Orlando REP Polkadots
Orlando REP Polkadots – Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is coming October 23 to November 19, 2017 to the Orlando REP Theatre. Find out more below!
Orlando Repertory Theatre (Orlando REP) is proud to present Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (October 23 – November 19, 2017). This production is presented by Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs.
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. Polkadots follows Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot to attend the all-Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets a shy Square boy whose curiosity blooms into an unexpected friendship. This brand new musical features a book by Melvin Tunstall III, lyrics by Douglas Lyons, and music by Greg Borowsky and Douglas Lyons.
“I was immediately drawn to the important message of acceptance that this play holds,” says director Tara Kromer. “Although segregation ended decades ago, inequalities based on race still very much exist, and it is our youth who will pave the path that will lead our world in which we can celebrate our differences, rather than allowing them to divide us. In the wise words of Lily Polkadot ‘Always remember, we may be different on the outside but we’re all the same inside’.”
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical plays Saturdays and Sundays from October 23 through November, 2017 at 2pm and 5:30pm. Tickets are $25 for adults, $18 for students, seniors (55+), and members of the military with valid ID, and $15 for youth (ages 3 to 17).
Orlando REP also offers special performances of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical. There is an ASL performance, translated by an American Sign Language Interpreter, on Monday, November 6 at 10:30am. Backstage Tours are offered on November 4 and 11 following the 5:30pm performance. Tickets are $5 per person and space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot early in advance at the Box Office!
The cast features Sarah Huff as Lily Polkadot, with Whitney Abell-Couch, Sarah Biggs, Erik Gatlin, and Michell LoRicco (at select performances). Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical is directed Tara Kromer, with music direction by Robby Stamper, choreography by Myles Thoroughgood, scenic design by Vandy Wood, costume design by Dan Jones, lighting design by Michael Powers, sound design by Anthony Narciso, props design by Tara Kromer, and stage management by Cat Koski.
All performances of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical take place at Orlando Repertory Theatre, located at 1001 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803. Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone, or at the Box Office. Please visit www.orlandorep.com or call 407-896-7365 for more information.
About Orlando Repertory Theatre – Orlando REP is a professional theatre with a mission to create experiences that enlighten, entertain, and enrich families and young audiences. In addition to productions, Orlando REP conducts community engagement initiatives. The award-winning REP Youth Academy provides classes and workshops for children, along with professional development opportunities to classroom teachers. Housed in a three theatre complex in Orlando’s Loch Haven Park, Orlando REP is also home to the University of Central Florida’s MFA in Theatre for young Audiences graduate program. Orlando REP is Florida’s only professional Theatre for Young Audiences.
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