With the fall semester well underway, UCF's School of Performing Arts has already kicked off the season with sold-out performances of Theatre UCF's The Understudy and The Divine Sister, but a full schedule of upcoming events lies ahead.

The next Theatre UCF performance will be Hair, a production Heather Gibson, marketing director for UCF's School of Performing Arts, said students will absolutely want to keep their eyes open for. Gibson said the department has been trying to gain the rights for the show for several years, and will finally get the chance to put it on following the long-awaited permission.

"We were thrilled to see the homecoming theme this year because we've been planning this musical for a year, and the homecoming theme just fits perfectly," Gibson said.

The UCF Homecoming theme “Knights Come Together” features a 1960's flair, similar to Hair which takes place during the 1960s, addressing freedom, war and other social issues of the time.

“There is a nude scene in the show, but it's not exactly what people might expect. It's not vulgar or in your face," said Gabe Friedman, senior musical theatre major who is playing Woof, one of the leads in the show. "I hope students who come see the show look past the fact that there are 15 nude actors on stage and try to see why we're standing there nude. Hair is all about social and political commentary, so each song has a purpose and a meaning. It's not just fluff.”

Also in October will be the music, theatre and dance collaborative production: Sytavinsky’s Histoire du soldat (The Soldier’s Tale).  On October 4, music faculty and theatre and dance students will come together to put on a free performance for UCF students and faculty. Music events for the rest of season will include jazz, orchestra, choir, opera, wind ensemble and many more bands, ensembles and varieties.

“We have a lot of stuff but it’s wonderful. It means there’s always something for people to do on campus," Gibson said. "Sometimes people are looking for an alternative activity and we’re there and we’re certainly low price if not free. Theatre tickets are only $10. You can’t even see a movie for that."

Below is a list of events for the season. More events can be found on the UCF Performing Arts website. UCF Music events that take place in Rehearsal Hall will also be live-streamed on the UCF Performing Arts website.


Oct. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24 at 8:00 p.m. and Oct. 18, 25 at 2:00 p.m.
Flower Power comes to life in Hair with a vitality, a timelessness, and a philosophy that bridges generations and cultures. The rock music score includes popular favorites like AquariusI Got Life, and Let the Sun Shine In.

Cost: $20 standard, $10 with UCF ID

Location: Main Stage

Project Spotlight’s One Act Festival

Nov. 5, 6, 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2:00 p.m.

A festival of new plays brought on by Project Spotlight, a registered student organization, in cooperation with Theatre UCF. This event showcases student writers, directors, actors, designers, and managers and prepares them for their professional careers. More information about Project Spotlight is available at

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: Main Stage

Guest Artist Recital: Denise Gainey and Diane Barger, clarinet

Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: UCF Rehearsal Hall, Auditorium (116)

Flying Horse Big Band Concert

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 1:00 p.m.

The UCF Flying Horse Big Band will perform at the band shell in Central Park, Winter Park as part of the Winter Park Autumn Art Festival.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: Central Park, Winter Park Band Shell


UCF Symphonic Band & Concert Band Concert

Sunday, Oct. 11 at 7:00 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: Timber Creek High School

1001 N. Avalon Park, Blvd.


Harry Allen Plays Harry Allen, with UCF’s Flying Horse Big Band

Friday, Oct. 16 at 8:00 p.m.

Cost: $10, $5 non-UCF students, free with UCF ID
Location: UCF Communications Bldg., Auditorium (101)

UCF Symphony Orchestra Concert

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Featuring students from the OCSA Orchestra

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: The Osceola County School for the Arts

3141 N. Orange Blossom Trail

UCF Voice Day 

Saturday, Oct. 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

UCF Voice Day is a day full of interaction with UCF voice and choral faculty featuring workshops, voice masterclasses, and performances by the UCF Chamber Singers and UCF Opera.

The event is free of charge but does require advance registration. High school students will meet and work with our faculty, interact with college music students, and discover possibilities for their future in vocal music. Teachers and choral directors are also welcomed to attend.

Location: UCF Performing Arts Center – Music (119)
Cost: Free with advance registration

UCF Voice Day Choir Concert

Saturday, Oct. 17 at 7:00 p.m.

Kelly Miller and David Brunner conduct the Women’s Chorus, University Chorus and Chamber Singers in a wide variety of music, including contemporary Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds, Canadian Stephen Hatfield, and American composers Andrea Ramsey, Paul Basler and Caldwell & Ivory.  The concert is free to the public and is the culmination of Voice Day, a day-long interactive experience with high school singers and the UCF voice and choral faculty.

Cost: Free and open to the public
Location: UCF Visual Arts Building, Auditorium (132)

FACULTY RECITAL: JoAnne Stephenson, soprano, and Robin Jensen, piano

Sunday, Oct. 18 at 3:00 p.m.

A collaborative faculty recital featuring music by Schubert, Mozart, and Faure

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: UCF Rehearsal Hall, Auditorium (116)

Jazz Chamber Group Concert Series: Concert I

Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 8:00 p.m.

Featuring performances by UCF Student Jazz Combos

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: UCF Rehearsal Hall, Auditorium (116)

Jazz Chamber Group Concert Series: Concert II

Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 8:00 p.m.

Featuring performances by UCF Student Jazz Combos

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: UCF Rehearsal Hall, Auditorium (116)


Collide Contemporary Music Series: Graduate Chamber Ensemble

Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Location: UCF Rehearsal Hall, Auditorium (116)


Brianna Ordenes is a Contributing Writer for the Central Florida Future.

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