Packing the Deland Artisan Inn on the last Saturday of every month, Red Dog Comedy puts national and local comedians in front of the mike for a night of laughter and libations. Past shows have featured Vishaun Roberts, Matthew Lalanne, and TV-veteran Dean Napolitano, who many may recognize from his roles on Passions and The Shield.
Unveiled on Broadway in 1966, Cabaret has since spawned award-winning films and innumerable productions in playhouses and dental-office waiting rooms across the globe. The classic musical delves into the volatile Berlin of 1929 as it chronicles the patrons and performers of the decadent Kit Kat Klub, particularly its star songstress, Sally Bowles. Her tumultuous relationship with aspiring author Cliff Bradshaw progresses parallel to the tentative romance of a German boardinghouse matron and a Jewish fruit vendor—both of which are thrown into jeopardy as the sensual and artistic freedom of the Weimar Republic gives way to the jackboots of Nazi Germany.
Rock ‘n’ roll legend Dave Mason, a songwriting hero and inspiration to generations of guitarists, struts his six-string skills in a feisty evening of pure classic rock. From conducting the seminal band Traffic, exploring the paisley galaxies with Jimi Hendrix, and coaching Fleetwood Mac through Lamaze, Mason’s frenetic fret skills and pub keeper’s lilt have kept rock ‘n’ roll’s spine aligned for decades. During a rare live appearance, fans will rejoice as Dave plays evidence of his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inauguration, including hits such as “All Along the Watchtower,” “Feelin’ Alright,” and the therapeutic top 10 smash, “We Just Disagree,” which lowered the divorce rate in 1977.
Featured on America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, and HBO, the 76-year-old Grandma Lee riles up crowds with hilarious routines that poke fun at everything from her former husband to politics. Located at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino, Bonkerz Comedy Club remains a destination spot for laugh-seeking locals and tourists looking to liven up their stay. A convenient schedule offers nightly performances at 8:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, allowing attendees to obtain a core-toning laugh-induced workout nearly any day they please. Enjoy a side-splitting night out on the town with today’s jocular side deal.
The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre's Educational Shakespeariences project aims to give students access to professional theater by performing 91 student-matinee productions of main-stage plays during the 2011–12 school year, with complimentary tickets for students from underserved schools. During the show, students can experience professional sets, costumes, and musical arrangements, bringing their school literature curriculum to life on stage. Student matinees introduce youth to the language and eternal themes of Shakespeare and the arts in general, which can help improve performance in social and academic endeavors.
In 1926, it was called the Orlando Little Theatre. Since then it has undergone four name changes, two mergers, and five expansions. Today, the Orlando Repertory Theatre (REP) enriches the lives of families with theater performances based on classic and contemporary children’s literature and outreach events designed to get young audiences involved in the arts.
Every year, approximately 40,000 children attend the REP's productions, which change seasonally and will include The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in the 2012–2013 season. Children with hearing impairments have access to assisted hearing devices, and one performance of each production includes ASL interpreters. A product of the REP's goal to target families, the Sideways Series showcases plays with challenging themes to encourage children to think outside the box and ask serious questions. The REP also sponsors a number of youth and community-outreach events, including a writing workshop, summer camps with student-led performances, a theater-tech academy, and theatrical-training workshops for underserved youth.