The Central Florida Weekend Choices and Picks are in, so no one can say there’s nothing going on!
This week we have the scoop on new productions opening this week, continuing shows, and educational programs and auditions. Also included here are our Facebook and media partners and sites to visit for even more theater news, so please visit them the entire week!
Productions opening this week include:
* “Phantasmagoria III – Something TRULY Wicked This Way Comes” by the Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando. This is the third all-original installment in this Victorian Steampunk Horror storytelling/dance/puppetry Halloween event. It opens Friday and runs through Oct. 31, with shows on Thursdays through Sundays at 8:30 p.m., and special shows on Oct. 29 and Oct 31. For will-call reservations, call 407-328-9005. Credit card purchases can be made by visiting www.redchairproject.com.
This show is rated for all audiences, with some scary stories and minor risque humor with Punch.
Join the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PhantasmagoriaOrlando, or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/433185886729107/.
* “The Painter” by Roger Floyd is a dramatic take on Jack the Ripper, being performed at the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre in Winter Park. Tickets are $18 for general public, and student and seniors get in for $15.
This show has adult content.
For information: http://www.goatgroup.org/.
* “RHINIOCEROS” is a Frost/Butcher Production at the Orlando Youth Theater, a raucous comedy that tells the story of one man’s struggle to remain true to himself in a world of conformity — literally, as those around him begin to transform into rhinoceroses.
Discounts are available for students and seniors.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/435785163124243/ or http://www.frostbutcher.samuelbutcher.net/.
This show is rated for all audiences.
* “RACE” at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with the University of Central Florida, is a David Mamet play that pushes buttons, exposing the dark underbelly of sexual and racial politics in the American justice system. It plays now through Nov. 11. Tickets, priced at $16-$40, are on sale now by calling 407-447-1700.
There are student and military discounts and rush tickets available. This show is recommended for adult audiences only.
For info: http://orlandoshakes.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/orlandoshakes.
* “PRT Second Sundays” is a play reading workshop by the Playwrights’ Round Table. This is a free series of public readings of original plays at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows, 8267 International Drive, in Stage III.
The readings from from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14.
For info: http://www.theprt.com/.
* SAK COMEDY LAB has TONS of shows, conveniently located at the CityArts Factory’s second floor Eola Capital Loft, on the corner of Orange Aveenue and Pine Street. SAK performs LIVE improv comedy shows that are fun and suitable for ALL AGES, Tuesdays through Saturdays.
Call 407-648-0001 or log on to www.sak.com for more information.
Upcoming special events include:
* The Central Florida Community Arts is hosting an open house on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 4-8 p.m. in the Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts building, 1111 N. Orange Ave. in Orlando. This free event is scheduled to offer tours of the new space, food, entertainment and a silent auction.
The building will be shared with the Orlando Ballet, in the area previously used by the Orlando Opera. The acquisition of this new space will allow Central Florida Community Arts to see the fruition of its goal to have several small, private studios in order to offer affordable lessons to Central Floridians of all ages, including voice, instrument and dance. They will also offer classes and workshops in music theory, auditioning, sight singing and other aspects of the musical arts. Fans and friends of all ages are invited.
Please note that there are approximately six steps into/out of the building.
For info on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/413634455356757.
Continuing productions include:
* “Rent” by Jonathan Larson is playing at the Baggy Pants Theater at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland. Larson’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical is about a group of friends struggling with love, drugs and AIDS. For information, call 407-494-1622 or visit www.baggypantstheater.com or www.facebook.com/events/347197325367615/. This show is rated R for mature content.
* “Sunday in the Park with George” is the first production at the new Mad Cow Theatre at 54 W. Church St. This 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. The show is running through Oct. 28, and tickets range from $15 on Monday Industry nights to $34. Student and senior discounts are vailable. For tickets, visit http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21711&event_val=SH1A&schedule=list.
* “13 the Musical” is the Jason Robert Brown Musical at Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/438031909573098/?fref=ts.
* “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a production by Dark Side of Saturn in Orlando. Send ticket requests to HedwigOrlandoTickets@yahoo.com. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 at the Majestic Theatre & Lounge, 375 S. Bumby Ave. in Orlando. General admission at the door is $15, while tickets reserved via Email are $12.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/156688194469832/ and
This show is rated for mature audiences.
* “Reefer Madness: The Musical” plays at Theatre Downtown in Orlando. This hysterical show is based on the film Reefer Madness, a campy cult classic from the 1930s, about the evil that men (and women) do after taking a toke! Theatre Downtown is at 2113 N. Orange Ave., and the show plays Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Oct. 20 and 27 at 11:30 p.m., and Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m. There’s a Halloween show on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $22, and $18 for those 65 and older, and students.
This show has mature themes.
For info: www.theatredowntown.net.
* “The Exit Interview” at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is a show where nothing is taboo in this raucous comedy about The Big Three: Religion, Sex and Politics. This is one of the funniest and smartest contemporary comedies in years, a National New Play Network Rolling World premiere. It runs through Oct. 21. Tickets are priced at $22, are on sale now by calling 407-447-1700 or visiting http://orlandoshakes.org/.
The show is recommended for adult audiences only.
Final weekend shows include:
* “Wait Until Dark” ends Oct. 14 at the Bay Street Players in Eustis. Call the box office at 352-357-7777 or book online at baystreetplayers.org. The historic State Theatre in downtown Eustis offers audiences the tale of a blind woman who plays a deadly game of survival. This is an intense thriller that may not be suitable for young children.
* “God of Carnage” is at the Bay Street Players’ Second Stage,and this is Yasmina Reza’s comedy of parents behaving badly. The show ends Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Call 352-357-7777 or book online at baystreetplayers.org. The show contains adult language and mature themes.
Upcoming auditions include:
* The Central Florida Vocal Arts is seeking male voices for its Shepherd’s Chorus. Performances will be 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!
The theater 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 and mileage.
Auditions will be held Wednesday, Oct. 17. Please submit your headshot and theatrical resume to email@example.com, with the subject heading “Kissimmee Auditions” to be considered.
Check them out at www.grimprov.com.
Educational programs coming up include:
* “Singing for Actors,” a voice clinic and singing workshop, will focus on developing a marketable singing voice for actors — even those who may not have ever sung on stage — and for accessing a singing technique that works across the various genres, which is imperative for modern musical theatre. There is a limit of 25 participants.
For info on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/522498437764690/?ref=ts.
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/.
Facebook has a number of great sources for theater and event news, and a number of local media outlets have great accessible information as well. CFTiP celebrates its partners!
* “Central Florida Top 5”
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* Freeline Media carries our weekly picks column every Thursday. Freeline Media is the online magazine that covers the communities you live in, work at, and play in, the region your family calls home, and does so with a special emphasis on one thing: finding the positive, upbeat and encouraging news about what’s happening in Central Florida. Visit them at http://freelinemediaorlando.com/.
* Florida Theatre Auditions & Show Info/Theatre Chat is a great Facebook partner and posts one of our weekly columns in The Examiner. Cameron’s Theatre Chat and examiner.com articles have featured conversations with Tony Award winning Broadway Producer Stewart Lane, Emmy Award winning Casting Director Jeff Greenberg, multiple Broadway and TV stars and creative teams bringing arts lovers together around the world for the largest social media arts movement. Subscribe and share with your community. Post your press releases, auditions, show promo pictures/video via Theatre Chat and reach thousands of local, national and international qualified Theatre Chat/Arts related subscribers. Email breaking arts news to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/29932357899/.
Our newest partner is The Auditioneers Toolbox, serving a specific need for our arts community. This group will focus on the things actors need to find and get work: Audition notices, job postings for technicians, acting workshop/classes/seminars, photographers with headshot specials, and graphic designers for personalized websites.
This is not a group looking to replace any of the others, but to add to the fold. A specific place for those items listed above to create a tool to easily find just those things. There are no show promotions or groups discussions or breaking news — just the things we need to get actors to the auditions.
Check them out at www.facebook.com/groups/234736336594945/.
Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.