Florida Studio Theatre (FST)’s winter Improv season kicks off with FST Improv Presents: When X Meets Y, an improvised musical inspired by a location suggested by the audience and three random notes on the keyboard. In this show, FST Improv cast members weave a story of love, heartbreak, drama, and destiny infused with music and comedy. Previously performed as isolated holiday-themed performances, this is the first time that When X Meets Y is getting its own full multi-week run. FST Improv Presents: When X Meets Y will run every Saturday in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre beginning January 12 through February 16.
For the last three years, special performances of this improvised musical have played to sold-out audiences. “Since we first started to run When X Meets Y in 2015, our audiences have been positive about the longer-form improvised musical and have constantly asked us to do it more often,” explained FST’s Director of Improv, Will Luera. “Over time, we added performances [of When X Meets Y] throughout the year, so eventually, we felt that it would be a natural evolution for the show to get its own run. Unlike our holiday versions of the show, these performances will return to the show’s roots and tell the story of two people meeting for the first time and falling in love.”
Following the six-week run of When X Meets Y, FST Improv Presents: Life’s a Beach celebrates and lampoons what makes Sarasota unique—its abundance of roundabouts, influx of snowbirds, and never-ending construction of new condos. An audience favorite, this short-form, revue-style show features improvised sketches, musicals, and classic improv games. The cast pokes fun at what makes Sarasota one-of-a-kind by using audience suggestions, demonstrating to audiences why life is ‘just a beach.’ FST Improv Presents: Life’s a Beach will run every Saturday in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre from February 23 through April 6.
Back for another season of hilarity are returning cast members: Christine Alexander, Kevin Allen, Jason Cannon, Andrew Deeb, Chris Friday, Sergei Glushonkov, Patrick A. Jackson, Joey James, Darryl Knapp, Emily Levin, Denee Lortz, Will Luera, Michelle Neal, Joey Panek, Sal Piccolo, Jim Prosser, Adam Ratner, Elise Rodriguez, Natasha Samreny, and Anna Weatherwax.
FST’s Winter Improv Season features a brand new show, When X Meets Y, and brings back an audience favorite, Life’s a Beach. All performances take place on Saturdays in FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre with doors opening one hour before show time. Full menu and bar are available. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased from the FST Box Office at (941) 366-9000, or online at floridastudiotheatre.org.