American Stage in the Park returns, performing Footloose under the stars

American Stage in the Park returns, performing Footloose under the stars

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Shows under the stars are returning as St. Pete’s American Stage has announced upcoming performances of Footloose at Demens Landing. The show is the highlight of the annual American Stage in the Park series, back for the first time since 2019, and performances run from April 6 – May 8.

The official opening night gala for Footloose is on April 8, following two nights of pay-what-you-can previews on April 6 and 7. For those with furry companions, be sure to save the date for Pets in the Park Night on April 17.


The performance of Footloose is a high-energy pop musical based on the explosive rock-n-roll musical movie. The Broadway hit tells the story of Ren McCormack, a big-city teen who finds himself out of place in a rural town where dancing has been outlawed. As he tries to carve out a place for himself, he ignites a revolution in the town as the younger generation rebels against the strict rules of the local preacher. Through explosive choreography and invigorating songs, Footloose celebrates the spirit and optimism of young people fighting for change.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Tampa Bay’s longest running theatre company established Park Series over 30 years ago

Since 1977, American Stage has been dedicated to telling meaningful and compelling stories with integrity and professionalism. As the Tampa Bay area’s longest-running, most critically-acclaimed professional theatre company, they seek to bring the power of quality live theatre to each generation in the community.

Established in 1986, American Stage in the Park was first known for producing Shakespeare to audiences in and around Tampa Bay. In 2006, American Stage in the Park expanded to included comedies and modern musicals presented under the stars each spring at Demens Landing Park in downtown St. Pete.

“As we move into our next exciting era, American Stage is committed to being a vital arts leader and contributing to the cultural landscape of the Tampa Bay region as we pursue innovative programming and ‘deeper connections with our patrons and community partners,” the organization says. “Because we believe that live theatre can connect us to our world and to one another, we aspire to make the experience of world-class theatre accessible to all.”


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