The Studio in The Villages plans third season inside the box

The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol, whose mission is to “Think outside the box, inside the box,” continues to push its theatrical boundaries.

The 99-seat black-box theater at 806 San Marino Drive in The Villages recently announced an eclectic third season lineup, according to its website.

“The Story of My Life,” with music and lyrics by Neil Bartram and book by Brian Hill, is an intimate two-person musical that celebrates the balance necessary for a lasting friendship and the consequences when life gets in the way. Previews Sept. 25-27, tickets $20; performances Sept. 28-Nov. 4, tickets $40.

“Stop Kiss,” by Diana Son, asks the questions, “How well do you know yourself?” and “What challenges will you endure when you open the door to possibility?” Previews Nov. 27-29, tickets $15; performances Nov. 30-Dec. 30, tickets $35.

“It Shoulda Been You,” with book and lyrics by Brian Hargrove and music and concept by Barbara Anselmi, is a riotous musical comedy full of secrets, family drama, plot twists, and surprises on the wedding day of a Jewish bride and a Catholic groom. Previews Jan. 15-17, 2019, tickets $20; performances Jan. 18-Feb. 24, tickets $40.

“A Doll’s House” is Christopher Hampton’s translation of Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece about Nora and Torvald Helmer’s fragile marriage. Previews March 19-21, 2019, tickets $15; performances March 22-April 28, tickets $35.

The Studio Theatre, an extension of the Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center at Spanish Springs Town Square in The Villages, is led by producer Jason Goedken and artistic director Whitney Morse.

Whitney summarizes the approach to season three, billed as “Individuality: Celebrate the Difference,” in this statement in a news release:

“At some point in all of our lives we have felt like an outsider, like no one will ever accept us for who we are. We have all experienced that constant struggle between conforming to societal norms and the desire to fully express oneself.

“This year at The Studio Theatre, we will look closely at all the wonderful things that make us different. But I hope that what we’ll find is that those differences are the very things that bind us all together as human beings.

“We have selected four stories that share a common theme of searching for your true individuality. These stories will delve deeply into the experiences of those who feel that who they truly are will not be accepted by society. In season three, we are having a party, a party of differences.”

Key dates for season three tickets:

May 1: Subscription renewals will go on sale at 8:30am.

July 9: Deadline to renew subscriptions.

July 10: New subscriptions will go on sale at 8:30am.

July 24: Deadline for new subscription sales.

Aug. 7: Individual tickets will go on sale at 8:30am.

For tickets and more information, see

For the video announcement about the third season, click here:


Poster images courtesy of The Studio Theatre Tierra del Sol