The worlds of theme parks and theater will collide next month when Jeff Jones’s new comedy The Animatronicans debuts on May 18 at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.
The Animatronicans is a sitcom style show that follows the adventures of four theme park animatronic characters from current and closed attractions, living together in a home off property from the parks. See what happens when the parks close and everyone, living and mechanical, goes home for the night. In this story, President Abraham Lincoln (Josh Siniscalco), Journey in to Imagination’s Dreamfinder (Jeff Jones), now closed Maelstrom’s Polar Bear (James Keaton) and Carousel of Progress’s John (Doug Ba’aser) share a private home in Windermere. Their identities have been unknown to their neighbors for years until one day when a journalist from the human world (Janine Klein) knocks on their door and turns their magical world upside down.
The show is written by Jeff Jones (Welcome to Hell, Hell Freezes Over, Little Miss Fringe Festival) and directed by Fringe veteran Michael Wanzie (The Lion Queen and the Naked GoGo Cub). They, and the other performers, will be familiar to Orlando theme park fans, especially Keaton, better known as the Halloween Horror Nights icon Jack the Clown. The production contains Mature content and is not intended for children.
The Animatronicans opens in the Yellow Venue at the Orlando Fringe Festival in Loch Haven Park on May 18, and runs through May 29.
Showtimes are: Wednesday, May 18th 10:30 PM; Saturday, May 21st 7:30 PM; Monday, May 23rd 8:15 PM; Thursday, May 26th 10:15 PM; Friday, May 27th 11:00 PM; Saturday, May 28th 10:15 PM; Sunday, May 29th 10:30 PM. Tickets cost $11 plus a $1 service fee, and a $10 Fringe Button is required. Tickets are available now at orlandofringe.org.