FST Announces 2017 Summer Season!

Florida Studio Theatre's Summer Mainstage and Cabaret Seasons kick off with music, mystery, and unforgettable characters. The Mainstage Season opens on June 2 and runs through August 20 in the Keating and Gompertz Theatres. A subscription to all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. The Cabaret Season opens on June 15 and runs through September 24 in the Court Cabaret. A subscription to all three shows can be purchased for as little as $39. All subscriptions and single tickets may be purchased at the FST Box Office in person or by calling (941) 366-9000 or online at www.FloridaStudioTheatre.org.

Summer Mainstage Season:

Burt & Me Book by Larry McKenna, Music & Lyrics by Burt Bacharach and Hal David
June 2 to June 18 in Gompertz Theatre
Joe and Lacey, high school sweethearts, shared the love of basketball and music. When college separated them, history couldn't overcome geography. After meeting years later, Joe comes up with an elaborate scheme to get Lacey back in this jukebox musical. Featuring songs such as "Raindrops Keep Falling On Your Head," "I Say A Little Prayer," and "Wishing And Hoping."

The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey by James Lecesne.

July 5 through August 6 in Keating Theatre

In this AWARD WINNING SOUTHEASTERN REGIONAL PREMIERE, tenacious and flamboyant 14 year-old Leonard Pelkey disappears. A small town New Jersey detective slowly unravels the mystery, portraying over a dozen eccentric characters along the way. A luminous force of nature whose magic is only truly felt once he is gone, the town's citizens question how they live, who they love, and what they leave behind.

Doublewide, by Stephen Spotswood (National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere)

August 2 to August 20 in Gompertz Theatre

Jim Starkey's American Dream is a modest one: to replace the family's doublewide trailer with a comfy house his daughter can inherit. His family's aspirations, though, may be shaped by forces and desires beyond his control. Doublewide is a heartfelt and resonant comedy about a blue-collar family's elusive dreams, and just how far they will go to hold on to them... and to each other.

Summer Cabaret Season:

The Jersey Tenors

June 13 to July 16 in Court Cabaret
The newest Opera/Rock mash-up sensation that creates an explosive blend of iconic music. From the opera classics to artists such as Queen, ABBA, Frankie Valli, The Four Seasons, Frank Sinatra, Springsteen, and more - The Jersey Tenors will have you singing along as they Raise the Roof with their powerful voices.

The Blue Eyed Bettys

July 18 to August 20 in Court Cabaret

With Daniel Emond on banjo, Sarah Hund on fiddle, and Ben Mackel on guitar, The Blue Eyed Bettys delight with their contemporary bluegrass sound. An original music group formed while performing in the hit FST Cabaret show Poems, Prayers, and Promises, audiences are snapped to attention with their powerful vocals, three part harmony, inventive storytelling, and natural onstage chemistry.

ROAR! The Music of the 1920s and Beyond

August 22- September 24 in Court Cabaret
Featuring classics from the Jazz Age songbook made famous by the likes of Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Helen Morgan, Ruth Etting, Al Jolson, and more. Join as Carole Bufford travels back to a time where flappers, vamps and sheiks were shimmying in gin joints as a whirl of great social and political change happened all around them.

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