About Us

The Glenridge Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is conveniently located on the campus of The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, a Life-Fulfilling™ community of 90 acres on beautiful Palmer Ranch. The 260-seat theater is an attractive setting that provides an inviting atmosphere for high-quality entertainment for our many neighbors within Palmer Ranch and the surrounding Sarasota area. We stage a wide variety of professional and community programs that appeal to all ages – both children and adults. Our venue is available for rentals, workshops, concerts and performances whether for local arts organizations, businesses or schools to have "the best spot" to share their talents.

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Our current shows!

La Vie en Rouge

with Louise Pitre

Saturday, Mar 7 at 8:00pm

Louise Pitre takes you from Paris to New York, from Piaf to Broadway, and back again!  Red-hot passion in French and English.

Experience the romance of a Parisian café through the heart and soul of a treasured Broadway leading lady.  In a career that spans theatre, television and concert stages across North America and Europe Canada’s first lady of musical theatre, Louise Pitre, may well be best known for her Tony-nominated performance in Mamma Mia! on Broadway.  Yet  it was her award winning portrayal of legendary French singer Edith Piaf that first catapulted her to national fame in 1992.

Pitre is dazzling audiences again performing selections from the world’s favorite French composers and the hit shows that earned her accolades, including Edith Piaf, Les Miserables, and Jacques Brel Is Alive And Well And Living In Paris.

Louise is the winner of a National Broadway Touring Award, a New York Theatre World Award, a San Francisco Theatre Critics’ Award, a Betsy Mitchell Award and four Dora Mavor Moore awards, all for best performance by a leading actress in a musical.

She has released a new all French CD, La Vie En Rouge, in addition to three solo CD’s: Shattered, All of My Life Has Led To This and Songs My Mother Taught Me. She is heard as Fantine in the Paris Cast recording of Les Misérables and as Ulrika in the Kristina cast recording.

 “Louise Pitre is sensational ... She just doesn’t just sell a song, she lives it.”

Produced by the GPAC

Bria Skonberg

Sunday, Mar 8 at 2:00pm

Hailing from Chilliwack, BC, and now living in New York City, award winning trumpeter/vocalist/ composer BRIA SKONBERG is "poised to be one of the most versatile and imposing musicians of her generation."- Wall Street Journal.

 In 2013 she earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” and has been included in DOWNBEAT Magazine’s Rising Star Critics‘ Poll the last two years. She has recently been honored with a New York Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist” and swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in all categories nominated: Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group for the Bria Skonberg Quartet. Her first professional gig was as a big band singer at age sixteen doubling on trumpet and she has since performed as a bandleader and guest artist at over 50 jazz festivals in North America, Europe, China and Japan. Since moving to New York in 2010 she has headlined at Symphony Space, Birdland, The Iridium, Dizzy's and Cafe Carlyle.

 She has been featured on Wycliffe Gordon’s projects, recording on the Louis Armstrong tribute “Hello Pops”, performing a Tribute to Dizzy Gillespie at Dizzy’s Jazz Club in New York and as a member of his big band. Bria focuses on innovating while honoring tradition: She has studied with Warren Vache, experimented with fuzz pedals and presented a gig fusing jazz and stand up comedy.

 Best known for her knowledge of classic jazz and pursuit of worldwide adventure, she is now creating a style rooted in hot jazz, world percussion, soul, and electronic effects available on her newest album INTO YOUR OWN (Random Act Records). Her debut US release SO IS THE DAY, peaked at #7 on the US National jazz charts; it features mostly original material and an all-star ensemble including John Pizzarelli, Victor Goines and Wycliffe Gordon. Released on Random Act Records, 10% of all proceeds go to support the Jazz Foundation of America.  

 She currently tours the world, headlining major clubs and festivals as well as programming music education workshops for all ages. She is an active volunteer at the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona, Queens and co-producer of the New York Hot Jazz Festival.

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC. 

Wild Orchid Man

Journey to Machu Picchu

Thursday, Mar 12 at 7:30pm

Sarasota Orchid Society & Studio Ray Productions present a new documentary film by Darryl Saffer - Stig Dalström Wild Orchid Man, Journey to Machu Picchu.  Peru is a land of mysteries - known & yet to be discovered.  Machu Picchu has its own secrets.

Ticket holders receive a $5 discount on DVD purchase.

Co-Produced by Sarasota Orchid Society and GPAC. 

Cynthia Sayer's 
Hot Jazz Trio

Saturday, Mar 14 at 8:00pm
Sunday, Mar 15 at 2:00pm 

Due to popular demand, acclaimed jazz banjoist & vocalist Cynthia Sayer will perform two concerts this year! Fun, soulful, and both contemporary and classic, Cynthia Sayer breaks all the banjo stereotypes as she single-handedly brings the 4-string banjo to the forefront of jazz. Sayer’s vocals are divine and her banjo a force of nature, as she swings through an eclectic repertoire of hot jazz, tango, virtuoso classics and more. 

This is a popular show which sold out the past 3 years, so get your tickets early!!

$5.00 discount to members of the South County Jazz club as well as the Jazz Club of Sarasota!

Click here to find out more about Cynthia Sayer! 

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC. 


Friday, Mar 20 at 8:00pm

Dala, the acoustic-folk duo of Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther and darlings of the Canadian music scene are bringing their own fresh brand of acoustic pop music to the world. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic.

Drawing upon influences like The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Bob Dylan, Dala write songs that are both catchy and insightful. Amanda’s ethereal soprano voice blends seamlessly with Sheila’s velvety alto, creating the lush harmonies that have become their trademark. The sheer joy with which they perform is infectious, turning first-time listeners into instant fans. Dala are equally entertaining between songs, telling funny and down to earth stories that make every show unique.

“There’s nothing pretentious about Dala’s music; it’s stripped down and laid bare. That’s not to say it is without polish – far from it. Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther have worked hard to exploit every facet of their extraordinary musical blend, and it would be just as at home in a 1960s coffeehouse as it is now on the contemporary concert stage.” -Andrew Craig, Host of CBC “Canada Live”

 Click here to find out more about Dala! 

Produced by the GPAC

Sarasota Concert Band

Great Movie Music!

Saturday, Mar 21 at 8:00 pm

The Sarasota Concert Band is celebrating 60 years!  Join the celebration with music from Star Wars, E.T, Harry Potter and John Williams, as well as newer music from Lincoln, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Lawrence of Arabia, the Great and Wonderful Oz and The Wizard of Oz. It will be a great party with refreshments afterwards. Join the party!

Sarasota Concert Band is one of the “Top 5” professional concert bands in the world, with Ringling roots back to 1925. As a 50-piece wind and percussion ensemble, their mission is to entertain the Sarasota area audiences so that they feel good about life. A nonprofit corporation, they seek to promote good band literature with concerts that showcase music in superior performances.

Co-Produced by GPAC and the Sarasota Concert Band. 

Lynn Trefzger

Comedy Ventriloquist

Thursday, May 14 at 8:00pm

For over 30 years, Lynn has given life to a trunk full of comical characters. She has performed for audiences worldwide in corporations, colleges, theatres, and cruise ships.

Audiences are treated to Lynn’s vocal illusion talents, when they may meet a lovable camel, a grumpy old man, a feisty little girl, and may even see some other audience members who are brought up for the action!

Lynn’s off-the-wall audience interplay is riotously funny, no two shows are alike! This performance is tailored to a family audience.

Lynn has received many awards and nominations throughout her career including The American Comedy Awards, Variety Entertainer of the Year, and Comedy Entertainer of the Year by National Association of Campus Activities. She has been nominated for Best Female Performer by Corporate America Magazine, and has been named Funniest Female by Campus Activities Magazine. In 2010, Lynn received the “People’s Choice Award” by the Ohio Arts Presenters Association.

She is a premier entertainer for Disney Cruise Lines, as well as Crystal and Norwegian Cruise Lines. She is also a favorite among many Celebrity Golf Classic Invitationals and the Atlantis Resort and Casino in Nassau, Bahamas. Lynn (and her many voices) has appeared on ABC, TNN, A&E, and Lifetime. She is featured in a recently released comedy/documentary about the art of ventriloquism with Jay Johnson and Jeff Dunham called “I’m No Dummy” by NBC Universal.

Click here to find out more about Lynn Trefzger! 

Produced by the GPAC

General Ticketing Information

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