Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Peter and the Starcatcher Dec 2 – Jan 3

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Peter and the Starcatcher from December 2, 2015 – January 3, 2016 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Peter and the Starcatcher at Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie’s Peter and Wendy by providing a deeper understanding of the events leading to an orphan becoming the infamous Peter Pan.

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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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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents World Premiere of Bad Dog April 8 through May 3, 2015

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is proud to present the World Premiere of Bad Dog from April 8 to May 3, 2015.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents World Premiere of Bad Dog
Bad Dog’s Jennifer Bonner, Ginger Lee McDermott, and Elizabeth Murff; Photo by Landon St. Gordon

After ten years of sobriety, Molly Drexler tumbles “off the wagon” by driving her Prius through her house. Her family tries to cope with her wreckage, but end up running headfirst into their own demons. Old wounds are re-opened and new ones are made in this biting new play that takes family dysfunction to the extreme.

Written by Jennifer Hoppe-House (Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, DirecTV’s Damages, and Netflix’s upcoming Grace and Frankie), Bad Dog features Ginger Lee McDermott (Steppenwolf Theatre Company’s The Crucible, Northlight Theatre’s World Premiere of Sense and Sensibility, and Mad Cow Theatre’s Other Desert Cities) as Molly.

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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 presents The True Story of the Three Little Pigs from March 27 – April 27, 2014

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF presents The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, March 27 through April 27, at Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.

The True Story of the Three Little PigsThis production offers audiences the opportunity to hear the wolf’s side of the story in this dynamite rock musical for the entire family.

Alexander T. Wolf (aka the Big Bad Wolf) is accused of deplorable crimes. Facing a jury of his piggy peers and a tough-as-nails judge with a weakness for musical theater, can the Wolf ever hope for a fair trial? The audience decides the ending of this play – guilty or not guilty?

Directed by Steve MacKinnon, this musical features actors Sophie Bell, Bridgette Hoover, Chris Metz, Jeffrey Todd Parrott, and Seth Wallen.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Julius Caesar Through April 20, 2014

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents the bard’s classic play, Julius Caesar, through April 20, at Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park in Orlando.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater presents Julius CaesarBased on true events, Julius Caesar is a dazzling masterpiece of betrayal, violence, and even love, mixed up in the politics of Ancient Rome.

Directed by Tina Packer, the cast features Jason Asprey, Anne Hering, Paul Bernardo, Nigel Gore, Jim Ireland, Esau Pritchett, and A. Ross Neal.

Starting 30 minutes before each performance of Julius Caesar, an Orlando Shakes actor leads the audience in a discussion of the plot, themes, and major characters in the production.

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Orlando Philharmonic Announces 2013-2014 Concert Schedule

orlandophil-2013logoThe Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra has announced their schedule for the 2013-2014 season, and it has a wide variety of offerings.

Opening night will be September 28, and the program will include Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 20, and Strauss’ Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), conducted by Christopher Wilkins. An opening night dinner gala will be hosted by the Friends at the Sheraton Downtown Orlando beginning at 6pm.

Here are the rest of the performances scheduled:

  • October 12, 2013 – Super Series Pops: An American Salute
  • October 21, 2013 – Focus Series: Genius of Georges Bizet
  • October 25 & 27, 2013 – Opera Series: The Barber of Seville (Rossini)
  • November 16, 2013 – Super Series Classics: Beethoven 7
  • November 30, 2013 – Super Series Pops: Home for the Holidays
  • December 9, 2013 – Focus Series: Venetian Vespers
  • January 11, 2014 – Super Series Pops: Michael Cavanaugh – The Songs of Elton John & More
  • February 8 & 9, 2014 – Super Series Classics: Russian Romance
  • February 17, 2014 – Focus Series: Old Wine in New Bottles
  • February 22, 2014 – Super Series Pops: A Louis Armstrong Tribute
  • March 8, 2014 – Super Series Classics: Music of the Ballet
  • March 22, 2014 – Super Series Pops: The Broadway Tenors
  • April 5, 2014 – Super Series Classics: Olivera Plays Brahms
  • April 28, 2014 – Focus Series: Italian Symphony
  • May 9 & 11, 2014 – Opera Series: La Traviata (Verdi)

Most of the concerts will take place at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, with the exception of the Focus Series, which will be held at the Margeson Theater at Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Tickets are available in subscription packages now. Individual tickets will go on sale in August 26, 2013.

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

Orlando Philharmonic Offers 2013 Sounds of Summer Concert Series

orlandophil-2013logoThis summer, the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will be holding a Sounds of Summer concert series.

Here is a listing of the scheduled concerts:

  • June 24, 2013 – Brass Splendor
    (Brass highlights via works by Bach, Mozart, haydn, Corelli, Beethoven and Purcell)
  • July 8, 2013 – Duo Sole & Friends
    (A tribute to the Great American Songbook and composers like Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and Irving Berlin)
  • July 22, 2013 – Orlando Philharmonic Jazz
    (Big Band originals from the likes of Harry Connick Jr and Michael Buble)
  • August 5, 2013 – Summer Winds
    (Strings and Winds perform Beethoven’s Septet in E-flat and Spohr’s Grant Nonet)
  • August 19, 2013 – Rimma and Friends
    (Concertmaster Rimma Bergeron-Langlois leads Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat, and Shubert’s Octet in F-major)

All concerts will take place on Mondays at the Margeson Theater at Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Tickets are available in a series package now. Individual tickets will go on sale in May 2013.

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

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