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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.

The 2018 Giving Challenge

You’ll be able to DOUBLE your support of Manatee Performing Arts Center.
Every donation, $25–100, is matched dollar for dollar!
Plan on giving DURING the event, noon, May 1 to noon, May 2.

Nice Work If You Can Get It

April 26th – May 13th
It’s the Roaring Twenties, and a cast of outrageous characters gather in New York to celebrate the wedding of a wealthy playboy. But things don’t go as planned when the playboy meets a bubbly and feisty bootlegger who melts his heart.
Rating: G
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Godspell Jr

April 28th at 2:00 PM
Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew and drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, Godspell Junior is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.
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Fleetwood Max

May 19th at 8 PM
Fleetwood Max is the country’s Definitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band – an authentic recreation of the music, magic, and incredible stage production of the legendary Stevie Nicks & Fleetwood Mac at the height of their career! From the Rumours album in 1977 to current touring set lists!
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The Long Reunion

May 24th – 27th
Three friends from a seaside high school – meet for a 25th anniversary graduation luncheon. Their lives have not turned out according to the yearbook predictions. Now that they’re smack in the middle of midlife, they have plenty to relate at The Ocean View Inn with only the beautiful young waitress to distract.
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Dance University Recital

June 10th at 5:30 PM
Dance University Recital: School of Dance. Educate your body, inspire your soul.
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Art & Soul Dance Recital

May 25th at 7:00 PM
Join us for a fabulous showcase as Dancing 2018 hits the stage! Art & Soul Dance Company, Lakewood Ranch’s newest and most exciting Dance Education Facility, is excited to present our inaugural Recital. Featuring Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Ballet and Ballroom, this show has performers aged 2.5 through to Adult, at Recreational to Competitive Levels. Great fun for the whole family!
Special Guests: Students from Manatee School for the Arts will be joining the excitement!!!
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Menopause The Musical

May 30th – June 10th
Inspired by a hot flash and a bottle of wine, writer Jeanie Linders created Menopause The Musical® as a celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “The Change.” Set in a department store where four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale, the all-female cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. A sisterhood is created between these diverse women as they realize that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.” It is a stage in every woman’s life that is perfectly normal.
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Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding

June 5 – June 10
Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding is an “environmental/immersive theatre” event based on a traditional Italian-American wedding and reception, with warm and intrusive stereotypes exaggerated for comic effect.
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The Lion King Jr

June 22nd at 7:00 PM
The African savannah comes to life with Simba and Nala, Pumbaa and Timon, Mufasa and Scar, and more unforgettable characters as they journey from Pride Rock to the jungle and back again in this inspiring, coming-of-age story. This vibrant tale has captivated worldwide audiences. With Sir Elton John’s music, dazzling costumes, and extraordinary talent, this is a show not to be missed.
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The Little Mermaid

July 21st at 2:00 PM
Disney’s The Little Mermaid is a stage musical based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.
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The Manatee Performing Arts Center announces its 70th season!

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