Pop Goes America

Presented by Debbi Wooten

Developed and Directed by Jim Russell

A CWP Mainstage Musical

June 18th – July 3rd, 2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2 pm.

American history takes on a whole new sound in Pop Goes America! This lively and spirited musical uses hilariously (and sometimes movingly) re-written modern pop music to tell the story of our
nation, from the pilgrims to the revolution, the civil war, and beyond.

A re-written Madonna song telling the story of the suffragettes? A re-imagined Adele song bringing the D-Day invasion to life? Thomas Jefferson singing about the Declaration of Independence to the tune of Mambo Number 5? This is Pop Goes America!

Featuring parodies of modern pop hits by these artists plus Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Bruno Mars, Shawn Mendes, Coldplay, the Black Eyed Peas, Eminem, Pentatonix, Macklemore, Pink, Christina Aguilera and many more.

Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare

Adapted and Directed by Cinda Goeken

July 9th – 18th, 2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm

First performed around 1596, Shakespeare’s comic fantasy, about a group of humans who find themselves bewitched by fairies, is a sly reckoning with love, jealousy and marriage. For centuries, it’s been one of Shakespeare’s most beloved plays.

Discover what happens when Greek lovers and amateur actors get lost in a forest inhabited by naughty, magical creatures.

Enter an enchanting fantasy world as we transform our intimate Black Box Theatre as never seen before. This whimsical full production will delight all ages!

Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

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2021 One Act Festival

A Special CWP Mainstage Production

Adult Weekend

Friday, July 23, 2021 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 24, 2021 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 25, 2021 2 p.m.

Teen Weekend

Friday, July 30, 2021 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 31, 2021 8 p.m.

Sunday, August 1, 2021 2 p.m.

For the first time ever, our hugely popular One Act Weekend expands to a two-weekend festival!

Weekend #1 will feature 8 original short plays written and directed by adults.

Weekend #2 will feature 8 original short plays written and directed by teens.

Audiences will experience an eclectic mix of short plays never-before produced in Florida, featuring comedy, drama, and everything in between!

In addition to thrilling sell-out crowds, this exciting event provides playwrights with an opportunity to see their work produced and provides emerging directors with experience under the guidance of seasoned mentors.

Featured Plays:

Adult Weekend:

Annnd Scene (Of the Crime) by John Busser

A loose cannon cop and his partner flip the script on their chief suspect when they turn his improv comedy training against him! Can a simple call bell be the broom that sweeps away a tangled web of jealousy and deceit surrounding the death of his teammate? Find out in this nonstop laugh-a-minute romp!

Maude by Andra Laine Hunter

Two single swinging silver foxes are looking for love. Instead, they find each other, in the world of speed dating.

Practically Perfect by Gretchen Suárez-Peña

Nannies come and go in children's lives. They are trained to support the families they are assigned to. However, it is important to stop and take a moment to do something for yourself if you are not happy. No one is always practically perfect.

Prometheus Shrugs by John Bravoso

In this witty Greek Mythology “Where Are They Now,” see how the story really went down. The eagle charged with eating Prometheus’ liver for eternity is growing weary of the routine. But when Heracles shows up ready to free the titan, the two unlikely friends are forced to decide whether to take a risk or stick with the devil they know.

A Conference on the Mound by Timothy Lehnert

In a close game of major league baseball, an impromptu therapy session breaks out. The players and an unruly fan discuss what has an impact on their game and their lives.

A Little Ditty About Jacques and Diane by John Sallustio

It’s opening night, and moments before curtain call, the female lead decides she’s not going on. The stage manager has to break the news, but the director just doesn’t want to listen. Will the show go on?

Exit Interview by Bridget Grace Sheaff

Endings are often full of questions. One woman is all business as she tries to get those answers.

The Last Deck Chair In The Resort by Lindsey Brown

How far would you go to grab the last deck chair in the resort? Two women on the edge are about to find out.

Teen Weekend:

Murder at Morgan Manor by Marisa Lane

Someone is dead, and it’s up to a private detective to find out who in the victim’s quirky family is a murderer. But, what if none of them did it?

Nuclear by Elizabeth Shannon

Three sisters await an ominous deadline, discovering much in the little time left.

The King of 22nd Street by Nathan Pham

A man who works in a grocery store believes he is the king of his disheveled home. But he is about to meet the queen.

Nerd Out by Henry Levy

Middle-schooler Jeffrey is navigating life in this cringe-worthy family comedy. Told from Jeffrey’s perspective, Nerd Out tackles the role homework plays in the life of a middle school student, and how it impacts his relationship with his dad.

Nancy by Elizabeth Shannon

A family has gathered for a party, but one guest is visiting from very, very far away.

Teen’s Best Friend by Henry Levy

Through a conversation with a dog, this comedic play explores middle school stress and the mixed messages that middle schoolers receive at school and home.

Jake and Toby by Elizabeth Shannon

Jake and Toby are stranded inside during a snowstorm - the worst and best time to discover new things about their relationship.

The Cast List by Henry Levy

A teenager uses humor to deal with a classmate who has posted a video of him on social media without his permission.

Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

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40 Years of Broadway

Developed and Directed by Aaron Washington

A CWP Mainstage Musical

August 13th – 21st, 2021

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm. Sundays at 2 pm.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of great community theatre at Carrollwood Players, we will close our 2020/2021 Mainstage season with this special song and dance extravaganza.

Featuring songs from musicals we’ve produced over the decades, this high energy show will have audiences tapping their toes and smiling wide.

With songs from Broadway musicals such as The Fantasticks, Little Shop of Horrors, Cabaret, Once Upon a Mattress, 1776, Pippin, Urinetown, Working, Nunsense, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, and more!

Presented with the support of the Arts Council of Hillsborough County and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners.

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