Orlando Shakes, Family Stage Gear Up for Fall Seasons

ORLANDO — Two theatrical institutions in Loch Haven Park, Orlando Shakes and Orlando Family Stage, are gearing up for busy fall seasons.

Orlando Family Stage kicks off its 2024-2025 season with its production of P.Nokio: A Hip-Hop Musical, a contemporary adaptation of Pinocchio is set in Hip-Hopia. That’s where G.Petto is not a wood carver but a video game designer. One of his character designs, P.Nokio, magically comes to life with the help of the Graffiti Fairy. That show runs Sept. 3-22.

The Orlando Shakes’ 36th Season kicks off on Oct. 2 with What The Constitution Means To Me, Heidi Schreck’s comedic play that, ironically, will be performed from Oct. 2-13 inside the Orlando Family Stage, since the the Lowndes Shakespeare Center is undergoing repairs to its air conditioning system and roof throughout the summer and fall.

Both theaters are planning a full production schedule from there.

What Shows Are Coming to Orlando Shakes This Fall?

The repair work to the Lowndes Shakespeare Center has forced the Shakes team to do some artistic juggling this fall. Following the Heidi Schreck production, the Orlando Shakes’ student actors will perform Shakespeare’s Macbeth from Oct. 8-Nov. 1. This show won’t be seen at Lowndes, either. Instead, the production will tour schools across Central Florida.

The Lowndes reopens on Nov. 27 for Shakes’ annual holiday show, A Christmas Carol, which the theater company successfully produced in 2022 and 2023. That show runs through Dec. 22.

In the meantime, the Shakes is offering subscriptions to the fall season, which include subscriber perks and benefits such as:

  • Savings of up to 20% on ticket prices
  • Price lock guarantees
  • 10% off additional tickets for friends
  • Complimentary valet parking on Subscriber Nights
  • One Bard Car per subscription
  • Unlimited free ticket exchanges up to 24 hours before the event
  • Money back guarantee if a show gets cancelled

Once the Shakes has completed work on its new roof and improved air conditioning, in 2025 the theater company will produce Shakespeare’s Henry VI Part 2 – She Wolf Of France Jan. 8-19, followed by the classic musical Cabaret from Feb. 5 through March 2. Shakes closes out its 36th Season with Welcome To Matteson, a dark comedy by playwright Inda Craig-Galván, from March 5-30, and then a children’s theater production of Stuart Little, from the popular children’s book by E.B. White, from March 26-April 26.

To learn more about the Shakes’ upcoming season or to purchase season tickets, call the Box Office at 407-447-1700. The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is at 812 E. Rollins St.

What Is Orlando Family Stage Planning This Fall?

Orlando Family Stage, previously known as the Orlando Repertory Theater, has an equally busy fall planned.

Their second fall production will be Junie B. Jones in BOO …and I Mean It! This is a  brand-new Junie B. Jones show written exclusively for Orlando Family Stage as a world-premiere production, where Junie B. faces the dilemma of being afraid of Halloween. That show runs from Sept. 30 through Nov. 1.

A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage runs Nov. 11 through Dec. 29 as their holiday production. Adapted from Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts cartoons with music by Vince Guaraldi, A Charlie Brown Christmas: Live On Stage has the entire Peanuts gang learning the true meaning of Christmas.

Two productions will be performed in 2025: Dragons Love Tacos (Feb. 3-March 9), a new musical based on the best selling book Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid (March 10-April 20) taken from Jeff Kinney’s book about the miseries of Middle School.

Orlando Family Stage is at 1001 E. Princeton St. in Loch Haven Park. Call (407) 896-7365 for reservations and subscriptions.

Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the terrifying book “Bloody Rabbit”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.

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