Designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, this performance hall is located directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay and hosts ... More
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Designed by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, this performance hall is located directly on beautiful Sarasota Bay and hosts over 120 world class performances each year including great music, dances, theater, comedies, Broadway musicals, symphony orchestras, and top national and international performers. An array of educational outreach programs are also available.
Van Wezel is a Fire Hazard. There are no aisles. The refurb is a disaster.
Six ushers showed us our seats. When the show started, 2 security guards escorted us from our seats saying we had duplicate tickets.
I work for a 2 billion dollar corporation and had elderly people with me that said they would never return because they were treated like criminals. The Manager Casey Humpert laughed as we left. A law suit is pending.
But the ushers on the night I was there gave us faulty directions to our seats and we spent twenty minutes going from level to level and retracing our steps because most of the volunteers were new and poorly trained.
Management could resolve this problem by indicating the nearest door to your seat on their computer printed tickets.
I have been to many performances in the Van Wezel theatre and every experience has been wonderful. I can't imagine anyone not appreciating the seats or atmosphere. What I really like about the theatre itself is the exiting arrangements. Instead of aisles that create dead space and the potential of slow moving crowds attempting to exit, It has convenient exits all along both sides.
no center isle.. Because the door you enter into the auditorium, ushers are trained to direct you out. If there was a center isle people would be running all over. I know this because the alarm went off accidentally one evening, the ushers and staff cleared the auditorium orderaly within five minutes. The fire trucks were there in just moments.
the ushers are there to guide you and feel welcome. I know this because i was a volunteer for eleven years.