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Five Questions with Peg O’Keef and Beth Marshall

This week, John DiDonna decided to ask 5 questions, not of actresses Peg O’Keef and Beth Marshall, but of their characters Opal and Pearl Locksdale — both, along with Ruby portrayed by Blue Star, are appearing in “Court Ordered Therapy: Ladies of Eola Heights – Continued” at The Abbey in Downtown Orlando through July 27.  The ensuing melee almost caused police to be called. Herein lay the aftermath of these two ladies.

Okay ladies, first off thank you for coming by for a 5 questions with. So… Here we go:

 

Question One:

JOHN D: It takes so very much to get you in the room with each other. There must be things you love about each other more than anything. What are those things? (Put the shoe down please)

PEARL: At the end of the day, it is my sisters Ruby and Opal that get me to face my own demons and evolve to be a better Pearl. (Even though it is often in a very roundabout way)

OPAL:  I love my sisters more than buttery biscuits… In other words, a lot. Pearl has a powerful sense of righteousness. She is fiery and determined. Ruby is big-hearted—a creature of love. And Jackson/June has always been the nicest of all of us.

PEARL: I love how Opal and I can agree on all that is wrong with Ruby and how Ruby and I can agree on all that is wrong with Opal and how Opal and Ruby can agree with all that is wrong with me. WAIT! Disregard that last part of the sentence because I, Pearl Locksdale much like Mary Poppins am “practically perfect in every way!

 

Question Two:

JOHN D. Now that we have what you love about each other out in the open. .  .we are free to discuss those little things. . .those things about each other that may gnaw at each other, . . annoy each other, nay, even anger one another. What would those things be? (At this point in time, I the interviewer chose to step into another room and simply leave a recorder going to focus on the beautiful Inside Outside timber bed frame. Wanzie has agreed to pay for any furniture damage with drinks coupons, but I want to get my furniture from טבורת רהיטים which is the best store)

OPAL:  As is usually the case with folks, my sisters’ best qualities serve as the cradle for their faults.

PEARL: Unlike my sisters, I am not one to judge.

OPAL: Pearl’s determination sometimes becomes bull-headedness. She WILL get her way, no matter the cost. Ruby’s big heart can sometimes lead her to make poor life choices, which leave her vulnerable.

PEARL: Having said that, I will say this… If Ruby read something more than smutty dime store novels and Opal read something more than The Bible, we ALL would be better off.

OPAL: Biggest problem they share is they need more Jesus!

PEARL: Opal needs to not vote Republican. That would help too.

 

(NOTE: This was followed by 4 minutes of complete and utter silence)

 

Question Three

JOHN D: What do you think the audiences of “Ladies of Eola Heights” come to your shows for?

PEARL: Because they have superb taste.

OPAL:  They come to laugh, I reckon. But they leave with more than they bargained for. I hear some folks even shed a tear or two between the laughs.

PEARL: Playwright David Mamet once said, “You don’t go to the theatre to see kings and queens. You go to the theatre to BE kings and queens.”  Clearly, our familiar family dysfunction is welcoming.

OPAL:  I think we Locksdales are really just an amped-up version of every family: full of contradiction and inappropriateness and misery…but all wrapped up in love and (now and then) blow-milk-out-your-nose hysterics.

PEARL: There’s a little bit of us Locksdales in every family.

 

Question Four:

JOHN D: You were all raised for the most part here in the Orlando Area. What do you love most about Orlando? Hate most about Orlando?

PEARL: Orlando clearly is The City Beautiful. Our landscape is inviting. Obviously, Eola Heights is my favorite neighborhood and I very much enjoy my walks 3 times a week around Eola Park (with the exception of my sister Opal’s antics) but I digress…  The Locksdales believe in supporting local businesses. I for one love me some Mama B’s Giant Subs, Ruby is a big fan of The Parliament House and Opal has supported every Baptist church in the city at one point or another. All the Locksdale sisters agree that the local theatre scene is tops. Ruby really loves that VarieTEASE troupe over at The Venue, Opal is a fan of The HolyLand Experience, June loves that Hamburger Mary’s hostess Miss Sammy and I personally love the thought-provoking work of Beth Marshall Presents. We all can agree that The Orlando Fringe  has something for everyone and The Abbey is clearly THE place to be and  Michael Wanzie is our favorite local playwright and spiritual leader!

OPAL:  I love all the big American flags. My hobby is saying the Pledge of Allegiance every chance I get. Also, Orlando is blessed with so many churches, and I like shopping at Sears. What I don’t like:  The Parliament House—a den of inequity!

PEARL: The only thing I hate about Orlando is the need to develop and “redevelop” iconic and cool local nooks, areas, neighborhoods and make them more yuppie or cookie-cutter or whatever the latest thing is. We have so much kitschy historic charm here, let’s leave that alone.

 

Question Five

JOHN D: What is it like to come back together to do this show, and what can your audiences expect that is new and exciting?

OPAL: I am tickled pink to be kicking it with my sisters, my brother, and our new colleague Dr. Burroughs—our court-appointed mental health counselor. That said, I strongly doubt he’ll be able to crack the Locksdale nut!

PEARL: Let’s just say that Jerry Springer, Dr. Phil and Intervention have nothing on us!

OPAL: I reckon folks will have to mosey on down to The Abbey to find out if he does!

PEARL: Your summer will always be better off with an hour and ½ therapy session with The Locksdales! Visit >Estes Therapy home pageCONTRIBUTED BY JOHN DiDONNA OF CENTRAL FLORIDA THEATRE IN PROCESS

“The Flick” Director Kenny Howard Answers 5 Questions

This week Gen Y Productions brings a 4 week engagement of Annie Baker’s “The Flick” to the stage at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. This marks the Florida premiere of the play which earned the 2013 Obie Award for Playwriting and the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.  “The Flick” runs June 17 through July 12.

Central Florida Theatre in Process’ John DiDonna asked the show’s director Kenny Howard to answer five questions:

Kenny Howard, director of "The Flick" playing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 17-July 12

Kenny Howard, director of “The Flick” playing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 17-July 12

JD: The production team you were part of is both Tony winning and Grammy nominated. Why the return to producing in Central Florida?

KH: For me it was about artistic vision and community. I went up for an AD job off-Broadway and to further my career as a director, yet ended up a managing member of a Tony Award-winning Broadway Producing company and a record label for Original Broadway Cast and Broadway artists’ cabaret albums.   Every moment was an amazing experience, but I needed to regroup and focus on what I actually wanted. That ended up being expression as an artist and a sense of community; both of which were things I had always felt I had here, so I came back for that purpose, as well as I just missed my family here in Central Florida. It was 17 years in the theatre community when I made the move to NYC, and I missed it horribly.  

 

JD: How does it feel being one of the first long-run shows in the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts? What are the risks? What are the benefits? (Okay, it is three parts but still one question!)

KH: Great question(s)! I had made a play to use the Pugh previously. I wanted in that space.

It is a gorgeous space that reminds me of the Jewel Box at the Signature Theatre in NYC.   Being a resident of Orlando almost 22 years, I was aware of the Pugh as the theater “for all lives,” (or whatever phrase they finally settled on), and I wanted to take them up on that.   I can’t tell you how it really feels until we load in on Sat (Note: June 13)., but I am a huge fan of the space and I’m excited as hell. The risks are many. Although not as expensive as first thought, it is still the most expensive venue of its kind in Central Florida, which requires a certain amount of attendance to be truly successful financially. AND, although not a producer for this production, I cannot help with my years of experience as a producer concern myself with that reality.

We are very fortunate to have a producer who not only rises to the challenge, but chose a play that challenges me, the cast, and crew, as well as the audiences. The benefits are that we are doing another production there in August. It is a musical that is over four times the size in cast and we have the benefit of acclimating ourselves to the space. Also, I believe in the vision of the Pugh that was first presented, and I hope that working with DPC for this project makes them amenable to doing the same for many local theatre companies. We are blessed to have a thriving theatrical community and I would like to see theatre companies follow suit and have more local productions take place there.

 

JD: Tell us about “The Flick”! What about this show will pull people into a live theatrical experience this summer?

KH: I can honestly say that personally I have never seen a show quite like “The Flick.” The setting of the play is inside an old movie house, that uses an old 35mm projector, and much like the theatre, the lives of the three lead characters are stuck in a rut. It is a story of the human spirit, change, heartache, yet very funny and extremely poignant. The audience is the screen and we watch the lives of 3 everyday people that we would normally pass in the theatre or on the street without a second glance. But in the movie house named “The Flick” we find ourselves immersed in three people doing their job and examining their lives and the need for connection. It is falls into a category of complete realism so these characters are not “performed,” as much as lived in by the fantastic cast.

 

JD: What is it like collaborating with the team of “The Flick”?

KH: This team is fantastic. Gen Y’s Managing Member Aaron Safer is amazing when it comes to artistic freedom, and he is a champion of the show, and can hustle. Chris Yakubchik as AD is another who provides great insight to the text. The cast collectively is so strong. Anastasia Kurtiak is a dream stage manager who keeps us all on track. Marcellis is a reserved man, but is bringing Avery to life in a beautiful way. Jessie Grossman is the bomb! She is a consummate professional and her Rose is truly lovely to watch. And then Daniel Cooksley is someone I have admired on the stage for years and the audience and we are extremely fortunate to have him breathe life into Sam. Coletyn is young, but he is bright and funny, and we are lucky to have him. Bonnie Sprung is our set designer and has out done herself for this one, and lastly Roy Brown, who I have used for most of my lighting design needs who in each instance has not only succeeded but gone above and beyond expectations. So as far as collaborating with this team…I’m very fortunate. J

 

JD: What is coming up next for Kenny Howard? Projects? Vacation?

KH: Next up in July is “Wanzie’s Court Ordered Therapy: Ladies of Eola Heights-Continued” at The Abbey which reunites Chris and I with Beth Marshall, Peg O’Keefe, Blue Star, Sam Singhaus and our newest cast member of the Locksdale tribe…Kevin Kelly. Then in August “Heathers: The Musical” we are back in the Pugh Theatre at DPC. In September I have BMP’s Play-in-a-Day, and the reboot of The Abbey’s Monday Night Cabaret Series, then in October “Bat Boy” at The Abbey. I do have another project in both the spring and summer of 2016, but it has not been announced yet. Vacation? What’s that? I will get to NYC whenever I can, and I will get to KY to visit my parents.

But mostly….”I can’t – I’m in rehearsal.”

 

Tickets range from $35 to $60 for the hilarious and heartrending “The Flick,” and are on sale now at DrPhillipsCenter.org.

 

– Interview and post courtesy of guest blogger John DiDonna of Central Florida Theatre in Process

Central Florida Theater Picks June 12-18

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 June 12-18, 2015. For more theater news and discussion visit Central Florida Theatre in Process: www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/

(PHOTO: Coletyn Hentz, Marcellis Cutler, Daniel Cooksley and Jessica Hope Grossman in “The Flick” playing at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 17-July 12.)

OPENING THIS WEEK

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

THE REPUBLIC – Pseudonym Productions (Near downtown Orlando)
Immersive theater brings video gaming to real life in an innovative, interactive performance experience.
June 11th (8pm), 12th (7:30pm & 10pm), and 13th (7:30pm)
Exclusive offer for this group: Use discount code CFLTHEATRE to save $5 off tickets!
http://www.Facebook.com/TheRepublicGame
http://www.TheRepublicGame.com
Rated M for Mature. Advance ticket purchase required.

PRODUCTIONS CONTINUING (some final weekends!):

BULLSHOT CRUMMOND – SIZZLING SUMMER BOGO DEAL , a campy British comedy, continuing at Valencia’s East Campus Black Box Theater June 12, & 13 at 7:30pm and June 14 at 2:00pm. There are a limited number of BOGO tickets available per each remaining performance. Buy one General Admission ticket and get the second General Admission ticket for free!  This offer is good either with the box office (407) 582-2900 or online at www.valenciacollege.edu/arts with the Promo Code ‘carrierpigeon’ (yes, all one word). NOTE: For online purchase, you must enter that you want 2 General tickets. After you enter the Promo Code, the system will adjust the pricing. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Not valid for previously purchased tickets. We invite you to ‘Like’ our ‘Valencia Arts & Entertainment’ Facebook page.

ONGOING PRODUCTIONS

DRIP industrial bar and show. Dress down, drink up and rock out while dancers tell a love story while 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.
Tickets: www.ILoveDRIP.com
$35 DRIP 8747 International Dr. Ste 102 Orlando, Fl 32819

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

MY PAL BETTE – Presented by interACTionZ and playing at UCF’s Performing Arts Center in Studio 1 Little Tommy Klein needs some divine intervention: between the kids at school, his feuding parents, and his own inner demons, he needs the right DIVA to teach him to be FIERCE! Enter Bette Davis, a diva with balls the size of Massachusetts and a heart to match! June 20th and 21st at 7:30pm and June 20th at 4pm. Free admission with a suggested donation to interactions. Rated PG-13. https://www.facebook.com/events/634287566716129/

DAMES AT SEA – Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue (Winter Park). July 24 – Aug 22 (Preview July 23). Parody of the large, flashy 1930’s Busby Berkeley-style movie musicals in which a sweet “hometown” girl steps into a role on Broadway and becomes a star. Tickets $40-$15 and $10 student rush tickets – check with box office for availability. NOTE: Reservations are STRONGLY recommended as performances routinely sell out. 407-645-0145 (Rated PG) http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

SPOTLIGHT CABARET SERIES featuring David Almeida – Winter Park Playhouse, 711-C Orange Avenue, (Winter Park). Wed & Thu, June 24 & 25 ONLY! Mr. Almeida will perform popular songs made famous by Broadway divas, television shows and comedies like the popular British comedy Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Tickets are $18 + one drink minimum. Standing room tickets are available for $10 (with no drink minimum) when seating has sold out. 407-645-0145 (Rated PG) http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

EDUCATION

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

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM WORKOUT! – w/ Jen Jarackas @ Art’s Sake Studios – It’s a gym for your feelings! Designed to GROUND your body and mind, RELEASE emotional blocks, and EXPLORE the truth of your truth. Saturday, June 20th, 2015. RSVP jen@jenniferjarackas.com /321-234-6968 by JUNE 15TH. $5 discount for VCC students & alumni. https://www.facebook.com/events/830492266998259/

DRAMATIC EDUCATION – Are you looking for a Summer Drama Program that will boost your child’s academics and social skills while teaching them theatre basics and working together as team while putting together a theatre production? Well look no further! Dramatic Education’s Summer Drama, Art & Entrepreneurship Program is a 3 week program in July for incoming 6th-9th graders. You can choose 2 of the following 4 classes: Drama, Art, Stagecraft, and Marketing/Management. This year’s production is Disney’s Lion King Jr. For more info please contact 407-494-1744/www.dramaticeducation.com

AUDITIONS/JOB OPENINGS

BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS 2015-16 Theatrical SEASON AUDITIONS! June 21st & 22nd Garden Theatre by scheduled appointment only. AEA and Non Union Professionals. Full breakdowns of all shows and characters are in the invite and at BethMarshallPresents.com. Email Mike@BethMarshallPresents.com to schedule your appointment. (NEEDED Actors ages 11-70’s). Job ops for Stage Managers, Interns, Costume Designers as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/1631015253810277/

AUDITIONS FOR “SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!” ON TOUR
Directed and choreographed by: SCOTT A. COOK
For complete audition information please visit our website at: www.theatreworksfl.org
CASTING: (3) LEAD male & (3) LEAD female singer/dancer/actors. All roles open. Please download a character list here:http://www.theatreworksfl.org/…/srl_synopsis_characters.pdf…
TO AUDITION: By appointment only. Please use our Appointment Calendar. Visit the TWF website to schedule or use direct link:http://www.appointmentquest.com/scheduler/2160087538
AUDITION DATE AND TIME: SUN, JULY 19, 2015 starting at 2:00PM | MON, JULY 20 2015 starting at 6:00PM / CALLBACKS: TUES JULY 21, 2015 from 6:00PM10:00PM NOTE: If you are called back, please plan to attend the entire time frame.
AUDITION LOCATION: Davenport Community Campus, 8 West Palmetto St., Davenport, FL 33837. Please enter the dance studio from the Maple Street side of the campus. Signs will be posted.
MORE AUDITION INFORMATION: Please email Abel Gonzales: auditions@theatreworksfl.org
Produced by: TheatreWorks Florida / Presented by: TheatreCares

AUDITION NOTICE: Orlando Repertory Theatre is seeking Equity and Non-Equity actors for six exciting shows the upcoming 2015-2016 season. Please visit http://www.orlandorep.com/auditions/ for the Audition Schedule, Audition Guidelines, and Character Breakdown. We strongly encourage all ethnicities to audition for all productions!
There are a total of three general calls, each of which requires an appointment.
General Audition #1 – Friday, June 5th (9:00am-5:00pm)
General Audition #2 – Wednesday, June 10th (2:30pm-9:30pm)
General Audition #3 – Wednesday, June 24th (2:30pm-9:30pm)

AUDITIONS for Neil Simon “God’s Favorite” this Sunday and Monday Show will be at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna, July 17th and 18th. call 909-560-7454 auditions will be at 203 Washington, in NSB 32168 https://www.facebook.com/events/1619102021680913/

IMMEDIATE HIRE: TheatreWorks Florida is now accepting submissions for COSTUME DESIGNER for SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!. 3+ years of musical theatre experience required. Salary: Independent Contractor Salary. To apply, please send a cover letter of interest highlighting your experience and a resume to Abel Gonzales, TWF Company Manager, at: theatrecares@theatreworksfl.org

AUDITIONS for Clandestine Arts production of “Carrie The Musical” are quickly approaching, and slots are filling up. Be sure to schedule an appointment so you don’t miss out on this rarely produced show!  https://www.facebook.com/events/955259921162696/

Orlando International Fringe Festival Picks and Previews

Orlando International Fringe Festival Picks and Previews brought to you by guest contributor John DiDonna of Central Florida Theatre in Process

That time of year again is upon us where for the next two weeks theater flourishes amongst multiple venues in Orlando. Centered around Loch Haven Park, and stretching to offsite venues, the Orlando International Fringe Festival has – in its 24th year – proven to be one of the largest and most popular Fringe festivals in the nation if not the world.

On Wednesday May 13th the ribbon cutting ceremony (featuring Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Patty Sheehan) gave us the start to 2015’s Festival.

So what does the festival have to offer? So many diverse picks that it is almost impossible to encapsulate what it is other than an amazing performing arts experience. Here are a sampling of this year’s shows and events for you! Some will transcend, some will offend, some will illuminate, some will leave you laughing for hours, and some may leave you scratching your heads – but ALL will entertain! (For ratings please visit their sites or for more information or in the event of missing links… (no pun intended) please visit:  www.orlandofringe.org

ALULA – An Epic Fantasy Adventure — Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier “ALULA” travels the fantasy world and encounters earthlings and zombies in the wind, rain, cold, fire and brimstone from the desert heat to the frozen peaks and the ocean depths. Written and performed by Five Year Fringe veteran Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier 
Brown Venue Fri. 5/15 7:00 PM / Sun 5/17-4:45 PM / Tue 5/19 7:30 PM / Thur 5/21-6:00 PM / Sun 5/25- 11:15 AM General Audiencewww.joerosier.com /https://www.facebook.com/events/367824150082159/

ANNE FRANKENSTEIN – It’s an all-out blood-bath — and she’s done hiding. From the minds of Adam McCabe and Michael Knight comes a living grindhouse film that is sure to rock the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival! You’ve simply never seen anything quite like ANNE FRANKENSTEIN. Using the wonders of modern science, the infamous Anne Frank is miraculously brought back from the dead to kill off the remaining neo-Nazis in modern-day America. Along with a colorful cast of Hebrew heroes and psychotic antisemites, ‘Anne Frankenstein’ aims to be the most shocking and talked about show in Fringe history!
Orange Venue: Thursday, 5/14- 9:00pm / Sunday, 5/17- 10:00pmSaturday, 5/23- 10:00pm
Sunday, 5/24- 6:00pm | TICKETS are $10 w/ Orlando Fringe Button ($5 off with legal proof of Jewish heritage!) https://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/anne-frankenstein/dates

COSMOLYRICAL – Introducing Phil Long (Wa.) making his debut to Orlando Fringe with 3 SHOWS ONLY of COSMOLYRICAL produced by Beth Marshall’s Husband Presents. Directed by Beth Marshall. CosmoLyrical is a Dr Seuss, Carl Sagan, Bono blend of spoken word poetry with hints of Billy Sunday and an aftertaste of Wittgenstein. https://www.facebook.com/events/666923640078314/

DARK WOOD – Written by Peter McGarry. Presented by Eyewitness Theatre Company. Directed by Winnie Wenglewick. This groundbreaking play is thrilled to be part of the 2015 Orlando Fringe. Apes Strong Arm and Rico are quite comfortable living in captivity. That is, until they are put in a cage with Mbwane, a wild ape from the outside. Having been captured and experimented on, Mbwane is determined to escape and get back to his family. Meanwhile, the contented Strong Arm and Rico struggle with whether or not they should help him… or, possibly even go with him. Aped do not wear clothes, no neither to the actors. Although the nudity is bold it is not a gimmick. The story is so engaging and funny and thought provoking the audience soon sees the characters and not the nudity. https://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/dark-wood/dates

DEVIANT BEHAVIORS – Written & Performed by Winnie Wenglewick. Presented by Dangerous Theatre. unless you live under a rock, you have heard of, read or seen “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Unfortunately, this wildly popular brand does not accurately portray the world of BDSM. Deviant Behaviors offers a real world view about life as a masochist in the world of BDSM. Sometimes pain is good. Sometimes pain is a safe way to deal with all the stress that goes along with being human in today’s world. http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/deviant-behaviors/

egg tooth – TOBO productions – Bronze venue — Ideas don’t hatch. They break free. They push, struggle, and slash their way into the light of day. They use a guitar, a camera, a pen—an egg tooth. This year, the creator of Fringe hits onomatopoeia, on the nOse, and Liquid Courage presents Egg Tooth—a feisty hybrid of live music, video, and theatrical storytelling. See what emerges.

FIELD GUIDE TO THE GAYS 2 – “We Want To Convert You!” – There IS a gay agenda! Come learn and become an #HonoraryGay at Field Guide 2!  Dive DEEPER into an ALL-NEW world of nightclubbing, activism, trans trivia, hankies and MORE! Logan Donahoo’s AWARD-WINNING, one-man, multimedia safari into the gay community is BACK with a PART TWO! “Louder, and more irreverent than ever, learn about all those things in queer culture that you were too afraid to ask about.” DO NOT MISS IT!
Wednesday, 5/13 – 10:15pm / Friday, 5/15 – 7:00pm / Saturday, 5/16 – 11:30pm Monday, 5/18 – 9:15pm / Wednesday, 5/20 – 10:30pm Friday, 5/22 – 8:30pm /  Sunday, 5/24 – 6:00pm
http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/field-guide-to-the-gays-2/

FROM COMO TO HOMO – Lynne Jassem.  A tale of a ten-year old struggles with life on the Perry Como Show her stage mother and gender confusion… all while tap dancing. Written and Performed by Lynne Jassem 
Red Venue – Fri. 5/15 5:30 PM /  Sun 5/17 2:30 PM / Mon 8/18: 7:30 PM / Tue 5/19 6:30 PM
Show rating: Over 12 years: mature themes http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/from-como-to-homo/


THE GREAT SCAFLA HUNT AT FRINGE – Presented by Insomniac Theatre Company and Scavenger Tech (Ocala) at the Orlando International Fringe Festival (Orlando) Part Scavenger Hunt and Part Interactive Performance Art, the ScaFla Hunt for Glory is a week-long app-based scavenger hunt where participants complete tasks and collect memories using photos and video captured on their phones instead of finding clues or collecting items. Individuals and teams of up to ten people will find adventures, create and donate their way to the highest points earned and the chance for a prize package valued at several thousand dollars. Experience an entirely new way to engage and interact with Orlando Fringe and play to win The Great ScaFla Hunt for Glory! Pre-registration begins May 13th with The Hunt beginning May 15th and running to the 23rd. Participants can register and find out more info atwww.scafla.net
$10 to register, but free to try before you buy. Discounts available for participating Fringe Artists and Volunteers. Facebook Event: http://on.fb.me/1E2H5Fi  (Family Friendly)


HOODIES – Penguin Point Productions & BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS bring you the WORLD PREMIERE! 
Written by Paris Crayton III Directed by Beth Marshall. Join us for the 3 Part of THE TRAYVON/JORDAN PROJECT, a year-long sociopolitical look at race relations between black and white culture and the unnecessary loss of black teens in our society and own backyard. Mild language, Themes General Audience
General Admission $11 (plus ticket service charge/Fringe button) https://www.facebook.com/events/1616977445191605/

LATE WITH LANCE! – Written & Performed by Peter Michael Marino From the clown who brought you last year’s Desperately Seeking the Exit comes a brand new theatrical disaster! Meet Lance… delusionally optimistic cruise ship entertainer, musical theater fanatic and celebrity stalker. Lance’s ship is docked in Orlando, so he’s hosting a musical variety-talk show with special guests Liza Minnelli, Hugh Jackman and Miami Sound Machine. But will they show? Lance has suffered for his art. Now it’s your turn.
NEW Bronze VenueThursday, 5/14- 8:45pm / Saturday, 5/16- 10:00pm / Monday, 5/18- 8:30pm
Wednesday, 5/20- 8:30pm / Thursday, 5/21- 9:30pm / Saturday, 5/23- 9:45pm / Sunday, 5/24- 6:45pm
More stuff at www.LanceShow.com /http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/late-with-lance/

LIFE OF THE PARTY, CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE! – presented by Central Florida Vocal Arts in the Black Venue. Love him or leave him? Live or die? Our future is in your hands! Life of the Party is a cabaret style performance that combines the best party scenes of musical theater and opera into cohesive stories and gives you the power to decide how each scene ends. Every show is different from the last and you’ll never have more fun at the opera! Fringe Performances Sat. 5/16 at 2:30 PM, Sun. 5/17 at 7:30 PM, Tues. 5/19 at 9:00 PM, Sun. 5/24 at 6:00 PM. https://www.facebook.com/events/725316914233131/

OBSESSED – Hilarious one man sketch comedy show starring John Doa Farrentine in the Purple Venue. Exploring crazy obsessions from boy bands, religion, racism to being gay. Only five performances! Featured on the cover of Watermark Magazine this week as one of the gayest shows at this year’s Fringe Festival! http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/obsessed  /  https://www.facebook.com/events/410095072492630/

ONCE I LAUGHED – produced by Central Florida Community Arts. Inspired by the music and the lives of the Andrews Sisters. Experience true stories about Patty, LaVerne, and Maxene through the music that made them famous. Directed by Donald Rupe and backed by Heather Langs on the piano, this musical highlights the charm of the Andrews Sisters and an era that appreciated music far more than we do.
At the YELLOW VENUEWednesday, May 13, 8:30 PM /Saturday, May 16, 1:00 PM / Sunday, May 17, 5:15 PM/Tuesday, May 19, 5:30 PMThursday, May 21, 9:15 PM/Saturday, May 23, 11:30 AMSunday, May 24, 7:15 PM    TICKETS: https://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/once-i-laughed/dates

“POE” – Theatre Downtown/Orlando Fringe (Green Venue) – The return of Theatre Downtown to Orlando theatre at the Fringe! The powerful and evocative story of the last four days in the life of Edgar Allan Poe, the Master of the Macabre.
Fringe performances: Thursday 5/14 9:00p, Saturday 5/16 10:30p, Monday 5/18 9:00p, Wednesday 5/20 5:30p, Thursday 5/21 7:30p, Saturday 5/23 8:45p, Sunday 5/24 11:30a.
Tickets available online at orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/poe.

PSYCHOTHERAPY The Musical: Yellow Venue: Friday, 5/15- 9:30pm Saturday, 5/16- 11:30am Sunday, 5/17- 9:00pmMonday, 5/18- 6:00pm

http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/psychotherapy-the-musical/

THE REPUBLIC – Immersive theater meets gaming in this innovative performance experience. Step into a themed world, interacting with intriguing characters while taking on an important role in this conflicted society. Your decisions dictate the story’s end. You will be watched, deceived – and even touched. Inspired by Greek mythology, “Metropolis,” and Plato’s writings. Become part of our “beta test.” 
Location: BYOV @ 1427 Alden Rd, NEXT to the BLACK VENUE
Thursday 5/14 @ 8pm / Friday 5/15 @ 7:30pm & 10pm /Thursday 5/21 @ 8pm / Friday 5/22 @ 7:30pm & 10pm /Saturday 5/23 @ 7:30 & 10pm
Tickets are $11 with Fringe Button, available at:https://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/the-republic/dates

ROBYN DA HOOD: A Rap Musical – From the creators of last years Fringe hit “Jekyll N Hyde” comes a new twist on a classic tale! SAK Theatre Company is proud to present its brand new hip-hop musical, Robyn Da Hood! The people of Nottingham are being overtaxed by a tyrant sheriff and a wimpy prince and there’s only one person who can stop them: Robyn Hood! With her “Merry Maids” and Lil John by her side, Robyn faces off against evil in this hilarious new show that flips the classic tale upside down. 
With catchy rap songs by Jordan “Heir Jordan” Keyes and a cast of SAK and Orlando favorites, this show is sure to be a delight for audiences of all ages. Written by: Chris Dinger, Lindsay Taylor, Mike Carr
Music by: Jordan Keyes Directed by: Mike Carr
The Orange Venue SHOWTIMES: Sat., 5/16 @ 12:45pmSun., 5/17 @ 7:00pm / Mon., 5/18 @ 7:00pm / Wed., 5/20 @ 9:45pm /Sat., 5/23 @ 6:15pm / Sun., 5/24 @ 2:00pm
Tickets: $10 with Fringe Buttonhttp://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/robyn-da-hood-a-rap-musical/


SEX DRUGS ROCK & ROLL
 – David Lee, whose previous Orlando International Fringe hits include: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Thom Pain (based on nothing), will star in the provocative solo show SEX, DRUGS, ROCK & ROLL by OBIE-award winning writer Eric Bogosian. With a biting wit, the show comments on the larger social issues and the self-delusion and anxiety endemic to modern life, in a one-person format, for a penetrating theatrical experience. This non-stop tour through some oddball minds enjoyed a lengthy run Off-Broadway. “Clever and often devastating…. Spiky, stinging, caustic without cauterizing … and funny.”- New York MagazineSEX DRUGS ROCK & ROLL is produced by Margaret Nolan and award-winning Fringe veteran Kangagirl Productions 
Pink Venue: Saturday 5/16 @10:30 PM Sunday 5/17 @5:30 PM Tuesday 5/19 @10:30 PM Thursday 5/21 @9:00 PM /Sunday 5/24 @3:15 PM Tickets: $11

SHAKESBEER – FWP Productions invites Fringers to belly up to the bar for a FREE, lightning-fast adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet.’ The interactive, three-person show takes place four times during the festival at The Thirsty Topher on Sunday, May 17 at 11:30 p.m.; Wednesday, May 20 at 11:30 p.m.; Friday, May 22 at 9:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 23 at 12:00 a.m.https://www.facebook.com/events/1396248157365882/

THE STIMULATORS – a medical-murder-mystery-sex-comedy. A seedy neighborhood. In a university lab, a doctor experiments to control the minds of criminally violent and mentally challenged patients. In local night clubs, exotic dancers are being murdered. What is the connection? Larry Stallings (winner of the 2009 DailyCity.com award for Best Original Play for “The Shaeffer Killing”) teams with writer Dr. Tony Sterling to explore the possibilities. 
BROWN VENUE / $11.00 (plus Fringe Button) / Rated Mature (partial nudity)
SCHEDULE: Friday, May 15 10:45 pm / Saturday, May 16 6:00 pm / Sunday, May 17 9:00 pm / Wednesday, May 20 11:00 pm /Thursday, May 21 11:15 pm / Saturday, May 23 7:15 pm
Sunday, May 24 10:15 pm

STREISAND: THE GREATEST STAR – LIKE BUTTAH! – Carla DelVillaggio produced by Main Event Entertainment and starring award-winning Streisand tribute artist Carla DelVillaggio is back at the Orlando Fringe for 7 shows! The New York Post said she is “The next best thing to seeing STREISAND herself” and the Orlando Sentinel raved “…she has the superstar nailed, not only in her remarkable vocals, but in her patter, manner, giggles and gowns. She’s in the Babs zone!” From the hair down to the trademark nails, she is Simply Streisand in every way. This dynamic one-woman show is a multi-media celebration of the greatest songs from the Streisand songbook.

GOLD  VENUE https://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/streisand-the-greatest-star/dates

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY – Orlando’s own Sarah-Lee Dobbs brings her British best to Andrew Lloyd Webber and Don Black’s acclaimed one-woman song cycle about an English girl’s pursuit of love from the UK to Manhattan to LA! Sarah’s talents are complimented by Musical Director, Chris Leavy & Director, Laurel Clark in a show the telegraph (UK) calls, “a Golden Hour.”
Pink Venue: $11 (+svc. Charge) Rating: 13+  https://www.facebook.com/events/639600992851079/

TOMMY KOOL PRESENTS: KINDNESS GETS A BAD RAP! – In the ’90s, this young rapper was after your hearts. 20 years later: He’s after your kids! Join the artist Entertainment Bi-Weekly called, “Creatively Comatose” during 3rd Period for a one-of-a-kind, multi-media, interactive, hip hop extravaganza, teaching students the value of kindness and rising above bullying. You won’t wanna miss Tommy Kool! (because attendance is mandatory for all grade levels).
GREEN VENUE: Friday, 5/15 – 10:30PM / Sunday, 5/17 – 8:45PM / Monday, 5/18 – 7:15PM
Wednesday, 5/20 – 11:00PM / Saturday, 5/23 – 5:00PM TICKETS: ONLY $7 (with Fringe button)

http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/tommy-kool-presents-kindness-gets-a-bad-rap/

THE TORTURE CHAMBER OF DR BEAR – Presented by Orlando Furioso! Troubled kiddie-show host Dr Bear, a life-size grizzly puppet, spends a night in a cheap motel room on Lee Road trying to connect with a sexy massage therapist and evade a menacing detective. With nudity and puppetry!
The Orlando Sentinel called the original 2001 production a “hilarious, self-aware spoof.” 
YELLOW VENUE – SCHEDULE: Friday May 15: 11pm /Saturday May 16: 9pm Sunday May 17: 10:30pm Tuesday May 19: 9:15pm  / Thursday May 21: 11:15pm / Saturday May 23: 9pm / Sunday May 24: 11pm 
Tickets $11 (with Fringe button) http://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/the-torture-chamber-of-dr-bear/

THE TRICKY PART – by Martin Moran A Southeast US Premiere, presented by John Peros Casting in assoc. with GianniQuest IndustriesA true story of sexuality, spirituality, and the mystery of the human experience. Moran’s 2004 Obie Award winner for Best Play is a riveting, funny, and surprising journey through the complexities of boyhood, manhood, Catholicism, desire, trespass and forgiveness. Featuring John E. Palmer, directed by Mark Edward Smith. “A translucent memoir of a play… shattering.” – NY Times. “Powerful.” – NY Post. “Artful storytelling, able to touch deeply the hearts of listeners.” – Variety. “Surprising and moving! Startling, marvelously told.” – NT Newsday
BLUE Venue – 13+ SHOWTIMES: Th 5/14 – 10 pm / Sa 5/16 – 10:15pm / Su 5/17 – 12:30pm
Mon 5/18 – 8:45pm / Wed 5/20 – 6pm / Th 5/21 – 9:45pm / Su 5/24 – 7:15pm
Tickets: $11 plus Fringe button

UNCOUTH – Windy Wynazz’s “UnCouth” (Oakland, CA) Co-Created and Directed by Dan Griffiths. Co-Created and Starring Windy Wynazz. The endearingly maladroit Wynazz has the taste for ShowBiz and fantasizes about her impending international acclaim. A natural, however, she is not. Through acrobatics, audience play, and general merriment, she ultimately finds and defines her own success. This show is “driven by her zany energy!” (New Orleans Gambit) and has critics raving: “Funniest woman I’ve seen in a long time… the future of theatre is in good hands.” (Bay Area Dance Watch)

PINK VENUE: Schedule: Wednesday 5/13- 8:45pm Saturday, 5/16- 3:00pm Sunday, 5/17- 9:15pm Tuesday, 5/19- 7:00pm Friday, 5/22- 11:15pm Saturday, 5/23- 9:45pm Sunday, 5/24- 5:45pm Run time: 60 minutes Rating PG 13 Pricing: $10 with one-time $9 Fringe button purchase.https://www.facebook.com/events/803786833038212/www.windywynazz.comhttps://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/uncouth/dates


THE WAIT LIST MURDERS – Is a homicidal maniac trying to murder his way up the wait list into a performing slot in the Orlando Fringe? Hey, people have killed for less! (Not much less, but still…) Hilarious comedy with an all-star cast. From Steve Schneider, writer/creator of 2014 smash hit “Escape From Baldwin Park,” and directed by Laurel Clark, Show Director, Sleuths MDS.
In the GREEN VENUE:Thursday, 5/14- 11:00pm / Saturday, 5/16- 8:45pm / Sunday, 5/17- 10:30pm
Wednesday, 5/20- 9:15pm / Friday, 5/22- 5:30pm / Saturday, 5/23- 7:00pm / Sunday, 5/24- 10:45pm
$10 (with Fringe button) TICKETS:https://orlandofringe.ticketleap.com/the-wait-list-murders/dates

–  John DiDonna


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.

For more theater news and discussion visit Central Florida Theatre in Process: www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/350876958449463/
Note: Mild adult language

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 (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

OPENING SOON

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

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. 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

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

Holiday Hijinks at Rollins Fred Stone Theater with Sleigh!

by Kelly Green

post office TerrenceWant to the find the “happy” in “Happy Holidays”? Look no further than PB&J Theatre Factory’s Sleigh. Presented by the Rollins College Dept. of Theatre and Dance, Sleigh runs for one week (December 17-21) at the Fred Stone Theatre on the Rollins College campus.

Set in the quiet mountain town of Sugar Falls, scenes of the season come to life, from picking out the perfect tree to holiday air travel. And by quiet, I mean… quiet! There are no spoken words in this play (with the exception of an occasional “gingerbread”). Don’t worry, though. There are plenty of silly sounds and accompanying pratfalls that will “speak” volumes. You’ll also hear lots of laughter!

Our family has enjoyed their seasonal silliness many times. It’s a holiday tradition that’s woven its way into our history, as we reenact scenes while baking cookies, or visiting the post office, hearing the music of The Nutcracker, or pulling out an airline boarding pass… giggling the whole time!

nutcrackerIf you need a break from the chaos of the season, or if you just want to enjoy a night of smiles and festive fun that’s appropriate for the whole family, Sleigh will fill the bill. Not to mention filling you with good cheer.

Cast
Brandon Roberts, Becky Eck, Terrence Yip, Chelsea Hiland, Anthony Smith

Show Time
Nightly at 8 pm, Dec. 17, 18, 19, 20, 22;

Matinees at 2 pm, Dec. 20, 21

Tickets
$20 for general admission, $15 for children 12 and under

All seats $15 on Dec. 17 and 22

Box Office
Tickets can be purchased at the door (if available), or reserved in advance at www.pbjtickets.com or by calling 407‐574‐5794.

spread em

 

Comedy that will “SLEIGH” you!

Cast of SLEIGH at Orlando Shakespeare OrlandoShakes.org Holiday playIf laughter is the cure for “what ails you,” then ward off your holiday stress by seeing SLEIGH at the Lowndes Shakespeare Theater, now through December 23. In this hilarious and heartfelt montage of scenes of the season, you’ll see yourself…

—at the airport dealing with “those” people,

—being attracted (distracted?!) by the bells and whistles all around saying “buy me!” at every turn, and

—picking out the perfect Christmas tree that has “just” the right fullness, and “just” the right… um, dance moves?!

You can also be a fly on the wall at the post office as they prep, package, and post the mail. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow will prevent these carriers from doing their sworn duty. (OK, maybe that one bird might have something to say about it!)

Without the use of spoken word, SLEIGH performers draw you into their world with plenty of guffaws, sight gags, and physical humor. Kids young and old will be filled with “good cheer” at the sights and sounds we can all relate to. Hilarious cast of SLEIGH makes sure this letter is delivered.

Our family puts this on our “must do” list every year.  My 5-year-old talks about it all year long, and acts out scenes in preparation for the coming performances. We were not disappointed this past Sunday as we attended. I think we now have just enough holiday hee hee hees to go with our ho ho hos!

SLEIGH is a production of PB&J Theatre Factory, dedicated “to creating theatrical performances that engage and inspire audiences of all ages” and stars Orlando favorites Mike Gill, Ana Eligio, Brandon Roberts, Terrence Yip, and Marty Stonerock. Directed by Brandon Roberts and the PB&J gang, the creative team includes Zanna King (Lighting Designer), Michael Gill (Sound Designer), Jamie Mykins (Stage Manager), Claud Smith (Scenic Designer), and Denise R. Warner (Costume Coordinator).

WHAT — SLEIGH | Written and Produced by PB&J Theatre Factory

WHEN — Now through – December 23, 2012 – ON SALE NOW!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 pm; Sunday at 2:30 pm

WHERE — Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the Goldman Theater

Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803

TICKETS — Advance tickets online/phone/walk up:  $16.50 | At the door (1 hour prior to show):  $20.00

Tickets are available by calling (407) 722-7037 or online at www.pbjtheatrefactory.com and in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.