The Winter Park Playhouse 2022 Spring Mini-Series
As a professional, year-round musical theatre largely focused on producing lesser-known and new musicals, The Winter Park Playhouse believes wholeheartedly in the importance of fostering the development of new works. Thus the Playhouse created and launched The Florida Festival of New Musicals in 2017.
The Florida Festival of New Musicals
The Florida Festival of New Musicals has been created to advance and elevate the original American art form of musical theatre by fostering the development of new musicals and the artistic growth of writers and composers.
The festival will showcase six brand new, never-before-produced musical works and will bring together writers and composers from around the nation, with patrons, artists, press, producers, and directors. The first act of each selected musical will be fully read and sung concert-style, without staging, by varying casts of professional actors and musicians. Patrons will have the unique and exciting opportunity to see musicals in the early stages of development and offer valuable feedback to the writers in a post-reading talkback.
The festival is led by Playhouse Artistic Director Roy Alan. It is the only one of its kind in the region, similar to musical theatre festivals featuring new works that take place in New York City, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Los Angeles. It provides a unique insight into how a new musical comes to life.
Each submitted application will be read, evaluated, and critiqued by a panel of industry professionals. The panel will make its final selection of six musicals in March. Along with members of the artistic community, the general public is encouraged and invited to attend and be engaged in this unique and exciting theatrical experience.
The Golden Door
Book by Michelle Van Doeren and Andrew Swensen
Lyrics by Andrew Swensen
Music by Scott Anderson
The Golden Door tells the story of hope and courage as we face injustice and the story of preserving dreams and ideals as we confront painful realities. It follows five young people traveling from Europe to Ellis Island in 1903, and the story of a contemporary Arab American girl reading the diary of the protagonist 100 years later. The Golden Door explores how dreams lift us, one person, at a time and how cruelties wound us one person at a time, teaching us that great dreams require great courage.
The Lost Girl
Music & Book by Ben Bonnema
Lyrics & Book by Arianna Rose
Set in 1909 London against the backdrop of the Suffragette Movement, The Lost Girl is about integrating our past into our present and deciding who we want to be moving forward. Shaken by the death of her husband, Wendy tells her daughter Jane the Neverland stories as escapism. But each sibling begins to experience strange and vivid memories, forcing the question—could it all be real? With a lush orchestral score, The Lost Girl is an unapologetically feminist piece about reclaiming the right to have adventures at any age.
What Have They Done with Lolana Lamour?
Book & Lyrics by Bryan Leys
Music by Mary Feinsinger
Welcome to Beverly Hills where con-women, gangsters and scoundrels meet up in the grand foyer of the mansion owned by screen legend Lolana Lamour. When a desperate real estate agent comes calling, she triggers a series of wild events involving the movie star’s wacky maid. her officious personal assistant, a visiting burglar, and a frozen corpse. All this is complicated by the arrival of three New Jersey gangsters looking to meet the star. Plots and counterplots are hatched resulting in competing Lolana Lamours, screwball romantics, and a runaway wheelchair. What have they done with Lolana Lamour? You will find out!
The audition dates for the 2022 Florida Festival of New Musicals have not been set yet, so please check back in early spring of 2022 for more information!. The Winter Park Playhouse is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on any basis including age, race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or veteran status. The presence of a non-job-related handicap, genetic information, or any other legally protected status.
The Winter Park Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization and is proudly affiliated with the Actors’ Equity Association, the professional union of stage actors and stage managers, and the National Alliance of Musical Theatres.
(in-person ticket for one new musical)
Florida Festival Fun Pass
(all 6 shows, in-person or virtual)
All Festival performances will offer socially distanced general seating and a mask requirement will be in place for all patrons and staff. To purchase festival tickets for in-person performances, click on the buttons beneath the show descriptions below or call the box office at 407-645-0145. The ticketing system will automatically apply the in-person Festival Fun Pass pricing to your cart after you have selected the performance of each new musical.
The 4th Annual Florida Festival of New Musicals will also be filmed and made available as a digital 6-show package for $50.
Patrons who wish to enjoy the festival from the comfort of the home must purchase their virtual “Festival Fun Pass” before June 30, 2021. Private links and passwords will be emailed to patrons on July 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. and valid through July 19, 2021, at 11:00 a.m.
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