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Hippodrome Mainstage Archives


The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical

May 28 - August 3 2014
By David Nehls & Betsy Kelso
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell

"It is wicked funny. If your toe isn’t tappin’ you’re likely dead ... or maybe just terminally prudish."Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"All six performers clown it up shamelessly in a story that is preposterously zany; all have excellent voices."Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom, EntertainingU.com

"For one of the weirdest risqué barn-yard Summer Christmas jaunts ever to be experienced in Florida, the Great American Christmas Park Musical delivers"Tom Miller's Secret Site

It’s Christmastime in the Armadillo Acres mobile home community, and everyone is filled with visions of kegnog and beer. In this fun-loving and raucous sequel to THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, you’ll meet new residents of north Florida’s premiere mobile home community, including Darlene (the neighborhood Scrooge), her boyfriend Jackie, and Rufus (a redneck with a heart of gold). Longtime Armidillo Acres residents Betty, Lin, and Pickles are back with voices as big as their hair, but when a freak accident strikes Darlene, everyone’s Christmas cheer will be put to the test. Saddle up and jingle your bells over to the Hipp this summer for an all-new, all-trailer-park holiday extravaganza and catch up with Starke, Florida’s rowdiest residents for a cat-fightin’, sun-worshippin’, chair-throwin’, good-ole festive Hipp summer musical good time!



The Tempest

April 9 - May 4 2014
by William Shakespeare
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell

Running time: 2 hrs. including intermission.

"Really, this 'Tempest' is worth weathering. The cast is lively. The plot engaging. And if the Bard’s tale is indeed woven whole cloth from the “stuff of dreams,” then the Hipp’s backstage crew deserves much credit for creating an appropriately dreamy environment."Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"The Hippodrome IS a magic act." Lynn Dirk, Art & About

"SEE THIS PLAY! See it with someone you can talk with about it."Tom Miller's Secret Site

Sail away with us on a fantastical adventure of revenge and redemption featuring a raging storm, shipwrecked royalty, a banished magician, and an island full of unique and mischievous spirits. After many years of being banished on a wild and mysterious island, Prospera desires revenge on the sister who betrayed her, and the restoration of her daughter Miranda’s royal birthright.  Wielding powerful magic, Prospera conjures a great tempest to wash ashore some unsuspecting royals and finds herself in the center of an incredible odyssey of family, love, and mercy.  Shakespeare’s classic fantasy tale is an adventure for all ages!



Sun Article

Opening Night

Leveling Up

February 19 - March 16 2014
by Deborah Zoe Laufer
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell

Running time: 1 hr. 40 min. including intermission.

“Couldn’t be more topical ... Laufer knows how to energize a script and bring the funny." —Cincinatti.com

"Leveling Up a guilty pleasure that will put you in stitches" —Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"Incredibly, the cast, staff, and crew of the Hippodrome make all this face-to-face interaction come to life with awesome lighting, professional sound, multiple game keypads, keyboards, controls, props, and excellent acting." Mike Sanford, Art & About

The Hipp received an NEA grant to produce this new work by award-winning playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer (author of Sirens and End Days) in partnership with UF’s Digital Worlds Institute. Four friends confront the moral ambiguities raised by the blurred line between reality and fantasy in this thought-provoking, humorous, and entertaining look at how we navigate our lives in an unexplored digital age.



Opening Night

Digital Worlds Institute
at the University of Florida

National Endowment for the Arts

Good People

January 8 - February 2 2014
by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell

Running time: 2hrs 15min, including intermission.

Awards: Best Play - Tony Nominee, Best Play -Winner, NY Drama Critics' Circle Awards

“Really, really funny. Painfully funny and gut-wrenchingly real.” — Washingtonian

"A spectacular performance in a unique stage setting. This is a 'Must See' production."Don Simson, Jack's Theatre Blog

"In those odd moments when the laughter does abate, you can practically hear a pin drop."Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"Going to the Hipp is like taking a trip to New York. The quality of their productions is the reason they have been so successful for over forty years."Dick Kerekes & Leisla Sansom, EUJacksonville.com

"The Hippodrome Scores a Full-Card Bingo with Good People!"Tom Miller's Secret Site

This recent Broadway hit is dramatically funny and surprisingly touching. Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this self-made man - now a successful doctor - secure enough to face his humble beginnings? As Margie risks all for a new start, will her luck finally change for the better?



Playgoer's Guide

A Christmas Carol

November 30 - December 21 2013
by Charles Dickens, adapted by Mary Hausch

The entire family will enjoy the dazzling special effects and timeless message of redemption in this heartwarming tale now in its 37th consecutive year at the Hippodrome.



A Tuna Christmas

November 29 - December 22 2013
by Ed Howard, Joe Sears, and Jaston Williams

"A Tuna Christmas delivers a stocking full of laughs" —The Houston Chronicle

"A comic masterpiece!" — ABC Radio

Season’s greetings from Tuna, Texas where the Lion’s Club is too liberal and Patsy Cline never dies. Now in its 11th year at the Hipp, those hilarious characters from Tuna are back to fill your holidays with cheer.



Zombie Town: A Documentary Play

October 9 - November 3 2013
by Tim Bauer
Directed by: Lauren Caldwell

Running time: 1 hr, 55 mins. including intermission

"A thoroughly amusing evening of gore-lite fare "Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"Spectacle, music, hyperbolic staging, and a pack of zombies so fierce and freaky, they make the zombies of Thriller look like they belong in Mr. Rogers neighborhood. "Tom Miller's Secret Site

Hungry for braaaaaains? Join the walking dead of Harwood, Texas as a theatre troupe attempts to interview the survivors of its zombie apocalypse. This “mockumentary” play will feed your appetite for all things zombie and prove that Waiting for Guffman has nothing on this hilarious and hellacious satire of theatre, documentaries, and zombie madness.




Playwright Tim Bauer

Behind the Screams

Opening Night

Don’t Dress for Dinner

August 28 - September 22 2013
by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon
Directed by: Jim Wren

Running time: 2 hrs 10 min. including intermission

"Hipp guest director Jim Wren has assembled a stellar cast to deliver a tale well paced and acted."Ron Cunningham, Gainesville Sun

"A home run of a fun night at the theater"Mike Sanford, The Daily Glob

A major hit on Broadway and in London, this wildly funny sequel to Boeing-Boeing is an affair-or three!-to remember. Bernard’s plans for a romantic rendezvous with his mistress are complete with a gourmet caterer and an alibi courtesy of his friend, Robert. But when Bernard’s wife learns that Robert will be visiting for the weekend, she decides to stay in town, setting the stage for a collision course of assumed identities and outrageous infidelities. Everyone is guaranteed a good time at this hilarious romp through the French countryside.




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Opening Night