WUCF celebrates ten years of service with a day-long celebration at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Downtown Orlando.
WUCF 10th Anniversary events will occur as part of UCF Celebrates the Arts, a festival showcasing creativity, innovation, and collaboration from Orlando’s hometown university. Occurring annually at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in April, the event is hosted by the UCF College of Arts and Humanities. It features the faculty and students from the School of Performing Arts and the School of Visual Arts and Design, as well as work from the humanities departments and other units around the university.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Play! A WUCF Salute to Fred Rogers
9:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free Event! | Registration Required
Drop in and play, it’s your job today! The front yard at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts will be filled with yard games including the all-new Donkey Hodie: A Hee-Hawesome Adventure. The playscape is an unstructured, free experience and encourages families to engage with each other, because just like Fred Rogers said, “play is serious learning.
PBS Kids! A Conversation with Sonia Manzano
1:00 pm - 1:55 pm | Free Event! | Registration Required
Join us for a conversation with actress and author Sonia Manzano as she discusses her life and career ranging from Sesame Street to Alma’s Way and gives a “behind-the-scenes” take on some of your favorite PBS Kids shows!
A Conversation with Judy Woodruff
Veteran broadcast journalist Judy Woodruff joins WUCF to share her successful career in broadcasting and how the journalism field has changed over the past few decades. Drawing from major national and international stories, Ms. Woodruff will provide an inside perspective around current events and issues as well as provide an insightful take on the politics at play in today's world.
Behind-the-Scenes with MASTERPIECE
Join WUCF for a conversation with Susanne Simpson, Executive Producer of the iconic PBS drama series, MASTERPIECE. Learn more about the production process, visit with a few of our favorite shows, and get an exclusive sneak peek into what's coming up on MASTERPIECE in 2023. Susanne Simpson is a two-time Academy Award® nominee and two-time Emmy® winner for her documentary and dramatic films for television and theater. Since joining MASTERPIECE in 2007, Simpson has been responsible for such programs as Sherlock, Victoria, and Downton Abbey, and more recently as Executive Producer, All Creatures Great and Small, Sanditon, and Miss Scarlet and The Duke. Susanne Simpson was named Executive Producer of MASTERPIECE in 2019.
Broadway’s Brightest Lights, featuring the American Pops Orchestra and Megan Hilty
Broadway’s Brightest Lights shines the spotlight on some of the best and brightest talents of today! Curated and conducted by Luke Frazier, the evening features brand new arrangements performed by The American Pops Orchestra. Tony-Award winning Broadway star Megan Hilty (NBC’s Smash, Wicked, Annie Live!) is joined by Michael Maliakel (Disney’s Aladdin, The Phantom of the Opera, Monsoon Wedding), Nikki Renée Daniels (Company, Hamilton), and Luke Hawkins (Annie Live!, Xanadu, Singin’ in the Rain) to perform some of the greatest showtunes of all time. From Golden Age classics to today’s hits direct from the stages of Broadway, this one-night-only event has something for theatre fans of all ages.
Plus, you'll get the chance to be part of the concert that will be broadcast on PBS later this year.
For tickets and more information, visit the UCF Celebrates the Arts website.