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“Ivy and Bean The Musical” | Press Release

Orlando, FL (August 27, 2013) – The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) presents Ivy and Bean The Musical, based on the popular book series about friendship by Annie Barrows, from September 5 through October 6, 2013 in Loch Haven Park. Ivy and Bean The Musical follows the adventures of two 2nd graders who are vey different?  Both are sure they have nothing in common and would not like each other, but they soon discover that true friendship comes from the heart and not appearances. Meet quiet Ivy with her amazing ideas and the outgoing Bean, who loves to put those ideas into action. Living on a cul-de-sac has never been so enjoyable as these two provide enough fun in one afternoon to last a full year! Director Jani Walsh-Weber resonated with the theme of friendship as she worked with the cast of Ivy and Bean The Musical. “To me friendship means never being alone, learning to trust, discovering life, and having the best adventures ever!” Others from the cast and crew had similar sentiments regarding friendship while working on the musical. “Friendship is all about trust to me,”: says actress Chloe Robin, who plays Bean. “Being a performer, you have to trust the people with whom you are acting, so I am so glad to be playing opposite of my real life best friend, Bella …

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The REP Presents a Sensory-Friendly Performance of “Ivy and Bean The Musical”

ORLANDO, FL (September 24, 2013) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) is pleased to announce its Sensory-Friendly performance of Ivy and Bean The Musical, specially designed for children with autism, Asperger’s, or other sensory processing disorders and special needs. Following the success of the Sensory-Friendly production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, The REP again presents a performance of Ivy and Bean The Musical on September 29 at 5:30pm for that audience. As Artistic Director Jeff Revels explains, “We hope that seeing a live show on stage will open a whole new world to our audience- that they develop a love for seeing stories shared with other people. Sharing a communal theatre experience can be a powerful tool in understanding our humanity and place in the world.” Bright lights, loud noises, and intense action that may occur onstage can be unbearable for children with these types of sensitivities. And for many, the requirements to remain seated quietly for an extended period of time is a nearly impossible task. Often, because of these challenges, families that include a child with special needs do not feel that the world of theatre is accessible to them. Special modifications have been made to The REP’s production of Ivy and Bean The Musical for this Sensory-Friendly performance. Volunteer helpers are stationed in the lobby and throughout the theatre …

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The REP Announces Its 2013-2014 Season

Wizards, Red-Nosed Reindeer, Baseball Heroes, and More! Orlando, FL, April 26, 2013 – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP), in partnership with UCF, is proud to announce its 2013 – 2014 Season! The REP is Orlando’s only professional theatre for families and young audiences, and has boasted recent box-office hits such as Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, PINKALICIOUS: The Musical, and Lyle The Crocodile, and an extremely successful 10th Birthday Season. The season kicks off the fall with Ivy and Bean The Musical (September 5 – October 6, 2013).  Based on the popular series of books by Annie Barrows and illustrated by Sophie Blackall, Scott Elmegreen brings the mischievous heroines to the stage. How can two 2nd graders who are very different become inseparable friends? Meet quiet Ivy with her amazing ideas and the outgoing Bean, who loves to put those ideas into action! Just in time for the World Series is Jackie and Me (October 10 – November 10, 2013), a powerful play by Steven Dietz, based on Dan Gutman’s popular book. Young Joey Stoshack has the unique power to travel through time by holding onto a baseball card. When assigned to write a paper about Jackie Robinson- he heads back to 1947 and meets the legend in person. Joey witnesses Jackie’s determination and dedication during the turbulent time of segregation. The journey …

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“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer TYA” | Show Synopsis

In 1841, near the Mississippi River in Missouri, a young boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his perfect brother Sid, and his Aunt Polly. He doesn’t like to work, and would rather be outside playing Robin Hood with his friends. He even tricks the school master into letting all of the kids leave school early one day. For this, he is punished by his Aunt Polly, and made to paint the fence on a Saturday. Tom dreams of adventures. When he looks up from his work, he is love-stricken with the new girl in town, Becky Thatcher. They share a piece of gum until her father, the judge, catches up to them and hurries her along to Bible class. Aunt Polly exasperatedly tells Tom to work, and he resumes his chore. Tom’s friend Huck Finn comes by as he is painting the fence. Huck has a curious story of how he can cure his warts with a dead cat, and Tom agrees to meet Huck at midnight in the graveyard. Tom asks if Huck wants to paint, and Huck declines, saying that it did look kind of fun. Tom uses this tactic to convince his other friends to paint the fence for him as he lounges in the shade, eating an apple. Later that night, in the graveyard, Tom and Huck overhear an exchange between …

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Sensory – Friendly Performance of “Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat”

The REP is pleased to announce its first-ever sensory-friendly performance, specially designed for children with autism, Asperger’s, or other sensory processing disorders and special needs. This production of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat is held on March 17 at 5:30pm. As Artistic Director Jeff Revels explains, “We hope that seeing a live show on stage will open a whole new world to our audience- that they develop a love for seeing stories shared with other people and learning more about ourselves and our world. Sharing a communal theatre experience can be a powerful tool in understanding our humanity and place in the world.” Bright lights, loud noises, and intense action that may occur onstage can be unbearable for children with these types of sensitivities. And for many, the requirements to remain seated quietly for an extended period of time is a nearly impossible task. Often, because of these challenges, families that include a child with special needs don’t feel that the world of theatre is accessible to them. “It is extremely important to us and to all arts organizations, and everyone really, to offer programming for special needs children,” says Revels. “We already have a large number of these children and families attending our shows, but we know there are still a huge number being underserved. At The REP our programming is 100% …

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Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat | Review from Orlando Sentinel

Orlando Sentinel http://www.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment/os-cat-in-the-hat-review-20130218,0,280608.story?track=rss By Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel Theater Critic 7:55 p.m. EST, February 18, 2013 With no disrespect intended to the fine young cast of Dr. Seuss‘s “The Cat in the Hat,” onstage at Orlando Repertory Theatre, the stars of this show are the strikingly stylized set and, of course, the good doctor’s words. The mischievous Cat in the Hat, beloved to young readers since his debut in 1957, hopes for “good fun that is funny” in this 40-minute show aimed at the age range that appreciates his book. (If you want to count yourself in that age range, as I do, then that’s fine.) The good news is this boisterous little show, adapted by Katie Mitchell for the National Theatre of Great Britain, is both fun and funny. Director Gary Cadwallader keeps his cast on the move: The Boy (Nick Rishel) and his sister, Sally (Lyndsey Wilkerson) dart after flying kites, the Cat (Sage Starkey) balances on a ball while holding a cake, a ship and assorted other items, Thing 1 and Thing 2 (Jasmine Forsberg, Alexa Wengrofsky) screech and tumble. It’s merry mayhem overseen by the children’s disgruntled Fish (Wesley Slade). Kids love it, in part thanks to the cacophony of surprise noises by sound coordinator Anthony Narciso. Balls honk, umbrellas sound like flutes and a tennis racket becomes a banjo. Adults can …

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