Orlando Repertory Theater has announced its 20th anniversary season for 2022 – 2023.
The season opens with TheaterworksUSA’s production of Dog Man: The Musical (August 19-October 2, 2022), based on the worldwide hit series from Captain Underpants creator Dav Pilkey. Best friends George and Harold have been making comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they think it’s time to take it to the next level and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog. Man, the criminal sensation who is part dog, part man and ALL HERO!! How hard could that be? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters with book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila and the music of Brad Alexander.
(September 12 – October 16, 2022)
centers on an 11-year-old boy, nicknamed Locomotion for his high energy, who struggles in foster care after the death of his parents; he discovers that poetry helps him express his feelings about this tragedy, his sister and his new life. Multiple Honor of Newbery and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author Jacqueline Woodson adapts her 2006 novel for the stage, co-commissioned by the Orlando Repertory Theater and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Click Clack Moo by TheaterWorks USA
“Cows like this? Chickens on strike! Who has heard of such a thing! In TheaterWorksUSA’s Click Clack Moo (October 7-9, 2022), Farmer Brown’s granddaughter Jenny comes to visit and he declares the farm a tech-free zone. He takes his laptop to the cold barn with the shivering cows using his computer to type messages asking for blankets. “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” The cows go on strike and the hens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the demands of the animals? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilarious and moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on Caldecott’s Book of Honor by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin. Book before Billy AronsonLyrics of Kevin Del Aguilaand Music by Brad Alexander.
The FunikiJam Show: ROCK OR TREAT
Halloween Fair is a dancing, singing and playful Halloween musical for children (October 21-30, 2022). Put on your favorite costumes and join Captain Jam and the Agents of Jam at the Halloween Fair for the special ROCK OR TREAT mission! Have fun, have fun and celebrate Halloween all over the world!
TRUE NORTH: A Magical New Musical for the Holidays
(November 14 – December 22, 2022)
not inside the world of a family that finds holidays joyful and stimulating. Faced with the uncertainty of their father’s deployment, the already eventful life of young Ben and his big sister is once again shaken. With a wish, a letter, and a once-in-a-lifetime seasonal help, the Patterson family discovers what an ounce of conviction can do. TRUE NORTH is a magical, insightful story about being authentic, embracing change, and holding unwavering hope in the magic of Christmas. This is a world premiere with a trip to Broadway with a book and lyrics by holly reed and the music of holly reed and Kelvin Reed.
TheaterWorksUSA’s The Lightning Thief (TYA Edition)
(January 14 – 15, 2023) start 2023 on a high – summit Mount Olympus! Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school. Still. And that’s the least of his worries. Lately, the mythological monsters and gods of Mount Olympus seem to come straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek Mythology textbook and into his life. Worse, it irritated some. Zeus’ flash master has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. The book of the musical is from Joe Tracz and the music, lyrics and orchestrations are of Rob Rokicki.
Pip-Squeak: An Anti-Bullying Magic Show
Award-winning magician and comedian Tony Brent returns to Orlando REP with Pip-Squeak: An Anti-Bullying Magic Show (January 17-20, 2022), a one-of-a-kind show safely dealing with a widespread problem in our children’s world today. today. Due to his small size as a child, Tony was bullied in the cafeteria, gymnasium, on the playground, and generally anywhere there were no adults present. Now using comedy, amazing magic tricks, juggling and a coat rack full of costumes, Tony gently and humorously teaches children how to deal with bullying. In addition, children learn to recognize the signs of bullying and to know whether or not they too can be guilty of bullying.
Imagine Chinese legend Hua Mulan in the world of Mexican lucha libre-wrestling! This sets the scene for Luchadora! (January 30 – February 26, 2023) by Alvaro Saar Rios. When Vanessa discovers a pink lucha libre mask, Nana Lupita tells her granddaughter the family’s history in the wrestling ring in 1960s Texas. The life of a secret warrior emerges as Vanessa discovers family, honor and friendship.
We can’t officially announce the title of this TBA MUSICAL (March 6 – April 30) until October 3 – so stay tuned! But, it was recently on Broadway and it’s a long-running hit animated television series adapted for the stage.
The pro season wraps up with the adorable Make Way For Ducklings (April 11 – May 14, 2023), based on the classic book by Caldecott Medal winner Robert McCloskey.
Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a home when they land in the Boston Public Garden. Surprised by a few conditions in the garden, the mallards continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. As ducklings begin to explore the world around them, the challenges of parenthood are illuminated in this fun new musical that celebrates family, children, and the people who call an unfamiliar place home. Adapted by Sandra Eskin and Michael Bobbitt with music and lyrics by Guillaume Yanesh.
THEATER FOR THE VERY YOUNG SEASON
The Early Years Theater at Orlando REP is created specifically for children ages 1-5 and is an interactive, multi-sensory, and developmentally accessible experience that encourages caregiver interaction and creative play. Theatrical adventures last approximately 30 minutes. The Early Years Theater at Orlando REP is supported by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Yo-ho-ho! Let’s go Jennifer Adams-Carrasquillo will be on tour in the fall and a new adventure will be played in theaters in the spring.
YOUTH ACADEMY SEASON
The 2022-2023 season includes professionally produced shows featuring students from Orlando REP’s Youth Academy. Disney’s High School Musical 2 Jr. takes the stage July 15-24, 2022. Junie B. Jones The Musical Jr. with book and lyrics by Marcy Heisler and the music of Zina Goldrich plays December 9-11, 2022 and Stacy Lane’s Camelot and Camelittle is April 28-May 7, 2023.
In addition to Youth Academy productions, Orlando REP presents the 20th annual Spring Writings: 20 Years Into the Future: What Do You See?, comprised of winning entries from schoolchildren in Central Florida, Teen Perspectives Lab, as well as a host of camps, classes, initiatives and workshops.
Orlando REP also offers ASL-performed shows and sensory performances, specially modified for people with autism, sensory differences, and other special needs who process sensory information differently. Performances performed in ASL are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Orlando. Behind-the-scenes tours take place on select dates, for which tickets will soon be available.
Public performances of Orlando REP’s season productions take place on Saturdays and Sundays, with tickets starting at $15 for youth and $25 for adults. School matinee performances take place on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for most shows. Current members have immediate access to purchase tickets for most shows this season. Become a member today to unlock early access. General tickets go on sale approximately four weeks before the opening of each production. For more information on memberships, excursion reservations, or the 2022-2023 Orlando REP season, please call 407.896.7365 or visit www.orlandorep.com. Information about the auditions is available at www.orlandorep.com and will soon be updated for professional season dates.
Orlando Repertory Theater is generously funded in part by the University of Central Florida, Orange County Government through the Arts and Cultural Affairs Program, United Arts of Central Florida, host of OrlandoAtPlay.com and UAArtsEd.comthe State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council of Arts and Culture.
About Orlando Repertory Theater – Orlando Repertory Theater (“Orlando REP”), one of Central Florida’s oldest performing arts groups, is the only professional theater for young audiences (TYA) in Florida State and the seventh iteration of a company founded in 1926. Each year, we reach more than 100,000 people in our three theaters and in the community through our season of professional productions, a youth academy of camps and courses and innovative educational and community programming. We work closely with the University of Central Florida in many different capacities, including hosting the Master of Fine Arts in Theater for Young Audiences program.