Orlando Family Stage Unveils Fall Season

ORLANDO — Orlando Family Stage, the popular theater in Loch Haven Park formerly known as Orlando Rep, has unveiled its fall season of shows.

The popular family oriented theater just provided a handy list the productions that will be a part of its 2023-2024 season, which they call “an exciting lineup of shows for audiences of all ages.”

The season kicks off on Friday, July 14 when Orlando Family Stage will debut their Youth Academy production of Disney’s Descendants: The Musical from the hit Disney movie, and that show will run through July 23.

What Shows Will Orlando Family Stage Offer in the Fall?

From the fall into next year, Orlando Family Stage’s productions will include:

  • TheatreWorks USA’s The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
    Sept. 5–Oct. 8
  • Theatre for the Very Young: Dinosaur Dance Party  
    Sept. 9–Oct. 1
  • Click, Clack, BOO! A Tricky Treat
    Oct. 2–31
  • Teen Perspectives Lab: #ENOUGH (Also a Youth Academy production)
    Nov. 6
  • Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!
    Nov. 13–Dec. 23
  • Disney’s Finding Nemo Jr. 
    Dec. 8–10
  • Pip-Squeak: An Anti-Bullying Magic Show
    Jan. 9–12, 2024
  • TheatreWorks USA’s Charlotte’s Web
    Jan. 19–23, 2024
  • Giraffes Can’t Dance, The Musical
    Jan. 29–Feb. 25, 2024
  • Theatre for the Very Young: Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go!
    March 2–24, 2024
  • Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion
    March 4–31, 2024
  • The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
    April 12-May 12, 2024
  • Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. (A Youth Academy Production)
    April 26–May 5, 2024

Orlando Family Stage is also holding Season Auditions now through July 26, seeking Equity and Non-Equity actors for the upcoming season.

The theater company is also encouraging patrons to become members and to take advantage of the perks and privileges of being subscribers.

“Want early access to tickets and other great benefits? Save up to 25% on every purchase when you become a Member,” Orlando Family Stage noted. “Plus enjoy exclusive Member perks like fee free ordering, free exchanges, discounts on Your Academy classes and camps, and the ability to book seats before they go on sale to the general public.”

Why Did They Become Orlando Family Stage?

The Orlando Rep has a long history in Orlando, having been founded in 1926 as the Orlando Little Theatre, which at the time was part of the City of Orlando’s Recreation Department. The theater company moved to Loch Haven Park in 1968 when their name was changed to the Central Florida Civic Theatre. They became the Orlando Repertory Theatre in 2000 when they also took ownership of their building.

The board of directors felt their mission had stayed the same over the decades: to provide great family entertainment suitable for all ages. So they decided the word “family” belonged in their title.

“We seized on the opportunity to have a correct and clear name, a refreshed brand, and a name that ties us to the arts and brings attention to our niche programming, serving family audiences,” noted Adam Scheinberg, chairman of Orlando Family Stage’s board of directors. “Our new name is not only the logical evolution of who we have become, but points to who we continue to be and aim to serve.”

This wasn’t a decision that was made quickly, or lightly, he added, but has been in the works for years.

“Following several years of consideration and over 18 months of research, stakeholder interviews, and a brand audit, the organization’s board of directors approved the new name in a unanimous vote in February of 2023,” he said.

The new name is now part of their website as well.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright, and author of the book A Christmas Eve Story. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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