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.
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.
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.