The Hippodrome Theatre First Fifty Years (Hardcover)

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How the spirit of great theatre saved a dying downtown business district, became a city's cultural icon, and centerpiece of its artistic community.

Fifty years ago a daring band of players began what would quickly evolve into one of the most highly respected regional theatres in the US. Christening their endeavor The Hippodrome Theatre, this fledgling company of thespians produced shows of such excellence that they soon drew playwrights from the New York and London theatre world to their humble digs in Gainesville, Florida. They got the attention of the National Endowment for the Arts and eventually, a grant to restore a historic beaux arts courthouse into the magnificent theatre that has been their home since 1981. A not-for-profit professional theatre, the Hippodrome has employed over 1,200 actors and given hundreds of Equity members their start.

With an engaging narrative style, award-winning author Richard Gartee explores the trials and triumphs of fifty years and 440 theatrical productions. The book includes the story of each play, cast members of most, and recollections and anecdotes from Hippodrome founders, actors, directors, and production staff. These are illustrated with over 420 black and white photos.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781736395738
ISBN-10: 1736395734
Publisher: Lake and Emerald Publications, LLC
Publication Date: May 24th, 2023
Pages: 458
Language: English