Arts & Entertainment
Centennial Park Concerts
Venice Mainstreet’s Friday Night Concerts continue during May in the gazebo at Centennial Park, 200 W. Venice Avenue. John Howard will perform on Friday May 13 and on Friday May 27, George Durham & Company Band. Concerts run from 7 to 9pm. Bring your own seating. Free. For more information, visit www.visitvenicefl.org.
“Wedding Belles” at Langdon Theatre
Charlotte Players presents Wedding Belles from Friday, May 13 through Sunday, May 22 at the Langdon Theatre, 1182 Market Circle, Pt. Charlotte. Four garden-club ladies meet a young girl who has come to their little Texas town to marry an infantry man before he ships off for World War II. The women impulsively decide to throw the girl an elaborate wedding. Their lives and friendships are thrown into turmoil as they race to accomplish the nuptials in one frenzied afternoon. Thursday through Saturday performances are at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm. Ticket costs are $22 adult and $11 students. To purchase tickets, go to www.charlotteplayers.org or call the box office at 941•255•1022.
A Day of Celtic Music
Presented in cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Center of SW Florida, come enjoy a day of authentic Celtic music at Fishermen’s Village on Saturday, May 14, noon to 9pm. Enjoy Celtic music by multiple performers at 1200 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda. Event headliner will be the Seven Nations Band, featuring Kirk McLeod, with three performances between 6 & 9pm. Other performances include the Bryne Brothers, Emily & Kel Thompson, the Band Trinity, McIntyre Band, West of Galway, and Naples School of Irish Dance. Admission and parking are free. For more information, visit www.fishermensvillage.com or call 941•639•8721.
The Rocket Man Show
Venice Institute for Performing Arts presents The Rocket Man Show-Elton John on Saturday, May 14, 7pm, at the Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue in Venice. Rus Anderson is Elton John’s official body-double for his Farewell Yellow Brick Road world tour media. Picked by the man himself, Rus performs as a young Elton John in The Rocket Man Show – driving a night of Elton’s greatest hits, with spot-on vocals and fierce piano playing. With all the classic young Elton energy and antics, audiences are in for a night of nostalgia, singing, laughing and participation. Tickets range from $36 to $100 and may be purchased online at www.veniceperformingartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 941•218•0627.
Summer Movies at the Opera
Sarasota Opera is pleased to announce the lineup for the 2022 summer movie series: HD at the Opera House and Classic Movies at the Opera House. HD at the Opera House featuring filmed performances of opera and ballet from around the world will open on Sunday, May 22 at 1:30pm with Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto from the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, with tickets at $22, and $20 for Sarasota Opera subscribers. The Classic Movies at the Opera House series will open with In the Heat of the Night on Friday, July 8 at 7:30pm with tickets at $12. Additional movie titles and additional information may be found at www.SarasotaOpera.org. Ticket buyers are encouraged to purchase tickets before arriving at the theater, 61 N. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota. Information and tickets can be found online at www.SarasotaOpera.org or by calling 941•328•1300.
Patriotic Pops Concert
The Venice Symphony is back with its third annual Patriotic Pops Concert and fireworks, Saturday, May 28, 7:30pm, at CoolToday Park, 18800 S. West Villages Parkway, Venice. This year’s guest artist is the renowned a cappella group, Rockapella. Gates open at 5:30pm. Music Director Troy Quinn will lead the orchestra in a rousing concert that will include classic music from the great American songbook, film music and an Armed Forces Medley. Vocal group Rockapella achieved national fame on PBS’s “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” Tickets are $15 to $55 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale now at CoolToday Park and www.ticketmaster.com. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Box office phone is 941•413•5000. Sponsorships and “MVP” tickets that include premier seating, access to air-conditioned suites and a donation to The Symphony are available by calling The Venice Symphony at 941•207•8822.
“The Little Mermaid”
The Little Mermaid comes alive on stage at Venice Performing Arts Center, One Indian Avenue in Venice, on Saturday, May 28 at 5pm. This timeless story comes alive through original choreography by Prof. Vadim Fedotov and beautiful original music by Alexander Kostin that follows the mermaid on her journey to finding out how to truly feel alive and love selflessly. The performance features international guest artists from National Ballet of Ukraine, Atlanta Ballet, Orlando Ballet, and Cincinnati Ballet. Tickets range $25 to $60 and may be purchased online at www.veniceperformingartscenter.com or by calling the box office at 941•218•0627.
Theatre lovers from around the globe are excited for the return of aactWORLDFEST after a forced hiatus due to the pandemic. For the fourth time since 2010, Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Avenue West in Venice, is hosting the international community theatre festival, which is sanctioned by the American Association of Community Theatre (aact.) The event is set for Monday–Sunday, June 20-26. At this time, ten countries will be performing in-person at the festival with theatre troupes coming from Armenia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, and The United States. Shows and countries are still subject to change and more may be added to the schedule. Splash Theatre Company from Ukraine will now be presenting their show virtually. In addition to enjoying dynamic performances from around the globe, festival goers can expect a wide selection of interactive educational workshops and social events. Registration packages prices range from $175 to $575 and are detailed on the website, VeniceTheatre.org/international.
Charlotte Players 2022-23
Charlotte Players has announced its 2022-23 season of plays and special performances and shows. The season kicks off with The Play That Goes Wrong on Friday, September 9. Visit www.charlotteplayers.org to see the season schedule and get your season tickets now. You can also call the Box Office at 941•255•1022, Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm. Langdon Theatre is located at 1182 Market Circle, Pt. Charlotte.