Festival of Fine Arts

Festival of
Fine Arts


2015 – 2016 Season Schedule

Continuing a tradition of more than fifty years, the Festival of Fine Arts has planned a new season filled with vibrant events showcasing the arts. Whether it be music, dance, theatre, or art – there will be something for everyone. In anticipation of the upcoming season, let us share a sneak preview of what’s in store for you in 2015 – 2016.

Special Events

Romance, Lies, and OperaROMANCE, LIES, AND OPERA
Featuring Maria Kanyova, soprano; Mark Thomsen, tenor; and James Caraher, piano
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

To love and not be loved, at times touches us all. The ecstasy and pain of love, twisted by a mix of lies and truth … Is this life, or could it be a soap opera? No… it’s opera! Experience these emotions, as expressed through the dramatic – and sometimes melodramatic – music of opera and musical theatre. Reunited on the Branscomb stage after last season’s Imperial Symphony Orchestra production of La Traviata, soprano Maria Kanyova and tenor Mark Thomsen, both known nationally and internationally for their respective opera careers, join maestro James Caraher at the piano in a gala evening of beloved songs, arias, and duets.

TCHAIKOVSKY’S The Nutcracker

Saturday, December 19, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 20, 2015 – 2:30 p.m.

Branscomb Auditorium

Once again, Lakeland’s own professional dance company, the Florida Dance Theatre, brings its celebrated annual production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium. Performed with charm and perfection by the dynamic dancers of FSC’s company-in-residence, this breathtaking production features colorful scenery, dazzling costumes, and entrancing choreography. As a special treat, community children join the professional dancers, creating a family-friendly, feel-good performance event. Adding a distinct holiday flair to the season’s Festival of Fine Arts performances, this is the perfect seasonal gift to the entire family.

A NIGHT AT THE OPERA:  Die Fledermaus (in English)

Saturday, January 23, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The Imperial Symphony Orchestra, in collaboration with Florida Southern College, is pleased to present this year’s annual A Night at the Opera: Die Fledermaus, by Johann Strauss II. With an artistic staff headed by conductor James Caraher and stage director Mark Thomsen, this festive production will feature nationally acclaimed singers in leading roles, as well as performances by FSC faculty, students, alumni, and members of the community. Based on a light-hearted story straight from Vienna, this charming operetta will delight you with its beautiful costumes, stunning sets, and exquisite music.

Featuring Julian Gargiulo, piano

Thursday, January 28, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

An internationally known pianist, composer, and recording artist, Julian Gargiulo brings his unique mix of programming and concertizing to this intriguing performance event. As a dynamic classical pianist, Mr. Gargiulo renders the compositions of renowned masters with extraordinary passion and precision, often juxtaposing them against his own jazz-infused compositions. In a “no-rules” approach, his informal style of presentation imbues the concert experience with complete accessibility, as he fills the concert hall with charm, humor, and charisma. For a concert experience unlike any other, come see Roll Over Beethoven with Julian G.

TCHAIKOVSKY’S Sleeping Beauty

Tuesday, February 23 – 7:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

The Moscow Festival Ballet returns to the stage of Branscomb Auditorium in its acclaimed production of Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, the magical tale of a beautiful princess who waits in slumber to be awakened by the kiss of her true love, the prince. Danced to Petipa’s masterful choreography, this production will transport you to a world of fairy tale princesses, malevolent witches, and storybook kingdoms. From the opulent costumes and sets to the elegant movements of the extraordinary dancers and lush music of Tchaikovsky, this classical ballet promises an evening of breathtaking beauty and artistry.


Music Events

Beth Gibbs, conductorABOUT TIME
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

Whether we feel that it is in short supply or drags on endlessly, time is something over which we wish we had more control. Through delightful repertoire, including Benjamin Britten’s Time, a buoyant and exuberant personification of this commodity and Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s rousing Broadway hit comparing the virtues of past times with the present, FSC’s Chamber Singers explore this precious and important element of our lives, revealing universal truths about time and its use.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor; FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director
L.N. Pipkin Bandshell (rain location: Branscomb Auditorium)

To celebrate the unofficial beginning of autumn, FSC’s Symphony Band and Jazz Ensemble combine forces to present an evening of entertaining instrumental music. Come join us on the grounds of the historic Pipkin Bandshell for a festive musical tribute to this treasured American tradition of outdoor band concerts where you can tap your toes to the familiar tune of a spirited march, or sit back and relax to enjoyable renditions of jazz tunes like Blue Note Blues, Another Story, and Smiles and Smiles to Go.

Friday, November 6, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Bands and Guest Performers, Jo Jossim, Artistic Director
Branscomb Auditorium

Now in its fourth year, this annual concert, conceived and directed by Jo Jossim, features dazzling new repertoire and intriguing new musical collaborations, presented within a fast-paced format in locations throughout the concert hall. With repertoire ranging from classical and jazz genres to popular and rock favorites, this event is full of musical surprises. Always a crowd favorite, Bandtastic exudes levels of exuberance, energy, and excitement that clearly make it a “must-see” event.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Concert Choir, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

The FSC Concert Choir transports us on a musical journey to South America, delving into its rich and diverse musical history.  Featuring the well-known Missa Criolla by revered Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez as the musical centerpiece, this concert highlights seminal rhythms and texts from the region and introduces the vibrant composers and traditional folk tunes that bring so much energy to the musical landscape of this part of the world.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.   (Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 p.m.)
FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

Drawing on varied textures and timbres to create unique aural pictures, this concert features orchestral music inspired by nature, culture, and the environment.  From Brahms and his noble Academic Festival Overture to Tchaikovsky’s electrifying Finale from his Fifth Symphony, the members of the FSC Symphony Orchestra provide a stimulating evening of beautiful music under the baton of their dynamic conductor Kira Omelchenko, now in her second year at FSC.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 – 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
FSC Music Department
Branscomb Auditorium

Highly anticipated each year, the FSC Music Department’s Christmas Gala has become an essential holiday music tradition for the college and greater community. This year’s edition, Home for the Holidays, offers a wonder-filled array of musical favorites performed by music department students and faculty, joined by special invited guests from FSC’s musical theatre program and the Florida Dance Theatre.  Come join the holiday fun and festivities in beautifully adorned Branscomb Auditorium!

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Music Faculty
Branscomb Auditorium

In recognition of this year’s gift of an extra calendar day, members of FSC’s talented music faculty offer a “Leap Day” concert – a special “once-every-four-years” musical treat.  As soloists, collaborative artists, and chamber musicians, these impressive artist-teachers will perform a potpourri of repertoire from musical genres as diverse as duo piano, bassoon, voice, percussion, clarinet, and piano trio with the same passion and expertise with which they guide students in the studio, in the classroom, and on stage.

Thursday, March 3, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
FSC Chamber Singers, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

A source of power and life, light in its various manifestations has been explored throughout history in the works of poets, authors, and composers. Illuminating the mystery and strength of light through text and music, FSC’s Chamber Singers perform choral repertoire with varied perspectives and styles, such as the beautiful and contemplative setting of O Nata Lux from “Lux Aeterna” by Lauridsen and Ask the Watchman, a dynamic choral arrangement by Caldwell and Ivory, based on two spirituals from the Sea Islands.

Kira Omelchenko, conductorFSC’S RADIO OPERA HOUR PRESENTS …
Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Opera Theatre, Mark Thomsen, director
FSC Opera Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

This evening’s “Radio Opera Hour” on fictional WFSC features FSC’s Opera Theatre and Opera Orchestra in a double bill that includes Rumpelstiltskin: Ultimate Bully by Denise Page Caraher  (literary themes by the Brothers Grimm and musical themes by Johann Strauss II) and Gian-Carlo Menotti’s contemporary masterpiece, The Old Maid and the Thief.  In this creative pairing of operatic miniatures, you’ll first learn a valuable lesson about bullying and then experience a twisted tale of unrequited love.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
FSC Concert Choir, Beth Gibbs, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

Whether on a physical journey, trying to find a home – or on a spiritual journey, looking for guidance and resolution – we are all searching, striving to build a life.  Through perfectly chosen choral repertoire that includes The Road to the Isles, a Scottish folk song traditionally sung or whistled while walking home, and Z. Randall Stroope’s The Pasture, based on a text by Robert Frost, FSC’s Concert Choir explores life’s journeys and the ways in which we reach out to find what we need along the way.

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Jazz Ensemble, Paul Butcher, director
Branscomb Auditorium

With joy and expertise, jazz director Paul Butcher leads the members of the FSC Jazz Ensemble in a performance featuring all that is enjoyable and distinctive about this great American art form.  Celebrating the diverse repertoire and appealing styles that make up this remarkable genre, our students (joined by a surprise guest artist) will treat you to an evening characterized by the enthusiasm, passion, and spirit of musical adventure known as jazz.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.
FSC Symphony Band, Jo Jossim, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

What changed first, the band or the music? In answer to that question, the FSC Symphony Band traces the transformation of the wind ensemble and its repertoire from the 1950’s through the present.  From band music that shifted from transcriptions to original works – and musical innovations that incorporated compositional and textural changes – judge for yourself the effects of change, band style, in pieces that include Redwood, a lyric tone poem by Ryan George and Fever (from “Lost Vegas”), a swinging tribute to the era of Las Vegas entertainers like Frank Sinatra, Elvis, and Peggy Lee.

Thursday, April 28, 2016 - 7:30 p.m.  (Pre-concert presentation at 7:00 p.m.)     
FSC Symphony Orchestra, Kira Omelchenko, conductor
Branscomb Auditorium

Celebrating the remarkable range of styles and roles played by the symphony orchestra in the world of music, FSC’s Symphony Orchestra offers an extraordinary program of music designed to showcase the beauty and breadth of expression inherent in this treasured musical medium.  With Beethoven’s dramatic Egmont Overture and Rimsky-Korsakov’s colorful Capriccio Espagnol providing the core of traditional orchestral repertoire, the versatility of the orchestra as a collaborative ensemble is also featured through impressive performances by the winners of FSC’s first annual orchestra concerto/aria competition.


Faculty Artist Series

Christianne Roll, mezzo soprano

Sunday, September 20 – 2:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Why do characters in musical theatre sing?  Love, of course!  FSC’s musical theatre director, mezzo soprano Christianne Roll, explores this theory with pianist Patrick Fleitz in songs that run the gamut from traditional Broadway classics to more contemporary musical theatre repertoire. Join this duo as they perform such favorites as Bill and Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man of Mine from “Showboat” and Mister Snow from “Carousel,” in addition to tunes by such legendary composers as George Gershwin and celebrated newcomers like Jason Robert Brown.

Valerie Gillespie, alto saxophone

October 26, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

A consummate musician in all genres – from classical to jazz and everything in between – Valerie Gillespie is a formidable performer.  Tonight this FSC artist-teacher, joined by pianist Robert Winslow, shares her love for the saxophone, celebrated for its own musical versatility with its classical roots and jazz lineage.  Come experience the range and adaptability of this remarkable instrument as you’ve never heard it before through such diverse repertoire as the Glazunov Concerto for Saxophone, Debussy’s Syrinx, and familiar jazz standards by Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie, and Cole Porter.

Mark Switzer, classical guitar

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

In a performance dedicated to the classical guitar and all it has brought to music, it is altogether fitting that FSC guitar icon Mark Switzer should lead the way as we pay homage.  With his expertise and skill in programming an eclectic range of music from classical repertoire to his own jazz arrangements, his ability to produce beautiful tone and sensitive phrasing, and his affable, accessible stage manner, this artist will offer an inspired tribute to a musical instrument revered by musicians and non-musicians alike for centuries.

The FSC Faculty Brass

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

As varied in appearance as in sound, the instruments of the brass family contribute regularly to the pageantry of life’s most important occasions.  Whether played singly or in various combinations, they produce a wide range of sounds from noble to profound, creating colors and moods that are uniquely – well, brass! FSC’s brass faculty (and friends) unite to present an array of varied styles and genres, individually and collectively, in a salute to the beauty and power of brass.

Rimma Bergeron-Langlois, violin

Wednesday, February 17, 2016 – 7:30 p.m.
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Back by popular request for the third year in a row, Orlando Philharmonic concertmaster and FSC violin professor Rimma Bergeron-Langlois brings her incomparable artistry to the Faculty Artist Series.  Having treated her audiences to transcendent musical interpretations and demonstrated extraordinary feats of virtuosity in past performances of great classics for violin by composers like Brahms, Franck, Debussy, and Ravel, Rimma and her dynamic collaborative pianist Keiko Andrews will once again share beautiful treasures from the riches of violin/piano repertoire. 

Fen-Fang Chen and Paula Parsché, duo piano

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 7:30 PM
Anne MacGregor Jenkins Recital Hall

Believing that the only thing better than one piano is two, Fen-Fang Chen and Paula Parsché of FSC’s piano faculty join forces – and pianos – to present a delightful evening of four-hand piano music. Featuring the works of notable composers for piano, this duo-piano team will treat you to such familiar pieces as Schubert’s sprightly Marche Militaire, Mozart’s iconic Sonata for Two Pianos, a selection of  charming Waltzes by Brahms, Debussy’s impressionistic Petite Suite, and the popular jazz-infused Preludes of Gershwin.


Theatre Arts and Dance Events

By John Cariani
Directed by Paul Bawek
October 1-4; 8-11, 2015
7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

This sweet romantic comedy takes place in Almost, Maine, a mythical town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States.  On a cold, clear, moonless night, with a possibility of seeing the northern lights dancing in the sky, the residents of Almost find themselves falling in and out of love in the  most unexpected and amusing ways. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded.  And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be quite the same.

Interview: A Fugue For Eight ActorsINTERVIEW: A FUGUE FOR EIGHT ACTORS
(a second stage production)

By Jean-Claude van Itallie
Directed by Mary T. Albright
November 5-8, 2015
10:00 p.m. (Sunday at 7:30 p.m.)
Frank Lloyd Wright Theatre-in-the-Round

The first and most abstract of the three one-act plays comprising  “American Hurrah,” Interview shows us the mechanization of life in urban America through a form of verbal and physical choreography, as four employment agency workers interview four job applicants. As reported by TIME magazine during the play’s initial run, "It's a trip through an air conditioned blightmare towards an icy emptiness at the core of American life...the land of the deep freeze and the home of the plastic heart…”

Music by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson
Lyrics by Tim Rice
Book by Richard Nelson
Directed by James Beck
November 19-22; December 3-6, 2015
7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

This complex Tony award-winning rock opera takes the ancient game of chess and weaves it into a metaphor for romantic rivalries, competitive gamesmanship, superpower politics, and international intrigues set against the backdrop of the Cold War. From Bangkok to Budapest, the players, lovers, politicians, and spies manipulate, and are manipulated, to the pulse of a monumental rock score that spawned the 1980s chart-topper, “One Night in Bangkok,” for the original West End production’s lead actor, Murray Head.

Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by Rachel Sheinkin
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman
Directed by Mary T. Albright
February 18-21; 25-28, 2016
7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, this musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor since its first run in 2005. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, an eclectic group of six tweens vie for the spelling bee championship of a lifetime.  A riotous ride complete with audience participation, this bee is one unforgettable experience.

A Midsummer Night's DreamA MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Paul Bawek
April 7-10; 14-17, 2016
7:30 p.m. (Sundays at 2:30 p.m.)
Loca Lee Buckner Theatre

William Shakespeare’s most popular and widely performed comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is a tale of love, mischief, and misadventure surrounding the wedding festivities of the Duke of Athens.  The threat of an impending arranged marriage and the anguish of unrequited love compel four young Athenian lovers to flee to an enchanted forest where they encounter a group of amateur actors and feuding fairies.  Magic and mayhem ensue, providing the ingredients for a performance certain to capture the imagination.

Erin LaSala, artistic directorFSCDANCE: NEW BEGINNINGS
Erin LaSala, artistic director
Saturday, April 23, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 24, 2:30 p.m.
Branscomb Auditorium

We invite you to join us for the exciting inaugural concert of FSC’s new dance program, under the direction of Erin LaSala! With a rich roster of talented dance majors and minors in place, this performance will feature innovative choreography by FSC faculty and nationally–acclaimed guest choreographers.  Adding to the excitement, the dancers of Lakeland’s own Florida Dance Theatre will perform selected pieces from their distinctive company repertoire.  This dynamic dance performance promises to be unforgettable as we celebrate a new chapter in the arts at FSC.


Art Exhibitions

Robert Vickrey: Master of Magic RealismROBERT VICKREY: MASTER OF MAGIC REALISM
September 4 through November 4, 2015     
Opening Reception: Friday, September 4 – 7:00 p.m.
Melvin Art Gallery

FSC is pleased to present the work of American master Robert Vickrey, one of the most celebrated magic realist artists of the twentieth century and perhaps the most storied artist to exhibit in the Melvin Art Gallery.  Credited with helping to revive the Renaissance tradition of egg tempera painting, Vickrey infused his hyper-realist paintings with surreal atmospheres and dashes of fantasy. This retrospective exhibition seeks to unleash viewers’ imaginations as they are introduced – or for many, re-introduced – to Vickrey and his often uncanny familiar/unfamiliar painted worlds.

November 13 through December 7, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, November 13 – 7:00 p.m.
Melvin Art Gallery

You are invited to join us for this annual exhibition showcasing the work of current Florida Southern College art majors. Having gained a reputation as one of the strongest centers of art study in the southeast, FSC’s Department of Art and Art History provides exceptional faculty instruction, inspiration, and guidance for its extraordinarily talented students, demonstrated firsthand by the works displayed in this show. A highlight of the opening reception is the highly anticipated presentation of the Florida Art Award to a junior art major.

Mark Mitchell: Multimedia and Conceptual Pop ArtistMARK MITCHELL: CONCEPTUAL POP PAINTER & MULTIMEDIA ARTIST
January 22 through February 19, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 22, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Melvin Art Gallery

An international multimedia artist specializing in the painting of conceptual pop art, Mark Mitchell draws on the power of  mass media and pop culture, repurposing contemporary icons, imagery, and techniques to create a personal artistic statement, rich in meaning and social commentary. With a career as a creative director in advertising, this cutting edge artist learned how to put concept first and manipulate imagery to surprise, provoke, and reward the viewer.  Mark Mitchell has become a familiar figure in the contemporary art world, with recognition of his work from New York’s ARTSLANT, where he twice received the Showcase Award, to SCOPE and SELECT FAIR during ART BASEL MIAMI and SEE | ME Exhibit Space NYC during Armory Arts Week.  A favorite in the Tampa Bay area, he promises to mount an exhibition filled with surprises that will capture, engage, and satisfy both the mind and the soul.


March 18 through March 31, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, March 18, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Melvin Art Gallery

Featuring the work of Florida Southern’s senior graphic design students, this exciting thesis exhibition provides a glimpse into the creativity, resourcefulness, and professionalism brought by these gifted artists to the areas of print and digital media. Sharing the culmination of their collegiate study, they will engage, challenge, and impress, affirming their reputation as a cohort ready for the professional world or for top graduate schools.  An added highlight of the opening reception is the announcement of the senior graphic design awards.

April 8 through April 28, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, April 8, 2016 – 7:00 p.m.
Melvin Art Gallery

We are proud to present the annual senior thesis exhibition in studio art. This capstone show, celebrating the skill, talent, and creativity of our seniors, serves as evidence of their deserved reputations as highly sought-after students for top graduate programs.  Please join them as they share the culmination of their FSC study in this exhibition, where you will be delighted and inspired by the creative freshness and polish of their work.

May 13 through June 17, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, May 13, 2016 – 6:00 p.m.
Melvin Art Gallery

For over thirty years, the Melvin Art Gallery has hosted the Annual Spring Exhibition of the Lakeland Art Guild. Founded in 1952, the Guild is Lakeland’s oldest community arts organization with its members known regionally and nationally for their originality, skill, and finesse. Once again, the Melvin Art Gallery is pleased to feature this important community exhibition, where the announcement of the Guild’s annual awards will be made at the opening reception.


The Festival of Fine Arts has been bringing the arts to Polk County for more than 50 years.

From classical music to Broadway-style theatre, you’ll enjoy a diverse array of exciting performances and exhibits.


Special Ticket Information!

Season and single event tickets are available now!

We are happy to announce that this season, in addition to ticket purchasing in person using cash or credit card, by telephone at 863.680.4296, and by mail, online ticketing will also be available.

Go ahead, mark your calendar, and purchase tickets now for a year of special events in the arts at FSC.

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The Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center at Florida Southern College consists of several auditoriums and recital spaces. Please check the event's listing and confirm the theater in which the show is being presented.

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Single Admission Ticket Prices
Music Events $8 adults and $4 students
Theatre  and Special Events $18 adults and $9 students
Music Faculty Artist Series and Art Show events are free of charge.

Season Tickets

Season Tickets cost $125 and provide admission to all Festival of Fine Arts events (excludes the Special Event: Imperial Symphony Orchestra: Night at the Opera).

Season tickets can be purchased online, at the Box Office, or by mail.

Please send your check to:

the Festival of Fine Arts
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive
Lakeland, FL 33801

Box Office Hours

Tickets for all Festival of Fine Arts events may be purchased in person using cash or credit card at the Branscomb Auditorium Box Office, located on Johnson Avenue (use Parking Lot VA), or by telephone at 863.680.4296. Tickets may be purchased online at any time.

Box Office Hours

Monday – Friday
2:00 PM to 6:00 PM


Each venue will be opened for seating one hour prior to performance unless prevented by special circumstances, i.e. if in rare cases visiting performers should need extra time for sound checks or stage adjustments.

Please note: The use of cameras, recording devices, or cellular phones is strictly prohibited at all performances. Smoking is allowed in outside peripheral areas only. We also ask that no food or beverages be brought into lobbies or seating areas anywhere in the center.

Branscomb Auditorium

Seating chart for Branscomb Auditorium

Buckner Theatre

Seating chart for Buckner Theatre

Directions & Parking

Located at 1085 Johnson Ave, Lakeland, FL 33803-1309, just off Lake Hollingsworth, the Robert A. Davis Performing Arts Center is easy to get to.


Parking at Florida Southern is both convenient and plentiful. The most convenient parking area is the VA lot located at Park Street and Johnson Avenue. (See campus map)

Reserved handicap parking will be available only for the four special event performances and the Christmas Gala. Please call 863.680.4125 on the day of the performance to reserve a handicap parking space.

For Branscomb Auditorium rental information, please contact the auditorium director at ccorrigan@flsouthern.edu or call 863.680.4295.