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Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas Indeed!

If you want something seasonal but that is also refreshingly new and not overdone, then Chaps! A Jingle Jangle Christmas at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF may be just the ticket.

No Scrooge in this building!  It’s 1944, years into World War II, and the heyday of singing cowboys on radio and the silver screen.  Allied troops from around the world are anxiously awaiting the live, in-studio BBC broadcast of radio and film star Tex Riley and his Radio Roundup. When Tex and his fellow cowboys get lost in London minutes before airtime, the motley BBC crew suddenly find themselves in the “trenches.” Out of desperation, Mabel, their tour manager, and Miles, the frantic young producer, grab anyone  – a snobby announcer, an amiable sound man, a passing soap opera actor – slap them into costume, hand them scripts and shove them in front of the studio audience. The resulting performance is one that England will never forget!

It’s playing now and will go through December 26. Here are some photos from the production:

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Lily’s Plastic Purse: Calling All Little Ones!

OMG…look how adorable!

Parents of young ones are more than familiar with the picture books of  Kevin Henkes, and now there’s a play that centers around three of his storylines: Chester’s Way, Julius, Baby of the World,and Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse.

For those NOT in the know, Lilly is a mouse who knows what she likes: “She likes that she is ‘Queen of the World,’ and she likes the way her red cowboy boots go clickety-click down the hallway. She especially LOVES her purple plastic purse.”

So, if anyone loves to laugh, they will love Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse!

Lilly’s Plastic Purse is opening on October 23rd at 2:00pm at Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF and will run through November 20. But, as a special bonus, those who attend the opening day show will receive a mini cupcake provided by Sweet! By Holly in Waterford Lakes, winner of Cupcake Wars on the Food Network.  Now, that’s a sweet touch!

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Orlando Shakes’ The Turn of the Screw: Come Meet the Cast!

Orlando Shakespeare Theater in Partnership with UCF will hold an informal chat session with actors and designers from the production of The Turn of the Screw at the East Colonial Barnes & Noble store this Thursday, October 21. The free event starts at 5 p.m. and is followed by a photo and autograph session with the cast.

The Turn of the Screw is the perfect spooky play for the season, featuring a governess who is left to investigate the possible possession of her two young charges by malicious ghosts.  For those of us who love a good ghost tale, this is it!




And in case you missed it last week,  a young Will Shakespeare did a story reading also at Barnes and Noble Book Store. He charmed an audience of young and old alike. He had such a cute audience! In fact, a few families stayed to play and color after the story time.


Whether it is bookstore story time or an eerie time at the theater, Orlando Shakes has got us covered!


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Orlando Shakespeare Theater: A Night to Remember!

When the Top 5 was invited to the Season Opening Gala at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, I knew we couldn’t resist. Great food, fun entertainment, hobnobbing with big wigs, and all supporting a great cause…what more could I ask for?!

Season Opening Gala

When we arrived, they had the red carpet rolled out to receive guests, and so we made our way into the lobby where elegantly dressed ladies and gentlemen were already chatting it up over tasty hors d oeuvres and an open bar.

The Food

There were several stations set about, serving everything from pasta and lamb chops to crab salad and sushi. The displays were breathtaking and the food was even yummier!

One of the beautiful food stations!

Bubbalou's Bodacious BBQ.

Desserts from Seasons 52.

The Silent Auction

Inside the big domed room, there seemed to be at least one hundred items up for silent auction. Packages ran from opening bids of $25 (restaurant gift certificates) up to $4000 (sapphire necklace).  The room was packed with excited bidders, but I just couldn’t talk my hubby into anything!

The silent auction.

Some of the fun silent auction packages.

Sapphire necklace, opening bid of $4000.

The Big Wigs

Orlando Shakes was certainly the place to “see and be seen” as some of city’s biggest movers and shakers turned out for the night:

  • Philanthropist Harriett Lake
  • UCF’s President Dr. John Hitt and Provost Dr. Tony Waldrop
  • Chairman of the Dr. Philips Performing Arts Center Jim Pugh
  • Chairman and chief executive of Massey Services Harvey Massey
  • Orange County Commissioner Bill Segal
  • Orlando Sentinel‘s Scott Maxwell
  • Trinity Preparatory School’s headmaster Craig Maughan
  • The Analog Artist Thomas Thorspecken
  • And, of course, Central Florida Top 5 editor Bess Auer

Harriett Lake being welcomed by this year’s Gala Chair, Patti Strasberg.

Thomas Thorspecken busy sketching.

Top 5 editor Bess Auer and hubby Joe.

The Live Auction

After a welcome by Daniel McIntosh, the President of the Board of Directors at Orlando Shakes, the live auction got underway under the keen eye and sharp wit of Orlando Shakes’ Jim Helsinger and Tom Yochum of Lowndes, Drosdick, Kantor and Reed law firm who sponsored the event.  The highlight of the live auction had to be a bracelet donated by Harriet Lake. The replacement value of the piece was estimated at $32,000!  (It went for a steal at $12,000…Nice!)

Artistic director Jim Helsinger.

One of the live auction packages as presented by Anne Hering.

The Entertainment

Gala goers got a sneak peek at the theater’s upcoming The 39 Steps, which seems to be a combination of Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python… yep, it looks like it will be simply amazing! I can’t wait to go back and see the actual play… opens September 15!

Top 5 editor Bess Auer - Check out our seats!

A sneak peek...can't wait to see it!

Special thanks to Orlando Shakes’ Melissa Mason, who graciously provided us tickets to tonight’s gala. It was definitely a night to remember!


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Orlando Shakespeare Theater – Going to the Gala!

Guess where the Top 5 will be tonight? At the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s Opening Gala… and we can’t wait!  From quality shows to important cultural events, we love and support Orlando Shakes… won’t you, too? (It’s not too late to get a ticket!)

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Go see “The Turn of the Screw”… We DARE You!

BEWARE! Tomorrow is Friday the 13th…

And what better way to spend such an unlucky day  than buying tickets to see one of the most famous ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw, the legendary tale by Henry James and described by Stephen King as the “quintessential ghost story.”

Children from a foreign production of the "The Turn of the Screw"

To make Friday the 13th a little less unfortunate for you unlucky lucky people, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater is offering a special $13 off the ticket price. (Great deal! Visit www.orlandoshakes.org and use the code GHOST)

Orlando Shakes’ version will be performed October 15 – 24, but buy your tickets tomorrow, August 13, for the special $13 discounted price!

So, put a little luck in your Friday the 13… we dare you!

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The Better to See You With, My Dear!

“Meet Little Red, her resourceful mother, and the biggest and baddest of the big bad wolves in an exciting, new adaptation of the classic Grimm’s fairytale that will appeal to the entire family!”

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If you haven’t seen The Little Red Riding Hood Show at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, treat your little ones to an end of summer show. Tickets are just $9 and the show runs just 55 minutes. It is recommended for Pre-K through 5th grade, so you can bring your older and younger children alike.

If you are going to, better hurry though, because the show closes August 8th!

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