West Side Story | Fall
Music: Leonard Bernstein|Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim|Book: Arthur Laurents|Directed: Kody C Jones|Nov 24th-Dec 20th |Historic Arcade Theatre
From the first notes to the final breath, West Side Story is one of the most memorable musicals and greatest love stories of all time. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim are widely regarded as among the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments. Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is transported to modern-day New York City as two young, idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.
Urinetown | Spring
Playwright: Greg Kotis |Composer: Mark Hollmann |Historic Arcade Theatre |Directed by Christina DeCarlo | May 13th - 23rd
Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
Once on this Island | Summer
Playwright: Lynn Ahrens| Composer: Stephen Flaherty |Lyricist: Lynn Ahrens |Artstage Theatre • August 2021|DATES TBA
From the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical, Ragtime), comes the Olivier Award-winning Once on This Island. This highly original and theatrical Caribbean adaptation of the popular fairy tale, The Little Mermaid, garnered eight Tony nominations for its Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. Ti Moune, a peasant girl, rescues a wealthy boy from the other side of the island, Daniel, with whom she falls in love. Unbeknownst to Ti Moune, the pompous gods who preside over the island make a bet with one another over which is stronger, love or death, the stakes being Ti Moune's life. When she pursues Daniel, who has returned to his people, Ti Moune is shunned because of her lowly status. Her determination and capacity to love, though, is not enough to win Daniel's heart, and Ti Moune pays the ultimate price; but the gods turn Ti Moune into a tree that grows so strong and so tall, it breaks the wall that separates the societies and ultimately unites them.
Florida Rep's Conservatory program
Florida Rep's Conservatory program is designed for young artists who want to pursue theatre. It offers young artists an introduction to the professional world with a real-life regional theatre experience providing a creative outlet that culminates with a professional of public performances. Performances will take place in the historic Arcade Theatre
QUOTE – “This season’s Conservatory Season is proving to be the most ambitious and diverse selection of stories yet! - Kody C Jones
Matilda: The Musical Summer Conservatory 2019
PAST CONSERVATORY PRODUCTIONS HAVE INCLUDED:
Matilda: The Musical • Spring Awakening • Newsies • A Chorus Line • Heathers: The Musical • School of Rock: The Musical (Florida Premiere) • Metamorphoses • Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn • Peter and the Starcatcher • Romeo & Juliet • Oliver! • Shrek, Jr. • The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee • Into the Woods • Urinetown • Legally Blonde • 13 the Musical • Willy Wonka · Sleeping Beauty • You're a Good Man Charlie Brown • Pippin!