Next up for GOAT: ‘Aida’ this winter

The Elton John-Tim Rice musical Aida is coming up next for Greater Orlando Actors’ Theatre, which will produce the show Jan. 28-Feb. 13 in the Goldman Theater at Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park.

The musical, based on the Verdi opera, ran on Broadway for 4-1/2 years, from 2000 to 2004. It won five Tony awards, including one for best original score and one for star Heather Headley. (The dance musical Contact won the Tony for best musical that season.)

Paul Castaneda will direct the show for GOAT. Auditions will be held the first week in December. More specifics will be announced next week.

Here’s all the available info from GOAT:

Greater Orlando Actors Theatre kicks off its 2011 season with Aida, Elton John and Tim Rice’s contemporary Broadway hit. The musical, a modernized rock re-telling of the famous Verdi opera, will run January 28 through February 13 at the Goldman Theater at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center on 812 East Rollins Street. Many technical positions are open. GOAT will announce audition information next week.

Aida is a story of star-crossed love set in ancient Egypt. It centers around a strong-willed Nubian princess who falls in love with an Egyptian captain during a time of brutal war between their countries. Add in the captain’s materialistic royal fiancée, his power-hungry father, murder, sex, temptation, intrigue, love and humor, and you wind up with a compelling musical that captivates and entertains.

Aida will be directed by GOAT’s president and artistic director, Paul Castaneda. GOAT is seeking volunteers for technical positions including choreographer, musical director, stage manager, lighting designer, set designer, set construction, run crew, assistant costumer, and prop master or mistress.

Auditions will be held the first weekend of December. More details will be announced next week.

Performances will be on Friday, Saturday at 8:30pm and Sunday nights at 7:30 p.m. in the Goldman Theater from January 28 through February 13. Tickets are $18 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors.

Greater Orlando Actors Theatre has produced cutting-edge, critically acclaimed shows since 2007. GOAT strives to create bold, provocative and innovative theatre. Despite its short history, GOAT proudly produced the first local version of the blockbuster musical Rent. Other recent accomplishments include earning Patron’s Pick at the Orlando International Fringe Festival in 2010 and being called part of “north Orlando’s Broadway” in the Orlando Weekly Best of Orlando 2010. GOAT is run by a board of directors and is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. For more information, email info@goatgroup.org, call 407-872-8451 or visit goatgroup.org.

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