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At last, grand opening of Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Plus Maitland Academy of the Performing Arts fundraiser and Florida Opera Theatre’s ‘Carmen’



Years of waiting end in a few weeks, as 20 days of grand opening festivities for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts kick off with an invite-only ceremony Nov. 2, and continue with a public ribbon-cutting and community open house on Nov. 6 and 8. Other celebration highlights include a free Sheryl Crow concert Nov. 8, a ticketed Emmylou Harris performance Nov. 14 and a black-tie Broadway gala Nov. 15, where one local tween will sing with an all-star cast. Visit The Gist at for a full breakdown of scheduled events.

This Saturday evening (Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m.) stop skating around your support for arts education and lace up for Maitland Academy of the Performing Arts’ Broadway-themed fundraiser at Semoran Skateway. If the school’s name doesn’t ring a bell, you may remember it as Tim Evanicki’s Starving Artist Studios, which rebranded and reorganized this year. The Altamonte Springs-based 501(c)3 , which offers training classes to performers of all ages and abilities, is raising money to build a new 22,000-square-foot facility. More at

Florida Opera Theatre ( continues their mission of making the art form more accessible with a “stripped-down” presentation of Bizet’s Carmen (as reinterpreted by famed director Peter Brook) at Trinity Prep Oct. 17 and 19. Director Eric Pinder, who collaborated with fight director Bill Warriner, says, “People know the music from Carmen, but to experience it without the trappings of ‘grand opera’ makes the drama more raw and sensual. It’s just 80 minutes with supertitles to follow the action.”


The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Oct. 10-27 at Breakthrough Theatre … Phantasmagoria V: Death Comes for All, Oct. 10-31 at Orlando Shakes … The Best of Enemies, Oct. 15-Nov. 16 at Orlando Shakes … Killer Joe, Oct. 17-Nov. 1 at Theatre Downtown … The Rocky Horror Show, Oct. 25 at Sleuths … An Intimate Evening With Coco Peru, Oct. 25 at the Abbey … A Tired Old Whore, Nov. 1-22 at Parliament House … Beatnik Squared, Nov. 7 at the Venue … PRT’s John Goring Memorial One-Act Series, Nov. 7-16 at Orlando Shakes … Matt and Ben, Nov. 8-9 at the Venue.

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