OFC Creations Announces 2019-2020 Season
OFC Creations Expands Line Up of Holiday Shows
Rochester, NY – OFC Creations will be presenting 13 holiday performances before the end of 2019. Many of the performances are in addition to OFC's previously announced 2019-2020 season and range from Frank Sinatra and Elvis impersonators to a new musical comedy and holiday drag shows.
OFC Creations’ 2019-2020 season marks its fifteenth year as a Rochester theater company focused on education and experimental professional projects under the direction of Eric Vaughn Johnson. Johnson has focused the season in creative and unique partnerships including shows with Judith Ranaletta (the longtime Artistic and Vocal Director for Greece Athena High School), the Rochester Latino Theatre Company, and many out of town entertainers.
OFC Creations’ 2019-2020 Season:
HOLIDAY CLASSICS: Frank's Rat Pack Special Holiday Show
Saturday, November 30 at 7PM; and Sunday, December 1 at 2PM at the Kodak Center Studio Theatre (200 W. Ridge Rd)
This special engagement will include versions of classic holiday tunes made popular by Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Jimmy Durante, Tony Bennett, Louis Armstrong, and more. Frank's Rat Pack, which features Frank Torchio and Shanthi Kelley, reprises the songs and performances of the great nightclub acts of 50s and 60s with singing and comic impressions.
SPECIAL EVENT: Summer Camp Announcement Cabaret
Saturday, December 7 at 7PM at the Lyric Theatre Cabaret Stage (440 East Ave)
OFC Creations will be musically announcing the line up of camps for ROC Summer Theatre Experience 2020. Team members will sing and dance songs from 2020 camps while audience members guess the names of the shows. Audiences can meet and greet with camp staff after the cabaret and immediately register with a special discount. This is a free event.
TEENS TAKE THE STAGE: In the Heights
Friday, December 13 at 7PM, Saturday, December 14 at 2PM, and Saturday, December 14 at 6PM at the Lyric Theatre Main Stage (440 East Ave)
Lin Manuel Miranda's In the Heights tells the universal story of a vibrant community in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood. It’s a community on the brink of change, full of hopes, dreams and pressures, where the biggest struggles can be deciding which traditions you take with you, and which ones you leave behind. In the Heights is the winner of the 2008 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Choreography and Best Orchestrations. Performed in collaboration with the Rochester Latino Theatre Company featuring 50 teen performers.
WORLD PREMIERE: Wrapping Around the Christmas Tree: The Musical
Friday, December 20 at 7:30PM, Saturday, December 21 at 2PM, Saturday, December 21 at 7:30PM, and Sunday, December 22 at 2PM at the Lyric Theatre Main Stage (440 East Ave)
It's the height of the holiday season, and frugal folks at the Northview Shopping Center are wrapping presents, singing songs, and harkening holiday high jinks. But this year, there are two groups that want to open up a present wrapping station: Cresthill Middle School, and the kooky ladies at Cozy Times Senior Community. The ribbons unravel as the brainiacs take on the spunky grandmas in a wrap-off, all alongside the antics of a helicopter mom, a zany mall cop, and... Saint Nicholas himself! All the fun and folly is served up with a sugary dose of holiday cheer and savory parody songs set to famous holiday tunes. This brand new holiday musical comedy is fun for the whole family, starring Diane Chevron, Dresden Engle, Marge Mattioli, Sarah Reynolds, and many more.
HOLIDAY DRAG: Ginger Minj Super Spectacular Holiday Extravaganza
Friday, December 27 at 8PM at the Lyric Theatre Cabaret Stage (440 East Ave)
Ginger Minj, from RuPauls Drag Race and Netflix's Dumplin, returns to Rochester with her brand new Christmas show. Audiences can join her on her all new journey through the holiday traditions and help her make a few new ones along the way. Sponsored by the Bachelor Forum.
HOLIDAY CLASSICS: Christmas with the King: Tribute to Elvis
Saturday, December 28 at 7:30PM; and Sunday, December 29 at 2PM at the Kodak Center Studio Theatre (440 East Ave)
Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, Patrick Johnson, will be coming the Kodak Center with a special concert “Christmas With The King." Patrick's show is appropriate for the whole family and will put audiences in a rockin’ Christmas mood. Filled with many of Elvis’ favorite Christmas songs, as well as some well-known Elvis tunes, audiences will be singing and dancing along with the King.
ROCHESTER DEBUT: Dixie’s Tupperware Party
Friday, January 24 at 8PM, Saturday, January 25 at 2PM, Saturday, January 25 at 8PM, and Sunday, January 26 at 2PM at the Lyric Theatre Cabaret Stage (440 East Ave)
This hilarious off-Broadway show comes to Rochester for the very first time, featuring Dixie Longate, the fast-talking, gum chewing, ginger-haired Alabama gal who is bringing grandma’s Tupperware party out of the living room and into the 21st century. Audiences howl with laughter from her outrageously funny tales, homespun wisdom, audience participation and uses for Tupperware that you never thought possible.
INTERACTIVE THEATRE: Man of La Mancha
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30PM, Thursday, March 5 at 7:30PM, Friday, March 6 at 7:30PM, Saturday, March 7 at 2PM, Saturday, March 7 at 7:30PM, Sunday, March 8 at 2PM, and Sunday, March 8 at 7:30PM at the Century Club of Rochester (566 East Ave)
The show will be uniquely staged like never-before-seen throughout several rooms of the Rochester Century Club as a moving interactive experience.
Cervantes is in prison awaiting trial. He and his fellow prisoners perform a play-within-a-play, telling the story of the elderly Alonso Quijana, who renames himself Don Quixote and goes on a quest to right all wrongs in the world. Featuring classic numbers including “The Impossible Dream,” “I, Don Quixote,” “Dulcinea,” “I Really Like Him” and “Little Bird,” the story transforms the prisoners. Directed by Judith Ranaletta.
ROCHESTER DEBUT: Leslie Jordan: Exposed
Saturday, March 28 at 8PM at the Lyric Theatre Main Stage
Emmy Award-winning Actor & Comedian LESLIE JORDAN in EXPOSED comes for the first time to Rochester. Best-known for his standout roles in “Sordid Lives”, “American Horror Story”, “The Help” Beverley Leslie on NBC's hit series “Will & Grace”, and SID from THE COOL KIDS on FOX. Mr. Jordan has charmed fans for over four decades.
HEADLINER: Schmoozing with Fran Drescher
Friday, June 12 at 8PM at the Kodak Center Main Stage
Fran Drescher's first break was in the unforgettable movie, Saturday Night Fever (1977) with John Travolta. She continued to play small roles in movies, until she came up with the idea for The Nanny (1993). The Nanny became an instant success, and so did Drescher. Since then, she has been in films such as The Beautician and the Beast (1997) and Picking Up the Pieces (2000) co-starring Woody Allen. She is a cancer survivor and an inspiration to women everywhere. Drescher's new series, Indebted, will be released early 2020.
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