Big news in the local arts community. Osceola Arts has announced its 2019-20 theatre season.
“(This season) will mark our 59th theater season and we are striving to reach not only the devoted theater enthusiast but a new generation of theater-goers, and know this exciting line up will appeal to many,” said Osceola Arts Director of Marketing and Development Bri Stefek.
The season totals seven productions — plus two limited engagement productions — running September 2019 through August 2020.
“We are thrilled to blend classic theater shows like ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Moon Over Buffalo,’ with contemporary musicals like ‘Dogfight’ and ‘The Addams Family,’ and showstoppers such as ‘How to Succeed in Business’ and ‘Priscilla, Queen of the Desert’ into our new season,” said Stefek.
Season ticket packages will allow access to all seven productions, for a total of $140. Limited engagement productions will be able to be added on to a season ticket for a reduced price. Single show tickets can be purchased for $25 per show for adults, or $20 per show for seniors. All tickets will go on sale May 1.
Learn more about each show:
(Information provided by Osceola Arts.)
The Addams Family: A New Musical (Sept. 27 - Oct. 13)
Based on the beloved Addams Family cartoon characters that made their first appearance in The New Yorker in 1938. In this musical adaptation, a family of outsiders comes to dinner and the Addams family quickly finds their dark and spooky lifestyle turned upside-down. During one night, this notoriously quirky family must face the one thing that scares them most: change.
Dogfight (Oct. 25 - Nov. 3)
Based on the 1991 film, this musical follows a young soldier as he looks for a last minute date to a party. Enter kind, simple and trusting Rose and what starts out as a cruel invitation ends in a timeless lesson of love and compassion. With music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also penned Dear Evan Hansen and The Greatest Showman, this contemporary musical is sure to both challenge and inspire audiences.
White Christmas (Dec. 6-22)
Add two veteran soldiers, two talented singing sisters and a Vermont lodge at Christmas together and you get this beloved holiday musical! Sprinkle in 17 Irving Berling holiday songs, including “Blue Skies,” “I Love A Piano” and of course, “White Christmas,” and you have a perfectly festive treat for the whole family.
Moon Over Buffalo (Jan. 24 - Feb. 9)
Written by master playwright Ken Ludwig, this screwball comedy is a play within a play. The year is 1953 and George and Charlotte Hay find themselves struggling to perform two classic plays at a local repertory theatre. Amidst family crises, infidelity, and binge drinking, the company hilariously tries to pull it all together for their special matinee visitor, Hollywood hotshot Frank Capra.
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (Feb. 28 - March 15)
This winner of a Tony award for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize is a musical satire of big business. When window-washer J. Pierrepont Finch stumbles upon a little handbook about flourishing with very little effort. While following these instructions, he quickly climbs the corporate ladder and must decide if this new success is worth the cost of love.
Once on this Island (March 27 - April 5)
Once on This Island is a theatrical adaptation of the popular fairy tale The Little Mermaid. When a peasant girl falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of their tropical island, she begins a difficult journey to prove love is stronger than death. Guided by the powerful Calypso gods, Ti Moune ultimately breaks the societal wall and unites the people of her island.
Arcadia (April 17 - May 3)
Tom Stoppard’s play has been praised as “the finest play from one of the most significant contemporary playwrights.” This show takes place in a single room on the Coverly estate while transitioning between 1809 and today. In 1809, the young lady of the house is tutored in the ways of literature and science while the current inhabitants of the house work to unravel the mysteries of the time, truth and love during the 1800’s.
And Then There Were None
Crime writer Agatha Christie’s play, based on the 1939 book, begins when ten strangers are invited to a remote island. Each one has their own unsavory past they are unwilling to reveal. Each one has been accused of murder. Each one has a target on their back. Each one is eventually picked off. All but one. Which one will remain to complete the ominous nursery rhyme Ten Little Indians?
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (July 17 - Aug. 2)
Based on the smash-hit movie of the same name, this musical is a funny, vibrant, disco-filled stage production. Featuring dance floor favorites like “I Will Survive,” “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” and “It’s Raining Men,” this musical follows two drag queens and a transgender woman as they travel across the country in Priscilla, their lavender bus. On their trip, the trio encounters some unique characters and situations while expanding comfort zones and touching hearts along the way.
Osceola Arts is located at 2411 E. U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee.
For more information about Osceola Arts, its 2019-20 theater season, history and community mission, visit OsceolaArts.org.