This year’s Fringe breaks records, plus more in Orlando performing arts news 

Last month's 27th annual Orlando Fringe Festival reported 72,000 attendees (a 3 percent boost over 2017) during its damp 14-day run. Total ticket sales dipped slightly to $425,000, but with fewer shows and venues, a record-setting 147 performances sold out, resulting in the average artist's earnings increasing by 11 percent. Check for the dates of next year's festival, as well as the returning Winter Mini-Fest in January 2019.

Thanks to the donations of Broadway series subscribers, Florida Theatrical Association is raising the dollar amounts of their 2018-2019 scholarship and grants; 26 students, educators and institutions will now receive between $500 and $7,000, with many awards increasing by $1,000 over last year. Applications are available at now through Oct. 12.

The Orlando Ballet recently announced a $5 million donation from Harriett Lake toward construction of their new Loch Haven Park home, which now will be named "Harriett's Orlando Ballet Centre." The Ballet, which also received a $500,000 grant from Orange County, hopes to open the 38,000-square-foot facility by the end of 2019.

The first Pegasus Playlab summer theater festival is now running at UCF. Eric Pfeffinger's fertility farce, Human Error (featured as a staged reading in last fall's Playfest at Orlando Shakes), is running June 14-24, with a reprise Aug. 23-26. Readings of Bathsheba's Psalms (or a Woman of Unusual Beauty Taking a Bath) by April Ranger will be held June 16-17. Buy tickets at

Award-winning Florida folk artist Ruby C. Williams – whose work has been featured in our Live Active Cultures column and Sanford's Jeanine Taylor art gallery, and at Baltimore's American Visionary Museum – is seeking financial support after the cold winter killed the fruit and vegetable crops she sells for sustenance. Visit to make a contribution.

Now playing

My Dear Watson: A Sherlock Holmes Musical, through June 17 at Valencia College ... Fun Home, through July 1 at Mad Cow.


The Little Mermaid, June 14-July 29 at Orlando Shakes ... Bad Jews, June 15-July 8 at Mad Cow ... Gidion's Knot, June 16-July 8 at Theater on the Edge ... Spotlight Cabaret: Christopher Leavy, June 20-21 at Winter Park Playhouse ... World Ballet Competition, June 16 at Bob Carr ... We Don't Play Fight, June 23 at Dr. Phillips Center's Pugh Theater ... ESOR Dance Ensemble, July 6 at Dr. Phillips Center's Pugh Theater.



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