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Local teens win $10K scholarships, Orlando Shakes adjusts season due to budget cuts, and more performing arts news

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Two young Orlando thespians took top honors on Broadway at last month’s Jimmy Awards, the National High School Musical Theatre equivalent of the Tonys. Recent Trinity Prep grad Tony Moreno and Boone High rising junior Sofia Deler, both participants in the Dr. Phillips Center’s Applause Awards program, won Best Actor and Best Actress at the June 27 ceremony in New York City. This is the first time that both awards (which include $10,000 scholarships) have gone to students from the same city.

Thanks to the State of Florida slashing funding for the arts by 60 percent, Orlando Shakespeare Theater has canceled its anticipated all-female production of Timon of Athens, and substituted it on the 2017/2018 scheduled with Meredith Friedman’s The Luckiest People, a contemporary play that received a staged reading at Playfest 2015. Budget considerations have also caused the Shakes to redesign next season’s Man of La Mancha and Showtime for Shakespeare productions for an in-the-round seating style, allowing an extra 69 patrons to squeeze into the Margeson Theater.

Eight years after the death of the Orlando Opera, the art form’s advocates continue to expand in the area, as Opera Orlando (formerly Florida Opera Theatre) and the freshman Orlando Light Opera are now joined by Opera Del Sol. Founded by former Opera Orlando employee Nicole Dupré, the new company will partner with Cocoa’s Space Coast Symphony Orchestra for “immersive” productions in “unique and intimate settings,” starting in September with an original sci-fi work, Opera Wars.

Jeff Jones' Little Miss Rainbow Sunshine pageant parody, which was scheduled to start a run at the Parliament House this weekend, has been replaced at the Footlight Theatre with Theodore: A Divinely Sexy Comedy. Written by Bobby Desormier and directed by Rob Ward, this 2017 Fringe show returns on July 15, 22 and 29 with Mike Van Dyke reprising the title role, which involves (as the all-caps advertisement exclaims) FULL FRONTAL MALE NUDITY!

NOW PLAYING:
Orlando Story Club: Is It Love?, July 12 at the Abbey ... Short Attention Span Storytelling Hour, July 12 at Stardust Video & Coffee ... Josephine: A Burlesque Cabaret Dream Play, through July 13 at the Venue ... Race, through July 16 at Moonlight Players ... Aladdin & the Magic Lamp, through July 23 at Orlando Shakes.

Upcoming:
Sick & Twisted Comedy: Rudolph Tales, July 14-Aug. 5 at Dangerous Theatre ... Bucket Boy, July 16 at Timucua White House ... Dear Bette, July 16-24 at the Abbey ... Encore! presents Hairspray, July 22-23 at Dr. Phillips Center ... Jeremy Seghers presents Saint Joan, July 28-Aug. 5 at Fred Stone ... PRT Summer Shorts, July 28-August 6 at Orlando Shakes ... A Night with Legacy, July 29 at Central Florida Community Arts ... Joyce Jackson’s Guide to Dating, Aug. 4-14 at the Abbey ... Daddy Issues, Aug. 4-26 at Parliament House ... Emerald City Cabaret Presents the 90s, Aug. 5 at the Venue.

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