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Sarasota native debuts 'The Break Up' at 2011 film fest

Sarasota native debuts 'The Break Up' at 2011 film fest

Sarasota, Florida -- Filmmaker and entrepreneur Shaun Greenspan grew up in Sarasota. His father, Dr. Richard Greenspan, is a prominent dentist here, and his mother, Betty Greenspan, is a nurse and artist. Greenspan says he developed his wry sense of humor and gift for storytelling from their example and influence.

He brought that legacy with him to Los Angeles, where he has since launched his filmmaking career. Greenspan will bring it all back home next month when his short film, “The Break Up,” premieres at the 2011 Sarasota Film Festival, Friday, April 15, noon, and Sunday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 in downtown Sarasota, 1993 Main Street. 

Sarasota makes Men's Journal's "Best Places to Live" list

Sarasota makes Men's Journal's "Best Places to Live" list

Sarasota, Florida -- Men's Journal's editors just picked Sarasota as "the Best Place to Mix with Artists and Athletes," citing extensive open land, a growing network of bike trails, and a burgeoning avant-garde art scene as the reasons why.

That's right, Sarasota is one of 18 "coolest towns in America" that made the list for having "mastered the art of living well" in the magazine's annual Best Places to Live feature. Editors looked at other factors such as cost of living and best weather.

Asolo Rep announces 2011-2012 season

Asolo Rep announces 2011-2012 season

Sarasota, Florida -- Michael Donald Edwards, Asolo Rep producing artistic director, and Greg Leaming, Asolo Rep associate artistic director and director of The FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, announced their selections for the 2011-2012 season yesterday.

Opening the Asolo Rep's 53nd season is Tony Award-winning My Fair Lady, a musical that has been called "the perfect musical."

The Rep season launches in January 2012 with Once in a Lifetime by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza, and Yentl adapted by Leah Napolin and Isaac Bashevis Singer.

Sarasota, Bradenton competing for best contemporary art city

Sarasota, Bradenton competing for best contemporary art city

Sarasota, Florida - Local art enthusiasts are hoping our cities will come out on top this year as the favorite destination for contemporary art.

Sarasota came in 5th place out of AmericanStyle Magazine's top 25 list for small cities in the United States. Bradenton ranked #22.

Asolo Repertory Theatre to announce 2011-2012 season

Asolo Repertory Theatre to announce 2011-2012 season

Sarasota, Florida - The 2010-2011 Season is still underway at the Asolo Repertory Theatre but next year's line up is ready to be unveiled.

 

Asolo Repertory Theatre's Producing Artistic Director Michael Donald Edwards will announce the 2011-2012 season of plays on Monday, March 7, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.  Greg Leaming, director of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, will also announce his selections for the next Conservatory season.

Epiphany students to perform at Venice Theatre

Epiphany students to perform at Venice Theatre

Venice, FL -- Students from Epiphany Cathedral School (ECS) in Venice will be performing the delightful musical parable, Godspell Junior on the MainStage of Venice Theatre on Saturday, March 12 at 2 p.m. and on Sunday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

The production is the product of a partnership formed between ECS and Venice Theatre six years ago.

Epiphany students attend daily instruction at the theatre during the school year that fulfills the students’ theatre arts credits for the year. This year is the second year that a fully-produced musical theatre production will be presented. 

Directed by Venice Theatre’s principal teacher and notable actor, director and choreographer, Brad Wages, Godspell Junior combines the talents of the beginning and intermediate theatre students at ECS.

Senior drama troupe announces 19th year of "Follies" show

Senior drama troupe announces 19th year of "Follies" show

Venice, Florida -- The Venice Theatre has recently announced the return of The Annual Silver Foxes Follies, a hilarious variety show that plays to crowded houses each year, which will be presented March 16 through March 20, 2011. Evening performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 8 p.m. Sunday’s performance is at 2 p.m. Reserved seats for the Follies are $24 and can be purchased online at www.venicestage.com or by calling the box office at 941-488-1115.

The Silver Foxes is the senior outreach troupe of Venice Theatre. The popular group performs road shows around the area bringing skits, songs and dance numbers to community centers, religious groups and clubs throughout Sarasota County. Once a year they produce a full-length variety show for the MainStage – The Follies - which helps raise money for the theatre and its outreach programs.

Joe Simmons, veteran actor and director, is the Artistic Director of the Silver Foxes. “The Follies’ combination of singing, dancing and fast-paced comedy never gets old,” Simmons says. Jason Brenner, a frequent musical director and performer at Venice Theatre, is musical director of the Foxes.