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Several years ago, the Sarasota Ballet began hosting a touring company early in the new year to give local audiences a greater breadth of experience with modern dance and to give the dancers a chance to relax in the audience for a change.
Local balletomanes have been treated to companies ranging from the well-known Paul Taylor Dance Company to, more recently, the less familiar Smuin Dance Company. This year, the Sarasota Ballet has hosted the grande dame of the dance world –…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 17, 2019 at 2:30pm — No Comments
“Sweat” by Lynn Nottage opened February 8th at Asolo Repertory Theatre. “Sweat” is considered the first play to speak directly to the Trump era because of its focus on a working class community in America’s heartland.
Pundits have spent the better part of nearly three years discussing the forgotten working class voters that have been touted as the key to Trump’s appeal. I was intrigued to see a play that would address head on a community impacted by the loss of…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on February 14, 2019 at 8:08pm — No Comments
Sarasota Ballet’s latest production “Transcending Movement” was an exciting mix of classic and modern featuring four divergent pieces that captured the spirit of what the company is all about.
The evening began with the delightful “Four Scottish Dances” by David Bintley – light and fresh with a particularly strong performance by Weslley Carvahlo, a coryphée dancer who brings leading male star quality to his role. Breezy and fun, this piece was a great aperitif for the rest of…Continue
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“A Doll’s House, Part 2” now playing at Asolo Repertory Theatre started simply with an unopened door signifying the threshold where we last saw housewife Nora Helmer in the classic Ibsen original. As the lights came up the infamous doorway itself was met with thundering applause from an audience that has clearly been hungering to learn what became of Nora, who, in 1879, defied convention by departing through that door leaving behind her husband and children.
Lucas Hnath has…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on January 21, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Opening Night Tonight for The Crucible at the …Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on January 11, 2019 at 6:30am — No Comments
With “Victorian Winters,” the Sarasota Ballet took the audience on an elegant journey back in time celebrating the grandeur of belle époque choreography.
“Les Patineurs,” choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton to depict a Victorian skating party, was a gorgeous production. Kate Honea and Kaitlyn May were a lovely duo as Blue Girls; and I especially enjoyed watching them tiptoeing on toe gingerly across the “ice.”
We saw “Les Patineurs” a few years ago featuring…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on December 18, 2018 at 8:30pm — No Comments
From the minute the curtain went up, it was clear Asolo Repertory’s tap infused “The Music Man,” directed by Tony-nominated Jeff Calhoun, was going to be something special.
A group of salesmen on a jittery train introduce us to the tall tale of Professor Harold Hill, who is prone to skipping town once he has made his sale. The salesmen move up and down and sway a little until they reach a turn and then they gently lift their chairs and guide them around the bend simulating…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 25, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments
We weren’t sure we could make it to this week’s performance of “Masters of Dance,” but the stars aligned. I am thrilled I had the chance to be introduced to Mathias Dingman, principal dancer of the Birmingham Royal Ballet, dancing the role first created by Sir Frederick Ashton for Mikhail Barshnikov.
For “Rhapsody,” the Sarasota Ballet secured the original sets from the Royal Ballet; and the exquisite dancing before the regal Greek columns had me enraptured from start to…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on November 23, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments
The Sarasota Ballet officially launched its 2018-2019 season with “Iconographic,” an evening featuring three major works each introducing the audience to a very separate and distinct picture of time and emotion.
When the company of radiant female dancers in white and gold tutus entered the stage adorned simply with chandeliers, I felt a sigh of relief come over me. At the conclusion of yet another difficult news week, punctuated with familiar but continuously unthinkable…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on October 29, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Saturday October 20th the The Ringling's Grounds & Gardens will be closed for an event - but you can attend Transient Landscapes for just $5 or included with…Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on October 17, 2018 at 5:08pm — No Comments
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The Fantasticks is playing at the freeFall Theatre Company September 22 - October 21, 2018
It’s the longest-running musical in history for a reason. With universal themes and an understated romanticism, The Fantasticks has enchanted audiences for generations. freeFall’s production, employing actor musicians, puppetry, and a variety of other surprising theatrical vocabularies will captivate you…
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 25, 2018 at 7:58pm — No Comments
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Enjoy live music, and art in the The Ringling Courtyard from 8:00pm - 11:00pm on September 6, 2018. This event features an eclectic mix of local and regional live music. Check out up-and-coming artists displaying their work in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Select galleries will be open until 11:00pm.
ODDITIES, a Ringling Museum Courtyard exhibition of five local artists who compose uncanny surrealisms. The works contain traces of sarcasm, wit, gore, and psychological discoveries…Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on September 6, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments
DESCRIPTION: RL Stage Inc.’s focus is to create opportunities for aspiring and seasoned actors to develop and showcase their craft. We also take pride in providing the Tampa Bay community with quality entertainment presented by local playwrights and performers. The TBTF consists of educational workshops, shows, networking and social events, and competitions. This is our…Continue
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on August 31, 2018 at 1:24pm — No Comments
Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged, with arrangements by Matt Kahler will run August 21- September 23 at Florida Studio Theatre!
Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and…
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on August 23, 2018 at 4:00pm — No Comments
'Tops from Flops' is now showing through July 22, 2018 at The Players Centre for Performing Arts!
A musical revue of America's most treasured musical theatre songs that came from some of Broadway's biggest fiascos. Enjoy an evening of great and enduring all-time hits from composers like: George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and…
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on July 18, 2018 at 11:32am — No Comments
Added by Michael W. Silvestri on June 27, 2018 at 3:03pm — No Comments
We are living through a renaissance for children in Sarasota. A decade ago, our decision to start a family in town seemed an unusual step, but now everywhere you look offerings for children can be found in nearly every part of the local arts and culture scene.
Florida Studio Theatre recently concluded a second full season of children’s shows and is offering a summer cabaret. Currently, Asolo Repertory Theatre has embarked on its third major children’s show, “The Jungle Book,”…Continue
Added by Bonnie Greenball Silvestri on June 18, 2018 at 7:00pm — No Comments