Behind the scenes at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Are You Ready For Our 26th Season?

Our 26th Season was announced a few weeks ago and is already creating quite a bit of buzz. Featuring a mix of Shakespeare favorites, popular stories for children of all ages, daring new plays, and a musical event of epic proportions, 2014-2015 will have something for everyone! In case you missed it, here’s a recap of what you’ll see at Orlando Shakes next season!

CHILDREN’S SERIES

rapunzel

Rapunzel

An evil enchantress forces a young couple to give up their beloved baby girl forever. The witch shuts her away in a lonely tower, but as Rapunzel grows — so does her long golden hair! Will brave Rapunzel ever escape the clutches of her evil captor? Find out in this playful adaptation with an Orlando Shakes twist!

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The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else, until he makes a wish to be as flat as a pancake… and his wish comes true! With his new, two-dimensional form Stanley becomes the ultimate exchange student, as he scours the globe to do something the world has never seen before. Learn that heroes come in all shapes and sizes in this whirlwind musical travelogue!

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James and the Giant Peach

Young orphan James flees from his two conniving aunts, and launches on a journey of enormous proportions! Suddenly he finds himself in the center of a gigantic peach surrounded by human-sized insects with equally over-sized personalities. Follow James, the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper, and the pessimistic Earthworm on their wild adventure!


SIGNATURE SERIES

lesmisLes Misérables
Set in the early 19th-century, a French peasant named Jean Valjean is on a quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in jail for an innocent crime. When a compassionate bishop inspires him with a tremendous act of mercy, Valjean decides to start his life anew, but is relentlessly tracked down by Police Inspector Javert. Along they way, Valjean and a slew of characters are swept into France’s revolution, where a group of young visionaries make their last stand at a street barricade.

bestofenemiesThe Best of Enemies
Produced in Partnership with The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida

Based on a true story about the relationship between a hate-filled leader of the KKK and an African-American civil rights activist, the unlikely pair must work together during the 1971 desegregation of Durham, NC schools. A stirring new play that exposes the poison of prejudice and the beauty of friendship.

christmascarolA Christmas Carol

The miserly and miserable Ebenezer Scrooge greets each Christmas with a “bah humbug”, until he is visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future. Over one sleepless night, the spirits show him warm childhood memories, cruel realities, and his grim future should he continue his cantankerous ways.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

A compelling and timeless story told through the eyes of six year old Scout, the tomboyish daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Finch. As a tense tug of war between justice and racism heats up, Atticus and his family must learn to temper violence and hatred with courage and compassion. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird continues to inspire hope in the face of inequality.

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The Merry Wives of Windsor

The impoverished knight Falstaff decides to simultaneously pursue two of the town’s wealthy wives—with disastrous and hilarious consequences. One of the Bard’s most delightful comedies, this high-spirited romp is full of mistaken identities, cross-dressing, and lots of laughs!

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Henry V

Young and brash King Henry V of England sets out to repair his broken nation after a bloody civil war and discovers the challenges of leadership are greater than he ever imagined. From Henry’s rousing battle speeches to courting the Princess of France, Shakespeare explores what makes a man a king… and a king a man.

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Bad Dog (A World Premiere)

After ten years of sobriety, Molly Drexler tumbles off “the wagon” by driving her Prius through her house. Her family tries to cope with her wreckage, but end up running headfirst into their own demons. Old wounds are re-opened and new ones are made in this comedic family drama that bites.

What show are you most looking forward to? I loved Bad Dog at PlayFest last year and can’t wait to see the full production. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of my favorite childhood books, so I’m really excited to see the story come to life on stage as well. And who could forget about… Les Miz!

Single tickets to all 26th Season productions go on sale June 10. Season Subscriptions are available now by calling our lovely Box Office staff at (407) 447-1700. See you at the Theater!

Shakespearely Yours,

Melissa Landy
Public Relations Coordinator

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