It takes months of planning and dozens of theatre professionals to produce a play on the Hippodrome mainstage. The Hippodrome Mini Play Observership offers the opportunity for the public to go behind-the-scenes at a professional regional theatre. Alongside the director, designers, actors and staff, participants are immersed in the theatrical creative process and experience as the production team takes a play from page to stage. 

In this engaging Mini Play Observership, you will be led through the creative process of our new hilarious high-stakes comedy by David Lindsey-Abaire, Ripcord. Come explore with us as we bring this heartfelt and deliciously inappropriate comedy to life on the stage.

Participants in the Observership will witness designer presentations, the cast table read of the script, additional rehearsals, a backstage Hippodrome tour, and the chance to experience a press run of the show. This Mini Observership culminates with a preview performance and post-show discussion with the cast and creative team. Cost for 3 classes is only $70 and includes 1 ticket to the preview performance.


Friday, February 9, 2018 (12:45-3PM) – Meet the cast and Director, attend the first read-through, see design presentations

Friday, February 16, 2018 (3-5PM) – Get a behind-the-scenes look as the set and costumes come together in a rehearsal with the actors

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 (7-10PM) – Preview performance and discussion

To sign up: Call the Hippodrome Box Office at 352-375-4477 or go online to  Register by January 31st and save $10 with our Early Bird Special.


  • Occurred Friday, February 9th, 2018 @ 12:45 pm – 3:00 pm


Hippodrome Theatre

25 SE 2nd Place
Gainesville, 32601


Rachel Jones