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L.A. Acting Workshop needs an assistant

Here’s a job notice from L.A. Acting Workshop:

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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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Theater auditions: ‘Avenue Q’ at Theatre Downtown

Here’s an impending audition for Avenue Q from Theatre Downtown:

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Good news for Orlando’s arts-center project

Orlando’s planned performing-arts center project received good news Wednesday: It’s a go, and construction is likely to start in June.

Here’s the story from the Orlando Sentinel’s Mark Schlueb and David Damron.

Theater auditions: ‘History Boys’ and ‘Steel Magnolias’

FantasyLand Theatrical, which performs on International Drive, will hold auditions this weekend for The History Boys and Steel Magnolias:

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Theater Auditions: ‘Forum’ at Mad Cow

Here’s an audition notice for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, to be directed by Katrina Ploof at Mad Cow Theatre:

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$20 tickets available for ‘Virginia Woolf’

Mad Cow Theatre is offering $20 tickets for the remaining four performances of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? — at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday Feb. 24-26 and 2:30 p.m. Sunday Feb. 27.

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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.

Mad Cow announces a new play, shifts its schedule

Freud’s Last Session, a current off-Broadway hit, will fill the remaining to-be-announced slot in Mad Cow Theatre’s current season. The show, by playwright Mark St. Germain (Camping With Henry and Tom) will be presented March 11-April 3 in Mad Cow’s smaller theater, Stage Right.

The play tells the story of a meeting between Sigmund Freud and the much younger academic C.S. Lewis, who expects to be scolded for making fun of Freud in a recent book but finds out that the famous psychoanalyst has a more significant reason for wanting to meet.

St. Germain’s play had its premiere in Massachusetts in 2009 and opened off-Broadway last summer. Despite having to close in December because its theater was booked for another play, Freud’s Last Session proved to be so popular with audiences that the play reopened in January.

Because of scheduling for Freud’s Last Session, Mad Cow is juggling some of the remainder of its season. Here’s the new schedule:

  • Freud’s Last Session, March 11-April 3, Stage Right.
  • Circle Mirror Transformation, March 18-April 17, Stage Left (dates have shifted).
  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, June 10-July 10, Stage Left (dates remain the same).
  • Rashomon, June 17-July 10, Stage Right (dates have shifted).
  • Legacy of Light, July 29-Aug. 28, Stage Left (dates remain the same).
  • The Understudy, Aug. 5-28, Stage Right (dates remain the same).

Details: 407-297-8788 Ext. 1 or madcowtheatre.com.

City agreement today will help Mad Cow move to new home

Orlando’s city council approved an agreement Monday afternoon that will help make it possible for Mad Cow Theatre to establish a new home on the second floor of 54 W. Church St., the downtown retail space that was once home to Hooters.

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Six days in February: Sak makes its move

Here’s my final story as a staffer for the Orlando Sentinel — my account of Sak Comedy Lab’s move from the garage next to the Amway Arena to the swell new second-floor space at CityArts Factory, in the heart of downtown Orlando.

A little of it was cut, and somebody went in and changed every reference from Sak to SAK. (Note to Sak: Your name is not an acronym.) Anyway, here’s the story.