Category Archives: Theme parks

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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Bruun leaving Disney World for Disneyland

Alan Bruun

Alan Bruun, one of the founders of Mad Cow Theatre and the artistic director there for most of its 14-year history, is moving to southern California to work as creative director of entertainment at Disneyland.

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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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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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Hard Rock unveils fringe pin

The Hard Rock Cafe will unveil the winning design for its Orlando Fringe commemorative pin Feb. 15 at a public party, with free food and a cash bar. Find out the winner of the recent contest, and you’ll be able to prove your true Fringe fanaticism by ordering one for yourself. Here’s more:

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Disney theater seats gone, but there’s more

Congratulations to Trish Thompson of Creative Sanford (that’s the organization that’s producing the community-wide theater/oral history project called Celery Soup) for snapping up the Disney theater seats that Cheryl Boza of Disney community relations made available last week.

But Boza points out that Disney has other ways to help out arts groups, and she has sent along an email asking for your wish lists and suggesting you apply for some Disney grants. Here’s Cheryl:

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Theater seats available

Here’s a note from Cheryl Boza at Disney. Sounds like a bonanza for a theater group:

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In memoriam: Terry Newby, 1951-2010

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.”

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