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Time to say goodbye

Today’s a day I never thought I’d see – the day I’m stowing away my critic’s shingle and hanging up my critic’s hat.

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Stay tuned — the songs of Alexander Sage Oyen

I was making my way into my almost-last Fringe show this past spring (Captain Discovery: The Edible Musical) when I was accosted, among the throng of eight or nine people crowding into a closet otherwise known as the Jamie Mykins Theater, by a young man wearing what looked something like a centurion’s helmet.

“I’ve got something for you,” he said, and he reached into his backpack and handed me a CD.

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Broadway actor Barbara Walsh gives a master class

Barbara Walsh

Broadway leading lady Barbara Walsh, who originated the role of Trina in the Broadway production of Falsettos in 1992 and played the acerbic Joanne in the 2007 revival of Company, comes to Orlando Sept. 10 and 11 to give a concert and present two master classes, for high-schoolers and adults, at Tim Evanicki’s Starving Artist Studios.

Walsh, 56, has played a host of interesting roles, both on Broadway and in major regional theaters: Francesca in the first Broadway production of Nine; Mrs. Baskin, the main character’s mother, in the 1996 Broadway version of Big; Desirée in A Little Night Music at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse; Mother in the Chicago production of Ragtime; Edith Beale and Little Edie in Grey Gardens at Washington, D.C.’s Studio Theatre; Maria Callas in Master Class at Baltimore’s Center Stage.  She is married to Jack Cummings III, artistic director of the New York theater company Transport Group, who also will give two master classes at Starving Artist Studios Sept. 10.

Walsh talked to me about studying and teaching theater and about the roles that has meant the most to her. Here’s an edited version of our talk:

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Theater review: ‘The Understudy’ at Mad Cow

By Elizabeth Maupin
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Michele Feren, Brian Brightman and Josh Geoghagan in 'The Understudy' (photo courtesy of Mad Cow Theatre)

There’s something more than a little Kafkaesque about The Understudy. And it’s not just that, in the play-within-a-play at the center of Theresa Rebeck’s 2008 comedy, the scenery has a way of rolling in and out for no apparent reason and the sound and lighting have a way of switching on and off of their own free will.

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Opera auditions: Florida Opera Theatre’s ‘Il Barbiere di Seviglia’

Here’s an audition notice from Florida Opera Theatre:

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IceHouse reconfigures its season

The IceHouse Theatre’s renovations — largely an expanded lobby and other public space — won’t be done by the end of the summer as the theater had planned. So the theater’s 64th season will start in November. Here’s news on the changes:

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Actor needed for ‘A Wonderful Life’

An audition notice from Southern Winds Theatre:

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Theater auditions: ‘Incorruptible’ in Eustis

Here’s an audition notice for Incorruptible, by Michael Hollinger, author of Opus:

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Fringe posts requirements for new producer

The Orlando Fringe, in case you haven’t heard, is looking for a new producer. Here’s the job description for anyone who’s interested in applying:

Position: Festival Producer
Status: Contract, 9‐months seasonal
Reports to: Board of Directors
Compensation: $30,000 ‐ $35,000

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More cabaret shows planned for Winter Park Playhouse

A bunch of familiar Central Florida musical-theater people have signed on for cabaret shows this summer and fall at Winter Park Playhouse:

  • Heather Alexander and Laura Hodos, Aug. 10 and 11 (corrected dates).
  • Kevin Kelly and Kate O’Neal, Sept. 22 and 23.
  • Natalie Cordone, Oct. 26 and 27.
  • Brian and Melissa Minyard, Nov. 10 and 11.

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Theater auditions: ‘The Full Monty’ in Winter Haven

Here’s an audition notice from Theatre Winter Haven:

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Breakthrough plans an anniversary party

Here’s news on the second-anniversary party for Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park:

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Theater auditions: Spotlight Theatre’s ‘Dracula Rock Show’ and ‘The Christmas Miracle’

Here are two separate audition notices from Spotlight Theatre:

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The show must go on

Selena Ayumi Bass and Roger Floyd in 'Rashomon' (photo by Tom Hurst/Mad Cow Theatre)

Congratulations to the cast of Mad Cow’s Rashomon, director Michael Marinaccio and especially actors Ryan Gigliotti and Mark Edward Smith for showing what theater people can be made of.

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Theater auditions: ‘Dracula’ in Eustis

Here’s an audition notice from the Bay Street Players:

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Theater auditions: Renegade’s ‘Oedipus for Kids!’

Here’s an audition notice from Renegade Theater:

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Theater auditions: TheatreWorks Florida’s ‘Little Shop of Horrors’

Here’s an early audition notice for Little Shop of Horrors, to be performed at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden:

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Theater auditions: Beth Marshall Presents, round 2

Beth Marshall Presents is having another round of auditions for its coming season and is particularly looking for actors to fill several specific roles:

The Diviners:

  • Looking for a young male actor with strong acting chops that can play a mentally challenged character age 14-17 years. (Lead Role- Buddy). (Equity/Non-Equity)

Prop 8:

  • We need 1 Asian female actor age 40+ and 1 Asian male actor age 40+ and many male/female actors ages 50+ of ALL ethnicities. (Equity/Non-Equity)

Here’s the complete audition notice:

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Dr. Phillips Center gets a boost (and aims to build a concert hall)

Artist's frendering of the Dr. Phillips Center

Davis Gaines, who’s on the board of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, forwarded me this email from Richard Russell, who’s in charge of raising the money to get the center built.

Some of it is from the favorable press the center got during last week’s groundbreaking. And some of it is more encouraging to fans of the project — that the center’s proponents are trying now to go ahead and raise the money to build the shell of the concert hall that will complete the project. That would make us fans of classical music, dance and opera very, very happy. Here’s Richard:

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Time for a theater potluck

Has it been almost a year since the last theater-community potluck? Yes, it has, and it’s well past time for us to get together one again.

So put on your high-heeled sneakers, bring something to eat and join us at 7:30 p.m. Sunday July 24 at the Abbey, the new theater space in the Sanctuary condo building at 100 S. Eola Drive, just one block south of Lake Eola.

The Sanctuary

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