Educational Courses



MARCH 11  TO APRIL 6, 2016
5 sessions  • $100

In this engaging Play Oberservership, you will be led through the creative process of a very unique theatrical experience; the Hippodrome’s production of THE ELEPHANT MAN. The first production on our stage 35 years ago, this timeless classic delves deeply into what defines us as human beings and challenges us to show our true selves to the world and face the consequences therein.
Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the cast table read of the script, additional rehearsals, and a backstage Hippodrome tour. The Observership culminates with a preview performance and post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Cost for 5 classes is only $100 and includes 1 ticket to the preview performance.

Friday, March 11 (3-5PM) – Orientation & backstage tour
Friday, March 18 (time TBA) – First Rehearsal, meet director Lauren Caldwell, cast, and designers
Friday, March 25 (3-5PM) – Rehearsal
Thursday, March 31 (3-5PM) –Press Run
Wednesday, April 6 (7-10PM) – Preview performance and discussion

Limited Early Bird Special: Register through the Hippodrome by February 14 and save $10!

Call the Hippodrome Box Office at 352-375-4477 or purchase online today!




April 4-May 13
6:15pm – 7:30pm
7 sessions  • $149

Discover the craft and fun of improvisational theatre with the Hippodrome’s new Hipp Provisation class! This improv class, taught by Matthew Lindsay, will be structured to build on skills such as scene development, the three rules of improv, character development, active listening, and idea reincorporation. Short form improv games will be taught to highlight these skill sets.

The class is intended to be accessible by all skill levels.

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Following the second Sunday matinee performance of Mainstage shows, playgoers can enjoy a post-show talkback with the Hippodrome’s artistic team. These talkbacks give audience members a chance to ask actors, designers, directors and playwrights about the creative process and the unique opportunities and challenges presented by each Mainstage production. Season subscriptions that coincide with the Mainstage talkbacks are available.