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She is a graduate of FSU's Asolo Theatre Conservatory and owner and artistic director of Sarasota's Tree Fort Productions. Katherine Michelle Tanner is an actor, playwright, singer, dancer, filmmaker, choreographer, photographer, and teacher, and for the next month, she is producing and performing the one act play she wrote and choreographed about World War II Polish Jewish ballerina, Franceska Mann called Mann's Last Dance. Her remarkable play about this unlikely World War II heroine can be seen at Tree Fort Productions at the Crossings Mall (3501 S. Tamiami Trail) September 9 through October 2. Take a listen to this podcast episode about Katherine's life, career, and the making of her one woman play, Mann's Last Dance and then go see this performance!Come along and join the club!• Katherine Michelle Tanner Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Mann's Last Stand Ticket Link• Tree Fort Productions Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
When she was in college, if you would have told Kerry Smith that she would be anything other than a professional viola player, she would have told you to go fly a kite. How she ended up being an arts administrator and becoming the Director of Artistic Planning for the Sarasota Orchestra is a fascinating and heartwarming story. One that has seen her make beautiful personal connections and experience great loss of those she has come to admire most, including Bramwell Tovey, the Sarasota Orchestra's recently passed conductor.Listen to this week's podcast to learn about Kerry's life and career, the enormous challenges and fulfilling experiences she has had in her role with the Sarasota Orchestra since coming here in 2019,  the incredible season of performances with guest conductors and soloists she has put together, and the next steps for the Sarasota Orchestra as it begins another search for a new conductor and the process of building a new music center.All that and more on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast.Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Each summer, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe hosts a 5-week summer camp for students ages 10 to 18 called "Stage of Discovery."  Jim Weaver, WBTT's education director and artistic associate, and Astrid Victoria, a Stage of Discovery alumnus who now serves on the staff of the camp, join the club this week to tell us about this wonderful program, the growth and progress of the students, and this year's theme for the Stage of Discovery performance called "We Dream."The Stage of Discovery performers will present their "We Dream" show for the public on Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. in Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's Donelly Theatre. Tickets are available at WestcoastBlackTheatre.org. Don't miss it! Come along and join the club!• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
From Pennsylvania to Tucson, the Buddy Holly Story to Dollywood, and many stops in between, Jared Mancuso and Nick Gallardo combined their love of playing rock 'n' roll and formed the band "Not Fade Away." Now, they can travel the country performing your favorite 50's and 60's rock 'n' roll tunes in their reimagined arrangements. Their show "Rock 'n' Roll Reignited" is playing now through August 7 at Florida Studio Theatre's Court Cabaret and you can hear the story of their careers, the influence for this show, and their many other creative projects on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast. Come along and join the club!• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Not Fade Away Show Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Jared Mancuso Website & Facebook & Instagram• Nick Gallardo Facebook• The Barber Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• Bricks Smoked Meat Website & Yelp & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Actors Lea Sevola and Emma Giorgio, along with director Summer Dawn Wallace, join the Suncoast Culture Club Podcast to talk about their lives, journey to Urbanite, and this amazing story of two strong young ladies who start as fencing foes and end up wanting something for each other...something more than they want for themselves.Urbanite Theatre's production of "Athena" is running now through July 10. Get your tickets and watch these wonderful actors bring the story to life.• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Summer Dawn Wallace Website & Facebook• Lea Sevola Website & Facebook & Instagram• Emma Giorgio Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
After a two year pandemic induced hiatus, the Sarasota Orchestra is bringing back the Sarasota Music Festival, June 6 -25 at the Sarasota Opera House and Holley Hall. Here to introduce herself to the podcast and tell us all about this incredible summer festival for approximately 60 pre-professional music fellows and their faculty mentors is Dr. Olivia Steinman Deems, Artistic Operations Manager for the Sarasota Orchestra and Sarasota Music Festival. Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Music Festival Website & Facebook & Instagram• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Dr. Olivia Steinman Deems Facebook & Instagram & LinkedIn• Gabriel Kahane Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Caroline Shaw Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• Calidore String Quartet Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Based on real people aboard the most legendary ship in the world, TITANIC-The Musical is a stunning and stirring production focusing on the hopes, dreams and aspirations of her passengers who each boarded with stories and personal ambitions of their own. All innocently unaware of the fate awaiting them, the Third Class immigrants dream of a better life in America, the Second Class imagine they too can join the lifestyles of the rich and famous, whilst the millionaire Barons of the First Class anticipate legacies lasting forever. See this show playing at the Manatee Performing Arts Center April 28 through May 15.Join cast members Cory Woomert and Michelle Anaya as they tell us about this wonderful production, their characters in the show, some behind the scene tidbits, and which is their preference, opening night or closing night! Come along and join the show!• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Michele Anaya Facebook• Cory Woomert Facebook & Instagram• SCF Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
The SCF Theatre Program presents its final play of the season, "Peter/Wendy" written by Jeremy Bloom,  April 15 through April 24 in the Howard Studio Theatre on the SCF Bradenton campus. Join Theatre Assistant Professor Amanda Schlachter as she talks to guest director India Marie Paul and stage manager Madison Swanson about the play, their experiences putting the show together, and the importance of "play" in all of our lives.Performance dates and times are:Friday, April 15 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Saturday, April 16 at 2:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Saturday, April 16 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Friday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Saturday, April 23 at 8:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)Sunday, April 24 at 2:00 p.m. (for tickets, click here)• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• Amanda Schlachter Website & Facebook• India Marie Paul Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Dan Jordan has been the concertmaster for the Sarasota Orchestra for 23 years while Rachel Halvorson has been the principal violist for only two years, one and a half of which was through the pandemic!But together, along with their colleagues violinist Christopher Takeda and cellist Natalie Helm, they share the amazing experience of performing in the Sarasota Orchestra’s String Quartet. Hear Dan and Rachel talk about their very different life paths to the Sarasota Orchestra, the unique experiences of rehearsing and performing with the string quartet, the program selections for their upcoming concert on Sunday, December 19 at 4:00 p.m. at Holley Hall, and the importance of the Sarasota Orchestra to find a permanent home that serves everyone in our community. You can get tickets to the December 19 performance by the Sarasota Orchestra’s String Quartet through the Sarasota Orchestra’s website or the Suncoast Culture Club’s website Calendar of Events page.  Come along and join the club!• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• Rachel Halvorson Website• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram  Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Sarasota's premier handbell choir, Ring Sarasota, joins the Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota for its annual holiday concert, this year called "Ring in the Holidays!"  On this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast,  conductor of Ring Sarasota, Rick Holdsworth and conductor of the Pops Orchestra, Robyn Bell, sit down to talk about Rick's life and career (30 years in the Navy Band!), everything you need to know about Ring Sarasota, and the music the handbell choir and the orchestra will be performing together.  You have two opportunities to catch this fabulous show:1. Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota2. Monday, December 13 at 7:30 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center in BradentonGet your tickets through the Pops Orchestra website at thepopsorchestra.org.We'll see you at the show!• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Ring Sarasota Website & Facebook & YouTube• Pine Shores Presbyterian Church Website & Facebook• Dr. Robyn L. Bell Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
Dingbat Theatre Project is at it again, this time with the SpongeBob Musical production showing at the Bizaare on Apricot and Lime, December 3rd through 19th.Director and choreographer Brian Finnerty, along with the star of the show, Jamie Molina, join the club this week to talk about the production, Dingbat's special take on the show, and what makes our area such a wealth collaboration with all of our arts groups.You can get your tickets to this show by going to Dingbat Theatre's Website or through the Suncoast Culture Club's Calendar of Events page.Come along and join the club!• Dingbat Theatre Company Website & Facebook & Instagram• Jamie Molina Website• The Bazaar at Apricot and Lime Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Venice Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube & Twitter & Trip Advisor• Florida Studio Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show
She is product of the Manatee School for the Arts, the State College of Florida, and Florida State University, but now she is back home sharing her gifts of performing and teaching music on the Suncoast.Katie Priest stars as Cinderella in the Manatee Players Production of the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical running December 2 through December 19 at the Manatee Performing Arts Center. Listen to her interview about her life, career, love of performing, and the show Cinderella on this week's episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast.Come along and join the club!• Katie Priest Facebook & Instagram• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Elizabeth Farrell Music Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show
On Thursday, December 2 at 7:30 PM, join the SCF Music Program in the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center for our final concert of the semester. “BELIEVE!” brings you all your holiday favorites and will feature the SCF Guitar Ensemble, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, combined Concert and Chamber Choir,  and the SCF Bradenton Symphony Orchestra.Listen to conductors  Rex Willis, Melodie Dickerson, and Dr. Robyn Bell as they talk about the selections on this concert, what the "BELIEVE!" theme means to them, and how special this semester of music has been for everyone in the SCF Music Program.Tickets for this concert may be purchased in advanced by going to scf.edu/neel or at the door 45 minutes before the performance.Hearing is believing! Come along and join the club!• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Foundation Donate2Music Link to donate to the SCF Music Program• Text Code to donate to the SCF Music Program: Text "SCFMUSIC" to 41444 Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
The SCF Percussion Ensemble is hosting a percussion concert and a canned food drive on Tuesday, November 16, at 7:30 p.m. in the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center. In lieu of tickets, patrons are asked to bring two canned food items to the lobby of the Neel as a donation to the SCF Food Pantry.This concert will feature the SCF Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Tomasz Kowalczyk,  the Buffalo Creek Middle School Percussion Ensemble, directed by William Reaney, The Bradenton Christian School Percussion Ensemble and Drumline, directed by Rhea Skaggs, and the Venice High School Drumline, directed by SCF Music major Jarek Vogt.Take a listen to this podcast episode as Tomasz Kowalczyk tells us all about the SCF Percussion Ensemble and Michelle Puls, SCF assistant director of athletics and student life, explains how the SCF Food Pantry got its start and how it serves so many of our SCF students, faculty, and staff.Come along and join the club!Support the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Both are from Texas, both currently reside in Chicago, but currently, Donovan Session and Shea Petersen are starring in Urbanite Theatre's latest production, At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen showing not through December 5. Take a listen to this Suncoast Culture Club podcast episode to learn more about their lives, this play, and the importance of understanding each other's worlds.Written by Terry Guest and directed by Damian Lockhart, this play presents us Courtney Berringers, who would like to welcome you to her wake! But—make no mistake—this ain’t your grandma’s funeral. At the Wake of a Dead Drag Queen is a one-act play about Blackness, southern queerness, and the fine art of drag. From African Gods and Goddesses to Trina and Whitney Houston, At the Wake thoughtfully uses storytelling, drama and drag to explore identity, illness, and the narratives we construct for ourselves. Come party at the wake. Bring your own heels!Get your tickets through Urbanite's website or through the Suncoast Culture Club's Calendar of Events page.Come along and join the club!• Urbanite Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Donovan Session LinkedIn & Instagram• Shea Petersen Website & Instagram• Siesta Key Beach Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• St. Armand’s Circle Website & Facebook & Instagram• Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB) Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Kahwa Coffee Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
After a 21 month hiatus, the Pops Orchestra is back and ready to bring you our first concert of the season, Sgt. Presley and the Pops Pay Tribute to Our Nation's Veterans, starring Elvis tribute artist Ted Torres Martin.Join conductor Robyn Bell as she interviews Pops Orchestra concertmaster Nikki Rinsema on her life, her family (two of which also play for the Pops!), and why the Pops Orchestra is such a special organization to her.You have two opportunities to see this fabulous show:1. Sunday, November 14 at 3:00 p.m. at the Riverview Performing Arts Center in Sarasota2. Monday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center in BradentonGet your tickets by going to Pops Orchestra website or through the Suncoast Culture Club Calendar of Events page. Bust out of your Jailhouse Rock, dust off those G.I. Blues, and come have a wonderful time with us, Elvis, and our area's veterans. We'll see you at the show!• Nikki Rinsema Facebook • Nikki, Annie, and Wrigley Rinsema Performing for One Republic's Video Better Days• Ted Torres Martin, Elvis Tribute Artist Website & Facebook & Instagram• The Pops Orchestra of Bradenton and Sarasota Website & Facebook & Instagram• Venice Symphony Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra Website• Pier 22 Restaurant Website & Facebook & Instagram• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Sarasota Orchestra Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter &  YouTube• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Jessica Babcock has been working for Jump Dance Company in Lakewood Ranch for eight years helping students learn to sing, dance, act, and entertain. After many years of junior musical productions, Jump Dance Company has taken the leap to produce full scale adult musicals under their new division called Jump Encore!Their first production, Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods  will be performed on the outdoor stage at Hunsader Farms in Bradenton, November 11-14 at 7:00 p.m. and the cast and crew invites you to enjoy their inaugural offering. Tickets can be purchased by going to JumpEncore.com or through the Suncoast Culture Club's Calendar of Events Page. Listen to this Suncoast Culture Club podcast episode as Jessica tells us about the evolution of Jump Encore Theatre Company, the amazing and perfect space for this production at Hunsader Farms, and the story line, cast and crew for their performance of Stephen Sondheim's award winning Broadway musical Into the Woods.• Jump Encore Theatre Company Website & Facebook & Instagram• Jump Dance Company Website & Facebook• Hunsader Farms Website & Facebook & Instagram• Booker VPA Website• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & Instagram• Venice Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube & Twitter & Trip Advisor• The Players Centre for the Performing Arts Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Asolo Repertory Theatre Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Manatee Performing Arts Center Website & Facebook & Twitter & YouTube• The Island PlayersSupport the show
SCF Veteran Services advisor Lisa Goss, veteran student and president of the SCF Veterans Services of America Club, Dakota Trueba, and SCF Symphonic Band conductor Robyn Bell talk about the important role the Veteran Services program plays in the lives of our veteran students and the impact patriotic music has on our military men and women. All part of the SCF Symphonic Band's concert on Thursday, November 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the SCF Neel Performing Arts Center called Welcome Home: In Gratitude to Our Veterans.This traditional Veterans Day concert features all your Americana favorites, salutes to the branches of our Armed Forces, and plenty of rousing marches to keep your toes tapping and spirits high! Tickets are $15 and can be purchased online at scf.edu/neel or at the door 45 minutes before the performance. All veterans get in free using the coupon code "veteran" or by telling the ticket takers at the door that you are a veteran.Every patron gets a free flag to waive as you sing along to You're a Grand Old Flag!• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Veterans Services Website• State College of Florida Ticketing WebsiteSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
On this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast, hear director and choreographer Jim Weaver and performer Quinn Cason talk about Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe's fabulous production of "Eubie!," a toe-tapping revue of songs by Eubie Blake, legendary composer, ragtime pianist and “father of Black Broadway.”Showing in WBTT's Donelly Theatre now through November 21, this show is not to be missed!How did the fabulous Jim Weaver get from New York City to our beautiful Suncoast of Florida and what is his new role at the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe? Did you know that Quinn Cason and Robyn Bell both went to the University of Tennessee??? And what about those round-a-bouts? Take 'em or leave 'em?!?!?Hear all that and more on this episode of the Suncoast Culture Club podcast.Get your tickets from the WBTT's website or through the Suncoast Culture Club's Calendar of Events page.• Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe Website & Facebook & Instagram & YouTube• Jim Weaver Website & Facebook• Quinn Cason Instagram• Nathan Benderson Park Website & Facebook & Instagram & Twitter & YouTube• Tsunami Website & Facebook & Instagram• Lido Key Beach Website• St. Armand’s Circle Website & Facebook & Instagram• C’est La Vie Website & Facebook• First Watch Cafe Website & Facebook & Instagram• State College of Florida Music Program Website & Facebook & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
Join the State College of Florida's Theatre Program for its production of John Cariani's play Love/Sick a collection of nine slightly twisted and completely hilarious short plays. Set on a Friday night in an alternate suburban reality, this 80-minute romp explores the pain and the joy that comes with being in love. Full of imperfect lovers and dreamers, Love/Sick is an unromantic comedy for the romantic in everyone.Love/Sick is directed by SCF Assistant Professor of Theatre Amanda Schlachter and stars William Ashburn, Erika Campbell, Savanna Katter, Michael Longobardi, Maria Urbina, Thomas Finn, Maddie Swanson, Jean Felicita, Jalex Scott, Jhonny Lopez Lopez, and James Napier.  The technical team includes Craig Smith, Timothy Bourn, Tory Flounders, Vee Middleton, Ethan Fuhrmeister, and Kenji Trujillo. You can see this production on the following dates:Friday, November 12 at 8:00 p.m.Saturday, November 13 at 8:00 p.m. Sunday, November 14 at 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 19 at 8:00 p.m.Saturday, Novmber 20 at 8:00 p.m.Sunday, November 21 at 2:00 p.m.All performances are at the Howard Studio Theatre located in Building 11 West, Room 163 on the Bradenton Campus.Tickets may be purchased online by going to SCF.edu/Neel.Enjoy this podcast episode with director Amanda Schlachter, technical designer Craig Smith, and actors Savanna Katter and William Ashburn as they tell us all about the play, the SCF Theatre Program, and the wonderful experience of this production.• SCF Theatre Program Website & Facebook Page & InstagramSupport the show (https://scf-foundation.org/suncoastcultureclub/)
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