Central Florida Vocal Arts opening “Grimmly Ever After” tonight

Fabiola Rivera and Jonatan Rodriguez perform in "Grimmly Ever After," which opens tonight.

Fabiola Rivera and Jonatan Rodriguez perform in “Grimmly Ever After,” which opens tonight.


ORLANDO — Central Florida Vocal Arts was born in 2012 at a kitchen table in a Baldwin Park apartment, according to founder and current Chief Executive Director Theresa Leigh Smith-Levin.
It’s focus is “to provide paid performance opportunities for professional and pre professional young artists and to train and nurture the artists of tomorrow,” according to their website. They have produced several local productions, including Soap Opera at the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival and The Quest: Choose Your Adventure.
The group, in many of its productions, employs a focus on mixing opera and other genres, as well as using a technique where audiences literally choose the path of the show in the style of those old “choose your adventure” books of the past.
This Friday, they open Grimmly Ever After at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Loch Haven Park. Continue reading

Freeline Productions to host special performance of Living Room Theater

Yes, Living Room Theater is just what it sounds like: theater in someone's living room.

Yes, Living Room Theater is just what it sounds like: theater in someone’s living room.


ORLANDO – The name of this performance art trio is Living Room Theater — and yes, it means just that.
The concept is simple: rather than perform on a stage in an auditorium, how about bringing community theater directly to one’s own living room?
On Saturday, Oct. 29, Michael Freeman, the editor and publisher of Freeline Media, will open the doors of his home in the Colonialtown North neighborhood in Orlando to host a special performance by Living Room Theater.
“What is Living Room Theater?” notes a release by the theater group that pioneered this concept. “Paths of absurdity, raw truth and love intersect as Bear, Otter and Dog invite you into a living room to share vignettes reflecting upon our humanity. Through pensive to comical conversations, experimental performance pieces and live instrumentals, a story emerges. No two shows alike.” Continue reading

Freeline Media Review: “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde”

In time for the Halloween season, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is producing "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde."

In time for the Halloween season, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is producing “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.”


ORLANDO — The Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” attempts two very interesting challenges — both, I think, successfully.
The first is to take a very literate script (adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” by Robert Louis Stevenson) that manages to strike an intriguing balance: asking serious questions about the nature of identity, while at the same time delivering what this story has always offered — some genuinely scary moments. The production, directed by Cynthia White, could have seemed stuffy and talky — one of those “Masterpiece Theatre” imitators with hoity toity British accents — for those expecting a more Watch out! scarefest version, but thanks to a talented cast and some eerily effective lighting and sound effects, the story remains gripping even to those, like me, who know it so well. Continue reading

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