September 18, 2021

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Theater, music, dance, visual art and more in Sarasota-Manatee May 6-12

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An ogre sings outdoors in ‘Shrek’

“Shrek, the Musical,” the stage version of the hit animated film, is usually produced with a cast of roughly 30 playing everyone from the green ogre named Shrek to dozens of fairy tale characters. All of them will be on hand, but in a different way in a new outdoor production presented by the Dingbat Theatre Project. All the actors play multiple characters and manipulate a variety of puppets. It is staged by founder Luke Manual McFatrich (he also plays Dragon) and is choreographed by Brian Finnerty (who also plays Lord Farquaad). Cory Woomert plays Shrek, Alyssa Goudy is Princess Fiona and Derric Gobourne Jr. is Donkey. The cast also includes Noelia Altamirano, Amanda Heisey and Jamie Molina. Performances are outdoors at the Bazaar on Apricot and Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and May 13-15. Tickets are $25 or $50 for blanket seating for up to four people. For more information: dingbattheatre.org

Caroline Shaw, a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, has work featured in the Sarasota Orchestra’s “Moments in Time” chamber concert.

Orchestra finds its ‘Moments in Time’

New and old music blend in the Sarasota Orchestra’s latest chamber program “Moments in Time,” which will be performed live today through Sunday in Holley Hall and then presented for home streaming May 13-18. The season finale features Jeffrey Kahane, artistic advisor to the orchestra, playing Mozart’s Piano Concert No. 14. It also includes Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw’s “Entr’acte” for string orchestra, and Edvard Grieg’s Holberg Suite, Op. 40. This weekend, you can also enjoy home streaming of the “Latin Grooves” concert featuring music from Spain and Latin America and such hits as “The Girl From Ipanema,” “Tico-Tico” and “La Bamba,” Argentina tangos by Astor Piazzolla and selections from Georges Bizet’s “Carmen.” Video is available through Tuesday. For ticket information: 941-953-3434; sarasotaorchestra.org.

Author Mary Alice Monroe launches her new book “The Summer of Lost and Found” at Bookstore1Sarasota.

Talking books online

Book lovers have a chance to discuss new and recent work with online programs through Bookstore1Sarasota. At 11 a.m. Tuesday, the Mysteries to Die For Book Club, led by Elsie Souza, discusses Flynn Berry’s “Northern Spy.” A fee of $33 is required for participation and includes a copy of the book. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, the store marks the launch of Mary Alice Monroe’s new book “The Summer of Lost and Found,” which is officially published May 11. She will be interviewed by Elin Hilderbrand. The event is free, but the store offers an option for a $7 charge to defray costs. Hilderbrand has her own novel, “Golden Girl” to be published June 1. And, at 2 p.m. Wednesday the Poetry Book Club, led by Doug Knowlton, will discuss Ellen Bass’ “Indigo.” For more information: Sarasotabooks.com

“I Am Killmonger” is among the photo images by Curtis Anderson featured in the Ringling College exhibit “The Story I’ll Tell: The Mixtape.”

Photographer tackles big issues

Ringling College highlights the work of one of its graduates, Curtis Anderson, in the exhibit “The Story I’ll Tell: The Mixtape.” Anderson, who earned a degree in advertising design, is now a portrait photographer. His show looks at the intersectionality of being Black and Christian and asks the question: “How do I exist in my skin and as a follower of Jesus.” The exhibit features several mini-portraits as it focuses on nationalism, race, identity, unite and life in Jesus Christ. The show is on display at the Patricia Thompson Gallery 2621 Bradenton Road, Sarasota through July 31. Appointments are required. 941-359-7563 or send an email to [email protected].

The Folk Legacy Trio featuring George Grave, Jerry Siggins, and Rick Dougherty performs at Venice Theatre.

Folk Legacy Trio at Venice Theatre

There are pop standards and then there are folk standards, the kind performed by the Folk Legacy Trio in “The Great American Folksong Book” this weekend at Venice Theatre. The group features George Grove, a longtime member of the Kingston Trio; Rick Dougherty, a member of the Limeliters and Kingston Trio, and Jerry Siggins, the former lead singer of The Diamonds. They perform hits by The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Simon & Garfunkel and John Denver. Performances are in the Jervey Theatre, 140 W. Tampa Ave., Venice are at 7:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. Saturday and Monday and 7;30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $35. Seating is socially distanced and masks are required. 941-488-1115; venicetheatre.org

Lindsay Ohse as the maiden Belinda and Lisa Chavez as Dido in the Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas” at the Sarasota Opera.

Opera at home

The Sarasota Opera’s spring season has come to an end with live performances of two rarely seen one-act works. But opera lovers can still see them via home streaming of Rossini’s “Il signor Bruschino” and Henry Purcell’s “Dido and Aeneas.” both productions were recorded during performances inside the Sarasota Opera House. They are now available for viewing at home through May 26. For ticket information: 941-328-1300; https://tickets.sarasotaopera.org/events

Clover Blethen, 9, rehearses for a performance of “Seussical” by students at the Music Compound

Musicals at the Music Compound

During her many years at the Sarasota Academy of the Arts, Julie Rohr McHugh never did anything small. At the Music Compound, she is bringing together 45 students for two different musicals in the midst of a pandemic. Middle and high school show choir/musical theater class students present “42nd Street¨ at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, at 1751 Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota. The following weekend, the kindergarten through fifth grade musical theater class will present “Seussical Jr.” Tickets for “42nd Street” are $15-$25. Tickets for “Seussical” are $10-$15. For more information: 941-379-9100; musicompound.com/musical

Black Pearl Nautilus by artist Krystiano Da Costa at the Wyland Galleries on St. Armands Circle.

Framing is the art

Artist Krystiano Da Costa showcases his unique style of framing in a show this weekend at the Wyland Galleries, 314 John Ringling Blvd., on St,. Armands Circle. Da Costa grew up in the suburbs of Rio de Janeiro and became a scenic artist at Walt Disney World. Since then he has developed art and furniture that combines natural elements with European textures. He has recently been exploring fine art on metal. You can see what he has produced Friday and Saturday. For more information: 941-388-5331;  wylandgalleriesofthefloridakeys.com/wyland-gallery-sarasota-2

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