Power Chords Blog

Power Chords Holiday Rock Performance

Orlando, FL, December 2, 2011– The REP Power Chords, Orlando Repertory Theatre’s elite GLEE-style vocal group, presents A Very Merry Christmas Concert. One night only, the concert will be held December 16, 2011 at 7:00pm at The REP. The show features live singing and dancing to some of the season’s most popular songs, including All I Want for Christmas Is You, Believe, Let It Snow, Deck The Rooftop, and O Holy Night. Under the direction of Gary Cadwallader, with musical direction by Steve MacKinnon and choreography by Kim Ball, this is an evening of high-energy performances that are sure to put you into the holiday spirit. Formed in 2010, The REP Power Chords, presented by Florida Theatrical Association, are comprised of some of Central Florida’s most talented triple-threat performers, ranging from 14 to 18 years of age. Heralded as “overflowing with energy” by Orlando Sentinel, they performed at The Red Chair Affair (2010 & 2011), Sea World, the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Dr. Phillip’s Performing Arts Center, the Dr. Phillips Charities, UCF College of Medicine, United Way Worldwide Convention, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra pre-show, National Philanthropy Day at Ritz-Carlton Orlando, and Ronald McDonald House. Tickets for The REP Power Chords A Very Merry Christmas Concert are $13 and may be purchased by contacting the Box Office at 407.896.7365. Tickets are not available for this event …

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Nutty Holiday Fundraiser

  Orlando, FL, December 2, 2011– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) will host a Nutty Holiday Fundraiser on Thursday, December 8, 2011. This VIP event will benefit the Orlando Repertory Theatre and its multiple community outreach programs, including the Youth Academy, which provides dozens of scholarships every year for underserved children to participate in theatre education programs. The evening begins at 6:00pm with a pre-show wine and hors d’oeuvres reception catered by Shipyard Emporium of Winter Park, followed by a 7:00pm private performance of the rockin’ holiday musical A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas and a sneak preview of the upcoming Power Chords Christmas Concert. Along with the post-show coffee and dessert reception, there will also be a Chance Drawing for gift baskets and a meet and greet with the cast and the Power Chords performers. Tickets for the Nutty Holiday Fundraiser are $75 per person. Buy 3 tickets and receive the 4th ticket FREE. $1,000 sponsorship packages are also available which include 10 tickets, preferred seating, and company recognition on display in the lobby.Tickets for the Nutty Holiday Fundraiser may be purchased by contacting the Box Office at 407.896.7365. Tickets are not available for this event online.

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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas | Review from Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel,0,404801.story Theater review: ‘A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas’ from Orlando Repertory Theatre By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic 5:56 p.m. EST, November 11, 2011 The elves at Orlando Repertory Theatre have been working overtime on staging and lighting, and the results put a dollop of holiday magic into “A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas,” directed by Rob Anderson. The elves in question are lighting designer George Jackson, scenic designer Cindy White and sound designer John Valines who together create a fantasy land for the toys and fairies of Christmas Wood to romp in. The show, which clocks in at 65 minutes for young attention spans, tells the story of Fritz (Sage Starkey), a naughty boy who teases his sister and thinks her favorite hobby — ballet — is boring. But it isn’t too long before he’s having a Christmas Eve adventure involving a Mouse King (Timothy Pappas) and a spirited Nutcracker, nicknamed Nutty (Taylor Anderson). Frankly, the songs by Ralph Covert aren’t the strongest, hampered by sloppy lyrics — “hearts” doesn’t rhyme with “hurts” — but kids will be too busy watching the energetic cast to notice. Jasmine Forsberg and Nick Mazzini exude sugar-plum fun as two fairies and Pappas’ Mouse King is appropriately more hammy than scary for the little ones, but this is Starkey’s show all the way. As Fritz, Starkey plays …

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A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas | Press Release

Orlando, FL, October 24, 2011– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), along with presenting partner, Universal Orlando Foundation and supporting partner Mears Motor Transportation, presents the new holiday rock musical A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas by Ralph Covert and G. Riley Mills this holiday season. This production runs November 10 to December 18, 2011 with public performances on Saturdays at 12pm & 4pm and Sundays at 2pm & 5:30pm. First presented in Chicago in 2005, this production turns the traditional Nutcracker story on its head. Rockin’ songs, written by popular family music artist Ralph Covert of Ralph’s World, set the scene. A video game obsessed Fritz (Clara’s mischievous and often-upstaged brother in other versions) and a heroic Nutcracker team up with other characters of the magical Christmas Wood chase down the dastardly Mouse King to save Christmas. “This isn’t your mama’s Nutcracker,” says director Rob Anderson. “No, this Nutcracker is nutty!  It is contemporary and upbeat and not what you might expect. There have been many versions of The Nutcracker and it has influenced many writers, directors and choreographers to create works of art based on the original. A Nutty Nutcracker Christmas is one of those works. And yet, the core message is stuff the season is made of – ‘If you open your mind you will open your heart and you may find something you didn’t …

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Locomotion | Press Release

Orlando, FL, October 27, 2011– Theatre UCF and Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) are proud to present Locomotion, November 18, 19 & 20, 2011 at The REP. Based of the award-winning novel by Jacqueline Woodson, Locomotion tells the story of Lonnie Collins Motion, an 11-year-old boy learning to find hope through his talents. This production is a co-collaboration with the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Lonnie has so much kinetic energy that his nickname, Locomotion, is perfect. He has seen a lot of sadness in his young life. When he discovers his passion for writing poetry, he finds a way to express his feelings about the accident that took his parents away, his foster care family, his little sister, his school life, and his unique way of looking at the world. This production is recommended for ages 9 and up. Locomotion runs November 18 at 7pm, November19 at 12pm & 4pm, November 20 at 2pm & 5:30pm. For tickets and more information, please call 407-896-7365 or visit

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A Wrinkle in Time | Review from Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel,0,4620989.story Theater review: ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ from Orlando Repertory Theatre By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic 12:40 a.m. EDT, October 8, 2011 Madeleine L’Engle’s teen sci-fi classic “A Wrinkle in Time” is full of strange planets, mysterious creatures and amazing sights. Transferring that huge scope of imagery to a stage, as John Glore did with his theatrical adaptation in 2010, poses some obvious problems. The tallest building ever seen? A herd of unicorns? Orlando Repertory Theatre’s production, directed by Gary Cadwallader, succeeds more at conveying L’Engle’s fantastical ideas than showing them to the audience. The production is asking its young audience to mostly use its imagination to conjure the dramatic landscape of the planet Uriel or the drabness of planet Camazotz, where the great evil known as “It” lives. There is a “great evil,” of course. The story’s theme is the same one that drives so much of the fantasy genre, from C.S. Lewis’s Narnia series to Tolkein’s Middle Earth to Harry Potter to “Star Wars.” A dark force wants to stamp out the good in humanity and rule the vanquished through fear. Can the human spirit save the day? Let’s just say there are lessons for kids about the value of being different and loving your family. The young cast is engaging: Tess Carr is a plucky Meg, whose …

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