Two is Better Than One

by Mary Donofrio Gilbert and Sullivan were quite the dynamic duo and paved the way for other composing partnerships. Here are a few other duos that made musical magic together: Rodgers and Hart Composer Richard Rodgers and Lyricist Lorenz Hart were introduced in 1919 when both were students at Columbia University. Their partnership produced 28 stage musicals and over 500 songs. From musicals like Babes … Continue reading Two is Better Than One

Art Isn’t Easy

by Mary Donofrio Despite their fruitful collaboration, Gilbert and Sullivan often quarreled when developing a new piece. Sullivan often found Gilbert’s plots to be repetitive and unrealistic, and felt his artistic growth as a composer was being stifled. Sullivan requested to leave their partnership several times, and produced extensive solo work. During their feuds, their producer, Richard D’Oyly Carte, was able to keep the public … Continue reading Art Isn’t Easy

Gilbert and Sullivan: Trendsetters

by Sarah Durham The operettas of Gilbert and Sullivan have inspired and influenced entertainment and the arts around the world since the late 19th century, from the big-screen to the small-screen, and from page to stage. Even if you think you’ve never heard of Gilbert and Sullivan, chances are, you probably have. Here are several examples of the pair’s staying power in popular culture: The … Continue reading Gilbert and Sullivan: Trendsetters

What’s Old is New Again: Gilbert and Sullivan Unplugged

by Mary Donofrio Best known for their “Big Three”—The Mikado, Pirates of Penzance, and HMS Pinafore—Gilbert and Sullivan brought a whimsical approach to classical operetta in the late 19th century that is still celebrated today. Now imagine these operettas performed with a banjo. What about an accordion, mandolin, and an acoustic guitar? Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged features iconic excerpts from the composing duo performed with … Continue reading What’s Old is New Again: Gilbert and Sullivan Unplugged

A Florida Studio Theatre Summer

Summer has arrived and FST is shifting gears. It seems like only yesterday when Sarasota Summers slowed to a lazy tropical pace, and the neighborhood dog would sleep in the street. All of the theatres would close, as the snowbirds flew north and the locals went fishing. Well, the locals may still go fishing, but the dog is definitely out of the street, and FST’s … Continue reading A Florida Studio Theatre Summer

New Plays Matter

New plays matter because they speak to the contemporary consciousness. FST has been developing and producing new plays since the mid-’70s when Jon Spelman founded the theatre. Our New Play Development Program was ‘formalized’ in the mid-’80s. FST has produced over 100 new plays that have gone on to productions throughout the United States. We do it because new plays matter. • New plays matter … Continue reading New Plays Matter

Five Theatres: A Case for Diversity

I am often asked, “what in the world prompted you to build five theatres!?!” My answer is simple: I did not set out to build five theatres. It just happened. And here is how it happened, and why. We started the ‘resident operation’ in 1980. Before that, FST was a touring theatre for six years. When we produced that first resident season our goal was … Continue reading Five Theatres: A Case for Diversity

Common Ground and the Search for the Truth

“Welcome O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” -James Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Florida Studio Theatre is committed to creating the uncreated conscience of the race. We are a theatre that is brave enough to be guileless, … Continue reading Common Ground and the Search for the Truth

FST Presents 28th Annual Spelman Award

Named in honor of FST Founding Artistic Director, John Spelman, the Spelman Award is an annual award presented to an individual or corporate sponsor who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership by providing FST with spiritual, financial, and/or in-kind support. On February 26, 2018 at Shakespeare’s Shindig, FST was proud to present the 28th Annual Spelman Award to Mr. Arnold Simonsen in recognition of his generous $1 … Continue reading FST Presents 28th Annual Spelman Award

The Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series

by Alex Hill Every year, FST presents The Richard and Betty Burdick New Play Reading Series, an endowed workshopping experience in which three new plays receive readings every May. Since its beginning in 1996, the series has gone on to help numerous shows reach the stage, including this season’s How to Use a Knife and Honor Killing. During the series, actors, playwrights, and audience members … Continue reading The Richard and Betty Burdick Reading Series