Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits

February 7, 2018 - June 10, 2018 |  John C. Court Cabaret

“Brush Up Your Shakespeare” with the best of the Bard! This tongue-in-cheek musical revue is a collection of songs inspired by the world’s greatest playwright. From relevant to irreverent, from soulful to sinful, from “Get Thee To A Nunnery” and “Othello’s Rap” to “What A Piece of Work is Man” and “Tonight,” when it comes to William Shakespeare all the world truly is his stage and his work will play on and on!

Shakespeare's Greatest Hits by Richard Hopkins and Rebecca Hopkins with arrangements by Jim Prosser and additional material by Alexander Hehr and Greg London.

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Director  |  Richard Hopkins
Music Director  |  Darren Server
Choreographer  |  Dewayne Barrett
Sound Designer  |  Thom Korp
Lighting Designer  |  Thom Beaulieu
Costume Designer  |  Susan Angermann


William Selby
Dane Becker
Gil Brady
Samantha Joy Pearlman
with Jim Prosser on Piano

DANE BECKER is thrilled to return to FST. Past shows here include: Older Than Dirt, Inspired Lunacy, and Hairspray (Link Larkin). Elsewhere: I Love A Piano, The Boy From Oz (Winner of six Ovation Awards and LACC Awards), Band Geeks!, Maddie (Boyfriend #1), Into The Woods, Chess, The Opera Car Ride: The Story of Ann and Gary, and The Civil War. Dane has also workshopped several new works recently including The Impossible Club and Section 60 at the Winter Park Playhouse. Dane can be seen in Grease: Live! on the Fox Network. Proud graduate of CCM Musical Theatre. 

GIL BRADY So glad to be back! Seven shows at Florida Studio Theatre including: Outside Mullingar, Inspired Lunacy, Steve Martin's The Underpants, and Spamalot. National Tours: White Christmas, Annie; Off-Broadway: Shear Madness (Davenport Theatre), National Pastime (Playwrights Horizons). Regional: Baskerville and A Midsummer Night's Dream at Syracuse Stage; Mamma Mia! at Capital Rep (Berkshire Theatre Award Nomination); Grease at Fulton Theatre; Boeing, Boeing at Seven Angels Theatre; Jesus Christ Superstar at Cape Fear Regional; Rabbit Hole at Human Race; The Crucible and Comedy of Errors at North Carolina Shakespeare; Around The World in 80 Days at Theatresquared; Hello, Dolly! at Westchester Broadway Theatre. TV: "My Affair..." (Lifetime Movie Network), "All My Children," and "Law and Order: SVU."

SAMANTHA JOY PEARLMAN was most recently seen as Mary Jane Gumm in the pre-Broadway lab of Chasing Rainbows, a new musical about Judy Garland’s life. She has performed at prestigious venues such as Paper Mill Playhouse, Walnut Street Theatre, George Street Playhouse, The Kimmel Center, and Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.  Samantha has performed her original show, Devotedly, Sincerely Yours: The Story of the USO, at the Annenberg Center for Performing Arts, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, and Forestburgh Playhouse. Her original show Summer in the City: The Music of Regina Spektor sold out Feinstein’s/54 Below last spring. BA: Wesleyan University.

WILLIAM SELBY happily returns to Florida Studio Theatre, having appeared in the revues Older Than Dirt and Laughing Matters, Vol. 5, here in the Court Cabaret. Recently: Bernadette in the Gateway and Ogunquit Playhouse co-productions of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (Broadway World Award nomination), and Luther Billis in South Pacific at the Ivoryton Playhouse (Broadway World & CT Critics Circle Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actor). Bill performed for many years in the Off-Broadway smash revue, Forbidden Broadway, and has directed 18 productions of the show across the country. Off-Broadway: The Daring Duo (Bridge Theatre), Nerds (NY Musical Theatre Festival), Forbidden Hollywood (Triad), Juba (Vineyard), The Apple Tree (York). NY Workshop: Finding Nemo for Disney (Mr. Ray, Gill). Regional: Barrymore, The Presidents (with Rich Little), Hot n’ Cole, The All Night Strut.

JIM PROSSER (Piano/Arrangements) This season marks Jim’s 23rd 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, Too Darn Hot, Older Than Dirt, and this season’s Mack the Knife and Blue Suede Shoes.  He has served as Composer/Music Director for FST’s Education department, writing numerous 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 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. In 2016, Mr. 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.

DARREN SERVER (Musical Director) is proud to be back at FST for his third season. This season he served as Musical Director for: Mack The Knife, Once, and Blue Suede Shoes. Last season he directed the music for: Million Dollar Quartet; Piano Men; Older Than Dirt; and Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves. At the Asolo Repertory Theatre last season, he directed, composed, and arranged the music for Ah, Wilderness! and The Drunken City. This season he also directed the music for Oedipus. Interesting fact: Darren’s 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 him. Follow Darren on his family’s website:

DEWAYNE BARRETT (Choreographer) is very excited to be back here at Florida Studio Theatre. Dewayne has choreographed two previous shows for FST: Never Marry a Girl with Cold Feet and Laughing Matters 5.0. He has directed, choreographed, and performed all around the world for summer stock, regional theatres, dinner theatres, cruise ships, national tours, high schools, music videos, parades, movies, and television. Locally, he has directed/choreographed for Venice Theatre, Manatee Players, Sarasota Players, and the former Golden Apple Dinner Theatre. During the summer Dewayne travels to Nebraska to be the Associate Artistic Director of the Post Playhouse. He is currently in works and talks for future shows heading to Broadway.

MADDIE LUGENBEEL (Sound and Light Board Operator) is a Stage Management Intern here at Florida Studio Theatre and is very excited to be making her FST debut. Recent stage management credits include: Young Frankenstein, Million Dollar Quartet, Footloose, The Toxic Avenger, and Taming of the Shrew. She is a recent graduate from the University of Central Missouri where she obtained a BFA in Theatre Technology and Design with an emphasis in Stage Management. 

SUSAN ANGERMANN (Costume  Designer) began designing for Florida Studio Theatre in 1993 for the WRITE A PLAY production of The Emperor’s New Clothes. She has designed for the Mainstage, Stage III,  Cabaret, and other WritE a Play productions. Among recent productions are The Exonerated, Stalking the Bogeyman, Yesterday, Older Than Dirt, Piano Men, Chapatti, Robin Hood, and Once

THOM BEAULIEU (Lighting Designer) is an award-winning lighting and sound designer.  His work has been experienced throughout the Eastern US including: Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves, brownsville song (b-side for tray), Older Than Dirt, Burt & Me, Once, Mack  the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook, Blue Suede Shoes, and Native Gardens (Florida Studio Theatre); The Waltz, Godspell, Carrie: the Musical, and Cabaret (The Winnipesaukee Playhouse); A Chorus Line, Floyd Collins, Sweet Charity, and Singin’ in the Rain (Aurora Theatre).  He holds a BFA in Drama from Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Drama, and a MS in Physics.

THOMAS KORP (Sound/Projections Designer) a former FST intern, is excited to be in his second season as staff. Previous projection work includes Grounded and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey. Sound design credits include: Native Gardens, How to Use a Knife, Once, The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey, The Columnist, Talley’s Folley, A Chorus Line, Spamalot, and The West Side Waltz. Mixing Credits: Next to Normal, Das Barbecü, Smokey Joe’s Café, The World Goes Round, Tango: Buenos Aires, We Will Rock You. Sound engineer with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines 2014 – 2016.

REBECCA HOPKINS (Developer) has been actively involved in development of FST’s Cabaret productions since her arrival in 1998. In addition to being a developer for Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits, this season she is also a developer for Mack the Knife: The Bobby Darin Songbook, and lead developer for Blue Suede Shoes. Previously she was the lead developer on Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves; 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.

ALEXANDER HEHR (Additional Material) is a Greek-American playwright raised in Clearwater, Florida. A University of Central Florida Alumnus and former Internship Coordinator and Associate Producer at Orlando Fringe, Alexander is the current Playwriting Intern at Florida Studio Theatre. Recent productions of his work include: Deck the Halls: Tis’ the Season (FST), Biodegradable Seagulls (Glendale Community College), and The Human Laureate (Pipsqweak Collective). Recent awards include: The National Planet Earth Arts Award and John Cauble Short Play Award Finalist, both for his work Biodegradable Seagulls. 

GREG LONDON (Additional Material) National tours: Hairspray (Edna Turnblad), West Side Story (Doc), Fiddler on the Roof (Lazar). International tours: Hairspray (Edna), The Fantastics (Bellamy). Off-Broadway: Spurn. Regional: Hairspray (Edna, Florida Studio Theatre), The Drawer Boy (Angus, Cortland Rep), Richard III (Shakespeare Theatre, D.C.). Created role of “Peter” in world premiere of Lanford Wilson’s Los Alamos,directed by Marshall W. Mason. L.A. Critic’s Choice Award: Best Actor in a Touring Production: Edna, Hairspray. Greg was the 2007 national winner of the Eugene O’Neill Award for Dramatic Writing.