And on a personal note: all my very best for an amazing New Year!
Productions opening include:
* BETTER DAYS: AN ALL-NEW SHOW AT SAK COMEDY LAB! “Better Days” is a scripted, live sitcom performed at Sak Comedy Lab by a cast of some of Central Florida’s most talented actors. The show is written by award winning writers John Valines and Tod Kimbro and starts tonight at 11:30 p.m., with a new episode premiering each month. Tickets are available for $10. Sak Comedy Lab is located at 29 S. Orange Ave. in downtown Orlando, on the second floor of the City Arts building at the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street.
For more information on “Better Days,” Sak’s other weekly shows, corporate entertainment opportunities, and Sak Comedy Lab’s popular Improv classes, go to http://www.sak.com/ or visit Sak on FaceBook. Call 407-648-0001 for reservations.
* SUMMERTIME opens tonight at Theatre Downtown in Orlando. Heat up your new year with this sizzling new musical revue! “Summertime” celebrates African American influence on performance art through heart warming selections from “Porgy and Bess,” “The Color Purple” and more! Tickets are on sale now by calling 407-841-0083.
* A Night For Billy Brown Fundraiser will be held tonight at 7 at the Orlando Rep.
* ART is being performed at the Titusville Playhouse. T. Robert Pigott, Stephan Jones and Patrick Sullivan are performing in “Art,” which is opening this weekend. It’s only two weekends at their more intimate Emma’s Attic space!
Productions opening next week include:
* JOAN CRAWFORD’S HOUSE PARTY is playing at The Parliament House Resort in downtown Orlando. Wanzie Presents is so very pleased to announce that Joan Crawford (played by Doug Ba’aser) will once again invite Orlando audiences into her lovely Brentwood home for an intimate house party being hosted with the able assistance of young Christina Crawford (plyed by Catherine Goodison). Joan and Christina and their neighbors (including one such played by Josh Eads-Brown) bring the award-winning big hit of the 2012 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival to the Footlight Theatre as the first theatrical offering of the new year.
Written by Jeff Jones, with additional material by Ba’aser,and directed by Frank McClain, it plays Saturdays at 8 p.m. starting Jan. 12, with a final performance on Monday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $12 in advance. Log on to www.Wanzie.com or call 407-540-0317. Tickets are $15 at the door, if available.
Continuing productions (including some final weekends!):
* DRIP, an in-your-face explosion of color and movement backed by a live rock band, it plays every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and the show starts a little after 8, at DRIP’s new industrial dive bar on International Drive. Tickets start at $29. Group rates and specials are available. To learn more, log on to http://www.ILoveDRIP.com.
* SAK Comedy Lab is a 200-seat improv comedy theater in downtown Orlando. Conveniently located at the City Arts Factory’s second floor at 29 S. Orange Ave., SAK performs live improv comedy shows that are fun and suitable for all ages, Tuesdays through Saturdays. Fridays at 11:30 p.m., “The Brawl for all” is back! Check out the website for more information: www.sak.com.
* Theatre Downtown is still looking for a Humphrey Bogart for its upcoming production of “Play It Again Sam.”
The actor should be 5 foot 8 inches tall to 5’10. “Play It Again Sam” opens Jan. 24 and runs through Feb. 9.
Contact Fran Hilgenberg at 407-841-0083 for details.
* Sands Theater Company will hold open auditions for “CATS” on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., and Sunday from 6-9 p.m. at the Athens Theatre. An additional Call Back Date has yet to be announced. The Athens Theatre is at 124 N. Florida Ave. in downtown DeLand. Performances will be in April. All roles are unpaid. Please note the role of Gus, the theater cat, is pre-cast. For details, contact the director, Clark Adams, at email@example.com. “Cats” is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, based on “Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats” by T.S. Eliot.
* Auditions for The Orlando Gay Chorus will be held on Saturday, Jan. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 6 from noon to 5 p.m. at the OPO Rehearsal Hall in the Lownde’s Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St. in Orlando.
Audition appointments and further information can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. No preparation is necessary.
Rehearsals take place at the same location on Wednesday evenings from 7-10, beginning Jan. 9 for the May production, “We’re Ready For Our Close-Up.”
* Auditions for a new musical preview showcase, “FAIREST,” will be held on Sunday. “Fairest” is a new original musical written by Bryan Daluge and Elaine Pechacek, previewing 13 songs from the original score along with narration. The production is in need of 10 vocalists, male and female. Auditions will be held on Sunday and is by appointment only. Please send headshot and resume to FairestTheMusical@gmail.com. Performance dates are Feb. 9-10 at The Master Class Theatre in Winter Park.
* The Princess Theater will be holding open auditions for “A Hotel On Marvin Gardens” on Saturday and Sunday from 7-10 p.m. at the Sanford Welcome Center, 230 E. 1st St. in Sanford. The theater is seeking three women and two men. Productions dates are March 1-3, 8-10, and 15-17. For more information, contact the Princess Theater at 321-578-1463.
Upcoming educational programs include:
* There with be a free workshop at JGROOVE with Hank Stone, called “What It Takes To Become A Working Actor.” It’s being offered by actor/writer/director Hank Stone on Jan. 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Stone is a veteran actor whose credits include “The Patriot,” “The Punisher,” “Cold Mountain” and many more. Joining Hank will be a longtime friend and colleague, David LaPorte. David is recognized as one of the premiere photographers in Los Angeles who specializes in headshots for actors. Some of David’s clients include Kirsten Dunst, Scott Wolfe, Sean William Scott, and Dennis Quaid. David has also worked in film, television, and theater, and his TV credits include “General Hospital,” “Days of Our Lives,” and “The Young and the Restless.”
In this free workshop, Hank and David will cover topics and questions that will help you succeed as an actor and include:
* Learning the “formula” that all working actors use;
* “Think, Feel, React” – The essence of the craft of acting;
* Learning everything you need to know about what to do on set;
* How do I get in front of a casting director?
* How do I find out where there is work?
* What makes a headshot “great.”
You don’t want to miss this amazing opportunity to learn from the best!
For information, log on to www.davidlaporte.com or http://www.jgroovestudios.com/.
* Advanced Scene Study will be held at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater. Call 407-447-1700 or visit www.orlandoshakes.org for details. The programs will be held from Jan. 7 to Feb. 25 on Mondays from 7-10 p.m.
Tuition is $225, and the instructor is John Connon. This class for the experienced actor will include scene and monologue work chosen by the actor and instructor. Using a variety of approaches (such as Stanislavski, Mamet, Eric Morris, even Michael Caine), this “actor’s gym” class will serve to introduce actors to new sets of tools to tackle scenes or monologues and to break through the obstacles they may be experiencing in their work.
Each week Central Florida Theatre in Process will provide resources and links to a variety of events playing in the Central Florida area, along with news and views! To get involved, join the conversation at our Facebook group at www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/
Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmal.com.