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 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.
Posted in Arts education, Auditions, Awards, Children's theater, Community theater, Orlando theater, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Audition, Theatre, theatre winter haven, Winter Haven Florida
Here’s the audition notice for PlayFest:
Posted in Auditions, New plays, Orlando theater, Readings, Regional theater, Workshops
Tagged #arts, Auditions, harriett lake festival of new plays, Orlando Florida, orlando shakespeare theater, playfest, University of Central Florida
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.
Posted in Broadway, Critics, New plays, New York theater, Reviews, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Ben Brantley, Broadway theatre, charles mcnulty, Chris Jones, Green Goblin, Julie Taymor, Performing Arts, Peter Marks, Spider-Man, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Steven Suskin, Theatre
An audition notice from the Bay Street Players in Eustis:
Posted in Auditions, Community theater, Orlando theater, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Audition, bay street players, eustis, florida, Performing Arts, Terrence McNally, The Ritz, Theatre
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.
An audition notice for a show at the Ocala Civic Theatre:
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.
Posted in Community theater, Orlando theater, Reviews, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Bob Fosse, chicago, Musical theatre, Roxie Hart, steve mackinnon, Theatre, theatre downtown, Velma Kelly
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!
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.
Posted in Broadway, Celebrities, New York theater, Playwrights
Tagged #arts, Finishing the Hat, Lorenz Hart, National Public Radio, Oscar Hammerstein II, stephen sondheim, Sunday in the Park with George, Terry Gross
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.
Here’s a job posting:
Prodigy Studio Assistant
Prodigy cultural arts program seeks a studio assistant for part-time work in the Orlando area.
Here’s an audition notice for dancers for Empty Spaces Theatre Co.’s October show:
An audition notice for a new company, Baggy Pants Theater, which performs at H2O Church on West Livingston Street in downtown Orlando:
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.
Posted in Comedy, Improv, Orlando theater, Theater festivals, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Comedy, Improvisation, Improvisational, Improvisational theatre, orlando improv festival, Performing Arts, Sak Comedy Lab, Theatre, TheatreSports
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.
Posted in Community theater, Orlando theater, Playwrights, Shakespeare, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Joe DiPietro, Mel Brooks, Richard Rodgers, stephen sondheim, Theatre, Young Frankenstein
Here’s an audition notice from David Chernault:
Here’s an audition notice from Theatre Downtown:
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.
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.”
Posted in Orlando theater, Regional theater, Reviews, Uncategorized
Tagged #arts, Adele Astaire, Cole Porter, Dance, Face the Music, fred astaire, Ginger Rogers, Irving Berlin, let's face the music -- a tribute to fred astaire, roy alan, winter park playhouse