August 27 - September 27

Hello, Dolly!

Presented by: Bob and Dianna Duffy
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Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman | Book by Michael Stewart
Based on the play “The Matchmaker” by Thornton Wilder

Presented by Bob and Dianna Duffy

Directed by Joseph C. Walsh

When matchmaker Dolly Gallagher Levi is hired to arrange a marriage for the miserly half-millionaire Horace Vandergelder, she easily finds him the perfect mate- herself! Full of humor, romance, and exquisite dancing, this blockbuster Broadway hit features some of the greatest songs ever written for the theatre, from “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” and “It Only Takes a Moment” to the irresistible title song, “Hello, Dolly!”

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This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is sponsored in part by the Department of State, division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council of Arts and Culture and the State of Florida. This project is funded in part by United Arts of Central Florida, home of and

cast & crew

Learn about the Health and Safety Policies for actors and crew members in the latest Let’s Talk Theatre with Artistic Director Joseph C. Walsh.


Dolly Gallagher Levi: Shonda L. Thurman

Horace Vandergelder: Brian Minyard

Ambrose Kemper: Reid Canal

Ermengarde: Sarah Isola

Cornelius Hackl: Russell Stephens

Barnaby Tucker: Anthony Morehead

Minnie Fay: Ambria M. Benjamin

Irene Molloy: Lillie Eliza Thomas

Mrs. Rose/ Ernestina: Janine Papin

Rudolph: Terry E. Thomas

Judge: Kadesh Lewis

Court Clerk: Eli Hamilton

Ensemble: Christine Brandt, Sarah Rose Hackshaw, Dakota Hemberger, Noah A. Lyon, Laura Mansoori, Brooke Schellpfeffer, Malik Van Hoozer-Elliott, Elijah Vazquez, Ethan Walker, and Jared Warren


Production Team

Director: Joseph C. Walsh

Assistant Director: Chase Hoerrner

Music Director: Michael Ursua

Choreographer: Lindsey D. Smith

Assistant Choreographer: Mattie Endsley

Scenic Designer: Bert Scott

Lighting Designer: Erin Miner

Costume Designer: Dan Jones

Sound Designer: Anthony Narciso, IATSE Member

Props Master: Zeke Waters

Wig Designer: Erma Sandora

Production Stage Manager: Christine Kindred

Rehearsal Stage Manager: Louis Rego

Assistant Stage Manager 1: Stephanie Elliott

ASM2/ Deck ASM: Michelle Shea

Assistant Carpenter: Justin Harmon

Assistant Carpenter: John Sublette

Scenic Artist: Ruth E.

Sound Board Operator: Cheyenne Dalton

Master Electrician: David Clenney

Spot Op: Sören Ray

Spot Op: Mackenzie Woodward

Costume Run Crew: Rosibel Hernandez


Audience Reviews

“What a wonderful, wonderful theater production! Hello Dolly! was top notch from beginning to end! The actors were dancing with joy, singing with gusto and speaking so very clearly, even with their masks on.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“Everything about the performance was extraordinary- the cast, music, staging, etc. Very, very upbeat and entertaining.” – Garden Theatre Guest

“It was an amazing performance! I love the costumes and the dance features-especially the dancing waiters!” – Garden Theatre Guest

“As I have been attending Garden Theatre since it opened and this COVID presented new challenges I was nervous. However the talent was as good as ever, voices and lines were clear despite masks, and choreography was superb. I soon forgot about masks and enjoyed seeing the creativity the Garden Theatre used in this COVID production. It was really great to be back home!” – Garden Theatre Guest

Critic Reviews

“The 1964 musical, chock full of sparkling Jerry Herman show tunes, is the Garden’s first production directed by Joseph C. Walsh, who became the Winter Garden theater’s artistic director last year. His Dolly! shows impressive attention to detail, both emotional and physical — as well as the ability to think creatively in irregular times.”

A hearty ‘Hello’ to Garden Theatre’s life-affirming ‘Dolly’ | Review – Matt Palm, Orlando Sentinel


“The musical is funny, romantic, and filled with incredible Broadway style dancing. The ‘waiter’s dance’ alone is worth the trip… Everyone in the cast is as charming and well-voiced as any Broadway show. Dolly is played by Shonda Thurman, and Horace Vandergelder is played by Brian Minyard, with special kudos to Russell Stevens as Cornelius Hacker and Lille Thomas as Irene Molloy.

“Josh Recommends” By Josh Garrick: HELLO DOLLY!!! LIVE at the Garden Theatre – Josh Garrick, Wandering Educators


“Fate couldn’t have found a more fitting show for the Garden Theatre’s 2020 return than one with a whole song about getting out of the house and hitting the town. Indeed, with lines like ‘gonna get some life back into my life’ and ‘the rest of us are in great danger of contamination,’ DOLLY wouldn’t let us forget the pandemic even if its cast weren’t wearing masks.”

BWW Review: Put on Your Sunday Masks: The Garden’s HELLO, DOLLY! Reminds Us There’s a World Out There – Aaron Wallace, BroadwayWorld



ASL-Interpreted Performance

Thursday, September 10, 2020 | 7:30 pm

In partnership with Signing Shadows, Garden Theatre will present an American Sign Language-interpreted performance.

When looking at the stage, the interpreters will be located in front of the stage on the far right.

For more information about the best seating to view the interpreters, please email

Seating Changes

To best protect your health, we will implement physically-distanced seating for most of our season. We will reduce the number of tickets sold each showtime for Hello, Dolly!Ugly Lies the BoneMatilda the MusicalA Class Act, and A Raisin in the Sun. We plan to fully seat the theatre beginning with Beauty and the Beast.

Click Here to Review the Hello, Dolly! Seating Map

Learn more about Garden Theatre’s COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies here. 

Dolly's Garden

Dolly’s Garden Decals

As gardeners around Central Florida are preparing for their Fall planting, we’re also doing a little planting right here at the Garden! We invite you to become part of Dolly’s Garden and purchase a flower decal to help keep the Garden growing strong.

Our Dolly’s Garden decals are a wonderful way to honor or remember a loved one, promote your business, celebrate your love of theatre, or surprise a family member when you arrive to see Hello, Dolly! this fall.

Each decal is $275, and is considered a tax-deductible donation. Decals can be one of five different flowers, and will be chosen by the Garden staff to ensure a varied display. Each decal is approximately 18 inches wide, and will be displayed on the sidewalk in front of the theatre, creating our very own garden!

Decals are in limited supply.

Click here to purchase a Dolly’s Garden Decal.

Once we receive your information, a staff member will contact you to confirm details and process your payment.

Payment must be received by September 16, 2020. Information received after this date will not be included in Dolly’s Garden.

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