Theater, Art and Music in the Fort Myers Sanibel Area
"Whether you prefer theater, music, dance or visual arts, you'll find that all art forms spring to life in a variety of settings in the Fort Myers Sanibel area. "
What do Andrew Lloyd Webber, Bill Cosby, Olivia Newton John and Ikki Matsumoto have in common? They have all gotten into the act in The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. Not only is this coveted destination a playground for nature lovers, but it also boasts a variety of playbills and a feast for arts lovers.
Fort Myers sets the stage with its many playhouses and performances. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre serves up healthy portions of vibrant musicals after each scrumptious lunch or dinner.
The Florida Repertory Theatre is a not-for-profit, professional theater group. Murder mysteries, comedies, dramas – all are presented in the historic Arcade Theater, a charmingly renovated 1908 Victorian playhouse.
From crooners to comedians, the stars shine at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall. Enjoy class acts Tim Conway, Bill Cosby and others, concerts by the Gulf Coast Symphony, “Beauty and the Beast” and many others.
For dinner and a show on the go, board the Seminole Gulf Railway’s Murder Mystery Dinner Train. Cocktails, fine wines and a five-course dinner are served while guests try to pinpoint the perp. The train crosses the scenic Caloosahatchee River and the Intracoastal Waterway on its three-and-a-half-hour trek.
Theatre Conspiracy has embarked on its own journey – to produce and promote the work of the next generation of great American playwrights. The resident theater company of Foulds Theatre at the Alliance for the Arts has been described as innovative and exciting.
In Cape Coral, local thespians take center stage at The Cultural Park Theatre Company, which is part of Cultural Park, Cape Coral’s fine arts center.
Music & Dance
Not to be upstaged by Fort Myers’ big-city box office, Sanibel Island boasts The Schoolhouse Theater, the island’s only professional musical theater, offering Broadway-caliber talent in an intimate atmosphere.
Ballet aficionados will recognize Sanibel resident Melinda Roy, a former principal dancer with the New York City Ballet and a Tony-nominated choreographer. She is co-founder of Gulfshore Ballet School in Fort Myers.
Art, Both Fine and Folk
Wildlife, sunsets and spirit … Lee County’s essence has been captured on canvas for decades. Local, national and international artists continue to be inspired by the region’s colorful palette of possibilities.
The Alliance for the Arts in Fort Myers is among those buzzing with exciting exhibitions and events. Classes, workshops and book signings round out the group’s music, dance and theater performances.
The Bob Rauschenberg Gallery at Edison College presents modern and contemporary artwork in all media, hosting several exhibitions annually, including a student show at the end of the academic year.
BIG ARTS is Sanibel and Captiva’s home to all the arts. In addition to rotating exhibits by Southwest Florida based-artists, it hosts workshops, a speakers forum, an independent film series and a variety of plays and dance and musical performances.
ArtFest Fort Myers is Southwest Florida’s premier fine art festival. The free, two-day celebration of the arts fills downtown with exceptional artwork, entertainment and children’s art activities every February. The Bonita Springs National Art Festivals, held in January and March, feature the artwork of more than 200 artists.