Deck the Halls

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A brand-new rendition of everything that makes the holidays in Sarasota special. With all-new songs and sketches, audiences should get ready to celebrate the holidays – Florida style – palm trees with decorations, swimming in the sea, sand snowmen, and more. An annual Sarasota holiday tradition, Deck the Halls invites families to deck the palms and join in on the fun at this interactive family show.

Deck the Halls, by Sarah Durham and Caroline Saldivar, will play Saturdays and Sundays from November 27, 2021 - December 26, 2021 in FST's Bowne's Lab. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale and can be purchased by clicking the button above or by calling the Box Office at 941.366.9000. SUBSCRIBE NOW and see all 4 Children's Theatre shows for ONLY $20!

FOR YOUR SAFETY: For patrons age 12 and older, proof of a recent negative COVID test and valid photo ID are required for entry. If preferred, patrons may volunteer proof of vaccination as an alternative to testing. Masks are required for all, ages six and up, regardless of vaccination status. Children's Theatre Productions are socially-distanced. 


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Playwright  |  Caroline Saldivar and Sarah Durham
Director | Caroline Saldivar
Choreographer | Hannah Bagnall
Costume Design | Erin Barnett
Lighting Design  | Nadirah T. Harper
Scenic Design  |  Bruce Price
Sound Design |  Nicholas Christensen
Stage Manager  |  Natalie Shadrick


Santa | Sammy Pontello
Jolly | Blair Lamb 
Holly | Regina Famatigan
Jangle | Jackson Janowicz
Jingle | Gracie Gilbert

Sammy Pontello (Santa) is a recent graduate of the University of Central Florida, where he completed his Bachelor’s of Arts in Theatre Studies with a minor in Creative Writing. Past credits with Theatre UCF include Much Ado About Nothing (Leonato), Urinetown (Caldwell B. Cladwell), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder (Magistrate/Others, U/S D’Ysquith Family), #GodHatesYou (Rabbi Cohen), and Titanic (Pitman/The Major/4th Man, U/S J. Bruce Ismay). Other past credits include L’Italiana in Algeri (Ensemble) with UCF Opera and Arkansaw Bear with Celebrate TYA, who he also frequently directed with. Sammy served as a New Play Development Intern with the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre in Orlando, Florida this past year, where he assisted the selection process for PlayFest 2021. He also works often as a director, and is currently workshopping a solo show inspired by the life of Emma Goldman. When not working on the stage, he can often be found in the kitchen, and is an avid – and formerly professional – baker. He currently serves as an Acting Apprentice with Florida Studio Theatre.

Blair Lamb (Jolly) is originally from Campbellsville, KY. She recently graduated from Northern Kentucky University with a BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in Piano. Some of her favorite artistic opportunities include playing Ellie in Freaky Friday, Woman 1 in Songs For A New World, and performing as a singing pianist in The Soda Pops at Hersheypark. Blair recently released an E.P. of original songs titled I Wrote This For You, and it can be found on all streaming platforms. She is so excited to continue her career at Florida Studio Theatre!

Regina Famatigan (Holly) is an actress and singer from El Paso Texas, as well as a recent graduate of Scripps College where she studied Political Philosophy, Media, and Theater. She has performed in multiple venues across the country, from California to New York, as well as throughout the UK. Previous credits include: Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family, Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors. She is incredibly grateful and excited to be at FST!

Jackson Janowicz (Jangle) is an actor from Indianapolis, Indiana and a graduate of Purdue University where he studied both acting and philosophy. He recently performed with the Indianapolis Shakespeare Company as well as the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. As a playwright, Jackson's short play - Heaven - is being produced this October at American Lives Theatre. He was also commissioned by Character House LLC for a full-length play as a part of their developmental reading series which took place in August. In his free time, Jackson can be found outdoors doing anything crazy - from surfing hurricanes to camping in the deep wilderness.

Gracie Gilbert (Jingle) was raised in Chattanooga, TN, and recently received her AFA in Acting at Chattanooga State, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Some of her favorite roles include Carnelle Scott in The Miss Firecracker Contest, Sophie in Mama Mia, Rapunzel in Into the Woods, and Adrienne in The Good Time at Hersheypark. When she isn’t in the theatre, she is either at the gym, baking, or desperately trying to keep her growing plant collection alive. Gracie is excited to continue pursuing her dreams at Florida Studio Theatre! 

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There are plenty of parking options available when you visit Florida Studio Theatre, including two adjacent parking lots and three nearby parking garages, plus on-street parking.

Watch the video below to find a convenient place to park while you enjoy the theatre.

Getting Here:

FST's Bowne's Lab is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside FST's Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes, use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. For a map of FST buildings and venues, please see below. For more information, please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

Handicap Drop Off:

For FST's Bowne's Lab: Handicap drop off is at the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue.

For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the FST Box Office at 941.366.9000.

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