Category Archives: Arts education

Broadway actor Barbara Walsh gives a master class

Barbara Walsh

Broadway leading lady Barbara Walsh, who originated the role of Trina in the Broadway production of Falsettos in 1992 and played the acerbic Joanne in the 2007 revival of Company, comes to Orlando Sept. 10 and 11 to give a concert and present two master classes, for high-schoolers and adults, at Tim Evanicki’s Starving Artist Studios.

Walsh, 56, has played a host of interesting roles, both on Broadway and in major regional theaters: Francesca in the first Broadway production of Nine; Mrs. Baskin, the main character’s mother, in the 1996 Broadway version of Big; Desirée in A Little Night Music at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse; Mother in the Chicago production of Ragtime; Edith Beale and Little Edie in Grey Gardens at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre; Maria Callas in Master Class at Baltimore’s Center Stage.  She is married to Jack Cummings III, artistic director of the New York theater company Transport Group, who also will give two master classes at Starving Artist Studios Sept. 10.

Walsh talked to me about studying and teaching theater and about the roles that has meant the most to her. Here’s an edited version of our talk:

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Teachers needed for kids’ classes

Here’s a job notice from Breakthrough Theatre:

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Lake Howell to hold a costume sale

James Brendlinger sends this message about a big costume sale at his school, Lake Howell High School, this weekend. Sounds like a great deal (each costume for $1!) for budding theaters. (Note: Lake Howell High School is east of Semoran, out towards Tuskawilla.)

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UCF theater renames itself — again

The Theater Formerly Known as UCF Conservatory Theatre has a new name — Theatre UCF.

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Tony winner to give workshops at Master Class Academy

Hinton Battle

Three-time Tony Award winner Hinton Battle — the original Scarecrow in The Wiz, and a Tony winner for Sophisticated Ladies, The Tap Dance Kid and Miss Saigon — will come to Winter Park Oct. 8 and 9 to give workshops in musical theater at the Master Class Academy.

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Stetson announces coming season

Here’s the coming season for the Stover Theatre at Stetson University in DeLand:

Theater job available at UCF

Here’s a note from Sam Waters about a job available in the UCF theater department:

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Humor Mill to start offering sketch-comedy classes

Here’s a notice from The Humor Mill Orlando, which produced the recent The Humor Mill Orlando Presents … The War on Terriers at the recent Fringe:

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Starving Artist Studios announces line-up of concerts and master classes

Barbara Walsh

Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway’s Falsettos, Company, Big) and renowned mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard will be among those giving concerts and master classes for the new Starving Artist Studios in Orlando later this year.

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Florida Opera Theatre awards scholarship

Thorsteinn Árbjörnsson, an Icelandic tenor who graduated from the prestigious Oberlin Conservatory of Music, is this year’s winner of Florida Opera Theatre’s V.O.I.C.Experience Scholarship, which will enable him to continue his vocal studies. Here’s more from Florida Opera Theatre:

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Mad Cow wants to train kids in the art of cabaret

Here’s an interesting idea — kids’ cabaret, or more specifically, kids from the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs being trained in the art of cabaret.

That’s the goal of Mad Cow Theatre in a partnership with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Central Florida — and, naturally enough, you can help.

In fact, this project will only happen if Mad Cow is able to raise at least $530 by May 12. We ought to be able to do that:

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Theater auditions: Orlando Shakespeare’s Young Company

Here’s an audition notice (and a bit of history) for Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Young Company, a group of high-school students:

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Mad Cow sets community-giving night for arts-ed group

A portion of the proceeds from Thursday night’s performance of Circle Mirror Transformation, at Mad Cow Theatre, will go to the Florida Alliance for Arts Education. Here’s more:

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A special deal for readers of Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

Well, here’s a deal. Tim Evanicki of the new Starving Artist Studios is offering a deal for my website’s readers. Online registration for classes at Starving Artist begins Tuesday, March 15, and anyone who mentions my blog on the online registration form will have his or her $75 registration fee waived.

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‘Wicked’ cabaret will help Broadway Cares and Orange arts-ed center

Cast members from the national tour of Wicked, in Orlando for the next month or so, will perform in a cabaret show to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Orange County Arts Education Center.

The place? The new Mezz, the events space owned by Florida Theatrical Association at the corner of Pine Street and Eola Drive in Thornton Park.

Details here:

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Kids’-theater group looking for teacher

Here’s a job notice from In the Limelight:

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Arts-education center puts on talent contest for kids

Here’s a way for kids to win some bucks from the Orange County Arts Education Center — if they’ve got a talent to display:

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Sands kids’ theater names new director

Craig Uppercue has been named artistic/education director of the youth division of the Sands Theater Center Inc., the theater group that performs at the Athens Theatre in DeLand. The youth company was formerly known as Storybook Theater Company.

Here’s more on Craig and the Sands:

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Theatre Winter Haven offers prize for kids

Theatre Winter Haven Academy is offering a talent contest called the Brightest Star for Polk County kids 9-18. Applications are due Feb. 15.

Here are the guidelines for the competition. You can download them here, and you can download the application form here.

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Mother looking to start theater club for tweens

Denise Kline, the mother of an 11-year-old who has been active in musical theater, wants to start a theater club for kids 10-13. The club will be in east Orlando so the child would have to have transportation to get out that way.

Sounds like a nice idea and a wonderful way to get kids going to theater.

Here’s Denise’s request and a way to get in touch with her:

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