Opening this week

Here’s a roundup of what’s starting up this week in Orlando and area theater:

Free movie and a free reading at Orlando Shakespeare Theater:

Free Shakespeare movie night in the park to celebrate the Bard’s birthday & free reading of Lysistrata – both this weekend at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center!

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF is presenting a FREE screening of Kenneth Branagh’s Much Ado About Nothing under the stars on Shakespeare’s Birthday!

What: Screening of Much Ado About Nothing

When: Friday, April 23 (Shakespeare’s Birthday!) @ 7:30 PM

Where: Loch Haven Park on the corner of Mills and Princeton in the grass

Who: Presented by Orlando Shakespeare Theater with help from our friends at Enzian Theater

Why: To celebrate the Bard’s 446th Birthday!

Cost: FREE!  Bring a blanket and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Popcorn will be included, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic!

This event is funded in part by the City of Orlando Parks & Recreation Department

Free reading series: Lysistrata

The Greatest of the Greeks: Agamemnon – Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m.

Orlando Shakes will hold a FREE reading of Lysistrata by Aristophanes on Sunday, April 25 at 7 p.m at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.  There is no charge for this event and reservations are not required.  Join us for this short, sweet sophisticated Greek treat!

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Garden Theatre, Winter Garden:

Garden Theatre presents Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Garden Theatre’s First Self-Produced Show Stars Cast of 48 Central Florida Residents

Central Florida Celebrities Appear as Special Guests

The Garden Theatre is pleased to present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running April 23-March 16, 2010, at the Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street, Historic Downtown Winter Garden).   Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the Garden Theatre’s first self-produced theatrical performance.  This production is generously sponsored by CenturyLink.

With a cast of 48, and crew of more than 30 (most of which are volunteers) this Broadway-style production will cap off the Garden Theatre’s 09-10 theatrical season.

Several well-known Central Florida personalities have signed on to perform cameo appearances for the role of Potiphar, including Fox 35 News Anchor Bob Friar, Rollins College President Emeritus Thaddeus Seymour, Channel 13 News Chief Meteorologist Jeff Day, Channel 13 News Weathercaster Danny Treanor, Orlando Sentinel Columnist Mike Bianchi, Orange County Commissioner Scott Boyd, WMFE President Jose Fajardo, Windermere Mayor Gary Bruhn, Dr. John Cappleman, and President of Valencia Community College Sanford “Sandy”  Shugart.

The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father’s favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. He is purchased by Potiphar where thwarting advances from Potiphar’s wife lands him in jail. When news of Joseph’s gift to interpret dreams reaches the Pharaoh (wryly and riotously depicted as Elvis), Joseph is well on his way to becoming second in command. Eventually his brothers, having suffered greatly, unknowingly find themselves groveling at the feet of the brother they betrayed but no longer recognize. After testing their integrity, Joseph reveals himself leading to a heartfelt reconciliation of the sons of Israel. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

With a PhD in Theatre from NY University, and an MA in Choreography from Brigham Young, our director of Joseph brings a vast amount of entertainment experience to our theatre.  Mark’s off-Broadway credits include Pippin, Sondheim, The Dark Side, Sunday in the Park with George,Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.  His regional theatrical credits include such hits as Paint Your Wagon, Unsinkable Molly Brown, Sound of Music and Carousel to name just a few.  Mark also spent time at the Gaylord Entertainment Company in Nashville and created shows for Opryland USA Theme Park.  He now holds a staff position with Walt Disney Company and is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of P2 Entertainment Productions here in Orlando.


Joseph, David Coalter (Orlando)
A native of California, now living in Metro West, David has been performing for over 22 years including Disneyland in Anaheim, Tokyo Disneyland, Sea World (Orlando), Nickelodeon Hotel, over 22 musicals and now for the last 3½ years at the Holy Land Experience.

Narrator, Patte DePova* (Davenport)
Patte has lived and worked around the world.  Her international and regional credits include Cats (Demeter), Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl), Peggy (Peggy), Miss Saigon (Gigi), The Wild Party (Kate), Musical Theatre Gala-European Tour (Eponine, Grizabella).  For the past nine years Patte has been performing for Disney Entertainment at Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland in Tarzan Rocks!, Festival of the Lion King, Finding Nemo-The Musical, Spirit of Aloha Luau, Encore, and is a member of the opening cast of The American Idol Experience.

Jacob, Lanny Reddick (Winter Garden)
Pharaoh, Andrew Meidenbauer* (Orlando)
Butler, Terry Mullenix (Winter Garden)
Judah/Calypso, Derik Lawson (Orlando)

Brothers:  James Bartel (Ocoee); Brock Dalgleish (Orlando); Anthony Grasso (Champions Gate);  Zachary Hassan (Clermont); Joshua Kessler (Orlando); Terennce Maleko (Davenport); Keith Smith (Winter Garden); Rusty Smith (Orlando); Donald Spencer (Orlando); Joshua Tucker (Orlando); Gerald Wallens (Orlando)

Brothers’ Wives: Katie Brown (Kissimmee); Mindi French (Orlando); Katrina Johnson (Apopka); Sarah Osborn; Julia Patton (Orlando); Autumn Pierson (Orlando);  Sarah White (Orlando); Lucy Yarbrough (Orlando)

The kids’ cast includes:
Sydney Adams-Farley, age 9 (Winter Garden)
Christy Bartel, age 8 (Ocoee)
Jessica Bianchi, age 10 (Winter Garden)
Reid Canal, age 15 (Winter Garden)
Sara Duffy, age 10 (Windermere)
Haylee Gooch, age 8 (Winter Garden)
Matt Guernier, age 10 (Windermere)
Caleb Hernandez, age 12 (Clermont)
Meghann Kindred, age 12 (Ocoee)
Madison Lucey, age 8 (Orlando)
Avery Myers, age 11 (Windermere)
Emma Myers, age 7 (Windermere)
Faye Roper, age 8 (Winter Garden)
Annabelle Rucks, age 10 (Orlando)
Wyatt Rucks, age 9 (Orlando)
Catherine Saunders, age 12 (Winter Garden)
Allison Schnacky, age 10 (Windermere)
Cooper Smalley, age 9 (Clermont)
LiA Stivers, age 13 (Maitland)
Staci Stout, age 12 (Winter Garden)
Sam Terechenok, age 11 (Winter Garden)
Tori Wold, age 11 (Oakland)
Mackendrick Zavitz, age 8 (Maitland)

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers, appearing under a special agreement with Actors’ Equity Association.

Located in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden on Plant Street, the Garden Theatre is operated by the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation, Inc., a not-for-profit community organization which works to preserve local history and offers cultural theatric experiences unique to West Orange County and the citizens of Winter Garden.  The theatre restoration project, which began in 2003, showcases an atmospheric theatre in a Mediterranean Revival style venue.  The former single screen movie theater hosts live theatre, dance and music, cinema viewings, various community events and educational programs.

For tickets or additional information, contact the Garden Theatre Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736) or Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Garden Theatre Box Office, located at 160 West Plant Street.


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
April 23-May 16, 2010
Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm
Garden Theatre (160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden)

Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s most playful, uproarious and joyous musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Winter Garden, in a production starring our own hometown talent, as the Garden Theatre embarks on its first producing adventure.  This “colorful” family classic retells the Biblical life of Joseph of Canaan and his amazing abilities in energetic fashion and spanning musical styles from calypso to cabaret, rock to country, and more.

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: $22 ($18 seniors/students)
Sundays: $18 ($10 kids under 12)

Recommended for children 5 and up.
Children 2 and under are welcome to sit on a parent’s lap at no charge for this performance.

Sponsored by CenturyLink and Regions Morgan Keegan Trust.

Garden Theatre Box Office
160 West Plant Street, Winter Garden
407-877-GRDN (4736)

(Photo: David Coalter as Joseph)

Winds of Motion, UCF Conservatory Theatre:

Orlando, can you feel the Winds of Motion?

Calling all So You Think You Can Dance lovers: the University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre ends their stellar 2009-2010 season with a night of dance with their fourth annual dance concert: Winds of Motion.   The dance concert is directed by Brian Vernon and will run at Orlando Repertory Theatre from Thursday, April 22 through Sunday, April 25.

Brian Vernon, Professor of Dance for the UCF Theatre Department, also directed last fall’s smash hit, Pirates of Penzance, as well as last season’s Smokey Joe’s Café and Sculpted Bodies.

“The process for each year’s concert it always different, as there are different choreographers and dances,” says Vernon, “but the goal is always the same: to put on a good concert.”

Winds of Motion is an eclectic mix of many diverse dance forms—styles range from contemporary to ballet to African flair, so there will be something for everyone! Even if you’ve never watched live dance, Brian guarantees that you will be entertained.

“Dance is the most primitive art form, since it was first used as a means of communication … dance is inherent in human nature.”

The design team and choreographers of these 19 exciting dance pieces include faculty as well as students. Please note: the dance number at the end of Act I, prior to intermission, does contain adult themes and partial nudity.  Parental and viewer discretion is advised.

Winds of Motion opens at the Orlando Repertory Theatre on Thursday, April 22 at 8 pm. The theatre is located at 1001 East Princeton Street in Orlando. The concert runs from Thursday April 22 through Sunday the 25th with shows starting at 8 pm, except for the Sunday matinee which starts at 2 p.m.

To purchase tickets or for ticket information call the box office at (407) 823-1500. Ticket prices are $19.00 for adults, $17.00 for seniors over 55 and $12.00 for students, with group rates also available. It is strongly recommended to make reservations which are available through the UCF Conservatory Theatre box office. UCF offers accommodations to make the theatre more accessible to patrons with disabilities—for assistance, please call ahead to the box office.

Facts at a glance:

Winds of Motion

Thursday, April 22 at 8pm: Opening
Friday, April 23 at 8pm
Saturday, April 24 at 8pm
Sunday, April 25 at 2pm Closing

Where: Orlando Repertory Theatre
1001 East Princeton Street

Tickets: Adult $19, Senior $17, Student $12, Group Discounts Available

Accessibility: UCF offers accommodations to make the theatre more accessible to patrons with disabilities—for assistance, please call ahead to the box office.

Box Office Phone: (407) 823-1500

Box Office Hours:
Weekdays:  12:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Weekends:  12:00 – 4:00 p.m.
2 hours before all performances

Hair, Surfside Players:

Surfside Players is proud to present Hair
The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical

Surfside Players, Cocoa Beach, is proud to present its spring musical, Hair, the first rock musical, an anthem of the hippie counter-culture and one of the most controversial theatre spectacles of the 1960’s.  Hair tells the story of the “tribe,” a group of politically active, long-haired hippies of the “Age of Aquarius” living a bohemian life in New York City and fighting against conscription into the Vietnam War. Claude, his good friend Berger, their roommate Sheila and their friends struggle to balance their young lives, loves and the sexual revolution with their rebellion against the war and their conservative parents and society. Ultimately, Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or to compromise his pacifistic principles and risk his life by serving in Vietnam.

Come see the show the Establishment doesn’t want you to see!  Performance dates for Hair are April 23 – May 9, 2010 (three weekends), Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 p.m. and Sundays 2:00 p.m.  An Opening Night Reception with hors d’oeuvres will be held on Friday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and active military, $10 for students, with group discounts available.  Contact our Box Office at (321) 783-3127 for reservations and more info.

This show contains strong language, suggestive dancing, depiction of drug use, and brief nudity, and is for Mature Audiences Only.  Audience members under age 18 must be accompanied by parent or guardian; we have special ticket prices for families of four.

Directed by Michael Thompson.  Musical Direction by Dan Harrald and featuring live rock-band music.  Choreography by Rachel Cooke.  Presented by special arrangement with Tams-Witmark.  To get to Surfside, take A1A into Cocoa Beach, and turn west on Fifth Street South.  Call (321) 783-3127 or go to for more info.

WHO:        Surfside Players

WHAT:       Hair, the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical
by James Rado, Gerome Ragni, and Galt MacDermot
Directed by Michael Thompson

WHEN:       April 23 – May 9 (three weekends)
Fridays and Saturdays 8:00 pm
Sundays 2:00 pm

WHERE:      Surfside Playhouse
Corner of Brevard Avenue and Fifth Street South
Cocoa Beach, FL

ADMISSION:  $18 adults
$15 seniors / active military
$10 students
Group rates available

MORE INFO:  (321) 783-3127 or
Also visit our website,

Grease, Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center:

The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center Announces Grease

The musical play production of Grease is coming April 23 – May 2, 2010 (Friday and Saturday shows @ 7:30 PM and Sunday matinees @ 2:00 PM) to The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center. The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is located in downtown historic Sanford, FL at 201-203 South Magnolia Avenue.

The synopsis of Grease : Grease is the word! Here is Rydell High’s senior class of 1959; duck-tailed, hot-rodding “Burger Palace Boys” and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking “Pink Ladies” in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the 1950s in this rollicking musical. The show tackles such social issues as teenage preganancy, and gang violence; its themes include love, friendship,  teenage rebellion, sexual exploration during adolescence, and, to some extent, class consciousness/class conflict.

The musical play production of Grease opened on Broadway in 1972, and ran for 3,388 performances and winning Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Book, Best Actor, Best Featured Actor, Best Featured Actress, Best Costume Design, Best Choreography, and Best Revival of A Musical. It remains Broadway’s 13th longest-running show.

The musical play production of Grease features some of the following famous songs: Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin’, We Go Together, Look At Me I’m Sandra Dee, Beauty School Dropout, There Are Worse Things I Could Do … and more!

is a Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey musical play that was also developed into a movie in 1978, that featured such talent as Olivia Newton-John, John Travolta, Stockard Channing, and Frankie Avalon. The movie version of Grease was nominated for 1 Oscar and 5 Golden Globes.

Tickets now available on The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center website by visiting and by calling Box Office at 407-321-8111. Tickets also available on show dates.

Ticket Prices:
VIP Seating (Rows A – E)  $23.00
Orchestra (Rows F – R)  $18.00
Balcony (Upstairs)  $15.00
Students  $10.00

Group Rates:
10 – 29 in a Group  –  $2.00 off each of the Ticket Prices 30 or more in a Group – $5.00 off each of the Ticket Prices

Additional Ticket Discounts ($5.00 off each of the Ticket Prices):
Darden Restaurant Employees
Public School Employees
Hospital Employees
H2U Members
Walt Disney World Employees
AAA Employees
AAA Members

For any other additional information, questions, and press inquiries concerning the upcoming musical play production of Grease, please visit or please call 407-321-8111.

Sweet Charity, Show Palace Dinner Theatre:

Hey big spender! The Show Palace brings the Bob Fosse classic Sweet Charity to Tampa Bay April 23 – June 13, 2010!!!

HUDSON, FL – The Show Palace Dinner Theatre kicks off its 2010 Spring/Summer season with an exciting production of the Bob Fosse classic Sweet Charity. Based on Federico Fellini’s screenplay Nights of Cabiria, Sweet Charity was originally choreographed and conceived by Bob Fosse, with music by Cy Coleman. This classic musical is a tender, poignant, and consistently funny look at the adventures, or rather the misadventures, in the ways of love encountered by the gullible and guileless lady known as Charity Hope Valentine. Charity is a dance hostess who always gives her heart and her dreams to the wrong man. Her luck starts to change when she meets a suave Italian movie star, but things really start to look up when she runs into a shy but sweet guy in a night-school elevator. Could this finally be her Prince Charming? Broadway standards “Big Spender,” “If They Could See Me Now,” and “The Rhythm of Life” are among the songs in this spirited and fun-filled classic. The musical also features lyrics by Dorothy Field and a book by Neil Simon.

“We are thrilled to present this exuberant and stunningly choreographed musical to the Show Palace stage,” said Matthew McGee*, Show Palace’s Artistic Director. “At Show Palace, our mission is to celebrate and perpetuate the art of musical theatre and with Sweet Charity, we are proud to present this classic musical and reinvigorate it for today’s audiences.”

Samantha McKinnon Brown* (Charity Hope Valentine) And Christopher Swan* (Oscar/Vittorio) will headline the upcoming Show Palace production Sweet Charity. The show, directed by Resident Musical Director Michael Ursua* (star of The Producers and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Director of 2009’s Thoroughly Modern Millie) and choreographed by Shanna and Chris Sell (The Producers, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers), is set to open on April 23. Samantha McKinnon Brown* was recently seen in American Stage Theatre Company’s production of Doubt and has performed regionally in roles like Roxie in Chicago and Betty Haynes in Irving Berlin’s White Christmas. Award-Winning actor Christopher Swan* is well-known to Florida audiences in numerous productions at American Stage Theatre Company, the Golden Apple, Palm Beach Dramaworks, and the Hippodrome in Gainesville. Christopher is the recipient of Sarasota Magazine’s 2009 Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in La Cage aux Folles at the Golden Apple.

The supporting cast includes Lauren Gemelli as Nickie (Broadway National tour of The Drowsy Chaperone), Ayana Wright as Helene (Busch Garden’s Katonga), Thomas Mothershed as Herman (Andre in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) and Scott Daniel as Daddy Brubeck (Cirque Dreams National Tour). The 17 member cast also includes Alex Jorth*, David Tanciar*. Matthew Glover, Troy LaFon, John Henderson, Patricia James, Lacey Vazquez, Kristen Sweeney, Ann Ehnes, Adrienne Bergeron and Ashley Ellenburg.

The creative team for Sweet Charity includes Michael Ursua* (Musical Director), Chris & Shanna Sell* (Choreographers), Tom Hansen (Scenic and Lighting Designer), Angela Hoerner (Costume Designer), Scott Daniel (Original Wig & Hair Design), Susan Haldeman* (Production Stage Manager), Patricia James (Dance Captain), and Matthew McGee* (Casting).

This Show Palace premiere featuring an energetic cast of singers and dancers and fresh direction and choreography is destined to become the sleeper hit of the 2010 season. Make your reservations now!

The show opens on April 23 and runs through June 13 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson, Fl, 34667.  Doors open two hours before each show for dinner and cocktails. On Sundays, the doors open at 1 p.m. and show starts at 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 8 p.m., and doors open for dinner and cocktails at 6 p.m.  Matinees are available on select Wednesdays & Thursdays and most Saturdays and doors open for dinner and cocktails at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $48, plus tax, for dinner and show. Show only is $36.95 plus tax. Call 727-863-7949 or 888-655-7469 to reserve tickets.

*Indicates member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

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  1. In addition, Valencia’s Opera Theatre Workshop opens this weekend, featuring The Threepenny Opera among other shows. Tickets are FREE! Showtimes are Friday at 7:30PM and Saturday at 7:30PM.

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