Sol Children Theatre now has an older sibling.
The Boca Raton-based company will kick off its 11th season at an open house Friday with the announcement of a second troupe called Evening Star Productions, which will focus on plays for more-mature audiences.
“It’s been in the back of my mind for the last 10 years,” artistic director Rosalie Grant says. “And I started to give it some meat and potatoes two or three months ago.”
In 2002, Grant opened Sol Theatre in what is now Empire Stage in Fort Lauderdale, where she soon discovered she had a love for directing.
“People came to Sol, and they didn’t know whether they were going to see a Disney princess or something that made you gasp in the dark,” she recalls. “The audience didn’t know what to expect. I couldn’t figure out how to do both.”
Now, she has. Sol Children Theatre has been rebranded as Sol Theatre, which will be an umbrella for both Sol Children Theatre and Evening Star Productions, the latter featuring adult and professional actors as well as young people working toward a career in theater.
“Patrons will have no fear of what they are bringing their child to,” Grant says.
The first show from Evening Star will be “I Remain … J. Austen,” which will run Sept. 27-29. Sol Children Theatre previously did the production as part of the WLRN Summer Theatre Fest.
There will also be a play reading of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” on Sept. 15.
Next year, the company plans on doing “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.”
The Friday Evening Social will take place 6-8 p.m. at Sol Theatre, 3333 N. Federal Highway, in Boca Raton. Admission is free. RSVP at 561-447-8829. For more information, go to SolChildren.org or EveningStarProductions.org.