American Stage shines a light on 40 years

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Kody_Hopkins_headshot_SmCourtney_Ane_McLaren_headshot_SmShop Call!; February 16th, 2018:
By Kody Hopkins & Courtney McLaren
One of the best things about being an American Stage Apprentice is the variety. One week you’ll be in rehearsal, the next the office, and then the next you’re putting together the set for the upcoming show. We get an all around learning experience about theater making, not just a pigeon holed version of it.

I’m a person who likes to know everything that goes into creating a production. As an actor, it makes me feel more knowledgeable and humble knowing how much work is done outside of the rehearsal room. During THE ROYALE, I got to learn so much about electrics and programming. For the past month and a half, I’ve really been digging into the set building side of theater, and it’s been a blast! There’s definitely something magical about putting together the set the actors will walk around on with your own hands. You get to sit in the audience and go, “hey! I made that piece!” It also goes to show you just how much gets done before even the first coat of paint or finishing touches of trim and lights go onto a set.

I’ve learned a lot — and there’s plenty more for me to learn — but how about we give you a little taste of what a typical day in the shop looks like? Check out our first vlog below!

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Tato_Castillo_headshot_SmChoosing American Stage; January 19th, 2018:
By Tato Catillo
In 2007 I was a senior in High School completely immersed in Theatre and planning to study it in College starting the fall. This was also the year I got an opportunity with American Stage as an Intern. The Theatre was located in a smaller building which housed offices, work spaces and an intimate black box stage. Everyone in the staff was completely new to me, and though I also didn’t really know how I would spend my days … Read the rest


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A RAISIN IN THE SUN, January 24 – February 25, 2018. Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking family drama is the first play in our American Legacy series! Tickets at | #asRAISIN #asLEGACYSERIES


Kody_Hopkins_headshot_SmA Home in the Dream; February 9th, 2018:
By Kody Hopkins

When you think of home, what comes to mind? Upon contemplating the dreams you wish to achieve, what fills your head? These questions grip the imaginations of the characters in A RAISIN IN THE SUN, and their struggles with answering them physicalized on stage. You can almost see the better life Walter Lee is pursuing right before his eyes, as if he is painting it onto a canvas. Many elements make an American theatre classic like RAISIN resonate with audiences today; our new American Legacy series is all about picking up the classics of past decades, dusting them off, and seeing our society reflected within them. But, sometimes, it is these universal truths that keep us coming back to a play. We don’t revive Shakespeare plays simply for the language, after all; often, we wish to recall that first feeling of falling hopelessly in love. What makes art of any form so powerful, however, is that whether it is love, dreams, or home, these universal truths come in intensely personalized packages.

Home is a shifting, sometimes ephemeral concept to me. I think it will largely be like that for much of my generation: millennials have proven to be quite rootless as they attempt to pick themselves up out of economically depressed areas and find new ones to flourish in. Similar to what our stellar chair of the board, Michael Alford, states in the Dinner Conversations video above, home usually manifests itself for me as a feeling. I remember when I first went to college, I came home nearly every other weekend. Thankfully, I was part of a tightly knit residential community inside a small residence hall on campus. A little over halfway through the semester, I had a strange sensation stepping back into my dorm after one of these trips: I was actually coming back home. I started going home-home much less, mostly … Read the rest

12 Days of Giving

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It’s the Holidays, and American Stage is here to help! For the 12 days leading up to December 24th, we will be sharing a new Holiday Gift Idea with you – there’s something for everyone on your list! (Follow along on our Facebook with the Hashtag #as12DAYSOFGIVING for the full list!) Here’s our top 5!



2017-2018 Anniversary Pass – $140 (Save Up to 28% Off!) To celebrate 40 years strong of producing professional live theatre in Tampa Bay, American Stage introduces a limited edition Anniversary Pass this 2017 – 2018 season. To purchase, click here and choose the drop down option: 2017-2018 Anniversary Pass.



AS/40 Commemorative Book – $40! Everyone loves a great coffee table book! This 40th Anniversary book spans four impressive decades and captures American Stage memories through the years. Makes the perfect gift and supports American Stage’s next 40 years. To purchase, click here and choose the drop down option: AS/40 Commemorative Book.



Travel with Trippers to New York City!



The Trippers will be packing their bags this April to visit “…the city that never sleeps!” The four days will be filled with exciting theatre and sightseeing while staying at the 4-Star Sofitel Hotel.

Click here for more information! Or call Tom Block at 727 823 1600 x 208  to purchase!


Buy local art from American Stage’s featured visual artist, Laura Spencer!


Now through December 24, Laura Spencer’s work will be available for purchase including a signature artwork package inspired by IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. This package includes a Laura Spencer original, two mainstage tickets, and a signed photo of the play for $500.

Click here to purchase!



MIX & MATCH gift packages!


Choose from AS/40 wine, t-shirts, mugs and more! Ask for details. Not sure what to gift? Give a gift certificate that everyone will love. Call our Box Office NOW  727.823.PLAY(7529).

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Apprentice christmasBy Kody Hopkins, Courtney McLaren, and Tarilabo Koripamo, American Stage 2017/2018 Acting & Production Apprentices
​A Very Apprentice Christmas; Dec. 22nd, 2017:
During our run of IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, we’ve had some apprentices out in the lobby to help establish a mood of holiday cheer, as well as talk to our guests about all the exciting new initiatives we have going on at American Stage. Yesterday, I sat down with two of my fellow apprentices, Courtney McLaren and Tarilabo Koripamo to discuss their experiences so far. From crazy coincidences to how awesome our Producing Artistic Director is (spoiler: she’s really awesome), we discuss it all. This interview has been edited for clarity and length.

[Kody]: During IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY, we’ve gotten the opportunity to be representatives of the Apprentice Program as well as American Stage’s Advancement team. How has that experience been for you?
Tari: It’s been enlightening for me… to have conversation with different people and listen more than you would normally because you’re trying to find a connection with every person. When I first started, I was thinking, “…okay, the goal is to introduce them to our gifting options, the different subscription options, why to sign the 40 FORWARD wall…” But sometimes, it turns out, you just listen to them talk about their memories of coming to theater, or sometimes it’s their first time, or they talk about how lovely the show is. And just that conversation, getting into their mind and learning how theater has impacted them is enough for me.

Courtney: Yeah, I like that you get to listen to people talk about why they love theater which brings me back to how special it is what we do and what a blessing it is to be here and be involved in theater. It’s a really fun experience, getting to talk to people, getting to know who they are and how they came to the theater. Last night … Read the rest


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What theatre lover doesn’t love a visit to New York City?

The American Stage Travel Trippers will be packing their bags this April to visit “…the city that never sleeps!”

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for our New york City Trippers:


Rodgers and Hammerstein’s timeless classic returns to Broadway directed by three-time Tony-winner, Jack O’Brien with choreography by New York City Ballet’s Justin Peck. The production stars Renee Fleming in her first-ever appearance in a Broadway musical and Tony-nominee Joshua Henry from Hamilton.



The Travel Trippers will be staying at the 4-star SOFITEL New York located on West 44th Street. This luxurious hotel has walk-in showers and tubs and an excellent restaurant where breakfast will be served daily.


Lincoln Center’s production directed by seven-time Tony nominee, Bartlett Sher. The production stars Lauren Ambrose from the recent revival of Awake and Sing! and Harry Hadden-Paton from Downton Abbey.


We will visit the Brooklyn Museum of Art to see a special exhibit Rodin: The Body in Bronze, which is part of the worldwide, 100-year recognition of the famous sculptor’s death.


The new Broadway hot ticket that the New York Times calls a “ravishing musical that whispers with romance.” The show stars Tony Salhoub (Monk) with original songs by acclaimed musical director, David Yazbek (The Full Monty; Dirty Rotten Scoundrels).


Intrigued? Support American Stage while EXPERIENCING THE WORLD! Find out more about our Travel Trippers by clicking here!Read the rest


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Artwork by Laura Spencer and Joey Clay Photography in collaboration with the American Stage Marketing Team

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING now playing through
December 10, 2017.

Tickets at


Check out Opening Night photos here!



By Kody Hopkins, American Stage 2017/2018 Acting & Production Apprentice
Behind-the-scenes (Nov. 3rd, 2017):
One of the major draws for me when applying to be an American Stage Apprentice was the scope of the program. While I am a performer by nature, I quickly gained an interest and respect for all aspects of theatre making upon entering university. I put myself to work in a little bit of everything: I sewed costumes, took lighting design, wrote some plays, directed several scenes, and even house managed two productions. The stage always feels like home to me (and I’m glad to be returning to it in MUCH ADO!), but I realized that being a part of everything it touches is what makes me feel whole. So, when I found out just how MUCH I would get to put my hands on here at American Stage, I was excited… and maybe a bit overwhelmed.

Because of this program, I am afforded the ability to peek behind the curtain, to see how the proverbial sausage gets made. It’s inspiring, if not always easy. From the design reveals at our first rehearsal, to making marketing posts I can’t believe the boss green-lit, to putting together the set and cabling the lights (you know you’re committed when you’re crawling on your hands and knees under the stage…), I get to see my small, but noticeable touch on the final product. Jack of all trades, master of none, I like to say. All of this is fueled by my passion for the profession. But, how does anyone else get to know about any of this? About the late night light hangs with lo-fi music and Master Electrician Chris Baldwin, or early morning bagels before tearing down a set you helped put up?

Well, in the words of Beatrice, there is “a very even way”: American Stage’s BEHIND-THE-SCENES series. A few weeks … Read the rest

The American Stage Travel Trippers are going to PALM BEACH!

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Here they go again! American Stage’s Travel Trippers are heading to Florida’s East Coast this winter to enjoy holiday cheer, decorations, and festivities at one of the finest ocean-front paradises in the world – the five-star Breakers in Palm Beach!
The Trippers travel across the country to experience world class theatre with the convenience and comfort of having their whole trip planned out to a tee.

This December, the Trippers are going back to Palm Beach.

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s Palm Beach Trip:


The Travel Trippers will be visiting Florida’s only drive-through safari and walk-through amusement park! There, they’ll spend the day on safari with over 1000 animals. With animal displays and encounters, animal feeding experiences, 5 rides, water sprayground, food, shopping and more, they’re sure to have a memorable experience at Lion Country Safari.

Learn more at


4. SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at Stage Door Theatre


The Trippers will get to experience SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ at Broward Stage Door Theatre! Leiber and Stoller, as much as anyone, virtually invented rock ‘n’ roll, and now their songs provide the basis for an electrifying experience that illuminates a golden age of American culture. In an idealized ’50’s setting, the classic themes of love won, lost and imagined blend with hilarious set-pieces and slice-of-life emotions. Featuring nearly 40 of the greatest songs ever recorded, SMOKEY JOE’S CAFE isn’t just great pop music – it’s compelling musical theatre!

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3. Disney’s NEWSIES at Maltz Jupiter Theatre

The Trippers will head over to The Maltz to see NEWSIES – A family friendly musical Based on the real-life 1899 New York paperboy strike, Disney Newsies tells the story of the youth who struggle to sell newspapers in order to survive. As paper prices rise, they band together to take on the biggest names in New York media, William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. This Tony Award®-nominated story comes to life in a high-energy explosion of song and dance. This show is perfect for the entire family this holiday … Read the rest


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Stephanie Gularte is thrilled to be heading to London with the American Stage Trippers this fallOctober 10-20, and would like to invite you to join! For the past thirty years, the Trippers have traveled around the country and around the world on cultural adventures. These trips have provided great memories and unique experiences to hundreds of travel lovers, while raising critical funds that support American Stage’s programming. 

General Manager, and Lead Tripper, Tom Block shares 5 of the most exciting things on the docket for this year’s trip:


Our fall trip to what many call the “theatre capital of the world” will be Stephanie’s first opportunity to join the Trippers and she is already having a great time working with General Manager Tom Block to plan an amazing 10-day experience. Stephanie has been poring over the fall London theatre line-up to select the dynamic plays that the Trippers will be seeing— “We got really lucky with the tickets we were able to secure – some of the hottest productions this fall!”

In addition to visiting Salisbury and London, going on interesting excursions, eating great food and staying in elegant hotels, Stephanie will be hosting several gatherings where the Trippers will have the opportunity to chat about the plays before and after each performance.

When you step inside the Prince of Wales, you feel like you’€™ve been transported back in time. The lobby is wonderfully ornate with intricate hardwood floors, plush Victorian furniture, a stained glass mural, beautiful sculptures and plenty of fresh roses. Experience luxury and feel like royalty.





The Trippers will experience the decade of decadence at Eltham Palace as they are transported back to the 1930s (just in time for cocktail hour!). Created for millionaires Stephen and Virginia Courtauld, Eltham Palace is part showpiece of Art Deco design and 1930s cutting-edge technology, and part medieval royal palace. The Trippers will make themselves at home, try on clothes, play games and listen to music, as a guest of the Courtaulds.

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THE INVISIBLE HAND by Pulitzer-Prize Winner Ayad Akhtar, directed by Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte, runs May 31 – June 25.

Why not take your experience to the next level by attending one of our spotlight events or theme nights?


Sunday, May 21 @ 1pm
Professor Emerita, Dedee Aleccia, will speak on the history, context, and characters of the play, and following her presentation, Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Gularte will give behind-the-scenes insight into the making of THE INVISIBLE HAND.

$7 for Act 1 Club Members & Subscribers | $10 for General Public

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30 minutes prior to every performance
Arrive early and enjoy our new interactive prologue series. The discussion will explore fascinating details about the play and the artists prior to select performances. FREE to THE INVISIBLE HAND ticket holders

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Spotlight On…THE INVISIBLE HAND: Forum

Monday, June 12 @ 7pm

What are the roots of Islamic terrorism? What role does the American dollar play in events that shape terrorist activities around the world? THE INVISIBLE HAND raises these very raw questions about the past, present,and future.

American Stage FORUMs dig deeper into the relevant and often controversial topics explored by our MainStage productions. Join a panel of local experts for a lively conversation on the global impact of money and terrorism as we further explore THE INVISIBLE HAND.

$7 for Act 1 Club Members & Subscribers | $10 for General Public
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Young American Night

Thursday, June 08 | Happy Hour at 7PM | Show at 8PM

Young Americans between the ages of 21-29 are invited to enjoy THE INVISIBLE HAND with BOGO Specialty Drinks. After the performance, join us at Station House St. Pete where you will be given a free drink voucher good for a beer, wine, or our THE INVISIBLE HAND specialty drink!

YOUNG AMERICANS between the ages of 21-29 are invited to use promo code UNDER30 to access $15 tickets. Code can be only be used for one ticket per order when purchased online. Otherwise you can call the Box Office at 727-823-7529 or email

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Thursday, June 08
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