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Are you interested in learning about theater? Are you already involved in the theater community and want to meet more like-minded artists? How about just a fun night out? We're going to explore all the different facets of theater including acting for the stage, improv, theater tech and more. Our sessions will be led by Melrose Center staff and also professionals from the Orlando theater community.

Upcoming events (2)

Women in Theater

Melrose Center

Professional theater performers and educators share their experiences, give demonstrations and offer words of encouragement for women working in the Central Florida theater community. Presenters include: Alina Alcantara, Elaine Pechacek, Sara Oliva and Melanie Leon. Alina Alcantara – Alina is a New York native of Dominican heritage who has lived in Florida for most of her life. Some of her recent credits include Mom in Jack & the Beanstalk and Abuela Claudia in the musical In the Heights at Orlando Shakes, Deb in Elf: The Musical and Gloria the Hippo in Madagascar: A Musical Adventure at Orlando Repertory Theatre, Tia Emilia/Bruja Buena in EL WIZ at the 2018 Orlando Fringe festival. She also has a recurring role performing as Celestina Warbeck in Diagon Alley at Universal Orlando. Elaine Pechacek – Elaine is an award winning composer, studio musician/ vocalist and has published over 180 songs with 8 bodies of works in the genres of musical theater and media soundtracks. She has written musicals including When, Delayed, Frankenchrist, the 4 time award winning musical Seasons and the international success Lady Juliana. Elaine is the owner of Dragonfly Studio & Productions, a facility committed to providing quality education in the arts in Orlando and supporting local artists in the 50 seat venue, Dragonfly Studio 129. Sara Oliva – Sara received her MFA in Acting from Brandeis University, studied movement at the Laban Institute of Movement Studies and has extensive training in Suzuki, a Japanese Martial- Arts Actor Training. She also studied at The National Theater Institute and with Roberta Carreri (Teatri Odin.) Sara has performed regionally, in New York and Chicago and has numerous theater, film and television credits. Melanie Leon - Melanie is an improviser, actor, and writer living in Orlando, Florida. She is the Associate Director of The Improv Network, has toured the country with a comedy show, performing improv and sketch, and also travels to improvise and teach at festivals. In Orlando, she performs in both improvised and scripted theater, sketch, and film. Melanie teaches improv classes and made-to-order corporate workshops, coaches troupes, and even uses improv at local hospitals to help better train medical professionals. She performs, hosts, and teaches at SAK Comedy Lab, can be found at Adlib Theatre, and also performs with her own indie teams. Additionally, Melanie is an associate producer of the Central Florida Improv Festival. Melanie has studied at SAK Comedy Lab, The Second City, and Camp Improv Utopia. She has been lucky enough to learn from and work with some of the best current improvisers, including Laura Hall, Armando Diaz, David Razowsky, Michael Gellman, Susan Messing, Carla Cackowski, Nick Armstrong, and Kevin McDonald.

Headshots in Natural Light

Melrose Center

Headshots in Natural Light Getting headshots can be stressful and expensive. Why not get a free set? This month we will be joining the Melrose photography team for a combined meetup. This event is for performers and photographers at all levels. This event is weather permitting. In the event of rain we will be taking indoor studio portraits. We will be meeting inside the photo studio and then heading over to Lake Eola. Photographers: Bring a camera. Nothing fancy required. What ever equipment you have will be great. If you have cameras and lenses specific to portrait work, you'll have an opportunity to show your gear to other members that are interested. New photographers, don't feel intimidated. Bring the camera and gear you already own. Taking portraits is a lot of fun. Bring business cards or something to share your contact information with models and be prepared to share photos with models. Tips for performers: Clothes: Avoid wearing black, white and busy patterns. Wear something that shows your style and personality. Clothes should be clean and neatly pressed. (The camera picks up a lot of details) Dress comfortably but classy. V-Neck and U-Neck shirts as well as jeans are fine as long as they are not dingy. Drink plenty of water the night before. (Helps your skin look amazing) Avoid jewelry and tops that are too bright in color. This can draw away from you. Hair and Makeup: Our studio is in a public space so changing and make up rooms are not provided. It is suggested that you come photo ready. There are public restrooms outside of the facility available for changing and makeup application. Men: Generally men can get by without hair and makeup but a foundation or powder is recommended to help even skin tone and keep from shining on camera. Pick a color close to your skin color. Women: It is recommended to have professional makeup done. Makeup should be simple and look like you. Volunteering: This is an educational session and we are unable to provide compensation. We would like to inform that you will be asked to sign a release form, which allows the library and participants to use the images taken for their portfolios and promotional purposes only. Get your photos: Please bring a flash drive with you to save your images. We are unable to send images via email or photo sharing through devices.

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Improv Games at the Winter Garden Branch

Winter Garden Branch Library

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