A new theater company in town has announced its first season, which includes the short-lived Broadway musical "Parade." Although the show won 1999 Tony Awards for best book and best original score, it ran less than three months on Broadway.
Day Star Theatre Arts — Orlando will present the show as part of its 2014-15 season, which begins with an concert fundraiser on Aug. 17.
The concert, titled "Stand For Israel," will introduce the company to Central Florida, says Luis Gabriel Diaz, talent coordinator of Day Star Theatre Arts. Selections from the season's musicals will be performed by company members. Refreshments will be served.
Day Star Theatre Arts-Orlando focuses on musicals that carry messages of hope to the audience. Its productions examine the themes of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism in order to promote harmony and tolerance and help create a culture of compassion and acceptance, Diaz says.
Day Star Theatre Arts was formed in Jerusalem in 2003, and the troupe continued its work after moving to Colombia in 2007. It relocated to Orlando this year, in part because of the high level of musical-theater talent in the area, Diaz says.
Shows will be staged at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando.
For more information, check out the website daystartheatricals.com, call 321-332-3726 or email email@example.com.
Here's a look at the company's plans for its first Orlando-based season:
• Stand for Israel: 8:30 p.m. Aug. 17. Reception and concert featuring selections from Broadway musicals in the company's season. $20.
• Parade: Nov. 6-Dec. 28. The Jason Robert Brown/Alfred Uhry musical looks at religious intolerance and political injustice through the true story of a Jewish man who was lynched after being convicted of killing a young girl in 1913.
• Spring Awakening: Feb. 5-March 29, 2015. The Duncan Sheik rock musical is about teens coming of age in repressive 19th-century Germany.
• Godspell: April 2-May 24, 2015. The music of Stephen Schwartz ("Wicked") and the Gospel according to St. Matthew help spread Jesus Christ's messages of kindness, tolerance and love through games, storytelling and comedy.Copyright © 2015, CT Now