Florence Theater Announces 2018 Season

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Florence Community Theater Announces 2018 Season

OMAHA, Neb. – January 4, 2018 – Florence Community Theater announced its 2018 season today. For the 2018 season, the Theater will add one new stage production in March and one new community event in July.

CALENDAR

The 6th Battle of the Improv All-Stars
Community Event
Show Dates: Saturday, February 10, 7pm

This annual Florentine-favorite makes a return for its 6th year! Join Omaha’s most talented Improvisers as they make up a show on the spot. You vote on the winner! NOTE: Due to the unpredictable nature of this show, children will not be allowed into the performance!

FCT Studio Series: Starkweather
Directed by Molly Anderson
Show Dates: March 8, 9, 10, 11

Between December 1957 and early January 1958, 19-year-old Charles Raymond Starkweather and his 14-year-old girlfriend, Caril Ann Fugate engaged in a killing spree, which ended up with eleven people murdered in the states of Nebraska and Wyoming.

Based on the true events that captured and terrified the state of Nebraska in 1958, Starkweather–written by local author Doug Marr–is a riveting recount of the fear that Nebraskans felt, and the trial of two teenagers accused of the worst crime in state history.

Starkweather is a FCT Studio Series Production. FCT Studio Series productions are cutting-edge dramatic productions, which seek to bring a new level of depth to the Florence Community Theater. FCT Studio Series Productions are not part of the Florentine Players’ performance catalog.

54th Annual Melodrama
Love Potion #9 or
All is Love in Fair and War
Directed by Derek Kowal
Show Dates: May 10, 11, & 12, 7pm

The Florence Theater presents, “Love Potion #9” or “All is Love in Fair and War” our 54th Annual Melodrama. Our show takes place during the Trans-Mississippi Exposition of 1898: A family of inventors/cons, the Vaughn Family – Cle, Lee, Dee and Vince – have arrived at the Exposition to launch their latest invention … Love Potion #9 (the first 8 just didn’t work out). While at the Exposition, the Vaughn family encounters a vast and interesting cast of characters…and for the first time brothers Cle and Lee have fallen in love with the same woman, a vaudeville performer named Lady who is from Florence. Which brother will win her heart? Will good or evil prevail? Will they ever find a cure for the swelling Love Potion #6 caused? And how does William McKinley fit into this whole fiasco? Join us for farcical hilarity, catchy music, and high energy fun! Written by Derek Kowal.

Ken Ludwig’s
Moon Over Buffalo
Directed by Stuart Anderson
Show Dates: August 2, 3, & 4, 7pm

In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950’s. At the moment, they’re playing Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac in Buffalo, New York with 5 actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George’s dalliance with a young ingénue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinée, & if likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter’s clueless fiancé and hilarious uncertainty about which play they’re actually performing, caused by Charlotte’s deaf old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George’s body.

Join us for a contemporary comedy-farce, in the style of Run for Your Wife!

“Moon Over Buffalo (Ludwig)” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

1st Annual Florence Summer Fest
Community Event
Join us for the first ever Florence Summer Fest – spend a night out with some free, quality, family focused entertainment:

  • 7pm: Local comedy troupe “Yer Mom’s Comedy Show” performs a live, family friendly comedy show based on the humor of being a mom.
  • 8pm: Stick around for live music (band to be determined).

Show Date, and Location: TBD – please check our webpage for Facebook for more information.

The Vultures
Directed by Tracie Mauk
Show Dates: October 25, 26, & 27, 7pm

The story takes place at Westmount Estate, on the 20th anniversary of the death of publishing magnate Simon West. As his six remaining relatives gather for the reading of his will, Hunter West is named as the sole heir, on the condition that he doesn’t suffer from an insanity curse that has plagued the family. If Hunter is declared of unsound mind, a second envelope of the will must be opened, and it will designate an alternate heir. As the night progresses and the storm rages, Hunter’s sanity comes into question and one of the group goes missing. Who will ultimately inherit the fortune? Will it be the charming realtor, the handsome male model, the dimwitted nail technician, the bitter old woman, the gay hairdresser, or the mild-mannered accountant? Throw in a priceless pocket watch, an androgynous housekeeper, an escaped mental patient, and a pair of reunited lovers and the result is murder, with a hefty dose of laughs.

Breakfast With Santa
Community Event
Event Date: November 17, 9am

Come by and see Jolly Ol’ Saint Nick himself. Free breakfast and crafts for the kids. Free photos with Santa (please bring your own camera).

Doors open at 9:00am

For more information including performance dates, show ratings, and show descriptions, please visit http://florencetheater.org/productions/2018-season/

All productions performed at Florence City Hall located at 2862 State Street in Omaha, Nebraska. Note Programming and scheduling are subject to change.

ABOUT THE FLORENCE COMMUNITY THEATER

The Florence Community Theater – home to The Florentine Players – has been staging productions in the Florence area since 1964. Although often known for the Annual Melodrama, the Theater stages three major production per year: Melodrama (May), a Summer Farce (August), and a Fall Horror Show (October). The Theater also sponsors additions shows and community events such as an annual Improv Comedy competition in February and “Breakfast With Santa” in November.

The Florentine Players are organized as a division of the Florence Historical Foundation , a non-profit, tax-free corporation.

PRESS CONTACT

Derek Kowal, President of the Board of Trustees

402-216-4944 | info@florentineplayers.com

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