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Geronimo Stilton Takes The Stage at The REP

Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Geronimo Stilton: Mouse In Space (January 30 – March 5, 2017). This production is presented by supporting sponsors Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, and Florida Blue. Villains are threatening New Mouse City, and the only hope is our reluctant hero, Geronimo Stilton! In this high-flying adventure, Geronimo Stilton is launched into space on a top-secret mission, but can he overcome his fears of heights, the dark, and confined spaces, and use his intelligence to save the day!? Based on the popular book series, this story takes Geronimo Stilton and his pals Thea, Trap, and Benjamin on the adventure of their rodent lives! “Geronimo Stilton is the embodiment of all the core principles for which we strive”, says director Chris Armbrister. “The ability to laugh at ourselves and our fears, acceptance of others and their faults, the importance of education, the joy of helping others, being open-minded to diverse cultures, loyalty, truthfulness, respect, and the belief that teamwork is crucial to success. The adventures of Geronimo Stilton show us the world we dreamt of as children, and the world in which we all want our kids to grow up.” Geronimo Stilton: Mouse In Space is based on an original idea by Elisabetta Dami and adapted for the stage by John Maclay. The stage production was originally commissioned by Oregon Children’s …

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5 Things We’re Looking Forward to in the New Year

#1: Three fun shows to round out our 2016-2017 Main Stage Season! Geronimo Stilton: Mouse in Space | January 30 – March 5 Curious George: The Golden Meatball | February 27 – April 9 Nancy Drew and Her Biggest Case Ever | April 10 – May 14 #2: Spring Youth Academy Classes Interested in performing, or in learning more about the technical side of theatre? Then we have just the thing for you! The REP Youth Academy’s mission is to provide a professional theatrical experience in an educational environment that is by, for, and about young people. To view all of our spring classes, workshops, performance opportunities, and more, check out our Spring Youth Academy Brochure. #3: Pip-Squeak: An Anti-Bullying Magic Show January 14 at 2:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Award-winning magician and comedian Tony Brent returns for the 6th year to present Pip-Squeak: An Anti-Bullying Magic Show. Using comedy, amazing magic tricks, juggling, and a coat-rack loaded with costumes, Tony gently and humorously teaches children how to cope with being bullied and whether or not they themselves might be guilty of bullying. #4: Spring Break Camps This year we are offering not one, but two Spring Break Camps! Musical Playmakers: Movin’ with Moana | Grades K-2 In this musical theatre based camp, students build an original story through carefully structured creative play and musical …

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Director Spotlight | James and the Giant Peach, Jr.

The REP Youth Academy presents “James and the Giant Peach, Jr.” this weekend! Check out our interview with director/choreographer, Jennifer Adams, who also serves as The REP’s Education Director! How does it feel to be directing your first show as Education Director at The REP?  I love working with young people and think that The REP’s Youth Academy productions are one of the best youth theatre programs in the country! It is a great privilege to work with such talented students and get to know their families. The design and technical staff is fantastic and really create a unique and exciting experience. I also love the music in this particular show, so it has been a ton of fun!   What kind of education or training prepared you for this career?  I was so lucky to be a Theatre for Young Audiences MFA student at UCF! I was able to study TYA and work at The REP simultaneously. The ability to work in professional office and theatre environments as a student was a huge step for me in understanding what it takes to be a professional in the TYA field. Since then I have never stopped seeking new learning or observation experiences. I try to see every opportunity as a learning one, I hope to still continue observing and assisting others to learn for many years to come!   How did you approach directing James …

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The REP Rocks Out With a Historic Twist

Orlando, FL (October 10, 2016) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Rock The Presidents (October 10 – November 13, 2016), just in time for election season. This production is presented by Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and supporting sponsor Walt Disney World. Rock The Presidents is a high-octane musical revue spanning the entire history of the American presidency – from George Washington to Barack Obama, while looking ahead to the future! The men who rose to the highest office in the land are brought to life through all-new original songs in a variety of genres: rock, hip-hop, blues, pop, jazz, reggae, country, and more! Audiences young and old alike may learn something new about our Presidents, and perhaps see something of themselves reflected in the stories on stage. “I was very excited about the 2016 election and I knew that we would do a show about American history, politics, or the Presidents”, says The REP’s Artistic Director Jeff Revels. “The children in our lives are well attuned to the election of our Commanders-in-Chief, and are really intrigued by the process. This show is about the 43 individuals who have held the office of President, but in the scope of the show, we see how our country as a people have traversed these past few centuries.” Rock The Presidents is now playing Saturdays and …

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NOW PLAYING: Llama Llama Kicks Off The REP’s Season

Orlando, FL (September 16, 2016) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Llama Llama (September 12 – October 16, 2016). This production is presented by Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and supporting sponsor Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Jump into the world of little Llama and his Mama as they encounter daily adventures of Llama life – the first day of school, a trip to the supermarket, and bedtime drama! Llama learns about self-control and finds bravery with help from his Mama. Based on the beloved rhyming books by Anna Dewdney, playwright Ernie Nolan has crafted a show that is sure to put a smile on the faces of children and parents alike! “I was not familiar with Anna Dewdney’s award-winning and wildly popular Llama Llama series before being asked to direct this adorable adaptation”, says director Laurel Clark. “Reading the script for the first time, I was instantly drawn to the simplicity of the rhymes and seamless way several of the books were blended together to create one very important day in the life of our little hero, Llama. I clearly remember my own daughter, Miranda, at this age, sharing these very real fears about going to a new school or being alone in her room. And what child has not felt positively tortured while waiting for Mama to finish shopping …

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The REP: Re-Defining Non-Profit Excellence

For over 20 years, the Orlando Sentinel has selected 100 companies right here in Central Florida who are working hard to make their businesses great places to work. Our business community keeps our region thriving, and its recognition programs like the Top 100 that are so important in acknowledging the efforts of our local companies who provide our residents with jobs and opportunity. The Top 100 are rigorously evaluated on qualities such as workplace flexibility, company leadership, career opportunities, community service, compensation and benefits – areas that contribute to overall business success. Some may be surprised to find a nonprofit, arts organization on the list. There’s a misconception that nonprofit organizations can’t be well-run, and that the arts can’t be viable businesses. As Board Chair for The REP I’m proud to say that our designation as one of the Top 100 Companies this year flies in the face of that very misconception and proves something we’ve known to be true for years: “nonprofit” is just a tax status, and that the arts can run healthy, impactful businesses all while benefitting our community. The arts are of vital importance: they educate children, they provide creative outlets for the thousands of artists that live and work here, they inspire our residents, and they enrich the very fabric of our community. The arts have an economic impact that’s …

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