A magical Venice Theatre tradition celebrating its 20th year! Our original musical adaptation of Dickens’ classic story follows Ebenezer Scrooge (played by Brad Wages) as he reflects on his past, present and possible future.

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Our new teen improv troupe, The Peanut Gallery, is excited to bring laughter to the community with more shows! Improv is a fun, fast-paced art form that requires the actor to think outside of the box. It demands focus, a willingness to listen and engage, and tells a story without the safety net of a script.

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Often seen and heard on PBS and NPR, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since then, this no-holds-barred political comedy act has become one of the country's (and Venice Theatre’s) favorites. No elected official is safe when the Capitol Steps are in the house!

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The final play in Arlene Hutton’s “Nibroc Trilogy.” In 1953, Raleigh and May continue their journey with a cross-country move to Siesta Key, FL. Not long after arriving, their dream house shrinks as relatives descend, further testing the couple’s love as they make difficult decisions in a changing world.

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Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, sexual hangups and more! This musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you dancing in the aisles!

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Tusk covers all the great hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years. The five seasoned, well-respected musicians comprising Tusk have been making music together in various combinations and styles, in original outfits and in cover bands, for over 25 years.

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Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is a multi-talented entertainer who has been delighting audiences nearly all his life. At the age of 15, Peter achieved international fame as "Herman," lead singer of the legendary '60s pop band Herman's Hermits. His classic hits include: "I'm Into Something Good," "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter," "I'm Henry VIII, I Am," "Silhouettes," "Can't You Hear My Heartbeat," "Just A Little Bit Better," and "Dandy." Ultimately, Herman's Hermits sold over 60 million recordings including 14 gold singles.

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Guys and Dolls

Feb 21 – Mar 22, 2020

Hailed as the perfect musical comedy, this award-winning, boat-rocking classic gambles with luck and love under the bright lights of Broadway. School-time performance: March 13 at 11 a.m. Contact Kristofer Geddie at kgeddie@venicetheatre.net or 941.584.0639.

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This show is an exact re-enactment of an Elton John Concert. Rus Anderson has spent years perfecting the piano playing, vocals, and mannerisms of Elton John and has traveled the world over and literally has thousands of performances to his credit.  This insanely energetic tribute is endorsed by the official Elton John Fan Club!

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Yet another Venice Theatre very special event.  The Showtime Benefit is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society and features some of the area’s top talent. Come join us for an afternoon of singing, dancing and just plain fun while helping to support a worthy cause. Be there!

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Featuring Tom Becker, a former member of the New Christy Minstrels.  Tom Becker recreates the style and sound of one of America's immortal musical storytellers. Hear all your favorite John Denver songs like "Country Roads," "Annie's Song," "Rocky Mountain High" and more, in an evening that is sure to have you singing along.

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Often seen and heard on PBS and NPR, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. Since then, this no-holds-barred political comedy act has become one of the country's (and Venice Theatre’s) favorites. No elected official is safe when the Capitol Steps are in the house!

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The Silver Foxes are a professionally-directed volunteer troupe who have been bringing entertainment to the area for 25 years. These young-at-heart retirees act, sing and dance! Their reputation has spread far and wide with audience and booking demands growing every season. They travel throughout the area from November to April performing at communities, organizations and other venues. In March, they bring a full-scale production to our MainStage, led by VT’s own BRAD WAGES, director extraordinaire!

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Hamlet

Mar 27 – Apr 19, 2020

Danish prince Hamlet discovers that his uncle Claudius murdered his father and took the throne; Hamlet’s mother has married the usurper. This action-packed interpretation of Shakespeare’s tragedy will have you on the edge of your seat. School-time performance: April 17 at 11 a.m. Contact Kristofer Geddie at kgeddie@venicetheatre.net or 941.584.0639.

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CHICAGO

Apr 17 – May 3, 2020

The longest-running American Musical in Broadway history finally comes to Venice! CHICAGO has everything that makes Broadway musicals great: a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz; one show-stopping song after another; and the sexiest, most astonishing Bob Fosse-inspired dancing you’ll ever see. CHICAGO has been honored with 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, a Grammy® and thousands of standing ovations all around the world.

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The Folk Legacy Trio sings the Great American Folksong Book™, the songs of the great Folk Era from the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s, including songs from The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, The Limeliters, Peter Paul & Mary, The New Christy Minstrels, The Brothers Four, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, and others.  It is a journey through American Musical History with their signature dynamic harmonies enriching some of the most beloved songs ever written.  

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Una and Ray had a relationship 15 years ago and haven’t set eyes on each other since. She’s found him again and is seeking answers about the past. Guilt, rage, and raw emotions run high in what The Telegraph calls, “an extraordinary, no-holds-barred drama."

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Matilda is an extraordinary girl with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind. But her talents are constantly belittled by her cruel parents and headmistress. Dreaming of a better life, she stands up against those who would oppress her, taking her destiny into her own hands. School-time performance: May 22 at 11 a.m. Contact Kristofer Geddie at kgeddie@venicetheatre.net or 941.584.0639.

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aactWORLDFEST is a world-wide week-long community theatre festival presented by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) and Venice Theatre. Delight in performances from top-quality theatre troupes from around the globe!

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