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2011-2012 Season Announcement | Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel Orlando Repertory Theatre announces 2011-12 season Children’s theater, Season Preview 2011, orlando repertory theatre — posted by Matthew J. Palm on April, 28 2011 10:41 PM Orlando Repertory Theatre has announced its 2011-12 season of plays aimed at children and families. Stories range from a girl eating too many sweets and turning pink to children traveling through space and time. Several of the plays are adapted from beloved books such as “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle and “The Boxcar Children” by Gertrude Chandler Warner.
“We’re full of anticipation for the next season as we present stories that celebrate families and friends — themes that are fully explored in each of the upcoming productions,” says Jeffrey Revels, artistic director at The Rep.  “With the ongoing cuts to arts education in schools, The Rep is proudly able to continue to provide theatrical experiences that harmoniously exist with school state standards. Our children need these stories, as we are a storytelling species, and we are committed to bringing the very best to our community.” The Rep’s 2010-2011 season saw more than 70,000 patrons take in an offering at Orlando Repertory Theatre. Here’s the lineup for the upcoming season, which includes two two limited engagements: Sideways Stories from Wayside School 
Sept. 8 – Oct. 9, 2011 
By Louis Sachar, 
Adapted for the stage by John …

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Disney Camps | Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel Orlando Repertory Theatre offers Disney-themed summer camps at UCF, downtown A Mom and The Mouse, Kristin Ford — posted by Kristin Ford on March, 30 2011 2:04 AM I’ve written about this before, but I still think Orlando Repertory Theatre’s Summer Youth Academy is a great opportunity for kids who love Disney to see what it’s like to perform on stage. The Rep has Disney-themed camps for students entering kindergarden through graduating high school seniors. My son took part in “Disney Movie Magic” a couple summers ago and had a great time. He was shy on the first morning, but quickly got acclimated, thanks to the energetic counselors. “Disney Movie Magic” was a song-and-dance camp more than an acting camp, and the kids also played games and did crafts. At the end of the week, the group gave a short performance. This year’s weeklong sessions begin June 13 and run through Aug. 19.  There are Disney-themed camps for all ages, but students entering grades 1 and 2 have the most to pick from: ** Disney Movie Madness ** Get Tangled! ** Disney’s Dreamcatcher ** Adventures in Pixie Hollow ** Puppetry with The Lion King ** Disney’s Once Upon a Dream The Orlando Repertory Theatre is expanding its offerings this summer with some camps held at a location other than its downtown Orlando building. …

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Pippi Longstocking | Review from Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel Review: ‘Pippi Longstocking’ at Orlando Repertory Theatre Posted by Matthew J. Palm on September, 12 2010 2:14 PM Pippi Longstocking takes command of the musical named for her even before the curtain is raised. In fact, she helps hoist the curtain herself — then she directs the audience to applaud her. Would you expect anything less from Astrid Lindgren’s brash Swedish heroine? After all, Pippi lives on her own, has great riches thanks to her pirate father, and is also the strongest girl in the world. The production of “Pippi Longstocking” that opened Saturday at the Orlando Repertory Theatre captures the young red-head’s personality to a T: from the loud yellows and reds that decorate the set to the daffy sound effects that accompany the characters’ actions to Pippi’s funhouse — complete with rope-webbed ladder and tube slide. Scenic designer Cindy White and costume designer Daniel M. Jones have created a brilliant panorama of color. Even that curtain that Pippi raises is whimsically painted with the bright wooden horses beloved in Stockholm and a pirate/Viking ship. (Though Pippi refers to her dad as a pirate, he wears Viking horns; it’s Scandinavia, after all.) As the show pulls from several of Lindgren’s tales — Pippi raises a ruckus at school, Pippi competes against a carnival strong man, Pippi disrupts a coffee party — …

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Pippi Longstocking Opens at The REP

Orlando Sentinel Orlando Repertory Theatre opens ‘Pippi Longstocking’ on Saturday Posted by Matthew J. Palm on September, 5 2010 6:21 AM Red braids, striped stockings, cute grin: Yep, it’s Pippi Longstocking. The heroine of the beloved children’s book series kicks off the Orlando Repertory Theatre’s season on Saturday, Sept. 11, in a musical of the same name  based on the series by Astrid Lindgren. The Rep says Pippi “will turn the town upside down. Dressed in her unique style and living with only her horse and pet monkey, Pippi possesses untold wealth, super strength and an eccentric outlook on life that aid in her madcap escapades.” The show is directed by Katrina Ploof,  co-founder of a small Massachusetts theater for mentally and physically handicapped children and performers. She has staged hundreds of productions throughout the United States and Canada and is a member of the Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Laboratory. After each of the shows this Saturday, Sept. 11, the Rep will hold a free opening-day bash for patrons. On Sept. 18, the “Pippi” actors will lead a backstage tour after the 4 p.m. show; cost is $5.  A dinner package is available Sept. 25: Sonny’s Bar-B-Q serves dinner at 5:30 p.m. after the 4 p.m. show. Kids eat free with a ticket to the 4 p.m. performance, and adult meal tickets are only $5. …

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Ramona Quimby Opens at The REP

Orlando Sentinel Ramona Quimby opens at The REP |  Orlando Theater — posted by Tod Caviness on April, 15 2010 3:55 PM   From this Friday’s Calendar, here’s the spotlight and info on this week’s opening of Ramona Quimby: WHAT: Beverly Cleary’s boisterous Ramona Quimby is all over the place this year — both on the page and off. A big-screen adaptation of Cleary’s children’s novel Ramona and Beezus is scheduled for release later this summer, but you can get an up-close taste of her 8-year-old antics onstage this week. The Orlando Repertory Theatre production of Ramona Quimby finds the spirited tyke (played by Sarah Sculco, right) juggling the demands of third grade, a new man in her favorite Aunt Bea’s life and the ever-present sibling rivalry with her sister Beezus (Aubrey Peeples, left). WHEN: 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, 2 and 5 p.m. Sundays (opening April 17, through May 23) WHERE: Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 Princeton St., Orlando COST: $11-$17 CALL: 407-896-7365 ONLINE:

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