Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves
October 5, 2016 - February 5, 2017 | John C. Court Cabaret
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves celebrates the women who have captivated the world with their dynamic personalities and fierce vocals. From the 1970s to today, female artists have been pop pioneers; pushing boundaries and charting new musical territory. Featuring songs by powerhouse performers such as Cher, Tina Turner, and Reba McEntire.
The running time for Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves is approximately 1 hour and 13 minutes. It is performed with an intermission.
Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves by Rebecca Hopkins and Richard Hopkins with Arrangements by Jim Prosser.
Director | Catherine Randazzo
Music Director | Darren Server
Costume Designer | Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer | Michael Pasquini
Sound Designer | Thom Beaulieu
Juliana Davis Ditmyer
with Jim Prosser on piano
JULIANA DAVIS DITMYER is thrilled to be back at Florida Studio Theatre after last being seen in Shear Madness! Credits include: Collected Stories and Honky Tonk Angels (Hippodrome), The 39 Steps (American Stage), The Taffetas (Denver Center), 9 to 5 (Alhambra Dinner Theatre) Motherhood: The Musical (G4- Productions, Straz Center), House of Blue Leaves, Pippin, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (Arvada Center), West Side Story (Central City Opera), Lucky Stiff and Doubt (Lake Dillon Theatre Company).
JANNIE JONES was most recently seen in A Night With Janis Joplin (Aretha Franklin/Nina Simone) at Capital Repertory & The Barter Theatre. Also in The Black Stars of the Great White Way, with Tony Award Winners Norm Lewis & Andre DeShields & Emmy Winner, Obba Babatunde, at the National Black Theatre Festival. Catch her episode of The Get Down (Cool Herc’s Mom) now showing on Netflix. Broadway/First National Broadway Tours/Off Broadway: The Full Monty (u/s Annie Golden as Georgie), All Shook Up, (Sylvia), Mama I Want To Sing, (Sister Carrie), Faith Journey (Traci). She won an Audelco Award for August Wilson’s Women, Fences (Rose) & a Bay Area Theatre Critics Award for Black Pearl Sings!, (Pearl). She received critical acclaim for two one woman shows, My Castle’s Rockin’ & Ethel Waters, His Eye Is On The Sparrow, written by Larry Parr & premiering at FST. She can be heard on Barry White’s, Practice What You Preach (CD) & has performed in Carnegie Hall.
MEREDITH JONES This is Meredith’s debut at FST and she is thrilled to be a part of the Cabaret series. Since graduating from Emerson College with a BFA in musical theatre, she has performed in numerous regional theatres across the country. Most recently she was seen at Theatre Raleigh in her regional debut of Vanities as Mary. Favorite credits include: Julie Jordan in Carousel, Julia Gulia in Wedding Singer, and Baker’s Wife in Into the Woods.
CATHERINE RANDAZZO (Director) is thrilled to work with the talented team of Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves. Last season she directed FST’s Winter Cabaret Yesterday: A Tribute to the British Invasion. For the past twenty-five years she has worked professionally as a performing artist appearing in plays, musicals, cabarets, new play readings, voice overs, commercials, fund raisers, and touring in national and international productions. She is the recipient and nominee of various awards for education, national arts awards, and local performance awards including “Best Actress in a Musical” for her performance as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl. She was named one of “Sarasota’s Funniest People” for her comedic styles seen in Sarasota’s original political comedy group, License to Bash. Catherine joined FST in 2014 as Associate Artist. She serves as Literary Manager, in-residence director, teaching artist, and professional actor. Catherine is a graduate of Otterbein University in Ohio with a BFA in performance, and she is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.
DARREN SERVER (Musical Director) is thrilled to be back at FST for his second season. Music directing One Man, Two Guvnors and Laughing Matters last season was a fun and rewarding experience. Also last season, he music directed and arranged the vocals for Ah, Wilderness! at the Asolo Repertory Theatre and at the Players Theatre of Sarasota, he music directed and conducted La Cage Aux Folles. For the past twelve summers, he has been the resident musical director at Totem Pole Playhouse in Fayetteville, PA. Here’s an interesting fact about Darren, his grandfather is “Curly” Howard of The Three Stooges and his great-uncles are Moe and Shemp Howard. This has always been a source of pride and inspiration for Darren. See Darren in the film: Atlas Shrugged-Part II, the role of ‘Richard Halley’ and follow him on his family’s website:www.thegrandstooges.com.
JIM PROSSER (Piano/Arrangements) This season marks Jim’s 22nd season as resident pianist in FST’s Cabaret, where he has arranged and co-developed many shows including Dancing In The Street, By Gershwin, European Cabaret, That’s Life Again, British Invasion, Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, Harry Who?, Too Darn Hot, and last season’s production of Laughing Matters. He has also served as 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, The Velveteen Rabbit, and the WRITE A PLAY elementary tours. Jim is also a music director for FST Improv, for which he has played many shows including the improvised musical When X Meets Y.
JENNIFER LONDON (Sound and Light Board Operator) recently graduated from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, with a BA in Theatre Arts, a BA in Philosophy and Religion, and a minor in Honorable Entrepreneurship. She has been involved in Theatre since she was a child, and discovered her passion for Stage Management in high school. Jennifer has been a part of numerous shows since she started with FST including Last Rights, The Roommate, and Relativity.
SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume Designer) started her career in costuming in New York designing and constructing costumes for various productions in theatre, opera, film, and television. In 1993 she moved to Sarasota, and designed several productions at FST. She returned to FST as Costume Shop Manager from 2009 to 2016. Recent designs include Yesterday; Soul Mates: A Journey to Hitsville; American Pie; Chapatti; 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.
MICHAEL PASQUINI (Lighting Designer) most recently designed The God of Isaac for FST. His designs have been seen locally at Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, The Players Theatre, Manatee Players, Venice Theatre, American Stage and the former Banyan Theater Company. He is the associate lighting designer for the Utah Shakespeare Festival, as well as the assistant lighting designer and master electrician for the Sarasota Opera.
THOM BEAULIEU (Sound Designer) is pleased to be joining the production staff of Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves. This is his first time working at Florida Studio Theatre. Thom is a sound and lighting designer out of New Hampshire where he most recently designed sound for Cabaret at The Winnipesaukee Playhouse. Thom’s design career has been in the professional and educational realms in both New Hampshire and Georgia over the last 20 years.
REBECCA HOPKINS (Lead Developer) has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions since Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits in 1999. This season she is the lead developer on Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves and co-developer of Older Than Dirt. Previously she was the lead developer on Yesterday, American Pie, and Poems, Prayers, and Promises. She has been the head writer on all five Laughing Matters shows. Some of her favorite shows she helped develop include: The Prima Donnettes, That’s Life; The Wanderers; My One and Only Gershwin; Hot and Cole; Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits; Piano Men; The British Invasion; The Flip Side; and Outlaws and Angels. In addition, she is the founder and producer of FST Improv and the Sarasota Improv Festival. 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. Nationally, Mrs. Hopkins is President of the National New Play Network and serves on the Executive Committee for the League of Resident Theatres. 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.
RICHARD HOPKINS (Developer) is the Producing Artistic Director of Florida Studio Theatre. Mr. Hopkins has fostered the development of FST’s Mainstage and Cabaret productions. His many directing Mainstage credits include: Inspired Lunacy, The Best of Enemies, Next to Normal, Race, Ruined, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Boleros for the Disenchanted, Permanent Collection, and Metamorphoses among numerous other plays. Mr. Hopkins led the development of FST’s Cabaret productions of The Prima Donnettes, Too Darn Hot, and By Gershwin. Mr. Hopkins also serves as the 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 200,000 adults and children annually. He created the New Play Development Program, The Cabaret Series, FST’s award winning WRITE A PLAY Program, and he has directed the design and renovation of all FST’s theatres. Mr. Hopkins is the recipient of numerous awards including the Arts Leadership Award from the Sarasota Arts Council, the Richard G. Fallon Award for Artistic Excellence from the Florida Professional Theatres Association, and the 2012 Cultural Champion Award from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County.
"Magical” - Venice Gondolier Sun
“Powerhouse singers” - Venice Gondolier Sun
“Entertaining” - Venice Gondolier Sun
“Talented trio” - Venice Gondolier Sun