Florida Culture for the Week of July 16, 2017 By Josh Garrick


Florida Culture for the Week of July 16, 2017 By Josh Garrick 
FINAL WEEK -- to July 24 – Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ at Breakthrough Theatre 

Disney’s hit movie musical comes to life on-stage at the Breakthrough Theatre in Winter Park. Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay and other characters (who jump-started the careers of many young film stars of today), ‘began’ as students of East High tunefully dealing with issues of first love, friends and family. ‘High School Musical’ is directed by Jamaal Solomon and choreographed by Angelyn Rhode. At 419A West Fairbanks in Winter Park, call 407.920.4034 or visit breakthroughtheatre.com  Disney’s ‘High School Musical’ at Breakthrough Theatre

NOW to September 4 – Orlando Science Center’s “Identity: An Exhibition of You”
“Identity” at the Science Center is a 3-part interactive experience that explores our unique identities. In the age of the “selfie,” the exhibit helps answer the question “How well do we know ourselves?” By checking our physical, psychological and social identities, we learn how we are different, AND how much we are the same. Highly Recommended at 777 East Princeton Street in Orlando, call 407.514.2000 or visit osc.org. Orlando Science Center’s “Identity: An Exhibition of You”

July 21 to Aug 6 – Seussical the Musical at OsceolaArts
“Oh the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss!” Horton hears a noise coming from a speck of dust; Jojo, who "doesn't Think normal Thinks," finds his place in society; as Gertrude McFuzz tries to catch the attention of her love. With some help from the ‘Cat in the Hat,’ these characters come to realize they are not ‘alone in the universe.’ Call 407.846.6257 or visit osceolaarts.org Seussical the Musical at OsceolaArts

July 22 & 23 – ‘Hairspray’ Presented by Encore! Cast Performing Arts 
Presented by the incredibly talented dancer/singer/actors from Disneyworld, the ‘Encore Cast’ takes us to Baltimore in 1962 for Hairspray, winner of eight Tony Awards, (including Best Musical). This family-friendly musical introduces the bouncy plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad who has one desire – to dance on TV’s ‘Corny Collins Show.’ When her dream comes true, Tracy must use her new-found powers to integrate a TV network! Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org ‘Hairspray’ Presented by Encore! Cast Performing Arts

July 23 at 7:30 pm – Tito Puente Jr. with The Rico Monaco Band 
Featuring the greatest hits of his Father, Tito Puente Jr. offers the best of Latin Rock including the hits ‘Oye Como Va,’ ‘Ran Kan Kan,’ ‘El Cayuco’ and more. Plus, joining with Orlando’s own Rico Monaco Band, the group will cover the great songs of Santana, Juanes, Mana, Carlos Vives, Malo, and songs by the award-winning Rico Monaco. Call 844.513.2014 or visit drphillipscenter.org
Tito Puente Jr. with The Rico Monaco Band

July 24 at 7 pm – Sounds of Summer: Music of the Beatles 
Hear elegant renderings of your favorite Beatles songs set for string quartet, along with music of Ravel, Gershwin, Dvořák, and Mozart; plus join in a fun audience sing-along. Hear a Beatles melody as if Mozart had performed it as presented by Principal Second Violin Alexander Stevens and Principal Violist Mauricio Céspedes, violinist Sacha Phelps, cellist Grace Gavin and vocalists Sean Moore and Matt Kamm. Call 407.770.0071 or visit orlandophil.org
Sounds of Summer: Music of the Beatles

July 30 at 5 pm – ‘La Bayadere’ by the Russian Ballet Orlando 
In this very special climax to their Summer Intensive training, the Russian Ballet Orlando will present a full production of ‘La Bayadere.’ Set in India, ‘La Bayadere’ tells the story of the doomed love between Solor, a warrior, and the temple dancer Nikiya, who is murdered by a jealous rival. In one of the most beautiful of all ballet scenes, Solor's grief brings him to the heavenly ‘Kingdom of the Shades’ where he and Nikiya are joined “beyond the reach of man.” This ballet classic will be presented with all new costumes and guest artists from the Ukraine. Call 407.896.0309 or visit russianballetorlando.org 
‘La Bayadere’ by the Russian Ballet Orlando

and looking forward … 

August 4 to 27 -- Mad Cow Theatre presents August Wilson's award-winning ‘Fences’
Winner of the Pulitzer, Tony, and Drama Desk Award among many others, ‘Fences’ is August Wilson’s 1950’s chapter in his 10-play “Pittsburgh Cycle” chronicling the evolving African-American experience through the 20th century. In Mad Cow’s first-ever production of a Wilson play, the universally relevant themes of freedom, family, and the American Dream are conveyed in this landmark production. The New York Times wrote, “this is not theater, this is life.” Tickets are available online at madcowtheatre.com or by calling 407-297-8788 x1
Mad Cow Theatre presents August Wilson's award-winning ‘Fences’



Josh Garrick is the Florida Arts Editor for Wandering Educators