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Chasing George Washington | Press Release

ORLANDO, FL (October 4, 2012) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) continues its10th Birthday Season, presented by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, with Chasing George Washington, October 18 – November 18, just in time for election season. This patriotic musical features book and lyrics by Karen Zacarias and music by Debbie Wicks La Puma, and is presented by the Darden Foundation. Field trips are fun, especially when your destination is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue- the White House! In this delightful new musical, Dee Dee, Jose, and Annie accidentally knock George Washington out of his portrait and into real life, turning their tour into an unexpected adventure.  As they try to get the nation’s first President back into his painting, they encounter other famous White House residents, including Abraham Lincoln, Dolley Madison, and Jackie Kennedy. Together, they learn that the White House isn’t just a historic building… it’s also a home, a home for all Americans, no matter their ethnicities or economic class. Director Joshua Chase Gold joins The REP for his first production with the team. A New York City-based director, Joshua received the 2008 New York Independent Theatre Person of the Year Award for his Off-Broadway productions of Bent and Woyzeck. This summer, Joshua was awarded a national fellowship by the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, which brought him to the Denver Center Theatre …

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The Paper Bag Princess | Orlando Sentinel Feature

Orlando Sentinel http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/arts-and-theater/os-paperbag-princess-orlando-rep-20120906,0,2636056.story Orlando Rep’s ‘Paper Bag Princess’ gives old story a new girl-power twist By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Arts Writer 5:42 p.m. EDT, September 6, 2012 Chloe Robin was enchanted by Sleeping Beauty, the Disney princess from the animated film of the same name. “I have a picture of me in the pink dress and the blonde wig,” says Chloe, 16, of Longwood. It’s a safe bet that Princess Aurora, to give Sleeping Beauty her proper name, wouldn’t have much in common with Princess Elizabeth, the character Chloe plays in “The Paper Bag Princess.” The decidedly modern fairy tale is the opening production of Orlando Repertory Theatre’s “10th birthday season.” An upbeat musical, the stage version of “The Paper Bag Princess” was adapted by Jennifer Kirkeby and Shirley Mier from the book by Robert Munsch. In “The Paper Bag Princess,” young Elizabeth learns a lesson about what really matters in life. Cover your ears, Snow White and pals: “She realizes finding her fairy-tale prince isn’t all-important,” Chloe says. It’s not a message she would have received during those childhood dress-up days. “I was little,” she says, laughing. “I just liked the dress!” The paper bag of the musical’s title refers to how Elizabeth clothes herself as she sets off to rescue Prince Ronald, who has been captured by a dragon. The monster …

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The Paper Bag Princess | Press Release

ORLANDO, FL (August 22, 2012) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) kicks off its10th Birthday Season, presented by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, with The Paper Bag Princess, September 6 – 30, 2012. This upbeat musical by Jennifer Kirkeby and Shirley Mier is based on the book The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. After a dangerous dragon kidnaps the prince on his wedding day and burns up the kingdom, including all the clothes, the heroine, Princess Elizabeth, sets out to rescue him. Because her beautiful dress is burned by the dragon, the brave and resourceful princess dons a paper bag. When she at last outsmarts the dragon and rescues her prince, he ignores her heroism and questions her choice in clothing, causing the princess to realize finding someone who appreciates her bravery and intelligence rather than outward appearance may be more important. The Paper Bag Princess is not only entertaining, but also carries important life lessons for young audiences everywhere. The REP is delighted to welcome back director and choreographer, Rob Winn Anderson, for his third production. After first venturing into Theatre for young Audiences with James and the Giant Peach, Anderson returned to The REP last season to direct the holiday hit, A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas. “This story has captured the hearts and minds of children and adults around the world, and it …

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Lexi Tehrani, our first REP Hero, pictured with The Paper Bag Princess (played by actress Chloe Robin) after receiving her award.

The REP Heroes Program

As a special way to continue the 10th Birthday Season celebration, The REP shines the spotlight on some very special citizens in our community- our child heroes! The REP is adopting a program established by its’ colleague, the Tony-Award-winning Children’s Theatre Company of Minneapolis, called the Heroes Program. The REP’s Heroes is a unique program that celebrates young people making a difference in our community. Anyone will be able to nominate a child, siblings, or group of children that truly exemplify civic heroism. Selected children are to be recognized onstage at The REP. The REP is thrilled to share our stage with real-life young heroes! Meet our first REP Hero- Lexi Tehrani! In January, Lexi and her family were walking back to their car from the Magic game. It was one of our rare cold nights and Lexi noticed how many homeless people that must be cold. The next morning, she called Salvation Army and asked how she could help get them warm clothes. They told her that jackets and professional clothes (to go on job interviews) would be the best thing to donate. Lexi then started a 4-week drive, including calling dry cleaners to donate unclaimed professional clothing, and sending flyers to friends and neighbors. On Valentine’s Day, Lexi had a huge delivery for the Salvation Army to distribute to the people she saw …

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Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair | Press Release

ORLANDO, FL (July 8, 2012)– The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) invites families to experience the Youth Academy’s production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair. Performances of this show takes place as part of the 6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival in Loch Haven Park, from July 20- August 5, 2012. The REP is proud to partner with Target and Orange County Division of Art and Cultural Affairs to present the 6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival, an event designed to promote cultural awareness in Central Florida, and to develop theatre for family audiences by producing shows, training young artists, and offering educational experiences in the arts. Rodger’s & Hammerstein’s State Fair comes alive on The REP’s stage, featuring some of Central Florida’s most talented youth from seventh through twelfth grades. Set against the colorful backdrop of an American heartland tradition, State Fair follows the Frake family as they leave behind the routine of the farm for three days of adventure at the annual Iowa State Fair. Mom and Pop have their hearts set on blue ribbons while their daughter and son find romance and heartbreak on the midway. Set to the magical strains of an Academy Award-winning score, State Fair is the kind of warm-hearted family entertainment only Rodgers & Hammerstein could deliver! State Fair’s director is Orlando theatre veteran Steve MacKinnon. MacKinnon returns …

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Target Family Festival by Orlando Repertory Theatre

Target Family Theatre Festival 2012

  ORLANDO, FL (July 2, 2012) – The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) invites families to attend the 6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival in Loch Haven Park from July 20 – August 5, 2012 featuring performances by Grammy-nominated Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Mr. Richard and the Pound Hounds, Pirate School!, Nels Ross, Katie Couric’s The Brand New Kid, magician Tony Brent, Davey Rocker’s Barnyard Jam, and the Youth Academy production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s State Fair. All of the shows at the Target Family Theatre Festival are FREE, with the exception of State Fair ($15) and The Brand New Kid ($10). The REP is proud to partner with Target and Orange County Division of Art and Cultural Affairs to present the 6th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival, an event designed to promote cultural awareness in Central Florida, and to develop theatre for family audiences by producing shows, training young artists, and offering educational experiences in the arts. Grammy-nominated children’s band Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could is one of the top talents in the independent family music scene today. Originally with the RCA Records band From Good Homes, Rymer ventured into family music with the CD Good Morning, Gus in 2000. Since then, he has released five other CDs, including the 2008 Grammy Award nominated Here Comes Brady …

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