SCF Studio 84 Productions Presents The Story of Juanito Citruseed

(Bradenton, Fla., October 28, 2009) - State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Studio 84 Productions will present a children's theatre production, "The Story of Juanito Citruseed." The production will be held at 7 p.m., Nov.13, in the David S. & Anne W. Howard Studio Theatre, located in building 11 West, at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West.

A fable about how oranges came to Florida, the production chronicles the journey of Juanito and his friend, Tangelo, who arrive in St. Augustine from Spain with only a bag of oranges. On their journey to discover the Bradenton-Sarasota area, they encounter characters who introduce Florida's attractive features including: Seminola and her Seminole Indian children;  Joannie Mango, a fruit and vegetable farmer; Southern Belle Magnolia and her sisters with warm, southern hospitality; Tarpon Spongopolis, a fisherman and sponge diver; Sandi Beaches, an outdoor water enthusiast; Chiquita and her Hispanic entertainers; and Harvey Touristo and Sheila Snowbird, a family of Florida vacationers. After seeing all that Florida has to offer, Juanito and Tangelo decide to contribute their oranges. 

Based on historical facts about Manatee and Sarasota counties, the production was originally written by Kenneth Erickson, Jr., SCF assistant professor and Neel Performing Arts Center manager, and his daughter, Page, for the Manatee County Very Special Festival in the early 1990s.

The production was recently adapted as a musical with lyrics written by Jim Thaggard, SCF Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office manager and Erin Erickson Saladino, Ken Erickson's daughter. 

Cast members are Olivia Abbacchi, Rachael Bayor, Diana Campbell, Joy Campbell, Nicholas DeLisi, Hunter Green, Tom Hall, Michael Merritt, Brittany Miller, Janet Raines, Whitney Reshard and Katelyn Studer.

Tickets are $5. A community service project for Studio 84 Productions students, the play's proceeds will go to FACE (Friends for Aid, Correction and Education of Cranial Disorders of Sarasota).

For more information, call the Neel Performing Arts Center Box Office at 941-752-5252. Maps and directions are online at

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