I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, you don’t truly know Orlando if you only venture within the theme park bubble. If you’re looking for something truly unique to do while in O-Town, it only costs $10 for a 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival button. Each individual show is priced from free to $11. A bargain for up to 90 minutes worth of live entertainment by any standard. All of the ticket sale goes directly to the artist, which is a unique and rare phenomena in the entertainment world. So let’s dive in to the best of the best!
Cameron, Sloane and Ferris are back in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: The (Unofficial) Musical, which is exclusively playing at 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival. This 90-minute original production recreates the 1986 John Hughes flick with original songs created just for this show. While the story has been tweaked a touch in order for it to work on stage (you didn’t think they’d drive a real Ferrari backwards through a glass wall did ya?), what makes this show work is the cast. Not only are the actors in this show great lookalikes to their on-screen counterparts, they nailed the characters they portrayed. Tickets for this show are already selling out, so if you want to see this before the festival ends, grab them fast.
Speaking of sold out shows, you can catch one of the world’s best mentalism acts at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival as well. Mark Toland: Mind Reader is a 60-minute fast-paced head-scratcher into the human brain. As many TPU readers know, I am a huge fan of magic and mentalism and this guy is fantastic. Toland brilliantly combines comedy, magic and even a splash of philosophy into this must-see performance. His shows have been selling out, so again, I highly recommend buying in advance before heading out to the festival.
I know hundreds of TPU readers are or have worked in theme parks. If you’ve ever wanted a show to parody that job that you love to hate? The Spielers is for you. Over-enthusiastic co-workers, non-English speaking tour groups and special effects that are broken more often than not. Can you feel their pain? This is a must-see show for any theme park fan or employee!
Out of anything that I have seen at the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival, by far my stand-out favorite is Cody Clark: A Different Way of Thinking. Not only is Cody Clark a skilled magician, but this particular show takes an introspective journey into his life. The 60-minute show details Clark’s journey as his parents learned he was autistic at a young age to how he uses magic as a tool to not only cope, but thrive despite all the odds being stacked against him. Not only is this show a fascinating introspective journey into Cody’s life experiences, the guy is a skilled performer beyond what I’ve seen many magicians pull off over the years. He’s smart, funny and quick on his feet. You’ll be talking about this for days after.
For tickets to any of the shows above, visit the official site for the 2017 Orlando Fringe Festival.
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