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“Orphie and the Book of Heroes” | Press Release

Orlando, FL (October 7, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Orphie and the Book of Heroes (October 12 – November 8, 2015), created by Michael Kooman and Chris Dimond in 2014 as a commission for the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. This production is presented by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs. Spunky and curious Orphie, a young girl in Ancient Greece, sets out to save the famous storyteller Homer and his Book of Heroes in this humorous quest where she encounters Zeus, Atlas, the Sirens, Pegasus, and more! Much like the Percy Jackson stories, this new musical finds its own clever take on Greek mythology as modern day references find their way into this mythical world! “We are big fans of the creators of the show, Chris Dimond and Michael Kooman, an uber-talented team really making a mark in the theatre world,” says director Jeff Revels. The REP presented Kooman and Dimond’s Christmas musical, Junior Claus, in 2012. Kooman and Dimond have received the Fred Ebb Award, Jonathan Larson Grant, and the Lorenz Hart Award. “I really got into the world of Greek mythology in 9th grade Latin class where we worked our way through Edith Hamilton’s Mythology,” continues Revels. “Being a dramatic child, I quickly saw the myths from this book were all action-adventure stories with …

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“Fancy Nancy The Musical” | Press Release

Orlando, FL (September 7, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Fancy Nancy The Musical (September 8 – October 11, 2015), with book and lyrics by Susan DiLallo and music and lyrics by Danny Abosch, kicking off The REP’s 2015-2016 season. This production is presented by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs and Darden Restaurants Foundation. From the tip-top of her twinkly tiara down to her sparkly slippers, Nancy is ready for the spotlight in her first dance recital. But when someone else gets picked to be the prima ballerina (that’s a fancy word for “star of the show”), Nancy is stuck playing a dreary, dull tree. Through practicing kindness, Nancy must become a musical hero by finding the fancy flair in her new role. A true pop culture phenomenon, the series’ first book, Fancy Nancy spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list when it came out 10 years ago. Since then, it has expanded into over 60 book, as well as dolls, toys, iPad apps, an upcoming series on Disney Jr., and a possible movie. “I knew right away that we would do the show here,” says Artistic Director, Jeff Revels. “I have enjoyed the book series along with my daughter since the first book arrived in the bookstore in all its pink and glittery glory. Right away, I …

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Broadway’s Original Mary Poppins Performs at The REP

Orlando, FL (June 2, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) is excited to announce a one-night-only concert starring Ashley Brown, Broadway’s original Mary Poppins! The concert is held at Orlando Repertory Theatre on June 27 at 7:00pm. Ms. Brown will also spend time earlier in the week working with the cast of the Youth Academy production of Mary Poppins, playing July 17 – August 2, 2015. Ms. Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway, for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. She also starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast, as well as in the national tour of Disney’s On The Record. She recently starred as Laurey in the Chicago Lyric Opera’s production of Oklahoma! Ms. Brown appeared in her own PBS special entitled Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible, which received a PBS Telly Award. Ms. Brown made her solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center and has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America, including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, The Pittsburg Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall, Philadelphia Orchestra, and many more. She performed with the BBC orchestra opposite Josh Groban. Ms. Brown can also be heard on the cast albums for Mary Poppins and …

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The REP Awarded Shubert Foundation Grant

Orlando, FL (June 15, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) is proud to announce a $20,000 grant award from the Shubert Foundation. This grant is used for General Operating Support for the 2015-2016 season, and marks the fifth consecutive year it has been awarded to The REP. The Foundation provides grants only to organizations that have established artistic and administrative track records, as well as a pattern of fiscal responsibility. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. is dedicated to sustaining and advancing the live performing arts in the United States, with a particular emphasis on theatre and a secondary focus on dance. The Foundation’s Board of Directors believes that the most effective way to encourage the artistic process is by providing the general operating support that reinforces the structure that nurtures its development. Accordingly, The Foundation does not earmark its awards; all allocations are unrestricted.

 Although the primary emphasis is on theatre, with a secondary focus on dance, The Foundation also offers some awards to arts-related organizations that help support their growth and advancement. The Shubert Foundation, Inc. was established in 1945 by Lee and J.J. Shubert in memory of their brother Sam, and is the sole shareholder of The Shubert Organization, Inc., which currently owns/operates 21 theatres: 17 on Broadway, one Off-Broadway theatre (The Little Shubert), and one each in Boston and Philadelphia. The Shubert …

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The REP Announces Its 2015-2016 Season

Orlando, FL (May 15, 2015) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with UCF, is proud to announce its 2015 – 2016 Season! The REP is Orlando’s premiere professional theatre for families and young audiences, and has staged recent box-office hits such as Shrek The Musical and A Christmas Story The Musical and completed a run for 13,000+ 8th grade students of The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The season kicks off in a big way with a special concert by Broadway’s original Mary Poppins, Ashley Brown! She is set to perform An Evening With Ashley Brown at The REP on June 27, 2015. Ms. Brown will spend time earlier in the week working with the cast of the Youth Academy production of Mary Poppins, playing July 17 – August 2, 2015. For her role as Mary Poppins, Ms. Brown received Outer Critics, Drama League, and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress. She also starred on Broadway as Belle in Disney’s Beauty and The Beast. Ms. Brown made her solo concert debut at The Kennedy Center and has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America. Ticket information for Ms. Brown’s concert is forthcoming. The fall kicks off with Fancy Nancy The Musical (September 8 – October 11, 2015). From …

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Dr. Phillips Center for The Performing Arts hosts The REP’s “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg”

Disney, United Arts of Central Florida Bring Live, Local Theater to Budding Art Lovers LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., May 5, 2015 – Every eighth grade student in Orange County Public Schools will have their social studies curriculum brought to life onstage at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, thanks to a $200,000 donation from Walt Disney World Resort to United Arts of Central Florida. “This special gift will allow our young children – many for the first time – to experience the theater, sparking a potential life-long appreciation for the arts and culture,” said Flora Maria Garcia, president and CEO of United Arts. This week, all 13,000 eighth graders will have the opportunity to attend a performance of “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” at the Walt Disney Theater inside the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The presentation by the Orlando Repertory Theatre tells the Civil War-era story of a young boy following the Union Army in search of his brother. The production is based on a popular work of fiction and complements the county’s eighth grade social studies curriculum. During the Civil War, a 12-year-old boy who never even owned a pair of shoes steps up to become a hero by saving his older brother at the Battle of Gettysburg. Then he helps lead the Union to victory! Sound too …

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