David Schillhammer, newly appointed director of The Enzian join Joshua and Mary on this episode. David shares the history of Maitland’s art house movie theater and expresses his excitement for his new leadership role at The Enzian. The theatre has seatings at tables where guests can order fresh food and or a cocktail to enjoy while sitting in comfortable chairs. The theatre nestled away in a garden of beautiful trees is a huge supporter of the Florida film Festival. The venue is used for exceptional events ranging from premiering new films to weddings.
Ena Heller, PhD Ena spoke passionately the Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College where she is director. The museum is open to the public and free. Listeners will hear of the museums history, mission, art, exhibits, tours, and opportunities to visit and volunteer.
Greater Orlando Actors Theatre was represented by Paul Castaneda, ‘GOAT’ founding member and director of current production of Jekyll & Hyde The Musical. Also, leading actor playing Dr Jekyll and Hyde, Adam McCabe. This conversation will allow listeners to learn the history and mission of GOAT and what the audience can expect from this production. Adam talks about what it takes to prepare to play both Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and how Paul as director supports his process. The Mission Statement promises what the theater lives up to: Greater Orlando Actors Theatre’s goal is to provoke thought and communication through traditional and avant-garde productions while concurrently enlightening and entertaining our audience through community theatre. We want to challenge attitudes, stereotypes, and preconceived notions about theatre by introducing our audience to contemporary concerns. We encourage our volunteer talent to share and develop their skills while taking the opportunity to learn from those surrounding them. Greater Orlando Actors Theatre seeks to provide productions and programs that make a vital contribution to the quality of ideas in the surrounding Orlando Area.
On the day From the Heart hosts took a unique look at art with its topic to art of giving. Executive Director of The Mustard Seed, Kathy Baldwin and Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Orlando, Ed Green spoke of how their organizations are helping those in need with clothing, furniture, homes and roofs. Their expression of love comes in their service to change lives by not only giving people homes and furnishings but hope and dignity. These two extraordinary leaders and their organizations are an inspiration. The Mustard Seed is always in need of new or gently used sheets, flatware, and mens clothing that are in good to new condition. Rebuilding Together Orlando is in need of roofing material donations and donation of time by certified professional roofers.
Today’s episode featured guests from the Orlando Shakespeare Theater.The Conversation begins as listeners hear from PJ Albert, Managing Director of Orlando Shakes, and, Anne Hering, Director of Education of Orlando Shakes, the history of Orlando Shakespeare Theater from it’s start in 1989 with two works of Shakespeare each summer at the Lake Eola Amphitheater of downtown Orlando. Now at its Loch Haven Park home in Or-lando, The Orlando Shakespeare Theater produces 10 productions a year, two of which are always Shakespeare and at least one play is written by a new playwright.West Side Story is their biggest production to date. The orchestra will be on the thrust stage, the choreography is the original Jerome Robbins work, and from what we hear, the entire cast is outstanding. Anne shares information on classes and programs Orlando Shakes offers young artists up to grad school interns. They use their outreach programs to share theater and workshops they bring to schools. Classes at the theater are available for all ages. PJ talks of the theaters mis-sion and explains how a season is selected. In West Side Story, Mark Ferrera will play Doc and Eric Eichenlaub will play Officer Krupke. They speak of their auditions for this production and their lives as actors. All guests spoke of the timeliness of West Side Story in our community. It was said this production with it's story so beautifully told thru the score, lyrics, and story written by Leonard Bernstein, Ste-phen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents, might inspire conversations to explore beliefs, thoughts, and feelings of its familiar theme. Or, perhaps inspire gratitude for a great night of theater.