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Mar
31
Fri
Open Mic Night @ Coffee Amici
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday nights at Coffee Amici are Open Mic Nights!  Head over to hear local talent and get up and show off your own talent!

The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
Mar 31 @ 8:00 pm

Tiffin University’s Dragon’s Den Players will present “The Long Red Herring,” a comedy thriller by Pat Cook. The show chronicles a professor with an unusual final exam: he sets up a murder in his own home and has his students try to solve it. Soon, the students suspect the murder is real.

Apr
1
Sat
Spectrum of Findlay Dinner Fundraiser @ Findlay Moose Lodge
Apr 1 @ 6:00 pm

An April 1 event will be a murder mystery, a dinner theater — and a chance to raise funds for an organization working to be a resource for the area’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

Tickets are now on sale for Spectrum of Findlay’s fundraising dinner. Spectrum is a nonprofit organization with 501(c)(3) status. Barry Ratzlaff, a board officer, said it started as an effort to raise money for a local gay pride picnic.

The April 1 event will be an original murder mystery, “Babylon Broadway Murder Mystery” dinner/theater night, with interactive audience participation. It’s written and produced by Jim Toth, and performed by the Northwest Ohio Theatre Fraternal Association. Proceeds go toward the pride picnic.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The event is at the Findlay Moose Lodge, 1028 W. Main Cross St.

The event will include door prizes and a buffet-style prime rib dinner including honey brown-sugar ham, vegetarian ziti, potatoes, green beans, vegetables and cheese, desserts and more.

Spectrum is providing most of the food, although the prime rib will be cooked for them.

The show is open to attendees age 16 and older. There will be a cash bar for those 21 and older.

Seating is limited. Tickets are available at $30, presale only before March 25, by sending money order or check to Spectrum of Findlay, 1910 Candlewick Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.

Menopause: The Musical @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm

A celebration of women who find themselves at any stage of “the change,” “Menopause: The Musical” will bring 90 minutes of comedy and song parodies to the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 1.

Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30-$60.

Set in a department store, four women meet while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale.

After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, they joke about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more.

The women go on to form a sisterhood and bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “the silent passage.”

The sisterhood is real. Cast member Megan Cavanagh told The Courier it’s like a “love fest,” and she has enjoyed touring with her co-stars since she started doing the musical in 2004.

“It’s like going on vacation, and ‘yay, we get to do a show,’” she said.

Cavanagh was attracted to the script after she attended one of the shows and watched it capture the audience, she said.

“The message is pretty clear: Although we are all going through this life-changing process, our best years are not necessarily behind us, they’re ahead of us. We go into it in solidarity and laughter together.

“It’s different for every woman. Everyone sees themselves in the show. They see themselves through one or more of the characters,” Cavanagh said.

The guys are invited to join the girls’ night out, too.

“Men come in reluctantly but always leave smiling,” Cavanagh said.

The characters don’t have names in the traditional sense, instead they are recognized by their personality traits.

Cavanagh plays Earth Mother; Donna Huntley plays Professional Woman; Rebecca Fisher plays Soap Star; and Teri Adams plays Iowa Housewife.

Cavanagh said she identified strongly with her character as someone who is eco-friendly, meditates and has followed a vegan diet.

“It was a perfect fit, quite frankly,” she said.

Normally a maternal and loving personality, Earth Mother is struggling to make sense of her recent onset of insomnia and mood swings.

“We all help each other deal with this change of life,” Cavanagh said.

The production features parodies from classic pop songs of the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, including “My Husband Sleeps at Night,” a take on “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “Night Fever” becomes “Night Sweatin’,” and “Chain of Fools” turns into “Change of Life,” she said.

Written by Jeanie Linders and premiering in Orlando in 2001, the show has played in more than 450 cities across the United States, nearly 300 international cities and a total of 15 countries.

The show contains adult content and may not be suitable for children under 13.

For more information, visit www.menopausethemusical.com or call the Marathon Center box office at 419-423-2787.

The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
Apr 1 @ 8:00 pm

Tiffin University’s Dragon’s Den Players will present “The Long Red Herring,” a comedy thriller by Pat Cook. The show chronicles a professor with an unusual final exam: he sets up a murder in his own home and has his students try to solve it. Soon, the students suspect the murder is real.

Apr
2
Sun
The Long Red Herring @ Osceola Theatre, Gillmor Student Center, Tiffin University
Apr 2 @ 3:00 pm

Tiffin University’s Dragon’s Den Players will present “The Long Red Herring,” a comedy thriller by Pat Cook. The show chronicles a professor with an unusual final exam: he sets up a murder in his own home and has his students try to solve it. Soon, the students suspect the murder is real.

Apr
6
Thu
An Evening of One Acts @ John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

A trip to New York City, a cross-examination in criminal court, a scientific experiment with chimpanzees — “An Evening of One Acts,” staged by University of Findlay Theatre Program students, will transport the audience through an eclectic collection of short scenes.

Featured will be five plays, four directors and 10 actors, all in less than two hours. Performances will be held at the Frank J. Egner Center for the Performing Arts’ John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre from Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m.

Admission for the general public will be $6. Tickets can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., by calling 419-423-2787, or visiting marathoncenterarts.org. UF students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid university ID.

Eleven actors, from freshmen to seniors, will include Rachel Coberley, Andrew Peatee, Sarah Bornhorst, Emma Lamore, Michael Knight, Jonda Krontz, Blake Bush, Jacob Myers, Becca Kowalski, A.J. Kittle and India Miller. Students Adrionna Powell Lawerence, Tabitha Kittle and Abigail Bumbledare will direct.

The opening act, “Degas, C’est Moi,” written by David Ives, will include all student actors and is directed by Meriah Sage, visiting assistant professor of theater at UF. It’s about a man who wakes up one morning and decides to be the French artist, Edgar Degas. He decides the best location to do this is New York City, where he encounters all that makes great art.

“The Worker,” written by Walter Wykes and directed by Lawerence, will star Coberley, Peatee and Bornhorst. The “dark” comedic story follows two characters as they are faced with difficult choices that could alter life as they know it.

“I Dream Before I Take the Stand,” written by Arlene Hutton and directed by Kittle, will star Lamore and Knight. The play follows a defense lawyer who cross-examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case and, in doing so, horribly distorts her perfectly innocent walk in the park.

“Words, Words, Words,” written by David Ives and directed by Sage, will star Krontz, Bush and Myers. In the play, three intelligent chimpanzees named Kafka, Milton and Swift are put in a cage together under the experimenting eye of Dr. Rosenbaum, a scientist testing the hypothesis that three apes hitting keys at random on typewriters for an infinite amount of time will almost surely produce Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet.”

“Subtraction,” written by Kevin McFillen and directed by Bumbledare, will feature A.J. Kittle and Miller. The story follows an elderly man feeding pigeons in a park who encounters a woman from “the office of subtraction,” an office whose task is to balance the universal equation. “Subtraction” explores memory, loss and the power of love.

The Other Mozart @ Yoder Recital Hall at Bluffton University
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

“The Other Mozart” is a one-act play created by Sylvia Milo that tells the story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Wolfgang Amadeus. A prodigy in her own right, she performed alongside her brother but her accomplishments have faded to history. The performance includes facts and stories linked to the Mozart family letters.

Apr
7
Fri
An Evening of One Acts @ John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre
Apr 7 @ 7:30 pm

A trip to New York City, a cross-examination in criminal court, a scientific experiment with chimpanzees — “An Evening of One Acts,” staged by University of Findlay Theatre Program students, will transport the audience through an eclectic collection of short scenes.

Featured will be five plays, four directors and 10 actors, all in less than two hours. Performances will be held at the Frank J. Egner Center for the Performing Arts’ John and Hester Powell Grimm Theatre from Thursday through Saturday, April 6-8 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 9 at 2 p.m.

Admission for the general public will be $6. Tickets can be obtained at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts’ box office at 200 W. Main Cross St., by calling 419-423-2787, or visiting marathoncenterarts.org. UF students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with a valid university ID.

Eleven actors, from freshmen to seniors, will include Rachel Coberley, Andrew Peatee, Sarah Bornhorst, Emma Lamore, Michael Knight, Jonda Krontz, Blake Bush, Jacob Myers, Becca Kowalski, A.J. Kittle and India Miller. Students Adrionna Powell Lawerence, Tabitha Kittle and Abigail Bumbledare will direct.

The opening act, “Degas, C’est Moi,” written by David Ives, will include all student actors and is directed by Meriah Sage, visiting assistant professor of theater at UF. It’s about a man who wakes up one morning and decides to be the French artist, Edgar Degas. He decides the best location to do this is New York City, where he encounters all that makes great art.

“The Worker,” written by Walter Wykes and directed by Lawerence, will star Coberley, Peatee and Bornhorst. The “dark” comedic story follows two characters as they are faced with difficult choices that could alter life as they know it.

“I Dream Before I Take the Stand,” written by Arlene Hutton and directed by Kittle, will star Lamore and Knight. The play follows a defense lawyer who cross-examines a woman during her testimony in a sexual assault case and, in doing so, horribly distorts her perfectly innocent walk in the park.

“Words, Words, Words,” written by David Ives and directed by Sage, will star Krontz, Bush and Myers. In the play, three intelligent chimpanzees named Kafka, Milton and Swift are put in a cage together under the experimenting eye of Dr. Rosenbaum, a scientist testing the hypothesis that three apes hitting keys at random on typewriters for an infinite amount of time will almost surely produce Shakespeare’s play, “Hamlet.”

“Subtraction,” written by Kevin McFillen and directed by Bumbledare, will feature A.J. Kittle and Miller. The story follows an elderly man feeding pigeons in a park who encounters a woman from “the office of subtraction,” an office whose task is to balance the universal equation. “Subtraction” explores memory, loss and the power of love.

Open Mic Night @ Coffee Amici
Apr 7 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday nights at Coffee Amici are Open Mic Nights!  Head over to hear local talent and get up and show off your own talent!

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