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Operetta is the perfect blend of opera and musical theater and one of the most entertaining genres. Orlando Light Opera is proud to be joining forces with Central Florida Vocal Arts and the Annie Russell Theatre to bring it to you! Orlando Light Opera's inaugural season will kick off with one of the most beloved operettas of all time, The Student Prince. With the best talent from all over Florida, you will not want to miss this show! Acclaimed tenor Samuel Hall will be playing the title role and Marina Jurica will be playing Kathie. Orlando Light Opera and Central Florida Vocal Arts will be joined by Space Coast Symphony for this exciting event. Seat selections are available in Orchestra ($35/ea) or Balcony ($25/ea). To purchase tickets, please visit Central Florida Vocal Arts' ticketing website.
Thursday, July 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 31 at 3 p.m.
The Foreigner is a modern-day farce in which an Englishman, Charlie, arrives as a mysterious stranger at a quaint bed and breakfast in rural Georgia. When Charlie pretends to only speak a foreign tongue, he overhears far too much—from the unexpected pregnancy of the minister’s fiancée to the sinister plans of a hillbilly. Winner of two Obie Awards, this staple of the American stage is a playful look at the fascination, fear, and falsehoods that separate us from each other.
Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 24 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 25 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, September 29 at 8 p.m.
Friday, September 30 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m.
Written by Larry Shue
Directed by Thomas Ouellette
In this improvised comedy inspired by the popular television series, the Annie stage becomes an English estate during World War I. It’s home to a cast of familiar types—upstairs nobility and downstairs staff–and you determine which characters will be featured on each installment. Will we follow the eldest daughter, Abigail, as she manages a slew of wealthy suitors? The scheming footman aching to climb the social ladder? The hapless kitchen maid trying not to burn yet another dish? Come enjoy a single performance or make plans to take in a few as no two “episodes” are the same.
Friday, November 11 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 17 at 8 p.m.
Friday, November 18 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 at 8 p.m.
Created and Directed by David Charles, with generous dramaturgical assistance from the Rollins College Student-Faculty Collaborative Scholarship Program
Upton Abbey is a parody of English period dramas and characters, and is not associated with or endorsed by Carnival Film & Television.
A Piece of My Heart is a compelling drama based on the true stories of six women who served in the Vietnam War. Called “the most enduring play on Vietnam in the nation” by the Vietnam Veterans Association, this powerful piece portrays the lives of five nurses and a country western singer before, during, and after their deployment. Featuring the unforgettable music of the era, the play visits small town America, the bustling city of Saigon, and the stifling jungles of Vietnam in a breathtaking examination of the far-reaching costs of war.
Friday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 18 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 19 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 24 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 25 at 8 p.m.
Written by Shirley Lauro
Directed by Marianne DiQuattro
This irreverent winner of three Tony awards is set in a futuristic but not-so-unrecognizable society in which water is scarce and private facilities are banned. Residents must pay a fee to a price-gouging megacorporation each time they use the bathroom. Poking fun at corporate greed, bureaucracy, and Broadway musicals, this hilarious satire tells the story of revolution incited by one hero who decides it’s not “a privilege to pee”!
Friday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 22 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 28 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Music and Lyrics by Mark Hollmann
Book and Lyrics by Greg Kotis
Directed by Missy Barnes
Choreographer by Ellie Potts Barrett