Freeline Media Review: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)”

Christopher Patrick Mullen, Timothy Williams, and Michael Daly star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of "Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!)." (Photo by Tony Firriolo.)

Christopher Patrick Mullen, Timothy Williams, and Michael Daly star in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s production of “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some!).” (Photo by Tony Firriolo.)


ORLANDO — If there’s one thing that the holiday production at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater amply proves, it’s that the Christmas season has, for centuries, inspired writers, filmmakers, animators and other storytellers to create their own holiday epic, aimed at happily entrancing audiences into the spirit of the season.
If there’s one thing that guides so many of these creative efforts — Charles Dickens’ short story “A Christmas Story,” Frank Capra’s 1946 movie “It’s A Wonderful Life,” or the 1964 children’s TV movie “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” among many others — it’s heavy doses of sentimentality and exquisitely warm and fuzzy happy endings. Put your troubles aside, these sagas seem to say, and revel in the joyous spirit of Christmas time.
Orlando Shakes has done its share of sentimental holiday productions in the past, from an elaborate version of “A Christmas Carol” to a radio version of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” where skillful dramatic actors did their best to wring a nostalgic and tender tear from the eyes of audience members. Continue reading

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

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