After greater than a yr, the Gainesville Neighborhood Playhouse is placing on its first musical because the begin of the pandemic.
Its present, “Enjoyable House,” will run from April 8 to 25. It follows the lifetime of cartoonist Alison Bechdel as she involves phrases together with her sexuality and her relationship together with her closeted father. The forged options 9 actors, with three of them taking part in Bechdel at totally different factors in her life.
The present’s director, Dan Christophy, has been concerned with the playhouse since 2000 and has directed over a dozen exhibits in that point.
Christophy says that masks can be required for viewers members and they are going to be socially distanced of six ft in all instructions within the theater.
“We’re going to preserve the viewers as secure as potential,” he mentioned. “They need to be capable of come out, have an excellent time and really feel secure.”
Different precautions have been taken by the theater, together with holding digital auditions and requiring temperature checks and masks for rehearsals.
The playhouse in March 2020 canceled the rest of its theater season, which included the exhibits “Oliver” and “the Odd Couple.”
Christophy mentioned the theater plans to as an alternative produce “the Odd Couple” this June and can try to begin a season in September if security protocols are lifted.
If a season does happen, the playhouse will get better two of final yr’s canceled exhibits.
“Two of the exhibits can be the identical, ‘Oliver’ and ‘the Producers,’ and the remainder of the season can be chosen after that,” Christophy mentioned.
Christophy mentioned the factor he missed most about reside theater was attending to work together with different folks.
“Enjoyable House” discusses emotions of repression and coping with trauma. Christophy hopes the viewers will take away a bit of understanding and compassion from the manufacturing.
“Simply because somebody presents a sure aspect of themselves that doesn’t imply that there’s not rather a lot occurring inside,” he mentioned.
Georgina Vitola can be making her Gainesville Neighborhood Playhouse debut as Alison Bechdel.
That is the 21-year-old psychology main’s first theater efficiency since 2016, though she is a member of the College of Florida’s acapella group Tone Def Acapella.
Vitola performs Bechdel at 43 years previous whereas she is writing her graphic novel memoir. She thinks of her character as headstrong and trustworthy.
“At its core, the present is about how [Bechdel] and her dad take care of the identical set of circumstances,” Vitola mentioned. “Her dad may be very repressed, however she may be very open and trustworthy about herself.”
Vitola mentioned she’s realized by taking part in Bechdel the significance of being trustworthy about who you’re and being pleased with it.
“The theme of the present is about being true to your self,” she mentioned. “I feel everybody can take away one thing from watching it.”
“Enjoyable House” accommodates darkish, mature themes and is rated PG-13. For forged member Erin Kaplan, that is an fascinating performing shift.
Kaplan, 17, performs medium Alison, who’s a university freshman coming to phrases together with her sexuality.
Kaplan, a Gainesville Excessive College pupil, mentioned that being part of this coming-of-age manufacturing was an thrilling change from the junior productions she participates in in school.
“I like that I’m capable of department out and carry out extra mature content material,” she mentioned.
Her favourite a part of the present is her solo, “Altering My Main,” which comes after Alison has her first sexual expertise with a girl.
“It’s like an ‘Aha!’ second for her,” Kaplan mentioned. “She’s actually discovering who she is.”
Kaplan desires the viewers to know that coming to phrases along with your sexuality isn’t isolating.
“I hope the viewers, particularly people who find themselves fighting popping out, learns that it’s okay and also you’re at all times going to have somebody to assist you, even when it doesn’t really feel like that within the second,” she mentioned. “The world isn’t towards you. You might be who you’re and it’s OK.”
Kaplan hopes this present marks a starting to extra mature productions on the playhouse. A present she want to see carried out sooner or later is “Heathers: The Musical.”
“I feel that lots of people don’t understand how deep the which means is,” Kaplan mentioned. “There’s been lots of experiences with home terrorism and security in colleges in recent times. I feel Heathers can be an excellent present to do as a result of folks don’t take into consideration the heavy subjects that the present stands for.”
Performances can be held Thursday to Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. from this Thursday by April 25.
Tickets might be bought on-line at gcplayhouse.org or by calling 352-376-4949. Tickets can’t be bought on the door.