Florida Culture During a Hurricane – Sept 9, 2017 By Josh Garrick


Florida Culture During a Hurricane – Sept 9, 2017 By Josh Garrick 

A historically nasty lady named IRMA has put the kibosh on several much-anticipated ‘season openers’ that were scheduled for this week. ALL performing arts companies in Central Florida are following City and County safety guidelines regarding this… HURRICANE, and in every case, your venue will re-schedule impacted performances for a later date. In most cases, Box Offices will reopen on Tuesday, September 12, but for the next two days, please check the venue’s website (most are updated several times a day), until next week, when you may call the Box Office at your convenience to reschedule your tickets.

NOW to Oct 1 – “Jesus Christ Superstar” at the Garden Theatre
When Rob Winn Anderson brings the community together to produce a BIG musical at the Garden Theatre, it’s a touch of Broadway in Winter Garden. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ is the brilliant rock opera that follows Christ during his last days on Earth with lyrics adapted from the Gospels. From Jesus’ meteoric rise to popularity to his crucifixion, this production is a moving testament to the humanity in all of us. Call 407.877.4736 or visit gardentheatre.org 

Jesus Christ Superstar at the Garden Theatre

NOW to Oct 8 – Orlando Shakes’ Opens Season with “Man of La Mancha” 
Having inspired audiences for decades, the Tony Award-winning musical “Man of La Mancha” opens the new season for our brilliant Shakespeare Company. “Man of La Mancha” tells of the aging Don Quixote as his flights of fancy transform his dungeon home into a magical landscape of epic battles and a ‘glorious quest.’ Featuring Broadway legend Davis Gaines performing the classic “The Impossible Dream,” call 407.447.1700 or visit orlandoshakes.org 

Orlando Shakes’ Opens Season with “Man of La Mancha”

Orlando Shakes’ Opens Season with “Man of La Mancha”

NOW to Oct 22 – Disney’s “Newsies” at the Orlando Rep 
The Orlando REP announces the opening of its new season as the first theatre in the southeastern United States to present the Drama Desk and Tony Award-winning “Newsies the Musical.” Inspired by the real-life ‘Newsboy Strike of 1899,’ this Disney musical tells of publisher Joseph Pulitzer raising the price of newspapers at the newsboys’ expense. Against all odds, one young leader rises up to help “the little guys” stand up and ‘seize the day.’ For YOUR thrilling dose of inspiration, call 407.896.7365 or visit orlandorep.com 

Disney’s Newsies at the Orlando Rep

Disney’s Newsies at the Orlando Rep

September 12 to 17 – The Broadway Tour of “The King and I” 
1860’s Bangkok is the setting for one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s greatest musicals and winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. “The KING and I” features such beloved classics as “Getting To Know You,” “Hello Young Lovers,” and “Shall We Dance.” This Lincoln Center production tells the story of the relationship between the King of Siam and a British school-teacher brought to Siam to teach his wives and children. This “landmark production” opens the Broadway season at the Dr. Phillips Center. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 

The Broadway Tour of “The King and I”

The Broadway Tour of “The King and I”

September 14 to 17 -- The Mall at Millenia’s 12th Annual Fashion Week 
The International Fashion World comes to Orlando with inspired events, in-store celebrations and three runway shows filled with must-have trends for Fall 2017. The Mall at Millenia and its world-class designers invite us to “Fashion’s Night In,’ a fundraiser for the Coalition for the Homeless (Sept 14); the “Fashion for All Runway Show (Sept 16); and the “Fashion Brunch & Boutique Stroll” (Sept 17) along with unique in-store shopping surprises. For full schedule details, visit milleniafashionweek.com 

The Mall at Millenia’s 12th Annual Fashion Week

September 15 at 8 pm-- Steven Wright’s ‘Absurdist’ Comedy at The Plaza Live/Orlando
Without ever raising his voice, Academy Award winning comic Steven Wright got his big break in 1982 with back-to-back performances on the “Tonight Show.” He earned a Grammy nomination and his first HBO special in 1985, and without ever giving up LIVE stand-up, Wright won his Academy Award (for Best Short Film) in 1989 leading to an amazing film career with many of the world’s great directors. At The Plaza Live in Orlando, call 407.228.1220 or visit plazaliveorlando.org 

Steven Wright’s ‘Absurdist’ Comedy at The Plaza Live/Orlando

Sept 15 & 16 at 8 pm – Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra’s ‘Vocal Jazz Summit’
Extended to a second performance due to popular demand, the Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra, under the leadership of Rodney Whitaker, will present two evenings of unforgettable hits from the ‘Great American Songbook.’ Joining the eighteen-piece jazz band are acclaimed vocalists Michelle Amato, Linda Cole, Michelle Maihot, Rick Melvern and David Pruyn. Tickets for this HIGHLY RECOMMENDED performance are $39.50 and may be purchased at drphillipscenter.org or by calling 844.513.2014. 

Dr. Phillips Center Jazz Orchestra’s ‘Vocal Jazz Summit’

Sept 15 to Oct 8 – “Life Could Be a Dream” at the Winter Park Playhouse
I know – LIFE often IS a DREAM at the Winter Park Playhouse, but this Florida Premiere is ‘super-dreamy’ as it calls up those ‘doo-wop’ days of the 1960’s. A singing group prepares to enter the ‘Big Whopper Radio Contest,’ and winning would launch them to stardom. With a score of classic hits including “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on My Pillow,” “Earth Angel,” and “Unchained Melody,” this promises to be classic Winter Park Playhouse FUN. Call 407.645.0145 or visit winterparkplayhouse.org
“Life Could Be a Dream” at the Winter Park Playhouse

Sept 18 to 24 – Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) Celebrates 15th Anniversary 
The 15th Annual Global Peace Film Festival will include 34 films from around the world; the world premiere of three local films; a K-to-12 Student Peace Art Exhibit; and a photo exhibit from the Desmond Tutu Peace Foundation (Opening Sept 21 at CityArts Factory in Orlando). GPFF opens with a screening of “The Promise” (USA, 2016) directed by Academy Award winning filmmaker, Terry George. Mr. George will be present for the screening. Visit peacefilmfest.org for a complete schedule. 
Global Peace Film Festival (GPFF) Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Sept 22 at 8 pm – Brian Regan: Live Comedy Tour
Considered the “Comedian’s Comedian,” Brian Regan has set a standard of excellence that made history on September 26, 2015 with the broadcast of ‘Brian Regan: Live From Radio City Music Hall,’ the first live broadcast of a stand-up special in Comedy Central’s history. Regan’s success is unique, because his material relates to generations of fans. This show – in the big hall at the Dr. Phillips Center – will sell out. For tickets, call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org 
Brian Regan: Live Comedy Tour

Sept 22 to 30 – Dark Side of Saturn Productions to Perform “Space” in Planetarium 
The Buehler Planetarium, on the campus of Seminole State College in Sanford, will partner with ‘Dark Side of Saturn Productions,’ to present a LIVE science fiction drama called “Space.” Written by Florida’s own Corey Volence, “Space” premiered at the 2016 Orlando Fringe Festival winning the Critics Choice Award for Technical Achievement. The play follows the four-person crew of the Genesis IV as they colonize a new planet. A discussion, hosted by planetarium director Derek Demeter, will be held after each performance. Tickets are $10 and $8 at seminolestate.edu/planet
Dark Side of Saturn Productions to Perform “Space” in Planetarium

September 23 – Human Growth Foundation Family Day at SeaWorld, Orlando 
The Annual Human Growth Foundation Family Day includes workshops to learn about childhood growth disorders. Activities include panels on bullying, obtaining medical insurance, Q & A’s with healthcare providers, a catered lunch, and time to explore Sea World. Acknowledging that a child's growth pattern is indicative of their overall health, "The first step to helping the child is awareness, early diagnosis, and treatment,” says Dr. Pisit Pitchukewannont, President of HGF. For details, visit hgffamilyday.net
Human Growth Foundation Family Day at SeaWorld, Orlando

September 23 & 24 – Lourdes Robles Brings San Juan to Orlando
One of the most successful singers in Puerto Rico, the Dr. Phillips Center is proud to be the site for the FIRST stop in Lourdes Robles’ new tour of Central and South America. Ms. Robles calls this tour, “a magical journey through the lovely city of San Juan,” and she will sing all of her most famous hits including: ‘Abrázame Fuerte,’ ‘Definitivamente,’ ‘Todo me habla de ti’ and many other songs on the Latin Billboard charts. Visit drphillipscenter.org or call 844.513.2014.
Lourdes Robles Brings San Juan to Orlando


Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators