Opening this week

Lots going on this week, including the Tony Awards on CBS Sunday night. Here’s a look at what’s happening closer to home:

Winter Park Playhouse, ‘Son of a Preacher Man, or How Barry Manilow Saved My Life’:

Don’t miss the fun as self-proclaimed “fanilow” Kevin Kelly delights the audience with tales of growing up as the proverbial black sheep in a stringently religious family … all to a Manilow score!  Could it be magic?  Well, get ready to take a chance again …

Son of a Preacher Man or How Barry Manilow Saved My Life
Featuring Kevin Kelly with Terry Thomas

Friday June 11 @ 7:30
Saturday June 12 @ 7:30 & 9:30

Tickets $15 and that includes a drink, people!

Winter Park Playhouse is now accepting reservations for limited seating. Don’t miss out…make your reservation TODAY! 407-645-0145

Valencia Character Company, ‘Almost, Maine’:

Almost, Maine to close out Valencia’s 2009-10 Theater Season

The Valencia Character Company will present the John Cariani comedy Almost, Maine as its final production of the season. Performances will be held June 10-13 and June 17-20, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m.

In the town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in and out of love in very unexpected and often hilarious ways, and as the Northern Lights appear in the sky, magical happenings abound. The play has been produced hundreds of times in theaters all across the country, as well as internationally, and has had many sold-out runs along the way. Valencia Artistic Director Julia Gagne directs the cast of Valencia theater students.

All performances will be in the Black Box Theater on Valencia’s East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. Ticket prices are $8 general admission and $6 for students, seniors, Valencia staff and alumni. Seating is limited in the Black Box, and a number of performances this season have sold out, so advance ticket purchase is advised, and latecomers may not be seated until intermission. To purchase tickets and for further information, please call the box office at 407-582-2900; tickets are also available online at

UCF SummerStage, ‘On Golden Pond’:

UCF SummerStage!  Come fishin’ with us On Golden Pond!

If the humid Florida summer gets to be too much, you’re invited to join us at the Thayer summer home in Golden Pond, Maine. The University of Central Florida Conservatory Theatre’s opens its 2010 summer season with the love story On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson. Directed by Tad Ingram, On Golden Pond takes the stage on Thursday, June 10 and runs through Sunday, June 20.

Norman Thayer and his wife Ethel have been coming to Golden Pond for 48 years. But even as time is creeping up on them, bringing heart palpitations and memory lapses, there is plenty of fun this summer when their divorced daughter leaves her teen-age son in their care. Plenty of fun, plenty of laughs, and many heartfelt tears. Simply, a lot of love.

Three consummate seasoned theatre professionals are at the helm of this production. Tad Ingram, seen as an actor in many Orlando venues, has also directed numerous productions in the area, some among them To Kill a Mockingbird and A Christmas Story for Orlando Rep, and  True West at UCF.  Anne Hering, acclaimed Orlando actress and a member of the acting company at Orlando Shakespeare Theater, shares her talents with UCF SummerStage as Ethel Thayer. Donald Seay, who plays her husband, Norman, is a member of the UCF faculty, and has also played roles at the Rep, OST, and at UCF.

Don’t miss Ernest Thompson’s On Golden Pond, opening at the UCF Main Campus on the Main Stage on June 10th at 8 p.m. The theater is located at 400 Central Florida Blvd., in East Orlando. The production will run from Thursday the 10th  through Sunday the 13th, and Thursday June 17 through Sunday, June 20, with shows starting at 8 p.m. (except for the two Sunday matinees starting at 2 p.m.) Following On Golden Pond, UCF SummerStage will be presenting Splash with the PB&J Company, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

To purchase tickets or for ticket information call the box office at (407) 823-1500. Ticket prices are $19 for adults, $17 for seniors over 55 and $12 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.

Where: UCF Theatre – Main Stage
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
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:  noon – 6 p.m.
Weekends:  noon – 4 p.m.
Open 2 hours before all performances

Director – Tad Ingram
Set Designer – Vandy Wood
Lighting Designer – Bert Scott
Costume Designer –  Kristina Tollefson
Sound Designer
John Valines

Norman Thayer, Jr.
Donald Seay*
Ethel Thayer
Anne Hering*
Charlie Martin
Matt Wenge
Chelsea Thayer Wayne
Danielle Kimberley
Billy Ray
Bryce Lartonoix
Bill Ray
Robert Svetlik

Play the Moment, ‘Project: F’: Postponed until September.

Orlando performance art company brings Facebook to the stage

Orlando company Play the Moment Productions will debut its newest devised piece, Project: F, June 11 through June 20 at Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

There is an era that future generations will refer to as “B.F.”: Before Facebook.

In the last five years, there has been an explosion of social networking as our many communities have migrated to the Internet. Every day, millions of people are participating in an invisible grid and status-ing their lives on a public notebook. Project: F will explore the many facets of social networking and community on the Internet through the lens of Facebook using a theatrical microscope.

Project: F will have a special emphasis on process and development, and the entire cast and crew will participate in creating this original work. Our devising ensemble will consist of people from all artistic disciplines: actors, dancers, musicians, designers, visual artists, and mixed media programmers.

In 2009, Play the Moment launched its first devised project: Orson Welles’ War Of The Worlds, in collaboration with Questionable Productions, which was well received in the community. Anne Bogart and her New York City based SITI Company’s American Document inspired and encouraged us to continue to pursue process-based devised theater of an order not seen anywhere else in Central Florida. Ms. Bogart used an actor/dancer formula as SITI joined forces with the Martha Graham Dance Company to create that piece.  With that same spirit of collaboration, Play the Moment and artistic director Aradhana Tiwari are partnering with many of the powerhouses of the Orlando performing art community to create Project: F, including Voci Dance, Beth Marshall, John DiDonna, Brian Feldman, Marty Stonerock, and many others.  Aradhana Tiwari recently studied with Anne Bogart and the SITI company through a professional development grant from United Arts of Central Florida.

Performances of Project: F will be held Friday, June 11 at 8 pm, Saturday, June 12 at 8 pm, Sunday, June 13 at 6 pm, Friday, June 18 at 8 pm, Saturday, June 19 at 3 pm & 8 pm, and Sunday, June 20 at 6 pm in the Goldman Theater at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in beautiful Loch Haven Park.  All Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at door, and are available for purchase at

Breakthrough Theatre, ‘Butterflies Are Free’:

The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park will present the Leonard Gershe comedy Butterflies Are Free June 11-20, 2010, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m.

Young Don Baker, hero of his mother’s children’s book series Donny Dark, has been blind since birth, his overprotective mother following his every move. Don finally decides to take his own apartment in Manhattan and pursue his songwriting ambitions. When she meets his kooky neighbor, sexy actress Jill, Mrs. Baker’s controlling instincts go into overdrive with hilariously touching results.

The play is directed by Heather-Lucia Bass, a recent graduate of University High School. The cast includes Julian Naranjo (Don), Katelyn Douglass (Jill), Sue Cohen (Mrs. Baker), and Sean Patrick Carey (Ralph).

Prices are $15 general admission, $12 senior citizens, $10 students. Reservations can be made at 407-920-4034. The theater is located at 419A W. Fairbanks Ave. in Winter Park. The website is

Kyona Levine, ‘Sweet Evalina’:

Sweet Evalina, a staged reading (Jun 12, 2010, 3 p.m.)
Fear or Faith … which do you choose?

Have you ever been so in love … that it scared you so you rejected it? Has your life ever faded from a vivid, bright rainbow to a dull gray sky all because you were afraid of stepping out on faith? Too afraid of change? Has an event from your past crippled your ability to walk into the fullness of your destiny?

Sweet Evalina explores the lives of 13 characters who would answer ‘Yes!’ to all of the above questions. Each character is affected by a negative belief, all rooted in the ‘Evalina curse.’ The curse is, essentially, a mindset of fear, accepted or rejected, that becomes either a bitter curse or a sweet blessing.

We have a phenomenal cast of actors who will take you on an amazing journey. We hope to see you on Saturday, June 12, 2010 at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.

Winter Park Playhouse, ‘Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.’:

The Winter Park Playhouse will bring family friendly musical theatre to Central Park in downtown Winter Park beginning June 12, 2010 at 11:30 am with Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr.  These performances are planned to occur quarterly and will be free and open to the public.

Playhouse in the Park is a great marriage between the city of Winter Park and its only professional musical theatre, the Winter Park Playhouse. This ongoing series of performances will feature professional talent and will be scheduled during the day for everyone’s enjoyment while spending an afternoon on Park Avenue.

Playhouse in the Park will feature Schoolhouse Rock Live! Jr. Saturday June 12 at 11:30 a.m. on the main stage in Central Park in downtown Winter Park. For more information visit or or call 407-645-0145 for more details.

This event is free so bring your blanket and chairs, let the family enjoy some great musical entertainment and then stroll down Park Avenue – all courtesy of the Winter Park Playhouse and the City of Winter Park!

Wanzie Presents, ‘Janine Klein: Gay Bar Star’:

Award-winning ‘Janine Klein: Gay Bar Star’ transitions from Fringe Festival to Footlight Theatre Saturday, June 12

Fresh from an award-winning packed-houses run at the 2010 Orlando International Fringe Festival, power house singer Janine Klein will star in Janine Klein: Gay Bar Star on Saturday evening, June 12, 2010, at 8 PM.

… Gay Bar Star is no ordinary cabaret. With the able assistance of popular Orlando playwright John Ryan, Klein switches up the lyrics of many popular Broadway songs to perform broad parodies which reflect her fictional (yet not so fictional) life as a “Gay Bar Star.”

References to her real life appearances at Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows and to her real life role as mother to son Sage, as well as many other local references, figure heavily into a show that is not only extremely well sung, but is also downright hysterical in content.

Janine Klein is arguably one of the very best vocalists in Orlando. Her vocal range and belting voice take center stage, but her flair for comedy and acting make this Gay Bar Star a “Diva” with which to contend, as well as a Diva along with which the audience never fails to laugh off its collective ass.

Pianist Christopher Leavy provides the onstage accompaniment.

Reserved seating tickets ($10) are available exclusively through the online box office at


Wanzie Presents Janine Klein in John Ryan’s Janine Klein: Gay Bar Star
Saturday, June 12, 2010
8 PM

Footlight Theatre, Parliament House Resort, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, Florida, 32819
Tickets:  $10
Available exclusively online at

Tickets, if available, may also be purchased at the door – cash only. There is NO reservation line to call. Please do not call or list the Parliament House telephone number.

This show contains adult language and sexual content. Persons under 18 years of age who are at least 13 years of age, are gladly admitted when accompanied by an adult, 21 years of age or over. Eighteen and over, always admitted. Those under 18 years of age must exit the entertainment complex at the conclusion of the show.

One response to “Opening this week

  1. Hey All-

    Project F has been pushed back to the 1st weekend in Sept. Aradhana is off the grid for the moment and she has further details that she will share asap but I just wanted to give you all the heads up.
    Should anyone already have a ticket – it will still be honored at the event in Sept.