Donald Rupe expands his Pulse-inspired, Fringe musical ‘From Here’ for the Orlando stage

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The Pulse tragedy in 2016 had an effect on every aspect of life in Orlando — socially, politically, spiritually — and for many, including Donald Rupe, it had a profound effect artistically.

Rupe, who is the Director of Theatre at Central Florida Community Arts, couldn’t get the idea of a musical surrounding Orlando, this tragedy that impacted the entire community and the way that community responded out of his head. That is how the award-winning show “From Here” was born.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Erik Neinstedt and Stuart Whitfield

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Erik Neinstedt described his wedding to Stuart Whitfield as an amazing day and a whirlwind, with everyone from their friends and family to coworkers and even a high school teacher to support the couple and give them a sparkler sendoff.

“Our officiant, Jim, told us at the beginning of the ceremony to look around and take in the moment,” Erik said. “I can clearly remember looking around to see all our family and friends’ faces and just feeling so appreciative they were there supporting us.”

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‘The Cher Show,’ ‘The Prom’ among 2020-21 Broadway season at Dr. Phillips Center

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ABOVE: “The Cher Show.” (Photo by Joan Marcus)

ORLANDO | After teasing the season with “Hamilton” and “Wicked,” the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announced the rest of the shows for its 2020-21 FAIRWINDS Broadway season Feb. 18.

The nine shows coming for the new season boast an impressive 88 Tony Award nominations and 44 wins, including four Best Musical winners. The season features “To Kill A Mockingbird,” “Tootsie,” “Hadestown,” “The Band’s Visit,” “The Prom,” “Wicked,” “CATS,” “Hamilton” and “The Cher Show.”

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Garden Theatre hires first full-time education director

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WINTER GARDEN, Fla. | The Garden Theatre in Winter Garden announced that Nick Bazo will be its first full-time education director, in a press release Feb. 13.

Bazo will be in charge of programming and implementing life-changing camps, classes and community partnerships throughout the year.

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Parliament House owner says the resort is not up for auction

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ABOVE: The crowd gathers for a concert at Parliament House during Gay Days 2018. (Photo by Layla Ferris)

ORLANDO | Parliament House, Orlando’s longest running LGBTQ club and resort, will not be going up for auction at the end of the month. This according to Parliament House owner Don Granatstein.

Rumors that the more than four decades old LGBTQ resort was up for auction on Feb. 25 started to rise when court documents on the Orange County Clerk of Courts website stating as much began to circulate at the beginning of the year.

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The 49 Fund is accepting applications for 4th annual scholarships

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ABOVE: Barry Miller (second from L) with several of The 49 Fund scholarship recipients at Orlando City Hall in 2019. (Photo by Jeremy Williams)

ORLANDO | The 49 Fund, an initiative at Central Florida Foundation, is accepting applications for its fourth annual scholarship awards to honor those lost in the Pulse tragedy.

The fund will award up to 10 local LGBTQ students with a $4,900 scholarship to help pay for college tuition.

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The Center Orlando to host 8th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast

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ORLANDO| The LGBTQ+ Center Orlando will celebrate local LGBTQ leaders and businesses during its 8th annual Harvey Milk Diversity Breakfast and Awards on May 20.

The event is in honor of the Harvey Milk, the first openly gay politician in California. Despite a short political career due to his assassination, the event acknowledges the legacy he left and how, 42 years later, he is still one of the most important figures in human rights history.

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10 Central Florida and Tampa Bay eligible singles too sweet for words

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The sugary taste of love is flowing through the air as the soft nougat-filled center of our hearts long to spend Valentine’s Day with the one who we hope to be our Turkish Delight. If V-Day is approaching that means it is that time of year for Watermark to present our annual list of the 10 most eligible singles.

We have searched the Candy Cane Forest and Gumdrop Mountain, as well as consulted with Queen Frostine and Gramma Nutt, to compile a list of the sweetest singles — five in Central Florida and five in Tampa Bay — who are ready to grab a drink with you at the candy bar. And trust us, you won’t find any artificial sweeteners in this batch.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Doug Ba’aser

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AGE: In my 50s

BORN IN: Washington, D.C.

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/ him/ his

SIGN: Aries

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Lolita Jerido

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AGE: 42

BORN IN: Bahamas

IDENTIFIES AS: Bisexual female

PRONOUNS: No preference

SIGN: Scorpio

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Juleigh Mayfield

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AGE: 44

BORN IN: Opelika, Alabama

IDENTIFIES AS: Intersex female

PRONOUNS: She/her/hers

SIGN: Gemini

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Watermark’s Most Eligible Singles 2020: Nick Smith

By : Jeremy Williams
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AGE: 34

BORN IN: Honolulu, Hawaii

IDENTIFIES AS: Gay male

PRONOUNS: He/ him/ his

SIGN: Gemini

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