Engaging the community for over 25 years!

In its 27th year, Troupe in a Trunk is a community engagement program that exposes young students to theatre and stimulates their imaginations by bringing live performances to Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte County elementary schools. With a minimum of set pieces, costumes and makeup,“Troupe” encourages students to use their creativity as a learning tool … by engaging senses not ordinarily utilized.

Troupe Members at the Early Learning Coalition’s Storybook Street event

Before each performance, the theatre provides teachers with materials related to the play. The teachers and students have the opportunity for discussion before or after the performance, building a bridge to the performing arts. Each school is also asked to assess and evaluate the performances in an effort to improve future productions.

Every spring TROUPE IN A TRUNK brings their show to approximately 9,600 area students free of charge.

For more information about auditioning or scheduling “Troupe” to come to your school, contact Kelly Duyn 941-486-8679 or KellyDuyn@VeniceTheatre.net.

Troupe In A Trunk Community Engagement Team

Daniel Cole*
Emily Morris
Linda Hawk
Marilyn Barton*
Melanie Paul*
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan
Patricia Tuff
Rita Mazer*
Sandy Kenney
Suzanne Williams*

TROUPE TOUR 2022 CAST

Daniel Cole*
Emily Morris
Linda Hawk
Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan
Patricia Tuff
Suzanne Williams*

Stage Managers for Tour 2022

Marilyn Barton*
Melaine Paul*

* notates Troupe members with more than 1 year involvement