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  • Writer's pictureLisa Codianne Fowler

Florida Studio Theatre (FST) in Sarasota: Bring it on!

If you are fortunate enough to live in or near Sarasota, Florida, you are in for a delightful array of entertainment this fall and winter. Florida Studio Theatre (FST) promises a range of productions from comedic to contemplative and a bit of both at once. Producing Artistic Director/CEO Richard Hopkins et al has prepared a scintillating season of showstoppers. And what a lineup it is.

Hopkins is thrilled about the upcoming performances and remains confident that attendance will prove to be robust. Not only because of the stellar quality of this season’s productions, but also because he believes that now is an ideal time to lift the community’s spirits of those dampened by the pandemic.

“All the shows are heartwarming and very positive which we need in this era of Covid,” he says, “to get us out of the doldrums and the darkness and to help bring us out and get us socializing once more and connecting with other people.”

I recently interviewed him for a feature in Sarasota Scene Magazine about what we can expect this season. Click here to read the entire article, which contains a schedule, show overviews, and some little-known but fascinating behind-the-scenes facts.

Here’s a hint of what’s in store: The Mainstage shows include the classic, “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “America in One Room,” “The Play that goes Wrong,” and “The Legend of Georgia McBride.” The Cabaret has three sensational shows in store, the FST Improv continues to be an endless source of belly laughs, and The Children’s Theatre sparks one’s imagination, as always. Forgive the cliché, but this season, there truly is something for everyone.

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