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.
Unlike easily pigeonholed artists, The Marshall Tucker Band blanketed the rock, country, and gospel charts with instantly memorable hits and a sound that still eschews boundaries. Nearly 40 years since their self-titled debut album helped sire the genre of Southern rock, founding singer Doug Gray and his seasoned highwayman keep crafting music that comforts hungry ears like a beef-jerky pillow. In its live show, the band appeals to inner ramblers and lovelorn outlaws with multiplatinum classics such as “Heard It in a Love Song” and “Fire on the Mountain.” Special guests Charlie D. and the Things add an extra dose of rock and soul to the evening, and concertgoers recharge their finger-snapping batteries with beer ($5), mixed drinks ($3.50+), hot dogs ($1.85+), and pizza ($2.50).
A CBS veteran, comic Jason Hunter draws on experience as an opening act for such comedians as Bob Saget, Dave Attell, and Pablo Francisco to lob laughs with his own style of brazen, fearless comedy described by his Bonkerz bio as “self-evaluation humor.” Jason tackles topics such as his own marriage and pop culture head on with a shameless approach that conquers subjects without fear, apprehension, or worry that a league of overprotective moms might be loitering in the audience. As a headliner, Jason’s jokes have graced the screen on FOX, CBS’ Comedy Night School, and the film A Guy Walks into a Bar.
The historic Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is home to the Seminole County Repertory Company, which brings the Tony-award winning classic Guys and Dolls to life on its historic stage. Dress up in your best audience-member costume and pick up tickets at will call before taking in the musical comedy from a perch in the house. Nathan Detroit and his gaggle of fellow New York gangsters struggle to keep their underground craps game rolling in the 1920s while being thwarted by a cast of characters that includes scheming Sky Masterson, straitlaced Sarah Brown, and lovelorn bombshell Miss Adelaide. Audience members tap toes and warm eardrums as the cast performs favorites, such as "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat," "Luck, Be a Lady," and the entire Rocky soundtrack.
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.