Category Archives: Children's theater

Playwright Arlene Hutton at Rollins

Playwright Arlene Hutton, whose play Letters to Sala will be presented Feb. 11-19 at Annie Russell Theatre, is at Rollins this week in preparation for that production.

She’ll talk about her play, and about the process of adapting a work from the page to the stage,  at 7 p.m. Wednesday night at Annie Russell Theatre. Hutton is here as part of a series sponsored by the Winter Park Institute, which will look at women in the Holocaust.

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Pinocchio’s starts fund for new scripts

Every theater in town is asking for money to help start the new year (and to give you a tax break in the old one).

But here’s a request with a difference — helping Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater, the one-of-a-kind children’s theater in Altamonte Mall, develop new scripts and soundtracks.

Read this message from Sean Keohane:

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Theater auditions: Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre:

Here’s an audition notice from Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre, a company of adults who perform for kids:

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Job available at Orlando Rep

Here’s a job posting from Orlando Repertory Theatre:

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Bay Street has new director for young people’s theater

Congrats to Amanda Warren, who has been appointed director of Bay Street Players’ Young People’s Theatre. Amanda, who is known for her work with her actor husband Joel, received a bachelor’s in fine arts from Cal Arts and has been artistic and education director of the Warren Theatre Company in Mount Dora for the past four years.

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Theater auditions: ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’

Here’s an audition announcement from Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre:

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Theater review: ‘Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells’ at Orlando Rep

Junie B. knows how to get to kids.

More accurately, the grownups behind Junie B. Jones, and Barbara Park’s long string of Junie B. Jones books, know how to get to kids. Just start off a story with an elaborate discussion of throw-up, and you’ve got a young audience hooked.

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Orlando Rep gets rights for ‘Hairspray’

Orlando Repertory Theatre has snagged a show that’s sure to please next summer’s teen actors, Hairspray. The summer Youth Academy show will be presented in July 2011.

Here’s more, including info about auditions:

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Florida Children’s Rep needs teachers

Here’s a notice from Florida Children’s Repertory Theater, which needs drama instructors:

The Florida Children’s Repertory Theater is looking for Creative Drama Instructors for the Orange County Schools Extended Day Care Program. We are currently instructing in Cheney, Chickasaw, Sadler, Catalina, Englewood, Rosemont, Lancaster, Oakhill and Orange Center We  would like to add a few more instructors to our schools in need.

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Theater review: ‘The House at Pooh Corner’

My mother was eight years old when A.A. Milne’s children’s book Winnie-the-Pooh made its debut in 1926. Times were different then, and that 8-year-old quickly fell in love with Pooh, Christopher Robin and their oddball menagerie of friends.

My mom is 92 now, but she still loves Pooh. So does her daughter, who inherited a fondness for the goings-on in the Hundred Acre Wood – and who can’t help be tickled by Orlando Repertory Theatre’s production of The House at Pooh Corner, which is just as sweet and prickly as a Pooh story ought to be.

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MicheLee Puppets wins national grant

Congratulations to MicheLee Puppets, which has won a $15,000 grant from the Aetna Foundation for a project to fight childhood obesity in Florida.

The grant was the result of online voting, which — thanks to some terrific online promoting hereabouts — gave MicheLee the third highest number of votes across the U.S.

Here’s lots more about the project and about MicheLee:

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Theater for kids offers free tickets

Little People’s Theatre, a company that has just settled in Winter Springs, is offering free tickets to organizations that help children in need.

Here’s more:

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Children’s company needs people to make cameo appearances

Little People’s Theatre, a group that performs in Winter Springs, is looking for actors or local celebrities to make cameo appearances in its production of Hansel & Gretel. Here’s more:

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Workshops needed for Florida Theatre Conference

Gary Cadwallader from Orlando Rep sends along this notice about the upcoming Florida Theatre Conference:

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Pinocchio’s to stage fundraiser for Heart Association

A Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater performance of The Wizard of Oz and a “Tin Man’s Heart” workshop for kids will be a fundraiser Sunday afternoon for the American Heart Association.Here are the details:

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Florida Children’s Rep available for schools

Here’s a note from Doreen Heard about Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre:

Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre announces the play Once Upon a Rhyme will be available for touring to elementary and preschools during the months of October and November.  The show is a delightful audience-participation play with familiar and unfamiliar children’s stories acted out by adult professional actors, accompanied by favorite children’s songs.  The show lasts 30 minutes and does not require a stage — just a large space.  The performance is for children from 4 to 8 years of age.  Interested public or private schools should contact Doreen Heard, Artistic Director, 407-657-4483, for details and cost.

Theater review: ‘Pippi Longstocking’

Pippi Longstocking may not be the kind of role model parents want for their kids.

She’s brash. She tells tall tales. She’s not a fan of school in general, and she thinks learning her multiplication tables is for the birds.

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Get tickets to 9 arts events for $99

OK, so the arts season is beginning, and now’s the time to indulge yourselves. Here’s a good way to do it — buy the Orlando Arts Sampler package for $99, which will give you one admission each to nine different shows, concerts and museums at these places:

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Rep has a table and chairs to give away

Jennifer Guhl at Orlando Rep says the theater has a conference table and some folding chairs for the first people who want them:

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Drama instructors needed

Florida Children’s Repertory Theatre is looking for three creative drama teachers to conduct classes at Orange Center, Rosemont and Lancaster elementary schools.

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