The Players Centre announces temporary, indoor performance venue

Sarasota, FL – May 6, 2021 – The Players Centre for Performing Arts (TPC) is thrilled to announce a new, indoor performance space in Sarasota. The new venue is in The Crossings at Siesta Key (3501 South Tamiami Trail, Suite 1130, Sarasota, FL 34239) behind Conners Steak & Seafood. This venue has been dubbed “1130” for the time being and will house the theatre until the new performing arts center is ready in Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch.

Covid-19 prematurely closed TPC’s 90th season, including the cancellation of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, the remainder of the concert series, the entire Summer Sizzler series 2020 and forced classes and performances for The Players Studio (TPS) online. To keep patrons and volunteer actors safe, TPC completely shifted the 91st season – outside! In October 2020, The Players became one of the first performing arts organizations in Sarasota to begin producing shows after quarantine, with The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, at the Sarasota Polo Club. Simultaneously, The Players moved from their home at 838 N. Tamiami Trail in downtown Sarasota to The Players Studio (1400 Blvd. of the Arts, Suite 200, Sarasota, FL 34236.) Classes have continued in person since the fall, and those outdoor performances began to sell out at venues like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and The Bazaar on Apricot and Lime.

After producing successfully outdoors throughout the 91st season, TPC is looking forward to bringing the comfort and stability of indoor performances to patrons. The venue features nearby restaurants and convenient parking.

“We at The Players could not be more excited about the possibilities presented by this space. With the recent demolition of our former theatre, it seems almost serendipitous that we are starting to unveil the future,” says Players Centre CEO William Skaggs. “This venue will allow us to bring audiences out of the elements and back to an indoor setting. There are so many amazing things on the horizon and we’re excited to take the community along with us.”

The 92nd season will be announced in July and will be held in the 1130 space. That series will begin in October 2021 and will contain shows appealing to a wide variety of audiences. Outdoor performances will continue as a separate series, and virtual offerings will continue where rights allow.

Subscription information will go out after the formal announcement in July. Past subscribers will receive all new information including seating chart and dates. Seating is limited, so patrons hoping to experience TPC performances should plan on subscribing quickly and getting tickets early.

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