teaching artist is to see a student who was reluctant or even a bit shy at first make a courageous leap outside of their comfort zone and discover that ‘Hey, I can do this- and you know what? I really love it!’
Session I begins this week but we are STILL ENROLLING for all classes. Class start dates vary and scholarships are available. For more information on classes, scholarships or to enroll, click here or call Pamela Smith, Education Administrator, at (941) 366-1350.
The 25th Year of WRITE A PLAY kicks off with Rumplestiltskin, the classic fable of love, deceit, and vanity that has been given a modern twist. Rehearsals have been underway with the production opening next week in the Keating Theatre. Single tickets are on sale now!
FST Associate Artist, Jason Cannon, speaks about his excitement as the director of Rumplestiltskin, “What excites me about this production of Rumplestiltskin is that the story works on multiple levels.  Like all classic fairy tales, the brightly colored fun on the surface is supported by a deep and abiding connection to shared fears and joys.  In our upcoming FST production, the puppetry, dancing, and athletic pageantry that permeate the hope and happiness of the characters draws on very real human experience:  being alone, facing the pressure of compromising one’s morals, feeling overlooked.  Young audiences are far more savvy than they are usually given credit for, and with Rumplestiltskin we are aiming to engage them on every level!”
WRITE A PLAY is a year-round comprehensive arts integration program with a unique blend of professional plays, exciting theatre experiences, and in-class workshops. Through participatory learning with a special emphasis on literacy, this program has developed an impressive record of success, reaching over 50,000 students annually. Funding opportunities can be found
Rumplestiltskin OPENS NEXT WEEK on October 2 and runs through November 20. Single tickets are on sale NOW for $6 and can be purchased by calling Patrick A. Jackson at (941) 366-9797.
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