6
Nov

Loving Vincent screening during Gainesville Downtown Art Fest

Loving Vincent is the world’s first fully painted feature film produced by Oscar-winning studios Breakthru Films and Trademark Films.

“A one-of-a-kind work of art.” — Variety

LOVING VINCENT is a stunning, fully painted animated feature, starring Douglas Booth and Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan and directed by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. LOVING VINCENT explores the life and controversial death of Vincent Van Gogh, told by his paintings and by the characters that inhabit them. The intrigue unfolds through interviews with the characters closest to Vincent and through dramatic reconstructions of the events leading up to his death.

SHOWTIMES:

Fri. 11/10: 6 p.m.
Sat. 11/11: 4:30 p.m.
Sun. 11/12: 3:30 p.m.

Wed. 11/15: 6 p.m.
Thurs. 11/16: 7:30 p.m.
Fri. 11/17: 6 p.m.
Sat. 11/18: 3:30 p.m.
Sun. 11/19: 3:30 p.m.

Wed. 11/22: 8 p.m.
Thurs. 11/23: 5:30 p.m.

6
Nov

Mark Enting’s Photography

Current Gallery Exhibit

Mark Enting’s Photography

“I like to get in the backroads.” Mark Enting said, “A lot of times people are moving too fast and don’t notice the little things.”

Enting’s photographic work will be featured in the theatre’s art gallery beginning Wednesday, Oct. 11, in conjunction with the Hipp’s new Mainstage production “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” with an official opening on Friday, Oct. 13, along with the show.

Enting will be present for opening, and the exhibit will be on display through Nov. 12, and featured for this month’s Art Walk on Oct. 27.

For more information, see our feature on Mark Enting.

 

 

6
Nov

Resist and Rise: The Art of Protest

Previous Gallery Exhibit

RESIST AND RISE: The Art of Protest

Centered on contemporary issues relating to health care, the environment, privacy, education, poverty, racism and peace​,​ this exhibit  aims to push boundaries and creat​e social change through an eclectic mixed media exhibit of curated and original protest art. ​A wide variety of artwork will be displayed, including signs, paintings, sculpture, bumper stickers, political buttons, T-shirts and personal memorabilia from across cultures and time periods.
“RESIST AND RISE: The Art of Protest” is ​at the Hippodrome Art Gallery in conjunction with George Orwell’s “1984” on the Mainstage. Get your tickets to “1984” by calling (352)375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org/1984tickets/.
6
Nov

“Telling Gainesville” — A Veterans Day Play Screening on Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

Military veterans and their families gather for a special Veterans Day film screening of the play “Telling: Gainesville” on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m.

The film captures the poignancy of veterans discussing combat experiences, loss of comrades, and post-war traumas. After the film screening, the play’s director, Jeffrey Pufahl, will hold a roundtable discussion with actor-veterans who will take questions from the audience. Jeffrey Pufahl is a Creative Campus Visiting Scholar in Residence at the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program and a faculty member in UF’s Center for Arts in Medicine.

Telling Gainesville is part of a nationwide initiative supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Florida Humanities that connects civilian audiences with veterans in a creative, supportive environment. The program is part of the University of Florida’s, “Dialogues on the Experiences of War” and is sponsored by the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) Veterans’ History Project and the Center for European Studies, along with the UF Center for Arts in Medicine.

6
Nov

Karaoke at the Hipp: Jan. 26

Karaoke at the Hippodrome

Jan. 26 | 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m

Come to the Hipp to belt out your favorite songs with us — we’re bringing karaoke back to the Lower Level on Nov. 10!

Have fun with your friends at the Hipp during this FREE event. If you’re fearless, you can head right up to belt out your favorite lyrics. For everyone else, we’ll keep our bartender pouring drinks if you need a dose of liquid courage.

It’s time to mark your calendars, Gainesville. Our doors will be open at 8:30 p.m., and you can sing Madonna and Prince all the way until midnight.

6
Nov

Tom Miller’s “Nothing” is Happening at the Hipp Cinema

Monday, November 13 at 8pm, the Hippodrome will be screening Tom Miller’s NOTHING, a documentary short produced by Mirador Studios, Joey Larson, Doug Waltenbough, and Alex Davidowski (Amish Mafia, Grudge Race). This world premiere is open to the public.

The short feature chronicles the “instillation” of Tom Miller’s infamous Sculpture of Nothing, which appeared at the Bo Diddley Plaza in May and June of 2017. Several famous art critics weigh in, including one who believes that Miller’s sculpture was a totally phony farce. However, another critic hailed the sculpture of Nothing as a movement important as Dadaism, Cubism, and Realism. The movie introduces us to the crew that assembled the sculpture, and features Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe and Alachua County Commission Chair, “Hutch” Hutchinson. Nothing is featured prominently in this production.

Both Mayor Poe and Commissioner Hutchinson have said they will be attending the premiere, which is open to the public.

The Film Stars: Gregg Jones, Tom Miller, Michael O’Meara, Carolyne Salt, Oliver Nordon, Nigel Hamm, The Reverend Angeldust, Mayor Lauren Poe, Commissioner “Hutch” Hutchinson.

Also screening prior to the main event is Tom Miller’s short movie, “Burning Lips”, another documentary chronicling Tom Miller’s epic 2-hour stare-down of former Presidential Candidate Ted Cruz’s mouth, and the subsequent burning of Miller’s demon-possessed Ted Cruz Mouth painting in a giant fire at the Bobbitt Compound. Burning Lips is directed and filmed by Tom Miller and Michael McShane.

During the intermission, and post-reception party, Miller & Davidowski hope to raise additional funds to enter Nothing into film festivals in 2018. They hope Nothing will garner significant attention and perhaps Nothing will win something.

WHERE: The Hippodrome Cinema

WHEN: Monday, November 13th at 8pm (Doors open at 7:30pm)

HOW MUCH: Advance Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased through the Hippodrome Box Office. Tickets will be available at the door for $12.00. This includes admission to the screening and the reception, which will include complementary light food w/ non-alcoholic beverages, and the Hippodrome’s Cash bar will be open with beer, wine, and cocktails.

ITINERARY:
8pm – Documentary, BURNING LIPS. Directed by Tom Miller & Michael McShane.
* INTERMISSION
9pm – NOTHING – a Tom Miller / Alex Davidowski Short Feature – WORLD PREMIERE!

6
Nov

A Year With Frog and Toad on the Hipp Mainstage

The Hippodrome Theatre  proudly presents

“A Year with Frog and Toad” on stage Nov. 24 – Dec. 22

Reserve your tickets now! 8 Performances a Week
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. | Wednesdays at 7 p.m. |Thursdays at 7 p.m. | Fridays at 8 p.m.
Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. | Sundays at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m.
Tickets at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.

The Hippodrome opens “A Year With Frog and Toad,” a musical based on the children’s book series by Arnold Lobel, on Nov. 24. The book and lyrics are written by Willie Reale, and the music is by Robert Reale.
 
“A Year with Frog and Toad” is a delightful treat for any age, full of song, laughter and joy, a true show for the season! This Broadway hit was nominated for three Tony Awards – including best musical.
 
The whimsical musical 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.

REVIEWS

“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!” – DC Metro Theater Arts.
 
“An absolutely delightful theater experience for kids of all ages.” – Nashville Parenting Magazine

CAST

Frog Byran Mercer
Toad Clint Thornton
Cardinal/Snail/Lizard/Father Frog/Mole 3 Nick Lerew*
Bluebird/Turtle/Young Frog/Squirrel 1/Mole 1 Marissa Toogood
Robin/Mouse/Mother Frog/Squirrel 2/Mole 2 Maya Handa Naff*

CREATIVE

Director Clint Thornton
Music Director Bryan Mercer
Stage Manager Amber Wilkerson*
Assistant Stage Manager Carley Selah
Production Manager/Lighting Designer Robert P. Robins
Technical Director Michael Eaddy
Master Carpenter Warren Goodwin
Master Electrician Niel Bearden
Sound Designer/Light & Sound Board Op/Mic Mixer Amanda Yanes
Choreographer Stephanie Lynge
Costume Shop Supervisor Jill Parzych
Wardrobe Nichole Williams
Props Coordinator Tim Dygert
 

* Denotes Member of Actors’ Equity Association

 

 

6
Nov

A Christmas Carol on the Hipp Mainstage

The Hippodrome Theatre  proudly presents

“A Christmas Carol” on stage Nov. 25 – Dec. 22

Reserve your tickets now! 8 Performances a Week
Mondays at 10 a.m. | Tuesdays at 10 a.m. | Wednesdays at 10 a.m. | Thursdays at 10 a.m. | Fridays at 10 a.m.
Saturdays at 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. | Sundays no shows
Tickets at the Hippodrome Box Office: (352) 375-4477 or click here.

The Hippodrome celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Gainesville’s holiday tradition: “A Christmas Carol,” opening Nov. 25!

Treat your family to the gift of theatre for the Hippodrome’s tradition of celebrating Charles Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol.”

Share in the wonderment and joy of this timeless message of redemption, charity and goodwill. A delightful tale for all ages, come on out to celebrate!

Every show sells out, reserve your tickets today for the best seats!

Best wishes for this holiday season,
and we hope to see you soon!

— Your friends at the Hipp


 

4
Nov

Let the Make-Believe In: UF Professor Charlie Mitchell in “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

Let the Make-Believe In: UF Professor Charlie Mitchell in “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

By Daniela Esteves

Charlie Mitchell’s mom wanted her family to be cultured. With two musicians as siblings, Mitchell had only one choice to be different: theatre.

Like Casey in “The Legend of Georgia McBride,” Mitchell fell in love with the make-believe. He fell in love with the theatre’s feedback loop between actor and audience and the thrill each performance never turning out the same.

Mitchell performed through high school, where his passion grew and led him to decide it was the career for him. He completed his BFA in actor training at Ithaca College, studied playwriting at Boston University and earned his doctorate from the University of Colorado.

Charlie Mitchell as “Eddie” in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” on the Hipp Mainstage. (Photo by Michael Eaddy)

As a theatre professor at the University of Florida and Hippodrome State Theatre company member, Mitchell tries to be evangelical in his lessons and strives to teach his students to let the make-believe into their own lives.

Mitchell has played in Hipp favorites such as “Hamlet” and “Hand to God.” Mitchell’s current role in the Hippodrome’s production of “The Legend of Georgia McBride” as Eddie, owner of Cleo’s, a run-down, small-town Florida bar, whose love of money leads him to embrace family back into his life. Mitchell enjoys portraying the growth of his character as well as his devoted and loyal personality.

He believes the show’s themes of family, acceptance, and camaraderie is why people should come see it.

“After the Nazis come to town, people need a place to feel good,” he said, referring to the recent hosting and wildly abhorred Richard Spencer event on University of Florida campus.

Mitchell admitted this production has made him teary-eyed multiple times backstage.

The bond between the cast and backstage crew is what has made this production so special for him, he said. He’ll never forget the countless hours of eyelash rehearsals. (Yes, eyelash rehearsals are a thing, and our actors kill it!)

In it’s last runs, the play still makes him laugh, he said. It’s clever playwriting with hilarious one-liners but doesn’t shy away from emotional truth, which is why the show is so relevant and powerful.

Charlie Mitchell and Jon Kovach in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” on the Hippodrome Mainstage. (Photo by Rachel Jones)

Make your reservations quick by calling 352-375-4477 or visiting thehipp.org/georgiamcbridetickets to grab up the last seats!

3
Nov

Kevin Kantor captivates Gainesville as Rexy in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” at the Hipp

Kevin Kantor captivates Gainesville as Rexy in “The Legend of Georgia McBride”

By Jessica Fondo

Kevin Kantor makes their Gainesville debut as Rexy in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” onstage at the Hippodrome.

Originally from Chicago, Kantor began acting as a child and, before graduating high school, decided they wanted to pursue it professionally. They studied playwriting in Denver, and finished a nine-month apprenticeship at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville before coming to Gainesville. They currently live in New York, but often travel for theatre.

Kevin Kantor and Mark Chambers star in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” on the Hipp Mainstage. (Photo by Rachel Jones)

Kantor identifies as genderqueer and chooses the pronouns they and them for themself. Kantor said they have enjoyed this particular show as an opportunity to make their Gainesville debut.

“I’m always excited to be playing queer characters, complex, three-dimensional queer characters who get to survive their own stories and celebrate their existence,” they said.

Kantor’s character, Rexy, provides exactly that.

“She is a sardonic, cutting, strong and powerful drag queen who has worked so hard to carve out a space or herself in her life. She’s a warrior. She’s hard-fought, but she’s incredibly flawed,” Kantor said. “She has battle scars, and I love being able to showcase that you can be resilient but not at the cost of your humanity.”

Kantor said they hope the audience takes “The Legend of Georgia Mcbride” as an opportunity to celebrate the people whom Rexy represents.

“There is room for all of us to take time to celebrate queer joy,” they said. “I think that this show is so full of life and fun and love.”

This production welcomes everyone into a space that queer people had to fight for, Kantor said.

“It’s inviting people into our inner circle and saying, ‘We love you. We want you here. We want you to celebrate with us,’ while also realizing and paying respect to the hardships that we had to overcome to earn this space.”

Kantor has enjoyed how supportive the community of Gainesville has been for this production to be featured on the Hippodrome’s Mainstage. They said the audiences seem warm, welcoming, excited and supportive of the arts.

Finding that support makes creating art possible, Kantor said.

“Ultimately, I’ve found that it’s about finding your people who will, you know, take those free hours they have between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., in the middle of the night, to get their hands dirty and just create some magical art together.”

In addition to being an actor, Kantor is also a poet and a playwright. They said they admire the way young artists refuse to limit themselves to one artform.

“There used to be this sort of, I think, belief that you have to choose what you wanted to do,” Kantor said. “You wanted to be an actor, or you were a writer, or you were a director. And now we are saying, ‘Screw that. We are interdisciplinary creators.’”

 

Kevin Kantor and Mark Chambers in “The Legend of Georgia McBride” on the Hippodrome Mainstage. (Photo by Rachel Jones)