Each week, CFTiP 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 https://www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/.
Events this weekend include:
* “PARALLEL LIVES” with Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, presented by the Jester Theater Company inside the Mandell Theatre at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at Loch Haven Park in Orlando. A hilarious and thought-provoking collection of scenes, this show was originally known as the Kathy and Mo Show. For tickets, log on to http://www.orlandoshakes.org/ or call 407-447-1700. Discounted tickets are available for industry folks on Monday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. For information: http://www.facebook.com/events/137517959724261/
or log on to www.jestertheater.com. This is rated for mature audiences, 16 years old and above.
* Première of ME Dance, Inc. on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 8-9 at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden. ME Dance, Inc. is the newest professional dance organization in the heart of Central Florida. To reserve your tickets, visit http://MEdance.org/. ME Dance, Inc. is a not-for-profit arts organization. Patrons like you who attend will help the arts strive here in Central Florida. Show times are Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Ticket prices are $20 for general admission. The venue is the Garden Theatre at 160 W. Plant St. in Winter Garden.
* “OF MICE AND MEN” at Theatre Downtown in Orlando. This is an American classic of friendship and sacrifice thhat opens today for a limited three week run. The opening night tickets are just $10. Call 407-841-0083 for reservations or log on to www.theatredowntown.net. This play is rated for middle school level and Up. It has some mature themes.
* “HOOKED: A New Rock Musical” by the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre/88MPH Productions at the G.O.A.T Theatre on Aloma Avenue in Winter Park. This production is sponsored in part by Premier Couples Superstar. This is the
U.S. premiere of “HOOKED: A New Rock Musical” by Kinnings, James & Hale, a story about impulsiveness … a story about naivety …. a story about loyalty, sex and drugs. The show runs Sept. 7-16, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sunday Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. G.O.A.T. is at 2431 Aloma Ave. #300 in Winter Park. For tickets, call 407-872-8451 or purchase them online at www.goatgroup.org. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for students and seniors. This show is for mature audiences.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/270557429721648/.
* “STAINED GLASS WINDOWS” at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 E. Rollins St., in the newly renovated Studio B. This is a new drama by Steve Sherman in which a college student, David, negotiates the difficult task of coming out to his family. There is a $10 suggested donation. Reserve seats at SGWtickets@gmail.com. This contains adult language and is for mature audiences only.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/361023280641499.
* “Wanzie’s CELEBRITY MATCH GAME” presents “The Best of Broadway Edition” by Wanzie Presents/D Squared Productions at the Footlight Theatre at The Parliament House Resort in downtown Orlando on Saturday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. Join your emcee Michael Wanzie with Doug Ba’aser as Annie, Miss Sammy as Miss Han…nigan, Gidget Galore as Norma Desmond, Carol Lee as Dolly Levi, Drew Sizemore as Edna Turnbladt, and Ginger Minj as Tracy Turnbladt. Play the game and you might win two tickets to see The Go-Go’s in concert at Hard Rock Live. Tickets are $12 in advance, available by logging on to www.WanziePresents.com. This show is for adult audiences only.
* “EVERYBODY LOVES CHLAMYDIA” at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House on Mondays through Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. This show is a transfer from the 21st annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival in May 2012, a campy comedy where Chlamydia teams up with Promiscuity in a plot to take over the town of Virginity and destroy the world. Tickets are $10 in advance. This show is intended for mature audiences.
For info: http://www.WanziePresents.com/.
* “VINTAGE HITCHCOCK: A LIVE RADIO PLAY” is playing at the Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/345830548795331/.
* “TITANIC: The Musical: Concert Version” presented by the Central Florida Community Arts at the Northland Church in Longwood. Follow the stories of the passengers and crew of the supposedly “unsinkable” ship in this hauntingly moving story set to song. The show features a 23-piece orchestra and an 86-person cast. Tickets are $10 each. Children three years old and under get in free. Tickets are on sale online and, as available, at the door one hour before showtime. More information, plus ticketing links, are at: http://www.cfcommunitychoir.com/home/index.php/component/content/article/10-blog/events/55. This is a family friendly show, but due to the nature of the story, it may be too intense for patrons under age 10.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/346321372115357/.
* “THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS” runs tonight through Sept. 30 at The Orlando Repertory Theatre at Loch Haven Park. Tickets start at $11, with public performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 2 and 5:30 p.m. There is an Opening Saturday bonus: Buy one adult ticket and get one child’s ticket free to either performance in the opening Saturday, Sept. 8. Call 407-896-7365 for tickets.
For info: http://www.orlandorep.com/Index.aspx.
Upcoming special events include:
* A special educational program, “A Discussion with Luc Lafortune” at the Annie Russell Theatre on the Rollins College Campus in Winter Park. Luc Lafortune, the world renowned designer, will be speaking there tonight from 3-5 p.m. This will be a discussion about design philosophy, inspirations and where to find it, inexperience and the importance of not knowing, the pitfalls of style and fame and communicating with the creative team. This presentation will center on the Cirque du Soleil production of Ka with images and support materials.
Then on Friday, Sept. 7 at the Annie Russell Theatre from 4-6 p.m., a discussion about the creative process behind the Cirque du Soleil production of La Nouba. For more information, contact Kevin Griffin at 407-628-6351 or at email@example.com. Check out Lafortune’s biography at www.luclafortune.com.
The Orlando Shakes Adult Acting class is starting at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center featuring ESSENTIAL ACTING TRAINING (EAT) from Saturday, Sept. 8 through Sept. 29, for four weeks. EAT runs on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition is $150. This is an opportunity to taste your creative spirit. The instructors will play with breath, voice, body awareness, and writing from the heart. The class culminates with an original performance piece written by each actor. The instructors are Anne Hering and Suzanne O’Donnell. Register on-line at http://www.orlandoshakes.org/ or call the Education Department at 407-447-1700, Ext. 208.
Upcoming auditions include:
* Auditions for “In the Limelight” at 5555 S. Kirkman Road, Suite 104/105, in Orlando. These are auditions for males and females, being held on Saturday, Sept. 8 for Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (grades K-12), “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus” (grades 3-12) and “Surviving Lunch/Wrecked” (grades 7-12). For Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” please prepare 16 bars of a song, equivalent to a verse and chorus. Theater music is preferred. Please provide sheet music or a karaoke track on CD and a one-minute, memorized comedic monologue. For “Surviving Lunch/Wrecked” or “The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,” please prepare a one-minute, memorized monologue (comedic or dramatic – it’s the actor’s choice). For actors between the ages of 5-8, you can sing a song aca pella – without music – such as “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and read a page from a book or a poem. Auditions are by appointment only and can be made by emailing Katie@inthelimelightorlando.com. For production descriptions, show dates, and rehearsal schedules, please log on to http://www.inthelimelightorlando.com/Auditions.html.
* Dancer auditions are being held at ME Dance, Inc. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 8:30 p.m. at Metropolis Productions/Metro Movement & Aerial Arts, 9468 American Eagle Way, Suite 100 in Orlando. Email Auditions@medance.org for the gate code access. This is for 18 years or older male and female dancers; a strong dance technique is required, and styles include: ballet, jazz, contemporary, hip hop and tap. A headshot and resume is required. Sign in begins at 7:30 p.m.
Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@Gmail.com.