“A Year With Frog and Toad” is opening at the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre.
The Central Florida Weekend Choices and Picks are in, so now no one can say there’s nothing going on!
And there are LOTS of auditions this week!
So let’s begin with productions opening up this weekend:
* “They Don’t Write ‘Em Like That Anymore!” is Christopher Leavy’s solo cabaret at Winter Park Playhouse, and shows are Oct. 24-25 at 7:30 p.m. at 711-C Orange Ave. in Winter Park. Tickets are $20 reserved, and that includes one drink at the bar. Limited seating remains at both performances.
For information, log on to: www.winterparkplayhouse.org
* “A YEAR WITH FROG AND TOAD” is playing at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, in partnership with the Uuniversity of Central Florida, and it plays at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando. This is a Tony Award nominee for Best Musical, a whimsical story for the whole family that celebrates an unlikely friendship between an eternally optimistic Frog and a rather grumpy Toad. It runs Oct. 18 through Nov. 17. Tickets, priced at $9 to $12, are on sale at 407-447-1700.
For info: http://orlandoshakes.org/.
Continuing productions include:
* “Phantasmagoria III – Something TRULY Wicked This Way Comes,” an Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, the third all- original installment in this Victorian Steampunk Horror storytelling/dance/puppetry Halloween event! It runs through Oct. 31, Thursdays through Sundays at 8:30 p.m., with special shows on Oct. 29 and 31. For will-call reservations, dial 407-328-9005. Credit card purchases can be made by logging on to www.redchairproject.com.
This show is rated for all audiences, with some scary stories and minor risque humor with Punch.
Join the Phantasmagoria Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PhantasmagoriaOrlando
Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/433185886729107/.
* “The Painter” by Roger Floyd a dramatic take on Jack the Ripper, presented at the Greater Orlando Actors Theatre in Winter Park. Tickets are $18, and $15 for student and seniors.
This show has adult content.
For information, log on to: http://www.goatgroup.org/.
* “RHINOCEROS” is a Frost/Butcher Production at the Orlando Youth Theater. It’s a raucous comedy that tells the 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.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/435785163124243/, or http://www.frostbutcher.samuelbutcher.net/.
This show is rated for all audiences.
* “RACE” is being performed at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, a David Mamet play that pushes buttons, exposing the dark underbelly of sexual and racial politics in the American justice system. It plays through Nov. 11, and tickets, priced at $16-$40, are on sale now at 407-447-1700. This show is recommended for adult audiences only.
For info: http://orlandoshakes.org/ or http://www.facebook.com/orlandoshakes.
* “Sunday in the Park with George” is at the 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. It’s running through Oct. 28, and 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.
* “13 the Musical” is the Jason Robert Brown Musical at the Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/438031909573098/?fref=ts.
* “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is a Dark Side of Saturn production of the rock musical. For advance tickets, groups, and reservations, send requests to HedwigOrlandoTickets@yahoo.com. The show runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at 8 p.m. 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/ or
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 cult classic from the 1930s. This sure-to-be-a-hit musical shows the evil that men (and women) do after taking a toke! Theatre Downtown is at 2113 N. Orange Ave., and plays tonight, and Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and 11:30, October. 14 at 2:30 p.m., and Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22, $18 for ages 65 and up, and students.
For info: www.theatredowntown.net.
Shows playing for the final weekend include:
* “The Exit Interview” at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center is a raucous comedy about The Big Three: Religion, Sex and Politics. One of the funniest and smartest contemporary comedies in years, this is a National New Play Network Rolling World premiere. It runs through Saturday.
Tickets, priced at $22, are on sale by calling 407-447-1700 or logging on to http://orlandoshakes.org/.
This show is recommended for adult audiences only.
Upcoming auditions include:
* “Howler’s Theatre and Renegade Christmas Fund-raiser” auditions. Find more information on http://www.facebook.com/events/213554392108937/.
* The Central Florida Vocal Arts still seeks 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, which is seeking actors — both male and female — who must 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 the company also reimburses gas for drivers.
Submit your headshot and theatrical resume to murdermysterydan@gmail.com, with the subject heading “Kissimmee Auditions” to be considered.
Check the company out at www.grimprov.com.
* “Breakthrough Theatre: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” auditions will be held Saturday at noon.
Log on to http://www.facebook.com/events/519840748041748/?fref=ts for details.
* “North Pole Musical Auditions” are being held at Fantasyland Theatrical Productions. Adults and children, performers of all ages, are needed at the North Pole this year to help make holiday magic. Auditions are this Sunday at 7 p.m.
For details: https://www.facebook.com/events/490649067636451/.
Educational programs include:
If you’re a theater actor interested in working on-camera in film or commercials, The Cast Studio wants to work with you! Cast Studio has provided years of theater training and developed a way to help theater actors take all their wonderful skills and adjust them for the demands of camera auditions and shoots. Check out The CAST Studio at www.shaunabartel.com. Two classes are starting on Oct. 22-23.
* “Finding Your Truthful Voice” is a program at the Truthful Acting Studios in Orlando. Expert vocal specialist Ginny Kopf leads this interactive workshop and assessment of your vocal strengths and weaknesses.
The class is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the cost is $50.
Sign up online at http://www.truthfulacting.com/registration_wsvc1012.asp.
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 www.facebook.com/groups/277284114334/.

Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.

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