The Sarasota Ballet celebrates works “Out of Denmark”—highlights from the Danish Ballet repertoire including Flemming Flindt’s The Lesson, August Bournonville’s Napoli, Act III, and guest choreographer Johan Kobborg, March 4-6 at the FSU Center for Performing Arts. And the company’s 20th anniversary gala honors founder Jean Weidner, March 25. 359-0099 ext. 101.
Spring Awakening won the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2007, but it’s not your grandmother’s Tony-winning musical. With its frank subject matter (teen sex, incest, suicide), its hard-driving rock score and partial nudity, it could challenge some audiences. It got great reviews in New York; its Sarasota premiere is March 20 at the Van Wezel. 953-3368 or vanwezel.org.
Composer Robert Ward won the Pulitzer Prize for his operatic version of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, which makes its bow locally March 5 in the Sarasota Opera’s new American Classics series (also March 8, 10, 13, 16 and 19) at the Sarasota Opera House. And the 93-year-old Ward himself will discuss the work at 1 p.m. March 5. 366-8450.
For more than 60 years, Sarasota County students have dazzled audiences with their high-flying skills in the PAL Sailor Circus under the big blue tent on Bahia Vista. The spring shows begin March 30 and continue into April. For tickets, call 361-6350 or go to sailorcircus.org. (They’re working hard to raise funds to transform the venerable arena, if you’re able to help.)