Orlando is full of entertainment events in June
Remember when summer slowed down Central Florida’s arts and culture scene? Well, those days are behind us. From dance to art, from theater to music, here are 20 events in June that are worth a visit on their own. Start filling your diaries.
1. “Sylvia”: Until June 5. The IceHouse Theater in Mount Dora presents this comedy about a man, a woman and the dog that separates them. Part of the fun of the show: a human actor plays the dog. More: icehousetheater.org.
2. “In the heights”: Until June 12. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical about life and love in New York’s Latinx Washington Heights neighborhood arrives at Theater West End in Sanford. More: theatrewestend.org.
3. “A Voice of Justice”: June 5. The CFCArts concert of the Broadway musical “Ragtime” will take place June 18-19 at the Dr. Phillips Center. But a series of free community events leading up to the concert continues on June 5 with “A Voice of Justice,” a cabaret at The Abbey in downtown Orlando by Brandon Martin that explores the African-American experience. On June 9, at the Orlando Museum of Art, catch “A Long Time Coming,” a documentary by local filmmakers about the first integrated Little League game in the South. More: cfcarts.org.
4. Florida Deaf Art Exhibit: June 3-4. The group’s final exhibition was at the Rice Pavilion at Rollins College. All performers and volunteers are fluent in ASL during this show presented by deaf and hard of hearing performers. Some artwork reflects themes relevant to the hearing impaired community, including ableism and a love of sign language. But other pieces show the attention to detail found in deaf artists who navigate the world with their eyes. More: floridadeafartshow.org.
5. ‘The Way (First Book of Experiments)’: June 3-4. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bobby Callender’s psychedelic music “of spiritual proportions,” as the Timucua Arts Foundation host puts it. The entire legendary album will be recreated live by a full band, string ensemble and Callender himself. More: www.timucua.com.
6. Applause Awards: June 4. Nearly 400 students from 30 high schools in nine central Florida counties will be featured in an energetic evening that recognizes academic excellence in the performing arts. The two grand prize winners will compete nationally later this year. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts presents the event. More: drphillipscenter.org.
7. Puppet Celebration: Opens June 4. “Jack and the Beanstalk” kicks off a summer season of kid-friendly shows like “Aladdin” and summer camps as Puppet Celebration moves to Winter Garden. More: puppetcelebration.wordpress.com.
8. SAK Comedy Lab on the road: June 4. Speaking of Winter Garden, improv artists from the SAK Comedy Lab will present the first of three summer pop-up shows at BreakRoom on West Colonial Drive. More: www.sakcomedylab.com.
9. Pegasus PlayLab: June 4-12. UCF’s New Plays Festival presents the family-friendly musical “Spells of the Sea” June 4-5 on the University of Central Florida campus, with more readings and productions to follow over the next two weekends. ends. More: performingarts.cah.ucf.edu.
10. CDCFest: June 5. The Festival of Contemporary Dance Choreography, founded by McClaine Timmerman, returns with a program in which new works highlight sociopolitical issues and the beauty of our humanity. The performance takes place at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. More: www.cdcfest.com.
11. “Dream” by Emergence Dance: June 5. Emergence Dance’s latest show is an “ethereal fantasy,” says artistic director Cindy Heen, with the themes “Dream, Explore and Discover.” It’s at the ME Theater in South Orlando. For more information: emergencedance.com
12. “United We Dance”: June 10. The second United We Dance will have Central Floridians dancing in the streets with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the OnePulse Foundation. This year, former Pulse DJ Scott Robert will spin the tunes on Washington Street in Orlando’s Thornton Park neighborhood. Bring costumes and honor those lost in the Pulse mass shooting, as well as the resilience of our community. Tickets: orlandoweeklytickets.com.
13. “From Here”: June 10-12. Donald Rupe’s critically acclaimed musical about a group of friends in the aftermath of the Pulse Massacre is presented in concert format at the Renaissance Theater in Orlando. Blake Aburn and Becca Southworth lead the cast. More: renttheatre.com.
14. ‘True West’: June 10-12. Lightning in a Bottle, a new theater company formed by actors from Rollins College, presents the play “True West,” Sam Shepard’s take on sibling rivalry. It will be staged at the Breakthrough Theater in Winter Park. More: libtheatre.com.
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A look at entertainment and sporting events in Orlando and Central Florida.
15. Play in a day: June 11. The scriptwriter-actor-director teams have 24 hours to invent a short play and stage it in this fast-paced theatrical experience. This year’s event, from Beth Marshall Presents, focuses on the LGBTQ community. It’s at Penguin Point Productions at the Oviedo Mall. More: bethmarshallpresents.com.
16. ‘School of Rock’: June 16-19. South Playhouse Theater in Orlando presents Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical, based on the hit film, with a professional adult cast leading the talented youngsters. More: theatresouthplayhouse.org.
17. “To There from Here” by OCCO: June 18. Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra presents three new works exploring a journey of hope and redemption. Among them: a new work by Central Floridian Charlie Griffin, “Myths and Dreams” by Kyle Throw and a trombone concerto by David Wilborn. The concert will take place at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Center. More: www.occomusic.com.
18. ‘I’ve had enough: Justice Quilts’: June 18. Hannibal Square Heritage Center in Winter Park hosts the opening reception for this textile art exhibit with social messages by the Charmettes Club of Orlando, sponsored by the Delta Omicron Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. The exhibition runs until August 27. Also on June 18, the center celebrates Juneteenth with a program on mental wellness in black communities through art and architecture. More: hannibalsquareheritagecenter.org.
19. Celebration of June 19: June 19. Black Theater Girl Magic presents two family events. A free “Lunch and Learn” (reservations required) at the Orlando Repertory Theater features stories, music, face painting and a BBQ lunch as attendees learn about Emancipation Day. In the evening, “Facets of Freedom” will celebrate with live music from black artists, including Jarred Armstrong, Veryl Jones and Amber Robinson, as well as an exhibition of works by black artists. More: blacktheatregirlmagic.org
20. Florida Festival of New Musicals: June 23-26. Winter Park Playhouse’s new works extravaganza features readings from the first act of musicals in development with talks and visits from the playwrights. More: winterparkplayhouse.org.
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