Annie Russell Theatre

Fred Stone Theatre

While our new Theatre & Dance Complex is under construction, the second floor of 203 E. Lyman Avenue serves as home to our student-produced Second Stage Series, as well as the Rollins Improv Players, numerous classes, and other special projects. 203 E. Lyman Avenue (the old Hamilton Holt Building) is located just across the street from the SunTrust Parking Garage.

Discover

Our Second Stage Series is fully produced, directed, and designed by students.

Explore

All performances are free and open to the public.

Imagine

Our blackbox is home to our Second Stage Series, Rollins Improv Players, and other various campus speakers and events! 

Second Stage Series

The Second Stage Series is produced by Rollins Players, and completely directed, designed, and performed by students. All Second Stage Series performances are free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

2019-2020

Bakersfield Mist
by Stephen Sachs
Directed by Allison Wilson '20
September 25 - 27 at 8pm
September 28 at 2pm and 8pm

How does Maude, unemployed and living in a trailer park, prove that her thrift store purchase is actually a priceless masterpiece by Jackson Pollock?

Speech & Debate
by Stephen Karam
Directed by Chase Walker '20
November 6 - 8 at 8pm
November 9 at 2pm and 8pm 

At the crossroads between adolescence and adulthood, three social outcasts unite to form the school's new Speech and Debate team. From Tony Award-winning playwright Stephen Karam, this contemporary comedy explores what young adults must do in order to find a voice and speak up against serious issues.

The Last Five Years
Book, words & music by Jason Robert Brown
Directed by Annabelle Cuitino '20
February 5 - 7 at 8pm
February 8 at 2pm and 8pm 

This intimate musical has an unconventional structure: the man's story unfolds chronologically while the woman's is told backwards.

boom
by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb
Directed by AnnMarie Morrison '20
April 8 - 10 at 8pm
April 11 at 2pm and 8pm 

Nothing less than the future of humanity hangs in the balance in this pitch-black comedy set in an underground research lab.

History

Fred Stone (1873-1959) lived a life characterized by a love for performing and a passion for taking risks. By the age of ten, he was working with the circus and soon moved up the entertainment ladder to medicine shows, minstrel shows, variety acts, and musical comedy. His outstanding career in theatre and film spanned more than fifty years and included many memorable performances, among them the original Scarecrow in the 1903 stage production of The Wizard of Oz and Katherine Hepburn's father in the 1935 film Alice Adams.

For many years he was the most consistent box-office attraction in the American theatre. Along the way he developed a range of useful talents: he was a dancer, acrobat, ice-skater, lariat thrower, and tight-rope walker. Another significant quality that distinguished Fred Stone was the intense loyalty of his lifelong friends, including legendary humorist Will Rogers and well-known novelist Rex Beach, who remarked, "To my way of thinking, the biggest thing about Fred is not his genius as an entertainer and his hold upon the affections of the American public, nor is it the fact that he made good with but few advantages; it is the fact that in spite of his enormous success he has remained a simple, honest, and charitable man. He is the Peter Pan of our day."

In 1939, Fred Stone received an honorary degree from Rollins College. It was then that a small theatre space near the Annie Russell Theatre was dedicated in his honor. The original building was a small wooden bungalow.  In the 1970s, a brick and wooden church was rededicated as the 90-seat black box theatre that served the Department of Theatre and Dance until 2018. The college is currently in the process of building a new Theatre & Dance Complex with a state-of-the-art black box theatre, another iteration of our beloved Fred Stone Theatre, at its core. 

Fred Stone was a lifelong actor and risk-taker. It is fitting that a theatre space devoted to challenge, growth, and experimentation bears his name.