The Orlando Repertory Theatre kicks off its 10th season with a production of “The Paper Bag Princess.” (Photo by Michael Freeman).
ORLANDO – The current motto is “Happy birthday to us,” but it’s the patrons who attend the Orlando Repertory Theatre this Saturday who are even more likely to have reason to celebrate.
In honor of The REP’s 10th birthday season, the theater at Loch Haven Park is offering a special offer on tickets, as part of its new production, “The Paper Bag Princess,” which opens on Thursday and runs through Sept. 30.
Normally, tickets are $11 for children, $17 for adults, and $15 for students, seniors, and military. But on Saturday, Sept. 8, the production’s first Saturday performance, there’s a special offer: buy one adult ticket to “The Paper Bag Princess” and get a child’s ticket for free.
“We like to surprise our patrons with things like this,” said Ashley Willsey, the marketing manager for The Rep, the family theater at 1001 E. Princeton St. “This is sort of our birthday gift back to the community.”
The offer is valid for the 2 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. performances. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 407-896-7365.
“We’ve done things like this in the past,” Willsey said, but she added that this particular promotion is not going to be a one-time offer. The REP liked the idea of this ticket deal so much that it’s now a keeper.
“This is the first production of our 10th production season, so it’s the kick off to the entire season,” Willsey said. “We’re actually going to be doing it every opening Saturday this season. Buy one adult admission and get one child in free. We’ll be doing this all season long. This is the first time we’ve had a season-long promotion like this, and it will be offered on the first Saturday that each production is open for.”
The REP even has a name for it, she added.
“The Opening Saturday Ticket Special, we’re calling it,” Willsey said. “We already have an affordable ticket price, but now with this, our patrons may feel they want to bring a friend with them, so the more the merrier.”
The REP is undergoing some renovations right now to its Edyth Bush Theatre. (Photo by Michael Freeman).

“The Paper Bag Princess” is the story of a dragon that kidnaps the prince on his wedding day and burns up the kingdom, including all the clothes. The heroine, Princess Elizabeth, sets out to rescue him, and since her dress got burned by the dragon, she’s forced to wear a paper bag. But that doesn’t stop the princess from going out of her way to outsmart the dragon.
The REP’s 10th Birthday Season is being presented by The Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, which also provided the theater with a grant — matched by the Orange County governmentv– to make renovations to one of the three theaters in The Rep.
“We have a renovation going on, in the lobby of our Edyth Bush Theatre,” Willsey said. “The lobby is being renovated from a very generous grant from the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, and we’ve been undergoing that for a couple of weeks now. It’s an update to the lobby. Nothing has been done to it in a while, and it’s sadly in need of a face lift. We’re just making the space more open and usable for our patrons.”

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