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We are committed to being the community’s premier theater and the region’s center for cultural, educational and artistic expression. Our team works tirelessly to ensure that we deliver engaging excellence for all ages, through the talent we present, the services we offer and the experiences we create. Our goal is not just to entertain you… we want to inspire you.

Our 2017-18 Season is Here!

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2017-18 Season Brochure (Hi-Res PDF) 2017-18 Season Brochure (Low-Res PDF)

Coffee & Donuts

Every third Wednesday of the month at 9:30 AM
Make sure not to miss having “Coffee & Donuts” with our CEO, Janene Amick! Join us so you can get the inside scoop on all the exciting happenings and growth going on right here at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, your community artistic hub!


September 14th – October 1st
Mame is a happy happening. She is well-to-do, lives in New York at the peak of the 1920’s, and is surprised by a “wonderful present”: an orphan nephew named Patrick.
Rating: G
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2017 Crystal Gala

October 7th at 5:30 PM
Join us for our 2017 Annual Crystal Gala, enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner catered by Pier 22, silent and live auctions, desserts and dancing and all of the excitement you’ve come to expect from our annual Crystal Gala.
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Anna in the Tropics

October 12th – 29th
A poignant and poetic play set in Florida in 1929 in a Cuban–American cigar factory, where cigars are still rolled by hand and “lectors” are employed to educate and entertain the workers. The arrival of a new lector is a cause for celebration, but when he begins to read aloud from Anna Karenina, he unwittingly becomes a catalyst in the lives of his avid listeners, for whom Tolstoy, the tropics and the American dream prove a volatile combination. Rating: PG-13
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Remembering Red: A Tribute to Red Skelton

October 14th at 2:00 & 8:00 PM
Remembering Red – A Tribute to Red Skelton is a heartfelt trip down memory lane. Reminisce with Brian Hoffman as he performs the jokes and routines that made Red Skelton famous. Brian’s expert portrayal of Red Skelton will have you in stitches as he re-creates some of Red’s most well known characters. Laugh with Clem Kadiddlehopper, that dim-witted country bumpkin. Giggle along with Gertrude and Heathcliffe, the two seagulls. Feel the love of Freddy the Freeloader, the hobo who lived in the city dump. Add a little “Guzzlers Gin” a couple of pantomimes and the Pledge of Allegiance making this a true tribute to Red Skelton, one of America’s favorite clowns. As an added bonus come early and enjoy a half hour pre-show video featuring celebrities from the silver screen, cars, games and toys accompanied with music from the 50’s 60’s and 70’s.
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Mission: Wildlife
October 15th at 2:00 PM
If you love animals, you won’t want to miss this entertaining show and discovering what each of us can do to make a difference for animals, whether in human care or in the wild. Every performance donates a portion of the proceeds to Julie Scardina’s annual fundraiser for wildlife conservation, Mission: Wildlife.
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A Little Night Music

October 26th – November 12th
Stephen Sondheim’s romantic 19th century waltz whisks us away to a weekend in the country.
Rating: PG
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