Older Than Dirt

Older Than Dirt

Older Than Dirt is part of the Sarasota Festival of New Plays

Older Than Dirt provides a witty and heartfelt 360 degree view of aging. From the physical challenges to re-entering the dating scene, this concert celebrates the ups and downs of getting older. Older Than Dirt brings back the wacky writers of Laughing Matters combined with some of the funniest songs ever written on aging. From joints popping to mirrors mocking, this show proves you should never be ashamed of your age. Featuring songs such as, “Age of Urology,” “Father Time,” and “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think).”

The running time for Older Than Dirt is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. It is performed with an intermission.

Older Than Dirt developed by Richard Hopkins, Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser with Original parody material by Rebecca Hopkins, Stephan DeGelder,Nick Santa Maria, Jim Prosser and Phyllis Silverman will play in the Court Cabaret from February 8, 2017 - June 4, 2017. Tickets are available online by clicking the links or by calling the FST Box Office at 941-366-9000.

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Director  |  Richard Hopkins
Music Director  |  Darren Server
Choreographer  |  Kathryn Gasper
Costume Designer  |  Susan Angermann
Lighting Designer  |  Thom Beaulieu
Sound Designer  |  Toby Algya


Dane Becker
Richie McCall
Forrest Richards
William Selby

DANE BECKER is overjoyed to be back home at Florida Studio Theatre. Now based in Los Angeles, Dane appeared in The Boy From Oz at the Celebration Theatre (Winner of 6 Ovation Awards- Including Best Musical and Best Acting Ensemble) as well as Grease: Live on THE FOX NETWORK. Dane has spent the last year working for The Walt Disney Company in Disneyland. Favorite credits include: Hairspray, Chess, Civil War, Showbiz Tonight!, Band Geeks!, and Into The Woods. Proud graduate of CCM at The University of Cincinnati.

RICHIE MCCALL  from New York City is thrilled to return to the cabaret stage of FST. He was seen in the original Broadway, Toronto, and National touring company of Hal Prince’s production companies of Showboat. The Broadway touring company of Tommy Tune’s Grand Hotel. He has appeared in Film, and numerous commercials. TV credits include Shades of Blue, Blue bloods, Fallen Waters to name a few. His one man show, which he wrote and starred in, Me and Stepin was nominated at the Midtown Festival in NYC. Was seen last fall in the Web Series, Everything’s OK.

FORREST RICHARDS is very happy to return to FST for her 8th show here. Local audiences may remember her in European Cabaret, Black Pearl Sings!, Ain't Nothin' But The Blues, And The World Goes 'Round (winner of Sarasota Magazine's Best Actress in a Musical award), and over 50 leading roles at the Golden Apple. Forrest spends her days as a miracle worker (aka, aesthetician) at Essentials Spa, which may explain why she looks so youthful at 104 years old!


WILLIAM SELBY  FST 2016: Laughing Matters (vol. 5). Starred as ‘Bernadette’ in the Gateway/Ogunquit Playhouse co-productions of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Broadway World Award nominee, Best Actor). Off-Broadway: Forbidden Broadway, The Daring Duo, Nerds, Forbidden Hollywood, Juba, The Apple Tree.  NY Workshop: Finding Nemo, Disney (Mr. Ray, Gill). Regional: Forbidden Broadway in Boston, Detroit, Salt Lake City, San Diego and Washington DC,  South Pacific (Billis) at the Ivoryton Playhouse (Broadway World & CT Critics Circle Award nominations for ‘Outstanding Supporting Actor’), Barrymore, The Presidents (with Rich Little), Hot n’ Cole, The All Night Strut.  Overseas: FB (Japan and Singapore), and several Cruise Line productions. Director:18 productions of FB, including Denver, Sacramento, New Orleans, Long Beach CA (OVATION Award winner, Best Musical), Chicago, Pittsburgh, Minneapolis, Kansas City, Cleveland, and Detroit.

JIM PROSSER (Pianist/Arranger) 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, last season’s production of Laughing Matters, and this season’s productions of Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves and Piano Men. 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.

RICHARD HOPKINS (Director/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 Piano Men, 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.

DARREN SERVER (Musical Director) is thrilled to be back at FST for his second season. He recently music directed Piano Men, Million Dollar Quartet, and Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves for the FST stage. Last season, he music directed One Man, Two Guvnors, and Laughing Matters.  Also last season, he music directed and arranged the vocals for Ah, Wilderness! at the Asolo Repertory Theatre. This season at the Asolo, Darren composed the music for The Drunken City. 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.

KATHRYN GASPER (Choreographer) is pleased, for the first time, to choreograph here at FST.  She brings with her a vast background in classical ballet, Broadway, television, cabarets, regional theatres, and summer stock, both as choreographer and past performer.   Kathryn has been a soloist and principal dancer with the Milwaukee, Wiesbaden, and Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet Companies. Guest artist residencies in universities, master classes and choreographic opportunities keep Kathy in and out of the Sarasota area.

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, Relativity, and Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves.

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 Piano Men; Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves; 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.

THOM BEAULIEU (Lighting Designer) is happy to be back at Florida Studio Theatre, now in the capacity of lighting designer. Thom is an award winning lighting and sound designer out of New Hampshire where he frequently designs in both areas 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.

TOBY ALGYA (Sound Designer) NYC: In The Room, Widower’s Houses, Dark Vanilla Jungle/Tonight With Donny Stixx, H2O, Hard Love, Abundance, Natural Affection, Lost In Yonkers, Awake and Sing!, Philip Goes Forth, Tender Napalm, Whida Peru, Mosaic, Rosmersholm, Ringmaster, Human Variations, Pratfalls, Where’s My Money, The Invested, Hamlet, Fantasy Football: The Musical?. Regional: Hartford Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Northern Stage, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Trinity Shakespeare Festival, City Theatre - Pittsburgh, Portland Stage, People’s Light and Theatre, WHAT, Asolo Rep., South Coast Rep., La Jolla Playhouse. MFA UC San Diego.

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 was the lead developer on Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves and Older Than Dirt and co-developer of Piano Men. 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; 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 Board for the League of Resident Theatres, and on the Board of Theatre Communications Group. 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. In 2016, Mrs. Hopkins was awarded the Luminaire Award honoring excellence in creativity, philanthropy, advocacy, and all elements that are keys to future growth of the Arts in Sarasota.

STEPHAN DEGHELDER (Developer) As a professional performer/director/choreographer and playwright, Stephan’s credits include Broadway, Off-Broadway, national tours, summer stock, regional theatres, TV, commercials and film in the US and abroad. His satirical shows, Prime Ribbing and License to Bash have won several “Best Cabaret” awards and he is a contributing writer to the comedy show Laughing Matters. He has been in professional theatre so long, he feels like the title of the show you are seeing.

NICK SANTA MARIA (Developer) was born in exotic Brooklyn, NY.  He has appeared on Broadway (Grease, The Producers), and in national tours of both those shows.  He’s done TV, films, radio, and everything else except ballet and circus.  He has appeared at FST in Over The River And Through The Woods (best actor winner, Sarasota Magazine), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Best actor nominee, Sarasota Magazine). Nick has also written the off-Broadway hit, Real Men, the Musical, which ran at New York’s New World Stages in 2016.  He now lives in Los Angeles.

“Delivers great performances” - The Observer

“Spiffy” - The Observer

“Smart” - The Observer

“Good natured” - The Observer

“Will leave you laughing” - Venice Gondolier

“Many a laugh-out loud moment”- Venice Gondolier

“Gold”- Venice Gondolier

“Incredibly creative”- Venice Gondolier

“Taste-tempting menu” - Venice Gondolier

“Clever portrayals and parodies” - Total Theater

“Lively” - Total Theater

“Funny” - Total Theater

“Hilarious” - Total Theater

“Great gestures” - Total Theater

“A fun time” - Total Theater

“Nicely arranged” - Total Theater

“A nice wedding of talents” - Total Theater

“Bright performances” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Clever ideas” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Easily digestible” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Witty lyrics” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Energetic” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Vibrant voices” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

“Touching” - Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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.