Things have been just a little hectic around The Republic lately, hence the lack of blog posts recently. Since my last update, we’ve been building seven days a week, preparing one incredible experience for you to enjoy beginning next week.

Last night, we welcomed 30 very excited players into our world. It was our “alpha test,” a chance for us to run the full show start to finish with outsiders for the very first time.

Before the performance, The Republic creator Sarah Elger met our eager players outside for a few words, noting the “test” nature of the evening. We naturally didn’t want to reveal everything just yet, still hard at work completing our sets, sound, lighting, effects, costumes, and makeup.

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Waiting inside was our incredible cast of performers, ready to interact in character for the duration of the experience.

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As players trickled inside, receiving their individual roles for the night, anticipation was building.

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Once let loose into our 18,000 square foot performance space, our first players had an absolute blast throughout the 90-minute experience. From the moment we welcomed them inside for an introduction to the show to the final seconds of the grand finale, each player was thoroughly entranced with the story and performances, literally running around at times, fully embodying the roles they had been given as scenes unfolded around them.

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All the while, Sarah watched from her Dungeon Master control center high above the performance space. Even without all surveillance cameras set up just yet, she was aware every action that took place, guiding the show to its conclusion.

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And when it had ended, our first players raved about how much fun they had – and how they were instantly ready to return when our full performances soon begin.

Then, just as quickly as it had all started, all was quiet inside, leaving Sarah – along with her entire cast and crew – smiling proudly as her creation had come to life for the very first time with wonderful success.

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Next week begins your chance to experience The Republic. Be part of our “beta test” at the Orlando Fringe Festival by getting a ticket here.

Following those select dates, our full performance run begins May 30, continuing every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evening through July 25. Get your tickets here.

We thank all of the players for participating in our alpha test last night. Come back here in the coming days to get a further look inside The Republic as this exciting new experience finally takes shape.

 – Ricky Brigante / Rogue: Hypnos