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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.

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November 30th – December 17th
Leapin’ Lizards! The irrepressible comic strip heroine takes center stage in one of the world’s best-loved musicals.
Rating: PG
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Flowers for Algernon

November 30th – December 17th
Based off the Novel. The compelling story of Charlie Gordon, willing victim of a strange experiment – a moron, a genius, a man in search of himself. Poignant, funny, tragic, but with a hope for the indomitable spirit of man, this unusual play tells a story you will long remember. It also offers a magnificent role.
Rating: G
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Decades Rewind: Sleigh Ride

December 22nd & 23rd
Decades Rewind is an incredibly memorable & nostalgic show that you’ve been dreaming of! Featuring the top hits of the golden age of music (from the 60’s to the 80’s), Join the acclaimed Decades Rewind for their special holiday concert “Sleigh Ride”
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DaVinci & Michelangelo: The Titans Experience

December 28th – 30th
In this “tour de force” performance, DaVinci & Michelangelo The Titans Experience, Mark Rodgers, Curator of the DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Exhibitions for North America, will take you and the audience on a fantastic, awe-inspiring journey through the Italian Renaissance as seen through the eyes of these two, monumental geniuses. This original, theater performance is a non-stop, multi-media event featuring movies, videos, 3-D animations, and images of DaVinci and Michelangelo’s inventions, machines, sketches, codices, paintings, and sculptures. Rodgers compares and contrasts the incredible lives of Leonardo and Michelangelo as never, relating them to our world today as we strive to discover our own “inner” Michelangelo and DaVinci.
The DaVinci & Michelangelo Performances will benefit the Youth Scholarships.
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January 11th – January 28th
Guido Contini is a wreck. Torn between his wife, mistress, and the star he needs to make a great movie, he runs off to Venice. But the city does not help. In the end, only the past is able save him. Rating: PG-13
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Celebrating the Children: Sarasota Musica Viva

January 14th at 6 PM
Sarasota Musica Viva presents “Peter and the Wolf” and other youthful classics performed by the Sarasota Musica Viva Woodwind Quintet. This program will celebrate the child in all of us and is appropriate for all ages.
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Guys and Dolls Sr.

January 17th at 2 PM
Manatee Performing Arts Center’s resident senior theatre troupe, DraMature presents Guys and Dolls Sr. Frank Loesser’s celebrated musical comedy about rolling the dice and falling in love under the bright lights of Broadway.
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Driving Miss Daisy

January 25th – February 11th
Driving Miss Daisy follows the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur, Hoke Colburn, from 1948 to 1973. Rating: PG
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Gallagher the Jokes on You Comedy Tour

February 2nd at 2 PM & 8 PM
One of the most popular and recognizable comedians of the 1980’s, Gallagher has to his credit fourteen comedy specials for Showtime, ran for Governor, and is listed by Comedy Central as one of the top 100 greatest stand-up comedians of all time. *Splash Seats Available
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