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Dr. Phillips Center gets another $1-million gift

Chuck and Lynn Steinmetz, an Orlando couple who pledged $1 million to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in 2007, have pledged another $1 million.

Chuck Steinmetz recently joined the Dr. Phillips Center board of directors. He was the longtime owner of Middleton Lawn & Pest Control, which he sold to Massey Services in 2005.

This week the Steinmetzes also pledged $5 million to the University of Florida to create five new permanent endowments in UF’s Department of Entomology and Nematology. The couple live in Winter Park.

Theatre Winter Haven offers prize for kids

Theatre Winter Haven Academy is offering a talent contest called the Brightest Star for Polk County kids 9-18. Applications are due Feb. 15.

Here are the guidelines for the competition. You can download them here, and you can download the application form here.

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Theater auditions: PlayFest at Orlando Shakes

Here’s the audition notice for PlayFest:

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Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ gets its reviews

After 2-1/2 months of previews and three opening nights postponed, theater critics from the country’s major newspapers have stepped in and written their reviews of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the $65-million musical that has become a running joke on Broadway.

And the word is not good.

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Theater auditions: ‘The Ritz’ in Eustis

An audition notice from the Bay Street Players in Eustis:

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Orlando Fringe needs you for its 20th-reunion photo

It’s the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival’s 20th anniversary this year. Some of us remember it when it was just a baby, and we remember when you didn’t have to put “Theatre” in its name because we all knew there was a whole lot of theater going on.

Anyway, the celebrations are already starting, and one of them is a so-called class picture to fit in with this year’s theme, which is the 20th high-school reunion.

The group photo is being shot at 4:30 p.m. Monday Feb. 7 in front of the Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Loch Haven Park. Any Fringe fans are welcome.

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Theater auditions: ‘When Bullfrogs Sing Opera’ in Ocala

An audition notice for a show at the Ocala Civic Theatre:

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Theater review: ‘Chicago’ at Theatre Downtown

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

When it comes to style over substance, Chicago beats most musicals hands down. Of course, that’s the point of Chicago, in a high-energy revival at Theatre Downtown – that corruption and murder are fine with us Americans as long as they’re handled with flair.

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United Arts wants you to talk to your (new) Congressperson

As of this week, most of us have new representatives in Congress, and United Arts thinks it’s never too early to try to twist their arms. Here’s how:

Help Educate the Largest Congressional Freshman Class in Decades About THE ARTS!

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Sondheim talks (and talks, and talks …)

Stephen Sondheim, now 80 and in a ruminative mood, is pushing a new book called Finishing the Hat, in which he writes about his lyrics, and others’.

Yesterday he spoke with Terry Gross on NPR‘s Fresh Air about the book. You can read about the interview here and listen here.

How well does Florida support the arts?

The short answer? Not very well, to put it politely.

Florida now ranks 49th out of 50 states in per capita funding for the arts. For each one of you reading this, the Sunshine State is spending a nickel a year on the arts.

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Cultural-arts job available

Here’s a job posting:

Prodigy Studio Assistant

Prodigy cultural arts program seeks a studio assistant for part-time work in the Orlando area.

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Dance auditions: Empty Spaces’ ‘Phantasmagoria’

Here’s an audition notice for dancers for Empty Spaces Theatre Co.’s October show:

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Auditions: Baggy Pants’ ‘Robber Bridegroom’

An audition notice for a new company, Baggy Pants Theater, which performs at H2O Church on West Livingston Street in downtown Orlando:

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Improv Festival to hold a day of workshops

Note: These workshops will be at Neon Forest Gallery, 1741 S. Orange Ave., Orlando.

Aspiring improv comedians may want to take a lesson or two from the day of workshops to be held as part of the new Orlando Improv Festival Sept. 19.

The lineup for the workshop includes Atlanta’s Ian Covell (a founding member of Orlando’s late, lamented Them), Boston’s Will Luera, Seattle’s Jed Rose and Sak Comedy Lab’s Chris Dinger.

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Local theaters branch out? Well, not so much.

Every year American Theatre magazine publishes a list of the 10 most widely produced shows of the coming season — and most years that list is a look at what’s new and interesting and not so well-known. Granted, a small-cast Pulitzer-winner from a season or so before is likely to get a lot of productions across the country. But, besides A Christmas Carol and the plays of Shakespeare, you’re sure to see a lot of titles on that list that are just trying out their wings.

Not so much in Central Florida, where I just took a semi-systematic look at what’s scheduled for the 2010-2011 season and found a whole lot of same old, same old. The most popular playwright among the 60-plus theaters across Central Florida this season? Neil Simon, who’s now 83 years old and who hasn’t turned out a really good play (forgive me, but it’s true) in nearly 20 years.

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Auditions: Singers to tour Florida

Here’s an audition notice from David Chernault:

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Auditions: ‘Rocky Horror’ at Theatre Downtown

Here’s an audition notice from Theatre Downtown:

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Faith Prince officially in ‘Billy Elliot’ tour

As we heard over the weekend, Faith Prince is out of the Orlando Philharmonic/Mad Cow Guys and Dolls because she’s joining the national tour of Billy Elliot as the dance teacher, Mrs. Wilkinson. The official word came today.

Theater review: ‘Let’s Face the Music — A Tribute to Fred Astaire’

It doesn’t take long in Let’s Face the Music — A Tribute to Fred Astaire for audience members to start grinning.

That collective grin begins when Astaire, in the person of Winter Park Playhouse’s Roy Alan, begins to dance his first number, “Top Hat, White Tie and Tails.”

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