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I’m putting together a list of Central Florida theater folk whom we have lost, and I need your help.
I’m hoping that all of you will remember theater friends of yours, or local theater people you’ve admired, who’ve died in the past 25 years or so, and forward me their names (and when they died, if you remember that).
I posted this obituary to my Facebook page the other day but neglected to put it here. My sympathies go to Albert and to Terry’s family and friends:
Terry Newby always had a smile on his face.
It should come as no surprise to those who knew him that the quote on his Facebook page is “To be lucky you must work at making opportunities.” Terry believed in making the best of life, and he worked hard at it.
“He always brought the positive side of life to every situation,” said Albert Ramirez-Newby, his partner of 9½ years. “He was so loving, and he was always in a great mood.”
I’m sorry to have to report the death early this week of Terry Newby, a veteran Orlando actor and theater fan, who had fought a long bout with cancer.
Terry was a teacher who acted on many Orlando-area stages over the years, including at Civic Theatre of Central Florida, the Osceola Center for the Arts and the old Celebrity Dinner Theatre (an early ’80s business where downtown’s Beauchamp Theatre is now).
He also was a big fan of the Orlando Fringe, and I used to see him and his husband, Albert Ramirez-Newby, in line for Fringe shows countless times every May. The two of them were always eager to pass along their tips for good shows and to hear the word of mouth on what the best Fringe bets were likely to be.
All my best wishes to Albert and to all Terry’s friends in Orlando theater and elsewhere. We all will miss him.
For those of you who have been around Orlando theater for a long time, I just heard from Tim DeBaun that Skip Shulte, the technical director at the old Civic Theatre, has died.
I have no details. If anyone knows anything more, could you let the rest of us know?
Here’s news of a celebration in Eustis this weekend in memory of Julia Vatter, the young Bay Street Theatre volunteer who was killed in a car accident last summer.
Julia’s Chairs – A Musical Celebration
It’s quite special and a wonderful tribute to Julia Vatter. The story about Julia’s Chairs: Julia is honored by all who know her or have heard about her by setting “Julia’s chair” backstage at theater productions across the United (and eventually around the world).
Lots of people in the Orlando arts community knew Philip Bishop, who taught humanities at Valencia Community College and reviewed the visual arts for the Orlando Sentinel.
I didn’t know him well, but I loved reading what he wrote about art.
Here’s a nice tribute to Philip from my former editor, Kim Marcum.
I’m sorry to have to report the death of Dave Young, the electrical-engineering guru whose Theatre Support Systems furnished lots of tech equipment — as well as loads of help — to Civic Theatre of Central Florida and Orlando Shakespeare Theater in the 1980s and ’90s.
I suspect lots of you knew Dave and his wife Nancy, who worked with him. They moved to Bend, Oregon, where their daughter Jessica lives, not long ago. Dave died Saturday of cancer.
Here’s a note from Janine Papin about the late Jonathan May, the conductor, teacher and cellist who died suddenly Feb. 27 at the age of 51. Trinity Prep, where he taught, will dedicate its production of The Mikado to him. That show runs March 26-28. (Further information is below.)
From time to time we realize that we have been in the presence of excellence. And it’s not until someone is suddenly gone that we realize just how lucky we were, for that brief instant, to know and experience that special someone who was larger than life. On Thursday, March 4, members of the Orlando community gathered at Northland Church in Longwood, Florida to celebrate the life of Jonathan May, a man described by family and loved ones as “magical,” committed to leaving the legacy of music to all he came in contact with throughout his musical teaching career.