2018 Season

  • 2018 marks our 54th Season. To help our audience better gauge our shows, we have a developed a rating system, which mimics the ratings systems used for movies. Each production of the 54th Season has been rated for your information and planning. Ratings are explained at the bottom of this page.

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February

The 6th Battle of the Improv All-Stars
Show Dates: Saturday, February 10, 7pm
Comedy (Rated: R)

This annual Florentine-favorite make 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, we will not allow children into the performance!

March

FCT Studio Series: Starkweather
Show Dates: March 8, 9, 10, 11
Drama (Rated: R)

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 Theatre. FCT Studio Series Productions are not part of the Florentine Players’ performance catalog.

May

54th Annual Melodrama
Love Potion #9 or
All is Love in Fair and War
Show Dates: May 10, 11, & 12, 7pm
Comedy/Musical (Rated: PG)

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.

August

Ken Ludwig’s
Moon Over Buffalo
Show Dates: August 2, 3, & 4, 7pm
Comedy (Rated: PG-13)

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.

July

1st Annual Florence Summer Fest
Show Dates: TBD
Comedy/Music (Rated G)

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.

October

The Vultures
Written by Mark A. Ridge
Show Dates: October 25, 26, & 27, 7pm
Comedy (Rated: PG-13)

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.

November

Breakfast With Santa
Event Date: November 17, 9am
Family (Rated: G)

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

Show Ratings

G:Everyone welcome - this is considered a family friendly, all ages show.
PG:This show contains some material not suitable for children. Parental guidance suggested.
PG-13:Parents strongly cautioned - some material might be inappropriate for children under 13.
R:This show contains adult language or situations. Children under 17 will not be admitted.