BIG ARTS Herb Strauss Theater Announces Partnership with Starfish Grille

BIG ARTS is pleased to announce Starfish Grille has signed on as a marketing partner for the 2013-2104 season, marking the first time a restaurant has provided the catering for the opening night pre-performance receptions at Herb Strauss Theater.
SANIBEL ISLAND, Fla. - Oct. 17, 2013 - PRLog -- The Barrier Island Group for the Arts (BIG ARTS) is pleased to announce Starfish Grille has signed on as a marketing partner for the 2013-2104 season, marking the first time a restaurant has provided the catering for the opening night pre-performance receptions at Herb Strauss Theater. It also compliments another new BIG ARTS marketing initiative launched this season, a special package featuring one adult ticket to all six opening night shows and the receptions for just $200, a savings of more than 15%.

The Herb Strauss Theater opening night performance dates are Saturday, November 30 for Hamlet {solo}; Thursday, December 19 for Holiday Spectacular; Friday, January 10 for Into The Woods; Thursday, February 20 for Defamation; Friday, March 7 for Romance/Romance; and Friday, April 11 for The Big Bang: Also new this season, tickets to all Herb Strauss Theater performances are only $5 each for students with valid student ID and for children 17 and under. Adult tickets are regularly $35 or $42, depending upon the performance.

In addition to catering the opening night receptions, Starfish Grille is also offering a complimentary dessert when you present your Herb Strauss Theater ticket envelope at the restaurant.

Located at the Holiday Inn Resort, 1231 Middle Gulf Drive on Sanibel, the Starfish Grille underwent a major transformation last year. Owners Chris and Kaitlin Whitaker not only gave the restaurant a total face lift, including a deep cleaning, fresh paint, a kitchen redesign and an new engaging décor but added a sushi bar. The restaurant’s banquet room is an ideal location for parties and weddings. Breakfast is served from 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 9 p.m.

The Herb Strauss Theater kicks off the season of professional productions on November 30 with the internationally acclaimed Hamlet {solo}, starring Raoul Bhaneja. The one-man show will be followed by an original fun-filled musical, Holiday Spectacular, written and directed by Bobby Logue and John Ramsey. The new year will begin with an exciting performance of the Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine Tony-award winning musical, Into the Woods, followed by the thought-provoking drama, Defamation, in which the audience is the jury. The last two shows feature the light-hearted musical, Romance/Romance, with book and lyrics by Barry Harman and music by Keith Herrmann, before ending the season with the hysterical madcap musical, The Big Bang, featuring music by Jed Feuer and book and lyrics by Boyd Graham. The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company is the 2013-2014 Herb Strauss Theater Season Sponsor.

Series sampler subscriptions, special discount packages and individual tickets for 2013-2014 season are on sale now. Groups of ten or more may be eligible for additional discounts. New discounts for BIG ARTS’ 35th anniversary season include an Early Bird Special, offering an extra 25% discount off select BIG ARTS and Herb Strauss Theater packages as well as individual tickets. The Early Bird Special offer expires October 31, 2013 but then A Welcome Back Snow Birds Special will offer an extra 10% off select BIG ARTS and Herb Strauss Theater packages and individual tickets. Tickets may be purchased online at, by calling BIG ARTS Marks Box Office at 239-395-0900 or Herb Strauss Theater Box Office (239) 472-6862 and at BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, FL 33957.


A non-profit 501(c)3 organization, programming at BIG ARTS is made possible through the generous support of more than 300 dedicated volunteers  and donors as well as individual and corporate sponsors, including Herb Strauss Theater season sponsor The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company with show sponsors Royal Shell Properties and John Grey Painting for Holiday Spectacular, ‘Tween Waters Inn for Into the Woods, Linda & John Kramer for Defamation, Congress Jewelers for Romance/Romance as well as The Jacaranda and Island Sun for The Big Bang.

Discover more about BIG ARTS, including volunteer opportunities and membership options as well as purchase tickets and learn more about our full season lineup of exhibits, performances, classes and events by visiting BIG ARTS, 900 Dunlop Road, Sanibel, online at,  by phone (239) 395-0900 or via e-mail

About Starfish Grille:

Chris and Kaitlin Whitaker’s Starfish Grille and The Star Bar "on the beach" are located at Holiday Inn Resort, at 1231 Middle Gulf Drive, Sanibel. Chris is co-founder of Blu Sushi, which celebrated its ten year anniversary in 2013. Blu Sushi’s four locations include three in Fort Myers—on McGregor, at Gulf Coast Town Center, on campus at FGCU, and a fourth location in Hallandale Beach, Florida. To visit the Starfish Grille at the Holiday Inn Resort, cross the Sanibel Causeway, turn right on Periwinkle Road and left on Donax; the entrance is straight ahead. The phone number for the Starfish Grille is (239) 472-STAR, the StarBar is 472-TIKI.

Chris and Kaitlin Whitaker also own the new Star Bar “on the beach” at the Holiday Inn, which features a nautical décor, satellite television and epic burgers. Guests are invited to arrive by car or boat—or are welcome to just stroll in off the beach to sit at the tables and cabanas.
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