What's a nice Greek Muse from heaven doing in 1980's Venice (California)? Romantic roller-skating! Yes, it's the cult hit musical Xanadu. This hilarious spoof of the Olivia Newton-John movie goes nostalgic on big hair, shoulder pads, leg warmers, ruthless business, and music from the Electric Light Orchestra.
Hurricane recovery updates
From Producing Executive Director, Murray Chase
Our community’s response has been rapid, heartwarming, and invigorating. Local arts organizations, human services groups, foundations, businesses, and city officials have reached out, offering immediate help: classroom and office space, operating support, storage, and more. Our friends from around the nation—and the world—have reached out, asking how they can help and sending heartfelt wishes.
To all who have offered condolences and support, we send a huge “thank you.” We will need many things in the next several months to make a full comeback. Your encouragement is vital. And we will need funds, we know; even with good insurance, we will need several million dollars. If you can send help, please do so. We will be forever grateful.
Together, sooner rather than later, and stronger than ever, “we will find a way.”
Or mail your donation to:
Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave. W., Venice, FL 34285
One of the best ways you can help is by coming to a show!
- Our MainStage Jervey Theatre was severely damaged by Hurricane Ian. It is being rebuilt and will reopen in 2024.
- The Raymond Center, located directly behind the main building at the north end of the parking lot, is being used as a temporary performance space.
- Our black box Pinkerton Theatre in the main building is now open!
- Concerts are being held at the Venice Community Center, the Venice Performing Arts Center (VPAC) and Pine View School.
The Silver Foxes present
MAR 28 - APR 2
The Foxes are back this year and ready to showcase their new songs, skits and tap dances! It’s curtain up as "Bodacious Broadway" brings together all the elements of frolic, fun, and footwork the Foxes are known for as they act out some crazy skits and sing and dance to songs from "Annie," "Kiss Me Kate," "The Greatest Showman," "The Wiz" and so many more.
The Brothers Doobie
APR 18 at 7:30 pm
There’s no one in the industry today that can recreate the sound and style of the world-famous Doobie Brothers like “The Brothers Doobie.” Inspired by the Brothers' superior song writing, The Brothers Doobie delivers powerful harmonies and a fun-filled high-energy performance covering a catalog of hits spanning both the Johnston and McDonald eras.
50 Years After:
A Tribute to the Woodstock Generation
APR 30 at 7:30 pm
Featuring South Dakota Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists Uncle Zeek. With music by Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and more!
Elizabethan Theatre like you’ve never seen! Three female charismatic comics play all 37 of Shakespeare’s plays in just over ninety whirlwind minutes of hilarious condensation. Physical, witty, and shamelessly outrageous, it’s a cascade of joyful hijinks for those who love Shakespeare and those who don’t. Be warned - you might laugh so hard, it’ll hurt.
A one ana two ana three… The theme of this year's show is Memories of the Lawrence Welk Show!
We appreciate the news media continuing to cover our story of recovery from Hurricane Ian.
‘Kinky Boots’ at Venice Theatre will go on … in 2024
Venice Gondolier-Sun By Laurie Colton, Venice Theatre When Venice Theatre’s main stage and fly loft were severely damaged by the winds and rain of Hurricane Ian, the cast of the hit musical “Kinky Boots” was in the middle of rehearsals, getting ready to open the show on Oct. 21. Director/Choreographer Brad Wages had made it … Continued
Resilient Venice Theatre plans reopening after Hurricane Ian damage
Jay Handelman Sarasota Herald-Tribune Oct 21, 2022 Three weeks after Hurricane Ian ripped apart its main theater and fly loft and caused massive damage to electrical systems, costumes, stage and theater seats, Venice Theatre revealed ambitious plans to have the building ready to reopen in a little more than a year. The theater said it would open … Continued
Hurricane tears apart local theater, mobile homes
From our leadership
The Four Million Dollar Question
Update from Eric Watters – $500,000 Match
Oct. 21 Update from Murray Chase
Oct. 14 Update from Eric Watters