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Opera del Sol to unleash Cocaine Bear: The Opera at this year's Orlando Fringe Festival!

This time, there’s singing! With an all star cast and mega-talented creative team, you just 'nose' that Cocaine Bear: The Opera is gonna be awesome.

Opera del Sol unleash Cocaine Bear: The Opera at this years Orlando Fringe Festival

If a bear does cocaine in the woods, does anyone hear him? Inspired by a movie which was inspired by a true story, Opera del Sol presents Cocaine Bear: The Opera, a story about what happens when a bear ingests cocaine, and everyone sings about it!


Cocaine Bear: The Opera, where the notes are high and so is the bear... It's 1985, and a drug smuggler has dropped a shipment of cocaine from his plane. It lands in the Chattahoochee–Oconee National Forest, where an American black bear has found and ate it.


In Cocaine Bear: The Opera, an only moderately dramatized version of events follow, as the aforementioned bear proceeds to enjoy a drug-fueled rampage filled with murder, mayhem, and Mozart.



Using existing famous opera arias to tell the story of what happens when a bear does cocaine in the woods, Cocaine Bear: The Opera is written and directed by Orlando Fringe Festival favorite, veteran director and storyteller, Eric Pinder (Driving Miss Cherry Blossom, Waiting For Napoleon), and also features the extraordinary vocal talent of Maeghin Mueller, David Lee Smith, Jose-Manuel Lopez, Jessica Hoehn, and Christie Duffer.


Pinder promises the same “wildly entertaining and darkly hilarious B-movie blood-fest” as the 2023 film - but this time, there’s singing! Intended for mature audiences unless you want to frighten your children!! 18+


The show is part of the 2024 Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival, and will be performed in the Peach Venue - Universal Orlando Theatre at Orlando Family Stage.


Performances take place from May 15 - May 26, 2024, with tickets priced at only $15 each


For information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Opera del Sol unleash Cocaine Bear: The Opera at this years Orlando Fringe Festival

Look at this stimulating 'Line'-up of actors for our upcoming production of Cocaine Bear at the Orlando Fringe Festival 2024, featuring an all star cast of Opera del Sol veterans.


Hansel and Gretel's David Lee Smith is The Bear, Cabaret del Sol's Maeghin Mueller is Mother, The Sound of Music's Christie Duffer is Carmen, Jessica Hoehn isDidi/Randy Park Ranger, and Noche de Zarzuela's Jose-Manuel Lopez is Diego/Manuel/Carson.


Opera del Sol unleash Cocaine Bear: The Opera at this years Orlando Fringe Festival

With an all star cast and creative team like this one, who 'nose' what will happen?


Eric Pinder (Writer and Director): Opera del Sol Artistic Director, Author of Cocaine Bear: The Opera, Stage Director for Hansel & Gretel and Scalia/Ginsburg


Philip King (Music Director): Music Director for Hansel & Gretel and Scalia/Ginsburg


Danielle Ziss (Assistant Director): Producer of Scalia/Ginsburg and Dracula


Hillary Humphries (Stage Manager): Makes her company and Orlando Fringe debut!


You just gotta join Opera del Sol as they endeavor to explain what might happen if a bear got high and started singing Handel. Seriously, you don't want to miss it!



Opera del Sol unleash Cocaine Bear: The Opera at this years Orlando Fringe Festival

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