Summertime at The REP: Magic, Hilarity and Mahem for Kids and Families

Magician Jeanette Andrews

The Seaside Repertory Theatre, also known as The REP, is hosting another summer season filled with fun and enchantment for kids of all ages. For 16 years, the theatre has delighted vacationers and locals with outdoor performances, magic acts, late-night improv comedy shows, stand-up comics performances and improv and magic workshops for kids.

The theatre’s free outdoor performance tradition continues this summer with performances of The Commedia Rapunzel at the Seaside Amphitheater and The Stinky Cheese Man at North Barrett Square in Rosemary Beach.

“Parents always come up to us after the outdoor performances to tell us that they return to the 30A area each year because the Seaside and Rosemary Beach performances have become a part of their family vacation tradition,” said Brook Stetler, The REP’s executive director.

“It’s awesome that the kids are begging their parents to see live theatre year after year.”

Shattering the mold of the traditional magic performance, Jeanette Andrews returns to The REP for the third summer to present her newest work, Synesthesia, a thought-provoking take on the art of the impossible.

Watch as a member of the audience can foresee the future, a wine glass melts with a simple touch and a white rose spins to life. Ms. Andrews leaves participants astonished by turning the traditional magic narrative on its head to give audiences an electrifying and sophisticated experience  that will leave you speechless and enchanted.

For those looking for a little late-night fun, Awkward Oxen Improv Hour – Late Night is a high-energy, fast-paced interactive show in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? The scenes are based off audience suggestions and often include adult humor and language so leave the small kids at home.

2016 Summer Line-Up

What: The Commedia Rapunzel
When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m., May 23 – August 22
Where: Seaside Amphitheatre
Tickets: Free
A play within a play! A troupe of poor, traveling actors present their unbeweavable rendition of the popular fairytale, Rapunzel. This tangled tale of a captive princess, an overprotective witch, a daring prince, and his trusty horse is full of adventure, zany slapstick, witty fun, and astonishing energy. A pure delight for the entire family! The Commedia Rapunzel is graciously sponsored by The Seaside Merchants and free to attend.

What: Stories by the Sea
When: Monday-Friday at 4 p.m., May 30 – August 26
Where: Seaside Lyceum Archway in downtown Seaside, next to 45 Central
Tickets: Free
Join The REP Actors as they present a free, one-of-a-kind storytelling experience for children of all ages. Each day will offer a new story and there might even be opportunities for your participation.

What: The Stinky Cheese Man
When: Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., May 25 – August 10
Where: N Barrett Square, Rosemary Beach
Tickets: Free
If geese had graves, Mother Goose would be rolling with laughter in hers! A frenzied and fractured re-telling of all your favorite children’s stories. Audiences will delight as the familiar becomes ridiculous. There are no lessons to be learned or morals to take to heart–just good, sarcastic fun that smart-alecks of all ages will love. The Stinky Cheese Man is graciously sponsored by The Merchants of Rosemary Beach and is free to attend.

What: Adventures in Alys
When: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m., May 23 – August 17
Where: Fonville Press 147 West La Garza Lane, Panama City Beach
Tickets: Free
Join The REP Theatre for a free, completely original storytelling experience for children of all ages. Watch as we create a new, one-of-a-kind Adventure in Alys, created by our audience (and maybe even join in the stories yourselves)!

What: Awkward Oxen Improv Hour
When: Thursdays at 10 a.m., May 26 – August 18
Where: Fonville Press 147 West La Garza Lane, Panama City Beach
Tickets: Free
Awkward Oxen Improv Hour is a free, fun, interactive, and fast-paced comedy show that’s fun for groups of all ages. Join The REP’s improv troupe, The Awkward Oxen, as they play improv games, and make up scenes and songs on the spot based on audience suggestions. Free for all ages.

What: Improv Bootcamp!
When: Tuesday & Wednesdays from 1- 2:30 p.m. (Ages 5 and up) – May 31 – August 5
Where: The REP Theatre – 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside
Tickets: $50 per student for two 90 minute classes & Improv Army Performance at The REP
Looking for a way to release your child’s creative energy? Send them to The REP’s Improv Bootcamp! Students get a chance to learn the ropes of improv comedy from REP actors, make new friends, and show off their amazing new skills for friends and family as part of our weekly Improv Army performances.

What: Synesthesia with Jeanette Andrews
When: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., May 31 – August 4
Thursdays at 1 p.m., June 2 – August 4
Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., August 11 – August 27
Where: The REP Theatre – 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside
Tickets: $25
Returning for her 3rd season at The REP! Nationally-renowned magician, Jeanette Andrews’ newest work, Synesthesia, shatters the mold of the traditional magic performance – making for a one of a kind experience for audiences of all ages. This thrilling program of magic and illusion is highly interactive and uses audience participation to explore the five senses. Magic Academy Workshops with Jeanette are available on Friday afternoons for kids ages 5-14. Jeanette’s performances are generously sponsored by Fusion Art Glass.

What: Magic Academy Workshop with Jeanette Andrews
When: Fridays at 1 p.m. for ages 5-7, June 3 – August 5
Fridays at 2 p.m. for ages 8-14, June 3 – August 5
Where: The REP Theatre – 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside
Tickets: $25
Jeanette Andrews presented her first magic show at age four and performed her first paid show at the age six; join Jeanette in this class as she teaches some of the first magic tricks that she ever performed. Effects taught in these classes are special pieces of magic, specifically chosen for their uniqueness to this class. Students will learn several age-appropriate magic tricks! Jeanette’s performances are generously sponsored by Fusion Art Glass.

What: Awkward Oxen Improv Hour – Late night
When: Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10 p.m., June 7 – August 4
Where: The REP Theatre – 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside
Tickets: $7
Jump on board the Late Night comedy gravy train! Where will it go? Nobody knows! Join The REP actors for this high energy, fast-paced, and interactive show, in the style of Whose Line Is It Anyway? The scenes are based off audience suggestions and often include adult humor and language so leave the small kids at home. Awkward Oxen Improv Hour – LATE NIGHT is generously sponsored by the Cottage Rental Agency and Sundog Books.

What: Pancakes and Canadian Bacon: A Comedy Tour
When: July 2 and 3
6 p.m. – Family Friendly Improv Comedy
9 p.m. – Stand-Up Comedy Show
Where: The REP Theatre – 216 Quincy Circle, Seaside
Tickets: $10
Four of stand-up comedy’s brightest rising stars take to The REP stage to celebrate the birth of America and defend our freedom to laugh! Evan Berke, Vince Fabra, Hannah Hogan, and Dusty Slay’s TV credits include Last Comic Standing, Laughs on Fox, TMZ, and City TV. They’re wrapping up the Pancakes and Canadian Bacon Comedy Tour in Seaside, following a whirlwind of shows throughout the South.

For more info about the summer season, visit LoveTheREP.com.

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