based on the film by John Waters, book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, music by Marc Shaiman, and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman
It’s 1962 – the ’50s are out and change is in the air. Baltimore’s Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair and an even bigger heart, has only one passion – to dance. She wins a spot on the local TV dance program, “The Corny Collins Show” and, overnight, is transformed from outsider to irrepressible teen celebrity. But can a trendsetter in dance and fashion vanquish the program’s reigning princess, win the heart of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a television show without denting her ‘do?
“Colorful production” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“High octane, high energy and high concept.” – The Observer
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REGIONAL PREMIERE! Two lonely souls embark on a relationship filled with surprising discoveries. A young man seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by the unexpected revelations – both hilarious and heartwarming – that they make about each other.
REGIONAL PREMIERE! A powerful story of the fight and flight for freedom both abroad and at home. Fly follows four African-American military pioneers from training through WWII. Proving themselves as officers and pilots, they paved the way for desegregation of the American military. A true tale of brotherhood, acceptance, and equality.
SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL PREMIERE. A flat pancake-like bread, usually of whole wheat flour, baked on a griddle. Romance is a distant memory for two lonely animal-lovers living in Dublin. When forlorn Dan and his dog Chapatti cross paths with the amiable Betty and her nineteen cats, an unexpected spark begins a warm and gentle story about two people rediscovering the importance of human companionship.
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From hula hoops and drive-ins to the fight for equal rights, The Prima Donnettes broke onto the airwaves. Featuring songs from dynamic 50s girl groups like The Chiffons and The Chordettes and empowering artists of the 70s such as Aretha Franklin and Cher. The Prima Donnettes are back to feature a soundtrack for the hopes and dreams of women everywhere with songs such as “Chapel of Love,” “Delta Dawn,” and “I Will Survive.”
“90-Minute trip down memory lane” – Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Infectiously joyful celebration of life”– The Observer
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In 1964 the Beatles came to America and the British Invasion began. In response a second American Revolution occurred. Artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, and Bob Dylan paved the way for Neil Diamond, John Mellancamp, Billy Joel, and more. Featuring songs such as “The Sounds of Silence,” “Sweet Caroline,” and “New York State of Mind.”
By Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, and Jim Prosser
Opens February 18
John C. Court Cabaret
“Start every day with a smile and get it over with” – W.C. Fields. At its peak in the 20s over two million people saw vaudeville shows EVERY DAY! Vaudeville was the ORIGINAL American entertainment. Celebrate the greatest musical artists such as Fanny Brice, George M. Cohen, Jerome Kern, and Al Jolson. Featuring irreverent humor and unforgettable melodies like “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” “Birth of the Blues,” “Give My Regards to Broadway,” and “Nobody.”
The cast of FST Improv is ready to make your Saturday more comedic! Every Saturday until January 3, two teams take the stage in Bowne’s Lab to duke it out for the most laughs. Taking audience suggestions, the FST Improv actors will twist and turn them into something hilarious.
Looking to try something new? Wanting to brush up on your acting skills? Seeking a fun activity that you and your friends will enjoy? FST’s Education Program offers a variety of classes for you to choose from! Session II classes have just begun and enrollment is still open.
Our FST classes for adults offer a creative forum to explore human and artistic potential. Workshops in Acting and Improvisation give students of all ages the opportunity to express themselves in new and exciting ways. Our Theatre Appreciation classes like Play Reading and Behind the Scenes further the lifelong education of theatregoers on the nuts and bolts of what it takes to produce live theatre.
Whether your interest is to explore personal creativity and confidence, or serious training in the theatre, you will find your artistic home in Florida Studio Theatre’s School.
Haven’t enrolled your child in youth education classes at FST yet? There is still time! Session II has just begun with a variety of classes to choose from. Get you child started with Acting I or challenge them with Theatre Combo. No matter what your child is interested in, FST has a class for them.
The FST School staff is comprised of a core of theatre professionals trained to teach free of personal dictates. Our professional theatre workshops for children offer an original training method developed from over two decades of experience. Based in the same Stanislavski Method taught in the best acting conservatories all over the world, our classes teach each student to connect with real emotion and portray truth on stage.
Playwrights, directors, and agents alike will gather at FST this weekend, starting on Friday, November 21, for the National Showcase of New Plays. The National New Play Network is the country’s alliance of nonprofit theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays. Six plays that have been selected will be presented at the showcase during the course of the weekend.
FST Managing Director and NNPN Executive Board member, Rebecca Hopkins commented on the scale and timing of this event stating, “The showcase is definitely the biggest undertaking of the year for NNPN. It is more than just the 6 plays, although they are the centerpiece. It is an opportunity for the different theatres to connect and develop multiple partnerships. The result is not only Rolling World Premieres, but other creative collaborations. These have included everything from joint play festivals, dramaturgy, and even solving design elements. We have been in talks to host the event for several years, but wanted to wait until we were finished with our construction project. We are very happy to host all these artists and introduce them to Sarasota. We now have the capability of hosting the showcase in the Keating and Goldstein while our Mainstage and Cabaret operate uninterrupted in the Gompertz and the Court.”
Play Reading Schedule
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21
8:00 pm – Typhoid Mary by Tom Horan
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22
10:00 am – The Ghosts of Lote Bravo by Hilary Bettis