The Hippodrome Theatre announces its lineup for the 2017-18 season, starting with 1984 and The Legend of Georgia McBride. Here’s the complete rundown for you. …
The Hippodrome Theater, Gainesville’s only professional theater company, and artistic director Lauren Warhol Caldwell proudly announced the 2017-18 season on Thursday. The 45th-season lineup includes a mix of comedies, dramas and musicals.
“We’ve set out to create a year of compelling, contemporary and engaging storytelling,” Caldwell said. “The Hipp’s 45th-anniversary season is designed to create conversation and bring our community together through the diverse stories and characters on our stage.”
The new season begins Sept. 1 with George Orwell’s 1984 and ends with a summer musical that will be announced at a later date. In between are six productions that run the spectrum of stage performances.
“The world we live in today demands that we as artists use the power of theatre to act as a catalyst of understanding and awakening,” Caldwell said. “We invite you to expose yourself to the wonder of it all.”
Before the new season begins, the Hippodrome has one more weekend of performances for Hamlet. This year’s summer musical, Forever Plaid, opens June 2 following two evenings of preview performances.
The Hippodrome Theatre’s lineup for 2017-18 is as follows:
The Legend of Georgia McBride
A Year with Frog and Toad
A whimsical musical that tells the tale of two best friends: the easy-going Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad. The story follows Frog and Toad through four colorful seasons, along with their lively, quirky friends Snail, Turtle, the Birds and more. Audiences of all ages will delight in this Broadway hit that was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. DC Metro Theater Arts: “No matter what your age, you can’t help but fall in love with A Year with Frog and Toad. Like the cookies, it is a truly irresistible holiday treat for the whole family!” Nashville Parenting Magazine calls it “An absolutely delightful theater experience for kids of all ages.”
A Christmas Carol
Summer is meant for music and fun. Past summer shows have included Avenue Q, The Great American Trailer Park Musical and last year’s huge hit, The Toxic Avenger.