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Opera Orlando kicks off second season, Garden Theatre hosts auditions, plus more performing arts news 

Opera Orlando has kicked off its second season with Opera on Park, a summer concert series at Winter Park's University Club that started on Aug. 6 with soprano Kenneithia Mitchell. It continues Sunday, Aug. 13, with Grammy-winning baritone Daniel Belcher accompanied by Lynn Peghiny, and concludes on the 27th with Metropolitan Opera star soprano Wendy Bryn Harmer and pianist Robin Stamper. Meanwhile, Orlando Light Opera, in partnership with Central Florida Vocal Arts and Space Coast Symphony Orchestra, is presenting Lehar's The Merry Widow at the Orlando Rep Aug. 10-13, staged by former Opera Orlando director Eric Pinder.

The Garden Theatre, now under the leadership of executive director Nao Tsurumaki, has announced auditions for the remaining shows in its current season. Director Aradhana Tiwari holds adult auditions for Rob Winn Anderson's Southern gothic drama A Tennessee Walk Sept. 13, but girls age 10-15 can audition for the role of 12-year-old Bobby by video submission now until Monday, Aug. 14. Auditions for Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dame musical, directed by Anderson, are Sept. 19-20.

Speaking of callbacks, local writer Thom Mesrobian's Callbacks makes its Orlando debut Aug. 25-27 after being named a Best of the Fest at Tampa Fringe. Directed by former Universal Orlando show director Mark Hartfield, the seriocomic story set inside a theme-park dressing room stars Mesrobian with Danny Baynard and Sarah Lockard. Callbacks is one of the first productions at Theatre South Playhouse, a new venue in the Dr. Phillips Marketplace operated by Hillary Brook and Donald Gray.

NOW PLAYING

Deejay Young: Waving Through a Window, Aug. 9-10 at Winter Park Playhouse ... Joyce Jackson's Guide to Dating, Aug. 13 at the Abbey ... Some Enchanted Evening, through Aug. 20 at Winter Park Playhouse ... Daddy Issues, through Aug. 26 at Parliament House ... The Drowsy Chaperone, through Sept. 3 at CFCArts.

UPCOMING

Inspire Orlando Artists Showcase, Aug. 10 at the Venue ... Red Fish Theatre presents A Midsummer Night's Dream, Aug. 18-28 at AntiGravity Orlando ... Titanic: The Musical in Concert, Aug. 25-26 at CFCArts ... God Is a Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming!, Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Venue ... Man of La Mancha, Sept. 6-Oct. 8 at Orlando Shakes ... The Marvelous Wonderettes, Sept. 8-17 at Theatreworks Florida ... Grindr: The Opera, Sept. 8-30 at Parliament House ... The King and I, Sept. 12-17 at Dr. Phillips.

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