Tag Archives: Central Florida

Mad Cow announces Sondheim opener for new theater

'A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte,' by Georges Seurat

Mad Cow Theatre is just hinting at what will make up its 15th season, which will start out in the two current theater spaces on Magnolia Avenue and move, in January 2012, to 54 W. Church St.

But they’ve opened up about one thing, and it’s a biggie: The musical opening the new theater spaces, from Jan. 27 to Feb. 19, 2012, is Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Sunday in the Park With George.

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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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Playwrights’ Round Table looking for new scripts

Playwrights’ Round Table needs new scripts for its annual John Goring Memorial One-Act Fest and for Fringe 2012. Here are the guidelines and further info:

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Robin Stamper joins Florida Opera Theatre

Florida Opera Theatre, the organization formed to try to revive and promote opera in Central Florida, has named Robin Stamper as its music director. The group previously named Frank McClain as artistic director. Here’s more:

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Lights dimmed on Broadway to honor Randall Wreghitt

Lights dimmed for Randall Wreghitt Thursday night at the Helen HayesJohn deHaas, a friend of Broadway producer Randall Wreghitt, sent me this photo of the lights dimmed last night at Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre in Randall’s memory.

A former Disney marketing guy and an actor in Central Florida’s theater community, Randall died Wednesday from complications of carbon-monoxide poisoning (apparently the result of a faulty heater in his apartment).

Randall has many other friends in Orlando theater, and we will miss him.

Visual Fringe looking for artists (and arts-lovers)

Anna McCambridge-Thomas, who produces the annual, unjuried visual-arts show at the Orlando Fringe, is looking for artists to participate. If you sell your work, you get all the proceeds (although there’s an entrance fee to be part of the show). Drop-off dates are May 13 and 14. Here’s the whole story from the festival:

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Architect’s hand to be lopped from arts center?

Barton Myers plan for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Interesting little snippet of a story today by Mark Schlueb in the Sentinel, in which Barton Myers, architect of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, worried that his design will be screwed up if it’s built the way planners are talking about it now.

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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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Tupperware makes donation to arts-center project

Tupperware Brands has pledged $500,000 to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts project — the second big gift the arts center has announced in a week. Last week Marc and Sharon Hagle promised the project $1.5 million, on top of a $1 million gift they made in 2007.

Tupperware also already pledged $1 million toward the center’s construction. Chairman and CEO Rick Goings also challenged other local corporations to step up and make major gifts.

Here’s the official word:

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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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