For more than three decades, the Orlando Ballet has infused the stage with a mixed repertoire of graceful classical ballet and fiery contemporary programs. In the second production of "Battle of the Sexes," male and female dancers surge forward with sensual volleys of arms and legs timed to the choreography of Robert Hill. Gaze in awe from the middle or upper balcony as sultry silhouettes perform flying leaps and spins in tandem under red lights and full-bodied music. En pointe enthusiasts can purchase multiple Groupons and accompany their family, friends, or passing tour group to the ballet.
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.
The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
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.
Helmed by coaching wunderkind Guy Boucher and managed by Hockey Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman, the ice-carving squad enthralls fans with powerful slapshots and magical hat tricks. Groupon getters can toast NHL history as they drink in the league's first bout at the new Amway Center, or anxiously gnaw lower-terrace seats as players slam into the glass just a few feet away. Center Steven Stamkos looks to lead the league in scoring after his 45 goals nabbed the No. 2 spot in the NHL last season. Veteran right-winger Martin St. Louis returns as well, after having filled up stat sheets with 68 assists, 99 points, and drawings of his pet kitty cat in 2010.
Classic Albums Live reanimates the long-playing, pre-shuffle heyday of music in meticulous live recreations of the world’s most beloved rock albums. Casting aside stage gimmickry and impersonations but retaining the album's eerie resonances with Meet Me in St. Louis, a band of seasoned rock pros rebuilds every single note, intonation, and otherworldly vocal phrasing of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon. Starting with “Speak to Me,” the performers surge onward through “The Great Gig in the Sky” before turning their instruments upside down to launch into “Money” and the rest of Side B.