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Hippodrome Theatre’s Play Observership

A Behind-the-Scenes Look Into


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 unique and timely theatrical experience of George Orwell’s 1984. Come explore with us as we unlock the depths of how this beloved novel resonates with us today.

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 is only $100 and includes 1 ticket to the preview performance.

Friday, August 4 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Crash course on the classic novel and behind-the-scenes at the Hipp
Friday, August 11 (12:45 p.m. – 3 p.m.) – Meet the cast and Director, attend the first read-through, see design presentations
Friday, August 18 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Get a behind-the-scenes look as the set and costumes come together in a rehearsal with the actors
Thursday, August 24 (3 p.m. – 5 p.m.) – Full run through of the play on the mainstage
Wednesday, August 30 (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.) – Preview performance and discussion

To sign up: Call the Hippodrome Box Office at (352)375-4477 or go online to  Register by July 21 and save $10 with our Early Bird Special.

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