Welcome to October, everyone! Our Central Florida Weekend Choices and Picks are in, so don’t tell us there’s nothing to do in Greater Orlando.
This week, some new categories have been added, which include Productions Opening, Continuing or Upcoming Shows, as well as our usual Educational/Auditions/etc. Also included are our Facebook/media partners and sites to visit for even more theater news, so please remember to visit them the entire week!
Productions opening this week include:
* “A Fashion Show (ROCK + ART + MUSIC)” is DRIP/DRIP’s new Art & Music Venue in Orlando, and the show is Friday, Oct. 8 ONLY! Join in for the premiere pre-opening event in DRIP’s new art and music venue on International Drive. Watch models walk the runway to live music by a variety of bands, including Tavie, Funk Alchemy and Primary Colors.
There will also be fashion lines by Edit Clothing, and Collective Symmetry will be featured, along with a preview of Corinne Walsh’s merchandise designs that were made exclusively for DRIP’s new venue.
DRIP will be giving the audience a sneak peak performance from their new show scheduled to open in November.
For information: https://www.facebook.com/events/454596041252107 or log on to www.ILoveDRIP.com.
* “Rent,” the musical by Jonathan Larson, is being performed by Baggy Pants Theater at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland. This 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 http://www.facebook.com/events/347197325367615/
This show is rated R for mature content.
* “13 the Musical” is the Jason Robert Brown musical playing at Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park, and opening this week.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/438031909573098/?fref=ts.
* “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” is playing at Dark Side of Saturn in Orlando. For advance tickets, email requests to HedwigOrlandoTickets@yahoo.com. The show is playing Fridays, Saturdays, and Mondays at 8 p.m. (Doors open at 7:30) at the Majestic Theatre & Lounge at
375 S. Bumby Ave. in Orlando. General admission at the door is $15 per ticket. Reservations by email are $12.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/156688194469832/ or
This show is for mature audiences.
* “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams is playing at Seminole State College in Sanford and opens this Friday. Directed by Bobbie Bell, you can read more about the show at http://www.facebook.com/events/290220304415501/.
* “Reefer Madness: The Musical” is being produced at Theatre Downtown. This hysterical show is based on the film Reefer Madness, a cult classic from the 1930s. This sure-to-be-a-hit show demonstrates the evil that men (and women) do after taking a toke!
Theatre Downtown is at 2113 N. Orange Ave. and is opening this weekend, Shows are Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays on Oct. 20 and 27 at 11:30 p.m., and Sunday Oct. 14 at 2:30 p.m.
There will also be a special Halloween performance on Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 8 p.m.
Tickets are $22 for general admission and $18 for seniors and students.
This show has mature themes and is for high school ages and up.
For info: www.theatredowntown.net.
Productions that are continuing include:
* “Savage In Limbo” is an Art’s Sake Resident Ensemble Production at the Art’s Sake Studio in Winter Park. Five lost souls, one last call, is the theme of John Patrick Shanley’s play. “Savage” offers a unique view into the lives of five 32 year olds in a Brooklyn bar trying to negotiate their mangled lives, romances, demons, disappointments and friendships.
The show is closing this weekend. It plays Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets or call 407-494-5425. Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for students and seniors.
For info: http://www.facebook.com/events/502098236486814/.
This show has mature themes and language and is for adult audiences only.
* “Wit” continues this weekend on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Pointe Performing Arts Center. Donations will be accepted for Ovarian cancer research. Tckets are $15-$20.
For info: http://www.pointearts.org/.
* “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)” is playing at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, where three merry men in tights weave their wicked way through all 37 of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies. The show continues through Sunday, Oct. 7, and tickets are priced at $20-$40, are on sale now by calling 407-447-1700 or visiting http://www.orlandoshakes.org/. This show is for general audiences.
* “The Exit Interview” is showing at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. Nothing is taboo in this 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 that runs through Oct. 21. Tickets, priced at $22, are on sale now by calling 407-447-1700 or logging on to http://orlandoshakes.org/. This is recommended for adult audiences only.
* “Pete ‘n” Keely” is playing at the Winter Park Playhouse. It’s a musical comedy where America’s Singing Sweethearts reunite live on national television, five years after their divorce. The show plays Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and today and Saturday at 2 p.m. Industry discounts are available at every performance while tickets last. Reservations can be made by calling 407-645-0145 or visiting www.winterparkplayhouse.org.
* “Wait Until Dark” continues through Oct. 14 at the Bay Street Players in Eustis. Call 352-357-7777 or book online at baystreetplayers.org to see the chilling story of a blind woman in a deadly game of survival.
* “God of Carnage” is being performed on the Bay Street Players’ Second Stage in downtown Eustis. This is Yasmina Reza’s comedy of parents behaving badly. The show continues through Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Call 352-357-7777 or book online at baystreetplayers.org. This show contains adult language and mature themes.
* 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.
Productions opening next week include:
* “Phantasmagoria III – Something TRULY Wicked This Way Comes” by the Empty Spaces Theatre Co(llaboration) at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center. This is the third all-original installment in this Victorian Steampunk Horror storytelling/dance/puppetry Halloween event! The show runs Oct. 12–31, Thursdays through Sundays at 8:30 p.m., with special shows on Oct. 29 and Oct 31. For reservations call 407-328-9005. Credit card reservations can be made by logging on to redchairproject.com.
This show is rated for all audiences, some scary stories and minor risque humor with Punch.
Join the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/PhantasmagoriaOrlando.
For info: https://www.facebook.com/events/433185886729107/.
Educational programs include:
* “Singing for Actors” is a voice clinic and singing workshop that 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 theater. There is a limit of 25 participants. See the event on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/events/522498437764690/?ref=ts.
* Orlando Shakespeare Theater has Essential Shakespeare Training.
If you’re an actor who is afraid of Shakespeare, you just haven’t met the right classes. It’s truly not intimidating once you learn the basics. These classes are designed to eliminate your “Shakesfeare.” No Shakespeare experience is required. The classes run Oct. 9-30 for four weeks on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m.
Tuition is $150.
The first rehearsals of any Orlando Shakes production are devoted to paraphrasing. In this class, actors will learn how to paraphrase Shakespeare into modern speech, find an emotional connection to the lines, and translate those discoveries to Shakespeare’s text.
Register at www.orlandoshakes.org or call 407-447-1700, Ext 208.
* A six-Week Scene Study Class with BETH MARSHALL at Starving Artist Studios in Altamonte Springs offers a tuition fee of $300 and meets on Thursdays from 6-9 p.m. Visit www.starvingartiststudios.com for details
Or visit https://www.facebook.com/events/441060262602314/.
This class is intended for adults ages 18 and older.
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/event news, and a number of local media outlets have great accessible information as well. CFTiP celebrates its partners!
* “Central Florida Top 5”
Both on Facebook and on its blog, Central Florida Top 5 carries our weekly column and TONS of local information! Check out www.facebook.com/CentralFloridaTop5 or www.CentralFloridaTop5.com/.
Share Nice local news and be your local event source! Be sure to follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @CentralFLTop5 or watch @ http://www.youtube.com/user/centralfloridatop5/videos.
* “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. Log on to http://freelinemediaorlando.com/.
* “Florida Theatre Auditions & Show Info/Theatre Chat.”
This is a great Facebook partner and carries 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. Tag — You’re it! 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 email@example.com or visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/29932357899/.
Our newest partner is “The Auditioneers Toolbox.”
We’re announcing the grand opening of a “New” Central Florida Facebook group called “The Auditioners 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. It’s a specific place for those items listed above to create a tool to easily find just those things. No show promotions or groups discussions or breaking news, just the things we need to get actors to the auditions.
How many times have you missed an audition because we missed the listing, or had to go wading through multiple outlets to find what you need? How many acting classes go unnoticed, or have outdated headshots because we don’t know who to ask for new ones? This group has been redesigned and reimagined for just this purpose. So I invite you to join us and invite your friends to www.facebook.com/groups/234736336594945/.
Contact John DiDonna at FreelineOrlando@gmail.com.