Legendary rock icon and influential multi-instrumentalist Edgar Winter struts his decades of musical savvy as his latest tour rollicks generations of fans. A child prodigy, Winter has built a long-lasting career on imagination and inimitable virtuosity. Famous for such classic-rock staples as “Tobacco Road,” “Free Ride” and the hummable No. 1 hit “Frankenstein,” the performer left his forever stamp on popular music by pioneering the use of keyboard body straps, synthesizers, and solar-powered kazoos in his live shows. Winter whisks away audiences on an electrifying trip through his oeuvre, hitting all the hits and running through genres with no regard for the genre guard.
The Orlando Predators stampede into the Arena Football League’s 25th season boasting the debut of a new head coach and retooled roster. Former Predators player and Winter Park native Bret Munsey brings with him both a new playbook and ArenaBowl championship expectations, telling the Orlando Sentinel upon his hiring, “[The Predators] want to win [this] year, and I’ve got to find a way to do that.” The front office has contributed to the championship campaign with new additions on both sides of the ball. Recently acquired quarterback Trevor Harris will compete with Collin Drafts for the duties of breaking the team out of each huddle and igloo-encased locker room. On defense, new nose tackle Richard Clebert dominates the line of scrimmage by clogging foes’ running lanes, as he did in his last two seasons on a pair of ArenaBowl championship teams.
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.
While most people’s biggest water-related fear might be sharks, Phil Pektas's was children. Not the kids themselves, of course, but the prospect of teaching them. This terror first surfaced when he was tapped to fill in for the Pre-K instructor at the swim school where he taught. Fortunately, he conquered that fear during the very first lesson and 20 years later is still introducing young people to the necessary skills for ensuring safe, aquatic fun. Pektas and his staff of American Red Cross–, CPR-, and First-Aid- certified instructors use activities, toys, and analogies to improve performance in the pool. With games such as Bird Catcher, kids will learn how to control their breathing and hunt for sub-aquatic fowl indigenous to chlorinated pools.
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.