The Garden Theatre's 2014-15 theatrical season will offer a Stephen Sondheim musical, a provocative drama, a sexy farce, an original Christmas musical and the classic children's story "Peter Pan." The theater, located in downtown Winter Garden, will also continue to present the StarLite Film Festival and host child-friendly performances by Orlando Ballet.
Here's the lineup:
• Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street: Sept. 12-Oct. 5. TheatreWorks Florida will produce Sondheim's musical masterpiece of revenge, set in 19th-century London. The story: An unjustly exiled barber returns home with a thirst for blood and teams with an unscrupulous pie-shop owner to wreak havoc on society's upper crust.
• Christmas by Committee: A Musical: Dec. 5-21. Rob Winn Anderson, who wrote and directed the world-premiere production of "Alice Lost in Wonderland" for the Garden Theatre, will turn his hand to Christmas in this new work.
• Doubt, A Parable: Feb. 6-22, 2015. Beth Marshall Presents will produce John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play. In the show, a Catholic high-school principal battles for truth and personal integrity after she suspects a priest has committed sexual misconduct. In 2008, Shanley's tale was adapted as a movie starring Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
• Boeing Boeing: March 20-April 4, 2015. Marc Camoletti's farce is set in the 1960s. Swinging bachelor Bernard has a flat in Paris — and three stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about the others. But Bernard's dream life hits some turbulence when a new, speedier Boeing jet disrupts his carefully crafted planning.
• Peter Pan: May 1-31, 2015. The Garden's annual community collaboration takes on James M. Barrie's family-favorite musical. Peter Pan and friends come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and of course the villainous Captain Hook.
• StarLite Film Festival, Feb. 26-March 1, 2015: Dedicated to "microbudget" movies — films made for $200,000 or less — the festival will once again screen movies and host filmmakers from around the world.
• Peter and the Wolf: Oct. 25-26. Orlando Ballet performs the classic story of young Peter and the animals that live in the forest surrounding his grandfather's house. The audience can meet the ballet dancers at a pre-show party.
• The Magical Princess Doll: April 11-12, 2015. In this Orlando Ballet production, young audiences will meet an eccentric toymaker and his mechanical doll. At a complimentary princess party, audience members can meet the professional dancers.
The Garden Theatre is at 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. For more information, call 407-877-4736 or go to gardentheatre.orgCopyright © 2015, CT Now