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Unexpected Joy

Dec 3 - 19

In modern-day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy. When her tightly wound, conservative daughter and her sweet, rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams, and goals. A heartfelt and hilarious story that celebrates diversity and acceptance, Unexpected Joy weaves folk-rock, pop, and blues in bringing together a family that hasn’t experienced true joy in decades.

In the Press

Off Stage and On The Air Interview

Off Stage and On The Air InterviewBill Russell, Caroline Mullins, and Lisa Scheps
00:00 / 15:40

Austin American Statesman Feature

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Covid 19 Mitigation


GFT reassess this on a weekly basis and changes based on CDC and City of Austin guidance.

Current as of Oct 2021

GFT will have strict Covid 19 protocols in place, including requiring proof of vaccination or recent negative Covid 19 test, requiring masks for ALL patrons in the theatre except while ACTIVELY eating or drinking, limited socially distanced seating, HEPA filtration, and touchless check-in and ticketing.

Book & Lyrics by

Bill Russell

Music by

Janet Hood


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Lisa Scheps

Music Director

Kelsey Kimble


Cathie Sheridan


Joy                     Cathie Sheridan

Lou                     Michelle Alexander

Rachel                Amber Quick

Tamara               Caroline Mullins

Scenic Design

Gary Thornsberry

Lighting Design

Jacqueline  Sindelar

Costume Design

Pamela Fletcher-Friday

Graphic Design

Erica Moreno

Social Media Marketing

Erica Moreno

Production Stage Manager

Remy Joslin

Stage Manager

Lindsey Ollinger

Technical Director

Kellan diDonato

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