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It’s only rock and roll — Rock of Ages at Osceola Arts

Posted on Friday, September 22, 2017 at 10:26 am



By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

The show must go on.

Hurricane Irma put a damper on things for the opening week of Rock of Ages at Osceola Arts, but the show will go on as scheduled for Sept. 22-24 and Sept. 29-Oct. 1. Shows for Sept. 15-17 were cancelled.

The show had some unexpected delays for its original opening last week because of materials needed for the production, as well as some evacuations of cast and crew, but all is well now for the show that opens the 2017-18 season at Osceola Arts.

The Main Stage at Osceola Arts will be transformed into the famed 1980’s bar, The Bourbon Room, for this popular Broadway rock musical.  Rock of Ages tells the story of Sherrie & Drew, two star-crossed lovers, as they chase their rock star dreams and put their love on the line in the fast-paced city of Hollywood. Other notable characters include rock god Stacee Jaxx, Bourbon Room owner Dennis Dupree and his mischievous assistant Lonny. The cast will be accompanied by live musicians playing popular 1980’s rock anthems by Styx, Journey, Twisted Sister, Poison and more.

“I think I was drawn to this show so much because I love the 80s. Big hair, denim jackets, and amazing music. This show is an ode to the glorious era of rock– it’s fun, it’s fast, and it’s for sure going to rock!,” said Show Director, Willie Halley, “We have amazing singers and dancers, plus our very own band. This is definitely a show people won’t want to miss.”

Cast List (in order of appearance)

Lonny Joshua McCoy

Justice/Mother Amy Craft

Dennis Michael Thibodeau

Drew Max Herskoviz

Sherrie Takara Anderson

Stacee Jaxx/Father Matthew Kent

Regina/Candi Jasha Vaughn

Mayor/Ensemble CW Maitski

Hertz Todd Craft

Franz Justin Valero

Waitress #1 Courtney Hosteler


Ensemble Alyssa Hostetler

Ja’Keith/Justice Understudy/

Ensemble Giovanna Ciccone

Joey Primo/

Ensemble Sean Ahern

Dance Captain/

Ensemble Andrea Szember

Ensemble Natalie Bulajic,

 ean Hancock, Isaiah Jimenez,

 irsty Rimmer


Lead Guitar Matthew Hernandez

Guitar II Zachary Briggs

Bass Jonathan Kress

Keyboard Ciara De Leon

Drums/Percussion Stephen Morsher

Tickets start at $22 with senior and student rates available. Note that this production is recommended for mature audiences of 18 and older. Showtimes for Rock of Ages are 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. on Sundays, and a newly added 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday, Sept. 30.

Elsewhere at Osceola Arts, due to Hurricane Irma the center has  rescheduled the free artist reception.

Come to Osceola Arts Saturday, Sept. 23, from 1 p.m., to 4 p.m., to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and the creative talent of 49 Central Florida artists exhibiting at the annual Celebrating Hispanic Artists and Culture: Historias. Osceola Arts celebrates the artistic talent of Maestro Pedro Brull.

For more information contact 407-846-6257 or

Osceola Arts exhibits are always free and open to the public.

Also upcoming, are dance workshops.

Intro to Musical Dance Theatre — Join the Young Actors Company choreographer Caleb Bennet, with this introduction to musical theater dance. Learn techniques and combinations that will be useful tips for the upcoming Young Actors Company production of Hairspray, Jr in the spring. The workshop is open to ages 13-17, Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m.

Tap Classes — Two new tap classes will be available. The Beginners Class, taught by Tori Lucas, is for adults and older teens who have had little or no experience in tap dancing. Students will learn the fundamentals and basic steps in this style of dance. This class will be held on Thursdays at 6 p.m.

Instructor Shana Burns will teach the Intermediate Class for dancers who have some experience in tap. Students will learn more advanced choreography in this style of dance. This class will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m.

It is open to ages 16 and up and begins the week of Oct. 2.

To register, go to

Hurricane Irma also caused the rescheduling for the Bob Ross Paint Workshop. The new date is Oct 14 in the art room.

The painting project is Splash of Autumn. All attendees will learn the Bob Ross painting technique as seen on TV. All materials are provided and you will get to take home the completed painting, ready for framing. The tuition is $80 and the instructor is Bernie Oropallo. Register at the above listed website for the class.