Orlando Shakes Hosts 30th Anniversary Season Gala Sept 16, 2018 @OrlandoShakes

Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced it has changed and shortened its name to "Orlando Shakes," as a way to better represent the theater's mission and diverse body of work.

Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF invites guests to celebrate the opening of their 2018-2019 Season at their 30th Anniversary Season Gala on Sunday, September 16, 2018.

The highlight of the evening will be a one-night-only musical showcase featuring select members of the cast of Orlando Shakes’ production of In the Heights.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents 8th Annual John R. Hamilton Mock Trial March 15, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will hold its 8th Annual John R. Hamilton Mock Trial on Tuesday, March 15.

8th Annual John R. Hamilton Mock Trial - Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Hailed as live theater meets Judge Judy, the Mock Trial assembles a panel of celebrity judges to hear a case based on one of the season’s Signature Series productions and argued by notable attorneys in Central Florida.

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Orlando Shakespeare Presents The Adventures of Pericles Feb 24 – March 6, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Adventures of Pericles select dates from February 24 – March 26, 2016, at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Adventures of Pericles

Pirates and shipwrecks, combat tournaments, and murder plots set the stage for Shakespeare’s romantic adventure, The Adventures of Pericles, which opens with Pericles, Prince of Tyre, finding himself in mortal danger after solving the puzzle of a murderous king.

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Orlando Shakespeare Presents The Tempest Feb 10 – March 27, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Tempest select dates from February 10 – March 27, 2016, at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents The Tempest

Magic, romance, and revenge set the stage for Shakespeare’s late masterpiece, The Tempest, which begins with Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, stranded on a remote and mystical island with his daughter Miranda.

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Orlando Shakespeare Presents Dancing Lessons Jan 6 – Feb 7, 2016

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons from January 6 – February 7, 2016, at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons

Dancing Lessons centers around a young man with high-functioning autism (Asperger’s syndrome) as he tries to navigate a relationship with a Broadway dancer, now sidelined with injuries. She learns how to deal with her disabilities while he gets a glimpse of the emotional and transformational power of dance.

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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: Phantasmagoria VI: The Darkness Awakens is Magic

Ambrose Bierce defines Magic as “an art of converting superstition into coin,” and that is exactly what creator and director, John Didonna, has done in the sixth year of Phantasmagoria’s production, Phantasmagoria VI: The Darkness Awakens.

Phantasmagoria VI: The Darkness Awakens - Barry D. Kirsh, photographer

The show is set some time after Byron, the troupe’s leader, had sacrificed himself for the dancer Pandora. Cyril, the new leader, has since forbidden the troupe from bringing the stories to life, causing them to be thrown out into the streets by the theater’s Manager for not being able to perform anything with which he’d be able to make a profit.

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Les Miserables Will Open the 26th Season of Orlando Shakespeare Theater Sept 10 – Oct 12, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Les Miserables

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Les Miserables from September 10 – October 12 in the Margeson Theater at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

This award-winning classic tale by Victor Hugo, is set in early 19th century France. It tells the tale of a French peasant named Jean Valjean and his years-long quest for redemption after serving almost two-decades in prison for stealing a loaf of bread.

Featuring a talented mix of Broadway veterans and Orlando Shakes favorites, this will be the largest musical production in the OST’s history.

The cast is headlined by Orlando native Davis Gaines (Javert), a veteran of the stages in New York and Los Angeles, and the longest-running Phantom in the L.A. productions of The Phantom of the Opera.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Hosts Free Open House on August 23, 2014

John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare CenterOrlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF invites the public to a free Open House on Saturday, August 23.

During this event, theater staff will lead guests on a tour of the building, providing them with behind the scenes access, insider info, and fun facts about Orlando Shakes. Visitors will also enjoy a sneak peek rehearsal of this fall’s highly anticipated production, Les Misérables, and may enter to win tickets and prizes from Orlando Shakes and other local arts organizations.

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Pluto February 27 – March 23, 2014

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is proud to present Steve Yockey’s Pluto, part of Harriett’s New Play Series, from February 27 – March 23, 2014.

Pluto - Suzanne O'Donnell, Heather Leonardi, & Chris Metz
Suzanne O’Donnell, Heather Leonardi, & Chris Metz

In the play, single mother Elizabeth Miller is having a bad day. A tree has crashed through her ceiling, the fridge is on the fritz, a forceful crowd threatens to invade her family’s kitchen — and then there’s the odd new family pet! At the center of this chaos, time stands still as mother and son jump-start their relationship and try to confront reality together across the breakfast table.

Directed by Mark Routhier, the production features Orlando actors John Connon, Jillian Gizzi, Heather Leonardi, Chris Metz, and Suzanne O’Donnell.

Tickets are $25, 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 in Loch Haven Park.

Preview shows on February 27 and 28, as well as a senior matinee on March 5, are only $17.

Photo courtesy Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Landon St. Gordon, photographer.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play Through December 29, 2013

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF presents the holiday cheer of Joe Landry’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play through December 29 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio PlayPerformed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a studio audience, five actors play the dozens of characters in Bedford Falls as well as produce all the sound effects.

Prior to the performance, theater-goers will take part in a holiday singalong amongst busy telegram boys, popcorn girls, and 1940’s paparazzi.

Tickets are $17-$40, and may be purchased by calling the Box Office at (407) 447-1700 or online at orlandoshakes.org. Senior matinees are December 11 and 18, with tickets for $17. Shows are at 7:30pm Wednesday through Saturday, and 2pm on Sundays.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Dracula: the Journal of Jonathan Harker October 9 – November 10, 2013

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will present Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker from October 9 through November 10, at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Presents Dracula: the Journal of Jonathan HarkerExperience the original Prince of Darkness like never before in a one-man tour-de-force based on Bram Stoker’s original text of journal entries, letters, and newspaper clippings.

In the production, Jonathan Harker has no idea what’s in store when he is sent to deliver deeds to the eerie Castle Dracula. Upon arrival, he is captured by the dark and mysterious Count, and discovers horrors behind the castle walls. Jonathan must risk his life to destroy the Count before he becomes more powerful than ever, but will he live to tell the tale of this undead creature of the night?

Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker stars John P. Keller, and is adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by Orlando Shakes Artistic Director Jim Helsinger and directed by Michael Carleton.

Tickets are priced at $17-$40. Previews are October 9 and 10, with opening night on October 11. There will be an opening night party after the performance on the 11th only, complimentary for all ticket holders.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is celebrating their 25th Anniversary on the 25th of each month. Purchase any seat in the house for any amount you choose for the October 25th performance of Dracula: The Journal of Jonathan Harker. Tickets must be purchased in-person at the Box Office on the day of the performance. First come, first serve until sold out. Limited to two tickets per person.

For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, visit orlandoshakes.org.

Orlando Shakespeare Theater Offers Pay-What-You-Will Night for Titus Andronicus on March 30, 2013

OST-Titus-1-miniOrlando Shakespeare Theater opens its production of the bard’s Titus Andronicus this weekend, and on Saturday, March 30, all tickets will be sold on a pay-what-you-will basis.

Titus Andronicus is one of the bard’s most popular and violent works, and is intended for mature audiences.

Pay-What-You-Will tickets are available in-person only on the day of the performance at the Orlando Shakes Box Office only (812 East Rollins Street) starting at 12pm and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are limited to two per person. No refunds or exchanges.

Titus Andronicus runs through April 28th, 2013 at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Tickets for all other performances, priced at $17-$40, depending on the show date and time.

[Photo courtesy of Orlando Shakespeare Theater, photographer Tony Firriolo]

Orlando Shakespeare Theater to Present Titus Andronicus March 29 Through April 28, 2013

OST-Titus-3-miniThe Orlando Shakespeare Theater will be debuting their new production of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus this weekend, with opening night on March 29, 2013.

Titus Andronicus is the bard’s bloody tale of vengeance and madness between the families of the great Roman general Titus, and Tamora, the sadistic Queen of the Goths. The play is intended for mature audiences only, as there are graphic scenes of violence, as well as the play’s explicity sexual content.

The play runs through April 28, 2013, with showings Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm; Friday and Saturday at 8pm; and Sunday at 2pm. All performances take place in the Goldman Theater at John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street in Orlando).

Tickets are $20 – $35 on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays. Fridays and Saturdays, tickets are $30 – $40. April 5 is $20 under 30 night, and Senior Matinees are April 3, 10, 17, & 24, with tickets $17 for all seniors.

Tickets are available by calling calling 407-447-1700, online at orlandoshakes.org, or in person at the Box Office located inside the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

[Photo courtesy of Orlando Shakespeare Theater, photographer Tony Firriolo]

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