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A Wrinkle in Time | Press Release

Orlando, FL, September 27, 2011– Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), along with presenting partner, Darden Restaurants Foundation, present the Newbery Medal winning classic, A Wrinkle In Time this fall. This production runs October 6 to November 6, 2011 with public performances on Saturdays at 12pm and 4pm and Sundays at 2pm. Based on the award-winning novel by Madeleine L-Engle, the play follows the story of Meg, an outcast teenager, and her peculiar little brother Charles Wallace as they set out on a mysterious journey through time and space to rescue their lost father. Along the way, they encounter strange characters, both good and evil, which shape the children’s lives in ways they do not expect. “Meg and Charles Wallace quest to find their impossibly lost father because their family is neither grounded nor whole without him,” says director Gary Cadwallader. “After Charles Wallace is seemingly lost forever, his older sister Meg must summon all the strength and brain power she can to single-handedly find him and release him from the grips of evil. “Understanding what was going on in America when A Wrinkle In Time was written in 1962 gives us a number of clues about the Dark Thing threatening Meg’s (and our) world. Madeleine L’Engle warns us about blind conformity and the danger of being a willing follower of autocratic thought. But it’s more …

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School | Review from Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/os-sideways-stories-wayside-school-20110907,0,1630449.story Theater review: ‘Sideways Stories from Wayside School’ from Orlando Repertory Theatre By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic 6:20 p.m. EDT, September 8, 2011 How come my school days were never like this? Granted, I’m glad I never had a teacher who could turn students into apples when they misbehaved. But that risk might have been worth all the laughs from the off-kilter world of “Sideways Stories from Wayside School.” For Orlando Repertory Theatre’s season opener, director Michael Marinaccio has crafted a delightfully quirky world, played on a tricked-out set by Tom Mangieri. For those who have never paid a visit to Wayside School, it’s the setting for a series of popular children’s books by Louis Sachar, who also wrote “Holes.” The Wayside School was accidentally built 30 stories high — the 30 classrooms were supposed to be built side by side — and things are just a little peculiar on the 30th floor. Most peculiar is teacher Mrs. Gorf. “I love apples,” she muses. “I hate children.” Her rules are as odd as her attitude: “There’s no sneezing on the 30th floor!” she barks. Candace Neal is delightfully evil as the mean-spirited teacher, and she then turns the show into an acting class on how to play multiple parts. The fabulously frumpy costumes by Marcy Singhaus help, but it’s Neal’s …

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Sideways Stories from Wayside School | Press Release

WILD, WACKY & WICKEDLY FUNNY: THE REP GOES BACK TO SCHOOL  Sideways Stories From Wayside School Kicks Off The REP’s 11-12 Season Orlando, FL, August 25, 2011– The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), along with presenting partner, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, will kick off the 2011-2012 season with Sideways Stories from Wayside School. This production runs September 8, 2011 to October 9, 2011 with public performances on Saturdays at 12pm and 4pm and Sundays at 2pm. Back by popular demand, strange encounters and skewed adventures are always on the lesson plan at Wayside School! Instead of building the school with 30 classrooms side by side, it was accidentally constructed with 30 classrooms stacked on top of each other, including the mysterious 19th floor. From people turning into apples to talking pigtails, the students of the 30th floor classroom never know what to expect! Adapted for the stage by John Olive from Louis Sanchar’s popular book series, this adaptation for the stage composed of the best scenes from the books kids love. “As a child, I loved stories that were both bizarre and a little creepy”, says Michael Marinaccio, the show’s director. “I wanted stories that stretched my imagination further than I thought it could go, that taught lessons without being too obvious about it, and respected my intelligence rather than talking down to me …

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Welcome to The REP’s new website!

WELCOME! After weeks of anticipation and months of hard work, The REP is proud to launch our NEW website! As you know, The REP is currently celebrating its 10th Birthday Season, and what better gift could we receive? Take a few minutes to explore… there is so much to see and do! You can find everything from information about shows, camps, and special events, to image galleries, volunteer opportunities, auditions, news, blogs, social media, our MFA program in partnership with UCF, scouts, our sponsors, and much more! We would be remiss if we did not extend a huge THANK YOU to everyone who took part in this tremendous effort! Enjoy our fantastic new site and don’t forget to share it with your friends!! We have a great season that you won’t want to miss!

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Hairspray | Orlando Sentinel Feature

Orlando Sentinel http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_stage_theat/?p=13283 ‘Hairspray’ from Orlando Repertory Theatre Youth Academy Children’s theater, orlando repertory theatre — posted by Matthew J. Palm on July, 22 2011 The students of the Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Youth Academy are staging the Tony Award-winning musical “Hairspray” Opening night is tonight — July 22 — and the show runs through July 31. The high-energy musical centers around Tracy Turnblad, a plump teenager with big moves, big dreams and a big appetite. Determined to dance and sing on a hit local TV show and redefine what it means to be cool, Tracy combats stereotypes and 1960s segregation. By staying true to herself and standing up for what is right, she proves to herself and everyone else that “You Can’t Stop the Beat” of progress. “’Hairspray’ isn’t just about racial acceptance.  It also tackles size and gender stereotypes, forcing us to look at others and confront our own prejudices,” says Gary Cadwallader, education director for The Rep and director of “Hairspray.” “I love that ‘Hairspray’ breaks stereotypes, especially one in which large women are lazy, lack self-discipline and willpower.  Let’s celebrate our differences and learn to say ‘I like you because you are different than me’ rather than ‘I like you because you and I are exactly the same.’ I have hope that one day we all will realize that everyone is unique …

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Target Family Theatre Festival 2011

ORLANDO, FL (July 12, 2011) – The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) invites families to attend the 5th Annual Target Family Theatre Festival in Loch Haven Park from July 22nd – July 31st featuring performances by Justin Roberts, Tony Brent, Lunch Money, Camp Kappawanna – A Lisa Loeb Musical, and the Youth Academy production of Hairspray. All of the shows at the Target Family Theatre Festival will be FREE, with the exception of Hairspray, which is $13. The REP is proud to partner with Target and Orange County Division of Art and Cultural Affairs to present the 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. This year’s festival brings some of the top children’s recording artists in the country to Orlando. USA Today calls Justin Roberts, an all-star of the indie family music scene, “the Paul McCartney of kid’s music”. With numerous national awards and recognition as well as a devoted fan base, Justin and The Not Ready for Naptime Players dish out unexpectedly intelligent and whimsically rocking music for kids and their parents. Lee Bryan, also known as “That Puppet Guy”, is a nationally recognized artist who combines live vocal characterizations and songs with innovative puppet designs for …

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