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Harry Potter-inspired 'Wizard Schools' come to OCLS, new cabaret series at Savoy and more in local performing arts news 

Playwrights Round Table is currently accepting 10-minute short plays for its 2018 Launch showcase. Send your script in PDF or Word form to by Sept. 30; there's no entry fee, but you must have a (free) PRT membership. Female and POC authors are especially encouraged to apply.

Magic and Mayhem Productions, whose bunny-rabbit star ChaChing was the hit of the Kids Fringe, is presenting Harry Potter-inspired "Wizard Schools" at Orange County Library System locations in celebration of the book series' 20th anniversary. The next performances (which continue through Nov. 20) are Sept. 16 at the Herndon Branch and Sept. 29 at the Washington Park Branch; shows are free but B.Y.O.Wand.

At the 2012 Orlando Fringe, I gave a positive review to Blood Sisters, a soulful musical about five African-American siblings struggling with their parentage. Author Malikah Harris recently published Generational Curses, a novel inspired by the same story; visit for more information.

Producer Michael Wanzie is presenting a new Sunday evening cabaret series at Ivanhoe Village's Savoy club. "Twilight Cabaret at the Starlite Room" kicks off Oct. 1 with Ron Miles and Billy Flanigan, and will continue through the winter with Natalie Doliner, Micky Layman, Shari Skaling and Sara Jones (dates TBA). All cabarets in the Twilight series will be presented on Sundays at 6:30 p.m.


Varietease: Room 100, through Sept. 16 at the Venue ... Play in a Day, Sept. 16 at Lake Howell High School ... The King and I, through Sept. 17 at Dr. Phillips ... The Marvelous Wonderettes, through Sept. 17 at TheatreWorks ... Jesus Christ Superstar, through Oct. 1 at Garden Theatre ... Man of La Mancha, through Oct. 8 at Orlando Shakes.


Iphigenia and Other Daughters, Sept. 14-24 at UCF ... Life Could Be a Dream, Sept. 15-Oct. 8 at Winter Park Playhouse ... Grindr the Musical, Sept. 15-30 at Parliament House ... The Vagrant, Sept. 15-Oct. 14 at Dangerous Theatre Sanford ... Potholes and Reprogramming, Sept. 15-16 at Blue Bamboo ... Janine Klein: Nobody Does It Better, Sept. 20-21 at Winter Park Playhouse ... Of Mice and Men, Sept. 22-Oct. 8 at CFCArts ... Sleepy Hollow, Sept. 22-Oct. 1 at Gateway Center for the Arts ... Emotions Dance: The Shift, Sept. 22-23 at Orlando Shakes ... Big River, Sept. 22-Oct. 22 at Mad Cow ... Winnie & Billy: A Spell-Crossed Lovers Cabaret, Sept. 25 at the Venue ... The Gospel According to My Old Man, Oct. 1 at Savoy.


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