Remember when Sarasota area theatres took the summer off? Now there’s enough entertainment to keep you busy all through July and August. If you’re in Florida, we hope you’ll join us in our comfortable, air-conditioned space for some fantastic shows. Read on to see what’s happening this month.
July 1: Between the Scenes presented Class Acts
After spending four weeks developing an original show with their teacher Preston Boyd, our “Between the Scenes” class just shared a wonderful piece of theatre featuring a variety of songs, monologues and skits.
It’s too late this time, but keep in mind that our class and camp showcases are open to the public. Come out to support our talented students! Tickets are just $5. Next up:
Set your alarms for Tuesday at 10 a.m. when tickets for all of our 2016-2017 shows go on sale. You can buy online, call the box office at 941-488-1115 or stop by 140 W. Tampa Ave. in person. We’ll be ready for you! And remember, this season there are no added charges. No matter how you buy, you get the same low price.
We’re excited about all of this season’s shows. A few highlights: Billy Elliot, The Alter Eagles, Sister Act, Capitol Steps, Frost/Nixon, Blood Brothers, and Inherit the Wind. You won’t find this variety at any other theatre!
July 7 & 8 at 8 p.m. – Syreeta Banks presents Broadway Soul
Our favorite powerhouse vocalist opens the 4th Annual Summer Cabaret Festival with her show Broadway Soul. You might remember her from Smokey Joe’s Café, Crowns, Hair or as the featured vocalist in The Lion King at Animal Kingdom.
In this show she’ll sing songs from Broadway shows and songs from artists she grew up listening to.
She’ll cover everything from R&B and soul to gospel, pop, rock and jazz.
July 9 at 8 p.m. | July 10 at 2 p.m. – John Russo presents his Rat Pack Tribute
John is the definition of a classic entertainer, offering his heart and soul through music. Wade Tatangelo of the Herald-Tribune calls him “The Gifted Crooner” and Linda Carson of ABC 7 has dubbed John “Our Favorite Suncoast Singer.”
With hundreds of songs in his repertoire, this cabaret will focus on ones made popular by Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop.
July 14 & 15 at 8 p.m. – Kristofer Geddie presents Back to Before
Back to Before features highlights of stage, screen, and radio. Kris will bring the past to life through his eyes, with the reverent and not-so-reverent. His set list includes songs from The Eagles, Styx, Queen, Miss Saigon, Once on This Island, Ragtime and more!
July 16 at 8 p.m. | July 17 at 2 p.m.
Robin Fernandez presents Barbra & Frank at the Movies
Robin Fernandez honors iconic singers/movie stars Barbra Streisand and Frank Sinatra with a variety of signature movie songs and stories of their illustrious lives. You’ll hear “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I Could Write A Book,” “Just One of Those Things,” “Somewhere,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “People” and more.
Theatre fun for the little ones! Children will rotate between singing, dancing, creative dramatics, and technical theatre. There will be a class demonstration for family and friends on the last day of camp.
July 21 & 22 at 8 p.m. – Michelle Kasanofsky presents Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner
Venice Theatre’s music director extraordinaire is back, this time with two special guest stars from her family: multi-instrumentalists George Mancini and Mikal Mancini. The talented trio (along with drummer Joel Broome) will perform jazz standards like “S’Wonderful,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “All of Me” and “Over the Rainbow” along with blues, rock, funk and Motown.
July 22 & 23 at 11 p.m. – Sinning Sirens Burlesque
Sinning Sirens is a unique burlesque experience featuring live vocals, a live band, and mixed styles. Let their sirens RubyyJean, Karma Kandlewick, Ginger Holliday and Ira Clementine, seduce and tease, live on-stage with old Tinseltown charm. Raise a glass with emcees Chief Peach and Pugz Magoo, assisted by tantalizing stage kittens and Toez. They might just share a nightcap with you, maybe.
Founding member of the popular local singing group “Vocal Vixens”, Lyn takes a tuneful journey with musical partner and cosmopolitan co-star Bob Constantino. No need to travel this summer when you can visit the streets of Paris, London, Rome, Latin America and the good old USA, all in one show! The duo’s international set list includes “I Love Paris,” “A Foggy Day,” “Bali H’ai,” “Brazil” and “Route 66”.
July 24 & 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Auditions for The Toxic Avenger
Director: Allan Kollar
Music Director: Michelle Kasanofsky
Area premiere! Show dates: Sept 30 – Oct 23, 2016
Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical, this charming love story and laugh-out-loud musical has it all: an unlikely hero, his beautiful girlfriend, a corrupt New Jersey mayor and two guys who play … well, everyone else … bullies, mobsters, old ladies, and stiletto-wearing back-up singers.
July 24 at 8 p.m. – Alyssa Hunek presents Then and Now
Alyssa grew up at Venice Theatre, went away to study, and came back more talented than ever! In her second solo cabaret, she travels through the decades with beloved songs from the 1940s to today … from Judy Garland to Adele!
This performance is especially for home-school families, camps, summer school students, retirement communities and any other groups looking for a special activity. Contact Kristofer Geddie at 941-584-0639 or [email protected] for tickets.
July 28 and 31 at 8 p.m. A Sentimental Journey with Matthew M. Ryder
Hailing from Maine, Matthew jumped into the area theatre scene this season to rave reviews as George in She Loves Me and George in La Cage aux Folles at The Players in Sarasota. Matthew is a teacher, director, and performer with other recent credits such as Jesus in Godspell, Horton in Seussical, Jerry in The Full Monty, and Curly in Oklahoma!
His cabaret will include songs by Stephen Schwartz, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Lerner and Loewe, Eubie Blake, and David Yazbek.
Liz Pascoe, Jessica Lyndsie Babcock, Lee Nixon and Kristina Rehak
July 30 at 11 p.m. – Late Night Jam Sessions with Steve and the O’Deas
Join this group of talented individuals performing songs they all love to rock out to. Performed with their own personal style, soul and a flair of full instrumental balance, they’ll present everything from radio hits we all know to more obscure music we can’t wait to hear.
Some songs contain adult language. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.