You often hear the phrase that Orlando lacks arts and culture – this is so not true!
Orlando is very much a mature city and one that is still on the grow which benefits from a huge selection of local arts and culture beyond what is going on at the theme parks.
Take the theatre for example, Orlando has at least five major theatre’s/performing arts locations that spring to mind, where you can find all manner of performances on offer during much of the year! Productions range from amateur through to professional companies. There have even been performances by traveling companies presenting Broadway hits like the ever popular Wicked which was at the Bob Carr earlier in 2011.
So what and where are these five theatre’s?
1. Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre
401 West Livingston Street, Orlando
Located in the heart of Orlando in downtown this fully functional theatre/concert hall features continental style seating for 2518. It’s excellent acoustics and sound capabilities make it ideal for concerts, Broadway presentations, the Symphony, Ballet, Opera and more!
The Orlando Shakespeare Theatre produces bold professional theatre, develops new plays, and provides innovative educational experiences that enrich Orlando’s local arts scene. They have a relatively long history or providing performances to residents of Orlando not just at their current location but in beautiful Lake Eola.
A Central Florida professional theatre for family audiences in partnership with UCF, Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) opened its doors on October 9, 2003. Each season The REP promises to bring outstanding professional theatre to Central Florida families based on classic and contemporary children’s literature. The REP is a place where young audiences can come and experience the adventure and creative wonder of watching their favorite characters come to life!
“Celebrating Theatre, The Word and The Actor” The Mad Cow is one of Orlando’s most respected professional theatre companies presenting compelling works of theatre for a wide-range of audiences, with a passion for both classic and contemporary plays and musicals representing the best of American and World literature.
Theatre Downtown is dedicated to create a broader base of aesthetic possibilities in the Central Florida area. With its pedigreed origins in downtown Orlando’s Tropical Theatre, Theatre Downtown continues an ongoing tradition of theatrical excellence well into its 18th year. Theatre Downtown has proven to be an invaluable cultural resource for the Central Florida Community, producing hundreds of plays from classics to cutting edge productions. Theatre Downtown was voted “Best Local Repertory Company” in the Orlando Weekly’s Best of Orlando Promotion in 2001.
This is just the tip of the iceberg of what is available in theatre in Orlando. If you broaden your search to the metro area you will find the excellent Winter Garden Theatre, the Moonlight Players in Clermont, performances by students at UCF and more! There is definitely theatre for everyone in Orlando!
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