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A Dream Season

An artist’s rendering of BIG ARTS’ new 2,500-foot performing arts hall, featuring a stage that’s 2 1/2 times bigger than the former Schein Hall. The new hall will also feature more comfortable seats, better sight lines, and high-tech lighting, sound and acoustics.


An excerpt from a recent article in the Fort Myers News-Press by Charles Runnells:

They’re calling it BIG ARTS’ “Dream Season”:  A 41st annual season packed with bigger shows, a bigger stage and a new $14 million building for the Sanibel Island arts center.

“This is our dream-come-true season,” says BIG ARTS executive director Lee Ellen Harder. “This has been a dream for a long time.”

The new building at 900 Dunlop Road, just off Periwinkle Way, likely won’t open until next year, but BIG ARTS leaders aren’t sitting idle until then.

Their just-announced 2019-20 season opens in November with concerts, lectures, classes, movies and other events at Sanibel Community Church, BIG ARTS’ Periwinkle offices and BIG ARTS Strauss Theater.

Then, four months after the season starts, the new two-story building opens for its first show February 1.

“I’m excited about the whole season,” Harder says. “The project’s going great. Right on schedule, right on time. We couldn’t be happier with our contractors.”

Tickets for the new season went on sale Monday. For a closer look at what’s coming to BIG ARTS, click here, or visit their website at

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