Tuesday, 9/26 canceled. We’ll light up the room with the campy, over-the-top musical Reefer Madness, last seen at VT in 2008. Reefer Madness pokes hilarious fun at the 1936 cult film. Don’t eat the brownie, and don’t smoke the demon weed. Inhale at your peril or America’s wholesome way of life will be destroyed!
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.
Da Da Da Dum - Snap Snap! You’ve enjoyed the comic strip. You’ve watched the television show. You’ve seen the movies (six in all). Now see Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Lurch and Uncle Fester live in the Broadway musical hit. They’re creepy, kooky, and ooky … The Addams Family!
Jeff Daniels’ Pickleball is a quippy screwball comedy about the predominant mania of our time ... pickleball! Goofy, lightning-fast, and slightly naughty, it’s a "pwocking" good time that will "pickle" your funny bone.
The stairway to heavenly political satire originally laid by the Capitol Steps continues upward with Capitol Fools — the new musical parody group created by the performers and co-writer from the Capitol Steps. Capitol Fools hold up a mirror to our crazy political culture, providing hilarious song parodies and foolish reflections that continue to inspire belly laughter.
From Patsy, Loretta, Tammy, and Dolly to Reba, Shania, Faith and Carrie, Rhinestone Cowgirls celebrates legendary performers who helped put country music on the map! Relive songs like "Crazy", "Stand By Your Man", "Coal Miner's Daughter", as well as new favorites "Independence Day" and "His Last Name". This concert is for Country Music fans of all ages.
We are counting our blessings as Venice Theatre's musical version of A Christmas Carol returns with the joyous spirit of the year-end holidays. Intergenerational veterans from past productions (including Brad Wages as Scrooge) join with new cast members to tell Charles' Dickens' story of redemption and rebirth.
Get ready to experience one of the most authentic tribute acts ever to hit the music scene as DAYBREAK takes you on a musical journey back to the '70s. Experience Barry Manilow's greatest hits the way you remember them.
Celebrate Elvis' birthday with Dwight Icenhower and Venice Theatre! Dwight is back with his ultimate tribute to the KING! Considered one of the best Elvis tribute artists in the country today, Dwight has mastered the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s eras of Elvis’ career and has won a myriad of national Elvis awards.
They are women, hear them roar! Calendar Girls is a poignant comedy about posing nude for a good cause. Based on the 2003 film of the same name and inspired by a true story, these ladies raise funds while raising eyebrows.
It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, so escape to Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville! The popular musical with a buffet of Buffett hits promises to change your attitude and latitude. Paradise is found in Jimmy’s jukebox jam, Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville.
Award-winning vocalist CeCe Teneal honors the legacy of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, with personalized interpretations of both popular and lesser-known songs from this 18-Grammy-Award-winning icon's 50-year career.
This group of 10 seasoned entertainers is preserving the music and style of the iconic group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Respectfully paying tribute to all the classic "Seasons" details, Let's Hang On! also pays tribute to the Broadway show, The Jersey Boys. Capturing The Four Seasons' trademark vocal virtuosity, tight harmonies, and crisp choreography, this full-blown stage show includes many mega hits of the '60s.
Stroll down memory lane as four lifelong friends sing about about love, life, and changing times at their Springfield High 20th Reunion. The Marvelous Wonderettes perform the greatest girl-group hits of the '60s and '70s such as "I Will Survive," "You're No Good," "Band of Gold," and many other chart-topping hits from The Supremes to The Doobie Brothers.
A lively afternoon of song and dance with 100% of the proceeds going to help rebuild Venice Theatre. Singers from Players Centre and Venice Theatre, along with the Showtime Dancers and Silver Foxes Dancers, will delight and entertain. Get your tickets early as this show will sell out!
With three voices singing incredible songs like "Moondance," "Come Fly with Me," "Home," "Fever," "Save the Last Dance for Me" and many more, this group brings the swinging standards and pop hits of Michael Bublé to the stage in an unforgettable high-energy concert event.
The Olivia Show is systematic...hydromatic...ultramatic...why, it's a tribute to Olivia Newton-John, Grease, Xanadu and more! Featuring Sabrina Plaisance-Sia who commands the stage with charisma, charm and humor and an uncanny resemblance to Olivia Newton-John.
Dust off the leisure suits! Shine up those platform shoes! Be transported back to a simpler time when gas was under $1.00 per gallon... when music was fun, inspiring and uplifting… and disco was King!
Heartwarming, homespun, and hopeful, The Spitfire Grill is a folk musical in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tradition about second chances, starting over, and mending what’s broken. We’re dishing up a blue plate special of absolution and apple pie.
Rediscover the joy of reading in The Enchanted Bookshop where characters from famous works of literature magically come alive to rescue a bookstore owner from a pair of bungling smugglers. This fanciful tale features Robin Hood, Pollyanna, Sherlock Holmes, Heidi, Tom Sawyer, Frankenstein, Long John Silver, and more.
Delight once again in the inspiring performances of Pinky’s Players, Venice Theatre’s Community Engagement Program that gives adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities a chance to develop and share their artistic talents.
Two brothers pull off a bank heist. But their escape plan through an executive washroom hits an unexpected snag when a young woman, a cop, and a hostage show up. What ELSE could go wrong? The steal gets stopped in this comic romp that explodes in hilarious, high-energy shenanigans…with a little romance thrown in.
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 Doobies hits spanning both the Johnston and McDonald eras.
The alchemy created by Long Time Gone is in the commitment to the special tunings, keys, and sounds of Crosby Stills & Nash’s iconic songs; perfectly complementing the bewitching vocals. It’s all the songs of peace and love that you remember, in a way you’ve never heard. Come be inspired by the magic that is Long Time Gone!
Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. At the age of 15, he achieved international fame as "Herman," lead singer of the legendary '60s pop band Herman's Hermits. Join us for a concert of his classic hits which ultimately sold over 60 million recordings including 14 gold singles.
We appreciate the news media continuing to cover our story of recovery from Hurricane Ian.
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
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