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SRQ DAILY Mar 18, 2022

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"We are always looking for a high balance of comedy in our productions - especially in darker times, we want to find ways to lift people's spirits"

- Celine Rosenthal, Associate Artistic Director, Asolo Repertory Theatre.

[Arts & Entertainment]  Healing Through Theater - Asolo Repertory Theatre Announces 2022-23 Season
Dylan.Campbell. Dylan@srqme.com

On Monday, March 14, Asolo Repertory Theatre announced their upcoming slate of productions for the 2022-2023 season. The season, which will span from November 2022 to June 2023, features six productions - four modern, 21st Century plays in Ken Ludwig’s The Three Musketeers, Silent Sky, Chicken & Biscuits, and Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help - bookended by two classic, 20th century musicals in Cabaret and Man of La Mancha.

It’s an announcement that belies the amount of time Asolo Repertory Theatre dedicates to choosing their productions. “While it’s ultimately our Producing Artistic Director, Michael Donald Edward’s decision, season selection is a very involved process - we (Edwards, Dramaturg Adam Eslayigh, and Rosenthal) read sometimes up to 100 plays just to find the few that are right for us. We are always trying to make sure that we have balance - a little something for everyone. This time around, we wanted to have a season that would lift our audiences' experience, make them laugh, and celebrate the resilience of our community and of our families - both born into and chosen families,” says Asolo Repertory Theatre’s Associate Artistic Director, Celine Rosenthal.

The ability to make audiences laugh became even more of a prevalent factor in 2022-23’s season selection than in years past. “We’re always looking for a high balance of comedy in our productions - especially in darker times, we want to find ways to lift people’s spirits. I’m really proud that in our comedies, however, we have some really wonderful plays that are also filled with poignancy and strong character development as well,” says Rosenthal.

That love of exploring relationships through comedy is also what led Rosenthal to direct their upcoming production of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, a play that delves into the bond between the women in an 1970s Irish Catholic family. “It’s a beautiful showcase of the love between these women and the shenanigans they get up to,” attests Rosenthal.

Perhaps most of all, Rosenthal hopes that in the 2022-23 season, Asolo Repertory Theatre can continue to be a transformative space for audiences to escape to. Each of the six shows inhabit a time and place vastly different from our modern world and the problems that have plagued it in recent years. “I hope that our audience will get two messages: ‘All for one, one for all’ from The Three Musketeers and ‘In here, life is beautiful’ from Cabaret. It’s been so hard outside in so many aspects of our lives. We want to gift our audiences a wonderful evening of relief and joy - to come back to the theater and reexperience that community and heal a little bit,” states Rosenthal.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 N Tamiami Trail. Box Office: 941.351.8000 / 800.361.8388 / patronservices@asolo.org


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[Grant Awarded]  Academy at Glengary Inc. Awarded $10,000 Grant From Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Support its COVID Mental Health Re-Engagement Initiative

Academy at Glengary has received a generous $10,000 Community Impact grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to support a comprehensive, culturally sensitive approach to county residents seeking mental health recovery. The pandemic has exacerbated the demand for mental health services, disproportionately affecting minorities and other marginalized groups.

The Academy offers a comprehensive wellness approach to mental health recovery that helps people embark on a journey toward community integration, or re-integration, as well as personal goal achievement. There are barriers, however, to reaching people who aren’t connected to mainstream mental health services. This can include such factors as culture, language and socioeconomics. The Academy’s initiative has two prongs aimed at finding and engaging these members of the Sarasota community: An improved online presence that will include a simplified application process, and a highly visible, culturally sensitive awareness campaign in area neighborhoods. An individual’s declining mental health has repercussions for the community—an emotional toll on families and loved ones, and a fiscal strain on overburdened local emergency services. The Academy helps to replace that trajectory with a positive ripple effect based on work, community, skill development and gainful employment. Funding for the COVID Mental Health Re-Engagement initiative provided by the Edward K. Roberts Fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. 

Pictured: Academy at Glengary display table-tent 2022.

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[Nonprofit Leaders]  Glasser/Schoenbaum Promotes New Executive Director and Staff

The board of The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center has promoted Charlene Altenhain to the role of Executive Director, along with the promotion of three other key staff. The promotions come with the departure of Dr. Kameron Hodgens, who is moving on this month.

Altenhain has served as the organization’s primary operations leader since 2014, and as COO since 2018. With a five-acre campus housing 17 human service nonprofits, she participates in a number of community-wide efforts in the Sarasota/Manatee region. Currently, she is chair of the Community Alliance of Sarasota County, co-chair of the Adult Leadership Program and member of the Leadership Council for the Greater Sarasota Chamber, and she is a member of Sarasota County’s Human Services Advisory Council. The three other promotions include Sarah Glendening, Director of Community Relations; Marian Haupt, Facilities Manager; and Andrea Lane, Director of Administration. 

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[Fundraiser]  Community Day School Students Donate Funds to Orphanage in Ukraine

The horrifying pictures emerging from the Russian invasion of Ukraine inspired 300 students from Hershorin Schiff Community Day School to act. Dan Ceaser, Community Day’s head of school, said that the crisis quickly became an urgent topic of discussion throughout the campus. “This conflict profoundly affected our students—even though they live halfway across the world. They told us that
their hearts were hurting, and they needed to do something.” After meeting with Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz with Chabad Lubavitch of Sarasota and Manatee Counties, the students decided to donate all the “tzedakah” or charitable funds they had raised to an orphanage based out of Odessa, Ukraine. During the school year, students collect money every Shabbat (Friday) and, typically, pick a cause at the end of the year and donate the money. This time they realized there was no time to wait. They needed to act immediately. On March 8, the students presented $520 to the Mishpacha Orphanage. The funds will be used for food, shelter, and other necessities for 83 orphans who fled Ukraine to Germany. The CDS students said they hope the funds and handmade cards will let the refugee children know that people from across the world are watching their plight.

Ceaser said that the initiative fit perfectly into the school’s mission and programming. “One of our main goals is to create a learning community where students impact
our world as compassionate scholars and global citizens. This act of charity gave them the opportunity to see, firsthand, how their actions can make a difference. When they practice compassion for others, they make the world a better place.” 

Pictured: Community Day Schools fifth grade students and teacher Joannie Bloch with the check that represents the funds the students raised.

[Recognition Given]  JMX Brands Recognizes Steve Doe with Category Manager Award

JMX Brands, the largest online retailer of Amish furniture at www.dutchcrafters.com, presented Steve Doe with the Category Manager Award at the company’s annual awards ceremony. This award was implemented to recognize the hard work of one category manager, which is a crucial role in the company’s success. Doe joined JMX Brands in 2018 as a furniture specialist and became a category manager with responsibility of the dining room category in 2019. At the ceremony, Product Management and Innovation Assistant Manager Natalie Campos highlighted Doe’s “tremendous attention to detail and exceptional vendor relationship skills.” The University of South Florida alum also serves as the chairperson for the sustainability committee at JMX Brands and led the initiative to install solar panels at the DutchCrafters headquarters and showroom in Sarasota, Fla. Doe previously served on the family and events committee, participated in JMX Brands’ gardening club, and won the Work Without Veneers award, which is given quarterly to a JMX Brands employee who embodies the company’s core values of authenticity, sustainability, creativity, giving and excellence.  

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[SOON]  SEMINAR: The Ringling: Literati Book Club March , March 18, 10:30am

Join The Ringling Art Library for Literati, a book group that discusses books about art and subjects reflecting the Ringling collections. The March 18 book club will take place at 10:30am: Scoundrels, Cads, and Other Great Artists by Jeffrey Smith. This program will be virtual via zoom until further notice. This program is free. For further information, contact the Art Library at 359-5700, ex. 2701 or elisa.hansen@ringling.org.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: SPARCC Runway Annual Fashion Show , March 18, 10am

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) is hosting its sought-after, annual fashion show on Friday, March 18, 2022 at The Ritz Carlton Sarasota. As in past years, SPARCC Runway #SRQ2022 promises to be buzzing with excitement. Guests will enjoy valet parking, a champagne toast, shopping in the premiere, pop-up fashion boutique (featuring great deals on high-end fashion pieces from SPARCC Treasure Chest), a delicious luncheon complete with wine service, and an unforgettable and fantastic runway fashion show. Registration and shopping at the pop-up boutique begin at 10am, with the seated luncheon and the fashion show following at noon. This year’s Event Chair is Diane Muldoon, and Darci Jacob is the Fashion Show Chair. All proceeds support SPARCC’s free and confidential programs and services for survivors of domestic and sexual violence. 

[SOON]  GALLERY: Arts Advocates: Jerry Chesley , February 26 – March 19, 2pm-5pm

Jerry Chesley, Saturday, February 26 – Saturday, March 19, 2022. Jerry Chesley’s watercolor paintings, giclées and mixed media set the stage for surrounding oneself in a rich indulgence of colors. His work showcases a variety of subject matters, including still life, florals, architecture, and land/seascapes. Chesley has art degrees from SUNY College at Buffalo and has studied at the University of Art in Siena, Italy. He is an instructor at the renowned Chautauqua Institution summer program, and a past president of the Florida.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Sarasota Opera: The Pearl Fishers , March 5 – March 19

The Pearl Fishers (Les pêcheurs de perles) by Georges Bizet with words by Eugéne Cormon and Michel Carré. Set in legendary Ceylon, longtime friends Nadir and Zurga are reunited. Their friendship had faltered when they shared the same forbidden love for the priestess Leila - a love they swore to renounce. The Pearl Fishers will run from March 5 until March 19, 2022.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Jazz Festival: Swinging Under The Stars , March 13 – March 19, Varies.

The Sarasota Jazz Festival Swinging Under The Stars will take place from March 13 through 19 at Nathan Benderson Park. Main stage performers are Shelly Berg, Dick Hyman, Russell Malone, Ken Peplowski, Houston Person, John Pizzarelli, Catherine Russell, Arturo Sandoval, Terell Stafford, Tierney Sutton, and La Lucha Trio. Free Jazz in the Park on March 13 from 3pm to 6pm, Trolley Pub Crawl at UTC on March 15 from 6pm to 10pm, VIP Reception from 5pm to 6pm and Main Stage Concert at 6:30pm on March 16, Morning Jazz Film from 9:30am to 12pm and Main Stage Concert at 6:30pm on March 17, Main Stage Concert at 6:30pm and Late Night Tower Jazz Jams from 9:30pm to 11:30pm on March 18, and Afternoon Jazz Party from 12pm to 5:30pm, Main Stage Concert at 6:30pm, and Late Night Tower Jazz jams from 9:30pm to 11:30pm on March 19. 

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: LeMarche Parisian Marketplace , March 19, 10am-5pm

Experience LeMarche Bohemien Parisian-Inspired Outdoor Marketplace on Saturday, March 19, 2022 from 10am to 5pm downtown Sarasota in Five Points Park. Admission is free. Discover an array of one-of-a-kind pieces created by some of the region’s most talented artisans featuring Parisian vocalist, Michelet Innocent. The marketplace is a vintage collector’s paradise, with wearable clothing and accessories that feature vintage photographs and re-purposing vintage apparel. Other artists will showcase re-purpose furniture and home accessories using chalk paint and stencils in intricate designs. From wall hangings crafted from stained glass and natural elements to sculpted work and intricate jewelry created from antique buttons, sterling silver and semi-precious stones, and MORE. 

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Great Escapes: Journey on the Orient Express , March 16 – March 20, 5:30pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 4pm

Join an unfolding murder mystery as the orchestra, conducted by Steven Jarvi, travels the fabled route of Europe's most famous train, enjoying the music along the way on Wednesday, March 16 at 5:30pm, Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm, Friday, March 18 at 5:30pm, Saturday, March 19 at 8pm, and Sunday, March 20 at 4pm at Holley Hall.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Voices of Sarasota Opera , March 20, 7:30pm

On Sunday, March 20 at 7:30pm, the historic Sarasota Opera House will be filled with singers of all ages and experience, along with a full orchestra, to present “Voices of Sarasota Opera.” This festive concert will feature Principal Artists, Studio and Apprentice Artists, the Sarasota Youth Opera, and the Sarasota Opera Orchestra, performing beloved arias, ensembles, and orchestral passages, conducted by Jesse Martins. Other operatic excerpts will include selections from Bizet’s Carmen, Rossini’s La Cenerentola, Puccini’s Turandot, and many more. The concert will also include the American premiere of ballet music for Verdi’s Nabucco, and a sing-along of the grand chorus “Va pensiero” from Nabucco, conducted by Maestro DeRenzi. Sarasota Youth Opera alumni of all ages are invited to participate in the singing of “Va pensiero,” and can register for this and other alumni activities at https://form.jotform.com/213504774806155. Tickets to “Voices of Sarasota Opera” are $10 for adults, and $5 for students.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: Steve Solomon: My Mother's Italian, My Father's Jewish And I'm In Therapy , March 21, 8pm

STEVE SOLOMON'S award-winning show has been met with rave reviews and great audience acclaim throughout the country, becoming one of the longest-running one-man shows in Broadway history. Once again, we meet the people that we’re all too familiar with — the family members that make you remember why you left home in the first place. It’s a laugh-filled fest of everybody you know, have known, and some you’d want to forget, but can’t — all brought to life on stage by the comic magic of Steve Solomon. Steve Solomon will perform on Monday, March 21 at 8pm.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Van Wezel: PROUD Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner , March 22, 8pm

PROUD Tina: The Ultimate Tribute to Tina Turner starring Caroline Borole and featuring a special guest performance by Belinda Davids on Tuesday, March 22 at 8pm. Get the electrifying concert experience of Tina Turner, brimming with Tina hits from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s & ‘90s. The powerful, raspy vocals, high-intensity dancing and thrilling stage presence live on stage, plus band, brass section, backing vocalists and dancers, making this the definitive tribute and a fabulous night out. 

[SOON]  FOOD: USF Sarasota-Manatee: HospitaBull , March 22, 6pm

Join the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus for their 10th annual HospitaBull on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6pm at the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. Enjoy a night of exquisite dining while supporting USF's Hospitality Management program. This sophisticated dining experience is organized and brought to you by USF Sarasota-Manatee campus students and faculty.

[SOON]  FOOD: Mattison's Forty-One: Round Pond Wine Dinner , March 24, 6:30pm

Join Round Pond Winery Estate Winemaker John Wilson and Chef Paul Mattison, owner of Mattison’s Restaurants and Catering for an immersive 5-course Wine Dinner. Chef Paul and his team of chefs have created a menu perfectly paired with the wines from the Round Pond portfolio. Price is $125 per person. The Round Pond Wine Dinner will take place at Mattison’s Forty-One private event space, the Galleria on March 24, 6:30pm. Reservations are required. Call 941-921-3400 to reserve a seat or table. Round Pond Estate, owned and operated today by the second generation of the MacDonnell Family, is a 468-acre Rutherford farm and winery that specializes in the creation of pure, expressive wines from the heart of Napa Valley. Sustainability, people, place, and purpose are at the forefront of their daily operations and creation of some of the finest wines in the world.  

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