winter garden, florida – After the 2022-23 season was cut short by behind-the-scenes controversy and a change in leadership, Garden Theater will bring live performances back to life with the help of a new partnership.
Victory Productions, a local entertainment company, announced earlier this month that it will be releasing “Rock of Ages,” “Something Rotten!,” “Next to Normal,” and “Dreamgirls.”
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The company says it will handle all aspects of the Garden Theater show, including programming, design, casting, rehearsals, costumes and set construction.
“My professional experience as a company and as a performer is diverse and extensive, and as a result our business decisions have been thoughtful and purposeful,” Victory President Fernando Varela said in a statement. “We care about our entire community and are excited about this opportunity to bring in talent from around the country. We hope that we can provide opportunities for local artists to share the stage with world-famous performers.Producing these first 2023 shows is a positive step forward for professional community theater and artists’ shows. It’s a case and an impressive entertainment experience for the audience.”
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This comes after theaters prematurely ended the 2022-23 season, running “On Your Feet!” in July. In a public battle between the board and its employees.
Theater officials released an official statement in August detailing the friction.
“[We]have decided to take advantage of a short-term programming gap and temporarily shift our operational focus to the organizational health of our theaters,” the Garden Theater Board said in a Facebook post. “The board and staff will use this time to conduct a detailed review of our organizational structure and operations.”
This came less than a month after the theater announced its cancellation of ‘Paper Sin’. When News 6 reached out to the theater after the show’s cancellation in July, a spokesperson said in an email that it “couldn’t comment” on the matter.
“We hope to use this time to move forward in a positive way so that we can showcase our theaters and productions with the quality that our community has come to expect,” read a Facebook post about the cancellation.
Tickets to Rock of Ages, January 25th to February 25th. 26 and will be the first live show scheduled under the new partnership and will be launched soon.
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