Cinderella: Youth Production - General Admission

December 10 - 12, 2021

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn! Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-cometrue, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.

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Cinderella: Youth Production - Reserved Seating

December 10 - 12, 2021

The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale is reborn! Originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella was the most widely viewed program in the history of the medium. Its recreation in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren was no less successful in transporting a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-cometrue, and so was a second remake in 1997, which starred Brandy as Cinderella and Whitney Houston as her Fairy Godmother.

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Just for Laughs - A Comedy Variety Show

Friday, December 17, 2021; 7:30pm
Friday, March 4, 2022; 7:30pm
Friday, May 13, 2022; 7:30pm

Another fantastic evening of everything funny we can find, including four professional comedians, vocalists and actors accompanied by pianist Lin Hart in a variety show format, minus the sequins (though there may be a few). This show is meant for mature audiences who want to laugh…a lot…and then laugh some more.

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Ho-Ho-Home for the Holidays: An Improvised Musical Extravaganza!

Saturday, December 18, 2021; 7:30pm

Enjoy the improv, live music and merriment of a troupe of talented stage performers as they create a one-act holiday musical based on audience suggestions. Will there be a Christmas romance? A wintery murder mystery? Do ninja elves help Santa save the day? You decide! Each one-of-a-kind performance, featuring Florida actors, singers and dancers, and led by music director Ralph Krumins, will tickle your holiday funny bone and have you ho-ho-ho-ing through the night!

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Open Mic Bonita!

Thursday, November 4, 2021; 7:00pm
Thursday, December 2, 2021; 7:00pm
Thursday, January 6, 2022; 7:00pm
Thursday, February 3, 2022; 7:00pm
Thursday, March 10, 2022; 7:00pm
Thursday, April 7, 2022; 7:00pm
Thursday, May 5, 2022; 7:00pm

Songwriters, poets, slam poets, performance artists, playwrights, authors and short story writers, stand-up comedians (authors, short story writers and stand-up comedians) …we want YOU! If writing words is your art, we want to give you five minutes of stage time to share with our audience AND there are prizes. The event is free for performers.

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Staged Readings Series

Friday, November 12, 2021; 7:30pm
Friday, January 14, 2022; 7:30pm
Friday, April 8, 2022; 7:30pm


Featuring poignant selections of written works carefully selected to enthrall and amuse, Staged Readings come from short stories, essays, plays, speeches, the inside of fortune cookies, or anywhere else we feel the written word might be made more impactful as read by local thespians. Each staged reading will be unique, powerful, funny and thought provoking evening of entertainment as actors take on different roles.

Watch the transformative power of acting as directors and actors introduce all of us to works that may illuminate our mainstage work or introduce us to future programming possibilities. After readings, you’re invited to meet the cast and discuss the play with director and actors. This lively and informative discussion brings new insight to the art of theater.

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Matt Schofield

Saturday, January 15, 2022; 7:30pm

Schofield is widely regarded as one of the most distinctive and innovative British Blues artists of his generation. He has been rated in the top ten British Blues Guitarists of all time by Guitar & Bass
Magazine, alongside legends Eric Clapton and Peter Green.

“Blessed with a voice strong enough to front a band without his guitar, Schofield’s mastery of his instrument imbues every lick of this genre-blurring blast with a swinging and soulful touch.” —The Boston Herald

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Best of the Eagles: The Eagles Tribute Band

Thursday, January 20, 2022; 7:30pm

Back by popular demand is one of the top Eagles tribute bands in the country! Hear them perform their legendary hits from the ’70s, ’80s and beyond. This tribute is unique because their “Joe Walsh,” sings the Wlash Songs, their “Glen Frey” sings the Fry songs and their “Don Henley” replicates all of Henley’s incredible vocals. This is the most authentic recreation next to seeing The Eagles live!

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Appalachian Roadshow

Saturday, January 22, 2022; 7:30pm

With Appalachian Road Show, Abernathy, Webb and their talented compadres (including fiddle beast, Jim VanCleve, and legendary upright bassist, Todd Phillips) seek to honor the music, traditions and history of the great Appalachian people and region. The group takes influences from other sources and applies that Appalachian style, as they’ve done with a grassy version of the Steve Miller Band’s Dance, Dance, Dance.

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Ronnie Baker Brooks

Friday, January 28, 2022; 7:30pm

Ronnie Baker Brooks is an American Chicago blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was a respected club performer in Chicago, before recording three solo albums for Watchdog Records.

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Tab Benoit

Saturday, February 5, 2022; 7:30pm

Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name a few. Tab's accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.

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Tab Benoit

Sunday, February 6, 2022; 7:30pm

Tab Benoit is a Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and guitarist who has built a remarkable 30+ year career on the foundation of his gritty and soulful Delta swamp blues and acquiring a devoted legion of fans along the way, as well as 5 Blues Music Awards, including BB King Entertainer of the Year (twice) and an induction into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. He has recorded and/or performed with Junior Wells, George Porter Jr, Dr. John, Willie Nelson, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Billy Joe Shaver, Maria Muldaur, James Cotton, Cyril Neville, Kenny Aronoff, Allen Toussaint, Kim Wilson, Jimmy Thackery, Charlie Musslewhite, Kenny Neal, Chris Layton, Ivan Neville, Jimmy Hall, Jim Lauderdale, Anders Osborne, and Alvin Youngblood Hart to name a few. Tab's accomplishments as a musician are matched only by his devotion to the environmental health of his native Louisiana wetlands. Benoit is the founder and driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to preserve the coastal waters of his home state. In 2010, he received the Governor's Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina's effects and a call to protect and restore the wetlands.

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Funny Shorts Live!

Friday, February 11, 2022; 7:30pm
Friday, June 17, 2022; 7:30pm

10-Minute Plays will be performed throughout the year, every four months, in rotation with The STAGED READING SERIES and JUST FOR LAUGHS. Each series will include five 10-minute plays (total of 15 performed through the year), and each of these performances includes one LOCAL playwright such as Leslie Sanderson and Peter De Fresco. Many of these plays were published as part of CFABS' Stage It, the annual international 10-Minute Play Competition where 200+ plays were entered in the 2021 competition. And by ""Funny Shorts LIVE!” we also mean ""funny shorts!” We will give away free tickets for upcoming shows at Center for the Performing Arts to the person wearing the funniest shorts!

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BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet

Saturday, February 12, 2022; 7:30pm

For the past 45 years, BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet and they are now back on the road with their farewell tour One Last Time—Au Revoir! Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. Their distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans to Carnegie Hall. Since becoming the first Cajun band to win a Grammy with L’amour Ou La Folie and the a second Grammy in 2010, Live from the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, BeauSoleil has garnered many accolades, including twelve Grammy nominations. Their music is so integral to the Cajun culture that they have been featured on the New Orleans-based hit HBO program Treme.

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Good Jew

February 18 - 20, 2022

A World Premiere Play Honoring Holocaust Remembrance. The personal history of Henryk Altman—as told by him. “Always…I feel like my life does not belong to me. It belongs to Germany still. I live my life. I enjoy what I have. Because at any moment, they will come take it away.” Good Jew is a dramatic play, by Frank Blocker and Murray Scott Changar, based on hours of recorded interviews with a Holocaust survivor.

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Alan Doyle

Friday, March 11, 2022; 7:30pm

There are few artists capable of appealing to music fans of all stripes, and Alan Doyle is one of them. From the moment he burst onto the scene in the early 1990s with his band Great Big Sea, Canadians fell in love with the pride of Petty Harbour, Newfoundland, whose boundless charisma and sense of humour was eclipsed only by his magnetic stage presence.

His influence is now being heard in a new generation of artists as his solo work continues to endear him to roots music fans everywhere.

As we enter a new decade of music, connecting with as many listeners as possible continues to be Alan’s top priority. That’s clearly evident on Alan’s new EP Rough Side Out, which finds him collaborating with Canadian country music superstars Dean Brody and Jess Moskaluke, while at the same time offering his own distinctive interpretation of contemporary country.

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"Georgia O'Keeffe" Luncheon

Wednesday, March 23 & Thursday, March 24; 11:00am

Join us for a catered luncheon and the fascinating, entertaining and enlightening dramatization of the intriguing and renowned artist Georgia O’Keeffe as performed by Sarasota actress Jenny Aldrich.

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The Gambler Returns: Ultimate Kenny Rogers Tribute

Thursday, April 21, 2022; 7:30pm

Award-winning country artist Alan Turner recreates memorable magic in the Ultimate Kenny Rogers Tribute Show, The Gambler Returns. This full band stage production will take you on a musical journey through the career of American icon Kenny Rogers, who sold more than 120 million albums worldwide and racked up 24 number-one hits, including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me” and so many more. Kenny’s command of the stage, heartfelt performances, gift for storytelling and distinctive voice are all on full display in this nostalgic concert honoring the legacy of his live performances.

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Miwa Matreyek: Myth & Infrastructure This World Made Itself, and Infinitely You

Friday, April 29, 2021; 7:30pm

Miwa Matreyek is an animator, director, designer, and performer based in Los Angeles. She performs her interdisciplinary shadow performances all around the world, including animation/film festivals, theater/performance festivals, art museums, science museums, and tech conferences.

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