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Central Florida Theatre Picks April 23-29

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 23 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015.

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Spring Opera Theatre Workshop at Valencia College East Campus Black Box Theater. FREE! NO TICKET REQUIRED. Friday, April 24 and Saturday, April 25 at 7:30pm(407) 582-2900

11182035_10101705449462744_3992469829669629741_nPUTTING IT TOGETHER at Winter Park Playhouse (711-C Orange Avenue, Winter Park). April 17–May 9 (Preview April 16). Two couples reflect on the complexities of modern relationships in this revue featuring some of Sondheim’s well-loved songs including numbers from Into the Woods, Company, Follies, Sweeney Todd, Merrily We Roll Along, and more! 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. 407-645-0145https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?show=41667(Rated PG)The Winter Park Playhousewinterparkplayhouse.org

JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH at Shine In the Limelight (8010 Sunport Drive, Suite114, Orlando, FL). Ronald Dahl’s classic masterpiece for children. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 7pm, Sun at 2pmApril 23-26407-340-0920. Rated G. www.shineinthelimelight.com

THE WOMEN presented by Cornerstone Theatre Company at The Princess Theater, April 16 to May 3. The Women shows us a funny and somewhat unflattering picture of womanhood. The plot involves the efforts of a group of women to play their respective roles in an artificial society that consists of vanity, comedy, tragedy, hope and disappointment. A Cast of 25 Women! General Audiences. Visit: CornerstoneTheatreCompany.com or call (407) 494 – 8474https://www.facebook.com/events/912102295507436/

PRODUCTIONS CONTINUING (some final weekends!):

SOUTH PACIFIC from Central Florida Community Arts is Different from their large scale Summer Broadway Season concert version production — this will be a creative, immersive, fully staged show in an intimate space. Experience this full-length musical theater masterpiece, directed by Donald Rupe, in a whole new way!
Note: Mild adult language


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 (8747 International Dr. Ste 102 Orlando)

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


THE FLICK, written by Annie Baker and starring Daniel Cooksley, Jessie Grossman, Marcellis Cutler, and Coletyn Hentz, opens June 19th in the Dr Phillips Center Pugh Theater, tickets on sale now!  Industry Night: June 29th, Tickets only $25. http://www.drphillipscenter.org/…/20774-the-flick.stml


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. 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. http://barrebellas.com

Marriage of Figaro Tonight and Sunday Matinee

Guest post by SeaWorld Mommy

Left to right: Robert Gierlach (Figaro), Maureen O’Flynn (Susanna), Marian Pop (Count Almaviva), Jason Ferrante (Don Basilio), Andrew Gray (Antonio)

There’s a reason TV daytime dramas are called soap operas. Ever see the one with a philandering Count whose wife eventually forgives him (after a little payback)? And isn’t that show with a valet whose fiancé is the object of the Count’s dalliance; even if it is the Count’s legal “right” to take his servant’s wife on her wedding night? (Go ahead and say “ewww” at this point.) Oh… and isn’t there a young man crushing on one of his dream girls (with whom he has NO chance as she’s the Count’s wife—so dream on)? No? Not a daytime drama? While these storylines sure seem like the thing of which daytime Emmys are made, it’s actually a brief rundown of the top plot points of The Marriage of Figaro on stage this weekend at the Bob Carr Auditorium.

Based on a play by Pierre Beaumarchais, with music composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Italian lyrics by Lorenzo Da Ponte, The Marriage of Figaro has been hailed Mozart’s most “perfectly” written opera. Don’t let the Italian lyrics (ahem, libretto) scare you.

Stephanie Foley-Davis as Cherubino.

English subtitles can be seen above the action if you happen to get lost. It’s really not critical, though, as it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that Count Almaviva has a wandering eye, or that Figaro’s bride-to-be, maid Susanna, has a little something up her sleeve with the elegant but not-to-be-toyed-with Countess Rosina. You may get a little flummoxed by the Cherubino character who is, as written, a young man, but who is played, traditionally, by a woman. (At one point the actress who’s playing a man dresses up like a woman in a disguise. So… just think RuPaul in reverse, and go with it.)

In a sub-plot, Figaro is at odds with Marcellina who wants him to marry HER to pay off a debt. She could go to nationaldebtreliefprograms.com debt relief programs to ease debt off her shoulders but she is none too pleased the Marriage of Figaro is going on as planned. Bartolo, meanwhile, is happy with any device that screws with Figaro, as Figaro was instrumental in helping the Count and Countess get together in the first place and… hello!… he had his eye on Rosina himself! Spoiler alert: We find out later that Marcellina is actually Figaro’s mom, and Bartolo is his dad. (Yeah, I’m thinking Oedipus right now, too.)

Marian Pop as Count Almaviva, Twyla Robinson as the Countess (disguised as Susanna)

There’s “much ado about nothing” throughout the four acts as characters get in and out of disguise to teach one another lessons, in this mad, mad day. (I couldn’t help but see the parallels of plotters turning on one another when they think they see a betrayal when they don’t, as in Shakespeare’s famous play.) In the end forgiveness prevails, led by the Countess who, while having every right to present a cold shoulder to her husband ad infinitum, belts out a glorious ode to reunification and the count, for once contrite, begs—and is granted—her forgiveness.

As one would expect, the orchestration corrals the scenes to their assigned emotional pen. The strings, however, do much of the heavy lifting and are almost another character with their crisp, playful riffs (nee ostinato, for the non-bourgeois like myself). They almost musically create a cartooned character in one’s mind, twirling the laughable mustache at appropriate moments. (Did I really see the actors do a chest bump at one time, or did I only imagine it with the playful bounce of the bassoon?!)

Twyla Robinson as Countess Rosina Almaviva.

Bravo to the Orlando Philharmonic for this beautiful production! Seasoned opera lovers and complete newbies like myself will find themselves smiling from the first downbeat to the last.

Tickets are on sale now for two performances: Friday, November 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 11, at 2 p.m.  or by calling 407-770-0071 or www.OrlandoPhil.org.

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