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Top 5 Central Florida Videos Weekly Round Up

We are thinking about doing a new weekly feature, where we show the Top 5 youtube videos of events from around Central Florida, all uploaded within the past week.

It should give a great snapshot of all the different things happening. (And you can give us a shout out if you post a great video. Who knows, it might be featured on our Weekly Round Up!)

So, let’s get started with this week’s videos:

Car races:

From Attractions Magazine:

Light Up UCF:

From Disney Parks – Mickey becomes a Magic Player:

Building of Legoland:

Bonus videos–yeah, we couldn’t decide on just 5 this week!

From NBCActionNews, because this was just so darn crazy!

Singing, because we loved Spring Awakening when it was in Orlando:

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Top 5 “Performing Art” Events in November

1. Young Frankenstein

Opens November 30 at the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
One of our all-time favorite movies that we’ve heard will become a favorite show! Part of the Fairwinds Broadway Across America series, we’re sure Frankenstein’s creation won’t be the only one in stitches!

Produced by the incomparable Mel Brooks, follow Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen!) as he tries to complete his grandfather’s legendary work. “It’s alive!”

2. Celtic Thunder

November 26 at the King Performing Arts Center in Melbourne
We love the kilted cloggers! Okay, so they probably won’t wear kilts, and actually, this group is not even cloggers or dancers, but the music these five guys produce is soul-inpsiring!

And this is your chance to get into the holiday season while Celtic Thunder is on their Christmas tour.

3. She Stoops to Conquer

November 19 – December 19 at Mad Cow Theatre
Advertised as a “frothy romp,” we’re intrigued by a comedy that has been a hit for nearly two centuries!  Mistaken identities, elegant costumes, town vs. city folk?  Sounds fun!

4. Grease

November 12 – November 20 at  Annie Russell Theatre
A fun musical for all ages, bring back the poodle skirts, bad boys, and jumping jiving music!

And who among us doesn’t want to sing along (quietly please!) to “Summer Nights!” or “Look at me, I’m Sandra Dee…” We’re in!

5. Christmas Carol

November 26 – December 21 at Theatre Downtown
What better way to get in the Christmas spirit than to see Scrooge relearning the whole message of the season!

And, starting 30 minutes prior to each show, you can catch some seasonal caroling…what a nice touch!

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Spring has Sprung in Orlando

Teenage rebellion has taken an old familiar form, that is somehow surprisingly new! Spring Awakening has come to the Bob Carr in Orlando, and it has people talking. Some of the talk is good; some of the talk is simply scandalous!

You see, I went to see Spring Awakening already knowing the premise, already having read the parent guide, and guess what? I took my 14-year-old son along with me…and apparently this is simply unheard of in Orlando!

Yes, the language was raunchy, vulgar, and even boorish at times…but no more than that in the locker room my son changes in for gym class daily!

Yes, the themes dealt with teen pregnancy, masturbation, and even suicide…but aren’t I glad I had a chance to talk about these things with my son! (These are pretty darn important to talk about…don’t you think?)

Let’s get real… my son watches Glee weekly and on occasion has even viewed a rated R movie at a friend’s house… so, yes, he’s already seen more than anything Spring Awakening might put on stage. Did the love scene shock us? Well… kind of, as I didn’t quite realize there’d be a women’s breast and a man’s butt bared… but, it did give me the chance to tell my son, “Just in case there was any doubt…that is how a girl gets pregnant!”

You see, these conversations are very necessary in today’s world…apparently in yesterday’s world, too. Spring Awakening was written and takes place in the late 1800s in a suppressive Victorian-like Germany.  (My son commented that thanks to the rock-n-roll music, the show didn’t feel like it took place in another century.) But it is funny how these themes are still a constant even in today’s world. Parents simply do not want to talk about sex with their children. They somehow feel by not talking about it, it simply won’t happen.

I happen to know differently. My first teaching assignment was Life Management Skills in Gainesville, Florida at Buchholz High School, where the life cycle was part of the curriculum.  I had a student ask how the baby breathes in the womb and another student begged to give the answer. “Okay,” I said, “so how does the baby breathe in the womb?”

“My older sister just had her baby,” the girl announced proudly, “and my grandma told her not to cross her legs the whole nine months!”

What? Grandma!  (So that’s at least three generations that had no idea the baby does not actually breathe in the womb!)

I wish I could say this was an uncommon occurrence. A friend of mine even now blushes anytime she hears the word sex and she says she’ll never be able to discuss sex with her pre-teen daughter, which unfortunately was exactly what happened in the play between Wendla and her mother. (Guess who ends up getting pregnant and having no idea how it happened!)

So, while this was not the typical Broadway show, it doesn’t pretend to be one. This is why the show has an extensive website with an attached Parent Guide.  So, whether you want to relive your own teenage angst and rebellious feelings, or spark a conversation between your teenager and yourself, I’d recommend going to see Spring Awakening. (There’s a reason it won 8 Tony Awards!)

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Win Tickets to Broadway’s Spring Awakening

The Top 5 is so excited about the arrival of one of the freshest Broadway shows to come to Orlando EVER!  Spring Awakening is indeed serving Orlando her coffee. A coming of age show, Spring Awakening deals with a variety of issues ranging from rebellion, sexuality, and more… but in a surprisingly uplifting, inspirational manner!

Winner of 8 Tony Awards (nominated for 11), this show is based on an 1891 play banned in England for nearly 100 years. The producers realized how relevant the content still is today and have combined it with a rocking musical score. Set against the backdrop of the repressive 19th century Germany, Spring Awakening focuses on the timeless tale of teenage self-discovery and budding sexuality through the eyes of three teenagers. But don’t expect the prim and proper, because the fusion rock music is enough to draw young and old alike into the tale.

No need to drink a Red Bull beforehand, as you will find yourself “awakened” by the show itself! Running May 18 – 23 at the Bob Carr, tickets can be purchased in advance starting at $25, or you might be lucky enough to win our Top 5 contest below!

Our contest has ended. Congratulations to Dawn for winning 2 premium tickets to opening night!

Thank you to all who entered and we hope you will buy tickets to join us at the show.

Check it out:

If you are curious as to whether this show is right for you and your teenager, check out the provided Parent’s Guide.

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