Support the Hipp by supporting our sponsors!
From now through November 11, 2019, visit any – OR ALL – of our restaurant sponsors, and you can win a bundle of four tickets to opening weekend of A Christmas Carol!
When you dine at one of the amazing local business that feed our actors, cater our events, and help us fund-raise, you are not only supporting the Gainesville economy – you are keeping Gainesville Hipp!
Check out their websites below for hours and menus, and then read on to enter:
Snap a photo of your receipt from one of the restaurants above between October 4, 2019 and November 11, 2019, then click the entry button below to submit your name, email, and receipt photo. Only one entry per restaurant per day will be counted.
Winners will be selected and announced November 15, 2019. Eight (8) random names will be selected, one from each pool of restaurant submissions, to receive a pack of four (4) tickets to opening weekend of A Christmas Carol, performance dates November 30, 2019 and December 1, 2019. Tickets may not be exchanged for cash value.
A Christmas Carol is a Gainesville Holiday Tradition for over 40 years!
This season, we are producing a new version of the timeless holiday classic, commissioned just for Gainesville!
A Christmas Carol, by Niall McGinty
directed by John Gray
Nov 30 – Dec 22
Saturdays at 2 & 4 PM | Sundays at 6 PM
The Hippodrome Jazz series is back! The Hipp is proud to partner with the University of Florida School of Music to bring this hit series back to the Hippodrome Lower Level. This series will continue every Monday until December 9. Doors are at 7:00 p.m. and the music is from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
The Hippodrome Jazz series presents a range of jazz musicians. The full schedule of performers and links to advance tickets are below. The Hippodrome is proud to host such talented musicians to bring back Jazz and keep Gainesville Hipp!
Sept. 16- Cathy Dewitt. Get your tickets HERE
Sept. 23- Larry Newcomb and Howard Wapner. Get your tickets HERE
Sept. 30- Jacob Hardy. Get your tickets HERE
Oct. 7- Carlos Vizoso. Get your tickets HERE
Oct. 14- Bill Fote and Scott Wilson. Get your tickets HERE
Oct. 21- Giselle San Filippo and Kayton Lane. Get your tickets HERE
Oct. 28- Longineu Parsons and Zac Chester. Get your tickets HERE
Nov. 4- Jose Valentino and Robert Acevedo. Get your tickets HERE
Nov. 11- Ethan Nguyen and Peter McCann. Get your tickets HERE
Nov. 18- David Havens. Get your tickets HERE
Nov. 25- Brian Stevens and Paul Johnson. Get your tickets HERE
Dec. 2- Dan Stepp. Get your tickets HERE
Dec. 9- Mindwalk. Get your tickets HERE
Tickets are just $5 and are available in advance online at thehipp.org, at the Hipp Box Office or at the door.
For more info, call 352.375.4477.
What if an entire community read the same book at the same time?
The Hippodrome Theatre and their partners hope to answer that question later this month through their One City One Story program.
“One City One Story is a great program that fits right into the mission of the Hipp,” said Stephanie Lynge, Hippodrome Artistic Director. “One City One Story allows us to bring our storytelling off the main stage and look at it from more perspectives in collaboration with the community.”
Starting with an open-mic night at the Hipp on August 22 and continuing with events through September, One City One Story aims to bring the community together through thought-provoking discussion of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” The book, by Mark Haddon, has since been developed into a Tony Award-winning play by Simon Stephens; the Hipp and the UF School of Theater and Dance will partner on a production of the play that opens on August 30.
This year’s story revolves around Christopher, a young man whose unique characteristics, which resemble Autism Spectrum Disorder, shape the plot of “Curious Incident.”
“‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ is the perfect play for One City One Story and for our upcoming season, Breaking Boundaries,” Lynge said. “Through Christopher, we get to experience life through the eyes of someone who processes and experiences the world differently than many of us.”
This year, those new ideas will center on Christopher’s unique condition and themes like individuality that are presented in “Curious Incident.”
The Hippodrome will be collaborating with other Gainesville organizations including UF’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, the Alachua County Library System, and UF’s student theatre company, Florida Players.
On top of the Hipp’s theatrical production, One City One Story will also include a lecture series, UF-partnered panels, an informal book club, a stage reading presentation and more. All events will be free and open to the public.
One City One Story Events:
Open Mic Night: Individuality & Identity
Thursday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.
At the Hipp Lower Level
Alachua County Library Book Club
Sunday, Aug. 25 at 5:30 p.m.
At the Hipp Lower Level
Unique: A New Theatrical Performance
Created and performed by local middle and high school students
Monday, Aug. 26 at 4:30 p.m.
At Alachua County Headquarters Library
New Stage Play Reading: “Milligrams” by Laura Chiarello
Presented by UF’s Florida Players
Sunday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.
At the Hipp Lower Level
Led Panel Discussion with Director Dr. Ralf Remshardt & UF’s CARD Center for Autism
Saturday, Aug. 31 & Saturday, Sept. 14
Immediately following matinee performance on the Hipp Mainstage
Gene W. generously joined the Collier Challenge in order to assist in ensuring the future of the Hippodrome Theatre. Read what he had to say about the Collier Challenge and his decision to contribute.
“If everyone who cares about the future of the Hipp were to step up in this way, even with relatively small amounts, the result can be a profound investment in the long term sustainability of this institution.
Funding for the arts is always unpredictable, and in the current climate it is especially hard to be confident about the future of the Hippodrome. But this community—my home for the last two decades—is obviously greatly enriched by the Hipp: its theatrical productions, independent cinema, educational outreach programs, and more—all right in the center of downtown Gainesville. Joining the Collier Campaign is a simple way to send a signal that this kind of contribution matters. We owe it to this community—to each other—to do what we can to keep these valuable programs alive over the long run.
I think of my own pledge as a kind of baseline. I will surely make additional one-time gifts in the future as well, the amount depending on circumstances and needs at the time. But the Collier Campaign is about providing a steady source of funds that will enable stability and a concerted strategy for the future of the Hippodrome.
Kudos and thanks to Mr. Collier for seeing the need for this—and to anyone else who has joined or will join this effort to keep Gainesville Hipp!”
Nathan S. Collier, of the Collier Companies, has generously offered a 10-year dollar-for-dollar challenge grant to help secure the Hippodrome’s future. This unprecedented gift will allow the Hippodrome to build up an unrestricted fund to help smooth out the cash flow challenges inherent to the seasonal nature of theatre. The theatre’s staff and board of trustees expect it to lay the foundation for growth and an even higher caliber of artistic product in the coming years.
To learn more about the Collier Challenge and see how you can get involved, visit thehipp.org/collierchallenge
The Sex With Strangers digital program is now available for viewing! Take a peek before you slide into your seats.
Niall McGinty talks about his role as Jimmy Nowak in “Miracle on South Division Street”.