Opening this week (besides the Fringe)

While a lot of us are busy Fringeing, there’s other theater going on. Here’s some of it:

Wendy Hayes at Winter Park Playhouse:

The Winter Park Playhouse announces the replacement for their May production, , After her sold-out appearance last fall in Everything is Rosie, A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney, popular actress Wendy Hayes brings her show-stopping one-woman show Ladies and Gentlemen to the Playhouse May 20-23, 2010.  Performances are one weekend only and include Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30pm and Thursday, Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Tickets prices are $32 evening admission, $30 senior evening admission, $24 for all matinée tickets, and $22 tickets for any performance for students and industry professionals.  Call the Winter Park Playhouse Box Office at 407-645-0145 or go online at www.winterparkplayhouse.org to purchase tickets.

Wendy Hayes returns to entertain audiences of all ages, as she pays tribute to ten of the most famous, chart-topping artists of the 50’s and 60’s including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr., Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Connie Francis, Peggy Lee, Patsy Cline and Barbara Streisand. Ms. Hayes will give patrons a taste of the great voices of the past with her adaptable and noteworthy style.

“It is so nice to have Wendy with us again,” states Heather Alexander, Executive Director of the Winter Park Playhouse.  “Our patrons loved Everything is Rosie and we’re thrilled to bring her back.  Her vocal talent, stage presence and sincere charm will once again provide our audiences with an unforgettable evening at the theatre.”

Wendy Hayes has received high acclaim for her portrayals of Lucy in The Telephone, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, and Adina in L’Elisir d’Amore in national vocal competitions.  Wendy has appeared on the stages of Opera Carolina, Flat Rock Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Blowing Rock Stage Company, Lees McRae Summer Theatre, and Little Theatre on the Square. Wendy has also appeared as a headliner on several cruise ships and has performed in nightclubs from North Carolina to Tokyo singing American and jazz songbook standards.

Get your tickets early for this one weekend-only event that is sure to sell out!

Painting the Fence, Theatre Winter Haven:

Theatre Winter Haven’s Theatre Academy Announces the Cast For Paintin’ the Fence

Theatre Winter Haven’s Theatre Academy announces the cast for Paintin’ the Fence, a Tom Sawyer Musical Adventure.  The show runs May 21 -23, 2010 at the Chain of Lakes Complex located at 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd. – Winter Haven, FL.

Tickets prices are $7 for Adults and $5 for Students 17 & under.  Reservations can be made by coming by the Box Office, calling 294-7469 (SHOW) or by going online to http://www.theatrewinterhaven.com.

Mark Twain’s famous Tom Sawyer adventures are embraced in this delightful musical.  Bursting with thrills and upbeat musical numbers, this classic tale will take you back to a time when life was simpler but day-to-day living was hard.  This show sparkles with Twain’s wit and a must see for the entire family.

The cast for this show includes Spencer Croy as Jeff Thatcher, Elisha Corlew as Tom Sawyer, and Maria Iakovidis as Becky Thatcher.  Mrs. Thatcher will be played by Christa Barber, Aunt Polly by Susanna Carey and Sid by Bradley Adams.  Mercy Joy Corlew is Cousin Mary, Fisher Arrington is Ben Rogers, Elayna Sirrine is Joey Harper, Tyler Gleason is Jim Hollis and Jake Clark is Davey Maxwell.  Also in the cast are Sam Adams as Archie Newton, Caleb Deal is Ted Austin, Anysley Rayburn is Amy Lawrence, Gina Tortorici is Lyda Hollis, Elizabeth McCallister is Widder Douglas and Derek Wyatt as The Preacher.  Judge Thatcher is played by Jason Fortin, Hope Austin is played by Allie Iakovidis, Suzie Harper by Taylor Siefke and Sally Rogers by Sophia Hafner.  Adrianna Rose is seen as Faith Harper, Abby Branham plays Annie Hester, Agnes Johnson is played by  Hannah Corlew and Huck Finn is played by Marcus Hartfield.  The cast is completed by Sara Beth Reynolds as the Schoolmaster,  T.J. Moore as Doc Robinson, Dan Chesnicka as Injun Joe, Nicholas Judy as Muff Potter and Drew Koon as the Constable.

Paintin’ the Fence is directed by Molly Judy, set design is by Derek Wyatt with costumes by Camille McClellan.  Lighting design is by Thom Altman and music director is Marti Stanley.

This show is Co-Produced by the Rolf Jaehnigen Family.

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