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Theater review: GOAT’s ‘Aida’

By Elizabeth Maupin
Elizabeth Maupin on Theater

Twenty years ago, if you wanted to see a new(ish) musical in Orlando, you’d have at least a couple of choices. But nowadays, with the deaths of Orlando’s long-lived community and dinner theaters, it’s not so easy. You can drive 20 or 30 or 40 miles to one of the small-town community theaters in outlying areas. Or you can turn to a little company like Greater Orlando Actors Theatre, which, with productions of such shows as Rent and Jekyll & Hyde, is trying mightily to step into the breach.

With Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida, GOAT is playing to its strengths – finding casts full of big-voiced young actors and letting them raise the roof. That’s Aida’s forte, but it’s also Aida’s weakness. With so much belting, the musical’s charms have no room to breathe.

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Theater folks coming to speak at Rollins

There’s a string of theater people at work at Rollins in the next few months, and an actual bevy of them here in the next couple of weeks. All of them will be interacting with students and with the public — and my experience has been with Rollins visitors in the past has been that if you possibly can make it to hear these people, you should. All of the public events are free.

Let’s start with this weekend and move onward: