By PAM HARBAUGH
You still have one and a half chances to see Brevard’s own entry into this year’s Orlando Fringe Festival. It’s “Jaws: The Movie: The Musical” and I say “one and a half” chances because tonight’s curtain is in just less than 2 hours from the posting of this blog, so you best be in Orlando or in a car driving to Orlando…and in that case what are you doing reading a blog?
The final chance is 3:15 p.m. Saturday, which will be a fine time because you’ll be able to see a number of the other quirky, often downright weird, frequently artful and sometimes seriously political original Fringe shows.
“Jaws: The Movie: The Musical” takes audiences into a tongue-in-cheek new musical about a trio of theater peeps who take on the challenge to turn the “Jaws” book/movie into a Broadway musical, complete with song and dance. In addition to the material, the creators have to deal with shark activists and budding romances.
As the musical’s Facebook page states, it’s taking “a Great White Shark to the Great White Way.” The book is by Samantha Cooke and Anthony Mowad with music and lyrics by Spencer Crosswell.
Orlando Sentinel theater critic Matt Palm called the “Jaws” show “a fun ride” with a cast that “inhabits their stock characters with aplomb. (Especially notable is Jarrett Poore as a most actory actor.)”
Yes…I see Mr. Palm and I have the same high opinion of Mr. Poore.
Here’s the rest of the talented cast: Holly McFarland, James Spiva, Kyle McDonald, Tori Terhune, Randy Caldwell, Lauren Andersson, Wagner DeAssis and John Dwyer
If you’ve never “Fringed,” then you need to know that although tickets for the “Jaws” show are $11 general and $9 for students, seniors, and military, you also need a $9 FRINGE BUTTON to see any show at the Fringe. The button is good for the entire Fringe run and helps defray festival costs. There is also a $1 surcharge per ticket or $1.25 for those purchased online.
The Orlando Fringe takes place throughout Loch Haven Park in Orlando. The main venues are within the Lowndes Shakespeare Center, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando. For more information, I suggest you visit the Fringe’s Facebook page because its website, OrlandoFringe.org is currently not working.