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?
By Mark St. Germain
OPENS DECEMBER 10
A young man with Asperger’s Syndrome seeks the instruction of a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. As their relationship unfolds, they’re caught off-guard by the surprising discoveries, both hilarious and heartwarming, that they make about each other.
By Trey Ellis & Ricardo Khan REGIONAL PREMIERE
OPENS FEBRUARY 4
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.
By Christian O’Reilly
OPENS APRIL 8 Gompertz Theatre
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.
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.”
By Richard Hopkins
& Rebecca Hopkins
OPENS DECEMBER 31
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.”
Never Marry a Girl With Cold Feet – And Other Life Lessons From Vaudeville
By Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins, & 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.”
Gabrielle Wilson and Katelyn McKelley. Photo by FST.
by Beth Duda & Adam Ratner Now Playing through November 14 Keating Theatre
Tickets ONLY $6
In this adaptation of a classic tale, Punzel uses her love of language and rhyme to overcome her fears and fully realize her authentic self.This humorous and touching tale of self-actualization will have you and your students tapping your toes and rooting for Punzel as she encounters challenges on her road to becoming RAP-Punzel.
To order tickets, please call Patrick A. Jackson,
WRITE A PLAY Coordinator, at (941) 366-9797.
Let Your Child’s Creativity Shine!
There is still time to enroll in Youth Education classes! Don’t miss out on your chance to start nurturing the individual creativity of youth.
We, at FST, see children not just as individuals, but as creative individuals. From the beginning student to the serious performer, the FST School is a program designed to advance the young actor in classes of acting, music, dance and improvisation. Enroll your child today to secure a spot in one of our many great programs!
Little Theatre Wednesdays 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
or Saturdays, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Ages 5 – 6 Enhance creativity, explore emotions through movement and song and develop improvisational and storytelling skills.
Mondays, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM | Ages 11 – 14
For the pre-teen and teen ready to advance in scene work, strengthen technique and improve writing skills. Students will develop, write and perform scenes and short plays.
**Prerequisite of Acting I, Acting II or by Staff Invitation.
Fridays, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Ages 13 – 17
Rehearse and perform an original one-act musical.
Strengthen performance technique, utilizing acting, dancing and singing. Develop character and relationship with an ensemble.
Build self-image and self-esteem, enhancing mind, voice,
imagination and body to communicate truthful emotion on stage.
To enroll, please call Pamela Smith,
Education Administrator, at (941) 366 – 1350.
Dancing in the Street Cast Arrives!
Jannie Jones. Photo by Maria Lyle
The cast of Dancing in the Street with the Prima Donnettes arrives this week at FST! Returning member, Jannie Jones, is welcomed back along with newcomers, Melissa Robinette, Courtney Stokes, and Lauren Elaine Taylor. Rehearsals begin later in the week and will be practicing songs such as “Chapel of Love,” “Delta Dawn,” and “I Will Survive” that will be featured in the show. We are excited to have this talented group of women performing on the John C. Court Cabaret.