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Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat | Press Release

ORLANDO, FL (January 28, 2013) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) continues its 10th Birthday Season, presented by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, with Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat, February 14 – March 24, 2013. Based on the book by Dr. Seuss and originally produced by the National Theatre of Great Britain, this production is presented by Universal Orlando Foundation with supporting partners Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Attorneys at Law and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. From games and mischief to Thing One and Thing Two, The Cat in the Hat is the perfect friend for a boring rainy afternoon. But will Sally and her brother be able to explain the mess to Mother? This Dr. Seuss classic leaps onto the stage with chaotic exuberance! Director Gary Cadwallader has directed several shows for The REP and is honored to be returning with this production. He has also spent twenty years at Seaside Music Theater in Daytona, both performing and directing. He has appeared on camera and in several national commercials and is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors’ Equity Association. Cadwallader hopes to capture the excitement and mayhem of Dr. Seuss’s original, insightful, and most importantly, page-turning book first published in 1957. “It is a superb, and I’m sure permanent, addition to the Theatre for …

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The Power Chords Ignite the Night | Press Release

  ORLANDO, FL (February 27, 2013) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) and the Youth Academy present The Power Chords Ignite the Night on Friday, March 1, 2013 at 7pm. Presented by title sponsor Florida Theatrical Association, the concert will feature Broadway show tunes such as “What I Did For Love” and “A Change In Me”, as well as current hits such as “We Are Young”, “Titanium”, and “Beautiful”. The REP Power Chords are an elite group of talented triple-threat performers. Ranging in age from 13 to 18 years old, these young stars focus on intense instruction in vocals, choreography, and performance. The Power Chords receive training through master classes as well as through real-world experiences shared by professionals working in the industry. The director of the The REP Power Chords is Gary Cadwallader. At The REP, Cadwallader serves as Education Director, and recently directed Dr. Seuss’s Cat In The Hat, as well as many Youth Academy productions. He spent 20 years at Seaside Music Theater in Daytona Beach, in addition to performing in other venues around the country, as well as on camera roles and national commercials. Music director Steve MacKinnon is currently directing The REP’s Honk! Jr. and the upcoming production of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer TYA. Choreographer Kim Ball has choreographed numerous productions for The REP as well as other Central …

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The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle | Press Release

ORLANDO, FL (January 8, 2013)- Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) continues it’s 10th Birthday Season, presented by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, with The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, January 24 – February 24, 2013. Adapted by Ernie Nolan from the novels of Hugh Lofting, The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle is presented by Rosen Hotels & Resorts. Come along and learn how to talk to the animals! Follow young Tommy Stubbins as he meets everyone’s favorite animal doctor, John Dolittle and his friends Polynesia the Parrot, Chee Chee the Monkey, Jip the Dog, Gub Gub the Pig, and Dab Dab the Duck. Join them on the adventure of a lifetime as they travel from quiet Puddleby-on-the-Marsh to the bottom of the sea in search of The Great Glass Snail. Director Jani Walsh-Weber returns to The REP for her second season, after directing last season’s production of The Boxcar Children and choreographing Lyle the Crocodile. She will also choreograph The Adventures of Tom Sawyer TYA later this season. In addition to her work at The REP, Walsh-Weber works as a Directing Consultant/Show Director for Walt Disney World. “My vision is to bring you, the audience, on a voyage of fantasy that allows you to believe our animals have come to life, to allow you to enjoy the work of the actor and puppeteer,” says Walsh-Weber. “To remind …

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Support The REP Through United Arts!

Now is the perfect time to help support The REP! From February through April each year, United Arts of Central Florida matches your contribution to The REP by 15% when made through their campaign! It is a fantastic time to give On average, it costs about $9 to bring an underserved child to the theatre, $250 to provide a scholarship to one Youth Academy class or camp, or $500 to hold a play and a workshop for a group of underprivileged youth – and The REP depends on your support to continue to do this great work! Your gift in any amount is greatly appreciated, as it allows us to continue our good work in the community through our productions and outreach programming. Please consider making a gift today! Be sure to mark your donation for Orlando Repertory Theatre in Section B of the pledge form. Your gift impacts us 115% SUPPORT THE REP:

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Junior Claus | Press Release

ORLANDO, FL (November 5, 2012) – Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) continues its 10th Birthday Season, presented by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, with Junior Claus, November 15 – December 23, 2012, a new holiday musical for the whole family. Junior Claus features music by Michael Kooman and book and lyrics by Christopher Dimond, and is presented by Clear Channel Outdoor, along with supporting partner, Turner Foundation. Santa’s only son, Junior, must save the day when a depleted Christmas “belief-o-meter” and lack of Christmas spirit put the jolly man in a deep slumber. Now, Junior must quickly master the art of climbing down chimneys, driving reindeer, reading GPS in a blizzard, and everything else that goes into the greatest delivery in the world.  With the help of an elf friend, a homesick penguin, and a youngster who believes fully in the Christmas spirit, Junior may save Christmas just in time in this joyful new musical. “Holidays at the theatre are particularly fun and many patrons make seeing the Christmas show at The REP a part of their yearly traditions,” says director and Artistic Director of The REP, Jeff Revels. “You will very soon start to see common themes in many of these shows!  I remember a time when I remarked to colleagues, ‘Where are the shows that feature Santa in the field of theatre for young …

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Star Spangled Birthday Concert

(Orlando, FL – August 10, 2012) – On Saturday, October 20, The Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) and the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will celebrate their respective 10th and 20th seasons with a FREE outdoor concert celebration from 5 to 9 p.m. in Loch Haven Park (Princeton Ave and 17-92, Orlando), sponsored by Dr. Phillips Charities, with additional support from Walt Disney World Resort and Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The Star Spangled Birthday Concert will include food trucks and an instrument petting zoo beginning at 5 p.m., pre-concert entertainment by Mr. Richard & The Pound Hounds at 6 p.m., and a 7 p.m. concert of patriotic music by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring The REP’s Power Chords, and a scene from The REP’s production of Chasing George Washington.  Orlando City Commissioner Robert Stuart will serve as narrator for James Beckel’s Liberty for All, a stirring patriotic orchestral work that incorporates quotes from Patrick Henry, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy. In addition, Commissioner Stuart will narrate The New Colossus, the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty, which will serve as an introduction to God Bless America. “We are deeply honored that Commissioner Stuart has agreed to participate in this wonderful concert,” said Orlando Philharmonic Executive Director David Schillhammer. “Both the Philharmonic and Orlando Repertory Theatre thank him for …

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