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Cliff Price, Orlando Theatrical Scenic Designer Interview Cliff Price, Orlando Theatrical Scenic Designer
by Joseph Harrison - October 03, 2020, Orlando

As those of us who spend significant time in the theatre know, the last six months have been very difficult. With canceled productions, performers out of work, and audiences without the live entertainment that enlightens and enriches their lives, there has been much uncertainty, on top of all the co...
Jennafer Newberry of WICKED National Tour Interview Jennafer Newberry of WICKED National Tour
by Clarissa Moon - July 10, 2020, Orlando

Jennafer Newberry joined the national tour of WICKED last August as an ensemble member and the understudy for Glinda. I recently connected with Newberry on the video chat platform Zoom to discuss her whirlwind process of joining the tour, wearing Glinda's iconic costumes, and more!...
Local theatre artist Roberta Emerson Interview Local theatre artist Roberta Emerson
by Clarissa Moon - July 04, 2020, Orlando

Roberta Emerson does it all. She's the theatre director at Monteverde Academy, performs at regional theatres across the country, directs professionally, and has extensive experience in the voice acting and film industries. I recently connected with Emerson on the video chat platform Zoom. We dis...
Local actress Gemma Kent on working at HSN Interview Local actress Gemma Kent on working at HSN
by Clarissa Moon - May 30, 2020, Orlando

Local actress Gemma Kent works as a guest host for the technology company Dyson on HSN (also known as the Home Shopping Network). I connected with Kent on the video chat platform Zoom to discuss what happens backstage before she goes on air, wearing an in-ear monitor, and more!...
Bob Brandenburg On Working at Nickelodeon Studios Interview Bob Brandenburg On Working at Nickelodeon Studios
by Clarissa Moon - May 17, 2020, Orlando

Local actor Bob Brandenburg worked at Nickelodeon Studios during its a?oegolden agea?? in Orlando. I connected with Brandenburg on the video chat platform Zoom to discuss slime, flatulent kids, and more!...
Orlando-based artist Rob Lott Interview Orlando-based artist Rob Lott
by Clarissa Moon - May 06, 2020, Orlando

Orlando-based artist Rob Lott has worked in entertainment at Walt Disney World for nearly 20 years. I connected with Lott on the video chat platform Zoom to discuss his training, experience as a puppeteer for Walt Disney World, transition to a?oeonstagea?? performing roles in the parks, and more...
Brooklyn-based musician Kristin Eley talks coronavirus recovery Interview Brooklyn-based musician Kristin Eley talks coronavirus recovery
by Clarissa Moon - March 19, 2020, Orlando

Brooklyn-based musician Kristin Eley recovered from the coronavirus just days ago. Local audiences might recognize Eley from her time as a musician in Orlando. Now, Eley works as a teacher for the United Nations International School, Camp Broadway, and the New York Pops Teaching Program. As a si...
Cameron Francis and Kristin Shirilla of CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Orlando Shakes Interview Cameron Francis and Kristin Shirilla of CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - December 14, 2019, Orlando

Cameron Francis (Arthur de Bourgh) and Kristin Shirilla (Mary Bennet) star in MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY at Orlando Shakes. The play checks in with the main characters of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE two years after the story.  I sat down with Francis and Shirilla to talk audience response, a hyp...
T.J. Dawe of OPERATIC PANIC ATTACK at Orlando Fringe Interview T.J. Dawe of OPERATIC PANIC ATTACK at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 21, 2019, Orlando

T.J. Dawe returns to the Orlando Fringe this year with OPERATIC PANIC ATTACK, the story of his struggle with anxiety in college, especially about his sexuality. In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talk with Dawe about the show's themes, advice for his younger self...
Ralph Krumins, Raina Grabowski, and Alaric Frinzi of PRINCE(CESS) at Orlando Fringe Interview Ralph Krumins, Raina Grabowski, and Alaric Frinzi of PRINCE(CESS) at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

PRINCE(CESS) at the Orlando Fringe explores gender expectations and what it means to be yourself as two young heirs battle for the throne. In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talked with Ralph Krumins (Creator), Raina Grabowski (Princess Ophelia), and Alaric Frinz...
J. Scott Browning and Adam Murray of FLORIDA MAN at Orlando Fringe Interview J. Scott Browning and Adam Murray of FLORIDA MAN at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

At the Orlando Fringe, FLORIDA MAN imagines that all of the 'Florida man' headlines were about one person. Each night, audiences get to choose which headline they would like to see onstage.  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talk to J. Scott Browning (Director/P...
C. Neil Parsons and Zara Lawler of THE FLUTE ON ITS FEET at Orlando Fringe Interview C. Neil Parsons and Zara Lawler of THE FLUTE ON ITS FEET at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

In THE FLUTE ON ITS FEET at the Orlando Fringe, Zara Lawler plays the flute while dancing with C. Neil Parsons, even going upside-down and on wheels!  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talked with Lawler and Parsons about the inspiration for the show, multitaski...
The Cast of CANDLES IN THE DARK at Orlando Fringe Interview The Cast of CANDLES IN THE DARK at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

CANDLES IN THE DARK tells the true stories of survivors of sexual abuse and assault in Central Florida.  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I sat down with cast members Jana Henry, Sarah Holland, and Jedonn Bell to talk about speaking out, strength in numbers, and ...
Charlie Ross of ONE MAN STAR WARS at Orlando Fringe Interview Charlie Ross of ONE MAN STAR WARS at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

Charlie Ross performs the entire original Star Wars trilogy by himself in ONE MAN STAR WARS at the Orlando Fringe. In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I sat down with Ross to talk about his adventures touring the show, doing what feels right, and more!...
John Mark Jernigan of GOODBYE at Orlando Fringe Interview John Mark Jernigan of GOODBYE at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

The creative team behind last year's HELLO at the Orlando Fringe returns this year with GOODBYE, a play inspired by actor Robbie Pigott's experience of his father passing away.  In a special Fringe edition of 'Clarissa Moon Talks to the Stars,' I talked with John Mark Jernigan (Writer/Actor) abou...
Keith Alessi of TOMATOES TRIED TO KILL ME BUT BANJOS SAVED MY LIFE at Orlando Fringe Interview Keith Alessi of TOMATOES TRIED TO KILL ME BUT BANJOS SAVED MY LIFE at Orlando Fringe
by Clarissa Moon - May 19, 2019, Orlando

After a successful career as the CEO of several prominent companies, Keith Alessi retired to pursue his life-long passion of playing the banjo. Weeks later, he received a deadly cancer diagnosis. TOMATOES TRIED TO KILL ME BUT BANJOS SAVED MY LIFE at the Orlando Fringe tells Alessi's story of how mus...
Parker James Fullmore of BILLY ELLIOT at The Garden Theatre Interview Parker James Fullmore of BILLY ELLIOT at The Garden Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - May 14, 2019, Orlando

Parker James Fullmore has been playing Billy Elliot across the country for the past three years. His latest stop is at the Garden Theatre, where he'll be performing the role through June 2. I sat down with Parker to talk about Orlando, the importance of Billy's story, advice for future Billys, an...
Michael Andrew of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Orlando Shakes Interview Michael Andrew of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - April 17, 2019, Orlando

Orlando Shakes is presenting the world premiere of jazz singer Michael Andrew's musical version of JACK AND THE BEANSTALK. I talked with Andrew about how the style of the show was inspired by the Golden Age of Broadway....
The Cast of HAND TO G-D at Mad Cow Theatre Interview The Cast of HAND TO G-D at Mad Cow Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - January 29, 2019, Orlando

In HAND TO G-D at Mad Cow Theatre, a boy's puppet becomes possessed by the devil. The dark comedy's cast includes Anthony Pyatt Jr. (Jason/Tyrone), Ame Livingston (Margery), Anneliese Moon (Jessica), Holland Hayes (Pastor Greg), and Ryan J. Lynch (Timmy).  I sat down with the cast to talk puppets...
Brett Waldon of A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Garden Theatre Interview Brett Waldon of A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Garden Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - December 20, 2018, Orlando

Brett Waldon plays Ralph in A CHRISTMAS STORY at the Garden Theatre.  We discuss the book behind the iconic movie and Brett's many talents while making a gingerbread house. ...
Laura Hodos of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Orlando Shakes Interview Laura Hodos of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - December 19, 2018, Orlando

Orlando Shakes' reimagined version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, originally produced in 2014, returns this holiday season. The production is set in an attic, where a family recounts Dickens' classic story to its youngest member.  I sat down with Laura Hodos (Mrs. Cratchit and others) to discuss her past,...
Bob Brandenburg and Sarah Lockard of THE BIRDS at the Garden Theatre Interview Bob Brandenburg and Sarah Lockard of THE BIRDS at the Garden Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - October 07, 2018, Orlando

This Halloween season, the Garden Theatre presents THE BIRDS, a play inspired by the same short story that served as the basis for Alfred Hichcock's famous 1963 film.   I sat down with Bob Brandenburg (Tierney) and Sarah Lockard (Julia) to talk about rehearsals, the bird apocalypse, the art of bu...
Zach Infante of IN THE HEIGHTS at Orlando Shakes Interview Zach Infante of IN THE HEIGHTS at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - September 29, 2018, Orlando

Zach Infante plays Sonny in IN THE HEIGHTS at the Orlando Shakes.  We sat down to talk about their connection to the show, growth as an actor, and cancer survivorship. ...
Andrea Canny and Andrea Stack of GYPSY at the Garden Theatre Interview Andrea Canny and Andrea Stack of GYPSY at the Garden Theatre
by Clarissa Moon - September 03, 2018, Orlando

The Garden Theatre opens its season with the classic musical GYPSY.  I sat down with Andrea Canny (Rose) and Andrea Stack (Louise) to talk about their characters' real-life counterparts, burlesque, and more!...
Steven Lane, Ame Livingston, and Anneliese Moon of THE LITTLE FOXES at Mad Cow Interview Steven Lane, Ame Livingston, and Anneliese Moon of THE LITTLE FOXES at Mad Cow
by Clarissa Moon - August 16, 2018, Orlando

Steven Lane (Horace), Ame Livingston (Regina), and Anneliese Moon (Alexandra) play the Giddens family in THE LITTLE FOXES at Mad Cow Theatre.  While the classic drama is all about family struggles and corruption, the actors couldn't be having more fun....
BWW Interviews: Kyle Selig, Victoria Clark, and Betsy Wolfe at THE JIMMY AWARDS Red C Interview BWW Interviews: Kyle Selig, Victoria Clark, and Betsy Wolfe at THE JIMMY AWARDS Red Carpet
by Clarissa Moon - July 07, 2018, Orlando

The Jimmy Awards celebrate outstanding high school performers from across the nation. Each year, around 80 students are chosen to participate in a week of workshops and masterclasses in New York City, all culminating in a final showcase at the Minskoff Theatre on Broadway.  The event is attended ...
Jillian Gizzi of THE LITTLE MERMAID at Orlando Shakes Interview Jillian Gizzi of THE LITTLE MERMAID at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - June 23, 2018, Orlando

This summer, the Orlando Shakes takes audiences under the sea with Brandon Robert's new telling of Hans Christian Anderson's classic fairytale, THE LITTLE MERMAID.  I talked with the little mermaid herself, Jillian Gizzi, about what she's learned from playing Allura, human shoes, and more! ...
Charlie Ross And Rod Peter Jr. of the ORLANDO FRINGE Interview Charlie Ross And Rod Peter Jr. of the ORLANDO FRINGE
by Clarissa Moon - May 20, 2018, Orlando

The Orlando Fringe Festival is finally here! It began on May 15, and runs until May 28.  I sat down with Canadians Charlie Ross and Rod Peter Jr to talk about the shows they are bringing to the Fringe this year. Charlie will be doing ONE MAN STAR WARS as a fundraiser on May 28, as well as present...
Nicole Colangelo of ON THE VERGE at Rollins College Interview Nicole Colangelo of ON THE VERGE at Rollins College
by Clarissa Moon - April 08, 2018, Orlando

ON THE VERGE opens this Wednesday, April 11 at Rollins College. The play follows three Victorian women as they explore Terra Incognita, an unknown land. Soon they find themselves traveling forward through time. I sat down with director Nicole Colangelo to talk about time travel, terrains, and ...
The Cast of TRANSITION at Valencia College Interview The Cast of TRANSITION at Valencia College
by Clarissa Moon - April 06, 2018, Orlando

Valencia College's new docudrama, TRANSITION, opens this Friday. The show explores the experiences of trans people and the people in their lives. I sat down with three remarkable cast members--Skyler Diaz, Jessie Ehrenberg, and Sam Sunderly--to talk about the show and their personal experiences....
Ashleigh Ann Gardner, Monica Mulder of GHOST & FUNERAL PARTY Interview Ashleigh Ann Gardner, Monica Mulder of GHOST & FUNERAL PARTY
by Clarissa Moon - February 21, 2018, Orlando

This weekend, producer Jeremy Seghers presents an evening of two one-acts by local playwright Ashleigh Ann Gardner. I interview Ashleigh Ann Gardner, the star of FUNERAL PARTY and director of GHOST, and Monica Mulder, the star of GHOST and director of FUNERAL PARTY. We talk about the balance b...
Ian Patrick Gibb of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at CFCArts Interview Ian Patrick Gibb of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at CFCArts
by Clarissa Moon - January 24, 2018, Orlando

As performances of Central Florida Community Art's anticipated production of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME draw closer, I sit down with Ian Patrick Gibb (Quasimodo) to talk about all things HUNCHBACK....
BWW Interview - Stepping into RIVERDANCE with Will Bryant Interview BWW Interview - Stepping into RIVERDANCE with Will Bryant
by Kimberly Moy - January 09, 2018, Orlando

With St. Patrick's Day is a couple months away, you can get an early dose of Irish culture by seeing RIVERDANCE, which is coming to the Dr. Phillips Center later this month. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, the beloved RIVERDANCE still delights audiences around the world. For 23 year old princi...
Christopher DeAngelis of SCHOOL OF ROCK Interview Christopher DeAngelis of SCHOOL OF ROCK
by Clarissa Moon - December 28, 2017, Orlando

This week, I saw the national tour of SCHOOL OF ROCK at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. The show follows Dewey Finn, who after getting kicked out of a rock band, poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school. He forms his students into a rock band to compete in the B...
Cami Miller of ANNIE at Garden Theatre Interview Cami Miller of ANNIE at Garden Theatre
by McKenzie Lakey - December 15, 2017, Orlando

Meet Cami Miller, Garden Theatre's 'mother of the year' in this season's production of 'Annie.'...
Theater for Social Change: An Interview with Jeff Revels Interview Theater for Social Change: An Interview with Jeff Revels
by Clarissa Moon - December 11, 2017, Orlando

This is the second video in a series I'm doing about theater for social change. I talk with Jeff Revels, the Artistic Director at the Orlando Repertory Theatre. We discuss the Justice Project, the REP's season, and more!...
Tyler Tanner of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Orlando Shakes Interview Tyler Tanner of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE at Orlando Shakes
by Clarissa Moon - December 07, 2017, Orlando

This December, the Orlando Shakespeare Theater has been transformed into a 1940s radio studio for IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY. The classic story is told through a live radio broadcast, complete with talented voice actors, commercials, and live sound effects. I sat down with Tyler Tanner...
Telling the Story of Theater on the Edge's ORPHANS with Marco DiGeorge Interview Telling the Story of Theater on the Edge's ORPHANS with Marco DiGeorge
by Kimberly Moy - November 18, 2017, Orlando

As we prepare to sit with our families this Thanksgiving, we all experience joy or dread about seeing our relatives. Like it or not, these people are blood - flaws and all. ORPHANS tells the story of two brothers. I had a chance to catch up with director, Marco DiGeorge about Theater on the Edge's l...
BWW Feature: From Christine to Meg with Mary Michael Patterson of LOVE NEVER DIES Interview BWW Feature: From Christine to Meg with Mary Michael Patterson of LOVE NEVER DIES
by Kimberly Moy - November 17, 2017, Orlando

LOVE NEVER DIES: The Phantom Returns is very high on my list to see. Based off a sequel novel, The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth, LOVE NEVER DIES continues the luxurious love story that will be soon celebrating 30 years on Broadway....
Kaitlyn Harrington on connecting with ELEEMOSYNARY at Rollins College Interview Kaitlyn Harrington on connecting with ELEEMOSYNARY at Rollins College
by Kimberly Moy - October 27, 2017, Orlando

Eleemosynary is now a word I use in my daily vocabulary after learning about this play at Rollins College's Fred Stone Theatre. Written by Lee Blessing, it is the story of three strong women with distinct character traits. I had a chance to chat with student director Kaitlyn Harrington about her pro...