Hippodrome State Theatre

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The Hippodrome Theatre (often referred to by residents as the Hipp) is a regional professional theatre in downtown Gainesville, Florida, United States. It was founded in 1973 by local actors.[1] The address is 25 Southeast 2nd Place.

The interior is in good condition, maintaining much of the original walls, doors and beams from its post office and courthouse era. It is a relatively small location, with a 268-seat thrust stage main stage theater on the second floor and 80-seat cinema space on the first floor. The Hippodrome building also has one of the oldest working elevators in Florida which requires the operator to manually close the screen, the door, and then pull a crank to operate.[2]

The Hippodrome uses professional actors and has its own set designers, costume designers, sound engineers and lighting engineers for each of its main stage productions. It also provides youth theater education classes. The Hippodrome features Broadway and off Broadway productions and art house films.

The Hippodrome provides arts education for all ages, including classes & camps, in-school programs, workshops and behind-the-scenes opportunities for adults.

U.S. Post Office and courthouse[edit]

U.S. Post Office and Courthouse — Gainesville
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Hippodrome State Theatre is located in Florida
Hippodrome State Theatre
Hippodrome State Theatre is located in the United States
Hippodrome State Theatre
LocationGainesville, Florida
Coordinates29°38′57″N 82°19′27″W / 29.64917°N 82.32417°W / 29.64917; -82.32417Coordinates: 29°38′57″N 82°19′27″W / 29.64917°N 82.32417°W / 29.64917; -82.32417
Built1911
ArchitectJohn Young, James Knox Taylor[3]
Architectural styleBeaux Arts[3]
NRHP reference #79000659[3]
Added to NRHPJuly 10, 1979[2]

The building itself was completed in 1911, and served as a U.S. Post Office (on the first floor) and a Courthouse of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida (on the second floor). It was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places on July 10, 1979.[2]

Mainstage Theatre[edit]

The Hippodrome has 7 performances a week with different showtimes per day. Showtimes are T/W/Th @7:00 p.m. Fri @ 8:00 p.m. Sat @ 5:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Sun @ 2:00 p.m. The shows typically rehearse for two and a half weeks and perform for three weeks with Mondays as "dark days".

Seasons 40-present[edit]

Season 46 (2018-2019)

The Wolves (Aug 31 - Sept 23) - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell [reviews 1 2]

Let the Right One In (Oct ?? - Nov 4) - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

A Christmas Carol

Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some) (Nov ?? - Dec ??) - Directed by Stephanie Lynge

Miracle on South Division St

A Dolls House Pt 2

Disgraced

Summer Musical TBA

Season 45 (2017-2018)

1984 - Produced in partnership with the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

The Legend of Georgia McBride - Directed by Stephanie Lynge

A Christmas Carol

A Year with Frog and Toad - Directed By Clinton Thornton

The Royale - Directed by Ryan George

Ripcord - Directed by V Craig

The Christians - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

The Bikinis - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer.

Season 44 (2016-2017)

Stage Kiss - Produced in partnership with the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. Directed by Tim Altmeyer

Whatever Happened to Baby Jane - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

The Ultimate Christmas Show - Directed by Stephanie Lynge

A Christmas Carol

Hand To God - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Becky's New Car - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Hamlet - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Forever Plaid - Directed by Stephen Flaa

Season 43 (2015-2016)

Peter And The Starcatcher - Produced in partnership with the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer

All Girl Frankenstein - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

The Snow Queen - Directed by Charlie Mitchell. Musical Direction by Byran Mercer

A Christmas Carol - Directed By Niall (NM)

Collected Stories - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Women In Jeopardy - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

The Elephant Man - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

The Toxic Avenger - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer

Season 42 (2014-2015)

Clyborne Park - Produced in partnership with the University of Florida School of Theatre and Dance. Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Slasher - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell

Winter Wonderettes - Directed by Ric Rose. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer

A Christmas Carol (NM)

Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike - Directed by David Shelton.

Mr. Burns - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer

Two Muskateers - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell.

Honky Tonk Angels - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer

Season 41 (2013-2014)

Don't Dress For Dinner - Directed by Jim Wren

Zombie Town - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell.

A Tuna Christmas

A Christmas Carol

Good People - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell.

Leveling Up - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell.

The Tempest - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell.

The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical - Directed by Lauren Warhol Caldwell. Musical Direction by Bryan Mercer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Francischine, Tyler (5/11/13). "Hippodrome Theatre to celebrate ruby anniversary with community party". Gainesville Sun. Retrieved 2013-05-14. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ a b c Alachua County Library District Heritage Collection - U.S. Post Office, Elevator, Drawing No. E. 373
  3. ^ a b c "National Register of Historical Places - Florida (FL), Alachua County". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-03-26.

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