Culture Worthy of Your Calendar: July 19, 2010 edition

by Josh Garrick / Jul 23, 2010 / 0 comments

Culture Worthy of Your Calendar: July 19, 2010 edition
By Josh Garrick   

Herman's Hermits Brings Back 60’s Pop
Moving from exceptional student performers to a performer who literally
made history, Peter Blair Denis Bernard Noone is the
multi-talented ‘Herman’ of the 1960’s rock band Herman’s Hermits. 
Performing on Friday, July 23rd at 8 pm, this is no tribute band; this
is the man who created the classic hits Mrs. Brown, You’ve Got A
Lovely Daughter, I’m Henry the 8th I Am, Silhouettes, There’s A Kind of
Hush, Listen People,
and The End of the World among many
others.  Born in Manchester, England, Noone was a child actor in British
soaps until, at the age of fifteen, he achieved international fame as
‘Herman.’ The band sold over 60 million recordings with 14 singles and 7
albums going “gold.”  Noone eventually starred in three movies for
MGM.  The 80’s found Peter on Broadway and London stages, eventually
guesting on US television shows and as the host of VH1’s My Generation.
His ever-faithful fans (called “Noonatics”) are still screaming today
just like their mothers did back in the 60’s. Peter Noone will perform
for his fans of all ages at The Plaza Theatre at 425 North Bumby
Avenue in Orlando. Call 407.228.1220.


Herman's Hermits



Mark Twain to Visit the Winter Park Playhouse
That outspoken icon of American wit and wisdom Mark Twain will be
brought to life by veteran local actor Michael Edwards in his
original, one-man show Man Is the Only Animal Who Blushes… Or Needs To!

from July 23rd to August 1st at The Winter Park Playhouse.  Edwards has
acted professionally for over 40 years alongside such luminaries as
Cherry Jones, Brian Dennehy, Pat Hingle and the late Nancy Walker.
“Michael Edwards’ ability to portray Mark Twain is uncanny,” says Roy
Alan of The Winter Park Playhouse, “Michael has spent a lifetime
studying every nuance of Mark Twain’s speech, movement and appearance
making his performance among the most authentic characterizations I have
ever seen.” This evening of wit, song and home-spun humor is to be
found at The Winter Park Playhouse at 711-C Orange Avenue in Winter
Park. Visit
or call 407.645.0145.


Mark Twain




Family Theatre Festival “Free and On Target”
The Orlando Repertory Theatre – with the support of Target –
invites families to a series of free theatre performances. With a
mission to build family audiences while training young artists, the 4th
Annual Target Family Theatre Festival
will be held from July 16th
to July 25th, and most performances are FREE!  Presenting a variety of
performances for young people by Milkshake, Airborne Comedians, Hobey
Ford, Miss Lori, and Debi Derryberry, the Festival will also present its
own Youth Academy production of the musical 42nd Street.
The Opening Day Celebration (July 17th from 10 am to 2 pm) offers
entertainment and activities for the kids along with free performances
on the outdoor stage. The Orlando Repertory Theatre is at 1001 East
Princeton Street in Loch Haven Park.  Visit or call 407-896-7365 for a complete


Target Family Theatre




Psychological Drama
The Mad Cow Theatre takes on our hot summer nights with some scorching ‘drama’ as they present The Heiress, a psychological play based on the Henry James novel Washington Square. The Heiress is a study in suppressed emotion based on the heightened manners and mores of 1850’s New York, where a lonely widower and his even lonelier daughter live lives empty of emotion. That life is changed completely when a charming suitor comes to woo the daughter, but WHY did he appear so suddenly and what exactly are his ‘intentions?’ Produced around the world on stage and screen, this story of love and betrayal was written by Ruth and Augustus Goetz. Directed by Michael Marinaccio, the cast features Jennifer Christa Palmer as Catherine. The Heiress will be performed from July 23 to August 22 at Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Ave in Downtown Orlando. Visit or call 407.297.8788  



Change the World Drama
“Manners and mores” of a very different time and place will be the subject of yet another play dealing with love and abandonment when The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park presents Ntozake Shange’s award winning drama For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.  The play deals with every emotion you can name while providing a no-holds-barred ‘message’ about what it means to be a woman of color in the 20th Century. The play, with stories of abandonment, rape, and domestic violence joins with hope and love to inspire audiences throughout the world.  This is theater that demands to be heard. The production features Charmion Sparrow, Debra Foxx, Evelyn Tyler, Felichia Wright, Kisha Peart, Shellita Boxie, and Vanessa Valdez, and is directed by Daniel Boisrond. Opening on July 23 and running through August 1, visit or call 407.920.4034.


For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf



Change the World ART
An Artist who “majored in landscape architecture and minored in art with a focus on sculpture” may be the perfect Artist for a world in which we can no longer think of ‘rubbish’ as trash.  On July 23rd at 6 pm the ever-inventive Lake Eustis Museum of Art will invite the public to an opening for “Natural Reclamation: Byron Walker” including an artist’s talk. Winter Park sculptor Byron Walker reveals his respect for nature in each of his unique pieces as he assembles found objects into unique works of art. Walker uses intelligence, humor (and trash) to ‘provoke’ his viewers into re-thinking their ideas on art and conservation. The exhibit will run through August 22.  The Lake Eustis Museum of Art is at 200 B East Orange Avenue in Eustis.  Call 352.483.2900 or visit


Byron Walker - Double Steel Ribbons

Byron Walker - Double Steel Ribbons



“Strings of Passion”
With music ranging from the Baroque to Romantic works, and including passionate tangos and contemporary jazz, the String Section from the Orchestra has (perhaps) the widest range of music in the repertoire. That ‘range’ will be on display as the Orlando Philharmonic continues its Sounds of Summer Series with Strings of Passion on Monday, July 26th.  Works include Handel's Trio Sonata, Mendelssohn's Song Without Words, Dubossarsky's Romanian Fantasy, Elgar's Salut d'Amour and more.  Violinist Olga Feroni says, “With a selection of music ranging from Handel to the innovative melodies of American jazz, Music is everywhere in love and life."  Performing on the program are violinists Olga Feroni, Joni Hanze-Bjela, Julia Gessinger, Shelley Mathews, Olga Kolpakova and Dina Fedosenko, along with pianist Sergei Kossenko. Beginning at 7 pm in the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 East Rollins Street (Loch Haven Park), for tickets and information, call 407.770.0071 or visit


Olga Ferroni



Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators.
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