Orlando Ballet haunts the Dr. Phillips Center with the return of ‘Vampire’s Ball’

By : Marianella Falbo
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The Orlando Ballet is back to kick off the 2019-20 season with its undead-inspired original show, “Vampire’s Ball,” at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts — just in time to celebrate Halloween.

“This is the fourth time we’ve been doing it and I’m going into my eleventh season,” says Robert Hill, Orlando Ballet’s artistic director.

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Jay Goldberg serves stepsister realness in ‘Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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Over 100 million viewers welcomed Julie Andrews into their homes for the live CBS premiere of “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella” in 1957. It was a record-breaking feat for the musical theater writing team’s only piece produced exclusively for television.

The production would go on to spark multiple onscreen revivals, like 1997’s Brandy and Whitney Houston-led cult classic, and it would ultimately venture to the stage. It wasn’t until 2013 that the show would find its way to Broadway, however, where its stage revival garnered nine Tony Award nominations—winning one of those for best costume design and launching multiple national tours in the process.

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‘Brokeback Mountain’ to be added to National Film Registry

By : Jeremy Williams
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The Library of Congress announced Dec. 12 that “Brokeback Mountain” will be one of the American films to be inducted into the National Film Registry for 2018.

Under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act, the Library of Congress names 25 motion pictures each year to the registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. The films must be at least 10 years old.

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The Tender Activist: Two decades

By : Scottie Campbell
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I’ve been fortunate in my life to have deep relationships and friendships. I’m the kind of guy who reflects on the significance of people in my life, what I’ve learned from them, what we’ve learned from each other. So it is not without consideration that I say the person who has made the deepest impact on me was Sidney Vincent Chase.

That’s not because Sid was my first true love, though there is that sweet reality. It is because in the fall of 1997, just a few days shy of his 30th birthday, Sid sealed himself up in a garage and asphyxiated himself on the fumes of a Jeep Cherokee. He was found a couple of days later by a friend of the family; it was her garage, he had been living with her. It was terrible.

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Ann Paula Bautista and her fellow cast members bring truth to the stories of Disney princesses in ‘Disenchanted!’

By : Jeremy Williams
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While Disney princesses are loved the world over, many people don’t know that the characters are based on real historical figures or darker fairy tales. That changed in 2011 when history teacher Dennis Giacino created the musical Disenchanted!.

Disenchanted! is a cabaret-style show that features 10 “Disney” princesses speaking out about their treatment in the House of Mouse. The show started as an Orlando Fringe show and has since gone on to sell out shows around the world and Off-Broadway.

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Cinderella (La Cenerentola)

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Forget the fairy godmother and glimmering glass slipper … this comedic turn on the cinder-tending heroine of the classic folktale features Cenerentola (“chen-a-REN-to-lah”), as Cinderella is known in Italian. Desperate for something more fulfilling than daily hearth duty for her privileged step-sisters, Rossini’s Cenerentola finds herself in disguise at a palace ball after falling in love-at-first-sight with the Prince’s valet. But the night has many twists in store for Cenerentola when she discovers she’s not the only one at the party in disguise — and not the only one madly in love. This sparkling, intricate score sweeps audiences off their feet in this heart-warming opera of happily-ever-after.

Cinderella will be sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Maestro Lipton will lead an international cast along with the Opera Tampa Orchestra and Chorus.