Wednesday, January 27

Golden returns to Florida Rep’s outdoor stage

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Florida Repertory Theatre announced a limited January run of its show stopping musical revue, Golden: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Musical Theatre.

The musical tribute starring the theatre’s professional acting intern company debuted in Florida Rep’s new outdoor theatre in November, and is back by popular demand.

Performances are Jan. 5 through Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. with two added 2 p.m. matinee performances Jan. 8 and 9. Tickets for a four-person 12 foot x 12 foot square range from $60 to $120.

Attendance is limited in the new outdoor venue which is situated on Edwards Drive and Jackson Street on the lawn next to the Hall of Fifty States. Seating is socially distanced, and patrons sit in clearly marked 12 foot × 12 foot squares facing the Caloosahatchee River. Florida Rep provides seating, but patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn or beach chairs if they wish, and blankets when the weather is cool.

Seating squares are six feet apart from one another and accommodate up to four people. The Price per square ranges from $60 to $120 depending on its distance from the stage. Tickets and information are available at www.FloridaRep.org or by calling the Florida Rep box office at 239-332-4488.

“We are so excited to bring this show back to the outdoor stage,” said artistic director Greg Longenhagen. “Audiences raved about the show in November and remarked at how safe they felt watching live theatre on our lawn, so it made sense to bring it back for more audiences to enjoy. We’re so proud of this season’s acting interns who are currently finishing up a run of ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on the outdoor stage and working so hard to make theatre in the midst of such uncertain times. If you missed the show in November, I hope you’ll join us in January.”

Florida Repertory Theatre produced the revue in partnership with its Education Department. Conceived by Florida Rep’s education director Kody C Jones, and directed by assistant education director Christina DeCarlo, the revue also features arrangements by musical director and pianist Rosalind Metcalf.

“Our patrons’ health and well-being is of the utmost importance, and so we’re proceeding with a great deal of caution.”Longenhagen continued, “the venue is totally outdoors, masks are required, social distancing is enforced, and hand-sanitizing stations placed throughout the venue. We encourage patrons to visit us online to read more about the safety precautions. For patrons who are still not comfortable venturing out, there are virtual and streaming options planned throughout the season. No matter what, we’re so excited to see you soon.”

“Golden: A Tribute to the Golden Age of Musical Theatre” stars the 2020-2021 Professional Acting Intern Company, Patrick Agonito, Nayda Mayez, Emily Foley, Sarah Joyce, Matt Kelley, and Micah Weese. Assistant Education Director, Christina DeCarlo directs the production and leads an expert creative team, including musical director Rosalind Metcalf, choreographer Erica Sample, stage manager Zeke Bocklage, rehearsal stage manager Susan Dohan, and sound designer Katie Lowe.

Seating is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance, either online at www.FloridaRep.org or by calling 239-332-4488. Face coverings are required at all times, and the theatre will provide a mask to anyone who does not bring their own. To maintain health and safety protocols, the theatre will not serve concessions at this time, so audiences should plan to provide their own refreshments if they wish. Outdoor restroom facilities will be available as well as the restrooms inside the theatre lobby. However, any patron wishing to enter the Arcade Theatre Lobby must have their temperature checked before entry is granted.

Parking is free in the theatre’s lot on Bay Street between Jackson & Hendry. The outdoor stage and lawn seating is situated on the north east side of the Hall of Fifty States. Follow Florida Rep on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for the most up to date information about programming and how to support Florida Rep during this difficult time.

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