Opening this weekend (and soon thereafter)

Now that PlayFest is over there’s lots else going on, and here’s a look:

  • Torch Song Trilogy, Breakthrough
  • Comic Potential, Seminole State
  • The Odd Couple, Osceola Center for the Arts
  • Spring Awakening, Queer Quills
  • Project Spotlight, UCF
  • The Boys Next Door, Theatre Winter Haven
  • Yow Dance
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker, Patchwork Productions
  • Ramona Quimby, Orlando Rep
  • Wiley and the Hairy Man, Storybook Theater
  • Beauty and the Beast national tour, Daytona Beach
  • Jack and the Beanstalk, Pinocchio’s

And here are specifics:

Torch Song Trilogy

Directed by Wade Hair
April 16-May 2, 2009
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2:30 p.m.

Tony Award Winner, Best Play 1983

Arnold: Joshua Eads-Brown
Ed: JR Barnhill
Laurel: Penny Mathis
Alan: Sean Patrick Carey
David: Avery Chester
Mrs. Beckoff: Judith Gill
Lady Blues: Erynn Hair

Torch Song Trilogy is a collection of three plays by Harvey Fierstein rendered in three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The story centers on Arnold Beckoff, a torch song-singing Jewish drag queen living in New York City in the late 1970 and 1980s.

Each act focuses on a different phase in Arnold’s life. In the first, Arnold meets Ed, who is uncomfortable with his bisexuality. In the second, one year later, Arnold meets Alan, and the two settle down into a blissful existence that includes plans to adopt a child, until tragedy strikes. In the third, several years later, Arnold is a single father raising gay teenager David. Arnold is forced to deal with his mother’s intolerance and disrespect when she visits from Florida.

The award-winning and popular work broke new ground in the theatre: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.”

Torch Song Trilogy
: Breakthrough Theatre production of the Harvey Fierstein play: 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, April 16-May 2; Breakthrough Theatre, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park; $15 adults, $12 seniors and $10 students; 407-920-4034.

Comic Potential

The Fine Arts Department at Seminole State College of Florida will present Comic Potential in the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus Theatre (building G), starting on Friday, April 16, at 7:30 p.m.

Alan Ayckbourn’s comic farce shows us what a TV soap opera of the future would be like if the actors were replaced with robots (“actoids”). Comedy ensues when a former well-known film director attempts to direct the malfunctioning actoids under the tyrannical thumb of the studio head, and the conglomerate owner’s nephew falls in love with one of the actoids.

Subsequent shows on April 17, April 22, April 23 and April 24 begin at 7:30 p.m., and the Sunday matinees on April 18 and April 25 begin at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $10 for the general public, $8 for seniors (60+) or students of other schools, and free for Seminole State faculty, staff and currently enrolled Seminole State students. Individual tickets go on sale April 5 for Comic Potential, which closes Seminole State’s 2009-10 theater season.

Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 407.708.2040 or visiting the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office (building G) on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The Box Office is open Mondays from 9 a.m.-noon and Tuesdays-Fridays from noon-4 p.m.

For more information on cultural events at Seminole State, please visit, or call 407.708.2040.

(Photo: Left to right, Bonnie Kerlin, Nate Bartman, Amy Blaker and Crystal Ortiz.)

The Odd Couple

Neil Simon’s comedy The Odd Couple will be presented onstage at the Osceola Center for the Arts in Kissimmee from April 16 – 25, 2010.

The Odd Couple takes place in 1960’s New York City, where one summer unites the messy sportswriter Oscar Madison and the clean-freak newswriter Felix Ungar as unconventional roommates.  Their poker playing pals, Speed, Murray, Roy and Vinnie, along with Oscar’s upstairs neighbors, the British Pigeon sisters, add to the hilarity of the show.

It’s been a fun journey to travel back to the late 1960’s with The Odd Couple.  The show has me laughing out loud, and the cast and crew have had a great time rehearsing together,” says director Jeremiah Krivinchuk.

The Odd Couple was adapted into a film in 1968 starring Jack Lemmon as Felix and Walter Matthau as Oscar.  From 1970-1975, The Odd Couple was produced into an ABC television series, starring Tony Randall as Felix and Jack Klugman as Oscar.  Both men received Emmy awards for their roles.

Show times are Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 2pm.  Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $12 for students and can be purchased in person at the Center office or by calling 407.846.6257 x 0 Monday thru Friday from 9am until 5pm.  The Osceola Center for the Arts is located at 2411 E. Highway 192 between Kissimmee and St. Cloud.  For directions and more information, please visit

Queer Quills explores Frank Wedekind’s ‘Spring Awakening’ in anticipation of the Orlando stop of the musical adaptation’s Broadway tour

The team of Heidi Dog Productions and Kangagirl Productions is proud to announce the continuation of their Queer Quills with a reading of Frank Wedekind’s controversial play Spring Awakening.  The reading will take place on Sunday, April 18 at 7:00PM at Breakthrough Theatre.

Frank Wedekind subtitled his play Spring Awakening (Frühlings Erwachen), written in 1891, A Children’s Tragedy. At times comic, at times harrowing, the play takes a look at the upbringing and education of a group of young German students; consequently it stands as a sharp criticism of parents and teachers, particularly in regard to their sexual mores. For all the good intentions of his statement, Wedekind’s play was met with scandal when first staged in 1906, in part due to its unflattering look at adults, and because it contains scenes of homoeroticism, masturbation, nonconsensual sex, and suicide. The play has often been banned.

In 2006, the team of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater gave Spring Awakening a vibrant new life on Broadway with the unlikely aid of the ultimate rebellious medium: rock music. The musical went on to win eight Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards. Perhaps the most haunting realization about the adaptation’s success is the contemporary relevance of Wedekind’s turn-of-the-century play.

Director Jeremy Seghers has assembled a talented cast of adults and young people for the Queer Quills reading. The Adults will be read by Scottie Campbell, Nikki Darden, John DiDonna, and John Palmer. The Children will be read by Nichole Auger, Zach Blackwood, Cody Bush, Lindsay Cochran, Bruce Costella, Brendan Crowgey, Will Dixon, Sean Flynn, Ally Gursky, Anthony Pyatt, and Sarah Villegas.

The reading will give the audience the opportunity to explore the source material for the hit musical prior to the Broadway tour’s stop in Orlando May 18-23. Visit for more information.

Kangagirl Productions and Heidi Dog Productions present a reading of Frank Wedekind’s Spring Awakening as part of the Queer Quills reading series on Sunday, April 18 at 7:00PM. A suggested donation of $5 will benefit the Paul M. Wegman Scholarship for Actors at Valencia Community College. The reading will take place at Breakthrough Theatre, 419A/421 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, FL, 32789.

Project Spotlight One-Act Festival

Project Spotlight is a student organization at the University of Central Florida that seeks to produce student work. Our main event is the semiannual One Act Festival (OAF). Each semester Students Directors pitch their shows before the Members of Project Spotlight and – once selected – hold auditions for students to be cast in the shows. With no budget, the directors then rehearse the pieces throughout the semester and present their work at OAF. The final products are often similar to a workshop production, but actors are rehearsed, off book, and in costume. OAF weekend is a celebration of all the work the students have accomplished. This semester’s OAF includes the following productions:

April 15 and 17 at 7pm:

  • Check Please, Jonathan Rand. Directed by Justin Neal.
  • The Trojan Women 2.0, based on the work by: Charles Mee. Directed by Nick Saldivar.
  • Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet. Directed by David Tate.

April 16 at 7pm and April 18 at 2 pm

  • The Food Chain, by Nicky Silver. Directed by Amanda Amat.
  • Miss Polly’s Institute for Criminally Damaged Young Ladies Puts on a Show, by Don Zolidis . Directed by Lisa Milton.
  • The Graduate, Terry Johnson. Directed by Christopher Metz.

All of the shows are one-acts and are no longer than 45 minutes. For more information, please contact Project Spotlight at, or visit our Facebook event page at

The Boys Next Door

Theatre Winter Haven announces tickets are on sale for The Boys Next Door. This production will run April 15 – May 2 at 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven, FL in the Chain of Lakes Complex.

Tickets may be purchased by visiting the Box Office, calling 294-7469 (SHOW) or by going on-line to  The ticket prices are $20 for adults and $19 for students 17 & under.

The Boys Next Door was made into an award-winning Hallmark Hall of Fame movie version with Nathan Lane, Michael Jeter and Courtney Vance.  It will warm your hearts and clear your head at the same time.

Sometimes being a little different means being a lot more wonderful.

In a group home in New England, Jack, a burned out social worker supervises five group apartments of seventeen mentally challenged adult men, and we are allowed to meet four of them.  The “boys next door” must cope with the same daily chores and challenges of life … and sometimes love … that we all face.  It’s just that it’s a bit more difficult for them.  Each of these men has a story that needs to be told … In a humorous and gentle way.

The play is filled with much joy, allowing us to peer into the half-lit world of its challenges characters.  There’s Arnold (Chris Walsh), who rants about his day’s angina -causing events (17 boxes of Wheaties?). Barry (Benedict Heaps), clearly delusional, sees himself as a golf pro and attempts to sell his golfing tricks to his neighbors.  We get a chance to spend some time with Lucien (Tony Murvin),  the most damaged of the boys, who practices his alphabet so he may impress the state senate when he reapplies for his benefits.  We also meet overweight Norman (Will Greene III), who finds his keys his most prized possession, his doughnuts his most important nourishment and Sheila, his most cherished friend.

It is Jack (John Hatfield),  who must corral the “boys,” and he is the play’s center.  Burned out but caring, Jack must cope with his own problems, especially the one about leaving the men in his custody.

Others in the cast include Pierrot winners Suzanne Clark as Sheila, Norman’s love interest, and Kathy Sheffield, who takes on a trio of roles.  Multiple award-winner Larry Helms tackles the role of Barry’s father, Mr. Klemper.  Also taking on three different roles is Lee Matheny.

Norman Small is directing the show, which first appeared on our stage in 1990, winning Best Production of the Season.  Set and light design by Thom Altman. Costumes are by Camille McClellan. Connie Williamson is rehearsal stage manager and Jeremy Chase will be production stage manager.

Mrs. William Fuller is the Co-Producer.

Yow Dance

Yow Dance, in partnership with Downtown Arts District, CityArts Factory and Neu America Art Gallery, will feature excerpts of repertoire April 15, 2010, at Orlando’s Third Thursday.

Performances will take place on the hour at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. During each performance, visual artist Damian Caballero will be creating a one-of-a-kind Yow Dance-inspired multimedia painting to be auctioned in the near future.

Park at the Plaza Parking Garage and bring in your voucher to be validated by CityArts Factory. You pay only $4 to park for the whole evening. Admission is free.

About Yow Dance
Yow Dance is Central Florida’s most dynamic modern dance company. Its mission is to create, cultivate and promote modern and contemporary performances of exceptional quality and relevance; to enhance exposure of modern dance to the Central Florida youth by creating and performing accessible, expressive dance programs in various educational settings; and to provide compelling repertoire by renowned international choreographers in order to foster, maintain and expand audiences locally and throughout the nation. Yow Dance is a 501 (c) (3) company.

The Elves and the Shoemaker, Patchwork Productions

April 15, 10 a.m. and noon, April 17 2 p.m., The Elves and the Shoemaker
April 22, 10 a.m. and noon, April 24, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Melon Patch Players
Your Non-Profit Community Theater presents
Patchwork Productions Children’s Theater
The Elves and the Shoemaker

APRIL  17 @ 10am showing and Noon
Open seating – Admission $5.00
311 N. 13th Street
Leesburg, Fl 34748

Ramona Quimby

By Len Jenkin

From the novels of Beverly ClearyApril 17, 2010 – May 23, 2010

Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando

Before there was Junie B. Jones, there was Ramona Quimby! The exasperating but lovable third-grader, sometimes known as Ramona the pest, is facing many issues that touch the lives of real families today. Ramona and her teacher do not see eye to eye, her Dad has lost his job, and her older sister Beezus gets on her nerves—Ramona’s life seems a mess! But with the help of her patient family and friends, Ramona meets these challenges head on. Laugh and cheer as this classic heroine of children’s literature jumps from the pages of Beverly Cleary’s books to the stage.

Show times: Saturdays at 11am & 4pm and Sundays at 2pm & 5pm
Sonny’s Family Night – May 1st, 2010
Show: 4pm Dinner: 5:30 pm

Backstage Tour – May 8th after the 4pm show

Wiley and the Hairy Man

Storybook Theater presents Wiley and the Hairy Man By Suzan Zeder Saturday, April 17 – Two Performances 2 pm and 4pm

Athens Theatre, 124 N. Florida Avenue, Downtown DeLand

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Wiley must go out into the swamp to build a hound house for that dog of his. But he’s sure the Hairy Man is lurking nearby, and would rather stay in bed instead. Adapted from the traditional southern folktale, Wiley is able to overcome the terrible Hairy Man and realize that he has the power in himself to face whatever fears may haunt him.

Ages 5 and up will love this production of Wiley and the Hairy Man.

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Beauty and the Beast national tour

Peabody Auditorium, Daytona Beach
April 19 and 20


Featuring Liz Shivener as Belle, Justin Glaser as the Beast. Orlando’s Keith Kirkwood (left) plays Cogsworth and Winter Park’s Gabriela Gamache (below left) is an ensemble member.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast features the animated film’s Academy Award-winning score with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by the late Howard Ashman, with additional songs with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Tim Rice. The book is written by Linda Woolverton.

The original creators of the Broadway production are together again for this new touring production! The play is directed by Rob Roth and choreographed by Matt West, with Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward (Tony Award winner for her work on Disney’s Beauty and the Beast), Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, Scenic Design by Stanley A. Meyer, Sound Design by John Petrafesa Jr. and Music Supervision by Michael Kosarin.

Director Rob Roth: “It has been wonderful to bring the entire original design team back together to work on this new production of Beauty and the Beast. As a Director, it is rare to have the opportunity to revisit your work fifteen years later. Hopefully I’ve grown and developed as an artist, along with my collaborators, and we can bring 15 years of experience to this new production. We have remained very close as a team over the years of producing the show around the world, and it has been so much fun getting together to re-explore and re-invent the show for this new NETworks tour. The theme of Beauty is about seeing past the exterior into the heart of someone, and this is reflected in the design for the show, which is about transparency and layers, seeing past one thing and into another.”

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is the classic story of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped in a spell placed by an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed to his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast has become an international sensation that has played to over 35 million people worldwide in 13 countries.

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Now Playing at

Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater
The Family Puppet Theater inside the Altamonte Mall
(Lower Level, next to Sears)
451 E Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701
(407) 834-8757

All tickets $5 for adults and children 2 years old and above
Pinocchio’s is closed Mondays and Tuesdays

The little green man with the long name
is back at the Altamonte Mall
in the classic puppet show at Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater!

A 40 minute musical string puppet fairy tale!

Wednesday April 14-Sunday May 30

Wednesdays through Fridays: 10:30am, 4pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30pm

Tickets: $5 for everyone, ages 2 to 102!

Please email or call our answering machine at (407) 834-8757 to leave a message for reservations for a show, to schedule a birthday party, or to book the entire theater ($400) for your group or event.

Returning Soon by Popular Demand:
Jack and the Beanstalk!
June 9-July 3

Wednesdays-Fridays 10:30am, 4pm

Saturdays and Sundays: 12:30, 2:30, 4:30pm

Tickets: $5

Pinocchio’s is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 corporation, so donations are tax deductible, as well as encouraged!

Pinocchio’s 2009-2010 season is made possible in part by a grant from United Arts of Central Florida and the State of Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

451 E. Altamonte Dr., Suite 1389 | Altamonte Springs, FL 32701

2 responses to “Opening this weekend (and soon thereafter)

  1. Nick Saldivar

    Thanks for the mentions Mrs. Maupin!

  2. Me and Justin Glaser were on tour last year in Jesus Christ Superstar. He was a Jesus understudy. And now he is Beast! He is very, very talented. Go see him!