TARPON SPRINGS – Tarpon Arts, a division of the city’s Cultural and Civic Services Department that provides patrons with arts, culture and entertainment at four distinct venues in town, is set to kick off its jam-packed 2019-2020 season, which runs from September through July.
In addition to plays like “Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits,” holiday performances including “The Gift of the Magi,” concerts in a variety of genres as well as local community theater performances, the new season promises to continue Tarpon Arts’ recent growth, according to Cultural and Civic Services Director Diane Wood.
“I’m excited by the public’s positive reaction to our 2019-2020 Season thus far,” Wood said via email. “Comparing our launch for the 2018-2019 Season … we have increased the ticket sales by 33 percent. I believe that is a good indication that we’ll have a terrific season and that the patrons trust my programming.”
Wood explained that since she took over the director role prior to last season, she has “introduced many new artists that our patrons had never experienced before.”
“As the season progressed, the patrons began to trust me,” she added, “knowing that even though they had not seen an artist on stage in prior seasons, the show was going to be high-quality.”
Wood said the increased confidence in the schedule led to many sell-outs at the end of last season, which told her two things: “I’ve earned their trust in the programming arena, and they want to choose their seats early to avoid the disappointment of sold out shows.”
To that point, Tarpon Arts is offering a special Series of Six ticket package, which provides a 15 percent discount on the ticket price of shows for patrons who purchase six at once, according to Wood.
“It’s a nice savings and the staff and I get advance knowledge of which shows are going to be most popular,” she said, noting instead of having a cut-off date for the promotion, the Series of Six offer will be available all season, which runs from September through July.
Wood also touted the Tarpon Arts Membership program, which starts at $75 per patron and offers “a variety of members levels to fit every budget.”
“Members receive a variety of special benefits depending on the level selected such as discount pricing, website/program recognition, invitations to member-only events, buy-one, get-one concessions at all shows and more!”
Wood noted there’s also some new additions to watch for this season, including Blue Jupiter, “a phenomenal” a cappella group; The Queens Cartoonists, a band that plays music from classic and contemporary animation, synchronized to the original video clips; and Knowledge is Nibbles, an informal gathering where guests can “join Tarpon Arts for coffee and doughnuts while enjoying a variety of interesting, educational topics.”
For a complete Tarpon Arts 2019-2020 season lineup, and to purchase tickets, visit TarponArts.org.
Tickets are also available by calling 727-942-5605, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and at the Tarpon Arts main ticket office, at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum, 100 Beekman Lane, in Craig Park.