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Darren Bridgett, Ron Campbell and Michael Gene Sullivan in "The Hound of the Baskervilles" at TheatreWorks-Silicon Valley in 2014.

Florida Studio Theatre Sets Summer Mainstage, Cabaret Series Seasons

The mainstage will feature two comedy productions and a drama, while the cabaret series will take on all music genres in three shows.

SARASOTA, FLA.: Florida Studio Theatre has announced its 2015-16 mainstage and cabaret seasons, both featuring three productions.

“This season features a melting pot of song, love and laughter,” said Richard Hopkins, the theatre’s artistic director, in a statement. “We have chosen shows that illuminate the universal themes of our lives.”

Starting things off on the mainstage will be Inspired Lunacy (June 3–21), in which a group of explorers take a leaf out of Monty Python’s book and set out to solve the mysteries of the universe.

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful sidekick Watson take on a classic canine mystery next in The Hound of the Baskervilles (July 1–Aug. 2), in a comic retelling by Steven Canny and John Nicholson.

Closing out the season will be Joe DiPietro’s Over the River and Through the Woods (July 22-Aug. 9), about a man faced with a career decision who must deal with the mischief created by his grandparents.

FST’s cabaret summer series begins with Chase Padgett and Jay Hopkins’s Six Guitars (June 9–July 12), featuring numbers from a variety of genres, from blues and jazz to rock and country.

Then it’s Kings of Country (July 14–Aug. 16), which will consist of story songs from as “Crazy” to “I Got Friends in Low Places.” Eric Scott Anthony stars.

Finishing out the season will be a trip to the 1930s and ’40s with The Swingaroos (Aug. 18–Sept. 20), an “underground” jazz band from New York, who will bring a bag of classic covers and a few contemporary surprises.

FST has grown into a theatre with a budget of more than $5 million and more than 25,000 subscribers a year, the third largest subscription theatre in the nation.

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