Category Archives: Orlando theater

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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Dennis Neal to play Louis Armstrong in world-premiere play

Dennis Neal

Orlando actor Dennis Neal will star as legendary jazzman Louis Armstrong in the world-premiere production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, author and Wall Street Journal theater critic Terry Teachout’s play based on his biography Pops: A Life of Louis Armstrong.

Rus Blackwell will direct the play, which will have its first production at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando Sept. 15-Oct. 2.

Neal, who has acted extensively around Central Florida (most recently as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol at the Garden Theatre and in Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Shotgun), also will play Joe Glaser, Armstrong’s controversial manager, in the play about Armstrong’s final performance before his death.

Here’s information about the folks involved, who also include designer William Elliot:

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Theater auditions: ‘Dixie Swim Club’ in DeLand

An audition notice from the Sands Theater Company:

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Theater auditions: ‘The Graduate’ in Titusville

Here’s an audition notice from the Titusville Playhouse:

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Theater auditions: ‘Hairspray’ in Cocoa Village

Here’s an audition notice from the Cocoa Village Playhouse:

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Theater auditions: Staged readings on AIDS in Lake County

Here’s an audition notice from an LGBT group in Lake County:

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L.A. Acting Workshop needs an assistant

Here’s a job notice from L.A. Acting Workshop:

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‘Ragtime’ still needs one small boy

Here’s a note from Don Hopkinson, musical director of Ragtime in Concert:

Still seeking a young male actor to portray Little Boy in Ragtime in Concert. Age 9- 12, vocalizing to a mid-staff “D.” The show opens in 3 weeks and I need to fill this role ASAP. Thanks, everyone!! Contact Don Hopkinson on Facebook, or

Theater audition: Beth Marshall seeks lead for ‘The Diviners’

Beth Marshall Presents is still looking for a young man to play the lead role of Buddy in The Diviners:

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Orlando Shakes announces ‘Earnest’ cast

Philip Nolen

Orlando actor Philip Nolen — known for such shows as Guys and Dolls, Amadeus and The Big Bang, as well as for his work at Disney — will play the larger-than-life Lady Bracknell in Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy The Importance of Being Earnest, Orlando Shakespeare Theater has announced.

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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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Theater auditions: ‘Twelve Angry Men’ at Breakthrough

Here’s an audition notice from Breakthrough Theatre:

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Orlando Fringe names 2011-2012 board

Here’s a look at the board for the upcoming year at the Fringe:

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Gentlemen (and ladies), start your crockpots

Just a reminder that the next theater-community potluck is just a week away. It’s set for 7:30 p.m. (note the new time) Sunday July 24 at the Abbey, the new theater space at 100 S. Eola Drive in the Sanctuary condominium building.

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Theater auditions: One male for Orlando Shakes rotating rep

Orlando Shakespeare Theater needs one non-Equity male for its rotating repertory of Romeo and Juliet and Cymbeline. Here’s the audition notice:

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New season announces at Seminole State

Here’s the upcoming theater season at Seminole State College’s Fine Arts Theatre:

Theater auditions: ‘Woman From the Sea’ in Titusville

An audition announcement from the Titusville Playhouse:

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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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Robin Jensen joins Florida Opera Theatre

Robin Jensen

Robin Jensen, an Orlando Opera alum and a frequent collaborator at Mad Cow Theatre, is joining Florida Opera Theatre as its director of youth programs. Robin is also artistic director for UCF’s opera program and head of the music program at New School Preparatory Orlando.

Auditions for Florida Opera Theatre’s will be in late August. Watch here for more info on that as the time gets closer.

Here’s more on Robin:

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Jester cancels first season offering

Diana Hopkins of Jester Theater Company writes with the news that the company has to cancel its first planned production of the season, the Labor Day Laugh-Along. Here’s Diana:

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