28
Nov

Improv for Business Skills

IMPROV FOR BUSINESS SKILLS
JAN 29 – MAR 5 | Mondays 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
$149

Hippodrome Company member Matthew Lindsay has utilized his talents from onstage and off to develop a new offering for the Hippodrome Education department! This class is designed for anyone who wants to improve their business and/or interpersonal communication skills. Each session will focus on a different aspect of these and will work to develop them into strengths. Students will learn how improv can help them unlock creative potential, solve problems, listen and react, and make more effective decisions.
No previous experience is necessary.
28
Nov

The Shakespeare Code 2

THE SHAKESPEARE CODE 2
JAN 29 – MAR 5 | Mondays 6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
$149

With a companion piece to fall 2017’s engrossing Shakespeare Code, Hippodrome Company Member David Patrick Ford is returning to enhance your understanding, enrich your performance, and help you better appreciate the incredible abilities of one of the English language’s best playwrights.
24
Nov

Free $25 Hippodrome Gift Card (find out how!)

 

Looking for a unique and creative gift idea? Need multiple gifts for teachers, parents, babysitters, hairdressers, and the dog walker?
Small Business Saturday is the perfect opportunity to shop with your values, keep your giving dollars in the local economy, and support Gainesville’s 45-year-old professional theatre along the way.
This holiday season, get a FREE $25 HIPPODROME GIFT CARD with every purchase of $100 in Hippodrome gift cards, plus a custom note card and envelope so your gift cards are ready for giving. (No wrapping required!)
Hippodrome gift cards can be customized to the amount of your choice  and can be used for Mainstage theatre, the Hipp Cinema, and camps and classes.
3 Easy Ways to Buy! 
1. Stop by the Hipp Box Office (Tues-Sun 12noon-7pm)
2. Call the Hipp Box Office 352.375.4477
3. Click here Gift Cards to buy online!
Thank you for shopping local this holiday season 
and supporting Small Business Saturday! 
Your friends at the Hipp
13
Nov

Lighting up the Hipp with Holiday Spirit

Lighting up the Hipp with Holiday Spirit

By Natalia Veray

 

“Once I put up the decorations, everyone at the Hipp gets into the Christmas spirit,” Sharon Wary Patton said. “Everyone seems to care about each other a little bit more.”

Patton has been visiting the Hippodrome Theatre during the holidays to spread Christmas cheer with dazzling decorations for the past six years. A former employee peaked her interest in the gig, and since then, she has been returning every year.

“I think the Hipp is even more special during the holidays because of all the festivities and programs they put on,” Patton said. This holiday season, family-friendly “A Year with Frog and Toad” and the 40th Anniversary production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” share the Mainstage and open Thanksgiving weekend.

This magical time of the year would not be the same without Patton’s efforts.

When she is not at the Hipp, Patton works as a full-time caregiver and selflessly spends her time ensuring the wellbeing of her patients.

Patton is inspired by serving and helping others. She says that she keeps coming back to the Hipp every year because she recognizes that people appreciate her work.

The Hipp and Patton have collaborated on many decorating projects, and recycle most of the same ornaments and lights every year. Decorating the Hipp is not the only holiday tradition she likes to celebrate.

“I love getting together with my family and watching the classic holiday movies,” Patton said. “I’d say that’s my favorite part about Christmas  — spending time with my loved ones.”

One thing is for certain, holidays at the Hipp are even brighter with Patton!

For reservations to one of our holiday shows, click here or call 352.375.4477.

10
Nov

About Our Education Programs

About the Hippodrome’s Education Programs

The Hipp provides quality arts education for all ages. The region’s most dynamic and experienced teachers lead our camps and classes. Children are supported as an individual in a non-competitive, enriching environment through a spirit of inclusion, acceptance, and positivity. The Hippodrome also offers Hipp-provisation classes and a Spring Play Observership for adults.

The Hippodrome has also introduced such innovative programs as the New Play Reading Series, the Teen Playwright Festival, Theatre Arts Series and has hosted more than 200 visual arts exhibits, artistic residencies, master classes, festivals, and guest artist presentations.

Through all of its combined programs, the Hippodrome serves more than a quarter of a million patrons annually.

Want to learn more and register? Visit the links below for specific program information and registration forms. To contact the education department, call 352.373.5968 ext 241 or ext 230 or email education@thehipp.org.

10
Nov

Ripcord


Back by Popular Demand!
Hippodrome Theatre’s Spring Mini Play Observership
A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into

RIPCORD

It takes months of planning and dozens of theatre professionals to produce a play on the Hippodrome mainstage. The Hippodrome Mini Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre. Alongside the director, designers, actors and staff, participants are immersed in the theatrical creative process and experience as the production team takes a play from page to stage. 

In this engaging Mini Play Observership, you will be led through the creative process of our new hilarious high-stakes comedy by David Lindsey-Abaire, Ripcord. Come explore with us as we bring this heartfelt and deliciously inappropriate comedy to life on the stage.


Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the cast table read of the script, additional rehearsals, a backstage Hippodrome tour, and the chance to experience a press run of the show. This Mini Observership culminates with a preview performance and post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Cost for 3 classes is only $70 and includes 1 ticket to the preview performance.

3 MEETING DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, February 9, 2018 (12:45-3PM) – Meet the cast and Director, attend the first read-through, see design presentations
Friday, February 16, 2018 (3-5PM) – Get a behind-the-scenes look as the set and costumes come together in a rehearsal with the actors
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (7-10PM) – Preview performance and discussion



To sign up: Call the Hippodrome Box Office at 352-375-4477 or go online to www.thehipp.org.  Register by January 31st and save $10 with our Early Bird Special.


Make your reservation today and mark your calendar for a unique, educational and memorable experience!

10
Nov

The Christians


Hippodrome Theatre’s Spring Play Observership

A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into: The Christians

It takes months of planning and dozens of theatre professionals to produce a play on the Hippodrome mainstage. The Hippodrome Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre. Alongside the director, designers, actors and staff, participants are immersed in the theatrical creative process and experience as the production team takes a play from page to stage. 

In this engaging Play Observership, you will be led through the creative process of a challenging and deeply personal new play by Lucas Hnath, The Christians. Come explore with us as we bring this beautiful exploration of a church struggling with its faith to life on the stage.

Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the cast table read of the script, additional rehearsals, a backstage Hippodrome tour, and the chance to experience a press run of the show. The Observership culminates with a preview performance and post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Cost for 5 classes includes 1 ticket to the preview performance.

5 MEETING DATES AND TIMES:
Friday, March 23 (3-5PM) – Crash course on the classic novel and behind-the-scenes at the Hipp
Friday, March 30 (12:45-3PM) – Meet the cast and Director, attend the first read-through, see design presentations
Friday, April 3 (3-5PM) – Get a behind-the-scenes look as the set and costumes come together in a rehearsal with the actors
Thursday, April 12 (3-5PM) – Full run through of the play on the mainstage
Wednesday, April 18 (7-10PM) – Preview performance and discussion

To sign up: Call the Hippodrome Box Office at 352-375-4477 or go online to www.thehipp.org.  Register by March 9th and save $10 with our Early Bird Special.
Make your reservation today and mark your calendar for a unique, educational and memorable experience!

10
Nov

Summer Spec Youth Ensemble: Ages 5 – 6

Summer Spec Youth Ensemble: Ages 5 – 6

Session 1 June 11-22, 2018

Session 2 July 9-20, 2018

Full-day $550 | Half-day $300

With baskets full of costumes and a trunk full of props, children in this summer camp are encouraged to imagine whole worlds and bring stories to life. During each half-day or full-day camp, your child will be able to paint their stage sets and design their costumes, as well as work together to create their own play! Parents and friends will be invited to the ensemble’s showcase on the second-to-last day of camp. Drop-off is at 9:00 a.m. Pick-up is at 2:00 p.m. for half-day campers and 5:00 p.m. for full-day campers.

REGISTER ONLINE
10
Nov

Summer Spec Tech Track: Ages 13 – 18

Summer Spec Tech Track:  Ages 13 – 18

Session 1 June 11-29, 2018

Session 2 July 9-27, 2018

$595

Teens enrolled in the Tech Track will take on the technical aspects of the Junior and Teen productions of The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe after receiving hands-on instruction from the Hippodrome’s professional production team in lighting and sound design and stage management. They will participate in some of their age group’s workshops, but they will break off into their own sessions to take on the roles of sound & light crew, stage manager and assistant stage manager; and will help design, set cues and operate the technical aspects of the camp productions.

REGISTER ONLINE
10
Nov

Summer Spectacular Intensive: A Week with the Masters

Summer Spectacular Camp: A Week with the Masters

June 4-9, 2018

$325

This week-long intensive will cover a wide range of topics, including production management, lighting, sound and video technology, structural design, acoustics, theatre engineering and computer applications. In addition to the Hippodrome’s staff of theatre-teaching artists, we will be joined by Artistic Director Lauren Warhol Caldwell and Lightning Designer in Residence, Robert P. Robins.

REGISTER ONLINE