Category Archives: Fundraisers

GOAT boasts Grammy nominee at its Halloween show

Two-time Grammy nominee Elsten Torres will perform at Greater Orlando Actors Theatre’s Halloween celebration, called GOAT Resurrection, Saturday Oct. 30 at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

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Pointe Performing Arts raises bucks for GLB community center

The Pointe Performing Arts Center raised more than $700 for the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida (otherwise known as the Center) last weekend with a performance of Torch Song Trilogy. Harvey Fierstein‘s trilogy of one-acts tell the story of a gay man named Arnold Beckoff, a drag queen dealing with love and loss in 1970s and ’80s New York.

The show continues through Nov. 14.

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‘The Maids’ to give to Ovarian Cancer Alliance

It’s community-giving night again at Mad Cow Theatre, this time at Thursday’s performance of The Maids.  Twenty percent of all single-ticket sales will go to the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Florida.

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Tony-winner Karen Olivo to perform in Winter Haven

Karen Olivo, a Tony Award winner for her role as Anita in the current Broadway revival of West Side Story, will return to her old stomping grounds in November with an appearance at Theatre Winter Haven, where she was active as a teenager.

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Marshall plans mini-festival

Beth Marshall, the producing artistic director of the Orlando Fringe and also producer of local theater under the name Beth Marshall Presents, has put together a weekend-long festival of shows she plans to tour on next summer’s US and Canadian Fringe circuit.

Called Bethfest 2010 and set for Oct. 22-24, the weekend will feature a bunch of Orlando-based performers — Rob Ward, Chase Padgett, Dewey Chaffee, Douglas McGeoch, Jessica Mariko — along with visiting Fringe artists Paul Strickland (A Brighter Shade of Blue) and Rob Gee (Fruitcakes).

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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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Yow Dance to hold benefit this weekend

It’s fundraising season, and Yow Dance is holding its third annual gala fundraiser Saturday night at Tim’s Wine Market, 1223 N. Orange Ave., Orlando.

Here are all the facts:

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Arts benefit to help World Food Program

Dancers, painters, poets and others will be part of an Arts Against Hunger benefit Saturday night at SWI Photographers on Michigan Street just south of downtown Orlando. Proceeds will go to the United Nations World Food Program.

Among the participants: The Center for Contemporary Dance, painter R.V. (Robin van Arsdol), the Poetry Vending Machine, the Pottery Syndicate and a lot of others.

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See ‘Company’ and help a good cause

Here’s another good reason to see Company, the terrific revival at Mad Cow Theatre: If you go on Thursday night, Sept. 16, 20 percent of your ticket money goes to Equality Florida, the statewide organization that’s trying to eliminate discrimination based on sexual orientation, race, gender and class.

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Shakespeare gala to open season

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For those of you who are able, here’s a swell big-ticket event to usher in the new Orlando Shakespeare Theater season. The annual gala is at 5 p.m. Sunday evening, with lots of food and drink, auctions and a preview of the season’s first show, The 39 Steps.

Arts patron Alan H. Ginsburg will serve as the auctioneer for the live auction.

Here’s the official word. (Note: While this press release says the event is black tie, my invitation says cocktail attire. Now you know.)

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Art-show proceeds to help out United Arts

Here’s a way to help out United Arts: Check out the art show called Seed the Forest, scheduled for Saturday night at Neon Forest Gallery on South Orange Avenue, between Miller and Kaley streets.

Raffle tickets will enter you in a drawing to win free artwork from the local artists in the show — and a portion of the proceeds go to United Arts.

Here’s more:

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O’Shakes holds wine tasting at Total Wine

This sounds like a swell way to while away a summer evening — tasting wine at Total Wine and helping out Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the process.

It’s an event hosted by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Ambassadors, a new group that’s trying to get the name of Orlando Shakes out into the community. The wine tasting is set for 6 Thursday night, and if you get tickets in advance they’re $20 — $25 at the door.

Here’s more:

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater announces summer wine tasting at Total Wine & More

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF has announced a new wine and culinary event at Total Wine & More on August 26, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

Hosted by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Ambassadors, this special event will benefit the incoming 2010-2011 intern/apprentice class at Orlando Shakes. Guests will enjoy a guided tour of five tasting stations by Total Wine’s knowledgeable wine team plus a beer tasting station.  Virgin Olive Market will provide appetizers from its popular menu to complement the wines. Discounts on the wines provided for tasting will be offered that evening.

To purchase tickets, please call the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Box Office at 407-447-1700 or online at Space is limited and participants must be 21 years of age or over.  For more information, contact Ambassador’s President April Montgomery at or 407-423-7656.

What:    Summer Wine Tasting to benefit intern/apprentice class of 2010-2011

Where:     Total Wine on Colonial Ave.
2712 East Colonial Drive,
Orlando, FL 32803

When:     August 26, 2010 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tickets:     Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.
Box Office: (407) 447-1700 or online at

GOAT makes opening a Fringe fundraiser

I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves to see theater groups helping each other out, so here’s good news for everybody involved. Greater Orlando Actors Theatre’s opening night of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s) — set for this Thursday night — will be a fundraiser for the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival.

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Buy a book and help Mad Cow

Here’s a way to help Mad Cow Theatre and yourself at the same time — just buy a book (or 10) and you both win.

Shop at Borders  August 23-24, 2010 and give back to Mad Cow Theatre!

We are thrilled to announce that Mad Cow Theatre is holding a Benefit Days event with Borders. Borders understands the vital need for community fundraising, particularly in these financially difficult times.

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It’s Red Chair time (does that mean it’s almost fall?)

With the Red Chair Affair almost upon us, the 2010-2011 arts season can’t be far behind.

But right now is time for you to get your tickets to Red Chair, a preview to some of the best that the Orlando arts season will have to offer. And it’s time to bid on a red chair for your very own self, to help raise money for the Arts & Cultural Alliance, will provides support for, you guessed it, local arts and culture.

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Coming up: Red Chair, Shakespeare Gala, Improv Fest

It’s only the middle of July, but you ought to be filling up your calendar for August and September, when the arts season unofficially gets under way. (I hadn’t noticed it stopping for the summer, but that’s another story.)

Anyway, the self-proclaimed start of the arts season is the Red Chair Affair, set for Aug. 28. Then there’s the Orlando Shakespeare Theater Gala and the Orlando Improv Festival, both set for September. Here’s news about all three – first, Red Chair:

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This and that from the Fringe

Here, minus the pretty graphics, is the latest newsletter from the Fringe, including (at the bottom) its drive to raise $20 from a whole lot of people to support itself in its 20th-anniversary year. If you’ve got $20, think about giving it to the Fringe.


July is officially here! It is a busy month at Fringe. We are getting ready to launch our applications for the 20th Annual Orlando Fringe, which will be available online September 1, 2010.

Today is the official Kick-Off of the $20 for Fringe 20 campaign. Please share this information with your friends and family!

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For a memory of Fringe …

No question, maybe the biggest surprise hit of Fringe — for those of us lucky enough to have seen it — was Dog Powered Robot, the packing-box-and-Pomeranian duo devised by Evan Miga and starring, some nights, in the grab-bag show Creative Mind Experiment.

Now you can hold onto your memories of Fringe in your own Dog Powered Robot T-shirt — and $1 of the proceeds from each shirt will go to the Humane Society.

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Are you a friend of PlayFest? Prove it.

Patrick Flick sends along a way to help out Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s PlayFest and the National New Play Network, which develops new plays for regional theaters across the country.

Here’s your chance to win big, help PlayFest, the National New Play Network and Orlando Shakespeare Theater!

The National New Play Network (of which Orlando Shakes is a member) is holding a raffle for a $10,000 airline pass on American Airlines!  These are not “air miles” but an actual $10,000 account you can use in any combination you like, to go anywhere American flies.  Tickets are $50 each and there will only be a maximum of 1300 tickets sold by NNPN member theatres.  You also will receive free tickets to any NNPN member theatre you may choose to visit on your travels!

To purchase a ticket (or tickets) simply go to;, and click on the “Donate” button in the lower right-hand corner.  This will take you to NNPN’s PayPal site.  Use your credit card on this safe site to make your donation, which will translate into your raffle ticket.  Tickets are $50 each; so make a donation based on the number of tickets you would like.  IN the instructions to seller, MAKE SURE you type “ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER” (to ensure Orlando Shakes is credited).  Only type those three aforementioned words.

Your donation is tax-deductible and will be going towards a worthy cause – new play development!  Proceeds are split between NNPN and Orlando Shakes.  The drawing will be held on June 12 at NNPN’s annual convening.  The winner will be notified shortly thereafter.

Once you have made your contribution, please inform me via email as well at  Thanks and Good Luck!

Patrons’ Picks: Here are all of them

I’m a little late to the party: Many of these Patrons’ Picks were announced yesterday, when I was at the Fringe all day and night and couldn’t get to my computer to post them.

For those of you who don’t know, the Patrons’ Picks shows at the Fringe are those that sold the most tickets in their respective venues and are awarded a final show on Monday, Memorial Day, before they pack up for next year.

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