SCF Studio 84 Productions Presents “The Story of Juanito Citruseed”

(Bradenton, Fla., October 23, 2013) — State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) Studio 84 Productions will present an interactive children's theatre production, “The Story of Juanito Citruseed.” The production will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov.11, in the David S. and Anne V. Howard Studio Theatre at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. W., building 11West. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Cast members include SCF students Jade Turner, Nick Jones, Alexandra Cowan, Jaelynn Clark, Jason Ellis, Adam Condor, Darian Canton, Matthew Apodaca, Mary Ellis, Dylan Buckley, Kristina Klein, Derek Youmans and Kayla Page.

Based on historical facts about Manatee and Sarasota counties, the production originally was written by Kenneth Erickson Jr., SCF Theatre Program director and Neel Performing Arts Center manager, and his daughter, Page Erickson. The production was adapted as a musical with lyrics written by Erin Erickson Saladino, also Erickson's daughter.

Seating is limited. To reserve tickets, call the Neel Performing Arts Center box office at 941-752-5252. Maps and directions are online at

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