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St. Petersburg’s Freefall Theatre announces return to indoor performances

Guests will have to book appointments for an interactive performance of ‘The Rose and the Beast.’
Brooke Taylor Benson, Haulston Mann, Bryan Mercer, Marissa Toogood and Niall McGinty in Freefall Theatre's production of "Lone Star Spirits," from 2020. After more than a year, the theater company returns to indoor performance starting June 25.
Brooke Taylor Benson, Haulston Mann, Bryan Mercer, Marissa Toogood and Niall McGinty in Freefall Theatre's production of "Lone Star Spirits," from 2020. After more than a year, the theater company returns to indoor performance starting June 25. [ Courtesy of Michael A Eaddy ]
Published May 14
Updated May 14

Freefall Theatre returned to live performance with a drive-in concert series at their outdoor stage last fall. Now, the theater company has announced its return to indoor performances.

The Rose and the Beast, based on Francesca Lia Block’s bestselling novel, opens June 25. But it won’t be a traditional theater experience. Audiences will book appointments with their own party for a walk-through of a series of nine environments. There will be interactive, multimedia and augmented reality components.

The play is a retelling of nine classic fairy tales, including Snow White and Beauty and the Beast. The nine spaces were created by a team of scenic designers, Tom Hansen, Rebekah Lazaridis and Steven K. Mitchell. An original score was composed by Michael Raabe and Amanda Eland. The experience also utilizes an app called Zappar that can be downloaded on smartphones.

It runs through Aug. 8. Walk-through appointments happen from 3-8 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. Tickets range from $39-$49. 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-498-5205. freefalltheatre.com.