FLORENCE, S.C. -- Florence Little Theatre keeps on winning.
With a stellar 2018-19 season in the books, the FLT has its 96th season lined up – and it’s shaping up to be one of the best in the theater’s storied history.
“Experience the Extraordinary” are the buzzwords for the new season, and Jessica Coleman Larrimore, the executive director of the theater, says the lineup has something for all ages and fans of all genres.
“The diversity of the season that we have created is something we’re proud to present,” Larrimore said. “The most exciting part is this year we have a season that has something for everyone. From our youngest audience members to our most seasoned patron, there’s something everyone can enjoy.”
As a primer, the FLT will present its youth summer show “Frozen Jr.” from July 23 to July 28. Bring the kids to this magical, frozen adventure to cool off from the summer heat.
The FLT’s main season kicks off, officially, on Sept. 13 with a production of Roald Dahl’s classic book, “Matilda.”This story follows an extraordinary girl who, armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a stand and change her own destiny.
Next up is the smash comedy hit “Blithe Spirit.” This classic play pursues fussy, cantankerous novelist Charles Condomine, who is happily remarried but haunted (literally) by the ghost of his late first wife, Elvira. This combination makes for some hilarious shenanigans from a “happy medium.”
Florence Little Theatre begins 2020 with “Dreamgirls,” a sweeping and inspirational trip through 20th century American popular music. A journey that captures the spirit of gospel, R&B, pop, disco and more, this show explores themes of ambition, hope and betrayal, all set in the glamorous and competitive world of the entertainment industry.
In the March 2020 show, fans will get a chance to experience “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” a fast-paced and enthralling comedy. Bernard is planning a romantic weekend with his chic Parisian mistress in his charming converted French farmhouse, while his wife, Jacqueline, is away. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook to prepare gourmet delights and has invited his best friend, Robert, along to provide the alibi. It's foolproof. What could possibly go wrong?
To close this season, FLT presents a production that almost speaks for itself: “West Side Story.” This Broadway classic walks through the story of young lovers caught between prejudice and warring street gangs in one of the most important and powerful musicals of all time.
Larrimore said this season ranges from the intimate, small cast listing show to the grand, multi-set musical production.
“This season has a little of it all,” she said. “Big productions with fabulous dance numbers as well as hilarious comedies with wit and quickness. It truly is going to be a season to remember.”
Another aspect of this season that FLT-goers will enjoy are the familiar faces. Some seasoned FLT actors and actresses return, but this time behind the curtain.
“We have three new main-season show directors this season,” Larrimore said. “Meggie Baker, Cole Davis, and Larry Chewning. All have been involved for many years and have assistant directed or directed a summer production, but this will be their first time directing a main-season show. We’ve watched these talented artists grow over the years, and we’re excited for the fresh outlook they bring to the FLT stage.”
For more information about each production, visit FlorenceLittleTheatre.org.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are on sale now and can be found multiple ways: online at FlorenceLittleTheatre.org, by phone at 843-662-3731 or in person at the FLT ticket office on South Dargan Street, from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Single tickets go on sale on Aug. 5.