Theater & The Arts
Life's A Stage In Orlando!
Orlando offer a surprising mix of traditional and modern entertainment for all tastes in a variety of venues including the impressive Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando, which produces more than 300 shows every year. including the latest touring Broadway productions and much more.
Plus, Orlando is lucky to be rich in local, talented, and renowned performing arts organizations dedicated to bringing quality productions to an Orlando audience, highlights include Orlando Ballet, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Repertory Theatre and Orlando Shakespeare Theater.
Also, do not miss The International Fringe Festival Orlando, this highlight of the arts calendar is 14 days of music, dance, art, theater and all-out fun right in the heart of central Florida.
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Orlando's Leading Arts & Theater Venues
We've listed here the many talented arts organizations throughout Central Florida, as well as the leading theaters in the Orlando area to see a musical, play, opera, performance art or live production.
Bach Festival Society
Since 1935, the Bach Festival Society has been bringing works of the great composers to central Florida. This internationally acclaimed music event is the third oldest Bach Festival in the United States and is Florida's oldest operating performing arts organization. The Festival runs February to April.
Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
The Bob Carr Theater is a theater, concert hall and cinema presenting Broadway shows, symphonies, ballet and Hollywood films.
Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
This complex is home to two expansive performing theaters, a community theater stage, an outdoor plaza and stage, multiple rehearsal spaces, administrative offices and educational rooms.
The Broadway Across America Tour brings some of the best shows across the nation directly to the venue.
Florida Film Festival
For ten days in April, Central Florida becomes the movie capitol of the world with more than 170 current, independent and international films being premiered. Celebrity guests and judges are on hand for interviews etc.
International Fringe Festival Orlando
The International Fringe Festival Orlando is 14 days of music, dance, art, theater and all-out fun right in the heart of central Florida. It is the longest Fringe Festival in the United States and one of the biggest and most accessible in the country. Festival runs from middle to end of May.
Mad Cow Theatre
The best in productions and performances are assured with Mad Cow Theatre. This professional resident company has presented hundreds of plays for a broad range of audiences, plus showcases local top rate talent in the annual Orlando Cabaret Festival. With numerous awards from many publications, this is the place for serious theatre lovers. Performances held throughout the year.
The only fully professional resident ballet company in Central Florida, the Orlando Ballet has a full season of traditional and modern, cutting-edge dances. With an accredited Ballet School, this is entertainment at its finest.
Performances held throughout the year.
Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra
Central Florida's only resident professional orchestra, performing more than 125 concerts annually.
A mixture of traditional chamber music, and Pop and Broadway tunes, the Orchestra has a mission to encourage and promote symphonic music through excellence in performance, education and cultural leadership.
With multiple concerts throughout the school districts and young artist's composition workshops, those goals are clearly being met. Performances held throughout the year.
Orlando Repertory Theatre
This theatre produces and performs plays based on classical and contemporary children's literature.
A dramatic school with resident youngsters aiming for a performing arts career, the REP supports literacy, verbal and reading skills through playwrights and workshops. Performances held throughout the year.
Orlando Shakespeare Theater
This venue presents a season of plays by Shakespeare, contemporary playwrights and features several works for children. A weekend is devoted to first readings of new plays, some later becoming full scale productions.
The Shakespeare Theater offers classes, workshops and programs for aspiring performers of all ages.
Performances held throughout the year.
Theatre Downtown Orlando
This dedicated company of volunteers has produced thought-provoking and entertaining plays for twenty-six years in the heart of Orlando's cultural district. A venue for artists just starting their craft, audiences will be exposed to new playwrights, actors and directing styles. Performances held throughout the year.
Winter Park Playhouse
The Winter Park Playhouse is a non-profit musical theater that regularly stages some of the most fun and lively productions in the state. Every season, the Playhouse puts on seven Broadway and off-Broadway musical comedies and revues on its main stage. They also host a cabaret series.
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