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.


The Tempest

Wednesday Nov 7 at 8:00pm

By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Celine Rosenthal 
Directed by Tyler Dobrowsky

“O brave new world that has such people in't!”

The Tempest, Shakespeare's supernatural tale of love, family, and revenge comes to surprising life in this boisterous, highly physical production. In a fast-paced adaptation both funny and ferocious, the next generation will have the chance to explore their own definition of justice and consider the responsibility of those who wield power.

Presented by Asolo Rep and the FSU/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, the annual tour brings exciting 45-minute adaptations of classic literature to community venues throughout the state of Florida. Shakespeare’s original language comes alive through energetic contemporary staging, performed by the talented young artists of the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and the Asolo Repertory Theatre

Sarasota Opera

Friday Nov 9 at 8:00pm

The Glenridge and Sarasota Opera is pleased to present members of the Sarasota Opera Studio Artist Program for an evening of arias, duets, and ensembles from some of the world's most beloved operas. Founded in 1984, the Sarasota Opera Studio Artists Program are emerging artists working to build their career in opera who serve the main stage productions by covering the principal roles and performing supporting roles. Studio Artists will return to Sarasota Opera as principal artists, in addition to going on to perform with La Scala, the Metropolitan Opera, Lyric Opera of Chicago, San Francisco Opera, and other international companies.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and Sarasota Opera

Pine View Jazz Band

Saturday, Dec 8 at 8:00pm

Ring in the season with the sounds of Big Band Jazz! Join us for all of your favorites played by the award-winning Pine View Jazz Band.  The featured vocalists will have you dreaming of snow as they perform some of the greatest music by Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Mel Tormé and others!

It's always a pleasure to enjoy the musical talents of the gifted youth

Produced by the GPAC. 

Gromalot Theatre Factory Presents Sleigh

Sunday, December 9 at 2:00pm

The toast of fringe festivals from Calgary to Orlando, Gromalot Theatre Factory trafficks in word-free silliness and story-telling. The buzz about this colorful, wacky, and infinitely inventive Orlando-based ensemble is spreading. We are thrilled to bring you this troupe now before word gets around too much. You'll see for yourself that catching a Gromalot show is like seeing a Charlie Chaplin film mixed with a little Looney Tunes live on stage.

Sleigh: A young couple spends their first Christmas together, tackling all the holiday traditions with two very different expectations. Meanwhile, a pair of shopkeepers re-define "rivalry" as they coax customers away from their competitor. And three determined mail carriers fight the elements, a poorly addressed letter, and even each other to make a delivery. You'll be laughing your way through the holidays!

"It's slapstick comedy at its finest. Children and adults alike will find it tasty." —Orlando Sentinel

Produced by the GPAC. 

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday

Friday, Dec 14 at 8pm

Nate Najar's Jazz Holiday is an annual tradition! Featuring Adrian Cunningham on reeds, James Suggs on trumpet, John Lamb on bass and Mark Feinman on drums.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

Harry Allen and the Four Others

Sun, Jan 13 at 2pm

Harry Allen is a rara avis in the World of contemporary Jazz. His musical roots are not, like most of his saxophone peers, in the styles of John Coltrane or Michael Brecker, but in the mainstream school Stan Getz, Al Cohn or Zoot Sims. Amongst his musical idols are also several of the great saxophonists of the swing era, like Ben Webster or Lester Young.

Fascinated by the cool sounds and relaxed swing of the legendary saxophone section of Woody Herman's orchestra of the late forties (Stan Getz, Zoot Sims, Herbie Steward and Serge Chaloff), nicknamed The Four Brothers, Harry has organized a band with the same instrumentation (three tenors and a baritone, plus a rhythm section), and has written all new compositions and arrangements for the group.

The resulting band (which Harry ironically calls Four Others) is one of the most interesting projects to have seen the light in recent years, incorporating the modern improvising skills of some of New York's most acclaimed contemporary saxophone players (like Eric Alexander, Grant Stewart and Gary Smulyan) to the classic sound of the swing era big bands.

The band has appeared in Concerts and Festivals in Spain, France, Italy, Switzerland and the USA, getting great reviews and accolades.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

Jeff Rupert Quartet with Veronica Swift

Sunday Jan 27 at 2:00pm

Jeff Rupert brings an all-star quartet and an award-winning vocalist to Sarasota for a stop on their whirlwind Florida tour! This hard-swinging group has shared the stage for years, raising the bar for jazz in Central Florida and beyond.

A YAMAHA performing artist, Jeff Rupert has performed at the Blue Note, Birdland, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Tokyo Forum, the National concert hall of Taipei, Taiwan, and jazz festivals in Europe, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

Veronica Swift is now being recognized around the country as one of the top young jazz singers on the scene.

Veronica has been on tour with her parents, the late renowned jazz pianist Hod O’Brien and celebrated jazz singer and educator/author Stephanie Nakasian. She has appeared on stage with Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, Bob Dorough, Kim Nazarian, Danilo Perez, and others. With her family she has appeared at The Great Waters Music Festival in NH, Blues Alley Jazz Club in DC, the Jazz Standard in NYC, the Jazz Cruise, and for the New Jersey and Hilton Head Jazz Societies.

Co-Produced by South County Jazz Club and GPAC

Ed Metz trio with Rosanno Sportiello and Nicki Parrott

Wednesday, Feb 13 at 8pm

The Eddie Metz Jazz Trio, featuring bassist and vocalist Nicki Parrott, pianist Rossano Sportiello and drummer Eddie Metz Jr., return to central Florida by audience demand! Metz has toured with the Count Basie Orchestra, the Bill Allred Classic Jazz Band, the Les Brown Orchestra and many others. Metz has also worked with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Arturo Sandoval, Sammy Davis, Jr., Rosemary Clooney, Michael Feinstein, Chick Corea, and Patti Page. He continues to record with top jazz artists and perform at jazz festivals and events around the country.

The trio might be described as cosmopolitan, because Ed Metz is American, Rossano Sportiello is Italian, and Nicki Parrott comes from Australia.

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club

The Mersey Beatles 
Four Lads From Liverpool

50 Years of ABBEY ROAD -The Entire Album Live plus a set of Greatest Hits!

Book Signing with John Lennon’s Sister, Author Julia Baird 
(at the Merch table before, during intermission, and after the show)

Saturday, Feb 16 at 7:30pm

This LIVERPOOL based Beatles Tribute Band was the resident band for over a decade at the world famous CAVERN CLUB, where The Beatles got their start. These childhood friends have played in 20 countries, selling out shows worldwide.

Experience the Mersey Beatles like never before as they celebrate 50 years of Abbey Road !!! The show will start as the lads perform the Entire Abbey Road Album live. For the second set, the lads will return in the familiar suits of Beatlemania and perform an entire set of greatest hits!! Throughout the night, they will take the audience on a trip featuring 35 of the greatest Beatle hits from all eras.

“The Mersey Beatles have been playing the Cavern Club for over 15 years and are one of the best you will ever see!” Julia Baird-(John Lennon’s sister and Cavern Club Director)

VIP Tickets Include:
• Premier Seating
• Mersey Beatles Free CD Download
• Meet & Greet with The Mersey Beatles
- Meet & Greet will start one hour before show time. The band will be available for pictures and autographs. All VIP ticketholders will receive a wristband that will identify them as a Meet & Greet guest

Click here for The Mersey Beatles official website 

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Click for The Mersey Beatles YouTube Channel 

Click for Tour Promo video 

Click for Nowhere Man 

Click for Rock and Roll Music 

Click for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 


Produced by Lightning Productions

The Four Freshmen

Sunday, March 24 at 2:00pm

From the moment they step on stage The Four Freshmen will get your heart pounding and your feet moving. With pure energy and great songs from the past and the present, the Freshmen deliver a world of music that will send some listeners back to the bygone era of their youth, while introducing others to a brand of vocal harmony entertainment that is surely to leave them wondering "Why haven't I gone to see them earlier?" One thing is for sure. When you go to a Four Freshmen concert you will not forget it..

Click here to find out more about The Four Freshmen! 

Co-Produced by the GPAC and South County Jazz Club


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