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Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Movie of the Week

WANZIE – I’m not sure what all the buzz is about.  AMERICAN SNIPER is a very engaging true-life war story. It is timely and based on real incidents and people. It is very violent, very raw, and very affecting. But it’s just a good solid war story. It is far from epic, and I’m not sure why Bradley Cooper, who is very good in the title role, was nominated for best actor for playing a part any one of dozens of his Hollywood peers could have easily played equally well. It’s a good solid film; but not an outstanding film.
3 PINK TRIANGLES

DOUG – I think the problem with AMERICAN SNIPER is the director couldn’t make up his mind about what kind of film he wanted to make. The film bounces between being a war movie and a relationship film. It can’t decide whether it wants to be a social commentary on war, or an intmate film about one man’s struggle to cope with the horrors of war. The film is all over the place, and good though everyone in it was, the fine acting does not compensate for the film’s general lack of focus.
3 PINK TRIANGLES

Come To The CABARET – Opening Tonight!

Opening Night

TONIGHT
January 29

BLUE STAR

GRIFFETH WHITEHURST

ROBERT STACK

REBECCA FISHER     DOUG BA’ASER

NATALIE DOLINER     TYMISHA HARRIS

Megan Boetto   Lauren Culver   Adam Galarza
Eddie Zitka     Daniel Longacre

IN

 

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Official WANZeGRAM Discounted Outings Announced

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OFFICIAL WANZeGRAM OUTING NIGHT

CABARET

Starring Blue Star

At The Abbey

FRIDAY, January 30, 2015

8 PM Curtain

General Admission: $8-Off
(Pay only $32 instead of $40)

*Full Experience $14-Off

(Pay only $56 instead of $70)

**VIP FULL EXPERIENCE – Very Limited - $10-OFF

(Pay only $80 instead of $90)

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*Enjoy the “FULL EXPERIENCE” – Arrive a full 90 minutes prior to curtain time and step into the interactive cabaret world of 1930’s Berlin. Mix and mingle as you enjoy heavy hors d’ oeuvres along with intermittent historically inspired variety acts that are decidedly naughty and risqué. Also enjoy first choice of general admission seats prior to other general admission patrons being admitted. Before taking your seat to see “Cabaret,” you will have fully experienced attending a cabaret the likes of which provided the inspiration for the show.

** “VIP FULL EXPERIENCE” provides all the perks of the “Full Experience” as outlined above, along with reserved front-of-house table seating.

Discounted admissions are intended for WANZeGRAM subscribers and their friends and family members. The discounts are only applicable to the performance on Friday Evening, January 30, 2015. Tickets must be ordered online:

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See WANZIE in the role of Father Flynn

Played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman in the movie version of

 The Pulitzer Prize-Winning Drama

DOUBT

A Parable

A Beth Marshall Presents Production

At

THE GARDEN THEATRE

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OFFICIAL WANZeGRAM OUTING NIGHT

(Pay only $15 instead of $25!)

Thursday, February 12

8 PM Curtain

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Pictures of the Week

BACK IN THE CLERGY AGAIN:


Standing: Michael Wanzie as Father Flynn. Seated from left to right: Shonda Thurman as Mrs. Muller, Ginger Lee McDermott as Mother Superior Sister Aloysius, and Chelsey Panisch as Sister James in the Beth Marshall Presents production of DOUBT opening February 6 at The Garden Theatre

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Short Takes

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– Father Flynn in DOUBT; opening February 6 at The Garden Theatre
 

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Now Playing

Through January 31
SOMETHING’S WEIRD IN WEEKI WACHEE
Footlight Theatre

$12 Advance/$15 Cash at Door
http://www.wanziepresents.com

Through February 1
Disney’s NEWSIES
Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

$33.75 – $103.75
http://www.drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events/

Through February 1
ARCADIA
UCF Theater

$0-$20
407.823.1500

Through February 1
STEEL MAGNOLIAS
Queen’s Head Theatre

$20
407.960.4856

Through February 1
THE 39 STEPS
Osceola Center For The Arts

$15-$22
407.846.6257

Through February 2
BEST OF BROADWAY MUSICAL REVUE
Breakthrough Theatre

$10 -$20
407.920.4034

Through February 8
CABARET
The Abbey

$40 General Admission/$70 Full Experience/$90 VIP
www.TicketWeb.com

Through February 8
ORPHEUS DESCENDING
Orlando Shakes

$20
407.447.1700

Through February 14, 2015
THE RAT PACK LOUNGE

The Winter Park Playhouse

$38/$35 Seniors/$20 Students/$18 Industry Pros
$10 Student Rush/$28 Matinees/$25 Third Thursday
407.645.0145
www.winterparkplayhouse.org

Through February 15
I DO, I DO
Sonnentag Theatre at The Ice House

$10-$20
352.383.4616

Through February 22
THE EXPLORERS’ CLUB
Mad Cow

$24.25 - $36.75
407.297.8788

Through February 22
THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG
Orlando Rep

$18
407.896.7365

Through March 8
TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD
Orlando Shakes

$17 – $45
407.447.1700
www.OrlandoShakes.org

WINTER PARK HOUSE SHARE AVAILABLE – Paula Whigham
Love pets, but don't want the cost and responsibility?
Looking for a place to live on a budget?
Want to live close to Rollins or Full Sail?

Paula has recently moved back to Central Florida and has rented a three-bedroom/two bath home in Winter Park (Peaco Place, just off Howell Branch Road). She has a very sweet dog, and a cat who does her own thing. Paula would not expect you to take care of the pets, but cautions that her dog will want you to pet her when she sees you. The exterior siding of the house is in the process of being replaced, and most of the interior has been recently refurbished:

  • New Tile Floors

  • New Carpets in all Bedrooms

  • New Kitchen Appliances

  • Washer & Dryer

  • 2 car garage

  • Quiet cul de sac 

Each person would have a private bedroom, and would share the third bedroom as an office/guest room, as needed.

Roommate’s share of rent is a very reasonable $450 per month, plus half the utilities.

Interested parties may contact Paula Whigham via email –

 paulawhigham@yahoo.com

Or by calling 337.384.3109

VARIETY/THEATRE – SLAVA’S SNOWSHOW
The multi award winning international clown show that has delighted and thrilled audiences in over 80 cities around the globe, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Rome, Hong Kong, Rio de Janeiro, and Moscow.

The deeply imaginative Slava takes his audience on a dreamlike journey reconnecting them with their inner child. The show is a truly magical experience combining clowning and spectacular visuals, culminating in a snowstorm that envelops the audience, and is sure to leave them with chills of excitement.

“The most flat-out spectacular moment off-Broadway
has seen in years."
- Entertainment Weekly

“Slava’s Snowshow is to clowning what Cirque du Soleil is to the circus…Slava’s Snowshow is as theatrical as it is simple, as involving as it is inspiring." - Variety

February 17 – March 1

Dr. Phillip’s Center For The Performing Arts
Walt Disney Theater

$39 - $49

Tickets Now On Sale

www.drphillipscenter.org

THEATER – TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Christopher Sergel’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel will come to life in the Margeson Theater with new staging by director Thomas Ouellette (Race, Romeo and Juliet, and Pride and Prejudice). 

A compelling and timeless story, To Kill a Mockingbird is told through the eyes of six year old Scout, played by Kennedy Joy (Young Lizzie Borden) Foristall. As a tense tug of war between justice and racism heats up, Scout and her family must learn to temper violence and hatred with courage and compassion.

The show stars Warren Kelley (Off-Broadway’s A Christmas Carol and Orlando Shakes’ A Little Night Music) as Scout’s father and the moral lawyer Atticus Finch. Jamil A.C. Mangan (My Soul Is A Witness National Tour) appears as the African American field hand Tom Robinson who is falsely accused of rape by the white family of Bob Ewell, played by Eric Hoffmann (50th Anniversary World Tour of West Side Story). Also, Josh Lefkowitz, who is the nephew of Subscriber friend Chris Yakubchik, makes his Orlando Shakes debut in this production as Dill Harris.  

OPENING NIGHT PARTY & PRE-SHOW CHAT:
Friday, January 23; arrive at 6:15 PM. Free light appetizers from Rogue Pub and dessert bites from Raphsodic Bakery. Join in a brief, informative discussion about the creative process with members of the artistic team at 6:45 in The Patrons Room. Free to all opening night ticket holders. No RSVP necessary.

SUNDAY TALK BACK - Sunday, February 15:
Stay after the 2 PM matinee for an informal Q&A with the cast and members of the design team.

Orlando Shakes Presents

To Kill a Mockingbird

January 21 - March 8, 2015

 Thursdays through Saturdays
(And Select Wednesdays)
7:30 PM

Sundays at 2 PM

 Senior Matinees
January 28 & February 11, at 2 PM

 Preview Dates
January 21 & 22, at 7:30 PM

 $20 Under 30
January 30, at 7:30 PM

 ORLANDO SHAKES

Margeson Theatre
812 East Rollins Street
Orlando, FL 32803

 $20 ~ $35 ~ $45

 Student Rush $12/Previews & Senior Matinees $10, $17, $22

Military & Students $10 off single ticket prices
(Only available in Sections A and B with valid ID)

 407.447.1700

tickets.orlandoshakes.org  

 

THEATER – DOUBT,   A Parable
The Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama DOUBT, A PARABLE, follows a Catholic high school priest's battle for truth and personal integrity that will leave you with questions to ponder long after the curtain goes down.

Beth Marshall Directs a great cast headed up by Ginger Lee McDermott as Mother Superior, Sister Aloysius, and Michael Wanzie as Father Flynn; the roles originated in the film version of the play by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman, respectively.  Chelsea Panisch plays Sister James, and Shonda Thurman is Mrs. Muller.

Beth Marshall Presents’ Production
Of
DOUBT
A Parable

By John Patrick Shanley

February 6 through February 22, 2015

Thursday through Saturday Nights at 8 PM
Sundays at 2 PM
Industry Night – Monday, February 16, at 8 PM

THE GARDEN THEATRE
160 W. Plant Street
Winter Garden, FL   34787

$25/$21 Students & Seniors

Official WANZeGRAM Outing

Save 40%

Thursday, February 12 Performance Only

Pay Only $15 instead of $25

Join Wanzie & friends at Pillar’s Martini Bar after the show

Use Online Booking Code-Word “wanzie”

www.gardentheatre.org

THEATER / MUSIC – THE RAT PACK LOUNGE
A Central Florida Premiere of a new musical comedy. The story highlights the three famous friends - Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Sammy Davis, Jr. - as they travel from heaven back to earth, to resolve some unfinished business!  The show features 30 hit songs made famous by the beloved Rat Pack trio.

Rob Winn Anderson directs an outstanding professional cast including Kevin Kelly as Sinatra, Christopher Alan Norton as Dean Martin, newcomer Deejay Young as Sammy Davis, Jr., Sarah-lee Dobbs as Angie, and Todd Mummert as Vic.

Christopher Leavy will musical direct the production and also lead The Playhouse Trio on piano, along with Sam Forrest on percussion, and Ned Wilkinson on multiple instruments.

 THE RAT PACK LOUNGE

 January 16 - February 14, 2015

Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Thursday & Saturday Matinees at 2 PM
Select Wednesday, Friday and Sunday Matinees at 2 PM
"Third Thursday" January 29, at 7:30 PM
Preview Performance on Thursday, January 15, at 7:30 PM

 THE WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE
711 Orange Avenue
Winter Park, FL  32789

$38/$35 Seniors/$20 Students/$18 Industry Pros
$10
Student Rush/ $28 Matinees /$25 Third Thursday

407.645.0145

www.winterparkplayhouse.org

Coming Attractions
In this section 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.


OPENING TUESDAY, JANUARY 27

Playing Through February 1

Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts

Walt Disney Theater

Tickets start at only $33.75

www.drphillipscenter.org

Tickets Also On Sale For

A NIGHT IN RIO
With
SERGIRO MENDES

April 17

Walt Disney Theater
$25.50 - $65.50

BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA:

MOWTOWN
The Musical

March 10 through March 15

Disney's
BEAUTY & THE BEAST
May 12-17, 2015

PIPPIN
April 21 – April 26

ANYTHING GOES
May 26 – 31

I LOVE LUCY: LIVE ON STAGE
June 23 - 28

ORLANDO BALLET – ACROBATS
CHILDREN’S SHOWS
CONCERTS – COMEDIANS  - DANCE – VARIETY

SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW  s  POTTED POTTER

HARVARD GLEE CLUB

BIG STARS!

Diana Ross        s Harry Connick Jr.

Bill Mahr        s Jerry Seinfeld  s Jason Mraz

Jon Mellencamp       s Jackson Browne

Sarah Mclachlan

Tony award-winning actress, singer and star of

WICKED, FROZEN, IF/THEN, and GLEE

IDINA MENZEL
2015 Global Concert Tour
July 25

Details & Reservations:

DrPhillipsCenter.org

844.513.2014

Box Office Hours
10 AM – 4 PM, Monday - Friday
(closed on holidays and weekends)

January 29

Blue Star in CABARET

The Abbey
January 30 Official WANZeGRAM Outing Night – CABARET The Abbey
January 31 MARK KOZELEK Dr. Phillips Center
January 22 LIVING ROOM DRAG With SASSY DEVINE The Venue
January 23 THE EXPLORERS’ CLUB Mad Cow
January 24 AMERICAN HORROR STORY PARTY Parliament House
January 26 DAVID DORMAN & JULIE DORMAN ORHBERG The Abbey
February 2 BRET MICHAELS LIFE ROCKS SEMINAR Hard Rock Live!
  POTTED POTTER Dr. Phillips Center
February 4 THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR Orlando Shakes
February 6

Wanzie in DOUBT: A PARABLE

The Garden Theatre
  Fringe Year Round A WEEKEND WITH STEWART HUFF Orlando Shakes
February 8 BILL MAHR Dr. Phillips Center
February 8 CELTIC THUNDER Hard Rock Live
February 9 ROB ROSS The Abbey
February 11 DIANA ROSS - IN THE NAME OF LOVE TOUR Dr. Phillips Center
February 12 Official WANZeGRAM Outing Night – DOUBT A Parable The Garden Theater
February 13 MACHINAL Annie Russell Theatre
February 14 HARRY CONNICK JR. Dr. Phillips Center
February 15 JASON MARAZ Dr. Phillips Center
February 16 ERIC DESNOYERS The Abbey
  MISS LARGE & LOVELY PAGEANT Footlight Theatre
February 17 ALICE COOPER Hard Rock Live!
February 22

THE GONG SHOW
To Benefit The Center’s Senior Programing

The Venue
February 23 MELISSA VAN DER SCHYFF The Abbey
February 27 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Osceola Center for The Arts
March 2 BRAD BRADLEY: B SQUARED The Abbey
March 5 The Famous Cat Circus ACRO CATS The Venue
March 7 MADRI GRAS PARTY Parliament House
  NORBERT LEO BUTZ: GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS! The Abbey
March 16 PAUL ANTHONY STEWART: NICE ‘N EASY The Abbey
March 23 SARA JONES The Abbey
March 30 ALICE RIX The Abbey
  SLAVA’S SNOW SHOW Dr. Phillips Center
A Note From Wanzie

It is so very nice to be in the process of mounting a play with the thoroughly enjoyable task of finding and embodying my character constituting my one and only responsibility.

I’m not producing or directing DOUBT.  I’m simply in it.  And that’s a good thing!

I love the many facets of creating theater. But for right now, simply acting in this amazing Pulitzer Prize winning drama while having nothing at all to do with the business end of the show is just exactly the level of engagement I needed at this point in time.

I am completely Zen with taking direction from Beth Marshall, who has a genuine affection for this piece and a solid vision for what it is she wants us to manifest on the stage. I am thoroughly pleased with everyone I’m working with, and I love that the three very talented actresses with whom I share the stage are three women with whom I have never before worked. I’m also pleased to be making my Garden Theatre debut, as are all three of my co-stars in DOUBT.

It’s nice to be playing someone other than myself, and it’s nice to be interpreting the words and situations penned by a playwright as brilliant as is John Patrick Shanley. The writing is impeccable.

I do hope you will sojourn to quaint Downtown Winter Garden to experience this engaging and thought provoking drama. If you are unfamiliar with DOUBT, I would ask that you not make the effort to view the film version (2008 - Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman), or read the manuscript prior to attending this particular production.  I envy those who have the opportunity to allow this story to unfold before them without any preconceived leanings as to whether or not my character is guilty as accused.

DOUBT is one of those juicy plays that serves up a great deal of moral grist to be digested and then regurgitated in the form of spirited debate on the ride home from the theater.

Come.

Digest.

Debate.

The show opens February 6, and plays Thursday through Friday nights at 8 PM, and also Sundays at 2 PM through February 22. There will be one Industry Night Performance on Monday, February 16, at 8 PM. There is a special WANZeGRAM outing scheduled for Thursday, February 12, which nets subscribers a ten-dollar discount. (Scroll up for details.)

If you live in the Central Florida, I heartily encourage you to come out and experience DOUBT.

I’m WANZIE. The Mass Has Ended. Go In Peace!

 Wanzie Signature Photo

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