Get Some Drama for Your Mama! (April 28th Update)

By: Michelle Saldivar

Don’t know what to get your Mom for Mothers’ Day? Osceola Arts has many great gift ideas for the special women in your life. Read ahead and find the one that works best for her! You won’t want to miss this festivities!

1) Since announcing our 2015-2016 theatre series last month, a variety of theatre ticket package options have gone on sale. Theatre Season Ticket Packages are available for purchase online on our website or by calling our box office.

2) Get ready to bend and snap! Legally Blonde is enrolling at Osceola Arts. This light-hearted musical, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name, follows UCLA Delta Nu president, Elle Woods, during her senior year in college. She appears to have it all. She has a heart of gold and a gorgeous mane to match it. Then, out of nowhere her life is turned upside-down when her long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, dumps her to start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Desperate to win him back, Elle studies hard and manages to be accepted into Harvard Law. Watch as Elle realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world as she defends fitness queen and friend, Brooke Wyndham, during her murder trial. The musical will run from May 8th- May 24th. Tickets can be purchased on our website or at our box office.

3) Osceola Arts will be hosting its 2015 Annual Juried Art Exhibit to celebrate the diversity of Florida artists. With a tradition in Osceola County, this show enjoys continued support from the community. Artists from the around the state submit art pieces and they are judged on quality, originality, concept, design and technique. The exhibition will run May 11th-June 7th. A reception will be held on May 13th from 6 PM-8 PM. Do not miss this traditional community event and support your Floridian artists here in your own backyard! For more information, visit the Visual Arts page on OsceolaArts.org.

4) Did she murder the baby or not? That is the question. Agnes of God tells the story of Martha, a psychiatrist, who becomes more in touch with herself and her view of the world while she is analyzing Agnes, a teen novice nun who gives birth in the convent. She is now accused of murdering her baby and insists that the child was the result of a virginal conception. The play will run from May 16th-18th and May 23rd-25th. Tickets can be purchased at our website or at our box office.

Don’t miss out on these great Mothers’ Day gift ideas! Your mother will surely appreciate it. If you have questions about the events above, feel free to call us at 407-846-6257.

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Get Some Drama for Your Mama!

By: Michelle Saldivar

Don’t know what to get your Mom for Mothers’ Day? Osceola Arts has many great gift ideas for the special women in your life. Read ahead and find the one that works best for her! You won’t want to miss this festivities!

1) Since announcing our 2015-2016 theatre series last month, a variety of theatre ticket package options have gone on sale. Theatre Season Ticket Packages are available for purchase online on our website or by calling our box office.

2) It’s the final weekend to come see our current Broadway Series show, Noises Off! Called the funniest farce ever written, Noises Off! presents a play within a play. This show brings its audience a manic menagerie as an ambitious director and a cast of itinerant actors rehearse a flop called Nothing’s On, a silly sex comedy. Throughout the show, doors slam on and off, stage intrigue fills the air, and an errant herring all figure into the plot of this hilarious play.Tickets can be purchased on our website or at our box office.

3) This Saturday, come see our Center Singers Concert at 3 PM. Themed “Music and Media, they are doing pieces from the radio, movies, and Broadway. The songs include: On Broadway, Singin’ in the Rain, Les Miserabeles, The Sound of Music, We’ve Only Just Begun, and many more. Tickets can be purchased on our website or at our box office.

4) Get ready to bend and snap! Legally Blonde is enrolling at Osceola Arts. This light-hearted musical, based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film of the same name, follows UCLA Delta Nu president, Elle Woods, during her senior year in college. She appears to have it all. She has a heart of gold and a gorgeous mane to match it. Then, out of nowhere her life is turned upside-down when her long-time boyfriend, Warner Huntington III, dumps her to start getting serious about his life and attend Harvard Law. Desperate to win him back, Elle studies hard and manages to be accepted into Harvard Law. Watch as Elle realizes her potential and sets out to prove herself to the world as she defends fitness queen and friend, Brooke Wyndham, during her murder trial. The musical will run from May 8th- May 24th. Tickets can be purchased on our website or at our box office.

5) Did she murder the baby or not? That is the question. Agnes of God tells the story of Martha, a psychiatrist, who becomes more in touch with herself and her view of the world while she is analyzing Agnes, a teen novice nun who gives birth in the convent. She is now accused of murdering her baby and insists that the child was the result of a virginal conception. The play will run from May 16th-18th and May 23rd-25th. Tickets can be purchased at our website or at our box office.

Don’t miss out on these great Mothers’ Day gift ideas! Your Mother will surely appreciate it. If you have questions about the events above, feel free to call us at 407-846-6257.

ATTENTION ALL FLORIDA ARTISTS!

By: Michelle Saldivar

This month, Osceola Arts will be hosting its 2015 004Annual Juried Art Exhibit to celebrate the diversity of Florida artists. With a long tradition in Osceola County, this exhibit enjoys continued support from the community and artists.  Until this upcoming Monday, April 20th, artists can submit up to 3 artworks for consideration in painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, and drawing to compete for cash prizes! Winners will be chosen for Best in Show, First, Second, Third Place, and 2 Honorable Mentions. Works will be judged on quality, originality, concept, design and technique. Submissions must be entered online or postmarked no later than April 20th. The exhibition itself will run from May 11th-June 7th, with a reception on May 13th from 6 PM-8 PM.

For more information, go to http://www.osceolaarts.org/visual-arts/, or email Marilyn Cortes-Lovato, Director of Visual Arts, at marilyn@osceolaarts.org.

Purchase your Theatre Ticket Packages NOW!

By: Michelle Saldivar

Hello Patrons! We are excited to announce an amazing list of plays and musicals for our upcoming 2015-2016 Theatre Series, which includes both our popular Broadway Series and our new Stage Left Series. The season begins in mid-September and runs through summer of 2016. Show dates and titles are as follows:

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Our 2015-2016 Broadway Season show logos.

Sept 18 – Oct 4: West Side Story
Oct 23 – Nov 8: Little Shop of Horrors
Jan 15 – Jan 31: Fools
Feb 19 – Mar 6: Gypsy
Apr 1 – Apr 17: How the Other Half Loves
May 6 – May 22: The Producers
Jul 22 – Aug 7: Shrek the Musical

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Our 2015-2016 Stage Left Studio Series show logos.

Oct 3 – Oct 12: True West
Jan 30 – Feb 8: The Graduate
Feb 27 – Mar 7: Doubt
Jun 11 – Jun 20: Merry Wives of Windsor

With the new season comes a wide variety of new theatre package options that will go on sale to the public next week on Monday, April 13th. Current Season Ticket Holders may purchase their packages now. Keep in mind, with Mothers’ Day quickly approaching these packages are a perfect gift for your mother and any special women in your life!

Our ticket package options include the following:

  • Ultimate Arts Experience $145: Includes all 11 shows in both our Broadway and Stage Left Studio Series.
  • Broadway Series $115: Includes all 7 of our main stage shows.
  • Flex Pass $96: Includes 6 shows of your choice – 4 Broadway Series and 2 Stage Left Studio Series shows.

Theatre Season Ticket Packages are available for purchase online on our website, so don’t miss out of this great gift idea and definitely don’t miss seeing our new theatre season starting in the fall!

For more information, please contact our box office at 407-846-6257.

Osceola Arts Staff Interview: Garrett Sanders

By: Michelle Saldivar

Hello Patrons! I have a special surprise for you. Osceola Arts has a fantastic line-up of hard-working staff members. Yet, because of our artistic focus, you don’t always get to hear about them. As the Osceola Arts Marketing Assistant, I have had the pleasure of spending the last three months working diligently alongside them and I want you, our patrons, to get to know them as much as I have. Starting this week, you will have the pleasure to read a collection of staff interviews that I have conducted myself that detail our Osceola Arts staff members and their duties here. Today, you will learn more about our Program Coordinator, Garrett Sanders. He is an energetic, up-beat young man, who joined the Osceola Arts staff last year. Read below to get to know him a little better!

MS: Hello Garrett! How did you become involved with Osceola Arts?

GS: “Well I did my first show here when I was seven years old. It was a small part. I walked on stage and said my lines and walked right off. As they say in the business, I was bit by the bug and I really was. I feel silly saying that. I really didn’t stop doing things here. I did summer camps when I was seven, all the way until I was in middle school. I was doing shows in middle school and high school. And then I went off to college to Florida State University and decided to get my degree in theatre. While I was in college, during the summers I would come back and I would be the Site Supervisor for the summer camps. So I worked organizing things and helping the teachers, making sure the campers were present and having a good time, but also in a safe environment. Then when Brandon Arrington came on board as the new Executive Director, he hired me full time after my last year at summer camp to be the Program Coordinator. And I have been doing that since August and it’s really been awesome. I have been able to work sort of all of the facets of Osceola Arts. I have been doing a lot of outreach programs, going to middle schools twice a week to bring arts after school to programs that don’t have drama clubs or theatre classes. So I’m enjoying that. I have also worked on the production side. I’ve helped get art shows ready, especially with the Art Festival.  So, I’ve been doing all sorts of things.  It’s really been awesome. I’ve been doing stuff here since I was little, so it’s been a long time.”

MS: You’ve told us about being a student here, so how was that transition from being a student to an employee?

GS: “It’s kind of weird.  But I really think I bring a unique perspective. Both Stephanie Day, the Youth Manager, and I went through programs and summer camps here.  So we were both students and now we are kind of here running it.  It’s so funny to me to see how much work goes into putting on one program, one class, one summer camp, one children’s theatre show.  So, I really enjoy it. It is different though. You still get to be creative, but you have to bring everyone to that point. For example, when you are an actor in a show, you have to worry about your part and your lines. But when you are the director or you are in charge of this program, you really have to focus on all the elements.  And I really, really, enjoy doing that and I am glad I have the opportunity to do it here where I started.”

MS: What is your favorite aspect of your job?

GS: “I really enjoy the people that I work with. We are a big, loving, dysfunctional family and it’s hilarious. I love coming to work every day and seeing them and getting stuff done to foster the arts in our community. But I also love the production side, such as building a show and stage management. For example, in my after school programs, [I enjoy coordinating] the logistic things we need to figure out. [Such as] how do I give the students the tools to succeed in creating a one-of-a-kind production? I really enjoy that.  Being creative with the production end of it.”

MS: So in your job, you create partnerships, coordinate shows and exhibits, what else do you do?

GS: “My primary focus are the after school outreach programs. I pick up any other programming needs, so I do an assortment of things. When someone comes in and wants to rent the space to do a performance arts piece, I show them what dates we have available, ask them what needs they may have for the event and I tell them if we can do it or not.  I like interacting with people who want to use this space as a sort of curator of art in the community.”

MS: What after school programs have you created in our community?

GS: “We have two programs currently running simultaneously.  One at Narcoossee Middle School and another Kissimmee Middle school. Both of those programs take place twice a week at these middle schools and we go out and we bring the arts to them. Part of our new mission here at Osceola Arts is to bring the energy of this building and take it out into the community. We are taking the Sunshine State Reading List and we are creating a show based off of it the book. So the students are reading the books, developing it, adapting it for the stage, writing their own scenes, making the costumes, sets, and props, and the preform it once for their friends at their middle school and then once here at Osceola Arts. It is a really neat opportunity that I am excited that we are able to bring to these schools that don’t have drama programs.”

MS: What book(s) are you working on?

GS: “Currently, both schools are working on Half Upon a Time by James Riley. It’s like a fractured fairy tale type of story. They have been hard at work reading through their assigned chapters and story boarding and writing with the rest of the class to make sure everyone is up to speed on what’s happening with the characters in the book. Since the students were on Spring Break last week, they will come back and have two more weeks to write the show and then audition, rehearse, and perform it! It’s a big undertaking, but I’m excited to challenge them and work with them to achieve their goal of a full production.”

MS: What is the most rewarding part of your job?

GS: “Being able to make a difference in the arts here in Osceola County. We work so hard at this and nobody really sees that and they shouldn’t. We try our best to bring a lot of programs and that’s really exciting.  I remember one day, I was three or four months into working here and I had been so swamp with work and I was stressed out. Then, one day I had to stay late for something and I walked through the parking lot and there were kids going in to children’s theatre. There were adults going in for their choir rehearsal. There were artists coming in for an art opening. Dancers coming in for a rehearsal for the show. The building just came to light.  There were so many people here enjoying themselves and that’s what I love.  And it was the best. From that moment on, I was like ‘from anything that I get stressed from, I just have to think about this’ because it is so worth it.”

Our Chief Operating Officer, Jeremiah Krivinchuk, and Program Coordinator, Garrett Sanders, in A Tuna Christmas.

Our Chief Operating Officer, Jeremiah Krivinchuk, (left) and Program Coordinator, Garrett Sanders, (right) in A Tuna Christmas.

MS: Yeah, I completely understand. Sometime being cooped up in the office, you don’t realize everything you do has a big impact and that one night you go to see that it was much more than paper work or phone calls. It is beneficial to other people.  Finally, what is your favorite memory since starting at Osceola Arts?  

GS: “Oh bother! Preforming in A Tuna Christmas.  I was really lucky to be able to perform with my boss, Jeremiah, in a two-man show with Stephanie Day as our costume designer and Brandon Arrington as our director. It was so much fun. The night of the Patron Gala we performed for our patrons and they really enjoyed it and we had a great time too. That has probably been my favorite memory.”

Check out the rest of our staff interviews here!