Kick Off the Holiday Season with the Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees 2018

Celebrate the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with Central Florida’s Festival of Trees

‘Tis the season to buy your tickets to the event that kicks off the holidays in Central Florida

Those in Central Florida might already have their minds on gift giving, decking the halls, and warm gatherings with friends and family – but it’s not really the holidays in Orlando without the annual tradition of the Festival of Trees.

Tickets are now on sale for Council of 101’s annual event, which transforms the Orlando Museum of Art into a winter wonderland with sparkling trees, glittering holiday vignettes and stunning décor. Now in its 32nd year, the Festival of Trees is celebrating the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year” with the Central Florida community. Visitors can admire designer Christmas trees of all sizes, custom wreaths, a gingerbread village and more, all created by Orlando’s finest designers. Each piece is available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting the Orlando Museum of Art.

“The purpose of this event is two-fold,” said Susan Harris, president of the Council of 101. “The Festival of Trees brings joy and holiday spirit to our community, all while supporting the arts. Each handcrafted piece would make an excellent gift for your loved ones and will benefit your community.”

Over the years, the Festival of Trees in combination with other Council of 101 events have raised over $7 million for Orlando Museum of Art’s educational programs and operational expenses.

Festival of Trees General Admission:

Saturday, November 10 – Sunday, November 18 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone by calling

407-896-4231 ext. 254, or online through Eventbrite.

Festival of Trees Ticket Costs:

  • $15 for adults
  • $5 for children ages 3-11
  • $10 for seniors (65 and over), OMA members, first responders, and military with official ID

Special events at this year’s Festival of Trees include:

Friday, November 9

  • Tree Lighting, Champagne Reception and Gala, 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $200 per person
  • Opening Night Gala, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $175 per person, reserved table seating is available for purchase

Saturday, November 10

  • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Havana Nights, 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • $45 for adults

Tuesday, November 13

  • Festival Salutes Seniors,  10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • $10 for seniors

Wednesday, November 14

  • Rudolph’s VIP Pass, 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $30 for all ages
  • Reindeer Romp Children’s Party, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • $20 for all ages

Friday, November 16

  • Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • $30 for adults

Saturday, November 17

    • Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • $30 for all ages

Admission to the Festival of Trees includes entry to the current Orlando Museum of Art exhibitions. Parking is available on-site for a fee.

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Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

Dr. Phillips Center: Hamilton Ticket Update

The EXTREMELY popular Broadway Musical Hamilton is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts for 24 performances from January 22 – February 10, 2019.

I had the opportunity, as a partner of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, to find out more about the ticket purchasing process.

Before we get into it let’s go ahead and get this out of the way…I DO NOT have an on-sale date or pricing for the upcoming run of Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. But I CAN tell you that the information is coming soon!

I am just as anxious as you are for this information thanks to my twelve year old daughter who is asking almost every day!!!

However there are some important tidbits I CAN share about the Hamilton ticket buying process at the Dr. Phillips Center to **hopefully** make the endeavor more successful for you.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton
Hamilton
Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of Hamilton as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively.
Other principal roles in Hamilton will be played by Ta’Rea Campbell as Angelica Schuyler; Marcus Choi as George Washington; Elijah Malcomb as John Laurens/Phillip Schuyler; Shoba Narayan as Eliza Hamilton; Fergie L. Philippe as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Kyle Scatliffe as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Danielle Sostre as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jon Patrick Walker as King George.
The second national tour also includes Tia Altinay, Amber Ardolino, Conroe Brooks, Cameron Burke, Evan S. Cochran, Phil Colgan, Desmond Sean Eillington, Hope Endrenyi, Lili Froehlich, Daniel Gaymon, Camden Gonzales, Jennie Harney, Stephen Hernandez, Kristen Hoagland, Abby Jaros, Emily Jenda, Wonza Johnson, King David Jones, Carina-Kay Louchiey, Brandt Martinez, Taeko McCarroll, Tyler McKenzie, Justice Moore, Antuan Magic Raimone, Julian Ramos, Jen Sese, Willie Smith III, and Julius Thomas III.

Understanding the number of Hamilton tickets that will be available for the show’s run at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

The tickets that will be going on sale for Hamilton are for the seats left over after subscribers have chosen their show, and unfortunately it is too late to become a subscriber for the season.

While we didn’t get any official number of seats available, we were told that the first week of the show’s run is subscriber heavy. So that’s something to definitely keep in mind (more on this in a few paragraphs).

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Where to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

A vast majority (they’re aiming for as close to 100% as possible) of the ticket sales for Hamilton will be online.

Please take note that there will be NO ticket sales over the phone for this show.

You could also queue up outside of the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, but there are no tickets designated for sale at the venue. So if you choose this option, you’ll be waiting in line to walk up to the ticket window already behind everyone who is in the virtual purchasing waiting room. Not your best option.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has instituted a variety of technological checks and balances to help ensure that bots won’t get in & buy all the tickets.

Also, to take things a step further, the facility will be monitoring the process in real time flagging any suspicious sales.

But please be aware of scams!!! You will want to ONLY purchase tickets from drphillipscenter.org to ensure that they are legitimate tickets.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

The fine print on Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Here are a few things you’ll definitely want to keep in mind when you are planning your Hamilton ticket purchase:

  • Ticket transactions are limited to one per person,
  • The ticket limit per purchase is 4 per person, there are no exceptions for larger groups or families,
  • There will be no ticket discounts,
  • There will be no ticket presales,
  • There will be no Student Rush ticket sales,
  • Tickets will be mailed to your provided address or sent digitally to your phone with a text message, and
  • If you are using Will Call to pick up your tickets you will be required to show a photo ID (such as a Florida Drivers License).

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

How the process will work for purchasing Hamilton tickets at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

First things first please know that some of the process to purchase tickets for Hamilton at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is random, so don’t feel like you have to wake up at 3am to log into the online system.

With that in mind, here is an overview of the how the process will go:

  • First you will log onto to drphillipscenter.org between 15-30 minutes in advance of the sale’s start time,
  • After logging on you will be placed in a Virtual Waiting room, and
  • Once the Virtual Waiting room has reached a certain capacity a select number of people will be randomly chosen to be placed into the purchase queue to complete the transaction.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Three things to best position yourself to get Hamilton tickets for the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

  1. Create an account online (including storing payment information) on drphillipscenter.org
  2. Follow the Dr. Phillips Center on social (here are their links for Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) & sign up for their email newsletter
  3. Know the best dates that work for you before you go to buy tickets with back-up dates in mind just in case shows are sold out when you get into the purchase queue.

Dr. Phillips Center Hamilton

Didn’t score tickets? Don’t fret!

There will be a digital lottery through the show directly & last minute sales, but only for social media followers. More on this soon!!!

I hope that all of this helps make your adventure to purchase Hamilton tickets for its run at the Dr. Phillips Center more successful, and I’ll be sharing more information as it becomes available.

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Waitress Is Coming To Orlando And Holding Auditions

Waitress the Musical Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts Orlando
photo: Joan Marcus

Local auditions for “LULU” in WAITRESS will take place Wednesday, February 28 at Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts

Two little girls are about to get their big break as the critically acclaimed Broadway musical WAITRESS rolls into town next month. Casting directors are looking for two aspiring actresses under age 5 (and three months) to play a “sweet, carefree” young girl in the finale scene of the Tony-nominated show.

Here are the WAITRESS audition details:

WHAT:  Live audition for the role of “Lulu” in WAITRESS, part of the Fairwinds Broadway in Orlando series.

WHO:  Dr. Phillips Center Director of Education Dana Brazil and a creative team member from the New York production of WAITRESS will interview up to 36 young actresses.

WHEN:  Wednesday, February 28, 2018 – 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Actresses must be registered to receive a scheduled appointment time.

WHERE:  Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts – Second floor of the Dr. Phillips Center – Anderson Street Entrance

AUDITION INFO:  Registration is open NOW at drphillipscenter.org/lulu. Applicants must be under the age of 5 and three months and shorter than 4’2”. Individual applicants are welcome, as are sets of twins or siblings. Once registered, qualified applicants will receive an email with their appointment time or notification of being waitlisted. The audition will consist of the child reading two lines from the show. Prior acting experience is not required. If headshots and resumes are available, parents should bring them but they are not required. Two girls will be selected to share the role; each will perform in four performances during the six-day engagement.

WAITRESS debuts in the Walt Disney Theater Tuesday, March 20 and runs through Sunday, March 25. Inspired by Adrienne Shelley’s beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie baker working at a local diner and stuck in a loveless marriage. Her salvation comes in the form of her daughter, “Lulu.” Brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the irresistible new hit features original music and lyrics by six-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”), a book by acclaimed screenwriter Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus (Finding Neverland, Pippin, Hair).

Tickets are now available for WAITRESS and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

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Steve Harvey Bringing His Daytime Talk Show To Walt Disney World

On the heels of the show’s second season pick up, Steve Harvey daytime series “STEVE” is traveling to Walt Disney World Resort for an all-new week of exciting shows set to air March 19 – 23, 2018.

Steve Harvey Tickets Walt Disney World 2018

The week will feature celebrity families and couples including The Bella Twins, Eric Christian Olsen and Sarah Wright Olsen, Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders, Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker as well as celebrities Josh Henderson, Terry Crews and more.

True to “STEVE” form, these special episodes will be filled with exciting games, prizes and giveaways. Viewers will learn about an incredible summer in store for Walt Disney World guests, which includes the opening of Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

One deserving couple will even get the wedding of a lifetime after their hometown wedding landed the bride in the hospital. Throughout the week, the couple’s family and friends will help celebrate with all things Disney to make the couple’s dreams come true.

Steve will also proudly honor students from the 2018 Class of Disney Dreamers Academy with Steve Harvey and Essence Magazine. Disney Dreamers Academy is an annual empowerment program featuring 100 select high school students from across the country who are looking to dream big and learn how to put dreams into action. The academy aims to prepare students for the future by developing networking and interviewing skills and showcasing a variety of career opportunities.

“STEVE” will tape March 9 -11 before a live studio audience from Epcot at Walt Disney World. This is the first time the show has visited Walt Disney World and the first time the show has taped from a remote location since its premiere this past fall.

To attend a “STEVE” taping at Walt Disney World, visit www.getstevetix.com.

 

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2018 LEGOLAND Florida Brick Dash Details

Registration is now open for 2018’s Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix, the popular Central Florida run/walk set for Saturday, April 14 at LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

LEGOLAND Florida 2018 Brick Dash 5K

The fun begins at 7 a.m. with a 5K race that sends runners winding their way through LEGOLAND Florida Resort, including the famous Cypress Gardens area, followed at 8 a.m.with a half-mile “fun run” for kids. Favorite LEGO characters like Emmet, Wyldstyle, Benny, Kai, Nya and Master Wu will cheer runners and walkers of all ages during both races.

Online registration is $35 per person (plus processing fee) for all 5K participants and “virtual” runners. Fun run registration is limited to children 3-12 and is $25 per person online (plus processing fee). A special family registration option is available by mail for $99, and includes 5K registration for two adults and fun run registration for two children.

To register online or to obtain the family registration form visit this website. A course map will be available soon using the same link.

All 5K participants and virtual runners will receive a Brick Dash T-shirt, a goodie bag of sponsor material and a special LEGO brick medal designed by LEGOLAND Master Model Builders.

LEGOLAND Florida 2018 Brick Dash 5K
Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Fun run participants will receive a Brick Dash T-shirt, a goodie bag of sponsor material and a collectible LEGO brick commemorating the event. T-shirts and medals are guaranteed only for registrations received by March 30. Winners in each division also will receive a one-of-a-kind LEGO trophy.

Brick Dash 5K Presented by Publix benefits Merlin’s Magic Wand, a worldwide charity that helps seriously ill, disabled and disadvantaged children and their families enjoy a magical day out at more than 120 Merlin Entertainments attractions around the globe. For those unable to visit a Merlin attraction, the organization creates whimsical Merlin’s Magic Spaces in community facilities that serve the needs of children.

Vote on a medal design

Brick Dash fans can vote for the final medal design on the official LEGOLAND Florida Resort Facebook page.

Stay, play and save!

Brick Dash participants who want to stay overnight can save up to $260 on a LEGOLAND Florida vacation package now through Feb. 28*, including:

• An overnight stay at any LEGOLAND Vacations accommodations, including the on-site LEGOLAND Hotel and adjacent LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.

• Two-day theme park/water park combo tickets for all adults on the reservation.

• A free, two-day child’s theme park/water park combo ticket for every adult on the reservation. That means a booking with two adults and two children will include two-day tickets for both adults and free two-day tickets for both children.

• Free breakfast for guests of LEGOLAND Hotel and LEGOLAND Beach Retreat (not including the day of arrival).

*Restrictions apply. For complete details or to book online, visit, and look for the “Kids Stay & Play Free” package.

Awesome awaits

LEGOLAND Florida Resort features more than 50 rides, shows and attractions inspired by popular LEGO and DUPLO® brands, including awesome experiences based on “The LEGO Movie™,” “LEGO NINJAGO®: Masters of Spinjitzu,” LEGO NEXO KNIGHTS™, LEGO City, LEGO Technic and LEGO Friends, plus LEGOLAND Water Park and on-site accommodations at the 152-room LEGOLAND Hotel and the 166-room LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. For more information, visit www.LEGOLAND.com/florida.

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Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour coming to Orlando

After more than half a century on the road and an unparalleled career that has redefined the cultural landscape, Elton John announced details of his final tour called Farewell Yellow Brick Road that will come to Orlando’s Amway Center on Tuesday, November 27. 

“Performing live fuels me and I’m ecstatic and humbled to continue to play to audiences across the globe,” said Elton. “I plan to bring the passion and creativity that has entertained my fans for decades to my final tour. After the tour finishes, I’m very much looking forward to closing off that chapter of my life by saying farewell to life on the road. I need to dedicate more time to raising my children.”

Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour Amway Center 2018

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 2, at 10 am, but there are other ways to purchase your tickets in advance for this can’t miss concert.

American Express card members may purchase tickets in advance until Monday, January 29 at 10 p.m. EST. A limited number of exclusive VIP Packages are available now, and these exclusive offers can include premium tickets, on-stage photo opportunities at Elton’s piano, backstage tours, limited-edition lithographs, custom merchandise and much more. Tickets and VIP packages may be purchased at EltonJohn.com.  

The Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour pre-sale is powered by Ticketmaster Verified Fan (Ticketmaster’s fan-first technology, built to help artists combat ticket bots and get tickets into the hands of fans that intend to go to the event). Tickets for the tour will be available through registration using Ticketmaster Verified Fan until Saturday January 27. The pre-sale will begin Tuesday January 30 at 10 a.m. EST and run through Wednesday January 31 at 10 p.m. EST; supplies are limited. Registration is required to participate in the TM Verified Fan Pre-sale. For more information and to register, visit EltonJohn.com.

Tickets for Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour pricing has not been released yet, but you can buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at ticketmaster.com

And now for the Elton John Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour fine print:

  • Limited on-ice seating is available upon request.
  • Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. 
  • All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  
  • All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges. 
  • For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office). 
  • The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 
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See Monster Jam Trucks Around Orlando Tomorrow

Seven of the biggest stars, the giant monster trucks from Monster Jam, will be on display in Orlando this Thursday, January 18. For fans, it’s a chance to see and take pictures with the enormous trucks before these beasts roar into Camping World Stadium on Saturday, January 20. Best part, it’s all free to the public.

Monster Jam 2015 Orlando Citrus Bowl

Approximately 12 feet tall and about 12 feet wide, Monster Jam trucks are custom-designed machines that sit atop 66-inch-tall tires and weigh a minimum of 10,000 pounds. Built for short, high-powered bursts of speed, Monster Jam trucks generate 1,500 to 2,000 horsepower and are capable of speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Monster Jam trucks can fly up to 125 to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 18 – MONSTER JAM TRUCKS ON DISPLAY in Central Florida 

Max-D Driver: Tom Meents 2-6 p.m. Circle K, 8979 S. John Young Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32819
Bounty Hunter Driver: Jimmy Creten 2-6 p.m. Circle K, 3820 Canoe Creek Rd, St. Cloud, FL 32819
Black Pearl Driver: Cole Venard 3-6 p.m. America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, 4652 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839
Team Hot Wheels Driver: Scott Buetow 3-7 p.m. Toys R Us, 4607 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839
Monster Mutt Dalmatian Driver: Candice Jolly 3-7 p.m. Metro PCS, 1453 Sand Lake Rd, Orlando 32809
Scooby-Doo Driver: John Gordon 3-7 p.m. Circle K, 700 S Kirkman Rd, Orlando, FL 32825
El Toro Loco® Driver: Chuck Werner 5-8 p.m. Frogger’s, 1601 Rock Springs Rd, Apopka, FL 32712

*Trucks listed above are subject to change.

Monster Jam will be performing at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Gates open at 5 p.m., opening ceremonies are at 6:30 p.m., and racing starts at 7 p.m.

The Monster Jam Pit Party, which will take place on Saturday, January 20, from 2:30-5:30 p.m., provides unprecedented access to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers. This unique experience in the world of motorsports gives fans access to see the trucks up close, take pictures, meet the drivers and get their autographs.

New in 2018, the Pit Party Early Access Pass is available to every fan who purchases a ticket to the event. The pass provides early entry into the Pit Party from 1:30-2:30 p.m. and serves as the regular Pit Party pass from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monster Jam drivers will depart from the Pit Party at 5 p.m. The Pit Party Early Access Pass must be accompanied by an event ticket, and quantities are limited.

Tickets and Pit Party Passes are available at the Amway Center Box office in advance, online at www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. Same day event ticket and pit pass required for entry to pit party. All seats reserved. Subject to facility fee, plus convenience and handling charges. Camping World Stadium is located at One Citrus Bowl Place, Orlando, FL 32805.

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Tips For Visiting the Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts With Kids

DISCLOSURE: I was invited by the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts to see a performance of ‘School of Rock’ with my daughter, but all opinions are my own

I have always loved going to the theatre, and I even majored in it and met my husband at the Theatre Arts program at Virginia Tech.

So when Zoe finally started expressing an interest in seeing a musical, I wanted to make sure that she was both able to fully enjoy the experience as well as respect the experience of others.

The Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts, located in downtown Orlando, is a beautiful venue that is the perfect place for families in this same position since it is grand while not being intimidating and offers a diverse season of shows, concerts, and traveling productions.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Here are some of the ways that I prepared Zoe for our outing to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

Tips For Visiting Dr. Phillips Center For The Performing Arts With Kids

Pick the right show for your family

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has a variety of performances (you can see the schedule here), and the next FAIRWINDS Broadway in Orlando is Disney’s The Lion King that will have performances February 14 to March 11, 2018, and tickets start at $35.25.

Make sure that younger ones can stay up late

While most shows offer weekend matinee shows, most performances happen on the later side of the evening which means that dinner and bedtimes will need to be shifted some.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Courtesy of Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Familiarize your little ones with the show that they’ll be seeing

Kids tend to do better when they understand the premise of the show that they are going to go see, and a nice way to do that is by talking about the show that you will be seeing, watching a movie version of the show, or reading the book that the show is based on to give them an idea of what they can expect to happen during the show.

Don’t be afraid to also keep reviewing what they’ll be seeing and experiencing, especially when you are on your way to the theatre, so you can answer any additional questions they may have.

Talk about expected behavior at the theatre

While it can be overwhelming thinking of taking a child to the theatre to sit through two to three hours with a small break when they need to be able to sit relatively sit still while having good etiquette, but if you look at it theatre etiquette is really a lot like movie theater etiquette!

  • Pay attention to announcements that are made prior to many shows about the rules of the theater you are attending and the location of the fire exits.
  • Speaking during the performance impacts those around you, so make sure that if it is an emergency that you speak in a whisper.
  • Remember that the Overture (introductory music) in Musical Theater is part of the performance, so be quiet when it begins.
  • Pictures during the performance can be very distracting to the actors and can cause a mishap, so try to take them before/after the performance or during intermission.
  • Keep in mind that the seats are close, so please keep your feet on the floor and refrain from kicking the seats in front of you.
  • Do laugh and applaud when it is appropriate during the performance. While the lights on the stage are bright and the actors may not see you, they appreciate your interaction.
  • Make sure to applaud at the end of the show to let the performers and crew know that you appreciate their work, and you can even stand and applaud if you really thought the show was great.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Make going to the theatre an event!

Who doesn’t love getting gussied up to go to a fancy place?

Use your time at the theatre as an excuse to get dressed up to show that this is an important and special outing.

Arrive early to the theatre

Since the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts is located in Downtown Orlando (445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801), so you will want to factor in time for traffic, parking and walking to the venue , and going through security so it is best to give yourself some extra time to cut out some of the stress of getting to the venue.

Once you arrive, I also suggest taking a few moments to take in the beautiful building and use the facilities.

For directions, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts has great information on their website.

As for a little boost for shorter ones to see

If you are going to the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts with a child on the shorter side, you can visit the information desk, located under the staircase towards the back left of the lobby, to receive a free booster for them to see the show better.

Take a walk around the lobby during intermission

A good way to get the jitters out from sitting still during the first act is to take a walk around the lobby during the intermission.

Intermission typically lasts 15 minutes, so keep an eye on the lines at the concessions area and the restrooms to make sure if you need to visit either you have time to do so without rushing too much.

If they have a blast, the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts offers a large variety of classes.

The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts offers classes for children as young as two, and you can find information here.

Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Zoe and I had an absolute blast at the fantastic performance of School of Rock,  but should I worry that I asked her to clean her room & she started blasting ‘Stick it to the Man’?

 

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Vice President Joe Biden Brings American Promise Tour to Orlando

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Bill Blumenreich Presents announced that Vice President Joe Biden: American Promise Tour will be at the venue’s Walt Disney Theater on Monday, January 29, 2018 at 7 pm.

Vice President Joe Biden Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

During his American Promise Tour events, Vice President Biden has discussed the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges often with guest moderators.

PROMISE ME, DAD chronicles 2015, the most momentous and challenging year in Vice President Biden’s extraordinary life and career. For twelve months, the vice president balanced the twin imperatives of living up to his responsibilities to his country and his family while his son Beau battled brain cancer. Never far away was the insistent question of whether he should seek the presidency in 2016. Writing with poignancy and immediacy, Vice President Biden allows readers to feel the urgency of each moment, to experience the days when he felt unable to move forward, as well as the days when he felt like he could not afford to stop.

Tickets start at $68 and go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10 am and include a copy of his new book, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (on sale now, $27, Flatiron Books). VIP Meet & Greet tickets are also available. General audience tickets and VIP tickets may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue between 10 am and 4 pm. Monday through Friday, or 12 pm and 4 pm Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

“Over the last month I’ve traveled around the country to share the story of my son Beau. I have been incredibly touched by countless stories of resilience and hope that so many people have shared with me – stories of enormous loss, and yet, in defiance of that loss, they get up every morning and summon the strength to live a life of purpose. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to continue this tour and hear from so many more people,” says Vice President Biden.

Vice President Joe Biden is represented by Creative Artists Agency (CAA), which developed and will continue to oversee the American Promise Tour.

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Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back In Concert Coming To Orlando

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The live-to-picture performance of Oscar-winning composer John Williams’s musical score will arrive in the Walt Disney Theater on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Star Wars Concert Dr Phillips Center For the Arts February 2018

Since the release of Star Wars 40 years ago, the saga has had a seismic impact on both cinema and culture, inspiring audiences around the world with its mythic storytelling, captivating characters, groundbreaking special effects and iconic musical scores composed by Williams. The Empire Strikes Back took the series down a darker, more romantic, and heavier path, a sad second act with a cliffhanger ending. Williams followed suit, plumbing new emotional territory and adding iconic new themes to his expanding musical tapestry.

Legendary composer Williams is well-known for scoring all seven of the “Star Wars” saga films, beginning with “Episode IV: A New Hope” in 1977, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Original Score. His scores for “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back,” “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” were each nominated for Oscars for Best Original Score.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $49.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

Williams has won five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, seven British Academy Film Awards and 22 GRAMMY Awards. With 50 Academy Award nominations, he is the Academy most-nominated living person and the second most-nominated individual in history, after Walt Disney. In 2005, the American Film Institute selected Williams’s score to 1977’s “Star Wars” as the greatest American film score of all time. The soundtrack to Star Wars was also preserved by the Library of Congress in the National Recording Registry for being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Williams was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and he received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2004, the National Medal of Arts in 2009 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2016. Williams has composed the scores for eight of the top 20 highest-grossing films at the U.S. box office (adjusted for inflation).

 

 

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Trevor Noah Performing In Orlando In Early 2018

Fans of Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show”! Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando…I repeat…Trevor Noah is coming to Orlando!

Trevor Noah Orlando 2018

Earlier this month the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and AEG Presents announced Trevor Noah, comedian and television host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, will play the Bob Carr Theater onSaturday, January 27, 2018 at 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now and start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees. The Bob Carr Theater is located off the Dr. Phillips Center campus at 401 W. Livingston Street in Orlando.

Noah debuted his 9th new comedy special, “Afraid of the Dark” in February of this year on Netflix. The special was shot before a packed house in New York City at the Beacon Theatre on November 5, 2016. Last year, Noah debuted his one-hour stand-up special, “Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation,” on Comedy Central. He was the subject of David Paul Meyer’s award-winning documentary film, “You Laugh, But It’s True,” which tells the story of his remarkable career in post-apartheid South Africa. His Showtime comedy special, “Trevor Noah: African American,” premiered in 2013. He was nominated for “Personality of the Year” at the 2014 and 2015 MTV Africa Music Awards and won the award in 2015. Trevor’s success has also spanned to sold-out shows over 5 continents.

Born in South Africa to a black South African mother and a white European father, Noah has hosted numerous television shows, including South Africa’s music, television and film awards, and two seasons of his own late night talk show, “Tonight with Trevor Noah.” Noah joined the “The Daily Show with John Stewart” in 2014 as a contributor.

 

 

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Support the Fight Against Cancer At Pink Bash 2017 In Winter Park

On Friday, October 20th from 5 to 9 pm, the Pink Bash will celebrate survivors with the chance to to support the cause and honor those that are fighting, have been touched, or have lost their battle to breast cancer on the West Meadow of Central Park in Winter Park, FL.

2017 Pink Bash Winter Park Florida
Photo: Pink Bash

Pink Bash is an annual community celebration and fundraiser event designed to bring breast cancer awareness to Central Florida in an interactive and uplifting way.

“Cancer has or will affect every single one of us in one way or another.  The City of Winter Park proudly stands with Libby’s Legacy for their work to promote education, research and innovative medical care in the fight against breast cancer.  We thank Libby’s Legacy for their work toward this goal, and appreciate all who support this mission by participating in amazing events such as the 6th Annual Pink Bash.” Steve Leary, Winter Park Mayor.

Pink Bash offers a vibrant line-up of activities throughout the evening including:

· Survivor Fashion Show – presented by Dillard’s and featuring local Central Florida survivors

· Signature Cocktails, Beer & Wine- complimentary signature cocktails, beer & wine

· Live Music by Vintage Vinyl Band

· Gourmet Food – Featuring the area’s best restaurants (available for purchase)

· Fundraising Activities and Exclusive Prizes

Advance General Admission: $20 per person ($30 at the door) – Includes admission, a Pink Bash tasting glass and complimentary beer, wine and signature cocktails. Food is available for purchase at the event.

Tickets may be purchased at www.orlandosentinel.com/.

Use promo code PINK for $5 off advance purchase tickets.

Pink Bash is produced by Orlando Sentinel Media Group. A portion of the event proceeds benefits Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation, a localbreast cancer foundation formed in Central Florida to provide support directly to Central Floridians.

“By honoring breast cancer survivors and raising funds during the Pink Bash event, we can achieve our goals and continue to provide vital breast health services and education to the undeserved Central Florida community,” said Robin Maynard-Harris, founder and executive director of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation.

Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation was formed in 2007 just a year after Robin and Marty lost their mom, Libby Maynard, to Stage IV Breast Cancer. Libby was full of fun, faith and courage. The organization hopes to embody her spirit through the foundation by being secure enough to be vulnerable, strong enough to be gentle, wise enough to be humble and powerful enough to serve others.  The mission of Libby’s Legacy is to provide comprehensive breast health care to the underserved Central Florida community through education, mammograms, follow up diagnostics and Hope Coaches on the journey from diagnosis to treatment and beyond. For more information visit www.libbyslegacy.org.

Pink Bash 2017

Friday, October 20, 2017 from 5 – 9 p.m.

West Meadow of Central Park, Winter Park (150 W Morse Blvd, Winter Park, FL 32789)

 

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Dead And Company Fall Tour Comes To Orlando

Fresh off their highly-acclaimed summer tour, Dead and Company has added a fall leg to its 2017 tour beginning on November 12 and running through December 8. Dead and Company play Orlando’s Amway Center on Thursday, December 7. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday, September 23, at 10 a.m.

Dead and Company Fall Tour 2017 Amway Center Logo

To ensure fans get tickets in their hands directly, fan registration is available now for the fall tour dates through Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan program. Ticket supply is limited and for further information, click here

American Express Card Members may purchase tickets to the Orlando show before the general public Tuesday, September 19, at 12 noon EST through Friday, September 22, at 10 p.m. EST.

The celebrated group features original Grateful Dead members, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann andBob Weir, alongside singer/guitarist, John Mayer, Allman Brothers’ bassist, Oteil Burbridge and Fare Thee Well and RatDog keyboardist, Jeff Chimenti. Continuing in the tradition of the Grateful Dead, the group draws from the Dead’s vast catalog of songs and is taking the iconic music catalogue to new heights.

During the fall of 2015, the inaugural Dead and Company tour kicked off with two sold-out shows at the legendary Madison Square Garden, which Billboard dubbed as “magical,” followed by three highly- successful U.S. tours. Dead and Company is “potent enough to enrapture the faithful and convert the skeptical.” – Boston Globe

Dead and Company has once again partnered with CID Entertainment to offer VIP Experiences & Seamless Packages including a premium concert ticket with early venue entry, a limited edition, screen printed poster, and a commemorative concert ticket and case. For full package details, visit CID Entertainment.

Check deadandcompany.com for complete tour and ticketing information.

Dead and Company | FALL TOUR 2017 | Amway Center Orlando

When: Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Where: Amway Center | Orlando, Florida

On Sale: Saturday, September 23, 2017 | 10 am

Tickets$47, $72, $96 & $146.50 (prices subject to change). Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office at Amway Center, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

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Lindsey Buckingham and Christie McVie Tour

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and Live Nation announce that Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie will count Orlando among the 22 cities they visit on the second leg of their North American tour on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 8 p.m.

Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets go on sale to the general publicFriday, August 18, 2017 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $59.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

The announcement of the tour coincides with the announcement of a new single that goes to radio entitled “Lay Down for Free.” Simply titled “Lindsey Buckingham/Christine McVie,” a new 10-song album is now available on CD, LP and all digital and streaming services via Atlantic Records. Of the album, NPR says, “The marvel that is these two longtime bandmates can simultaneously stand on their own and exert a gentle pull on each other, expanding our appreciation of them as living, breathing artists…”

The collaboration began three years ago, when McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac for the group’s On with the Show tour. The pair went in to record new material prior to rehearsals for the tour and their natural creative chemistry was reignited. According to Buckingham: “We were exploring a creative process, and the identity of the project took on a life organically. The body of work felt like it was meant to be a duet album. We acknowledged that to each other on many occasions and said to ourselves, ‘What took us so long?!’”

Working their natural singer-songwriter skills together came easily for the duo. Said Christine McVie, “We’ve always written well together, Lindsey and I, and this has just spiraled into something really amazing that we’ve done between us.”

Sessions for the album took place at The Village Studios in Los Angeles, which is where Fleetwood Mac recorded several of their classic albums, including “Tusk.” Buckingham and McVie were joined in the studio by fellow bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, who supplied much of the dynamic rhythmic engine.

For more information, please visit www.buckinghammcvie.com.

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Musical Thrones Parody Coming To Dr. Phillips Center

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts announces the Orlando engagement of the musical parody Musical Thrones, sending-up the popular HBO drama, “Game of Thrones.”

Musical Thrones Paraody Dr. Phillips Center Orlando 2017
Dr. Phillips Center

The show, billed as 90 minutes of hilarity, comes to the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center on January 26 and 28, 2018 for three performances.

Fans of the most-talked-about show on television can now get their fantasy fix live-on-stage with this hilarious parody. Composed by the hysterical madmen behind the long-running Silence! The Musical, Jon and Al Kaplan, Musical Thrones: A Parody brings your most beloved and be-hated characters to life as you journey through the first six seasons of theEmmy® Award-winning “Game of Thrones” series. Sing and dance along with Daenerys and her dragons, Joffery and the jolly members of the Lannister and Stark families in this love letter to fans.

Guests will be transported to “Thrones”’s magical locations (if they close their eyes) where bloodthirsty musical theater comics leave no joke unturned in serving up the show’s notorious violence, power struggles, manipulation and sex – plus, worst yet, a ballad or two. The show is preparing for battle, so saddle up and come down to King’s Landing, and hold onto your swords!

Tickets, available now, for Musical Thrones start at $39.50 and may be purchased online at drphillipscenter.org, by calling 844.513.2014 or by visiting the Dr. Phillips Center Box Office at 445 S. Magnolia Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.Saturday. Online and phone ticket purchases are subject to handling fees.

 

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