Florida Studio Theater Extends Once


Florida Studio Theatre is pleased to announce the final extension of
Once. Due to audience demand, performances have been added on January 17 at 8

January 19 at 3 p.m., and January 19 at 8 p.m. Filled with song, dance, and a highly
creative cast, this emotional and captivating production continues to entertain
audiences night after night in the Gompertz Theatre. Subscriptions are still available to
see four shows for as little as $59. Single tickets range from $56-$59. Subscriptions
and single tickets may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (941) 366-9000 or
online at www.floridastudiotheatre.org.

Director Jason Cannon shares his personal response to audience reactions to this
energetic and emotional musical. “While we always plan and hope for extensions, my
first feelings when the audience clamors for more performances are always humility
and gratitude. As soon as you take audience support for granted, you lose sight of the
reasons you are doing the art in the first place.”

Critics have raved over Once. The Sarasota Herald-Tribune calls this a “Rousing”
production that is ”Engaging and heartwarming.” Broadway World says Once “Hit the
ball out of the park,” with “Exceptionally gifted performers” calling it “A flawless
production.” Sarasota Magazine says “You’ll be impressed by their life and spirit.”
Audiences enthusiastically agree. Not only do they get the view from their seats, but
they also have a unique view from the stage. With a drink in hand from the real
onstage Irish pub and a chance to mingle alongside the cast on before each
performance, audiences weigh in stating, “That was fabulous!” “It was phenomenal,”
and “Absolutely amazing.”

Director Jason Cannon concludes, “What’s been especially gratifying is that the
audience has reacted to this beautiful piece exactly as the FST artistic team reacted to
it. We couldn’t wait to present this show in our Gompertz Theatre. We knew the
intimacy of the venue and our minimalist aesthetic would bring out the sweetness and
raw truth of the story, and the audience thankfully has agreed!”
Set around a charming Irish pub filled with song and dance, Once continues in the
Gompertz Theatre through January 19.