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Keylene McCaw uses ancient theatrical magic to captivate listeners to her stories.

The Hermitage’s Fridays@5 series continues with Ringling Tower Award recipient and performer, Kaylene McCaw.

Her performance piece, “Suntelia,” is a delightful mix of storytelling, fluid movement and original songs. The event is at 5 p.m. May 31, on the beach at the Hermitage.

The second solo play by the author of the “Human Experience Quick-Start Guide,” “Suntelia” is a celebration of the changing world in which we live. McCaw uses ancient theatrical magic to move audiences through the culmination of the “old world as it makes way for the new and improved world that we are booting up.”

Award-winning creators of all artistic disciplines are invited to live and work at the Hermitage Artist Retreat in Englewood. During their residencies, they share their talents with the community. Some programs are on the beach; others are in the Palm House. Whether a program is indoors or outdoors, attendees are invited to stay and enjoy the beach afterwards.

Executive Director Bruce Rodgers explains that these cultural gatherings exist to give the community the rare opportunity to interact with celebrated authors, poets, artists, composers and performers from around the world. “Artists who are invited to be at the Hermitage are asked to give free programs for the community during their stay with us.”

He added that, in addition to programs at the Hermitage, many artists also participate in free outreach programs at area schools, colleges, and in collaboration with regional cultural organizations.

All programs are subject to change. Check the Hermitage website or Facebook page for updated program status. The Hermitage Artist Retreat is at 6630 Manasota Key Road in Englewood. For more information about Fridays@5 or the Hermitage, visit

Reservations for this free series are required and can be requested at


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