You're going to hear a lot about the 25th annual Orlando Fringe theater festival this month, but I don't want the silver anniversary of another arts institution to slip by unnoticed. SAK Comedy Lab, like the Fringe, was also co-founded by Terry Olson in 1991, and the downtown improvisation school is celebrating their quarter-century with shows featuring some of their most famous former members. Television host Wayne Brady (Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Let's Make a Deal) returns home to appear alongside the troupe's founders at 8:30 p.m. Sunday, May 15, following an anniversary alumni reunion at 6 p.m., and will perform with his fellow SAK All-Stars Monday, May 16, at 8 p.m. Call 407-648-0001 to see if any $35 seats are still available.
With the recent increase in ticket prices at Walt Disney World, it's good to know that at least a little of that money is being given back to local arts education. Last month, Mad Cow Theatre received a $10,000 contribution from Disney toward taking one of the staged readings from their Science Play Festivals on a tour of local schools. And last week the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts was awarded a $100,000 grant from Disney to fund two years of the Disney Musicals in Schools program, a free residency in musical theater for underprivileged students, at four Orlando-area public schools. Applications are being accepted now for the 2016-2017 school year; visit drphillipscenter.org for more information.
The Wonderful Wizard of Song: An Evening With Harold Arlen, through May 15 at the JCC of Greater Orlando ... Singin' in the Rain, through May 29 at Winter Garden's Garden Theatre ... The Producers, through May 22 at Osceola Arts.
CFCArts Choir: A Night on the Red Carpet, May 12-13 at Northland Church ... Orlando REP Power Chords: Broadway Our Way, May 13 at the Abbey ... Starter Studio Demo Day, May 19 at Dr. Phillips Center ... Emotions Dance: Blur, June 3-4 at Orlando Shakes ... Conquer Pro Wrestling presents We Don't Play Fight, June 4 at Orlando Shakes.
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