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Sarasota News Leader July 26, 2013 Page 97 School truly promotes an environment that develops creativity, judgment, and discipline in our students." Gocio and Southside elementary schools in Sarasota offer music, visual art, dance and drama, the release points out. Gocio received the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network's 2006-07 Creative Ticket National Schools of Distinction Award, it adds. "That award also recognizes schools that have done an outstanding job of making the arts an essential part of the education of their students," the release notes. Gocio is one of only five U.S. schools to receive the National Schools of Distinction Award. Gocio Elementary also received the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network's 2006-07 Creative Ticket National Schools of Distinction Award. Photo by Farragutful via Wikimedia Commons THE UNDERPANTS HAS BEEN HELD OVER AGAIN AT FST Florida Studio Theatre has announced a second extension of The Underpants by Steve Martin, adapted from original work by Carl Sternheim. pany members Jennifer Joan Thompson, Mary Ann Conk, Danny Bernardy and Chet Carlin. Directing the show is Bruce Jordan, returning to FST after last summer's Perfect Wedding. Jordan is also the original co-producer and "The show has been a hit to critics and audi- director of the national hit, Shear Madness, ences alike, combining Martin's wacky sense the release points out. of humor with intelligent insight into human "I am thrilled to be going into a second week nature," a news release says. of extensions of Bruce Jordan's production, "Some lives are shaped by tragedy, some by simply because the play is so much fun to exeart, and others by underpants falling down in cute, every time," Bernardy, who plays the role public," the release continues. "This play spins of Frank Versati, says in the release. "Sarasota the farcical tale of five lives reborn from one audiences have been a dream to play for … a accidental act of indecency." community that is both playful and sophistiNow extended through Sunday, Aug. 11, cated; a perfect fit for a Steve Martin show!" The Underpants features returning company members Gil Brady and Daryl Embry, the release notes. Brady last appeared in FST's Cabaret production of Reel Music and Embry returned after last appearing in Perfect Wedding. Making their FST debut have been com- Single Tickets for The Underpants range from $18 to $34 and will be on sale through Aug. 11. They may be purchased by phone at 3669000, online at or by visiting the box office at 1241 N. Palm Ave. in downtown Sarasota. %

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