New productions opening up include:
* The New York Acting Ensemble Presents at The Zebra Room in Orlando on Sunday, Oct. 28 at 8 p.m. This is more than a show — New York director Ken Eulo demonstrates how to make an Off-Off-Broadway venue out of a small space, with multiple scenes from various plays, including “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Barefoot in the Park,” and “Chicago” (with the Cell Block Tango). There is a $5 suggested donation at the door.
For information, call 407-359-8700.
* TWO from Storyteller Joe Rosier! includes “Robert E. Lee: Confederate General.”
Storyteller “Country Joe” Rosier and the Greater Orlando Civil War Roundtable will be at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando. Join General Lee on June 15, 1870 at Washington College in Lexington, Virginia as he reflects on his long military career. It takes place on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7), and adult admission is $18, or for both shows $32. Seniors, members of the military, historic re-enactors or Shakespeare Guild members get in for $16 for an individual show or $28 for both shows. Tickets for students are $12 for one show or both shows for $20.
For reservations, call 407-321-6577, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or log on to www.facebook.com/events/313886658718237/LINK or www.joerosier.com. This is a family friendly show.
Continuing productions include:
* “Phantasmagoria III – Something TRULY Wicked This Way Comes”, an Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, the third all-original and critically acclaimed installment in this Victorian Steampunk Horror storytelling/dance/ puppetry Halloween event! Shows run at 8:30 p.m. through Halloween night, with special shows on Oct. 29 and Oct 31. For will-call reservations, dial 407-328-9005, or make credit card purchases at redchairproject.com.
This is rated for all audiences, with some scary stories and minor risque humor with Punch.
Join the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PhantasmagoriaOrlandoEvent.
* “The Painter” by Roger Floyd is a dramatic take on the Jack the Ripper legend at the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre in Winter Park. GOAT’s home is in the Crealde Business Center at 2431 Aloma Ave., Suite 300. The remaining shows are on Friday, Saturday and Halloween, and Nov. 1, 2, and 3. Tickets are $15 for students and seniors, or $18 for general admission. Come see the dramatic production about Jack the Ripper that the critics have been raving about. Go to www.goatgroup.org or call the box office at 407-872-8451 for tickets. This has adult content that includes language and graphic violence.
* “Chasing George Washington” continues this week at The REP in Orlando and plays through Nov. 18. Just in time for election season, this new musical follows three kids on a field trip to the White House where they meet George Washington himself and learn about the events that made America the place we know today. The REP is at 1001 E. Princeton St. in Orlando, and the show runs Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tickets start at $11. Call 407-896-7365 or visit orlandorep.com.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/OrlandoRepertoryTheatre?ref=hl.
* “RACE” is at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with the University of Central Florida at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. In signature David Mamet style, the play pushes buttons, exposing the dark underbelly of sexual and racial politics in the American justice system. It runs through Nov. 11. Tickets are priced at $16-$40, and are on sale now at 407-447-1700. There are student and military discounts available.
This is recommended for adult audiences only.
For info: http://orlandoshakes.orghttp://www.facebook.com/orlandoshakes.
* SAK COMEDY LAB has tons of shows and is conveniently located at the CityArts Factory’s second floor Eola Capital Loft, on the corner of Orange Avenue and Pine Street. SAK performs live improv comedy shows that are fun and suitable for all ages, Tuesdays through Saturdays at 29 S. Orange Ave. Call 407-648-0001 or visit www.sak.com for more information.
SAK also is having a special Halloween Torture show on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $8 if you show up in costume.
* “Sunday in the Park with George” at the Mad Cow Theatre at 54 W. Church St. is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s fictional recount of the life of George Seurat and their brilliant commentary on art, mixed with gorgeous songs. It runs through Oct. 28. Tickets range from $15 on Monday Industry nights to $34. Student and senior discounts are available. The link for tickets is: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21711&event_val=SH1A&schedule=list.
* “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a Dark Side of Saturn production. For advance tickets, groups, and reservations, send requests to HedwigOrlandoTickets@yahoo.com.
Show times are Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at 8 p.m. (Doors at 7:30 p.m.) at the Majestic Theatre & Lounge, 375 S. Bumby Ave. in Orlando. General admission at the Door is $15, or tickets reserved via email are $12.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/156688194469832/https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dark-Side-of-Saturn/369443203130468?ref=ts&fref=ts.
This show is rated for mature audiences.
* REEFER MADNESS: THE MUSICAL continues this weekend at Theatre Downtown. There are four shows this weekend, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., with a special Saturday late-night show at 11:30. All tickets are $10. Come see the show that The Orlando Sentinel theater critic Matt Palm says is “smokin’!”
Call 407-841-0083 for tickets. This show is a crazy musical romp about the “evil demon weed”! Audiences and critics agree, it’s a gas.
For info: log on to www.theatredowntown.net.
Upcoming auditions include:
* The Central Florida Vocal Arts still seeks male voices for its Shepherd’s Chorus. Performances will be on select Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays in December. Email TheresaLeighSoprano@gmail.com for more information.
* The Murder Mystery Company is hiring in Kissimmee. Be a part of one of the fastest growing, interactive dinner theater companies in the nation, which is seeking actors — both male and female — who have experience with improv, dinner theater and/or interactive theater, a VERY outgoing personality, reliable transportation and a flexible schedule.
Actors are paid for each show they perform in, and get reimbursed for gas. Auditions will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Submit your headshot and theatrical resume to email@example.com, with the subject heading “Kissimmee Auditions” in order to be considered. Check out the theater by logging on to www.grimprov.com.
Education events include:
* Improvisation with Al Hubbs is an eight-week class at Truthful Acting Studios in Orlando. Improvisation is a vital skill for actors. At auditions, on film sets, in the theater, and in commercials, it’s common to be asked to improvise. Over eights weeks, Hubbs will guide you through essential improvisational exercises, leaving you with useful and practical skills you can use throughout your acting career.
Log on to www.truthfulacting.com/registration_imprv.asp for registration.
ESSENTIAL ACTING TRAINING is being held at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre. The dates are Nov. 10 through Dec. 1 on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuition is $150. For the adult actor, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is offering a series of classes designed to prepare actors to succeed in the profession, focusing on skills that are basic, yet essential, ongoing techniques in the actors’ toolbox. In this class, feast on the many ways that actors create a character. Students will play with age, time, status, and circumstances to build a character from the inside out. Students will be expected to learn a short two-minute monologue. To register and for information, call the Education Department at 407-447-1700, Ext. 208, or log on to www.orlandoshakes.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 at our Facebook group by joining our group at www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/.
Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.