fst improv ANNOUNCES FALL SEASON Lineup
– Florida Studio Theatre (FST) announces its lineup of upcoming FST Improv performances October 7 – December 31, 2023. From the no-holds-barred comedy showdown Out of Bounds and the improvised holiday musical, It’s A Blunderful Life, to a comedic whodunit, To Die For, and more, this fall season features a wide array of performance styles and techniques. Tickets are $15 and are now on sale at FloridaStudioTheatre.org or 941.366.9000.
Kicking off the fall season on Saturday, October 7, is Out of Bounds, where two teams of improvisers go head-to-head in the ultimate comedy competition. In back-to-back rounds of fast-paced games, spontaneous scenes, and off-the-cuff songs, experienced improvisers duke it out to win over the audience’s laughter and applause. At Out of Bounds, the audience decides which team will emerge triumphant.
Just in time for Halloween, FST Improv presents We’re Doomed, an original, fully improvised horror movie, for just one night: Saturday, October 28. Based on a title provided by the audience, members of FST Improv will create an entertaining and humorous show featuring all the twists and turns, suspense, and tropes that are synonymous with thrillers.
“In We’re Doomed, we will pay homage to the different character types you see in your favorite horror movies, like the hero, the love interest, or the old sage,” said Will Luera, FST’s Director of Improv. “Audiences should also expect to see another staple of the genre: characters making stupid decisions when they’re in danger.”
Continuing the spooky season is To Die For, a comedic whodunit with a new suspect every night. After debuting last year, To Die For returns to FST’s Bowne’s Lab on December 2, 2023. This popular murder mystery show features a cast of quirky characters and a plucky detective who will go to extreme lengths to crack the case.
“We’re hoping to get the audience involved even more this time around, so they should be ready!” added Luera. “We’re looking to the audience to fill in the details of the world the murder mystery takes place in, and maybe even take on a role themselves.”
Next up is It’s A Blunderful Life, an improvised holiday musical playing one-night only: Saturday, December 23. With no scripts, no musical score, and absolutely no idea what will happen next, FST’s ensemble of improvisers will deliver full-blown musical numbers, drama, and spontaneous choreography in this musical improv show.
Bringing 2023 to a close is Resolution Rewind, a collage of the best games, sketches, and more, of the past year. Core members of FST Improv will put together a lineup of the audience’s favorite games to provide audiences with a comedic retrospective. Audiences should be prepared to share their highlights of the past year and to join FST’s improvisers for a champagne toast to ring in the new year.
Back for another season of laughter are returning cast members: Kevin Allen, Tayler Bungo, Christian Corpora, Sylvia Day, Sarah Durham, Chris Friday, Darryl Knapp, Will Luera, Sal Piccolo, and Autumn Steiner. New members of FST Improv are Lauren Phillips and James Rudolph. Sergei Glushonokov or Helena Rankin will serve as the musical improviser on the piano at each performance.
FST IMPROV PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Out of Bounds
Saturday, October 7, 14, and 21 at 7:30PM
Saturday, November 4, 11, 18, and 25 at 7:30PM
We’re Doomed (ONE NIGHT ONLY)
Saturday, October 28 at 7:30PM
To Die For
Saturday, December 2, 9, and 16 at 7:30PM
It’s A Blunderful Life (ONE NIGHT ONLY)
Saturday, December 23 at 7:30PM
Resolution Rewind (TWO NIGHTS ONLY)
Saturday, December 30 at 7:30PM
Sunday, December 31 at 7:30PM
About Florida Studio Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre (FST) is Sarasota’s contemporary theatre. Founded in 1973, FST has grown to a village of five theatres located in the heart of downtown Sarasota. Each theatre is small in size and large in impact— providing intimate and engaging settings for high-quality, professional performances.
Today, FST has established itself as a major force in American Theatre. FST is the largest subscription theatre in the state of Florida and among the largest in the country, serving more than 200,000 live attendees each year across its diverse programs: Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, Children’s Theatre, The FST School, and New Play Development.
Even with its growth, Florida Studio Theatre remains firmly committed to making the arts accessible and affordable to as many people as possible. Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Richard Hopkins, FST develops theatre that speaks to our living, evolving, and dynamically changing world. Hip and historical, entertaining and challenging, we are where everyone is welcome to engage in the art of theatre.