Performing Arts of the Sarasota Area

There’s plenty to do on Siesta Key, from soaking in the stunning natural beauty to fine dining and shopping in Sarasota. Visitors will also appreciate the many cultural activities that take place regularly in the Sarasota area. For fans of the performing arts, here are the most important centers near our Siesta Key vacation rentals.

Florida Studio Theatre

Since 1973, the Florida Studio Theatre has been providing high-quality, contemporary theatre. It is located in the heart of downtown Sarasota, and its campus is comprised of numerous small theatres, each with its own architecture and style. The theatres are small in size to create an intimate and engaging setting for actors and audiences. FST has grown with a budget of over $6 million and over 30,000 subscribers a year, the third largest in the nation. Its popularity and success are not unfounded – staff and performers work hard to ensure only the best for audiences of all backgrounds. 

Check out Florida Studio Theatre’s online calendar to see what shows will be available during your visit. Tickets can be booked online. The theatre campus is located at 1241 North Palm Avenue. 

The Sarasota area offers a ton of culture to immerse yourself in. For fans of the performing arts, here are the most important theaters in the area.

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

A cultural pillar of Sarasota, the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall offers more than 100 events this season alone, events which include Broadway musicals, popular comedians, world-class symphony orchestras, and classical, modern, and ethnic dance. The Van Wezel truly offers world-class entertainment, hosting legends such as Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, and Martin Short. Peruse their online calendar of events to see which upcoming activities appeal to you. 

The hall is located on Sarasota’s beautiful bayfront at 711 N. Tamiami Trail.

The Players Centre for Performing Arts

The Players Center for Performing Arts provides quality productions of mainstage classics for the community of Sarasota. As Southern Florida is a hub for retirees, many talented professionals have moved to the area and joined our cast. These professionals bring their talent and expertise to productions as well as education programs. Classes in acting, singing, and dancing are available for all levels in group classes, workshops, and private lessons. 

Check out their upcoming shows and visit the center at 838 N Tamiami Trail.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe

Since 1999, the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe has served as a not-for-profit organization, dedicated to producing professional theatre that promotes and celebrates the African-American experience. Their performances champion diversity and inclusion, capturing a perspective that is often excluded by more traditional theatre. In addition to their shows, the troupe provides mentorship and support to developing African-American artists and youth.

Visit one of their shows and support their work at 1012 N Orange Ave. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for students and active military.

Venice Theatre

The Venice Theatre provides high-quality theatre performances to the Sarasota community with the intent of celebrating and nurturing creative expression. Past shows have included Mama Mia!, Assisted Living The Musical, and Good People. To gain an inside look at the theatre and get to know the people who run it, tours can be arranged in advance for Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays at 10:30. The theatre also runs numerous education classes for all levels. 

Support the theatre’s work by visiting one of its shows at 140 Tampa Avenue. 

Siesta Key Rentals

With these five performing arts centers all in the Sarasota area, there is always something happening, and there are many options in terms of performance style and affordability — even the Sunday night Siesta Key Drum Circle. Purchase a ticket to one or multiple shows and book your lodging on Siesta Key for the best views and most relaxation. You will have easy access to Siesta Key Beach, one of the top beaches in the world. Additionally, Siesta Key beachfront rentals will give you private access to the sand and turquoise water. There are also condo rentals in Siesta Key to meet your needs and budget. With plenty to do and see, you’ll be sure to enjoy your stay in the area. 

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