Category Archives: Fundraisers

Encore Cast and Choir concert to benefit Dr. Phillips Center

Disney’s Encore! Cast and Choir is at it again, and this time it’s to benefit the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (now under construction — and isn’t it great to be able to say that?).

Every year the Disney cast members who make up the Encore! Cast and Choir perform a concert to benefit a local nonprofit. This year it’s the Dr. Phillips Center, and the concerts at Disney’s Hollywood Studios begin this Friday night. Tickets are $20-$30, and you don’t have to pay theme-park admission to see the show. Here are all the details:

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Fringe announces all kinds of things

Seems like the Fringe just ended, but general manager George Wallace has all kinds of stuff, small and large, planned for future months — fundraisers, happy hours and so on. The Fringe lottery will be held in November, with artist applications available Sept. 1. And the Fringe is hot on the trail of a new executive producer. George tells you all about that and more, so keep reading:

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Orlando Shakes announces its season-opening gala

Oscar Wilde may be absent but he’ll still be the honoree at Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s opening gala this September, which will be known as the Wilde Party.

Here are the details for the gala, set for Sept. 11:

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Mad Cow to host designers’ forums Friday night

A bunch of local designers and directors, active in theater and the theme-park world, will take part in two designers’ forums Friday April 22 at Mad Cow Theatre. Both will benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in memory of Stephanie Girard, an art director and designer who died last year.

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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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Celery Ball coming up in Sanford

When was the last time you could say you’d been to a Celery Ball? Now’s your chance, because Creative Sanford is presenting its annual Masquerade Celery Ball at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at the Sanford Civic Center.

Proceeds go to a good cause — to support the production of Celery Soup, the Sanford oral-history project. The first installment, called Touch and Go, is onstage currently at the Princess Theater in downtown Sanford.

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Broadway performers to headline Orlando Phil’s Springs concert


Stephen Bogardus (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Broadway singers Stephen Bogardus and Patty Goble will headline the Orlando Philharmonic’s annual Springs concert May 7 in Longwood.


Bogardus is known for performances in lots of high-profile Broadway shows — especially for playing Whizzer in the original Broadway production of Falsettos (a role he created off-Broadway) and choreographer Gregory Mitchell in Terrence McNally’s Love! Valour! Compassion! Goble has appeared in the original casts of Curtains and Ragtime, among others, and has played Christine and Carlotta in The Phantom of the Opera.


Patty Goble (photo by Carol Rosegg)

Here’s the official word on the Springs concert, including bios of Bogardus and Gable.


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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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Taylor part of ‘Broadway Backwards’ fundraiser in NYC

Mark Richard Taylor, one of the owners of Winter Park’s Master Class Academy, was part of last weekend’s Broadway Backwards 6, a sold-out New York fundraiser that collected $281,243 for Broadway Cares/Equity Fight AIDS and the Center, a gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender community center in New York.

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GOAT to donate to help homeless and battered women

Read on for an update on GOAT’s attempts to help this charity and others:

Space to Grow, an organization that helps women and children by donating to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida and its Women’s Residential and Counseling Center, will benefit from some of the ticket money from Greater Orlando Actors Theatre’s current production of Aida.

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Fab Fringe fundraiser coming up this month

Here are the first details I’ve seen on this year’s Fab Fringe Fundraiser, celebrating the upcoming 20th annual Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. A lot of this sounds like fun, especially Sak Comedy Lab’s 20-minute look at Fringes past. Check it out:

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Tickets to go on sale for Sanford’s Celery Ball

Tickets go on sale next week for Sanford’s annual Celery Ball, which benefits the city’s Celery Soup oral history project, which will have further performances this spring. Details here:

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Theater auditions: Three Tod Kimbro shows

Here are audition notices for three different shows by writer Tod Kimbro — My Illustrious Wasteland, planned for March; a new version of Suckers at the Fringe and Media, planned for June:

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Fringe sets date for February fundraiser

Is it already time for the Fab Fringe Fundraiser? That musty mean that the Fringe itself — the 20th annual, this time around — is almost upon us.

I’ve reviewed all but one of those previous 19 Fringes and can hardly wait for the 20th. So here’s news of the fundraiser and, below that, a list of stuff the Fringe could use. Help these folks out if you can. It’s pretty much the most fun you can have legally in Orlando.

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Theatre Winter Haven holds beachy fundraiser

Here’s news of an upcoming fundraiser from Theatre Winter Haven:

Theatre Winter Haven Board of Trustees present:

11th Annual Gathering of Angels
Beach Boogie Bash

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Donations needed for Kate Singleton’s funeral

To those of you in the Central Florida theater community who knew Kate Singleton (and that’s most of you):

Avis-Marie Barnes is asking for donations to help pay for Kate’s memorial service and funeral expenses. Here’s Avis’s post on Facebook:

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Vocal auditions: Orlando Idol competition

Here’s an audition notice from Florida Opera Theatre for its Orlando Idol contest:

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Mad Cow show to benefit Coalition for Homeless

Thursday’s performance of Mad Cow Theatre’s She Stoops to Conquer will benefit the Coalition for the Homeless. It’s Mad Cow’s periodic Community Giving Night, when 20 percent of its ticket sales go to help a local charity.

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Theater auditions: ABBA benefit concert in Lakeland

Here’s a joint audition announcement from Theatre Winter Haven and Lakeland Community Theatre:

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Breakthrough to host rummage sale

Breakthrough Theatre is trying to move to larger quarters, and a rummage sale next week is aimed at helping the effort out:

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