Dancing In The Street

Dancing In The Street by Richard Hopkins and Jim Prosser, with additional assistance from Rebecca Hopkins

From hula hoops and drive-ins to the fight for equal rights, The Prima Donnettes perform songs from dynamic 50s girl groups like The Chiffons and The Chordettes and empowering artists of the 70s such as Aretha Franklin and Cher. The Prima Donnettes are back to feature a soundtrack for the hopes and dreams of women everywhere with songs such as “Chapel of Love,” “Delta Dawn,” and “I Will Survive.”

Dancing In The Street will play in the John C. Court Cabaret from October 22 thru February 15. Subscriptions & Single Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 941-366-9000 or online by clicking the links.

Dine with us prior to your show in the cabaret. Reservations are not required, you will dine at the table you reserved for the performance. To view our menu, click here. To view the Court Cabaret seating chart click here.

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CREATIVE

Director/Choreographer   |   Dennis Courtney

Music Director   |   Brett Schrier

Costume Designer   |   Susan Angermann

Lighting Designer   |   Kate DeWall

Sound   |   Tony Angellini

Pianist   |   Jim Prosser

 

CAST

Alayna Gallo

Jannie Jones*

Melissa Robinette

Courtney Stokes

*Denotes Returning FST Company Member

JANNIE JONES most recently received critical acclaim for her performance in Smokey Joe’s Café (B.J.) at Capital Rep and in Black Pearl Sings! at Virginia Stage, Capital Rep and Ensemble Theatre in Santa Barbara and at San Jose Rep, where she won a Bay area Theatre Critics Award for Best Actress, as well as in Hairspray! (Motormouth) at NC Theatre, the First National Broadway tour of All Shook Up and Juneteenth Legacy Theatre’s August Wilson’s Women, which garnered her an Audelco Award. Broad-way/Off-Broadway: The Full Monty, Mama I Want to Sing, Faith’s Journey. Other credits: Crowns (Cincinnati Playhouse & Rep Theatre of St. Louis), Grafton City Blues (Milwaukee Rep), Beehive (Arkansas Rep), Hair (European Tour), By Gershwin, All Night Strut, It Ain’t Nothin’ but the Blues, Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow (FST). Jannie has toured internationally to over 23 countries. She has performed at Carnegie Hall with Spanish legend Raphael and on the last hit CD of the late Barry White, Practice What You Preach.

ALAYNA GALLO is very excited to be here in Sarasota and out of NY for the winter! Prior to playing Lorraine in Jersey Boys in the Chicago, 1st Nat'l Tour, Austrailia, and South African companies, she appeared on Broadway in Tarzan, played Ellen in Miss Saigon regionally and Mary in the European Tour of JesusChrist Superstar. She's performed all over the world doing private events for clients that include Jerry Jones, Clive Davis, Roman Abramovich and Donald Trump.

MELISSA ROBINETTE Off Broadway: The Marvelous Wonderettes. Favorites: The Marvelous Wonderettes - Various. How 2 $ (Rosemary) - Theatre By The Sea.  Winter Wonderettes (Suzy) - Ocean State.  Buddy Holly (Shirley) - Riverside. Grease (Marty) - Fulton Opera. The Happy Elf - by Harry Connick Jr.  Melissa is the creator of thebizofshow.com and a VP of Actors Equity. She lives in Astoria on an organic farm with her husband and 7 kids (a pitbull named Ruby and 6 chickens). MelissaRobinette.com @melrobsings.

COURTNEY STOKES is making her FST debut! Credits include The Secret Garden (Martha), Snapshots (Susie), Into the Woods (Little Red), and A Little Princess (Ermengarde) at TheatreWorks, Footloose (Rusty) at Kansas City Starlight, and Avenue Q (Kate/Lucy) at Mason Street Warehouse. Courtney’s favorite adventure to date was last fall when she toured Japan for four months with The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra in Disney On Classic. Proud Musical Theatre BFA graduate of University of California, Irvine!

DENNIS COURTNEY (Director & Choreographer) FST: 27th production, including last season’s The Prima Donnettes. International: Fiddler On The Roof (currently running in Tel Aviv – 2009 Israeli National Theatre Award). New York/Tour: Civil War Voices (off-Broadway - 6 MITF Awards), Peter Pan with Cathy Rigby (tour – L.A. Drama Critics Award). Regional (100+ productions including): Can-Can with Leslie Uggams, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change, Red Hot Mama (premiere), Beggar’s Holiday (premiere), The Beethovens (premiere), Little Shop of Horrors, The Last Five Years, Sophisticated Ladies, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (with American Idol Finalist Melinda Doolittle), Singin’ In The Rain, Beehive, Music Man, Kiss Me, Kate, Paper Moon, A Funny Thing Happen On The Way To The Forum, Hello Dolly, West Side Story, Cinderella, Oliver, Showboat, Guys and Dolls, Oklahoma, Paint Your Wagon, Lucky Stiff, A Grand Night For Singing, and Cabaret.  Mr. Courtney has conceived and staged special events and award shows, working with such performers as Bette Midler, Celine Dion, Quincy Jones, Warren Beatty, The Bacon Brothers, and David Letterman.  Television: Perfect Strangers, The Wonder Years. Performing: Broadway/Tour: Starlight Express, Joseph…Dreamcoat, Peter Pan with Sandy Duncan, Roza with Georgia Brown, Grease with Andrea McArdle.  Mr. Courtney is a champion figure skater and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Screen Actors’ Guild, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers.  www.denniscourtney.com.

BRETT SCHRIER (Music Director) FST credits: Urban Cowboys. Other credits: 42nd Street (National Tour), Hairspray (National Tour) Les Miserables, Forever Plaid, Cats, Scooby-Doo Live! (National Tour), and Broadway In South Africa. He has written three original musicals: Take Two!, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and Time Between Us, which recently won “Critic’s Pick” in the New York Musical Theatre Festival. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory, Brett has conceived cabarets and concerts for multiple music venues: Ars Nova, Joe’s Pub, and Knitting Factory – and is a member of the musical theatre faculty at Marymount Manhattan College. www.brettschrier.com    

JALANA P. SLOATMAN (Sound & Light Operator) is thrilled to be at FST! She graduated from Hampshire College in 2013 and has spent her summers working on PortFringe (technical manager) and the Fire Island Opera Festival (ASM, stage manager). Past shows: The Freaks Club, and The Maine Quartet with Snowlion Repertory Co.; The Nutcracker with Pioneer Valley Ballet; BFE,  God of Vengeance, and her thesis design for The Ghost of Durham Hall, among other productions with Hampshire College.

SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) started her career in costuming in New York where she designed and constructed costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film, and television. In 1993 she moved with her husband, Chris, and son, Erik, to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST in January 2009 as Costume Shop Manager and recently designed Becoming Dr. Ruth; Pump Boys and Dinettes; Too Darn Hot; Freud’s Last Session; Poems, Prayers and Promises; The Prima Donnettes; By Gershwin; That’s Life Again; Night Train to Memphis; Shake, Rattle and Roll; Urban Cowboys and Let’s Twist Again: with the Wanderers.

KATE DEWALL (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be back to kick off another Cabaret season. Originally from Havelock, IA, Kate is a graduate of the University of Iowa and currently lives in New York City working as an Assistant Lighting Supervisor for The Public Theater. Her most recent project was working as the Master Electrician for the Summer 2014 Shakespeare in the Park Season. Miss DeWall’s lighting design was recently seen on FST stages in Too Darn Hot; Poems, Prayers, and Promises; and The Prima Donnettes.

TONY ANGELINI (Sound Engineer)has composed/designed over 150 productions internationally, off-broadway, and regionally, including productions for The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, The Shakespeare Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Jomandi, Hamptons Shakespeare Festival, Round House Theatre, Olney Theatre, The Glen Street Playhouse Australia, The Townhall Theatre in Ireland, and National Theatre of Cuba. He has two albums under his Recording Label “The Sound Crew.” Member United Scenic Artists, I.A.T.S.E. local 829.

JIM PROSSER (Pianist & Arranger) Over his many years at FST, Jim has most often performed in the Cabaret, where he has arranged and co-developed many shows including By Gershwin, Laughing Matters, European Cabaret, That’s Life, Again, British Invasion, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Harry Who?, Too Darn Hot, and last season’s production of The Prima Donnettes. He has also served as resident composer/music director for FST’s Education department, writing numerous songs and scores for children’s shows such as Androcles and the Lion, RAP-Punzel, and the WRITE A PLAY elementary tours.  During last season, Jim was pianist and music director for FST’s Sophie Tucker: The Last of the Red Hot Mommas at Philadelphia’s Walnut Street Theater.

RICHARD HOPKINS (Co-Writer) fostered the development of FST’s Cabaret productions since the opening of the Goldstein Cabaret in 1996. Most recently, Mr. Hopkins led the development of The Prima Donnettes and By Gershwin. Some of his favorite Cabaret shows include: That’s Life, European Cabaret, Piano Men, Inspired Lunacy, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, and The Laughing Matters series. Mr. Hopkins serves as Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Florida Studio Theatre. This includes overseeing the creation and implementation of all FST programming, including Mainstage, Cabaret, Stage III, New Play Development, Education and Touring.  Since his arrival at FST in 1980, Mr. Hopkins has guided the theatre from a small touring company to a nationally recognized regional theatre, which impacts over 190,000 adults and children annually. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mr. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of his many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre.

REBECCA HOPKINS (Co-Writer) has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions for more than 10 years. This season, Mrs. Hopkins is the lead developer on American Pie. Last season she was the lead developer on Poems, Prayers, and Promises and Co-Writer on The Prima Donnettes and Too Darn Hot. She has been the head writer on all four Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: That’s Life, The Wanderers, My One and Only Gershwin, Hot and Cole, Vaudeville Cabaret, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Piano Men, The British Invasion, The Flip Side, Outlaws and Angels, and Steppin’ Out. In addition, she is the founder and director of FST Improv. Mrs. Hopkins serves as Managing Director for Florida Studio Theatre, and as such is the Chief Operations Officer. Mrs. Hopkins is responsible for oversight of FST’s Administration, including the Business Office, Development, Marketing, Box Office, Front of House, Restaurant, budgeting, and maintaining the overall quality of FST’s internal management. In 2012, the Arts & Cultural Alliance awarded Mrs. Hopkins the Cultural Champion Award in recognition of her many years of accomplishment and growth with Florida Studio Theatre.
 

"Strong and vibrant" - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

"Infectiously joyful celebration of life" - The Observer

"Solid singing performance" - Venice Gondolier

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