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Thursday, April 23, 2015

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Movie of the Week

WANZIE: Helen Mirren is absolute perfection, and Ryan Reynolds gives his most believable and affecting performance to date in a truly lovely film that perfectly unfolds like an engaging book you don’t want to put down. Mirren portrays real life Austrian-Jewish refugee, Maria Altman, now living in America, who, with the help of a young attorney played by Reynolds cites, Austria’s Arts Restitution Act in filing suit against that country’s government in an effort to recover a painting stolen from her family by the Nazis. Complicating the matter is that said painting, a portrait of Altman’s favorite aunt, now hangs in the most prestigious gallery in Vienna, and has been embraced by the Austrian people as their equivalent of Italy’s Mona Lisa. Now valued at over one hundred million dollars, the painting, “Woman in Gold” by Gustov Klimt, is considered a National Treasure by the Austrian people. The Government and the many Austrians who are still anti-sematic are not keen to give up their beloved (and valuable) painting to its rightful Jewish owner. WOMAN IN GOLD chronicles the true-life struggles of Maria Altman to convince or force the Austrian government to do just that. Flash back scenes peppered throughout the film offer up a vivid depiction of the humiliation and degradation endured by Jews as remembered by Altman, who was just becoming a woman when Vienna was overtaken by Hitler’s regime, and who was present when her childhood home was invaded and pillaged by Nazi soldiers. What makes the film noteworthy, in addition to great performances and beautiful cinematography, is how deftly the screenwriter manages to relate the minutia of legal issues in ways that are understood with ease, and without bogging down the cadence of the film, which clips briskly along at a most satisfying pace. WOMAN IN GOLD is a competent and tidy piece of filmmaking, but it is Helen Mirren’s impeccable performance that lays claim to the moniker of “masterpiece.”
4 1/2 PINK TRIANGLES

DOUG: It was a very good movie based on a very interesting true story. Even Ryan Reynolds, whom I don’t find to be a particularly good actor, does a fine job in THE WOMAN IN GOLD. Michael explained the whole story, so there’s not much left for me to say other than it’s a decent film, and Helen Mirren is great in it.
3 ˝ PINK TRIANGLES

FRINGE CORNER 

This seasonal section of the WANZeGRAM will appear in this position in all Grams through Thursday, May 28. Here we will keep you up to date with everything Fringe related from now through the end of the Festival, and slightly beyond.

“YOU DON’T KNOW IVANHOE” PUB CRAWL
Kick off Fringe Week exploring Ivanhoe Village and all the bars! Drink specials at a variety of neighborhood bars.

Wristbands may be picked up at 1605 Alden Road – (Ivanhoe Village/Fringe offices) from 7-11 PM on night of event. Your wristband gets you into the official National and International Artist Mixer starting at 11 PM at THE VENUE, 511 Virginia Drive, Orlando.

Drink specials and a full list of participating bars will be online soon.  MUST BE 21 or over to purchase a wristband.

MAY 11 @ 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM | $10 Advance | $12 Door

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
The Fringe Festival could not take place without its valued team of volunteers. Volunteering at Fringe is not only a feel-good way to give back to the community, support the arts, and play an integral role in the actual on-site operations of the Festival itself, it’s also fun (and challenging) and rewarding.

Each volunteer is presented with a free T-shirt and lanyard at the start of their first shift. Volunteers earn a Fringe Buck for each hour worked, which you can use to see shows (5 Fringe Bucks = 1 show ticket). And Fringe throws a really great post-festival party exclusively for volunteers, with complimentary food and thousands of dollars worth of prizes awarded.

Volunteering comes in many forms. Needed are persons to man computers and process ticket orders at one of the several on-site box offices. Volunteers are needed to sell Fringe Buttons and T-shirts, and to distribute programs. Venue Captains, ticket validators, and ushers are all needed. You say you’re really not the type to want to deal with the general public and multiple personalities in a guest service type capacity? That’s not a problem. Fringe needs volunteers in the areas of grounds keepers/trash and recycling retrieval and people to monitor and re-stock bathroom tissue and paper towels. There’s some type of volunteer opportunity to suit every personality and skill set. Fringe even needs people to sell drink tickets and serve beer and wine. Volunteers receive a discount on beer and wine! So you see, volunteering does have its benefits.

To become a volunteer, you need simply attend one Volunteer training session.

REMAINING VOLUNTEER TRAINING SESSIONS

LAST TWO CHANCES TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
REMAINING VOLUNTEER TRAINING TIMES:

Friday, May 2, 2015 

11 AM & 6 PM
(Need only attend one session)

At

ORLANDO FRINGE ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES
1605 Alden Road
Orlando, FL 32803.

The link to sign up is http://www.signupgenius.com.

ORLANDO FRINGE TICKETS NOW ON SALE!
Tickets to all shows being presented at the 2015 Orlando International Fringe Festival are now on sale!

If you think it’s too early to begin ordering tickets, think again. Last year saw more sold out shows than any year in the 24-year history of the Festival. Organizers are expecting as many as 10 thousand additional attendees over last year’s 50 thousand-person head count.

Popular shows will sell out. Start planning now.

NEW BOX OFFICES FOR 2015
Don’t care to do the online thing? Want to get you tickets in person, in advance, and save yourself the hassle of waiting in lines to claim your tickets at the Festival? Well, as of this writing, you can stop by the all new Pre-Festival Box Office operating five days a week from within the Orlando Fringe administrative offices on Alden Road, less than a mile from Loch Haven Park, for all your ticketing needs. There you may speak to a live representative. You may purchase single tickets, or one of the 250 discounted 10-Paks (while supplies last). You may also purchase your required Fringe Buttons while there, and pick up a Master Program. The best part is, you’ll leave with actual tickets in hand, not exchange vouchers, totally eliminating your need to stand in line at on-site box offices. With your button and program also in hand, you can arrive at the Festival totally ready to fringe, which, by the way, we are told, “Anyone” can do.

Fringe will also be adding an additional on-site box office to be situated inside the Orlando Museum of Art, which is home to two new performance venues debuting at the 2015 Festival. This year you will be able to purchase tickets to all shows at box offices situated within Orlando Shakes, Orlando Repertory Theater, and Orlando Museum of Art.

Online ticket sales are also now up and running.

General Online Overview of All Shows and Ticketing:

www.orlandofringe.org

WALK-UP PRE-FESTIVAL BOX OFFICE

(Leave with all your tickets in hand)

Monday through Friday
11 AM – 3 PM

 FRINGE OFFICES
1605 Alden Road
Orlando, FL   32803

LION QUEEN Sponsor Showcase

Everyone involved with bringing THE LION QUEEN to the stage at the 24th Annual Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival joins the Wanzie Presents/D Squared Productions staff in expressing our sincere thanks to those whose financial support has made this production possible. Kindly take note of and then patronize these businesses. Support those who support live theater in Orlando! Click on the various logos below to access further information about our very fine sponsors:

Huge Thanks To Our PLATINUM & GOLD  
“TITLE SPONSORS”

 

 

Much Appreciation To Our
BRONZE SPONSORS

   

Special Thanks to those supporting THE LION QUEEN by advertising in our program:

ARTFUL EVENTS/THE ABBEY    TACO CHEENA   WAYNE S. DICTOR, CEP     HUNGRY BEAR PIZZA
POM POM’S TEA HOUSE & SANDWICHERIA

RANGER’S PET OUTPOST & RETREAT

Wanzie Presents             D Squared Productions
THE LION QUEEN And The Naked Go-Go Cub
Book & Parody Lyrics by Michael Wanzie

Directed by Kenny Howard
Choreography by Douglas White

 Starring
Eric Desnoyers   Doug Ba’aser   Rebecca Fisher
Joe Swanberg   Tommy Wooten
And
Xtopher Blue

As The Naked Go-Go Cub!

 Also featuring
Rich Kuntz   Douglas White

And

Catherine Goodison as The Dike on a Bike

Opening Night

Friday, May 15 at 10 PM

Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival

ORANGE VENUE

Shows WILL Sell Out. Order Your Tickets Now:

orlandofringe.ticketleap.com

Special Screening of AGNES OF GOD at PH

Doug Ba’aser is producing the 10th Anniversary Revival Production of Wanzie’s DRAGNES OF GOD And The Naked Holy Ghost at this year’s Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival. The entire original cast will be reassembled for this auspicious remounting. Playwright Michael Wanzie will reprise his role as the addiction prone Mother Superior, Tommy Wooten will once again portray intrusive Dr. Livingston, and Doug will take the title role of the young and innocent novice named Agnes.

The parody lampoons the Tony Award winning drama and subsequent film of the same title – AGNES OF GOD.

The film, which stars Ann Bancroft in Wanzie’s role, Jane Fonda in Wooten’s role, and Meg Tilly in Doug’s, will be screened in the Footlight Theater as a fundraiser for the upcoming Fringe parody.

Wanzie, Doug, Tommy, and Dragnes’ director Kenny Howard will all be in attendance. In addition to the screening of the film, there will be live entertainment and a silent auction. And you won’t want to miss out on those “Blood of Christ” specialty shots that will be available from the bar at the screening.

While Wanzie’s stage parody stands on its own, there is certainly a delicious added level of enjoyment to be gleaned from the experience if one is familiar with the play and film on which the spoof is based. If haven’t seen the movie – or even if you have seen it - come see it, or see it again so that it’s fresh in your mind come Fringe time. Join the creators of DRAGNESS OF GOD for this one time screening of AGNES OF GOD enjoyed with your friends and colleagues from the Fringe community. It’s going to be a heavenly affair!

AGNES OF GOD

Fundraising Screening

To Benefit

DRAGNES OF GOD

And The Naked Holy Ghost

MONDAY, MAY 4

6 PM Cocktails & Auction Perusal

7 PM Show Time

FOOTLIGHT THEATRE
At The Parliament House
410 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL   32805

$5 Minimum Suggested Donation
Cash at Door

Pictures of the Week

THAT HILLARY! SHE’S SUCH A CARD:

At the recent Hillary For President
Rally at Hammered Lamb

Now On Sale In Our Box Office

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It’s a fact that people who pay for non-refundable tickets in advance show up for the show even if it’s raining, or they suddenly realize there’s a Magic game that night. Reservations not backed by payment are always subject to no-shows for a myriad of reasons. Sell tickets in advance with less cash handling and quicker on-site transactions. Know what your house is going to look like in advance. Best of all, your patrons can choose their exact seat location. This makes them happy campers!

WANZIE.com online ticketing convenience and transaction fees – gladly paid by the consumer because our fees are THE LOWEST IN THE INDUSTRY – cover the cost of doing business. The Artist/Theater/Troupe are never charged by WANZIE.com. 100% of the ticket price set by The Artist/Theater/Troupe (minus only the standard credit card processing fee) is returned to The Artist/Theater/Troupe.

Check-in online any time day or night to see the status of your ticket sales. Receive a detailed sales report for each performance on show day. No set-up fees. No Administration fees of any kind. Cost-free initiation of services. Payments remitted weekly. And full promotion of your productions in The WANZeGRAM!

Interested? Email Wanzie

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Short Takes

THE LION QUEEN is the show Michael Wanzie was born to write. This skewering of Disney's The Lion King is Wanzie's magnum opus, his Gatsby, his Ninth Symphony, his Yentl. Wanzie takes down Disney's screen and stage sensation with a tale of a boy who doesn't ‘want a wife,’ but does ‘want it all.’ This is a show that could play forever…a hoot's hoot, a genuinely riotous parody, and an experience that anybody who loves Fringe should not miss.”
Rebecca Swain-Valdine, Orlando Sentinel

“The Ambition [THE LION QUEEN] Is Breathtaking” 
-
Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly

Shows WILL Sell Out. Order Your Tickets Now:

orlandofringe.ticketleap.com

My Two Cents

 

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Now Playing

Through April 24
BABY BLUE’S REVUE
The Venue
$15 - $25
407.412.6895
http://www.thevenueorlando.com

Through April 25
GUYS & DOLLS
Annie Russell Theatre at Rollins College

$25
407.646.2145

Through April 26
NOISES OFF
Osceola Arts Center

$15-$22
407.846.6257
http://osceolaarts.org

Through April 26
SOUTH PACIFIC
Central Florida Community Arts

$15-$18
407.937.1800
http://cfcarts.com/events/

Through April 26
NOISES OFF
Osceola Arts Center
$15-$22
407.846.6257
http://osceolaarts.org

Through April 26
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Orlando Shakes

$9-$15
407.447.1700
www.OrlandoShakes.org

Monday, April 27
ROBERT & ANDREA STACK

The Abbey

$10 Advance/$15 at door
http://www.ticketweb.com

Through May 3
Jessica Hoehn Karen Good Carol Adubato
And 22 other female actors in Cornerstone production of
THE WOMEN
The Princess Theatre

$20/$15 Students
407.494.8474
www.CornerstoneTheatreCompany.com

Through May 3
BAD DOG
Orlando Shakes

$10-$45
407.447.1700
www.OrlandoShakes.org

Through May 9
PUTTING IT TOGETHER
Winter Park Playhouse

$18-$38
407.645.0145
http://www.winterparkplayhouse.org

Through May 10
ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL
Mad Cow Theatre
Headliner Artists $45-$65
Local Artists $12-$25
407.297.8788
www.OrlandoCabaret.com

Through May 17
SHREK: The Musical TYA
(Edited production for children)
Orlando Repertory Theatre

$18
407.896.7365

Through May 17

EPCOT

Included With Regular Theme Park Admission
One-Day Ticket $97
GARDEN ROCKS Weekends Concert Series:
April 24-26: THE GUESS WHO
May 1-3: TAYLOR DANE
May 8–10: LITTLE RIVER BAND
May 15–17: HERMAN’S HERMITS Starring PETER NOONE
All Performances on stage at
THE AMERICA GARDENS THEATRE
Amphitheater situated directly across from
The American Adventure attraction on the far side of
Epcot’s World Showcase Lagoon
5:30 PM 6:45 PM 8:30 PM
All Performances Included With Regular Theme Park Admission

THEATER – AUDITIONS – Wanzie’s COURT ORDERED THERAPY at The Abbey
THE LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS
are set to return to the stage this summer in Wanzie’s COURT ORDERED THERAPY: The Ladies Of Eola Heights Continued. Peg O’Keef, Beth Marshall, Sam “Miss Sammy” Singhaus, and Blue Star will all reunite for this hilarious sequel. But the Ladies require one additional cast member for this edition of the critically acclaimed series.

Needed is one male actor, 40-60 years old (will consider slightly younger if absolutely outstanding) to join the Ladies as Dr. Robert Burroughs - an insecure, emotionally overwrought, neurotic psychiatrist. This is a role that was originated by Frank McClain in the Footlight Theater production. The successful candidate must have impeccable comedic timing, be able to deliver word-prefect rapid fire dialogue, become progressively agitated over a period of time to the point of near nervous exhaustion, and must be able to hula-hoop for a minimum of 20 seconds, or possess the ability to perfect hula-hooping by start of rehearsals. This is a meaty role. This character never leaves the stage!

Professional (Non Equity) PAID position.

The show was written by Michael Wanzie, is being produced by Artful Productions under the Direction of Kenny Howard, and is to be presented at The Abbey.

Rehearsals: Beginning May 23, 2015 (Allowances will be made for final days of Fringe conflicts, if need be)

Tech Week: July 12 – 15

Opening Night July 16: - Two week run. Thursdays through Sundays.

AUDITIONS – COURT ORDERED THERAPY - ONE DAY ONLY

Wednesday, April 29

THE MEZZ
100 S. Eola Drive
(Just around the corner from The Abbey)
Orlando, FL   32801

4 PM – 8 PM

By appointment only

Contact Kenny Howard with window of time you are available to audition.

You will receive a confirmation email with a specific appointment time.
kennyhoward@floridatheatrical.org

THEATER – PETER PAN

Combining Live Action with State-of-the-Art Digital Technology!

You know the story, but you've never experienced it in this way. Be whisked away with Peter Pan, Wendy, Michael, and John in the timeless Broadway musical that now combines live action with state-of-the-art digital immersive theatre. Thanks to the magical talents of the Garden Theatre's digital partners, you can follow James M. Barrie's characters out the nursery window on a trail of pixie dust to Neverland. This is unique, revolutionary theater, in a historic and intimate, 299-seat venue. Let go of what you've previously known, and come fly with Peter at The Garden Theatre!

Thursdays & Fridays: 8 PM
Saturdays: 2 PM & 8 PM

Sundays: 2 PM

THE GARDEN THEATRE
160 Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL   34787
 

$29/$25 Students & Seniors

$12 for ages 12 and under on Saturday matinees only

407.877.4736

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Coming Attractions

Shows WILL Sell Out. Order Your Tickets Now:

orlandofringe.ticketleap.com

& Bob Carr Theater

Attractions printed in RED have been recently added to this listing

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA
Touring Productions:

ANYTHING GOES
May 26 – 31

I LOVE LUCY: LIVE ON STAGE
June 23 – 28

OTHER PLAYS & MUSICALS:

Gen Y Productions
THE FLICK
Directed by Kenny Howard

SHOWS FOR CHILDREN:

Orlando Ballet’s
MAGICAL PRINCESS DOLL

Park Maitland School’s
SHREK

DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE     CHUGGINGTON LIVE
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA-SYMPHONY OF THE GODESS

VARIETY / BALLET / SYMPHONY

GARY GULMAN      MYTH BUSTERS     JUSTON FIRSTENFELD

Orlando Philharmonic
PUCCINI’S TOSCA

Orlando Ballet
COPPELIA

MOVE LIVE ON TOUR

with superstar siblings
JULIANNE & DERICK HUGH

BIG STARS:

SERGIO MENDES     IRA GLASS     IDINA MENZEL

Details & Reservations:
www.
DrPhillipsCenter.org

844.513.2014

Box office hours 10 AM - 4 PM
Monday – Friday (Closed on holidays and weekends)

In the following area you will find opening dates for future attractions so you may plan ahead. Emboldened listings indicate events added as of this edition of your Gram. Shows and Events opening tonight through this coming Monday are listed in the NOW PLAYING section of this edition of your Gram.

May 1

PETER PAN

The Garden Theater

  AND THEN THERE WERE NONE Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center
May 4 SARA JONES The Abbey

May 8

LEGALLY BLONDE The Musical

Osceola Arts Center

  AN EVENING OF TENNESEE WILLIAMS Queens Head Theatre
May 11 YOU DON’T KNOW IVANHOE PUB CRAWL Starts at The Venue
May 14 Opening Night: Wanzie’s DRAGNESS OF GOD And The Naked Holy Ghost Fringe Festival ORANGE Venue
May 15 Opening Night:
THE LION QUEEN And The Naked Go-Go Cub
Fringe Festival ORANGE Venue

May 16

AGNES OF GOD

Osceola Arts Center

  Opening Night:
1969: STONEWALL
Fringe Festival
GOLD Venue
A Note From Wanzie

Thanks to Diana and Jay Hopkins for their significant donation to our LION QUEEN Stuffed Animal Drive. Thanks also to the fabulous Karen Ann Bunce for the same, and for tipping me while at PH for the fundraiser at Savoy.  (Funds delivered. Thank you, Capt’n)

We are in need of approximately 350 stuffed animals for use in our LION  QUEEN show at Fringe. If you have any to purge, would you kindly purge them in our direction, please and thank you. You may drop off plush ANIMALS (No human figures, no square sponge characters, no super heroes, etc. We specifically need animals) small enough to hold onto with one hand. While elephants and tigers and giraffes and the like are great, we’ll gladly accept cats and dogs and teddy bears as well. No hard surfaces what-so-ever, please. While the animals you donate do not have to be African inspired, we do have need for very a few LARGE animals, but would be prefer the larger plush beasts replicate animals commonly associated with Africa.

Animals cannot and WILL NOT BE RETURNED; however, any animals which remain in decent condition at the conclusion of the Festival will be donated to a charitable concern.

In return for your contribution, the only compensation you will receive is knowing that you have been an “angel” to the arts, and you will also have a heaping helping of gratitude from the entire cast and crew of THE LION QUEEN.

YOU MAY DROP OFF PLUSH ANIMALS at

D Squared Productions, 1401 Alden Road, Orlando, FL  32803: Monday – Friday 11 AM – 4 PM

The Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32805:  Give to me (Wanzie) at Tuesday Happy Hour 4 PM – 9 PM, or Give to Gidget Galore at Thursday Happy Hour, 6 PM – 9 PM

Hamburger Mary’s Orlando, Church Street Station, Orlando, FL 32801: Give to Doug during Wednesday Trivia 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Or hand off to any LION QUEEN cast or crewmember.

You may also drop a lawn and leaf bag full of stuffed animals in the Guest Services office adjacent to the main turnstile entrance of The HolyLand Experience. Just tell them Jan said to hold on to them for Wanzie. Make sure the words “Naked Holy Ghost” are prominently featured on the tag or sign attached to the trash bag.

Do you have three dozen or more animals to contribute? Contact me, and I’ll come get them if that makes it easier for you: WanzieMichael@gmail.com

Hey, Big Thanks to Savoy for hosting the Celebrity Bartender night to benefit The Center last Tuesday. What a hoot! And thanks to everyone who came out and tipped so generously.

Now go dig out your unwanted stuffed animals, and contribute to the success of THE LION QUEEN And The Naked Go-Go Cub.

I’m WANZIE And That’s All I Wrote!

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