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Mark your December calendars!

12/6 – Tuesday with Benny & Friends

This Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Raymond Center

Photo credit: Barbara Banks Photography
Join our continuing monthly in-person First Tuesday conversations with Artistic Director Benny Sato Ambush & Friends:


  • The Anatomy of a Production: behind-the-scenes glimpses into how we conceive, design, build, and create theatre step-by-step from initial concept to opening night. The December 6 session features Scenery with Venice Theatre Resident Scenic Designer Tim Wisgerhof.
  • Hurricane Ian Recovery and Rebuilding Updates
  • 2022-2023 Season Updates
  • Fun Facts about Venice Theatre
  • Your Questions Answered


  • Our new 124-seat temporary theatre built in our Raymond Center, the building at the north end of our rear parking lot.
  • Follow the signs and we’ll see you there!



12/10 – Holiday Cabaret to benefit VT rebuild

Saturday at the Manatee Performing Arts Center in Bradenton

A Special Performance for This Holiday Season

This special event will unite many of the stars from the Manatee Performing Arts Center and Venice Theatre to bring some joy, entertainment, laughter, and tender moments to celebrate this season of giving.

The Holiday Cabaret is dedicated to the recovery and rebuild of the Venice Theatre after Hurricane Ian. The Venice Theatre Board will match all gifts to the theatre – up to $500,000 – through December 31st.

We are so grateful to the Manatee Performing Arts Center for organizing this event and giving ALL proceeds to our hurricane restoration!
 Thank you to the following performers who are scheduled to appear:

Rick Bogner, Kelly Burnette, Nancy Denton, Caitlin Ellis, Jason Ellis, Kim Gardner-Kollar, Kristofer Geddie, Andrea Keddell, Scott Keys, Mark Netherly, Joey Panek, Kathryn Parks, Vera Samuels, Tap Kats, Corinne Woodland, Sarah Yonko, Alexander Zickafoose

The performance will be held in the Manatee Performing Arts Center’s Stone Hall at 502 Third Avenue West in Bradenton FL 34205.

If you cannot attend the performance in person, you can purchase access to a streaming version of the show that will be sent out the following week.

Buy Tickets to the Holiday Cabaret
Buy Your Link to the Stream of the Show

12/11- Teen Improv Troupe at Troll Music

2 shows on Sunday evening!

A night of hilarity starring Allie Hunter, Ava Dillhyon, Avery Vance, Delaney Lockwood, Ella Piotrowski, Evie Hunter, Gianna Weerasooriya, Hannah Randi, Haylee Fadley, Katelin Lane, Michael Snyder, Nikolas Messer, and Riley Vance! Special thanks to our host, Troll Music.
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12/17 – Cookies for a Cause 

Saturday Dec. 17 at Scarlet Macaw from 10 a.m. until they’re gone! 
A portion of the cookie sales will benefit Venice Theatre.
Thank you Scarlet Macaw Resort Wear and Mega Sweet Tooth!

12/17 – Arabian Nights Auditions

Saturday the 17th from 2-5 p.m.

Through a mixture of song, dance, puppetry, and illusion, the magical folk stories of the Islamic Golden Age deliver a message of acceptance, freedom, and forgiveness.

This show was originally cast and in rehearsals for an October performance run, but Hurricane Ian reared his ugly head and the show had to be rescheduled for Feb. 24 – March 5, 2023. We’re delighted we can still present Arabian Nights this season,  but we’ve lost some of our original cast members due to the delayed schedule. 

Director Kelly Duyn will post more information and a sign-up link soon. For now, actors of all ages are encouraged to save the date! 

12/19 – An Enchanted Evening with Barbra

Monday the 19th at the Venice Community Center

Starring Sharon Owens

Sharon Owens takes you on a journey through the Streisand years — ’60s Broadway, ’70s Disco, and ’80s films. You will laugh, cry, and chuckle at Sharon’s precise interpretation of the infamous Streisand, and be amazed as their personas intertwine. Acclaimed as “the best tribute artist,” you will feel as though you’ve spent an enchanted evening with Barbra!


More concerts will be on sale soon. We are working diligently to reschedule as many events as possible. Stay tuned for the next concert to go on sale. (If you had tickets before Hurricane Ian, you will receive a notification when any event is rescheduled.)

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12/31- Matching gift deadline

Make a gift to our hurricane restoration fund on or before Dec. 31, 2022 and our Board of Directors will match up to $500,000. 

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1/1/23 – Deadline to sign up for VT in NYC

This season’s trip includes tickets to Some Like It Hot on Broadway!

It’s time to sign up for Venice Theatre’s annual New York City adventure! Every May, General Manager Kristofer Geddie takes a group to New York for a fun-filled 4 nights in the Big Apple. If you would like to join us, now is the time to act! This trip sells out quickly so don’t delay. All slots are filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

Dates May 3 – 7, 2023

Cost is $1999.00 per person, double occupancy

Included in your trip:

  • Ground transportation from VT
  • Roundtrip Airfare
  • Airport transfers in NYC
  • 4 nights at the Millennium Broadway Times Square
  • Tickets to SOME LIKE IT HOT!
  • Guided bus tour of New York 
  • Walking tours around NYC
  • Group dinner on Thursday Night
  • Plenty of free time to explore
  • Kristofer Geddie as your personal tour guide and ticket concierge!