Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged



Pour the pirate sherry, braid the raven hair, polish up the handle of the big brass door, and celebrate Gilbert & Sullivan’s most beloved songs! Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged has delighted audiences across the US with lovingly loopy renditions and joyfully irreverent excerpts from HMS Pinafore, The Mikado, and The Pirates of Penzance. Last seen at New York’s 54 Below, this isn’t your grandmother’s Gilbert & Sullivan!

Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged, with arrangements by Matt Kahler will run August 21- September 23 in the John C. Court Cabaret. Subscriptions and single tickets are available online by clicking the buttons above or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000. 

Gilbert & Sullivan Unplugged runs approximately 90 minutes with an intermission.

Dine with us one hour prior to your show in the cabaret. Reservations are not required, you will dine at the table you reserved for the performance.

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MARIO AIVAZIANMARIO AIVAZIAN is an actor and musician. He has worked with the Hypocrites from coast to coast performing Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, and The Mikado. At home, he's worked with Chicago Childrens' Theatre, Pride Films & Plays, and various amateur theatre and light opera companies. A South Florida native, he is happy to be back in the Sunshine State. He lives with his fiancee and cat in Chicago.


Matt KahlerMATT KAHLER (Music Adaptor/Musical Director) is a Chicago-based actor and composer. He has traveled with The Hypocrites’ Gilbert & Sullivan Repertory to the Skirball Center, American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Olney Theatre Center and Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Matt has arranged music for H.M.S Pinafore and Lost Highway, and has composed scores for Twelfth Night, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Romeo & Juliet. He recently co-adapted The Yeoman of the Guard for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, where he also served as Associate Music Director. Chicago acting credits include: Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf Garage, The Hypocrites, Paramount, and Strange Tree (The Three Faces of Dr Crippen – Best Overall Play, 2014 New York International Fringe Festival) Television: “Chicago P.D.”

Dana Omar

DANA SALEH OMAR is excited to make her FST debut. Omar’s recent credits include Amadeus at Theatreworks, Pirates of Penzance at the Pasadena Playhouse and NYU Skirball Center, Gilbert and Sullivan Unplugged at 54 Below, Kitty Hawk at the Adrienne Arsht Center in collaboration with The House, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane at People's Light Theatre, One Hundred Dresses at Chicago Children's Theatre, The Mikado and Pirates of Penzance in Rep at Olney Theatre, H.M.S. Pinafore at American Repertory Theatre and Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Mikado with The Hypocrites at American Repertory Theatre, Pirates of Penzance at American Repertory Theatre, All Our Tragic with The Hypocrites, Cabaret with The Hypocrites and was recently on “Chicago P.D.” on NBC. 

Shawn PFAUTSCHSHAWN PFAUTSCH is excited to be making his Florida Studio Theatre debut. Regional credits include: The House’s Death & Harry Houdini and The Sparrow (Adrienne Arsht Center of Miami); The Hypocrites’ Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado and HMS Pinafore American Repertory (Boston), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Berkeley Repertory, Pasadena Playhouse, and Skirball Center (NYC); Hamlet, Henry IV, and The Seagull (Michigan Shakespeare Festival); South Pacific (Dallas Theatre Center). TV credits: "The Mob Doctor" (Fox); "Chicago Fire" (NBC). 

Lauren VogelLAUREN VOGEL is an American actress, comedy writer, and multi-instrumentalist. Regional Credits: 54 Below NYC, American Repertory Theatre, Actors Theatre of Louisville, The Pasadena Playhouse, and The Olney Theatre Center. Lauren is an ensemble member with The Hypocrites, (All Our Tragic*Equity Jeff Award, Pirates of Penzance, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore, Johanna Faustus, etc.) Chicago credits: A Red Orchid Theatre, American Blues Theatre, Steppenwolf Garage, Trap Door Theatre, American Theatre Company's Core Series, Chicago Children's Theatre. Lauren also stars as L. Woods in the comedy web-series Chicago HR.




The John C. Court Cabaret is located on the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue inside of The Hegner Theatre Wing. For GPS purposes use the address of 1265 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236. To see a list of our buildings and shows, please see below. For more information please call the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000.

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For those who require additional assistance or handicap parking/drop off, please see the map below. Handicap parking is reserved for patrons with a handicap tag and is in the lot across from the Hegner Theatre Wing. The area for drop off of handicap passengers/patrons for the Court Cabaret is along the corner of First Street and Cocoanut Avenue. If handicap parking is not available and you are dropping off a passenger, our lobby concierge would be happy to wait with them until you return. For any questions regarding handicap parking please call the box office at (941) 366-9000.