Young Composers contest trades Orlando Phil for Dr. Phillips Center

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When the National Young Composers Challenge returns to Orlando in October 2015, there will be a change in presenters: The soon-to-open Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will take over from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.
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Harmony Music & Arts Festival – Call for Artists

Harmony Music & Arts Festival

Dates:   September 27th and 28th , 2014

Times:   Sat: 11:00am – 10:00pm

             Sun: 11:00am – 5:00pm

Harmony’s Town Square in east Osceola County will be the setting for the 2nd Annual Harmony Music & Arts Festival, Saturday (11am-10pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm), September 27th and 28th, 2014.

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Late applications will be accepted through September 15th, 2014

A wide…

Time:September 27, 2014 at 11am to September 28, 2014 at 5pm
Location:Harmony Town Square, East of St. Cloud on Hwy. 192
Street:3500 Harmony Town Square Dr.
City/Town:Harmony, FL
Website or Map:http://www.harmonyfl.com/Amen…
Phone:(407) 891-2606
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Theater review: ‘Sweeney Todd’ from TheatreWorks Florida/Garden Theatre

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A couple of things are conspicuously absent from TheatreWorks Florida’s production of “Sweeney Todd,” onstage at the Garden Theatre in Winter Garden.
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Call for Artists: The Winter Park Paint Out

The Polasek Museum presents “The Winter Park Paint Out, 2015” CALL FOR ARTISTS

  

2015 Winter Park Paint Out will be held April 19 – 25, 2015

Application deadline for entry is Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 1st, 2014, Mid­night ET

 

The Winter Park Paint Out is a JURIED event. We encourage all plein air artists over the age of 18 to apply, and welcome both local and…

Time:September 12, 2014 at 6pm to November 1, 2014 at 12am
Location:The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens
Street:633 Osceola Ave
City/Town:Winter Park
Website or Map:http://www.polasek.org/wppo/a…
Phone:(407) 647-6294
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Theater review: ‘Les Miserables’ from Orlando Shakespeare Theater

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There are two key factors in the success of Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s “Les Miserables.” For one, in the lead role of Jean Valjean, Michael Hunsaker is magnificent.
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Behind the Curtain: “Les Miserables”

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IMG_4456Blog readers, welcome to the life of a scenic apprentice at Orlando Shakespeare Theater. My name is Ali Campbell, and I am one of many hard working individuals pushing through the near-final leg of tech week for Les Miserables. When all the production elements come together, it can be easy to forget the amount of time and energy that has been invested in this two and a half hour production. To give you an idea, the scenic department began construction on Les Mis in August with nine-hour days, often working weekends as well. Our scenic team is made up of a Technical Director, an Assistant Technical Director, a Carpenter, one Scenic Charge Artist, and two apprentices. It is our job to create the environment you see before you during each Orlando Shakes production. We keep actors safe, audiences inspired, and we go through a whole lot of coffee, donuts, and tacos.

IMG_4459The wonderful thing about an apprenticeship with Orlando Shakes is that right from the start we are actively learning. Apprentices are given individual projects that require hard work, quick thinking, and ingenuity. Though my efforts have been collaborative and scattered throughout the show, I’m choosing to focus here on three of my favorite projects. My first major task involved the reincarnation of eighteen-foot flats from last season’s The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby. Their restructuring was followed by a new texture and paint treatment, courtesy of our Scenic Charge Artist. After stripping, restructuring, texture, and paint, these are no longer the same walls that took you to London last season. Another opportunity I had was to build a fence and working gate, which required welding. This project used a combination of steel, wood, and Homasote, which was painted with multiple layers to look like stone and rusted metal.

IMG_4484As automation operator I’ve also been tasked with the role of programming cues and running the revolving section of our stage during the show. Scenic elements and actors are preset upstage and rotated into place for seamless changes. There is no visual between the automation operator and the actions on stage. This requires constant communication with stage management so that changes occur safely and on time. While the audience is watching the actors, there is an entirely different performance going on backstage as the crew is always in motion. Props and scenery must be set, actors are aided in rapid costume changes, and lights are manually cued every few seconds.

I am backstage for the entirety of this show so I hear much more than I’m able to see. That being said, I still get goose bumps every night. I am jealous of those of you joining us as audience members. It wouldn’t be accurate to say that you’re just watching this production. Les Miserables is an experience. For those of you who have yet to get your tickets, there’s still time! Les Miserables runs through October 12. We’d love to see you there. For tickets and more information on the show, please visit www.orlandoshakes.org.

IMG_4479Ali Campbell is a scenic apprentice at Orlando Shakespeare Theater for the 2014-2015 Season. She graduated from State University of New York College at Brockport with a BFA in painting and minors in Theatre and Art History. In addition to her scenic duties, she makes hand-bound journals using post-production set materials which are sold in the Orlando Shakes gift shop.


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