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The REP Announces It’s 10th Birthday Season!

  Orlando, FL, April 16, 2012– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with UCF, is proud to announce its 10th Birthday Season! The REP is Orlando’s only professional theatre for families and young audiences and has boasted recent box-office hits such as PINKALICIOUS: The Musical, Lyle the Crocodile, and A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas, as well as mentions in the Wall Street Journal and ABC’s Nightline News. The REP’s 10th Birthday Season kicks off the fall with the musical The Paper Bag Princess (September 6 – 30, 2012) by Jennifer Kirkeby and Shirley Mier, based on the picture book of the same name by Robert Munsch. A dangerous dragon kidnaps the handsome prince on his wedding day and its fiery breath burns up all the clothes in the palace. The brave princess finds a paper bag to wear and off she goes to rescue her love. Cleverly tricking the dragon, she enters the cave where the prince, still beautifully dressed, is held captive. When he questions her attire, she quickly realizes that maybe she should find someone else who appreciates her bravery and intelligence, rather than outward appearance! Just in time for the election season is Chasing George Washington (October 18 – November 18, 2012), a delightful new musical with book and lyrics by Karen Zacarias and music by Debbie Wicks La Puma. Field trips …

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Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education Program

Orlando, FL, April 11, 2012– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) and Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has been selected as one of 12 teams from across the nation to participate in the Kennedy Center’s Partners In Education Program. “I am excited about the partnership between the Orlando Repertory Theatre and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on this Arts Integration initiative,” says Scott T. Evans, Fine Arts Coordinator of Orange County Public Schools. “All three organizations on this team have a clear mission towards educating young people through the arts and will bring a richness of ideas and experiences to the partnership.” The 13th Annual Partners in Education Institute is a four-day intensive that takes place at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Institute promotes partnerships in communities across the nation between arts organizations and local schools, focusing on developing education programs for teachers. Teams develop specific plans tailored to their community to establish or expand professional arts-based development. During their time at the Kennedy Center, teams received detailed planning guides, attend performances, and meet with national education leaders and guest artists. The new teams join the elite ranks of 100 teams from 45 states already participating in the Partners in Education program, now in its 22nd year. Both The REP and OCPS are dedicated to the growth and enrichment of …

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The Boxcar Children | Review from Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel,0,1950844.story Theater review: ‘The Boxcar Children’ from Orlando Repertory Theatre By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic 2:41 p.m. EDT, April 23, 2012 Since 1924, young readers have been following the exploits of “The Boxcar Children,” four orphaned siblings who “stick together like glue,” as older brother Henry likes to say. Barbara Field’s stage adaptation of the classic book, onstage at Orlando Repertory Theatre, takes a vignette-style approach to the tale but the Rep’s production ably finds the heart of the story in the loving connection among the young Alden orphans. Director Jani Walsh-Weber handles the deaths of the Alden parents with a light touch: “Pity about their parents,” an adult says as the four children shiver nearby. The kids — Henry, Jessie, Violet and Benny — have been rescued from a boating accident that claimed the lives of their parents. Overhearing that they could be separated, they decide to run away instead and eventually set up housekeeping in an abandoned railroad boxcar. The original book spawned more than 100 sequels, with the latest series set in the present day. The play, however, sticks to the original 1920s era — it’s a time of depression and harmonica-playing hobos. This may prompt questions from children — who also might wonder what exactly a boxcar is. Scenic artist Tom Mangieri’s depiction of the boxcar …

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The Boxcar Children | Press Release

Orlando, FL, April 9, 2012– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), along with supporting partner, the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), presents The Boxcar Children, based on the wildly popular book series, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner. This production runs April 19 to May 20, 2012 with public performances on Saturdays at 12pm & 4pm and Sundays at 2pm & 5:30pm. The Boxcar Children has been enjoyed by generations of young readers who have cherished the spirited Depression-era adventures of the Alden children. Orphaned and in danger of being sent to separate foster homes, the four siblings run away and make their home in an abandoned railroad boxcar. Pursued by authorities and a mysterious stranger, the children discover the rewards and perils of life on the run, as well as the joy of keeping their family together. The show’s message rang loud and clear with the cast and director Jani Walsh-Weber. “The Boxcar Children signifies the true meaning of family,” Walsh says. “I am so grateful for mine.” Cast member Lee Karlinsky, age 10, agrees. “The Boxcar Children teaches loyalty, being brave, responsibility, respect, and most of all, family”, Karlinsky says. The REP is also proud to present Sonny’s Family Night on Saturday, April 28. Join us for a delicious dinner provided by Sonny’s Bar-B-Q after the 4pm show. Tickets are an extra $5 for adults and …

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Lyle the Crocodile | Press Release

Orlando, FL, February 14, 2012– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), along with presenting partner, Millennium Marketing Group, directing partner, Rosen Hotels & Resorts, and supporting partner Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, PA, present Lyle the Crocodile. The play is based on the classic children’s book “Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile” and “The House at 88th Street” by Bernard Waber and adapted for the stage by Kevin Kling with music by Michael Koerner. This production runs February 23 through March 25, 2012 with public performances on Saturdays at 12pm & 4pm and Sundays at 2pm & 5:30pm. The Primm family moves into their new apartment on East 88th Street. When they hear a swish, swash, splash and swoosh, they discover a crocodile in their bathtub! But Lyle is no ordinary crocodile; his impeccable manners, dancing, and love for Turkish caviar charm everyone, except for their neighbor, Mr. Grumps. He does not like Lyle and would rather see him be shipped off to a zoo. When Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps and his cat Loretta from a fire, Lyle teaches everyone a valuable lesson about not judging others by their appearance, but loving people (and crocodiles) for who they are.   “Waber’s stories were generally deeper and wordier than a typical picture book,” says director Jeff Revels. “Children and parents alike have kept these stories relevant and popular because …

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PINKALICIOUS The Musical | Press Release

Orlando, FL, January 3, 2012– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), along with supporting partner, Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, present PINKALICIOUS: The Musical, based on the wildly popular book series, written by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann. This production runs January 19 to February 19, 2012 with public performances on Saturdays at 12pm & 4pm and Sundays at 2pm & 5:30pm. PINKALICIOUS: The Musical follows the story of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, a spirited youngster who (you may have guessed) is obsessed with all things pink. After over-indulging in one too many cupcakes, she actually turns pink! Only learning and embracing healthy eating habits and moderation can restore her to her normal color. This stage version is an expansion of the book Pinkalicious by the original authors. With additional lyrics and music by John Gregor, it is sure to put a huge smile on the faces of parents and kids alike. “The smartest thing about PINKALICIOUS: The Musical is that though it’s a story about a little girl and the color pink, it appeals to all ages and genders,” says director Steve MacKinnon. “Self-control, moderation and excess, family values, societal expectations; these are just some of the take-aways for girls, boys, Moms, and Dads wrapped up in a big hug! The music is definitely one of the freshest, and most clever Theatre for Young Audience scores I’ve worked …

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