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Featured Event

Our 71st Season

August 13-29, 2021

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Sept 24-Oct 10th, 2021

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Dec 3-19th, 2021

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Jan. 14-30, 2022

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March 18th - April 3rd

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May 6-22, 2021

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Barefoot In The Park

Paul and Corie Bratter are newlyweds in every sense of the word. He’s a straight-as-an-arrow lawyer and she’s a free spirit always looking for the latest kick. Their new apartment is her most recent find – too expensive with bad plumbing and in need of a paint job.

After a six-day honeymoon, they get a surprise visit from Corie’s loopy mother and decide to play matchmaker during a dinner with their neighbor-in-the-attic, Velasco, where everything that can go wrong does. Paul just doesn’t understand Corie, as she sees it. He’s too staid, too boring, and she just wants him to be a little more spontaneous. Running “barefoot in the park” would be a start…


Written by Neil Simon.

Guest Director: Dave Clevinger
Paul Bratter: Janik Buranosky
Corie Bratter: Jessica Guiffre
Mother: Laney Lavine Clark
Victor Velasco: David Guggenbuehl
Telephone Repair Man: Jonathan Olson

Produced through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

$20 Adults
$10 Students w/ID

NO ADDITIONAL FEES for online purchases!

For discounted rates on groups of 15 or more, please call the box office: (352) 787-3013

August 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2021
August 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2021
August 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2021

Fri & Sat @ 8 p.m. Sun @ 2 p.m.

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Overdue bills

It's the summer of 1984, and 14 year old Cody Shields is at the beginning of his summer vacation before starting high school. But an overdue bill at the school library leaves him grounded for the entire summer, stuck at home with only his elderly grandfather who is on the edge of dementia as company. But what looks like it might be the worst summer of his life turns out much different than it begins.

Directed and Written by Thomas Kline

$20 Adults
$10 Students w/ID

NO ADDITIONAL FEES for online purchases!

For discounted rates on groups of 15 or more, please call the box office: (352) 787-3013

September 24th, 25th and 26th, 2021
October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2021
October 8th, 9th, and 10th, 2021

Fri & Sat @ 8 p.m.
Sun @ 2 p.m.

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A Christmas Carol

Patrick Barlow, writer of the Broadway and West End hit "The 39 Steps", has retold Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, "A Christmas Carol".

This thrilling adaptation uses only five actors to bring some of Dickens' most beloved characters to life. From Scrooge and Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit and Mrs. Fezziwig, Barlow's A Christmas Carol uses nothing more than some simple props, fresh physicality, and the power of imagination to convey this timeless story of redemption.

Witness Ebenezer Scrooge's transformation from a stingy miser to a man who generously celebrates the spirit of the season all year long, in this highly theatrical adaptation.


Written by Patrick Barlowr
From the story by Charles Dickens

Directed by Dustin Lavine

Produced through special arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

$20 Adults
$10 Students w/ID

NO ADDITIONAL FEES for online purchases!

For discounted rates on groups of 15 or more, please call the box office: (352) 787-3013

December 3rd, 4th and 5th, 2021
December 10th, 11th and 12th, 2021
December 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2021

Fri & Sat @ 8 p.m. Sun @ 2 p.m.

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Yes, Virginia

The story of two older women navigating the perils of aging in suburban Detroit. Virginia Campbell was a longtime housekeeper for Denise Miller and her family, helping Denise raise her children during a difficult divorce.

But when she shows up for work, Denise is very confused. Especially since she thought she had let her go several months ago. When an accident in the kitchen keeps Virginia from being able to walk, Denise offers to care for Virginia until she has healed.

Their roles suddenly reversed, they share memories of their lives over the course of Christmas Eve. Soon they learn secrets and bond in a way that they hadn’t been able to in the past.


Written by Stan Zimmerman (Golden Girls, Gilmore Girls) and Christian McLaughlin (Married With Children, Desperate Housewives).

Directed by Laney Clark.

$20 Adults
$10 Students w/ID

NO ADDITIONAL FEES for online purchases!

For discounted rates on groups of 15 or more, please call the box office: (352) 787-3013

January 14th, 15th, and 16th, 2022
January 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, 2022
January 28th, 29th, and 30th, 2022

Fri & Sat @ 8 p.m. Sun @ 2 p.m.

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Chess

Written by ABBA and Tim Rice, this highly acclaimed musical develops the ancient and distinguished game of chess into a metaphor for romantic rivalries and East-West political intrigue.

The principal pawns form a love triangle: the loutish American Grandmaster, the earnest Russian champion and the Hungarian-American female chess second, who arrives at the international championships with the American but falls for the Russian. From Tyrol to Thailand the players, lovers, politicians, CIA and KGB make their moves to the pulse of this monumental rock score.


Written By: Benny Andersson, Tim Rice and Björn Ulvaeus

Directed By: Laney Clark

$20 Adults
$10 Students w/ID

NO ADDITIONAL FEES for online purchases!

For discounted rates on groups of 15 or more, please call the box office: (352) 787-3013

March 18th, 19th, and 20th, 2022
March 25th, 26th, and 27th, 2022
April 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, 2022

Fri & Sat @ 8 p.m. Sun @ 2 p.m.

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The Savannah Sipping Society

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.

Randa, a perfectionist and workaholic, is struggling to cope with a surprise career derailment that, unfortunately, reveals that she has no life and no idea how to get one.

Dot, still reeling from her husband’s recent demise and the loss of their plans for an idyllic retirement, faces the unsettling prospect of starting a new life from scratch—and all alone.

Earthy and boisterous Marlafaye, a good ol’ Texas gal, has blasted into Savannah in the wake of losing her tom-cattin’ husband to a twenty-three-year-old dental hygienist. The strength of her desire to establish a new life is equaled only by her desire to wreak a righteous revenge on her ex.

Also new to town, Jinx, a spunky ball of fire, offers her services as a much-needed life coach for these women. However, blinded by her determination and efforts to get their lives on track, she over-looks the fact that she’s the one most in need of sage advice.

Over the course of six months, filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment, these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jumpstart their new lives. Together, they discover lasting friendships and a renewed determination to live in the moment—and most importantly, realize it’s never too late to make new old friends.

So raise your glass to these strong Southern women and their fierce embrace of life and say “Cheers!” to this joyful and surprisingly touching Jones, Hope, Wooten comedy!


Written by Nicholas Hope, Jessie Jones, Jamie Wooten.

Directed by Ken and Caroline Hoffman.

Produced through special arrangement with Dramatist Play Services.

$20 Adults
$10 Students w/ID

NO ADDITIONAL FEES for online purchases!

For discounted rates on groups of 15 or more, please call the box office: (352) 787-3013

May 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2022
May 13th, 14th, and 15th, 2022
May 20th, 21st, and 22nd, 2022

Fri & Sat @ 8 p.m. Sun @ 2 p.m.

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Special Events

Saturday, Dec. 11th, 2 pm

Saturday, Dec. 18th, 2 pm

For children of all ages!

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We are excited to announce The Sara Celebration this year in place of The Sara Awards on July 24th at 6:30 pm.

After much discussion, we decided that with a difficult year for everyone, we would rather celebrate the hard work of our actors, crews and volunteers. A competition didn't seem appropriate when so many theatres have been forced to close and the arts are struggling so much.

We hope you will join us for this fun evening of entertainment, retrospective and a few Presidential Awards. We also plan to announce our 6th show of the 71st season!

If you would like to attend, please email us at office@melonpatchplayers.org or call us at 352-787-3013. There will be food and a cash bar! Thank you all for your continued support!

Saturday, December 11 at 2 PM

Saturday, December 18 at 2 PM

A Storybook Christmas

Just in time for the Christmas season...

Come join the Melon Patch Players for a spectacular holiday event. Kids of all ages from 1-92 are invited to come join us for a visit with characters from some of the most memorable and beloved books of the season.

Watch these stories come to life with live action, music and dance. We have it on good authority that Santa will be joining us as well and will be available for visits and photos. Photo opportunities with select characters will be available as well.

This is a non-ticketed event .. donations only .. give what you can!

So gather up the kids, grab some hot cocoa, milk and cookies from concessions (also by donation) and join us for an evening of Christmas magic.

Auditions For "A Christmas Carol".

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