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Lindsay Taylor (top left), theatre producer for Orlando Fringe, Alauna Friskics (top right), Orlando Fringe executive director, and Lena Feliciano  (bottom), artistic director of Celebration Theatre Co. Photo: Clarissa Moon
Intersection

Orlando Fringe Festival returns for its 30th anniversary


The Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. The 14-day festival, which features hundreds of theatrical performances, was canceled last year due to COVID-19. This May, it’s back with an in-person festival in Loch Haven Park, along with an all-new online “DigiFringe” festival in June.  Alauna Friskics, executive director of Fringe, Lindsay Taylor, the festival’s theatre producer, and Lena Feliciano, artistic director of Celebration Theatre Co., join Intersection to discuss how the festival is adapting to the pandemic, expanding their diversity and inclusion efforts, and celebrating 30 years of Fringe. 
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The Reilly Arts Center in Ocala. Photo: Joe Byrnes
Intersection

SBA grant offers entertainment venues a lifeline


Live entertainment venues, theaters and museums have a financial lifeline with the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, a program through the U.S. Small Business Administration.  WMFE’s Joe Byrnes joins Intersection to discuss how the program will be able to help keep venues afloat locally. 
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Drag queen April Fresh Photo: courtesy Loc Robertson
Intersection

Drag queen April Fresh discusses online shows, closing of Parliament House


When the pandemic hit, a lot of performers scrambled to take their shows online. Drag queens were no exception. April Fresh, the drag persona of Loc Robertson, joins Intersection to discuss her year of online shows, returning to in-person performances and what the loss of Parliament House–the iconic venue that was recently demolished–means for the community.
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Volunteers distribute food to cars at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Photo: Cami Miller
Health

St. Luke’s United Methodist Church gives food–and hope–to Orlando’s performing arts community


When the theme parks closed last year, it affected the livelihoods of tens of thousands of theatre artists, according to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. Steve MacKinnon, the artistic director at St. Luke’s, and performer Cami Miller join Intersection to discuss “Supporting HEARTS,” the church’s initiative to provide meals–and hope–to the Central Florida arts community.
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James W. ‘Chief’ Wilson took the Jones High School band performed at the World’s Fair in New York in 1964. Carl Maultsby is in the front row, 7th from the left. Photo courtesy of Carl Maultsby.
Intersection

UCF-produced documentary “Marching Forward” honors the legacy of band director James “Chief” Wilson


The UCF-produced documentary “Marching Forward” tells the story of two high school bands in segregated Orlando and their trip to the World’s Fair in 1964.  Joining Intersection to discuss the legacy of Jones High School band director James “Chief” Wilson are Dr. Carl MaultsBy, who composed music for the film, and Nina Wilson Jones, Wilson’s daughter. 
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