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Celebrate Mad Cow Theatre’s 20th season like it’s 1776!

1776-1981776, Sherman Edwards’ beloved Tony Award-winning musical, celebrating a revolutionary moment in history has a bold new all-female voice! Truly an excellent choice this election year, 1776 is exact-LEE* the best way for Mad Cow Theatre to ring in their 20th season.

On Friday, September 22, join in on the 20th Birthday Celebration and Opening Night of 1776 (purchase tickets to this special event here). The cocktail party starts at 6pm with restaurant partner Ceviche, followed by the show and wrapping up opening night with a champagne toast with the cast. Tickets are $75 (and just $30 for Mad Cow Theatre subscribers).

I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is called a disgrace — two are called a law firm — and that three or more become a Congress.” So begins this patriotic musical depicting a contentious Continental Congress debating the pros and cons of ever agreeing “in the course of human events.”  If you thought bickering politicians was a new thing, you’ve got another thing coming. And this time the musical is presented with females in every role thanks to Mad Cow Theatre’s bold all-female casting.

Performances run Thursdays – Sundays, September 23 – October 23, 2016 in The Harriett Theatre. Save on special preview performances Wednesday, September 21 & Thursday, September 22 at 7:30pm. Visit Mad Cow’s website for additional specials or to purchase tickets.

Our Founding Fathers are seen in a whole new way. Should be one “mother” of a revolutionary tale.

*Enjoy “The Lees of Old Virginia” to get those patriotic juices flowing before the show.

 

One "Mother of a Cast" in a show about Our Founding Fathers

One “Mother of a Cast” in a show about Our Founding Fathers

 

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You Got No Show, Without The Producers!

Todd Zimmerman and Brandon Roberts. The cast is great!

Todd Zimmerman and Brandon Roberts. The cast is great!

Osceola Arts, 2411 E Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway, Kissimmee, FL 34744, presents The Producers, May 6 – 22, 2016.

In Mel Brooks’ Broadway hit, a down-on-his-luck producer and his mild-mannered accountant come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history by bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. One problem: the show is a smash hit! Featuring the gloriously
offensive “Springtime For Hitler,” this outrageous, laugh-a-minute comedy is a sure-fire winner.

Orlando funnymen Todd Zimmerman and Brandon Roberts star as Bialystock and Bloom. Featuring a stellar supporting cast including Michael Colavolpe as Roger De’Bris, Kevin Kriegel as Franz Liebkind, Moses Galarza as Carmen Ghia, and introducing Kalen Dennis as Ulla, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor.

Directed by Adam Graham, with choreography by Michelle Alagna, the show runs at Osceola Arts Friday May 6th – Sunday May 22nd.

Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 PM. Sunday shows are at 2:00 PM with one Thursday show on May 12th, 2016 at 7:30 PM.

Tickets may be purchased online at www.OsceolaArts.org, or at the box office an hour before show. Ticket prices range from $15 – $22.

For information contact 407-846-6257 or visit www.OsceolaArts.org.

Guys and Dolls September 10 and 11

So how’s the “The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York” going to happen without one thousand bucks? Where can they get that sized bundle of lettuce?

Come find out when the Central Florida Community Arts presents their 5th annual Summer Broadway Season production, Guys and Dolls, September 10 & 11, 2015 at Northland Church, a 3,100-seat, state-of-the-art venue in Longwood.

Based on the stories and characters of Damon Runyon, with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, this concert-style production of Guys and Dolls is directed by Rob Lott, with music direction by Jacob Haines, assistant direction by Ashley Willsey, choreography by Katherine Rivera, and is produced by Joshua Vickery through CFCArts.

Set in the ’50s, Guys and Dolls sets Sky Masterson, ladies man and notorious gambler toe to toe with Nathan Detroit who says there ain’t no WAY missionary Sarah Brown will go out with him (backed up with a thousand dollar bet that would get that floating crap game off and running). With complex staging, imaginative choreography and a slew of catchy tunes, the CFCArts production is, we BET, going to be a huge success.

“There’s a reason Guys and Dolls is considered to be one of the great American musicals,” says director Rob Lott. “It just works.”

Guys and Dolls features classic songs, including “If I Were A Bell,” “Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat,” and “Luck Be A Lady.”

Guys and Dolls features David Kelley* (Sky Masterson), Kelley McGillicuddy* (Sarah Brown), Michael Swickard* (Nathan Detroit), Melissa Mason (Miss Adelaide), Joe Tokarz* (Nicely Nicely Johnson), Kevin Zepf (Benny Southstreet), Timothy Pappas (Harry The Horse), and Thomas Limbacher (Arvide Abernathy), with Amanda Brievogel, Michelle Carroll, Scott Kerill, Scott Leake, Danny Seigler, Danielle Smith, and Tammy Winsor.

The cast also includes 12 dancers, a 70-voice choir, and live music by a full orchestra.

Event Details

Date and times:
Thursday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, September 11 at 78:30 p.m.
Venue address:

Northland Church
530 Dog Track Road
Longwood, FL, 32750
Tickets are now available online at http://cfcarts.com/guys-and-dolls/. Proceeds from this production benefit local youth arts programs and summer camps.

Central Florida Theatre Picks April 9-16

Enjoy these weekly picks by guest contributor John DiDonna of Central Florida Theatre in Process (CFTIP)

Here’s a round-up of theatrical events and productions you should know about for the week of Thursday, April 9 through Wednesday, April 16, 2015. For more theater news and discussion visit Central Florida Theatre in Process: https://www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/#

OPENING THIS WEEK

Streecar Named Desire 2015A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE at Seminole State College’s Fine Arts Theatre on the Lake Mary Campus on April 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:30pm and on April 12 & 19 at 2pm. For tickets and information call (407) 708-2040. This play includes mature themes and is not recommended for children. Details: https://www.seminolestate.edu/arts/events/theatre

HAVING OUR SAY: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years produced by Cultural Fusion at Shakespeare Center. A wise and witty stage play chronicling the story of two well-lived sisters at ages 101 and 103, written by Emily Mann and directed by Kenneth Brown. Thursday, April 9, Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11 at 8pm, 812 E Rollins St, Orlando. Details: www.culturalfusion.org (Check out the special effects makeup provided by #aeostudios!)

SWAMPED, performed by the beginner class of Central Florida Community Arts’ Children/Youth Arts program at Calvary Assembly in Winter Park. Saturday, April 11 at 6:30pm. $10 per person and kids age 12 & under are free. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/589179114551397/

 

CONTINUING PRODUCTIONS (some final weekends!) 

Metamorphoses 2015METAMORPHOSES is Mary Zimmerman’s magical adaptation of the Myths of Ovid set in a water environment of transformation, directed by John DiDonna. Through April 12 at Valencia College East Campus, Black Box Theater. Save $2 per ticket when you purchase online at www.valenciacollege.edu/arts and use Promo Code VALENCIAWEB. Valencia Box Office (407) 582-2900

 

JOE’S NYC BAR via Beckett Thomas Productions and St. Matthews Tavern (Orlando) is an interactive, improvisational, immersive theatre experience in which the audience is transported to a bar on Manhattan’s lower east side. Purchase tickets at WANZIE.com for $15 in advance, or $20 at the door the day of show. Every Sunday through April 19, 2015, matinee performance only, 3pm door, 3:30pm show time! (Note: Rating “21 and over”)

ONGOING PRODUCTIONS

DRIP, industrial bar and show. Dress down, drink up and rock out while dancers tell a love story dancing in paint, flying water and sand, backed by a LIVE rock band. You will get messy! Thursdays (followed by a local art night), Fridays, Saturdays, doors opens at 8pm, show starts a little after 9pm. Located at 8747 International Dr. Set 102, Orlando. $35 tickets: www.ILoveDRIP.com

SAK COMEDY LAB is a 200 seat improv comedy theater in downtown Orlando. Conveniently located at the City Arts Factory’s second floor, 29 S. Orange Ave. SAK performs LIVE improv comedy shows that are fun and suitable for ALL AGES, Tuesday through Saturday. www.sak.com

OPENING SOON 

SPOTLIGHT CABARET SERIES featuring Noel Marie Matson. Noel Marie premieres her new cabaret SONGS MY MOTHER SANG, featuring music from the songbooks of Barbra Streisand, Bette Midler and Carol Burnett at the Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park. Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17-18 ONLY. Tickets are $18 + one drink minimum. Standing room tickets are available for $10 (with no drink minimum) when seating has sold out. Details: 407-645-0145 or Playhousewinterparkplayhouse.org (Note: Rated PG)

PUTTING IT TOGETHER follows two couples reflecting on the complexities of modern relationships in a revue featuring some of Sondheim’s well-loved songs from Into the Woods, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, and more! Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park. April 17–May 9 (Preview April 16). Tickets $38-$18 with $20 industry and $10 student rush tickets – check with box office for availability. NOTE: Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as performances routinely sell out. Details: 407-645-0145 or Playhousewinterparkplayhouse.org (Note: Rated PG)

TIME PASSES – Valencia College Theater in Association with Playwrights Round Table festival of 14 – 5 minute plays. April 17-18 at 8pm and April 19 at 2pm, Lowndes Shakespeare Center (Loch Haven Park) – ADMISSION FREE (Donations accepted at door) https://www.facebook.com/events/331658243710240/

THE WOMEN presented by Cornerstone Theatre Company at The Princess Theater, shows us a funny and somewhat unflattering picture of womanhood. A cast of 25 women put effort into their respective roles in an artificial society that consists of vanity, comedy, tragedy, hope and disappointment. April 16 through May 3. Details: (407) 494 – 8474 or CornerstoneTheatreCompany.com

EDUCATION

ADVANCED AUXILIARY Acting Class – @ Art’s Sake Studio, Winter Park. EFW & Classic Meisner repetition warm-up and Film & Television Scenes. April 29-Jun 3, 2015. RSVP jarackas@hotmail.com – DISCOUNT for VCC alumni and students. Details: https://www.facebook.com/events/451257931693230/

DANCE/FITNESS: Now offering a Student/Theater/Dancer discount for Dion Leonhard’s Dance Barre classes at Barre Bellas. Drop-in rate for any classes Monday or Wednesday 10:30am and 11:30am is $15 (your very first class is free). Package of 5 classes for $50; (package good for a year). A unique combination of classic Pilates Technique blended with ballet exercises, dance stretches and cardio. Details: http://barrebellas.com

AUDITIONS/JOB OPENINGS

AUDITION NOTICE: THE FLICK, Non-union, paid, appointment only. Details: http://playbill.com/jobs/job_detail/the-flick-orlando-non-union-only-345064

AUDITION NOTICE: calling actors between the ages of 17-21 to audition for the 1 man 1 woman show “Out of Gas on Lovers Leap” By Mark st. Germain, produced by The Breaking Ground Production crew, directed by Jonathan Raffoul

The D*Word D*Lights Orlando

Guest Post by SeaWorld Mommy

Just about every woman on earth can relate to being “Ditched, Dumped, Divorced and Dating” at one time or another. While not currently dating anyone but my husband, I will cop to having been the other three in my not-so-distant past. I can assure you, I didn’t have nearly as much fun experiencing those Ds in real life as I did watching them being performed in The D*Word, A Musical, on stage select nights in its World Premier at The Abbey through March 2.

The D*Word follows four women commiserating over their lack of success in finding love. They’re all Holding Out for a Hero and find through their journey that although Love Hurts, it’s worth the trip when you have friends—and a few bottles of wine—along the way.

Creator Jeanie Linders who brought unexpected laughter in Menopause The Musical® is at it again in The D*Word, by touching on subjects that embody the whole “misery loves company” notion. Gal pals will revel in the ability to “see” themselves in just that situation being acted out and will find themselves singing along to familiar tunes in the process. Think group therapy, set to a jukebox score. With wine.

Erica (Angie McKnight) and Kate (Laura Wright) sipping some Middle Sister wine and sharing their woes.  Photo by Alex Meissner

Sarah Hester Ross plays the always-a-fiancee, never-a-bride woman who wore a big fat diamond (can we say “overcompensating”?!) for six and a half years. Turns out his great taste in jewelry is matched only by his taste in furnishings, clothes…. Oh, and men.

Erica, played by Angie McKnight, has been fourteen (FOURTEEN?!) years without sex. She’s decided it’s time to get back in the game although her butt-insky Sissy has little time for encouragement in her weekly calls. Good thing she’s got some new friends to help her!

Laura Wright is Kate, who pines for a child… yearns for a child… LONGS for a child. Will she find Mr. Dad? Or “just” a good man.

And then there’s the vivacious DeeDee (Jacinda Rose Swinehart) whose husband left her for a new model. She’s got the Hot Stuff, despite what he thinks.

Jen (Sarah Hester Ross), Erica (Angie McKnight), DeeDee (Jacinda Rose Swinehart), Kate (Laura Wright) Photo by Christine Young

While being thoroughly impressed with the amazing vocal talents of the cast, I was distracted a few times with some lighting choices and a pesky mic that threatened to crackle my ears to death. Minor technical issues notwithstanding, The D*World is a whole lot of girl-power, ladies-night-out kind of fun.

Orlando women… put on some sequins, and head on out for a whole lot of wine, women, and song, not necessarily in that order. Make sure you have a friend or two (or five), as it’s more fun to laugh about the time you were D*ed by that guy (or girl!) when you can remember surviving… together.