UCF Conservatory Theatre’s latest offering cruises onto the Black Box stage this evening for the opening of “Dames At Sea.”

With book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise, “Dames At Sea” is a musical comedy inspired by 1930s Hollywood director and choreographer Busby Berkeley.  “Dames At Sea” pays homage to “42nd Street,” complete with the theme of a young girl going to Broadway and making it big — plus an abundance of musical numbers, dancing and tapping.

The show opens Thursday, Nov. 18, and will run through Sunday, Dec. 5., on UCF’s main campus. All performances are scheduled in UCF’s smaller Black Box Theatre.

“It’s an intimate setting for an intimate musical,” says Earl Weaver, the show’s director and UCF’s coordinator of Musical Theatre.

Weaver adds that this “family-friendly, lighthearted romp” will not only be fun and entertaining, but it also will be eligible to participate in the well-revered American College Theatre Festival, or ACTF.

“We’ve never been able to have a full musical submitted for ACTF, so ‘Dames At Sea’ is the perfect opportunity to do so,” he said.

Performances of  “Dames At Sea” will be Thursdays through Sundays from Nov. 18 until Dec. 5.

All shows begin at 8 p.m., except for the Sunday matinee, which will start at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $17 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for students with their ID. Reservations are recommended and available through the UCF Conservatory Theatre box office at 407-823-1500. Group rates are available. The box office can assist with accommodations for patrons with disabilities.