A theatre that’s mission is to get the community involved in the arts, Acrosstown Repertory Theatre, invites anyone and everyone of all ages, ethnicities, and skill to come to the theatre to watch plays as well as engage and develop your own theatre skills as well. Plays of all topics and genres are constantly playing so you will be sure to find something that you would be interested in seeing from classic stories, to stories about love, history, and even horror. Outside of plays, the Acrosstown Repertory Theatre has an after-school program for middle school and high school students to teach students artistic and technical theatre knowledge, leadership, and communication skills. In addition, every last Friday of the month they hold ArtWalk Gainesville in Downtown Gainesville, featuring street performers, actors, musicians, mimes, poets and more. Check out their website to find out which upcoming shows will be playing so that you can be sure to get your ticket in time.
The Hippodrome Theatre stage transports the audience to the middle of the annual flashiest, trashiest yard decoration contest in Tuna, Texas, a delightfully, eccentric small town. Back by popular demand, this enjoyable two-hour escape, A Tuna Christmas’ two-man cast creates the voices of 22 eclectic and eccentric townspeople characters of both genders and various ages, gives an affectionate commentary on small-town Southern life and attitudes. Described as a “Stocking full of laughs and a comic masterpiece;” this knee slapping holiday extravaganzas leaves you laughing out loud. For performance schedule and times visit – http://www.thehipp.org/ – 25 SE 2nd Place, Gainesville, FL 32601. 352-375-4477
Saturday, November 24 – December 23rd, 2012
November 27 -28, 2012
West Side Story – a modern day Romeo and Juliet brings the battle of gangs the Sharks and the Jets for control and respect of a New York City neighborhood to the stage of the Curtis M. Phillips Center for two performances. Love, heartbreak, tragic events, memorable songs by Stephen Sondheim, set to the music of Leonard Bernstein, and great dance routines choreographed by Jerome Robbins are what makes this 1957 Broadway musical hit an enduring favorite. Performance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 27 and Wednesday, November 28 at the Phillips Center, 3295 Hull Road at SW 34thm Street, Gainesville, FL 32611 – 352 392-2787 – for ticket information visit – http://performingarts.ufl.edu/tickets/
November 23 – December 23, 2012
Vam York Theatre has a White Christmas – No snow in Gainesville but there will be a White Christmas on stage as a retired commanding general struggling to save his winter resort with the help of two ex-GI buddies, mounts a family musical in which Irving Berlin songs are the stars: Sisters, Snow, Count your Blessings Instead of Sheep, I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Ward, I Love a Piano, Let Yourself Go and the all time favorite White Christmas. Saw the movie? This stage presentation brings back memories and will have you humming along. The story, the music is a holiday “must see treat.” For times visit http://www.gcplayhouse.org/ – 4039 NW 16th Blvd. Gainesville, FL 32605 – (353) 376-4949
Ajax in Iraq – parallels the stories of Ajax, the Greek Trojan War hero, and A. J. a young female soldier in Iraq as it spotlights the ridicule, harsh judgment and abuse to which women are subjected in the United States Army in addition to the danger military men and women face in everyday duty. Performances are Wednesday November 14th at 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 15th at 7:30 and Sunday, November 18th on campus in the Nadine McGuire Black Box Theatre, McCarty Drive, Gainesville, Fl – 352 392-1653