The Orlando nightspot, at 100 S. Eola Drive, hosts plays, concerts and a fall cabaret series. The cabaret performances are at 8 p.m. and cost $10 each. Details: abbeyorlando.com.
Monday Night Cabaret Series
REBECCA FISHER: Sept. 8
KEVIN KELLY: Sept. 15
JESSICA HOEHN: Sept. 22
ANDREA CANNY: Sept. 29
JOHN RYAN & EDDIE COOPER: Oct. 13
ANNIE RUSSELL THEATRE
The theater is on the campus of Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park. Second Stage shows are free student productions that take place in the Fred Stone Theatre on campus. Details: rollins.edu/annierussell or 407-646-2145.
WORKING: Sept. 26-Oct. 5. A musical look at working Americans from the boardroom to the factory floor. Contributing composers include Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked"), Lin-Manuel Miranda ("In the Heights") and James Taylor. Directed by Jennifer Cavenaugh.
OUR TOWN: Nov. 14-22. Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic about life and love in the small town of Grover's Corners. Peg O'Keef stars, and Thomas Ouellette directs.
MACHINAL: Feb. 13-21: A young woman tries to break free of a repressive society. Directed by David Charles.
GUYS AND DOLLS: April 17-25: A gambling man falls for a prim-and-proper missionary in the musical, which features classic songs "Luck Be a Lady" and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat." Directed by Missy Barnes.
Second Stage Series
THE VANDAL: Oct. 22-26. Written by Hamish Linklater ("The New Adventures of Old Christine," "The Crazy Ones"), "The Vandal" is a comedy-drama about two lonely souls who meet by chance. Directed by Rebecca Kleinman.
TIME STANDS STILL: Feb. 4-8. Donald Margulies' drama about relationships. Directed by Sarah Clark.
T.I.C. (TRENCHCOAT IN COMMON): April 8-12. Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's dark comedy about a teenage girl who pries into the lives of other residents of her apartment building. Directed by Halston Snell.
Performances, with one exception noted below, are at 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand. Details: athensdeland.com or 386-736-1500.
LEGALLY BLONDE: Aug. 1-17. Based on the hit film, this musical tells of pampered Elle, who unexpectedly becomes a student at Harvard Law School.
THE MIRACLE WORKER: Oct. 3-19. The Tony-winning play recounts the true story of teacher Annie Sullivan and her pupil Helen Keller.
IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS: Dec. 5-21. "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep," "Happy Holiday," "Sisters," "Blue Skies," and the unforgettable title song make this musical a holiday favorite.
BOEING BOEING: Jan. 23-Feb. 8. In this farce, set in the 1960s, a self-styled ladies man juggles three fiancées.
YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN: March 6-22. In this musical, the cartoon creations of Charles M. Schulz experience friendship, love, despair and happiness.
CABARET: April 17-May 10. Set in pre-World War II Berlin, this musical follows the denizens of a seedy nightclub as the impending conflict destroys their hedonistic world.
SOME ENCHANTED EVENING: Nov. 14-22. A celebration of the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein.
12 ANGRY JURORS: Feb. 13-March 1. Tempers flare as jurors debate the fate of a young man in this play, adapted as a film starring Henry Fonda. Performed at the historic Volusia County Courthouse, 101 N. Alabama Ave., DeLand.
BAY STREET PLAYERS
Performances are at the State Theatre, 109 N. Bay St., Eustis. Details: baystreetplayers.org or 352-357-7777.
I LOVE YOU, YOU'RE PERFECT, NOW CHANGE: Sept. 5-28. Musical comedy that celebrates the mating game from dates to in-laws to the rocking-chair years.
A GOOD OLD-FASHIONED REDNECK COUNTRY CHRISTMAS: Nov. 7-30. In this sensitive comedy by Ocoee playwright Kris Bauske, a twist of fate entangles three not-so-wise men with the classic story of Christmas when Bill, Dave and Jimmy chose to go hunting rather than spend the holiday with their wives.
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR: Jan. 30-Feb. 22. Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's rock opera tells the story of the last seven days of Jesus Christ's life using an electric guitar instead of a church organ.
RUMORS: April 10-May 3. Neil Simon's frothy farce takes place at an upper-crust dinner party that goes disastrously wrong.
HELLO DOLLY!: June 19-July 12. Busybody Dolly Levi resolves to marry skinflint Horace Vandergelder in the Jerry Hermann musical comedy. The show was the very first presented at the theater, and is staged as the season finale in honor of the Players' 40th anniversary.
ART: Sept. 21-Oct. 5. The relationship among three friends is turned upside down when one of them purchases a pure-white painting.
THE EIGHT REINDEER MONOLOGUES: Nov. 23-Dec. 7. The North Pole becomes the epicenter of scandal when one of the eight tiny reindeer accuses Santa of harassment in this dark comedy that features adult themes and language.
PROOF: Feb. 15-March 1. A mathematician's daughter must deal with her late father's legacy of genius and mental illness while discovering her own identity.
THREE DAYS OF RAIN: April 26-May 10. Two siblings and their friend attempt to understand their fathers' deaths, awakening the past.
BETRAYAL: July 5-19. In David Pinter's drama, audiences follow two adulterous lovers backward through time to the start of their relationship.
BETH MARSHALL PRESENTS
Productions are staged at the Garden Theatre, 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden; The Venue, 511 Virginia Drive, Orlando; the Lake Howell High School Theater, 4200 Dike Road, Winter Park; and Valencia College's Black Box Theatre, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando. More information: bethmarshallpresents.com.
PLAY-IN-A-DAY: Sept. 6. More than 50 young artists work alongside veteran writers, actors, directors and production staff to create short plays in 24 hours. At Lake Howell High School.
THE TRAYVON MARTIN PROJECT, PART 1: A TRIBUTE: Oct. 3-5. Inspired by the killing of a black teenager in Sanford, six short plays and a poem explore race relations and equality issues. At Valencia College.
BEATNIK SQUARED: Nov. 7. The interactive show with a 1960s theme returns with new art from poets, musicians and other artisans. Presented in partnership with Blue Star's VarieTease troupe at The Venue.
JANINE KLEIN: A JEW DOING CHRISTMAS CABARET: Dec. 9. Klein will perform her own celebration of Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and the winter solstice. Musical direction by Julian Bond ("33 Variations"). At The Venue.
DOUBT: A PARABLE: Feb. 6-22. The Tony-winning drama about a investigation of abuse in a 1960s Catholic school. At Garden Theatre.
THE TRAYVON MARTIN PROJECT, PART 2: AN EXPLORATION: February. Valencia College students will devise an original play as part of a project developed by program chairman John DiDonna. At Valencia College.
THE TRAYVON MARTIN PROJECT, PART 3: HOODIES: May or June. A new 50-minute play produced in partnership with Penguin Point Productions. At The Venue or the Orlando Fringe Festival, if selected.
COMMENCEMENT: May. Written by Clay McLeod Chapman, this 40-minute, one-woman drama explores the lives of three women struggling after a high-school shooting. Beth Marshall will star. At The Venue, or the Orlando Fringe Festival, if selected.
BREAKTHROUGH THEATRE OF WINTER PARK
Performances are at Breakthrough Theatre, 419A W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park. Details: 407-920-4034 or breakthroughtheatre.com.
COMPANY: Aug. 1-17: Stephen Sondheim's musical about a bevy of New York relationships and the single man who observes them all.
THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB: Aug. 29-Sept. 7. Five Southern women meet in college and remain friends over the course of a lifetime.
BETTY'S SUMMER VACATION: Sept. 12-14. A group of eccentrics interrupt Betty's quest for peace and tranquillity in Christopher Durang's over-the-top comedy.
BLOOD BROTHERS: Oct. 10-26: Willy Russell's musical about twin brothers separated at birth and how their different economic statuses affect their lives.
THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW: Nov. 7-23. A play based on the Washington Irving story about a Headless Horseman.
CHRISTMAS SHORTS: Dec. 5-7. Five "merry little comedies" by playwright Matt Hoverman.
THE VERY FIRST CHRISTMAS: Dec. 12-14. Religious musical about the first Christmas.
A BREAKTHROUGH FAMILY CHRISTMAS: Dec. 19-21. Past and present performers at the theater share Christmas songs and stories.
CENTRAL FLORIDA COMMUNITY ARTS
The Orlando-based nonprofit community choir, orchestra and performing-arts school presents a fall musical at Northland Church, 530 Dog Track Road, Longwood. For CFCArts choral and orchestral concerts, see the Classical & Choral listing. Details: 407-937-1800.
THE MUSIC MAN: Sept. 4-5. Harold Hill finds trouble in River City and love with a librarian in this classic musical.
CENTRAL FLORIDA VOCAL ARTS
This group, which offers classes for children, also presents staged family shows with adult cast members. Details: 863-510-7236 (tickets for the masquerade gala must be reserved in advance at that number).
MASQUERADE GALA: Oct. 25. Halloween-inspired music, food and drink. Cocktail attire and masks encouraged. $30-$65, fundraiser for scholarship fund. At 1730 Peninsula Drive, Tavares.
LIFE OF THE PARTY: CHOOSE YOUR ADVENTURE: Nov. 1-9. Interactive cabaret-style show featuring party and celebratory scenes from musical theater, operetta and opera. The audience decides how each scene ends. Nov. 1-2 shows at Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 203 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. Nov. 2-9 shows at Moonlight Players' theater, 735 W. Minneola St., Clermont.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
The Montreal-based company maintains a resident show, "La Nouba," at Downtown Disney, Lake Buena Vista. Details: Disneyworld.com/Lanouba or 407-939-7600. It also presents touring shows.
LA NOUBA: Ongoing. High-energy stage show combining performance art, clowning, dance and acrobatics.
VAREKAI: Sept. 17-21. Touring show of the circus arts, presented at the Amway Center, 400 W. Church St., Orlando. Details at CirqueduSoleil.com/varekai.
CORNERSTONE THEATRE COMPANY
Shows will be staged at the Princess Theater, 115 W. First St., Sanford. The season's theme is "Perception vs. Reality." Details: cornerstonetheatrecompany.com
12 ANGRY JURORS: Oct. 2-19. In Reginald Rose's drama, one juror stands against the majority as a murder charge is debated.
BROOKLYN THE MUSICAL: Jan. 8-25. In this story within a story, a troupe of street performers tells a "sidewalk fairy tale" about a young girl who comes to the U.S. to find the father she never knew.
THE WOMEN: April 16-May 3. Clare Boothe Luce's comedy of manners looks at the world from a feminine viewpoint with a cast of 30.
DAYSTAR THEATER ARTS — ORLANDO
This theater company, new to Orlando, specializes in musicals that fight bigotry and encourage compassion and tolerance. Performances will be at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Details: daystartheatrics.com, 321-332-3726 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PARADE: Nov. 6-Dec. 28. The Jason Robert Brown/Alfred Uhry musical looks at religious intolerance and political injustice through the true story of a Jewish man who was lynched after being convicted of killing a young girl in 1913.
SPRING AWAKENING: Feb. 5-March 29. The Duncan Sheik rock musical is about teens coming of age in repressive 19th-century Germany.
GODSPELL: April 2-May 24. The music of Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") and the Gospel according to St. Matthew help spread Jesus Christ's messages of kindness, tolerance and love through games, storytelling and comedy.
DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT
Performances of the Orlando holiday tradition are at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center on weekends, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, and Wednesdays and Thursdays at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show, 8267 International Drive, Orlando. Details: dickensbycandlelight.com
DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT: Dec. 3-22- Three actors retell Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in an immersive setting with carols, wassail, tea and cookies.
DR. PHILLIPS CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will open Nov. 7 in downtown Orlando. Currently, the box office is at 455 S. Orange Ave. Call 844-513-2014 or go to drphillipscenter.org. The center will host theater, dance and musical performances. For Orlando Ballet and other troupes' performances, see the Dance listings. For the center's Jazz Series and other musical offerings, see the Music listings.
Co-presented with Florida Theatrical Association
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: Dec. 3-14. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed man who falls in love with a beautiful singer.
NEWSIES: Jan. 27-Feb. 1. Disney's high-energy musical about plucky newsboys at the turn of the 20th century.
MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL: March 10-15. A celebration of the soulful sound of the Motown era.
PIPPIN: April 21-26. Theatrical musical about a young man trying to find his place in this world.
ANYTHING GOES: May 26-31. High-kicking Cole Porter musical about comic shenanigans on the high seas.
I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE: June 23-28. A re-creation of taping the famous TV series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
Other Broadway shows
THE BOOK OF MORMON: Dec. 26-Jan. 4. The comic musical from the creators of TV's "South Park" about two naïve missionaries in Africa.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: May 12-17. Disney's cartoon about the enchanted prince who must learn to love.
SLAVA'S SNOW SHOW: Feb. 16-28. Music, comedy and clowning combine in this production all based around the majesty and magic of snow. An international success, the show aims to bring theatergoers on a dreamlike journey, helping adults to reconnect with their inner child.
Costumed characters, puppets and other performers bring to life children's favorites from TV shows seen on PBS and the Disney Junior network.
WILD KRATTS — LIVE!: Feb. 14.
DINOSAUR TRAIN LIVE! BUDDY'S BIG ADVENTURE: May 10.
CHUGGINGTON LIVE! THE GREAT RESCUE ADVENTURE: June 5-6.
ALTON BROWN LIVE! THE EDIBLE INEVITABLE TOUR: Feb. 7. An evening with the celebrity chef, TV personality and author.
EMPTY SPACES THEATRE CO(LLABORATION)
Special events throughout the year. Performances will be at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Details: 407-328-9005.
PHANTASMAGORIA V: Oct. 10-31. Spooky Halloween storytelling, dance and puppetry.
FLORIDA THEATRICAL ASSOCIATION
Performances of touring Broadway shows are co-presented with the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. See that listing for details.
The theater, which also hosts dance performances and presents movies and other community events, is at 160 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Details: gardentheatre.org or 407-877-4736.
SWEENEY TODD: Sept. 12-Oct. 5. TheatreWorks Florida will produce Sondheim's musical masterpiece of revenge, set in 19th-century London.
CHRISTMAS BY COMMITTEE: A MUSICAL: Dec. 5-21. Rob Winn Anderson, who wrote and directed the world-premiere production of "Alice Lost in Wonderland" for the Garden Theatre, turns his hand to Christmas.
DOUBT: A PARABLE: Feb. 6-22. Beth Marshall Presents will produce John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer and Tony award-winning play in which a Catholic high-school principal battles for truth and personal integrity after she suspects a priest has committed sexual misconduct.
BOEING BOEING: March 20-April 4. In Marc Camoletti's 1960s farce, swinging bachelor Bernard dates three stewardesses, each engaged to him without knowing about the others.
PETER PAN: May 1-31. The Garden's annual community collaboration takes on James M. Barrie's family-favorite musical. Peter Pan and friends come face to face with a ticking crocodile, a fierce Indian tribe, a band of bungling pirates, and the villainous Captain Hook.
HENEGAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS
The theater offers a six-musical series on its main stage, two smaller-scale plays in the Upstairs Series and will institute a playwright festival this season. Performances are at the center, 625 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne. Details: 321-723-8698 or henegar.org.
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG: Aug. 8-17. This musical from Stephen Sondheim tells the story of three best friends — backwards. The story begins in 1976 and ends in 1957.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY: Oct. 17-Nov. 2. Wednesday Addams causes chaos when she falls in love with a "normal" boy in this musical based on the kooky cartoon characters.
A WONDERFUL LIFE: Dec. 5-21. George Bailey's story, based on the heartwarming film.
THE COLOR PURPLE: Jan. 23-Feb. 8. A musical celebration of life that tells of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity.
DAMN YANKEES: March 13-29. A middle-aged man makes a bargain with the devil to become a star baseball player in this classic musical.
CRY-BABY: May 15-31. This musical 1950s tale of two forbidden lovers and the crazy crowd that tries to keep them apart is based on the cult-classic film.
PROOF: Sept. 19-28. Drama about a daughter's struggle with the death of her father, a mathematician, and reluctance to follow in his footsteps.
GOD OF CARNAGE: Feb. 20-March 1. A meeting between two sets of parents about their children devolves into a surreal encounter in which the parents themselves become increasingly childish.
NEW WORKS PLAYWRIGHT'S FESTIVAL: April 24-May 3. A new festival will feature plays by up-and- coming playwrights in and outside of Brevard County.
See Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse.
MAD COW THEATRE
The company's theaters, the Harriett and the Zehngebot-Stonerock, are at 55 W. Church St., Orlando. Details: madcowtheatre.com or 407-297-8788.
THE WHO'S TOMMY: Oct. 3-Nov. 2. A rock opera, "Tommy" tells the story of a teen pinball champion who gets caught up in fame. Based on The Who's 1969 double album of the same name.
TBA: Nov. 14-Dec. 14.
JAMES JOYCE'S THE DEAD: Dec. 5-Jan. 4. Inspired by Joyce's short story, "The Dead" takes a nostalgic Christmas visit to an Irish home full of memories and music.
THE EXPLORERS CLUB: Jan. 23-Feb. 22. This new comedy details a crisis in 1879 when the gentlemen of the prestigious Explorers Club feel threatened by a potential new member — a woman.
PHOTOGRAPH 51: Feb. 20-March 15. Anna Zieglar's new drama tells the story of Dr. Rosalind Franklin, who in 1953 captured the world's first image of the DNA double helix. Yet, her success has been overlooked by history in the male-dominated world of science.
THE PHILADELPHIA STORY: March 20-April 19. Philip Barry's 1939 romantic comedy centers on socialite Tracy Lord whose wedding plans are complicated by the arrival of her ex-husband and an attractive tabloid journalist.
AIN'T MISBEHAVIN': June 5-July 5. In this tribute to black musicians of the 1920s and '30s, singers perform a selection of songs, including "The Joint is Jumpin'" and the title tune, that reflect the era of the Harlem Renaissance.
DINNER WITH FRIENDS: June 19-July 19. Donald Margulies' 2000 Pulitzer prize-winning play is a tale of how the passing of time and the ebb and flow of passion affect friendship and romance.
CLYBOURNE PARK: Aug. 7-Sept. 6, 2015. Inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun," Bruce Norris uses comedy to explore the issues of race and community.
TRIBES: Aug. 21-Sept. 20, 2015. This modern play by British writer-director Nina Raine tells an inspiring story as the deaf child of an eccentric English family finds confidence and love.
SCIENCE PLAY FESTIVAL: Feb. 27-March 1. Readings of works with science-based plot, theme or references.
ORLANDO CABARET FESTIVAL: April 23-May 10. Annual series of concerts featuring both local singers and Broadway headliners.
MELON PATCH PLAYERS
Performances are at the Melon Patch Playhouse, 311 N. 13th St., Leesburg. Details: melonpatchplayers.com or 352-787-3013.
THE APPLE TREE: Aug. 8-24. Three one-act musicals, all dealing with men, women and temptation. Based on stories by Mark Twain, Frank R. Stockton and Jules Feiffer.
VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE: Oct. 3-19. Middle-aged siblings find their world turned upside down when their movie-star sister returns home with her much younger boyfriend in this comedy.
THE SOUND OF MUSIC: Dec. 5-21. An outgoing nun becomes the governess for a cold Austrian military man's family on the eve of World War II in this beloved Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.
THE LAST NIGHT OF BALLYHOO: Jan. 16-Feb. 1. Social prejudice is front and center in this story of a Jewish family in 1939 Atlanta.
THE MUSIC MAN: March 6-22. Fast-talking salesman Harold Hill takes River City — and Marian the librarian — by storm in this classic musical.
A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED: May 1-17. A solve-the-murder party is planned in the British town of Chipping Cleghorn, but the crime proves to be far too real in this Agatha Christie mystery.
Performances are at the Moonlight Theatre, 735 W. Minneola St., Clermont. Details: moonlightplayers.com or 352-243-5875.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM: Sept. 12-Oct. 5. William Shakespeare's comedy about four young lovers and the fairies they encounter is transported to the rowdy Old West with a cowboys and Indians twist.
ANIMAL FARM: Oct. 31-Nov. 23. A musical rendition of George Orwell's tale of political revolution set in a barnyard animal society.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 11-21. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge finds the true spirit of the season in the Charles Dickens classic.
THE WHO'S TOMMY: Jan. 23-Feb. 22. Based on The Who's 1969 double-album rock opera of the same name, this musical chronicles the tragic and inspiring journey of a young boy from psychologically deaf, mute, and blind to popular pinball wizard.
DANGEROUS LIAISONS: March 20-April 12. Deceit, seduction and trickery make powerful weapons against love, innocence and honor in Christopher Hampton's play based on an 18th-century French novel.
THE WIZ: May 8-June 7. The musically soulful, urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum's "The l Wizard of Oz."
PRELUDE TO A KISS: July 3-19. A young couple must decide if love can survive when the physical aspects of the bride are drastically altered by a supernatural event immediately after their wedding vows.
WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY?: Aug. 7-30, 2015. Brian Clark's drama about a man paralyzed in an accident raises questions about an individual's right to choose euthanasia for themselves and whether the government should be involved in the decision.
OCALA CIVIC THEATRE
The theater is at 4337 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Ocala. Details: 352-236-2274 or ocalacivictheatre.com
CRAZY FOR YOU: Sept. 4-28. It's the Great Depression, and Bobby Child is going to foreclose on a rundown theater — until he falls in love with the theater owner's spunky daughter. Among the familiar Gershwin tunes in this romantic musical are "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You."
THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB: Nov. 6-30. Five Southern women, friends since their college days, reunite each year at a cottage on the beach in this look at their lives and friendship.
SOMETHING'S AFOOT: Feb. 5-March 29. An English country home, a thunderstorm, a dead host … all the clichés are here in this musical-comedy murder mystery spoofing the works of Agatha Christie and the like.
TOM, DICK AND HARRY: March 19-April 12. In this farce, shenanigans ensue when Tom's brothers, Dick and Harry, try to help him and his wife adopt a baby.
MY FAIR LADY: May 14-June 7. The classic musical in which Professor Henry Higgins tries to turn Cockney flower seller Eliza Doolittle into a proper English lady.
BREAKING LEGS: Oct. 9-19. In this comedy, the world of showbiz collides with organized crime and an Italian restaurant.
SLEUTH: Jan. 8-18. Two schemers try to plot the perfect murder in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game.
THE AMOROUS AMBASSADOR: March 29-April 10. A farce in which everybody comically has "a bit on the side."
ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL
The annual festival will take place throughout Loch Haven Park and the Ivanhoe Village neighborhood. Venues include the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, Orlando Repertory Theatre, Theatre Downtown and The Venue. The Fringe also stages a series of shows throughout the year. Details: orlandofringe.org or 407-648-0077.
Fringe Year Round
Performances take place at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center unless otherwise indicated.
SEASONS: Sept. 12. The musical follows the early stages of a young romance, as well as a mother-daughter relationship tested by illness.
THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Sept 13. In this series of three one-acts, a Brooklyn mother and daughter struggle with aging, a Catholic priest has an unsettling visit with a former altar boy, and Judy Garland hallucinates a return to Oz.
REINCARNATION SOUP: Sept. 14. Viet Nguyen's moving collection of heartfelt stories with a flavor specifically Vietnamese but surprisingly universal won the Critics' Choice Award for best drama at the 2014 Fringe.
THE SCREW YOU REVUE: Oct. 4-5. Comic cabaret mayhem returns from eccentric Lady Winifred and charming Didi Panache (Dewey Chaffee and Douglas McGeoch). Adult language and themes. Staged at the Parliament House, 410 N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando.
MERRY FRINGEIN' XMAS III: Dec. 8. Seasonal cheer at the Fringe's annual holiday fundraiser and silent auction.
WANDERLUST: Jan. 2. A comical, multi-award-winning, true-life odyssey in which Martin Dockery travels from a dead-end job in New York to a dead-end road in Timbuktu while seeking love, meaning — and a compass.
THE SURPRISE: Jan. 3. Martin Dockery discovers he has two 3-year old, half-Vietnamese twin siblings who are 36 years younger than him, and travels halfway around the world to meet them on a high-energy journey both emotional and comical.
THE HOLY LAND EXPERIENCE: Jan. 4. Wrestling with monogamy and infidelity, Martin Dockery comically travels through the land of the uber-faithful — from Orlando's religious theme park to a Christmas Day in Bethlehem — looking for something to believe in.
DONATING SPERM TO MY SISTER'S WIFE: Feb. 6-7. Stewart Huff recounts how he helped his lesbian sister and her wife get pregnant — but the show is also a clever look at American society today, especially in the South.
DARWIN VS. REDNECKS: Feb. 8. Stewart Huff's all-new show includes stories, thoughts and opinions from a true Southern Liberal.
LOCAL PREVIEW SHOWS: April 13. Acts chosen for the festival get 2 minutes to show their stuff in what then resembles a fast-paced variety show. Presented in two parts: One family-friendly, one adults-only.
24th ORLANDO INTERNATIONAL FRINGE THEATRE FESTIVAL: May 14-27. More than 90 short shows (each no longer than 90 minutes) encompassing drama, comedy, music, clowning, magic and more.
ORLANDO REPERTORY THEATRE
Performances of shows designed for children and their families are in the theater's complex at 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Details: Orlandorep.com or 407-896-7365.
THE BORROWERS: Sept. 2-28. Based on the award-winning children's classic by Mary Norton. Arietty Clock is a typical tween yearning to experience the grown-up world — except that she and her tiny family live on dollhouse furniture under the floorboards.
CLICK, CLACK, BOO! A TRICKY TREAT: Oct. 6-Nov. 9. The beloved barnyard animals from "Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type" return for Halloween fun in this new musical.
A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL: Nov. 10-Dec. 28. Follow Ralphie Parker's desperate quest to get a Red Ryder carbine-action BB gun for Christmas in this Tony-nominated best musical that incorporates a leg lamp, a bunny suit and other beloved moments from the film.
THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P. FIGG: Jan. 26-Feb. 22. This play kicks off the Rep's Civil War Sesquicentennial Project. Homer is a 12-year-old caught up in history as he sets out to save his brother at the Battle of Gettysburg. Based on Rodman Philbrick's Newbery Honor-winning book.
DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER AND A FLY: March 2-April 5. A rock 'n' roll romp about three friends: Spider waits anxiously to shed his skin; Worm feels self-conscious and embarrassed for having no legs; and Fly's 327 brothers and sisters drive her crazy.
SHREK: THE MUSICAL TYA: April 7-May 17. This Theater for Young Audiences version condenses the Broadway musical, based on the hit animated film. It's part romance and part twisted fairy tale when an ogre and a talking donkey set out to rescue a feisty princess.
Civil War Sesquicentennial Project
In addition to "The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg" (above), the Rep presents these other programs to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the War Between the States.
REFLECTIONS OF GEN. ROBERT E. LEE (Feb. 9-14.) and AN EVENING WITH GEN. ULYSSES S. GRANT (Feb. 23-28.): In these two-living history performances, storyteller "Country Joe" Rosier portrays the military men as they reminisce about their history-making lives.
A HEART DIVIDED: March 6. Set in the present day, the play explores the issue of the flying of the Confederate flag. In this staged reading, Youth Academy students join with adult actors.
CIVIL WAR VOICES: April, exact dates to be announced. Using diaries, letters and other writings, the play tells the true stories of individuals who lived through the war. Presented in collaboration with the University of Central Florida and the Bach Festival Society, which will perform songs of the era. This show will be staged at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts as part of UCF's Pegasus Arts Festival.
Other special events
MR. RICHARD & THE POUND HOUNDS HALLOWEEN CONCERT: Oct. 24-25. With sing-along tunes about fish, skunks and snakes, the musician helps costume-clad children get a jump on celebrating Halloween.
HOLIDAY FAMILY GALA: Dec. 14. The second annual gala designed specifically for families features a private dinner, visits with Santa and an exclusive performance of "A Christmas Story: The Musical."
A VERY MERRY POWER CHORDS CHRISTMAS: Dec. 19. Holiday concert from the Rep's high-energy youth show choir.
PIP-SQUEAK: AN ANTI-BULLYING MAGIC SHOW: Jan. 12-17. Magician Tony Brent, picked on as a child because of his short stature, uses magic, comedy and props to help children cope with bullying.
ORLANDO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA FAMILY CONCERT FEATURING THE REP: April 18.
ORLANDO SHAKESPEARE THEATER
Performances are at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Details: Orlandoshakes.org or 407-447-1700.
LES MISERABLES: Sept. 12-Oct. 12. The beloved musical follows Jean Valjean on his road to redemption in turbulent 19th-century France.
THE BEST OF ENEMIES: Oct. 17-Nov. 16. Based on a true story about the unusual relationship between a Ku Klux Klan leader and an African-American civil-rights activist.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 5-28. Charles Dickens' tale of Ebenezer Scrooge's ghostly visits is presented in a new adaptation by Orlando Shakes artistic director Jim Helsinger.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Jan. 23-March 8. Harper Lee's classic story of justice, racism, courage and compassion told through the eyes of the 6-year-old daughter of small-town lawyer Atticus Fitch.
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR: Feb. 6-March 7. An impoverished knight simultaneously pursues two wealthy married women with disastrous consequences in Shakespeare's comedy.
HENRY V: Feb. 20-March 22. The young king of England learns what it means to be a leader and a man while trying to repair his broken nation after a bloody civil war.
BAD DOG: April 10-May 3. After 10 years of sobriety, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon in this comedic family drama with bite.
THE MUSICAL ADVENTURES OF FLAT STANLEY: Oct. 23-Nov. 23. Jeff Brown's popular children's-book character comes to life on stage.
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH: March 19-April 26. In Roald Dahl's adventure, a young boy has an adventure with a group of insect friends.
OPENING GALA: Sept. 7.
PLAYFEST: Nov. 1-3. New works are read and discussed in the annual festival.
OSCEOLA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Performances are in the Catherine Beauchamp Theater at the Osceola Center for the Arts, 2411 U.S. Highway 192, Kissimmee. Details: ocfta.com or 407-846-6257.
JEKYLL & HYDE: Oct. 17-Nov. 2. A brilliant doctor's experiments create a competing — and murderous — personality in this musical.
DRIVING MISS DAISY: Nov. 7-23. A warmhearted and humorous look at the unlikely relationship between an aging, crotchety white Southern lady, and a proud, soft-spoken black man.
THE 39 STEPS: Jan. 16-Feb. 1. A fast-paced comic thriller that mixes Hitchcock with the vibe of Monty Python.
SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: Feb. 27-March 15. A lighthearted romantic comedy set in 1920s Hollywood, when silent-movie stars found themselves competing with the new "talkies."
NOISES OFF!: April 10-26. Itinerant actors with tangled personal lives create mayhem while starring in a flop called "Nothing's On" in this silly farce.
LEGALLY BLONDE: May 8-24. Sorority girl Elle Woods studies at Harvard Law, finds love and saves the day in this bubbly musical.
Performances are in the Footlight Theatre at the resort, 610 N. Orange Blossom Trail. Details: parliamenthouse.com.
FIELD GUIDE TO THE GAYS: Saturdays, Sept. 6-20. Logan Donahoo revives his smash hit from the 2013 and 2014 Orlando Fringe Festivals. It's a romp through the trials and tribulations of growing up gay.
THE SCREW-YOU REVUE: Oct. 4-5. Presented by the Orlando Fringe Festival, plain-speaking Lady Winifred and charming Didi Pinache banter and bicker.
A TIRED OLD WHORE: Saturdays, Nov. 1-22. Doug Ba'aser revives his Fringe show in which Taffy (played by Ba'aser) recalls her storied career in the world's oldest profession.
WANZIE'S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRAIL LIVING NATIVITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: Saturdays, Nov. 29-Dec. 20, plus Dec. 22. Gidget Galore and retired lady of ill repute Taffy Pinkerbox (Doug Ba'aser) join in plans to create a living Nativity in this original holiday comedy.
SOMETHING'S WEIRD IN WEEKI WACHEE: Jan. 10-31. Another 2014 Fringe Festival show, "Something's Weird" is a pop-culture comic mystery (featuring the famous Weeki Wachee Springs mermaids) by local playwright John Ryan.
The auditorium, at 600 Auditorium Blvd., Daytona Beach, programs theater, dance, classical and other music, comedy and more. Details: 386-671-3460 or PeabodyDaytona.com. See other listings for programming in non-theater genres.
MAMMA MIA!: Nov. 6. Musical comedy using the songs of Swedish supergroup Abba.
CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE: Nov. 26. Holiday-themed circus arts.
SISTER ACT: Jan. 7. A woman hiding from gangsters wreaks havoc in a convent. The musical is based on the hit Whoopi Goldberg film.
FLASHDANCE: Feb. 2. A factory worker dreams of becoming a dancer in this musical based on the movie of the same name.
WOMEN OF IRELAND: Feb. 25. Celebration of Irish music and dance.
CAMELOT: April 6. Classic musical tells of love and betrayal in King Arthur's court.
PLAYWRIGHTS' ROUND TABLE
The group holds monthly public play readings, as well as staged productions. Staged shows are at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. Details: theprt.com or 407-761-2683.
THE JOHN GORING MEMORIAL ONE-ACT FESTIVAL: Oct. 18-27. Three one-act plays.
LAUNCH 2014: Jan. 10-19. Seven 10-minute plays.
PREMIERE SERIES: April 4-13. World-premiere full-length play.
SEMINOLE STATE COLLEGE FINE ARTS THEATRE
The theater is on the campus of Seminole State College, 100 Weldon Blvd., Sanford. Details: seminolestate.edu/arts or 407-708-2040.
NUNSENSE: Oct. 3-10. Dan Goggin's wacky, irreverent musical about the Little Sisters of Hoboken variety show.
THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD: Nov. 14-23. A young Irishman becomes a folk hero when he tells tales of murdering his father in this 1907 drama.
CHRISTMAS AROUND THE TREE: A HOLIDAY CABARET: Dec. 5-7. Eight vocalists from Central Florida Community Arts present holiday music.
RADIO GOLF: Feb. 13-22. The conclusion to August Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle, in which the Hill District is tested when one homeowner refuses to sell his property to a big developer.
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE: April 10-19. Blanche DuBois upsets the precarious relationship of her sister and brother-in-law in Tennessee Williams' tale of anger, frustration and lust.
SPRING INTO DANCE: May 1-3. Performances by dance students and professional dancers, overseen by Yow Dance artistic director Eric Yow.
The theater is at 380 S. Goodwin St., Lake Helen. Details: shoestringtheatre.net or 386-228-3777.
HELLO, DOLLY!: Sept. 12-28. The beloved musical about the wily and effervescent matchmaker, Mrs. Dolly Levi.
REHEARSAL FOR MURDER: Oct. 31-Nov. 16. A theatrical mystery in which a new play is tied to the killing of the playwright's fiancée.
THE GAME'S AFOOT: Jan. 9-25. This mystery, set in 1936, is played for laughs when a guest at an actor's house party is stabbed to death.
RIGHT BED, WRONG HUSBAND: March 6-22. Farce in which a young man pretends to be married to his best friend's wife in order to butter up his wealthy uncle.
LEADING LADIES: May 1-17. In this comedy, two down-on-their luck Shakespearean actors pose as women in order to collect an inheritance.
SONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICEHOUSE
The Sonnentag Theatre at the IceHouse is at 1100 N. Unser St., Mount Dora. Details: icehousetheatre.com or 352-383-4616.
ARSENIC AND OLD LACE: Sept. 12-Oct. 5. A drama critic discovers his two spinster aunts have a horrifying hobby in this classic farce.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Nov. 21-Dec. 14. The story of sharpshooters Annie Oakely and Frank Butler contains such well-known music as "There's No Business Like Show Business" and "Anything You Can Do (I Can Do Better)."
I DO! I DO!: Jan. 23-Feb. 15. A musical and nostalgic tale of a 50-year marriage, from 1895-1945.
HANK WILLIAMS: LOST HIGHWAY: March 20-April 12. A musical biography of the legendary country singer, including such hits as "Your Cheatin' Heart" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry."
BAREFOOT IN THE PARK: May 15-June 7. Neil Simon's comedy about a pair of newlyweds with opposite personalities.
SOUTHERN WINDS THEATRE
The group tours productions and holds special events throughout the season. Details: southernwindstheatre.com or 407-341-3495.
BY DICKENS: Sept. 21. On a cold London night, Charles Dickens meets a mysterious woman who tries to help him finish his last novel, "The Mystery of Edwin Drood." The play, written by David A. McElroy, explores Dickens' most popular books. Suitable for middle-schoolers and older, "By Dickens" will be presented at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 as a staged reading at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. Free.
ONE-MAN 'A CHRISTMAS CAROL': McElroy's adaptation of the Dickens novel, in which he performs 37 different characters. Dates and locations TBA.
JOHN AND ABIGAIL ADAMS — THE REVOLUTIONARY COUPLE: The play traces the couple after his presidency, exploring how they influenced the formation of the United States as well as their love story. Dates and locations TBA.
SPOTLIGHT THEATRE OF CENTRAL FLORIDA
Performances are at the Princess Theater, 115 W. 1st St., Sanford, and sometimes other locations. Details: spotlightcfl.org or 407-542-4526.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Dec. 5-14. Miser Ebenezer Scrooge learns the true meaning of Christmas from three ghosts.
THE KING AND I: Feb. 6-15. A British governess faces culture shock when she arrives in Thailand to care for the children of the king.
ANNIE JR.: June 5-7. Children's version of the musical about the plucky Depression-era orphan.
GUYS AND DOLLS JR.: June 12-14. Children's version of the musical about a gambling man who falls in love with a missionary.
BRIGADOON: Dec. 4-13. A young man falls in love with a woman from a mythical Scottish town that appears for only one day each hundred years.
The theater is at 2113 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. Details: theatredowntown.net or 407-841-0083.
SYLVIA: Sept. 5-27. A.R. Gurney's tale of a dog and the drama that ensues when she's adopted by a couple — one of whom doesn't care for the canine.
LADY DAY AT EMERSON'S BAR & GRILL: Sept. 14-28. Desiree Perez portrays Billie Holliday in Lanie Robertson's play with music, set shortly before the iconic jazz singer's death.
KILLER JOE: Oct. 17-Nov. 1. A hit-man meets his match in this bloody, pulp-fiction tale of murder and mayhem. Playwright Tracy Letts adapted his tale for the 2011 film starring Matthew McConaughey.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Nov. 28-Dec. 22. Told with music, dance and acting, the Theatre Downtown production is a traditional staging of Charles Dickens' holiday classic.
Performances are at the university's theater complex on the University of Central Florida campus in east Orange County, except where noted. Details: theatre.ucf.edu or 407-823-1500.
BALTIMORE WALTZ: Sept. 18-Oct. 4. Playwright Paula Vogel was thinking about AIDS when she wrote her tale of Anna and her brother. The siblings take a fantastical trip to Europe to flee Acquired Toilet Disease, contracted by the sister from a school bathroom.
KISS OF THE SPIDERWOMAN: Oct. 16-26. The Kander and Ebb musical tells of cellmates in a brutal Latin American prison, where flamboyant Molina escapes his harsh reality by fantasizing about the "Spiderwoman," a dazzling femme fatale.
TREVOR: Nov. 13-23. A chimpanzee and middle-aged widow form an unusual bond in this play about fame, success and the lies we tell ourselves.
ARCADIA: Jan. 22-Feb. 1. Tom Stoppard's play, set in two time periods, is full of complex ideals and the pursuit of truth.
(A LOVE STORY): Feb. 19-March 1. Three couples set out to answer the eternal question 'What is love?' in this new work that premiered as a reading at the 2013 PlayFest! in Orlando.
NINE: March 19-29. A celebrated filmmaker, in the midst of a midlife crisis, reflects on the women in his life in this musical inspired by the Fellini film '8 1/2.'
THEATRE WINTER HAVEN
Performances are at the Chain O' Lakes Civic Center, 210 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven. Details: 863-294-7469 or theatrewinterhaven.com.
MARY POPPINS: Sept. 18-Oct. 12. An extra-special nanny and her chimney-sweep chum turn a regimented household upside down in this family musical.
SECOND SAMUEL: Dec. 4-21. In 1940s Georgia, a little old lady dies, and in the aftermath a small town is rocked by deep, dark secrets in this comedy-drama.
UNNECESSARY FARCE: Jan. 8-25. Two cops, three crooks and a cheap motel combine for this fast-paced comedy of confusion.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN: Feb. 19-March 15. Annie Oakley is the best sharpshooter in the Old West, but will she lose her heart? The classic musical features the song "There's No Business Like Show Business" and other favorites.
BECKY'S NEW CAR: April 9-20. In this comedy with serious overtones, Becky is stuck in middle age, middle management and a middling marriage — until one night a millionaire offers an escape.
VALENCIA COLLEGE THEATER
Performances are in the Performing Arts Center at Valencia College's East Campus, 701 N. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, except where noted. Details: valenciacollege.edu/arts or 407-582-2900.
WEST SIDE STORY: Oct. 17-26. In 1950s New York, the Jets square off against the Sharks as Tony and Maria fall in love in this well-known musical.
THE BACCHAE: Nov. 19-24. The ancient Greek tragedy is updated and adapted by Michael Shugg. Performed outdoors, in front of the library.
THE TRAYVON/JORDAN PROJECT: 'DIVISION': Feb. 11-16. The theater company's original docudrama surrounding the deaths of two black Florida teenagers: Trayvon Martin, killed in Sanford by a Neighborhood Watch volunteer, and Jordan Davis, killed in an altercation over loud music at a Jacksonville gas station.
METAMORPHOSES: April 2-12. Mary Zimmerman's adaptation of the Ovid poem.
STUDENT-DIRECTED ONE-ACT FESTIVAL: April 17-18. This free showcase of Valencia students will be staged at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando.
BULLSHOT CRUMMOND: June 5-14. Parody of an old-time pulp-fiction caper with dashing hero, dastardly villain and damsel in distress.
Performances will be at the Footlight Theatre at the Parliament House resort, 410. N. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando. Details: wanzie.com
WANZIE'S ORANGE BLOSSOM TRAIL LIVING NATIVITY CHRISTMAS SPECTACULAR: Nov. 29-Dec. 22. Gidget Galore and retired lady of ill repute Taffy Pinkerbox (Doug Ba'aser) join in plans to create a living Nativity in this original holiday comedy.
WAYNE DENSCH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Performances by the Seminole County Repertory Company. The center is at 201 Magnolia Ave., Sanford. Details: wdpac.com or 407-321-8111.
THE WIZARD OF OZ: Sept. 26-Oct. 5. The family musical based on the L. Frank Baum book.
THE 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE: Nov. 14-23. A musical comedy about misfit kids, played by adult actors, in a spelling contest.
TBA: March 6-15. Tony-winning musical. Because of licensing restrictions, the title cannot be announced until October.
AND THEN THERE WERE NONE: May 1-10. In Agatha Christie's thriller, 10 strangers on a deserted island are murdered one by one. Whodunnit?
ALICE IN WONDERLAND JR.: June 25-28. Young Alice falls down the rabbit hole in this production featuring child actors.
WINTER PARK PLAYHOUSE
The theater is at 711-C Orange Ave., Winter Park. Details: winterparkplayhouse.org or 407-645-1045.
THEY'RE PLAYING OUR SONG: Sept. 12-Oct. 4. Playhouse founders — and real-life spouses — Roy Alan and Heather Alexander star in this romantic musical comedy based on the relationship between composer Marvin Hamlisch and lyricist Carole Bayer Sager.
ISN'T IT ROMANTIC? A TRIBUTE TO RODGERS & HART: Nov. 14-Dec. 13. This world-premiere song-and-dance show pays tribute to the legendary composing team. Songs include "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Blue Moon" and "You Took Advantage of Me."
THE RAT PACK LOUNGE: Jan. 16-Feb. 14. In this Central Florida premiere, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. might be up in heaven, but they have one night to take care of some unfinished business back on Earth. The show features more than 30 hit songs, including "My Way" and "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime."
A DAY IN HOLLYWOOD/A NIGHT IN THE UKRAINE: March 6-28. This Tony award-winning Broadway musical is actually two one-act plays presented as a double feature. The first act is a song-and-dance salute to the Golden Age of film musicals. The second act is presented in the comedic style of the Marx Brothers.
PUTTING IT TOGETHER: April 17-May 9. This musical revue celebrates the career of Broadway composer Stephen Sondheim with nearly 30 of his songs, including numbers from "Into the Woods," "Company," "Sweeney Todd" and others.
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