|The center's lobby|
The Manatee Performing Arts Center opened in March with a production of "Miss Saigon." The Manatee Players' first full season in the center begins Aug. 8 with "Les Miserables."
Tickets for the gala are $175 per person and are available at www.manateeplayers.com or by calling the ticket office at 941-748-5875. Black tie is preferred.