ORLANDO — Central Florida Theatre in Process’ Weekend picks are in, and some interesting shows are opening this week.
* STAGE presents a production of “Buried, an Original Musical.”. The story features Ruth, a math teacher who is able to motivate her students to their best, but suffers from a deficiency of her own: a massive hoarding problem. When she gets an ultimatum to clean her home or face it being condemned, she calls upon the help of her estranged son and his reluctant fiance. The cleaning puts everything under pressure as they attempt to save not only their home but their relationships as well. The score is a mix of traditional theater and rock opera. Shows are June 19-21 at 8 p.m. at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort Convention Center’s Yucatan Room. Tickets are $10 in advance, and $12 at the door.
* This weekend, join us at the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center’s Studio B at 111 N. Orange Ave. as we celebrate contemporary composer Jason Robert Brown with “In Love and War: The Songs of Jason Robert Brown.”
This musical revue benefits the non-profit Central Florida Community Arts. Sit back, watch and listen as four talented vocalist take you on a journey through the Jason Robert Brown song catalog, featuring songs from Songs for A New World, Last 5 Years, Parade, Urban Cowboy, Wearing Someone Else’s Clothes and more.
Tickets are $12 in advance and can be purchased online. There are four performance, this weekend only! Don’t miss what is sure to be a sold out event!
* Fat Pig is being performed at the Valencia College Theater. Neil LaBute’s caustic, hilarious and ultimately touching comedy not only critiques our slavish adherence to Hollywood ideals of beauty, but also boldly questions our own ability to change what we dislike about ourselves. This is a distinctly comic and politically incorrect observation of the current world around us! It runs through June 16, and is for mature audiences.
* Theatre Downtown presents “TIGER TAIL” by Tennessee Williams. Directed by Frank Hilgenberg, it’s about a young bride, Baby Doll, in an arranged marriage, a red neck, down-on-his luck cotton gin owner, Archie Lee, and his competitor, a fiery, young Italian, Silva Vaccarro, who are all thrown together in Williams’ steamy drama set in rural Mississippi in the mid-1950’s. Don’t miss the show that was condemned by the Catholic Church! It runs Friday through June 29, and tickets are $20 for the general public, $16 for seniors and students.
Call the box office at 407-841-0083 for tickets.
* “BETTER DAYS: Episode SIX”, 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 has a new day and time, on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. for the month of June! Tickets are available for $10. Sak Comedy Lab is 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”, call 407-648-0001.
* “DRIP” is an industrial bar and show. Dress down, drink up and rock out while dancers tell a love story while dancing in paint, flying water and sand, backed by a live rock band. You will get messy!
This happens on Thursdays (followed by a local art night), Fridays, and Saturdays, and doors opens at 8 p.m., and the show starts a little after 9 p.m. Tickets are $35. DRIP is at 8747 International Drive, Suite 102.
Upcoming auditions include:
* The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center at 201 S. Magnolia Ave. in Sanford is holding auditions for “The Mystery Of Edwin Drood” on July 15, 17 and 19 from 6:30-9 p.m. Please prepare one song. Everyone will be asked to read from the script and some may be asked to dance and sing additional pieces.
Callbacks will be on July 22 at 6:30 p.m. The show dates are Oct. 11-13 and 18-20.
* Tackle your temptations with “Nunsense” auditions on Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. and Monday, July 15 at 5 p.m. at the Garden Theatre in downtown Winter Garden. Auditioners must be 18 or older.
* In the Limelight is casting a male dancer, actor, singer to portray Don Lockwood in the upcoming production of “Singing In The Rain.” The actor must be available daytime hours on June 17-27, and for four performances from June 27-30, and must be in grades 6-12, taller than 5 feet 4 inches in height, and be able to dance and sing extremely well. Contact Director Katie Corrie at email@example.com for an audition appointment.
* The 2013-14 Beth Marshall Presents season auditions will be June 22-23 by scheduled appointment only. Please completely read and review the specifics of each show and familiarize yourself with the character breakdowns.Email Company Manager-Ally Gursky at Ally@BethMarshallPresents.com to make an appointment. All roles are paid except for Play-In-A-Day shows.
Beth Marshall Presents is also seeking a classical pianist for “33 Variations” by Moises Kaufman. Directed by Aradhana Tiwari, rehearsals and the performances are at the Garden Theatre at 160 Plant St. in downtown Winter Garden. This artist will only need to be at limited rehearsals.
Auditions for musicians will be held on Sunday, June 23 with call backs on June 24. This is a paid position.
Beth Marshall Presents is also seeking actors, hippies, poets, dancers, freaks, 60’s look-alikes of artists, musicians, political figures, performance artists, specialty acts, etc.. for “BEATNIK,” a 1960’s speakeasy event. The performers need to be available all day and night on Dec. 2-3. These positions are paid.
This is a project in collaboration with Blue Starr & The Venue, and is a one-nite only event. Email Ally@BethMarshallPresents.com to schedule your audition either June 22 or June 23. Video auditions are also acceptable for this show only.
* The Florida Playwright Competition is calling for new plays. Valencia College Theater needs script submissions for its 23rd annual Florida Playwrights’ Competition. As it has since 1991, Valencia will produce a full-length original play in the spring of 2014 as part of its regular subscription series.
Playwrights must reside in Florida and are invited to submit a cover letter, resume or bio, one page synopsis, and the first 15 pages of no more than two never-before-produced manuscripts. The deadline for this first phase of submission is July 30. A committee will evaluate the excerpts and selected playwrights will be invited to submit the full manuscript as part of the second phase of the submission process.
From these manuscripts, one play will be chosen for development as a workshop production with the playwright’s participation. The writer will receive a stipend to cover travel and other expenses related to the production. The administrator of the competition plans to announce the winning play in early September 2013, and the workshop process will begin in late fall 2013 or early spring 2014.
Scripts must be original, previously unproduced, full-length plays. Scripts that have received staged readings may be submitted. Collaborations are acceptable, but children’s plays, adaptations, and musicals are ineligible at this time.
Electronic submission of the cover letter, resume or bio, one-page synopsis and 15-page excerpt is required. You can send your submissions and questions to me, as Valencia’s artistic director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 on Facebook by joining our group at www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/.
Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.