Second Annual Entertainment Designer Forum to feature terrific behind-the-scenes stories, one-of-a-kind theme park collectables
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Second Annual Entertainment Designer Forum to feature terrific behind-the-scenes stories, one-of-a-kind theme park collectables

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I know that we're just a few days away from Easter here. But if you're a serious Halloween fan, one of those folks who actually plans their trips down to Orlando around Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Florida and/or Howl-O-Scream at Busch Gardens Tampa ... Well, there's only one place that you need to be this Friday night. And that's the Mad Cow Theatre in downtown Orlando.


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"And what's going on at the Mad Cow Theatre on Friday night?," you ask. The Second Annual Entertainment Designer Forum, where some of Orlando's top designers (i.e. the very folks who make those mazes and/or dream up the creatures who haunt your dreams) will be on hand to discuss the many theme park projects that they've worked on over the years as well as answering audience questions.


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Just like last year's event, the 2011 version of the Entertainment Designer Forum will be broken up into two sessions. With the 6:30 p.m. panel featuring


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  • Patrick Braillard: Show director, Universal Studios, Halloween Horror Nights
  • James Keaton: Actor, Universal Studios, Walt Disney Entertainment
  • Robbi Lepre: Technical director, Busch Gardens, Howl-O-Scream shows
  • TJ Manarino: Director for Universal Studios Entertainment Art & Design
  • Mary Nesler: Designer, Universal Studios, Halloween Horror Nights streets
  • Rick Spencer: Creative Manager, Universal Studios writer, producer


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While the 9 p.m. session will feature appearances by


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  • Eric Baker: Prop master, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  • Kim Gromoll: Designer, Universal Studios, Mardi Gras Parade, Halloween Horror Nights
  • David Hughes: Senior designer, Halloween Horror Nights house designer
  • Ray Keim: Web designer, model maker, Universal Studios, Halloween Horror Nights
  • Doug Sauls: Technical manager, Universal Orlando, Halloween Horror Nights, Mardi Gras, Grinchmas
  • Cindy White: Freelance designer for Disney parades, Super Bowl half-time shows


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Mike Aiello, show director for Universal Orlando and a creative lead for Halloween Horror Nights, will serve as the moderator for both of Friday night's sessions.


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"And why is the Second Annual Entertainment Designer Forum something that horror fans just can't miss?," you query. Well, did you notice all the ghoulish collectables that are being used to illustrate today's article? These one-of-a-kind pieces of theme park memorabilia will all be up for bid on Friday night.


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And it's not just Halloween Horror Nights & Howl-O-Scream collectables that will be featured at this silent auction. The folks at Warner Bros. have also come through in a big way for the Second Annual Entertainment Designer Forum. Which is why there'll be a "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows -- Part 1" poster that's signed by Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint up for bid. Not to mention some limited edition wands.


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Just so you know: All proceeds from ticket sales and the auction items will go to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life in memory of film & theme park designer Stephanie Girard. Who passed away in December of 2010 but never once gave up in her six-year-long fight with cancer.


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Tickets are $25 each. Please be aware, though, that seating is limited at the Mad Cow Theatre. So if you want to be sure and snag a seat for either the 6:30 or the 9 p.m. session of the Second Annual Entertainment Designer Group, you should probably purchase your tickets ASAP.  Which you can pick up at the box office at the Mad Cow Theatre (which is located at 105 S. Magnolia Avenue in downtown Orlando), by calling 407-297-8788 and/or swinging by the Mad Cow Theatre's website, www.madcowtheatre.com.


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Long story short, folks: The Second Annual Entertainment Designer Forum is virtually guaranteed  to be a memorable evening full of great behind-the-scenes stories not to mention some one-of-a-kind theme park collectables. So if you'd like to have a great time as well as help out a very worthy cause, buy your tickets today. 

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  • Awesome post.. all these things are amazing. thanks for sharing it with us...

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