Category Archives: Other arts

Jazz trio added to Cabaret Festival lineup

Mad Cow Theatre, with the cooperation of the Consulate of Mexico, has added the Javier Nandayapa Trio to the lineup of the upcoming Orlando Cabaret Festival. The trio will give a free concert May 4 at Mad Cow.

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‘X Factor’ to audition in Miami

Those of you who follow Simon Cowell may be interested in these auditions for The X Factor in Miami:

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Singers needed for Sea World flash mob

Here’s a note from David Chernault:

SeaWord is looking for singers for a “flash mob” choir celebrating the Grand Opening of its new Shamu Show “One Ocean”!

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Dr. Phillips center receives another big gift

Deborah Sciarrino

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced another million-dollar gift today — this one from Winter Park residents Michael and Deborah Sciarrino.

This gift is notable because it comes from somebody who isn’t already on the arts center’s board — and that’s meaningful because it indicates that the arts-center folks are actually getting their message out, something that hasn’t seemed to be happening in recent months.

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Theater review: ‘Shout! The Mod Musical’

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

Candace Neal, Heather Alexander, Kate Zaloumes, Natalie Cordone and Sarah-Lee Dobbs in 'Shout! The Mod Musical'

You can call yourself a child of the ‘60s and mean that you care about social justice, that you thrilled to the words of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King and that you sang along with Woody, Bob and Joan.

Or you can call yourself a child of the ‘60s and mean something entirely different – that you remember Mary Quant and Twiggy, that you wore your share of miniskirts and shiny vinyl boots, that you know all the words to “Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got a Lovely Daughter” and that songs like “Wishin’ and Hopin’” and “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” were the anthems of your teenage years.

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Sarah Purser chosen Orlando Idol


Sarah Purser

Sarah Purser, a graduate student in music at UCF, won Florida Opera Theatre’s Orlando Idol competition Sunday night at Trinity Prep.

Purser, 28, was selected by a panel of judges made up of soprano Susan Neves, jazz singer and bandleader Michael Andrew and Rudi Cleare, managing director of the Negro Spiritual Scholarship Foundation.

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Auditions for singers for corporate events

Here’s an audition notice from David Chernault:

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Auditions: Online TV show

Here’s an audition notice from Michael Wanzie for an online TV show on stirfryTV:

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Arts-education center puts on talent contest for kids

Here’s a way for kids to win some bucks from the Orange County Arts Education Center — if they’ve got a talent to display:

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Casting notice: TV and pizza

Here’s a casting notice (sounds like an infomercial) from Heinz Productions:

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Auditions: Arts Alive in Osceola County

Here’s an audition notice for high-school students in Osceola County:

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‘Wicked’ headed for TV

All I can say about this story is: Eight hours of Wicked? Holy crap.

Tracy McCoy takes job at Gateway

Tracy McCoy, who has worked for both the Athens Theatre and the Sands Theater Center in DeLand, has been given the job of running the 2-year-old Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary. She takes over from Sandra Wilson, the artist who persuaded the town to build the Gateway Center as a place for residents to enjoy the arts.

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News you can use

Here’s a rundown of news and announcements that happened while I was away for the holidays:

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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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Actress/puppeteer needed

Here’s a note from Jeffrey Ault:

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Ooera auditions: ‘La Boheme’ for Mad Cow and the Orlando Philharmonic

An audition notice for the next collaboration between the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and Mad Cow Theatre:

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Garden Theatre plans music-tribute series

This isn’t strictly theater,  but some theater names are attached to this upcoming series of tribute concerts planned for the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden:

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A nice treat for the holidays

The producers of Dickens by Candlelight (that would be the Olson family, Terry and Robin) are offering a sweet deal for Christmas plays.

Just bring your ticket from one of the other Christmas shows around town to a performance of Dickens by Candlelight, and you’ll get $5 off.

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Frank McClain appointed to direct local opera group

Good news here: Frank McClain, who is well-known for directing both theater and opera in Orlando, has been named artistic director of Florida Opera Theatre, an Orlando group formed from members of Orlando Opera guild and others after the death of the Orlando Opera.

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