Theatre eXceptional, an extension of Blue Butterfly Productions, produces two plays every year raising awareness and eliminating the stigma so often placed on disability & mental illness.
Theatre eXceptional aspires to create innovative theatre and performance art with, for, and about people with disabilities with the goal of addressing and eliminating the misconceptions and social stigmas so often placed upon these communities that inhibit their full acceptance into our society. Just as when our society excludes people with disabilities from playing a visible role in our communities, so when we exclude artists with disabilities from playing a visible role in our industry, we as an art form miss out on an opportunity to collaborate and create with an entire generation of artists with profound talent and potential. In addition, these very artists are denied not only their right to express themselves through the performing arts, but also a venue in which to practice and perfect their craft. Through this collaboration, we hope to not only enrich the work we produce but also the experience of all who participate.
In addition to an annual fall play with a combined cast, we will also produce one large-scale musical each summer with a cast entirely of performers with disabilities. With these two yearly productions, our staff of teaching artists has been hired by our city's Parks and Recreation Department to teach introductory theatre classes and devised theatre workshops for adult artists with disabilities. In the near future, we hope to develop a relationship with the public school system that will allow our teachers to go directly into the classroom to work with the kids and teenagers of our community on eliminating the social stigmas of disability.
TheatreX Past Events
Mary Poppins - Sept 2019
Our Town - May 2018
The Boys Next Door - September 2015
08/2020: The Koi One by Clara Fightmaster - a virtual play reading as part of the eXceptional Voices Play Reading Series
08/2020: Wear Red, Lay in Bed, and Say Your Name is Ted By Erica King - a virtual play reading as part of the eXceptional Voices Play Reading Series
08/2020: An eXceptionally Wilde Tale - a double feature by the Advanced Acting and Advanced Musical Theatre Classes - Recorded virtually as part of the Tampa International Fringe Festival
12/2019: Winter Wonderland Class Showcase: X-Mas Factor by Theatre 101, Boss Humbug by Musical Theatre A, A White Christmas in Vegas by Musical Theatre B, and previews from Improv, Shakespeare, and Advanced Musical Theatre classes.
09/2019: Mainstage: Disney's Mary Poppins, a musical by Julian Fellowes.
08/2019: Brandon Summer Class Showcase: Songs and Scenes from Disney's Mary Poppins
05/2019: Spring Class Showcase: A Magical Beach Tail featuring Theatre 101, Surfs Up featuring Musical Theatre A, Wet Side Story featuring Musical Theatre B, and previews from Intro to Shakespeare, Advanced Musical Theatre, Intro to Improv and Advanced Improv classes.
12/2018: Fall Class Showcase: A Christmas Story The Musical (Abridged) featuring Theatre 101, Musical Theatre, Improv, and previews from the Advanced Classes.
09/2018 Mainstage: Bye Bye Birdie, a Musical by
05/2018: Our Town, a play by Thornton Wilder
05/2018: Spring Showcase: Pompadours and Poodle Skirts featuring Theatre 101, Musical Theatre, Improv, and Into to Shakespeare classes.
02/2018: The Vagina Monologues, a play by Eve Ensler
12/2017: Fall Class Showcase: A Christmas Carol (abridged) by Charles Dickens (a joint performance by all classes)
09/2017: Mainstage: Oliver! A musical by Lionel Bart
05/2017: Spring Classes Showcase: Welcome to Wonderland featuring our Theatre 101, Musical Theatre, Improv, and Intro to Shakespeare classes.
05/2017: Tylers Time Out, an original variety show written by Ryan Bernier and Tyler Crose at the International Tampa Fringe Festival.
02/2017: Children of a Lesser God, a play by Mark Medoff
12/2016: Fall Class Showcase: Hard Knock Life Can't Stop This Beat, Scene from A Midsummer Nights Dream, and Silly Cinderella
09/2016: Mainstage: The Wizard of Oz, a musical by L. Frank Baum
05/2016: Theatre 101: A Bride Without a Train
12/2015: Theatre 101: The Unicorns Potion
09/2015: Mainstage: The Boys Next Door, a play by Tom Griffin
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