This Season in the Arts

It’s about to be that time — the time our cultural landscape switches into high gear.  From art galleries to music venues to theater, there is no question why Sarasota has often been dubbed “The Cultural Coast.”  Here’s a quick summary of what’s coming to the big stages in Sarasota this upcoming season.  

2017-2018 Season Review

Asolo Repertory Theatre

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The Asolo’s season will open with Andrew Lloyd Webber classic Evita showcasing Eva Peron’s rise to power in Argentina.  The play will be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes, who handled Guys and Dolls in the 2016-2017 season.  Evita runs November 18 through December 30.

After the new year, the Asolo will be only the third theater in the country to stage Shakespeare in Love, a stage adaptation of the award-winning movie about Will Shakespeare and his muse, Viola.  Shakespeare in Love runs January 19 to March 4.

Closing off next season, from June 6 to June 24, the Rep will put on The Jungle Book.  This is a world-premier put on by the creators of last season’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea.  Enhanced by whimsical videos and audience-interaction technology, this production of the Kipling classic looks like it will be compelling, to say the least.

For Asolo Rep’s full schedule and for tickets, visit their website here.

Sarasota Opera

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What is more downtown than heading to the opera?  The stunning Opera House, which sits in the heart of downtown on Pineapple Avenue, was originally built in 1926 and completely renovated nearly 10 years ago.  If you haven’t stopped in lately, step into old world Sarasota and plan a night at the Opera this season.  This season includes six performances, including two absolutely time-honored productions, La Traviata and Carmen.

For the Opera’s full schedule and for tickets, visit their website here.

Sarasota Ballet

Iain Webb’s Sarasota Ballet Company enters its 27th Season with an exciting range of 13 ballets by some of the most celebrated and prestigious choreographers and composers of the ballet world.  First up this season is the Frances Hodgson Burnett classic The Secret Garden, bringing the story of Mary, an orphan sent to live with a recluse uncle, and her secret garden to life by narration, puppetry, and dance.

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Always a seasonal favorite, the Ballet will put on The Nutcracker in December.  This adaptation is done Sarasota-style, so be prepared for some circus flair!

For full schedule and tickets, visit the Ballet’s website here.