Current & Upcoming Shows

Learn more about current and upcoming shows at the Annie Russell Theatre, including show primers and show dates and times.

2017-2018 Season

The Cradle Will Rock
September 29 - October 7, 2017
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Written in 1937 by Marc Blitzstein, The Cradle Will Rock is a musical allegory about political corruption and corporate greed. Set in “Steeltown, USA,” it follows the efforts of Larry Foreman to unionize the town’s workers. He’s thwarted at every turn by Mr. Mister, a local businessman who controls the town’s factory, newspaper, and church. Cradle was originally produced by the Federal Theatre Project and directed by Orson Welles. Four days before its opening night on Broadway, the Works Progress Administration barred the opening of any projects due to “budget cuts.” To circumvent the injunction on opening nights, the show was performed with Blitzstein playing piano on stage and the cast members singing their parts from the audience. That rebellious spirit lives on in each production of the powerful Cradle Will Rock.

Dates & Times

Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 30 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, October 1 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, October 5 at 8 p.m.
Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, October 7 at 8 p.m.

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Directed by Tony Simotes
Musical Direction by Jason M. Bailey
Choreography by Robin Gerchman

Sense and Sensibility
November 17 - December 2, 2017
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A spirited new adaptation of the beloved Jane Austen novel follows the Dashwood sisters as they navigate life after the sudden death of their father, which leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Elinor, the “sense,” is governed by her head, and Marianne is all heart and “sensibility.” With a band of female gossips an ever-present reminder of the social mores of late 18th-century England, the play is boldly theatrical and refreshingly funny. Sense and Sensibility examines our reactions, both reasonable and ridiculous, to societal pressures. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

Dates & Times

Friday, November 17 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 19 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 30 at 8 p.m.
Friday, December 1 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 at 8 p.m.

Written by Kate Hamill
Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Directed by Dr. Marianne DiQuattro

The Women of Lockerbie
February 16 - 24, 2018
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In 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was destroyed by a terrorist bombing. The plane crashed into residential areas of Lockerbie, Scotland, killing all 257 passengers and crew on board, and 11 people on the ground. Set seven years after the attack, The Women of Lockerbie is the fictional account of a couple from New Jersey who has come to the rolling hills surrounding Lockerbie to honor the anniversary of their son’s death aboard the flight. They meet a group of women who are fighting the U.S. government to obtain the clothing of the victims found in the wreckage. The women, determined to convert an act of hatred into an act of love, want to wash the clothes of the dead and return them to the victim’s families. A poetic drama about a community’s response to terrible suffering, Lockerbie celebrates the triumph of love and connection.

Dates & Times

Friday, February 16 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, February 18 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 21 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, February 22 at 8 p.m.
Friday, February 23 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, February 24 at 8 p.m.

Written by Deborah Brevoort
Directed by Eric Zivot

9 to 5: The Musical
April 20 - 28, 2018
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Based on the 1980 hit movie, 9 to 5 is a joyful musical comedy about female friendship – the kind of friendship that inspires you to stand up for yourself, find love, or follow a dream! Coworkers Violet, Judy, and Doralee fantasize about getting even with their sexist boss, Mr. Hart. In a hilarious turn of events, their fantasies turn into a scheme to rid Consolidated Companies of Mr. Hart for good and give the whole business the makeover it so desperately needs! With loveable characters and songs you love, 9 to 5 is bull-headed besties in bell-bottom suits.

Dates & Times

Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 22 at 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 25 at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 26 at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 27 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, April 28 at 8 p.m.

Music and Lyrics by Dolly Parton
Book by Patricia Resnick
Directed by Missy Barnes
Musical Direction by Jason M. Bailey
Choreography by Robin Gerchman

Annie Russell Theatre

Annie Russell Theatre
Rollins College
1000 Holt Ave. – 2735
Winter Park, FL 32789
T. 407.646.2145