“Started in 2015, UCF Celebrates the Arts continues to grow with this year’s festival. As always, the annual fest takes place at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando — but that means there’s a new venue for 2022, the recently opened Steinmetz Hall.
Here, representing various artistic genres, are five key programs at the festival to check out:
THEATER: ‘Shrek, the Musical,’ various times, April 14-16. Based on the hit animated movie, this stage show takes place in a fairy-tale kingdom where a green ogre looks for love, assisted by his wisecracking donkey pal. Tickets: $15-$60
JAZZ: ‘Jazz and the American Spirit,’ 7:30 p.m. April 8. The Flying Horse Big Band performs a concert inspired by Jeff Rupert’s weekly radio program on WUCF-89.9FM. Tickets: $15-$60
SPOKEN WORD: ‘A Celebration of the Poet Laureate,’ 6 p.m. April 9. Celebrate the art form with University of Central Florida graduate Shawn Welcome, who is Orlando’s poet laureate, and others. Free