Theater




HELEN STAIRS THEATRE
Godspell
July 24-August 2
A musical based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Godspell boasts a string of familiar songs, including “Day By Day.” Written by Stephen Schwartz, it became one of the biggest off-Broadway successes of all time. Friday and Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $10-$23. Helen Stairs Theatre at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. 407-321-8111. helenstairstheatre.com
 
MAD COW THEATRE
Forbidden Broadway
Through July 5
Nothing is sacred and no one is safe in this comic revue that sends up Broadway musicals from Annie to Les Miserables, and stars from Carol Channing to Patti LuPone. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m., Monday (June 8, June 22) 7:30 p.m. $26-28, $15 on Mondays. 105 S. Magnolia Ave. 407-297-8788. madcowtheatre.org

I Am My Own Wife
July 17-August 9
Winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Doug Wright’s play tells of his fascination with the life of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite who survived the Nazis and the Soviet secret police in East Germany. One actor plays more than 40 roles, including the playwright. Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m., Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. $26-28, $15 on August 5. 105 S. Magnolia Ave. 407-297-8788. madcowtheatre.org
 
The Matchmaker
July 24-August 23
Before Hello, Dolly high-kicked across Broadway stages, this predecessor by Thornton Wilder was a hit in its own right. In the original, as in the musical, indomitable Dolly Levi is determined to bring love into the world. The farce features characters hiding under tables and in closets, men disguised as women, a conspiracy to bring young lovers together and, of course, a happy ending. Thursday-Saturday 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2:30 p.m., Aug. 3 and Aug 17 at 7:30 p.m. $26-28, $15 on Mondays. 105 S. Magnolia Ave. 407-297-8788. madcowtheatre.org

MOONLIGHT PLAYERS
The Mikado
July 3-August 2
Gilbert and Sullivan set this classic comic opera in Japan. Nanki-Poo, in love with Yum-Yum, returns home from exile to find Yum-Yum betrothed to Koko, the town executioner. Koko has been condemned to death for flirting and must execute himself. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 2 p.m. $12-$15. Warehouse Theater, 732 W Montrose St., Clermont. 352-319-1116. moonlightplayers.com

MOUNT DORA THEATRE COMPANY
The Wizard of Oz
 July 17-August 9
A twister of a musical, based on the 1939 Oscar-winning movie, which was, in turn, based on the Frank Baum book. Music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by Yip Harburg. Thursday 7:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $12-$20. IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. 352-383-4616. icehousetheatre.com

OSCEOLA PLAYERS
Treasure Island
July 10-12
Stage adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson novel. Friday and Saturday 7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m. $10. Catherine Beauchamp Theater, Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee. 407-846-6257. ocfta.com
 
The Pirates of Penzance
July 31-August 9
This Gilbert and Sullivan romp features a band of tenderhearted, orphaned pirates who are about to send their apprentice, the young Frederic, back to respectable society. Friday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $15. Catherine Beauchamp Theater, Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 E. Irlo Bronson Hwy., Kissimmee. 407-846-6257. ocfta.com
 
UCF CONSERVATORY THEATRE
Cole
July 2-5, August 27-30
Get a kick out of Cole Porter in this musical biography that follows him from Yale to Paris, from Broadway to Hollywood, and features some of his standards: ”I Love Paris,” “Take Me Back to Manhattan,” “Love for Sale,” “Night and Day,” and “I Get a Kick Out of You.” Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. $10-$15. 4000 Central Florida Blvd. 407-823-1500. theatre.ucf.edu
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