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Shows You Can't Miss in 2017-18 in Sarasota

Oct 12, 2017 12:40PM ● By Kevin
At RSW Living, we strive to fill your calendar with fun and exciting things to do. Community theater and performing arts are an important part of life in and around Sarasota, so we decided to put together a guide of shows to see in 2017 and 2018.

Florida Studio Theatre's Children's Theatre

Florida Studio Theatre offers daytime performances during the week of our Children's Theatre productions throughout the school year. Individual tickets are $10 per performance and can be purchased by calling 941-366-9797 or by emailing Patrick A. Jackson, at [email protected].

Robin Hood - start Oct 07 2017 1100AM

Robin Hood - Oct 7-28, 2017 11 AM

A fresh look at the timeless classic. Enter Sherwood Forest with legendary hero Robin Hood! Wielding a bow and arrow, Robin and his band of merry men join forces to stand up for what’s ri... Read More » 


Deck The Halls Tis The Season - start Dec 02 2017 1100AM

Deck The Halls: 'Tis The Season - Dec 2-24, 2017 11 AM

A brand new rendition of everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. With all new songs and sketches, audiences should get ready to celebrate the holidays – Florida style - pa... Read More » 


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - start Feb 03 2018 1100AM

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Feb 3-Mar 17, 2018 11 AM

In this inventive and highly theatrical adaptation, join Peter and Lucy on their travels to Narnia! The White Witch has cast a spell that makes it always winter and never Christmas. Peter... Read More » 


The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair - start Apr 14 2018 1100AM

The Boy Who Liked Pulling Hair - Apr 14-May 5, 2018 11 AM

Wise, heartfelt, and often hilarious this anthology of award-winning short plays highlights the most creative and imaginative writing from Elementary school students. Performed by a cast ... Read More » 

Urbanite Theatre

Urbanite Theatre brings compelling, intimate live theater experiences to downtown Sarasota. Its commitment to fresh works, burgeoning playwrights, and actor-driven productions provides the region with exciting, contemporary playgoing opportunities.

The 2017-18 season is underway, which features an upcoming limited series engagement. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 941-321-1397, or by visiting

White Rabbit Red Rabbit  - start Oct 25 2017 0800PM

White Rabbit Red Rabbit - Oct 25-Nov 5, 2017 8 PM

white rabbit red rabbit by Nassim Soleimanpour In association with Aurora Nova Productions and Boat Rocker Entertainment, in collaboration with Ringling International Arts Festival... Read More » 


Echoes - start Nov 17 2017 0800PM

Echoes - Nov 17-Dec 17, 2017 8 PM

Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another across generations. Tillie is a Victorian pioneer woman sent to Afghanistan to fulfill wi... Read More » 


Northside Hollow - start Jan 26 2018 0800PM

Northside Hollow - Jan 26-Mar 11, 2018 8 PM

Trapped underground after a deadly collapse, a coal miner finds his salvation in the arrival of a young and inexperienced first responder. While they wait for additional rescue assistance... Read More » 


Women Laughing Alone With Salad - start Apr 06 2018 0800PM

Women Laughing Alone With Salad - Apr 6-May 6, 2018 8 PM

Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan breaks all the rules of our image-obsessed culture in this raw, audacious comedy about the unreasonable expectations demanded of women and their ... Read More » 

Sarasota Opera House

Sarasota Opera owns and performs in the historic Sarasota Opera House. The building has recently undergone a $20-million rehabilitation to restore the beauty of the 1920's theater, while creating an up-to-date opera house for the 21st century. Tickets can be purchased by calling 941-328-1300 or by visiting

La traviata - start Nov 03 2017 0730PM

La traviata - Nov 3-21, 2017 7:30 PM

Violetta, a famed Parisian courtesan, has lived a life of lavish parties with influential friends. She abandons it all to be with her beloved Alfredo, but when her past threatens his fami... Read More » 


Rootabaga Country - start Nov 11 2017 0530PM

Rootabaga Country - Nov 11-12, 2017 5:30 PM

After a nationwide search, we are proud to announce that composer/librettist Rachel J. Peters has been chosen to compose Sarasota Youth Opera’s new commission—Rootabaga Country. Ms. Peter... Read More » 


Manon Lescaut - start Feb 18 2018 0130PM

Manon Lescaut - Feb 18-Mar 23, 2018 1:30 PM

Love at first sight strikes the Chevalier Des Grieux and the enchanting Manon Lescaut. They flee to Paris, but when Des Grieux’s money runs out, Manon leaves him for a wealthy man. Yet de... Read More » 


Carmen - start Feb 27 2018 0730PM

Carmen - Feb 17-Mar 24, 2018 7:30 PM

All-consuming, ill-fated passion rules the tumultuous love of a gypsy and a corporal. Carmen will take you on a journey through Seville, to the mountains with the smugglers, and final... Read More » 


Norma - start Mar 03 2018 0730PM

Norma - Mar 3-24, 2018 7:30PM

In Roman-occupied Gaul, a Druid priestess and a Roman official—Norma and Pollione—have fallen in love. Defying her sacred vows, Norma has borne two children, but Pollione’s sights are now... Read More » 


Tiefland - start Mar 10 2018 0730PM

Tiefland - Mar 10-25, 2018 7:30 PM

Marta is the unwilling mistress of a wealthy landowner, Sebastiano. To keep the poor girl near him while he takes a wealthy wife, Sebastiano marries Marta off to the shepherd, Pedro. Unaw... Read More » 


The Sarasota Ballet

The Sarasota Ballet’s expansive repertoire, coupled with the athleticism and artistry of The Company’s dancers, all of whom live and contribute in Sarasota, has brought The Company national and international acclaim.

With a mission to enrich lives, captivate emotions and strengthen the community through the art of dance, The Sarasota Ballet is one of the most unique organizations of its kind in the country. For tickets, call the box office at 941-359-0099, or visit

The Secret Garden - start Oct 27 2017 0730PM

The Secret Garden - Oct 27-29, 2017 7:30 PM

The first production of the Season sees the much anticipated return of Olivier Award Winner Will Tuckett’s The Secret Garden, which amazed and exhilarated audiences during its premiere in... Read More » 


Metropolitan - start Dec 01 2017 0730PM

Metropolitan - start: Dec 1-2, 2017 7:30 PM

Metropolitan, brings the world of New York Dance to Sarasota, with three ballets deeply connected to the city that never sleeps. Opening the performance is the return of Sir Frederick Ash... Read More » 


John Ringlings Circus Nutcracker - start Dec 15 2017 0730PM

John Ringling's Circus Nutcracker - start: Dec 15-16, 2017 7:30 PM

Run away with the circus to Sarasota this December with John Ringling’s Circus Nutcracker. Continuing Sarasota’s circus tradition and bringing the spirit of the holidays to all, this fami... Read More » 


Moving Identities - start Jan 26 2018 0730PM

Moving Identities - Jan 26-29, 2018 7:30 PM

Commencing The Sarasota Ballet’s 2018 Winter Season is Program 4, Moving Identities. The program features Paul Taylor’s Airs, a beautiful and flowing piece, choreographed to the baroque m... Read More » 


The Sarasota Ballet Presents - Ballet Hispnico - start Feb 23 2018 0730PM

The Sarasota Ballet Presents - Ballet Hispánico - Feb 23-25, 2018 7:30 PM

Founded in 1970 by Venezuelan American dancer and choreographer Tina Ramirez, the Company is now directed by Cuban-American Eduardo Vilaro, a former dancer with Ballet Hispánico. This Man... Read More » 


Dreams of Nature - start Mar 02 2018 0730PM

Dreams of Nature - start: Mar 2-3, 2018 7:30 PM

Opening the 2018 Spring Season, is Dreams of Nature, featuring Sir Frederick Ashton’s triumphant masterpiece The Dream and David Bintley’s incredible ‘Still Life’ at the Penguin Café. Thi... Read More » 


Great Masters of Dance - start Apr 27 2018 0730PM

Great Masters of Dance - start: Apr 27-28, 2018 7:30 PM

Closing the 2017 – 2018 Season is Program 7, Great Masters of Dance, featuring Antony Tudor’s The Leaves Are Fading, George Balanchine's Bugaku and Sir Frederick Ashton’s Marguerite and A... Read More » 


Do you have a favorite theater company or performing arts group? Let us know by contacting us and we'll add it to the list!