More than Just the Mouse: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

More than Just the Mouse: Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts


If you are not from Orlando, you tend to think that all there is to this great city is Walt Disney World. I moved to Orlando about 3 months ago and I will admit that I love going to Walt Disney World but I wanted to learn about what else there was because there had to more than just “The Mouse.”  Luckily, I was given the opportunity shortly after moving here when a friend of mine invited me to join her at Dr. Phillips Center for the Preforming Arts in downtown Orlando to see a Broadway show. I love the arts so I jumped at the chance and was not disappointed.

I drove downtown to Dr. Phillips Center and was already in love with the architecture of the building. It is a large and beautifully powerful building with modern touches of glass and steel that flow perfectly with the surrounding area. I walked up to this building’s entrance with its large windows and knew that I was being welcomed to enjoy a wonderful night submerged in the arts. The front doors opened to a grand white and walnut staircase in the center of the room that made me feel like I should be dressed in some beautiful, flowing ball gown to match the splendor. And that was just the stairs! I climbed those stairs and noticed these pristine white flowers in vases at the top of each level of the stairwell which just added another level of beauty and class to this space.

I walked to my seat and felt like I was in the kind of theater you would only see in Europe or New York City; beautiful, creamy walnut paneling and rich, royal blue seats.  The theater still has modern elements, but the color pallet brings that beautiful sophistication and tradition that you would expect in a night with Broadway. I had an eye full of beauty and art before the show even started!

The show was amazing and I was immensely entertained, but, needless to say, I was in awe from my first step walking into Dr. Phillips Center. I felt like a little kid looking around at everything with fresh eyes and my mouth open in wonder (luckily, I didn’t look it or my friend would’ve said something to me). The building in and of itself is worth seeing and the shows, plays, and other events that are held there are just icing on an amazing cake. If you live in the area and you have not been to Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, you are truly missing out! Be sure to view their schedule at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and plan your trip soon, especially our residents at Camden Orange Court since you are only blocks away!

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