Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Ticket demand increasing for Ringling International Arts Festival

Ticket demand is sky-high for October's Ringling International Arts Festival. With several performances already sold out, organizers have announced another increase in ticket inventory to meet the need.

This time around, the hot ticket is the Forman Brothers Theater of the Czech Republic's "Opera Baroque" featuring marionettes with live actors. The opera, we're told, is adapted from the 18th-century "Czech opera about a comically small crooked-looking chimney built by masons, or the quarrel between the landlords and its mansons," according to the festival Website.

Seating capacity for this performance has been increased by 30 percent with a move to a new venue: the Ringling Circus Museum.

Overall, 50 percent of festival tickets have already sold, leading organizers to anticipate a 100 percent sell-out within the next four months leading up to the events. So if you're interested in attending one or several of the 11 stage productions featuring a mix of music, dance and theater, get your tickets soon. The festival is Oct. 13-17 at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art grounds in Sarasota. For more info, visit http://www.ringlingartsfestival.org/.

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