UCF School of Performing Arts Releases List of Jan-April 2018 Events #artsatUCF

UCF School of Performing Arts

The UCF School of Performing Arts has released its schedule of events for the current semester January through April 2018, and it’s filled with theatrical and musical productions.

The biggest event is the annual UCF Celebrates the Arts, a free week of performances held at Dr. Phillips Center in downtown Orlando. This year’s event will take place April 6-14, 2018

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Culinary Arts Menus Revealed for 2018 Epcot International Festival of Arts

Returning to Walt Disney World for a second year, the Epcot International Festival of the Arts will celebrate performing, visual and culinary arts from January 12 - February 19, 2018.

The 2nd annual Epcot International Festival of Arts celebrates all types of art, including culinary, and we have the menus for this year’s festival.

Not only are the dishes delicious, but they’re designed to be visually pleasing, as well.

Here are the kiosks and their menus [menu items marked with (GF) are gluten/wheat-friendly and those with (V) are vegetarian]:

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DRIP to Close International Drive Location Jan 27, 2018

After 5 years, performance art company, DRIP, will be closing it's Orlando location on International Drive at the end of January, 2018.

After 5 years, performance art company, DRIP, will be closing it’s Orlando location on International Drive at the end of January 2018.

I first reviewed DRIP shortly after they opened in 2013, and I enjoyed the adult-themed interactive show featuring artistic dancing and lots of paint.

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The Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest Returns January 3-7, 2018 #OrlandoFringe

Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest

The Orlando Fringe Winter Mini-Fest, a 5-day version of the original Orlando Fringe, returns to Loch Haven Park January 3-7, 2018

This fest will feature a hand-picked selection of award-winning or fan favorites from past Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival and new works hand-selected from other Fringe Festivals around the world.

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School of Rock The Musical Comes to Dr Phillips Center Dec 26-31

School of Rock The Musical Comes to Dr Phillips Center Dec 26-31

Class is in session as School of Rock The Musical comes to Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts the week of December 26-31, 2017.

Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

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Book of Mormon Returns to Dr Phillips Center Dec 12-17, 2017

Book of Mormon Returns to Dr Phillips Center

The outrageous musical comedy Book of Mormon returns for another adventure at the Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Dec 12-17, 2017.

The hit production follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of Mormon missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. It is the winner of 9 Tony Awards® including Best Musical.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith Dec 10, 2017

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts An Evening with Anna Deavere Smith

Orlando Shakespeare Theater will host an evening with actress Anna Deavere Smith, best known for roles on the TV series The West Wing and Nurse Jackie, on Dec 10, 2017.

Through a short performance and interview, audiences will hear about the process of combining a passion for social causes with documentary style theater making.

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The Phantom Returns in Love Never Dies at Dr Phillips Center Nov 21-26, 2017

Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its Orlando debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 21-26, 2017.

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies, a sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, makes its Orlando debut at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts November 21-26, 2017.

Love Never Dies picks up 10 years after the Phantom’s disappearance from the Paris Opera House. He has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island.

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Out and About: On Your Feet! a Dazzling Musical Telling of Gloria and Emilio Estafan’s Rise to Fame

Mauricio Martinez as Emilio Estefan and Christie Prades as Gloria Estefan and Company, ON YOUR FEET! © Matthew Murphy

As a fan of Gloria Estefan’s music, I was excited to catch opening night of On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The musical tells the story of her and husband Emilio’s rise to fame. While I was somewhat familiar with their lives, I had no idea how many struggles the duo has faced along the way.

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The King & I Dances Into Dr Phillips Center Sept 12-17, 2017

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, the Broadway revival of The King & I comes to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando September 12-17, 2017.

One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works, the Broadway revival of The King & I comes to the Dr. Phillips Center in Orlando September 12-17, 2017.

Set in 1860’s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.

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Finding Neverland Flies Into the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando June 6-11, 2017

Finding Neverland Flies Into the Dr Phillips Center in Orlando June 6-11, 2017
Learn the true story behind Peter Pan when the hit Broadway musical Finding Neverland comes to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts June 6-11, 2017.

Based on the Academy Award winning film of the same name, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind how Playwright J.M. Barrie created one of the world’s most beloved characters.

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Mennello Museum of Art Hosts Our Orlando Local Art Show May 19-June 18, 2017

Mennello Museum of Art Hosts Our Orlando Local Art Show May 19-June 18, 2017

Orlando’s Mennello Museum of Art will host a new exhibit called Our Orlando from May 19 to June 18, and it will feature the work of five local artists.

Katrina Constantine, Hillery Powers, Chris Tobar Rodriguez, Andrew Spear, and Rhett Withey were originally featured in a Pulse coloring book that was available at the museum, as well as the fence wrap that surrounds the Pulse Nightclub.

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UCF Celebrates the Arts Returns to Dr. Phillips Center April 7-14, 2017

UCF Celebrates the Arts Returns to Dr. Phillips Center April 7-14, 2017

The University of Central Florida returns to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with it’s week-long UCF Celebrates the Arts event April 7-14, 2017. Best of all…it’s FREE!

UCF Celebrates the Arts encompasses theater, music, art, and more, with several different productions each day, as well as exhibitions in the Dr. Phillips Center lobby.

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Out and About: Wicked Casts Its Magic Over the Dr Phillips Center

Out and About: Wicked Casts Its Magic Over the Dr Phillips Center

Everybody knows the story of The Wizard of Oz as told from Dorothy’s point of view. But the hit musical Wicked tells the story from the witches Glinda and Elphaba (aka “The Wicked Witch of the West”) point of view.

This show has been a bucket-list item for years, and last night, I finally got to experience it at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. It was everything I thought it would be and more.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents PlayFest: After Pulse Nov 3-6, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents PlayFest: After Pulse Nov 3-6, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF invites audiences to take a risk on new plays at PlayFest presented by Harriett’s Charitable Trust from November 3 – 6, 2016.

This year’s event, titled PlayFest: After Pulse, will feature six new plays that explore issues surrounding the Pulse tragedy.

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