A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Zachary Layner & Patrick Sylvester

Cast
Theseus - Gary Stone
Hippolyta - Leanne Stone
Puck/Egeus - Patrick Sylvester
Hermia/Titania/Snug - Danielle Engelman
Oberon/Demetrius/Snout/Mustardseed - David Tate
Lysander/Flute/Peaseblossom - Victoria Gluchoski
Helena/Quince/Moth - Sydney Walker
Bottom - Isaac Rossi

Produced by Cancione's House Concerts in partnership with Irregular Heroes Entertainment

This Shakespeare classic takes a page out of 1950s pop culture to showcase how unrequited love can drive even Greasers and The Rat Pack out of their minds! Sprinkle in some Vegas fairy pixie dust, guitar-laced musings, and bold professional performers, and you have a comedy perfect for an evening picnic and a trip down memory lane.

May 20th, 2018

 

Much Ado About Nothing

by William Shakespeare
Directed by Patrick Sylvester
Assistant Director - Sami Cunningham

Cast
Beatrice - Kate Darby
Benedick / Watchman #2 - Joshua Goodridge
Claudio / Verges - Austin Davis
Hero / Conrade - Brooke Evans
Leonato / Watchman #1 - Ryan Sutter
Don Pedro / Sexton - Rico Lastrapes
Don John / Friar Francis - Nicholas Marino
Margaret / Borachio - Nichele Lambert
Balthasar / Dogberry - Trevor Starr

From the students who collaborated with Jordan Reeve's Guerrilla Shakespeare Project to produce the 2015 production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, we now present, as the UCF branch of the company, the fully student-produced Much Ado About Nothing!

April 15th - April 19th, 2016

Who could’ve guessed that Shakespeare wrote about a road trip to Sin City? The classic story’s been moved up a few centuries and everyone’s off to the playground in the desert…Where the Fairies are Fab-u-lous and the Rat Pack is on a Romp!

 

Concept: In a far off place, Don Pedro, the head producer of Messina Records has just bought out 'These Wars Records' in order to sign a new contract deal with a young singer-songwriter named "Count Claudio" To celebrate Claudio's new contract, Leonato, a former Rock Star, and shareholder of Messina Records, throws a party at his estate. Don Pedro and Claudio are accompanied by their close friend Benedick, a rap artist at Messina Records. There they run into other artists, like Beatrice, a singer-songwriting pop artist who is incredibly quick with her wit, especially when it comes to battling Benedick; Hero, the aspiring singer who has a crush on Claudio; and Don John, Don Pedro's producer brother and former-head of These Wars Records, who is as mischievous as he is unsuccessful in the music business. In this comedy of cunning and deceit, see how these witty artists pull on the strings of love.

Kiss of the Spider Woman

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by Terrance McNally

Directed by Mark Brotherton & Patrick Sylvester
Choreography: John Rudell
Musical Direction: Steven R. Chicurel

Cast
Molina - Kyle Wilkinson
Valentin - Andrew Connors
Aurora/Spider Woman - Abby Jaros
Molina's Mother - Fo'i Meleah
Marta - Caitlin Doak
Gabriel - Nicholas Wood Jr.
Warden - Stephen Rochet
Esteban - Alexandrew Recore
Marcos - Jesse Ramos
Prisoners - Tyler Beauregard, Rico Lastrapes, Trevor Starr, Nicholas Wood Jr., Tony Pracek, Sal Vierra, Kyle Laing, David Klein, Raleigh Mosley, Gabe Friedman, Christian Barba, Mikey Reichert, Jeremiah Johnson

October 16th - October 26th, 2014

Recipient of the Meritorious Achievement Award for Excellence in Direction at the 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival

"Kiss of the Spider Woman is by any measure a complex musical. It's full of big song-and-dance numbers, yet at heart remains an intimate story of unlikely friendship. Set in a torture-filled prison, the show revels in its comic one-liners. The story is as grand as a meditation on loyalty, principles and sacrifice — yet as simple as a boy's love for his mother. For Theatre UCF, Brotherton and Sylvester do a masterful job of melding these disparate elements into a cohesive show . . . Sylvester makes sure the small moments in their evolving relationship are beautifully captured, yet when the production needs to be larger than life, Brotherton achieves that too."

- Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel (October 17th, 2014)