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Orlando Theater Update

There is a great selection of Orlando theater shows to pick from when you feel like catching a dinner and show. For the next few weeks, three shows you might want to see are “Romeo and Juliet and Cymbline,” “Dancing at Lughnasa” and, if you have little ones, “Lyle the Crocodile.”

If you are dining in the downtown Orlando area this week and want to catch a theater production, you can’t go wrong with “Dancing at Lughnasa” being performed at the Mad Cow Theatre, 105 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801. This particular performance is in its last week, so don’t miss it! “Dancing at Lughnasa” is a Tony Award Winning story about five sisters living together on a rural farm in Ballybeg, Ireland in 1936. The Mundy sisters are challenged when ancient tribal customs and religious beliefs clash during preparations for the autumn harvest. While the world around them advances technologically, the sisters find the strength to continue in their laughter, hope, and family traditions. Tickets are $32 for adults and $30 for seniors/students with ID. Tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Mad Cow Theatre box office at 407.297.8788 (ext. 1).

Dancing at Lughnasa this week:

  • Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 3, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 4, 2012 at 2:30 p.m.

If you are near the Orlando Science Center, every Wednesday through Sunday at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803 you can see the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF present two classic masterpieces – William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” and  “Cymbeline” – in rotating repertory. Most people are very familiar with Romeo and Juliet’s famous love story. “Cymbeline” is being performed for Orlando audiences for the first time and is a story that covers a couple’s reunion in an adventuresome journey populated with colorful characters, a wicked stepmother, sword fights, and sleeping potions. Tickets are from $15.00  to  $38.00 and are available at orlandoshakes.org.

Romeo and Juliet and Cymbeline schedule:

  • Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. until Wednesday, March 14, 2012
  • Thursday at 7:00 p.m. until Thursday, March 15, 2012
  • Friday at 8:00 p.m. until Friday, March 16, 2012
  •  Saturday at 8:00 p.m. until Saturday, March 17, 2012
  • Sunday at 2:00 p.m. until Sunday, March 18, 2012

At another theater in Orlando near the Science Center is the Orlando Repertory Theatre at 1001 E Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803 where you and your family will enjoy “Lyle the Crocodile” for the next month. This is a great production for your kids to enjoy before an evening out at a great Orlando restaurant. This story is about a family moving into their new apartment only to find a crocodile in their bathtub! Lyle is no ordinary crocodile and through an exciting performance teaches those around him to not judge others by their appearance, but to love people (and crocodiles) for who they are. Tickets are $11.00  –  $17.00 and can be purchase by visiting www.orlandorep.com.

Lyle the Crocodile schedule:

  • Every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. until Sunday, March 25, 2012
  • Every Saturday at 12:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. until Saturday, March 24, 2012

Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to encourage everyone to experience a great Orlando theater production. When you are not visiting these theaters, we’d like to invite you to our theatre. We’ll take care of dinner plans with our delicious dinner buffet with many Italian/American favorites. You’ll not go hungry! Our ticket price (half price when purchased online) also includes parking, drinks (alcoholic & non-alcoholic), dessert, the show and more. Find us on Facebook to read what our fans think of our show. It’s fun for everyone! While the productions in this article will soon end, Capone’s Dinner & Show is open every night of the year! Come see a fantastic dinner show in Orlando! It’s a blast from the past!

Great Choices for Theater in Orlando

It was brought to my attention after originally posting this article that I had left out our dear friends over at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater’s other production. Miss Nelson is Missing is a great performance for the entire family. Kids will get a kick out of watching the rude students handle a very scarey substitute teacher. This modern, witty musical is being performed on various afternoons through November 19, and tickets can be purchased online or at the box office. Call  (407) 447-1700 for more information.

Original Article 10-24-2011:

Along with all of the Fall and Halloween activities in the Orlando area, there are some wonderful theatre opportunities as well. Take a break from the tourist attractions and treat yourself to an afternoon or evening taking in a performance or show. This is no trick, there are many to choose from and you won’t be disappointed.

At the Enzian Theater (1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751), you can enjoy Haunted Swamp: Walk of Terror. This event is comprised of two thousand feet of the freaky characters you’ve come to know and fear along with a few new fellows to haunt your dreams.  In addition to the Walk of Terror scary movies will be shown, including the 1931 version of Dracula, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. For the kids, Saturday matinees are planned including a not-too-scary movie, with fun, food and activities. Films range in price from $10 to FREE and are open to the public on specified nights. To purchase admission tickets or for more information, visit Enzian.org.

At the Garden Theatre (160 W. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL), the rock-n-roll musical Little Shop of Horrors, is kicking off their 2011-12 season. Enjoy a man-eating plant and a cast of colorful characters Friday, Saturday and Sunday through November 6. Tickets range from $22 – $26. For more information visit the new Garden Theatre website gardentheatre.org or call the Box Office at 407-877-GRDN (4736).

Altar Boyz, the hit musical, is being presented at The Abbey (100 South Eola Drive, Orlando, FL 32801) on select afternoons and evenings until November 20.  This off-Broadway musical tells the story of a boy band trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular choreography and a touching story, Altar Boyz is sure to rock the masses of all denominations. Tickets are $26 and can be purchased through Ticketweb.com or by calling 1-866-468-7630. For more information visit www.AbbeyOrlando.com.

God of Carnage is being performed at Lowndes Shakespeare Center (812 East Rollins Street, Orlando, FL 32803) by the Orlando Shakespeare Theater in partnership with UCF. Two high-strung couples meet for what they believe will be a civilized discussion about a playground fight between their two sons. The meeting degenerates into irrational arguments and loaded topics of misogyny, racial prejudice and homophobia resulting in “ninety minutes of sustained mayhem.” Tickets cost $20 – $34 with performances on various dates until November 12 and are available by calling (407) 447-1700 or online at orlandoshakes.org.

Mad Cow Theatre presents The Drowsy Chaperone, a new musical comedy with tons of laughs and the most 2006 Tony Awards of any musical on Broadway. At this musical about people who adore musicals, you’ll enjoy a hilarious tale of a celebrity bride and her uproarious wedding day, complete with thrills and surprises. Tickets cost $32 – $34 and are available online at madcowtheatre.com and by calling the Mad Cow Theatre box office at 407.297.8788 x1.

Finally, if you are a mom, a friend of a mom, or have a mom, you’ll want to catch The Mommies – A Musical Blog in the Darden Theater at The Orlando Science Center (777 E Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803). On select dates through November 19, you can take in this 90-minute party filled with the magical moments and mayhem of mothering from cradle to college. Tickets are $36 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 407-802-3293. For more information about the performance, visit their web site at themommies.com.

Capone’s Dinner & Show is a proud supporter of the art of theater. We’d like to invite everyone to take in our show when you are not enjoying one of these other fabulous performances. Our dinner show is the best value in Orlando. When you purchase your tickets online, you’ll receive HALF OFF the regular ticket price! Your ticket includes the show, dinner buffet, all-you-can-drink beverages, dessert and more! Adult tickets (with discount) are $26.99 and children (XX to XX years) are $16.99 plus tax and gratuity. Be sure to save a night for Capone’s Dinner & Show – you’ll be glad you did.

Theater for Kids – Summer Fun

For local residents, summer is often a time when parents are desperately trying to find inexpensive fun things to do. Few families can afford multi-park passes to the Orlando theme parks. Even if they could, the cost to eat dinner meals or refreshments of any kind can really add up. Not to mention the gas to get there, parking fees, etc. Wise parents know that summer is a great time to introduce their children to a variety of learning experiences without the kids realizing they are learning something while doing it! Museums and parks are great fun and are often free. If you want to expose your children to theater, it too is now an affordable option.

Remember reading to your kids when they were young? Remember the classic fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs? What a great story! July 7 through August 7 (except on Mondays) you can reintroduce your child to the little girl that lives in the woods and the wicked queen who wants to be the most beautiful woman in the kingdom. Being performed at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center at 812 East Rollins Street in Orlando, this production costs $9/seat on week days and $10/seat on weekends. Tip: Go to the event’s web site and download a coloring sheet for your child to color. Bring it to the box office and you’ll get $2 off one of your tickets! (subject to availability)

The Orlando Shakespeare Theater is really upping the entire theater experience for children this summer with this production. Not only will kids see a great theater performance, they can participate in fairy tale readings at local businesses in the morning (July 9 at 11 am at the Barnes and Noble on Colonial Dr.) for free. Also free are smoothie samples at Saturday’s 2pm matinee (July 9) and free gnome hats thanks to the Virgin Olive Market at all of the performances. It is nice to see the Orlando Magic’s support of the Theater for Young Audiences Series as well as UCF and the United Arts of Central Florida. With their support and the State of Florida’s Dept. of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, many local youth will have fun this summer and be able to get involved with theater.

Later in the Fall, the Theater for Young Audience Season will present a musical adaptation of Miss Nelson is Missing (Oct. 20 – Nov. 19) and next year Charlotte’s Web (Mar. 29 – April 29). These shows are a great way to launch your child’s appreciation for theater, not to mention an inexpensive evening for the entire family. Whether you are eating dinner at the nearby White Wolf Cafe, or the Wendy’s down the street, dinner and a show is affordable fun for the entire family.

Capone’s Dinner & Show would like to invite all local residents to enjoy their theater experience too! We offer a Florida discount and are a hit with kids of all ages. We’re located in South Orlando/West Kissimmee on Hwy. 192. There is no fee to park and our tickets can be purchased online at half price! After you’ve introduced your child to theater this summer at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, head for Capone’s Dinner & Show. You’ll be glad you did!

2011 Orlando Cabaret Festival

Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando will be hosting the 9th Annual Orlando Cabaret Festival. The festival will run from April 29th thru May 15th this year.  Forty shows will be featured over 17 days, bringing you the best of Jazz, Pop, and Broadway.

The festival is scheduled so that you are able to see all three shows scheduled on most evenings.  And, there is a Festival Pass so you can see a combination of shows at the best rate.  A great aspect of this event is that they offer Lunchtime Cabaret, lunchtime shows so that people working downtown can get a nice break from the office and enjoy a great show.  You can bring your own lunch, or purchase a boxed lunch at the theatre.  The lunch shows last about 45 minutes so you’ll have time to get back to work.  See website for additional details, reservations, and lunch options.  There is also the option of dinner and a show, which includes a prix fixe dinner or lite bites from the casual upscale lounge, Kres Chop House.

This year, three world-class headliners that represent the next generation of brilliant cabaret singers will be performing: Jesse Nager, Tony DeSare and Will and Anthony Nunziata. Check website for full details and performance information.

The 20th Annual Florida Film Festival

We here at Capone’s Dinner and Show love theater and we are looking forward to the Florida Film Festival coming to Central Florida April 8-17th!  This 10-day festival will celebrate their 20th anniversary with a salute to Florida.  The many sides of the state will be celebrated, from the FL Keys to the black mud of the everglades; from Walt Disney World to the beach.  There are so many different aspects of our wonderful state!  And, you wouldn’t believe how many films were shot in Florida, from Scarface to Striptease, to Cape Fear; the list goes on & on.

This festival will premiere the best in cutting-edge, current cinema, with a mix of special events and industry parties.  Some of the highlights will be Flavors of Florida, a film and food celebration of Florida traditions showcasing authentic flavors such as soft shell crab, fresh-squeezed citrus, sweet tea, key lime pie, braised swamp cabbage, and more.  Dinner AND theater? Gotta love that!

Florida perspectives is a forum featuring fun movie and television clips about our sunshine state.  You’ll be joined by a panel of Florida advertising, television, film, and tourism professionals, including WFTV Anchor Bob Opsahl and Suzy Spang, VP of Film & Entertainment Technology for Metro Orlando Entertainment Development Commission.

Fabulous Florida Films is a specially selected tribute of Floridian images featuring a new narrative feature, two documentaries, and a slew of native-bred short films.

The Florida Film Fantasies Gallery is the result of community members that were asked “What is the name of YOUR Florida movie?  What does it look like?”  It features personal images and film titles that best illustrates the Florida film of their fantasies.  And, the best part is YOU can do it too!  Use your personal experiences or mementos to capture your fantasy of Florida, and submit your image.

There are many great movies to see, as well as forums and special guests that include filmmaker Victor Nunez, creator of Ulee’s Gold. Also appearing is legendary chef Norman Van Aken of NORMAN’S Restaurant, Scott Jones, former Executive Food Editor for Southern Living magazine, and many more.

There are several ticket packages available, starting at $40, and going up to $650 Platinum Passes, so there is a ticket package available for everyone.  Don’t miss the opening night film and party!