Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Beauty and the Beast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Beauty and the Beast

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF kicks off its 2016-2017 Children’s Series with the beloved fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, select dates June 16 – July 24, 2016.

Adapted by Brandon Roberts (2015’s The Frog and the Princess and 2014’s Rapunzel), the family-friendly production is based on the classic French fairy tale.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Elephant and Piggie Select Dates Through May 7

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will bring the celebrated children’s Elephant and Piggie books to life with Elephant and Piggie’s “We are in a Play!” on select dates through May 7.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater - Elephant and Piggie's "We are in a Play!" cast - Photo by Tony Firriolo

Who are Elephant and Piggie? Only the best of friends! In this toe-tapping musical, best friends Elephant Gerald (Jacob Valleroy) and Piggie (Corynne Wagener) sing and dance their way through pachydermal peril and swiney suspense as they face fundamental questions.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Unveils List of Productions for 2016-2017 Season

Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and Managing Director PJ Albert have announced the 10 productions that will comprise Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF’s upcoming 2016-2017 Season.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater 2016-2017 Season

The list features a legendary Broadway musical, two adapted literary classics, boisterous and adventurous Shakespeare romances, a critically acclaimed new work, and stories ripped from the pages of today’s most popular children’s books.

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Out and About: Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Fun for Families

This weekend, my family and I were invited to opening day of the Orlando Shakespeare Theater‘s production of The Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of The Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens/Photo by Carol Garreans

If you have kids and have read the Magic Tree House books, you remember Jack and Annie, along with the tree house and how it magically travels through time with help from Morgan La Fey, the magical librarian of Camelot.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens Oct 22-Nov 20

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the World Premiere of Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens October 22 through November 20.

Magic Tree House: A Ghost Tale for Mr. Dickens

Based on the book A Ghost Tale for Christmas Time by New York Times bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne, the Children’s Series production is co-written by Jenny Laird and Will Osborne with lyrics by Will Osborne and music and lyrics by Randy Courts.

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Out and About: Taking the Family to See Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Production of The Frog and the Princess

Last Sunday the family and I attended a Father’s Day matinee performance of The Frog and the Princess by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater company. Not just a play, it required audience participation, which made it all the more fun.

The Frog and the Princess by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater

You know the Brothers Grimm story: Prince likes Princess but is turned into a frog, frog must win Princesses heart and be kissed to become human again… blah, blah bah. But this production of the classic fable has a twist. Since I am not into giving away spoilers, you must go see this show to see what happens, but it updates the tale nicely.

The Frog and the Princess by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater
My husband Kirk as one of the princes at The Frog and the Princess by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater

The show is only about an hour long, so it’s easy to sit through, even for our seven-year-old. It’s in a smaller more intimate theatre, which adds to the fun.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents The Frog and the Princess Starting June 18

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF kicks off its 2015-2016 Children’s series on June 18, with the family-friendly World Premiere adaptation of The Brothers Grimm’s The Frog and the Princess.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents The Frog and the Princess

In the story, Prince Gerwyn wants to marry the beautiful princess, but he’ll have to get through her evil stepmother first. With her magical golden ball, the Step Queen casts a spell that turns Gerwyn into a slimy frog forever. Will Gerwyn and his Princess live hoppily ever after? Find out with this humorous production aimed at the young ones.

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Out and About: Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s James and the Giant Peach is Fun for Families

On Sunday afternoon, we went to see the Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of James and the Giant Peach. It’s a well-known story, so I was curious about how this theatre company would make it come alive.  They did not disappoint.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater production of James and the Giant Peach

The pre-show is always entertaining, and it was this time as well. Mr. Grasshopper and our tour guide, were so much fun!  The kids enjoyed this part of the show and it raised the excitement for the rest of the show.

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Out and About: Orlando Shakespeare Theater Makes The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley So Much Fun for the Family

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Introducing children to the beauty of theater can be a little difficult. Shows steered towards children tend to be boring for the parents and shows that are more for the adults are hardly able to entertain the little ones. To find a happy medium is usually difficult. The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley is one of those happy mediums.

My family and I were able to see the show on Saturday (10/25), and we enjoyed every moment of it. The show is based on the popular kid’s book series, Flat Stanley, written by Jeff Brown. It’s about a boy who becomes flat and makes the best of an odd situation. The musical does differ from the book series in how Stanley becomes flat and how he’s cured, but if you aren’t a stickler for continuity (or have never read the books like me) then it really isn’t a big deal.

The show starts with meeting the adorable Lambchop family. Instead of Stanley and his little brother, Arthur, going to bed, they stay up singing about doing great things when a shooting star flies over and Stanley makes a wish to be able to see the world while “doing things no one else has ever seen before.” The next morning, Stanley wakes up to a much flatter self. After talking to the mailman, Mrs. Cortero, Stanley decides to mail himself to visit his friend in California. Once there, he meets a Hollywood producer who sends him to France and Hawaii. After Stanley has his fill of adventures, he decides home in the best place to be.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Oct 23 – Nov 22, 2014

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley - Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with UCF, presents its Fall Children’s Series offering, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, from October 23 – November 22, at Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

In this family-friendly production, Flat Stanley is Stanley Lambchop, who is just like everyone else. That is until he makes a wish to be as flat as a pancake, and the wish comes true.

With his new two-dimensional form, Stanley becomes the ultimate exchange student, scouring the globe to do something the world has never seen before. Learn that heroes come in all shapes and sizes in this whirlwind musical travelogue.

Casting for The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley includes Michael Sheehy (Flat Stanley), John DeLisa (Arthur and others), Sarah Caroline Billings (Samantha and others), Ryan M. Skiles (Mr. Lambchop and others), and Melissa Mason (Mrs. Cartero and others). The Orlando Shakes production team includes Director/Choreographer Rob Winn Anderson, Scenic Designer Robbin Watts, Lighting Designer Jason Tollefson, Costume Designer Mel Barger, and Sound Designer Britt Sandusky.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Children’s Series Presents Rapunzel Through July 27, 2014

Summer is a great time to expose kids to the arts, so take them to see the Orlando Shakespeare Theater‘s production of Rapunzel, running select dates through July 27.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater's production of Rapunzel
Amanda Leakey & Jayne Claire/OrlandoShakespeareTheater

This play is based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale about a young girl kept prisoner in a tower by an evil witch. But as she grows, so does her hair, in this delightful story that has been given a little twist by the Orlando Shakes crew.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children for shows at 4:30pm Wednesday, as well as 2pm and 4:30pm Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $9 for everyone for 10:30am showings on Tuesday through Friday.

Get there early and join in the cast’s interactive pre-show fun, included with your ticket.

For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit OrlandoShakes.org.

Out and About: A Night in New Orleans Presented by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater

This afternoon (Nov 3), we were blessed to be able to go to the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s production of “A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure”. It is a jazz musical for young audiences.

A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House AdventureWe took our kids ages 8 and 5. They have been to concerts and a ballet, as well as shows at the theme parks, but I was unsure about a play. That’s where I forgot the joy of live theatre and how interactive it can be.

It was performed in their black box theater, the Margeson Theater, a very intimate setting. That made it all the more fun. There were four cushions on the floor for kids to come sit on during the show. Our kids left us for the floor right away. They had the best seats in the house, if you ask me!

The show starts with a big commercial for their sponsors. I don’t like this as, to me, it takes away from the show. But I do understand the need to advertise your sponsors. Once that was done, it went right into the show.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Popular Children’s Book A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure October 17 – November 23, 2013

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the Rolling World Premiere of A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure, co-written by Will Osborne and Murray Horwitz with music composed by legendary Jazz composer Allen Toussaint, from October 17 through November 23.

A Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House AdventureA Night in New Orleans: A Magic Tree House Adventure,based on the popular children’s book, Magic Tree House Book #42: A Good Night for Ghosts, follows beloved Magic Tree House characters, Jack and Annie, on the most haunted night of the year – the eve of All Saints Day – as they search for a young Louis Armstrong.

On a mission to inspire young artists to share their talents with the world, can the duo find Louis and set him on the path to becoming the King of Jazz? Complete with a live jazz band, this new musical will transport audiences back to 1915 New Orleans where the streets are filled with music and the night is filled with ghosts.

Tickets for this all ages show are $9 for Tuesday – Friday shows, and $12 for shows on Saturday and Sunday, and can be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700, online at orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park.

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