ORLANDO — Pssst! We at Central Florida Theatre in Process are starting plans for an upcoming summer POTLUCK for all of us! Details will be issued next week.
Productions opening this week include:
* Central Florida Community Orchestra presents “Of Stories and Songs,” an all-new immersive concert experience unlike anything you’ve ever seen or heard! Combining the power of unforgettable music with evocative storytelling, state-of-the-art lighting, and dramatic staging, this orchestra concert will change how you feel about instrumental music!
“Of Stories and Songs” will feature Mussourgsky’s “Night on Bald Mountain,” music from Harry Potter, highlights from the movie “Jurassic Park,” as well as many other selections that will bring to life the characters, settings, and action of great literature like Moby Dick, The Odyssey, and Sherlock Holmes. The public is invited to relax and immerse yourself in the emotional and exciting world of these stories and let your imagination soar!
There is one show only, tonight at 7:30 at Northland Church. Tickets are $10, with free admission for patrons age 16 and under.
* “Sleeping Beauty” is being performed at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater/Goldman Theater in Orlando, complete with a brave, handsome prince, a beautiful princess, and a magical kiss. This quirky retelling of Sleeping Beauty will introduce the classic fairy tale to a new generation of kids and families.
The shows are tonight through July 28. Tickets are $9-$12, and available online or by calling 407-447-1700. This is family friendly theater for young audiences.
* The THIRD ANNUAL $1 COSTUME SALE at Lake Howell High School is Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. The sale is setting up in the Lake Howell High School cafeteria at 4200 Dike Road in Winter Park. More than 1,000 costumes will be available for $1 each, plus thousands of rummage sale items priced very low as well.
* RENT is showing tonight at 7 at Lake Howell High School as well.
Continuing productions include:
* 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. The show is tonight 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.
* 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.
Productions opening soon include:
* “Violin(ce)” is an Empty Spaces Theatre collaboration and DiDonna Production. The team presents its third in a yearly series of movement explorations (2011’s Unspoken and 2012’s “Fragment(ed)”). They are exploring violence and combat as dance and movement, with spoken word and multimedia – from the elegant to the visceral, the sublime to the dangerous. Shows are July 18–22 at 7:30 p.m., with special 4:30 p.m. additional twilight shows on Saturday July 20 and Sunday July 21. For information, call 407-328-9005.
* Opening July 19 is “A Slow Ride.” Three generations of women take a Sunday ride, with all the tension, humor, affection and near-demented discord that arises when family is in close proximity for more than ten minutes. This is the premiere of a new play written by Joseph Reed Hayes in an intimate, non-traditional setting, and directed by Sylvia Viles Vicchiullo. Shows are Friday-Monday, July 19-22 at 7 p.m.
at Downtown Credo, 706 W. Smith St. in College Park. Tickets are $15, and $12 for a July 22 Industry Night. Tickets are on sale now through the Red Chair Project.
Upcoming auditions include:
* 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 21-27, 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.
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Upcoming education programs include:
* A workshop for the Summer 2013 Sketch Comedy for Actors Weekend Intensive at the Humor Mill Orlando Training Center will be Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30. Learn the Basics of Acting and improvisation for Sketch Comedy and creating material using the “Second City” method. The class will cover improv techniques as they pertain to sketch comedy creation, what makes a great comedic scene, and how to apply that to improvisation in order to develop first class sketch comedy.
While there is no audition process to take this workshop, it is expected that the student will have taken acting classes or have practical experience in acting and/or improvisation. This is for age 18 and over. Workshops run 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days. Cost is $100 for the two-day workshop.
* An On-Camera Acting Camps for Kids ages 7-12 starts next week at The CAST Studio. For more information, visit www.shaunabartel.com.
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Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.