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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 1 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Sean Gaskell 6:30 pm
Sean Gaskell @ Lindamood Room at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
May 1 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Sean Gaskell will play traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African kora harp from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s Lindamood Room. Admission is free. Gaskell learned how to play the instrument throughout the course of several visits to its homeland in Gambia, West Africa. The kora is native to the Mandé peoples within the countries of Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau, with the music traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as Griots. The kora is a melodic instrument, often used to play songs that tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mandé empires. While the kora is 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh, both of Brikama, Gambia. He was first inspired to play by Kane Mathis, a kora player formerly based in Seattle who has led the Kora Band and the Sahel Band. Gaskell relocated from Seattle to Asheville, North Carolina, in 2014. He has been featured at a number of music festivals in the U.S., Gambia, and Senegal. For more information, call the library at 419-422-1712 or visit www.seangaskell.com.
Ohio Northern Jazz Ensemble 7:30 pm
Ohio Northern Jazz Ensemble @ Bear Cave in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University
May 1 @ 7:30 pm
The ONU Jazz Ensemble will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, in the Bear Cave in McIntosh Center at Ohio Northern University, 525 S. Main St., Ada. The concert is free and open to the public.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 3 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
“The Overcoat” Listening Party 4:30 pm
“The Overcoat” Listening Party @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 3 @ 4:30 pm
The Departments of Communication and Media Studies and Theatre Arts of Ohio Northern University will host a listening party for the premiere of ONU’s first radio production, The Overcoat. ​ The listening party will occur on Thursday, May 3 ​at 4:30 p.m. at the Freed Center. The airing will be followed by a question and answer session with members of the cast and production staff. Admission is free and open to the public. The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol, dramatized for radio by Jim Poyser. The play is set in 19th century Russia. Akaky is a clerk in a government office copying documents day in and day out. Walking to work, he wears a ragged overcoat and those around him urge him to get a better coat. By saving, working overtime and pawning some of his possessions, Akaky is finally able to buy a very fine looking overcoat.​ ​While far from home and on foot, Akaky is robbed of his coat. He manages to stumble to the home of his supervisor and asks for help but is turned away. He then walks through the freezing temperatures to his home and dies from the cold. Akaky returns as a ghost and visits his superior. Despite the sad ending, there is humor in the play. The Overcoat was produced in collaboration with Malcolm Raeburn Read (Director) from the University of Salford, the Department of Communication and Media Studies and the Department of Theatre Arts. For more information, please call the Freed Center box office at 419-772-1900.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 4 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
[title of show] 7:30 pm
[title of show] @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present the musical comedy “[title of show],” an original musical about writing an original musical. Featuring music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, the small-cast show addresses themes of creative collaboration, self-doubt and the journey of following one’s dreams. Admission: . Time: 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 5. Location: Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239 or visit http://tickets.bluffton.edu.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 4 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 5 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 5 @ 2:00 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: TSO String Ensemble 3:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church Artist Series: TSO String Ensemble @ First Presbyterian Church
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
As part of the First Presbyterian Church Artist Series, the church, 2330 S. Main St., will be hosting the Toledo Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble in concert at 3 p.m. May 5. The free concert will feature music for two violins, viola and cello. A freewill offering will be collected.
Ohio Northern Symphony Interactive Family Concert 3:00 pm
Ohio Northern Symphony Interactive Family Concert @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 3:00 pm
The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present the Ohio Northern Symphony’s “Interactive Family Concert” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 5 in the Freed Center. An “instrument petting zoo” will begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Freed Center Lobby. The concert will be conducted by music director Travis Jürgens. Concert activities are designed for preschool through early elementary students, but attendees are encouraged to bring the entire family–infants through grandparents. The program will include singing, moving, and listening to the music of Prokofiev and Bernstein, while learning about the instruments and exploring musical elements. The concert will be a great way to enjoy music as a family. All tickets $5. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at ticketing.onu.edu.
Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association Murder Mystery Dinner 6:00 pm
Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association Murder Mystery Dinner @ American Legion Hall
May 5 @ 6:00 pm
The Northwest Ohio Alzheimer’s Association will host a murder mystery dinner at 6 p.m. May 5 at the American Legion Hall, 711 S. Shore Drive, Lima. Tickets are $25 each and include an Italian meal buffet, dessert, beverage and the evening’s entertainment. The name of the murder mystery is “Bobby and Bonnie Got Married.” Tickets can be purchased by calling Tracy Oberst at 567-208-1582 or at HCF Management, 1100 Shawnee Road, Lima. Proceeds go to West Central Ohio Alzheimer’s Walk to Remember.
[title of show] 7:30 pm
[title of show] @ Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Bluffton University will present the musical comedy “[title of show],” an original musical about writing an original musical. Featuring music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, the small-cast show addresses themes of creative collaboration, self-doubt and the journey of following one’s dreams. Admission: . Time: 7:30 p.m. May 4 and 5. Location: Yoder Recital Hall, Bluffton University. Information: Call the box office at 419-358-3239 or visit http://tickets.bluffton.edu.
Bernstein at 100 7:30 pm
Bernstein at 100 @ Freed Center for the Performing Arts
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Ohio Northern University Department of Music will present the Ohio Northern Symphony at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the Freed Center. Music director Travis Jürgens will conduct a program entitled “Bernstein at 100.” The University Singers will join the Symphony for this 100-year celebration of Bernstein’s birth year. The works by Bernstein include the “Overture” to “Candide,” “Mambo,” “West Side Story Selections,” “Chichester Psalms” with boy soloist Mischa Sella from the Cincinnati Boys Choir, and “Make our Garden Grow” from “Candide” featuring soloists Summer Aebker and Jordan Lloyd. Also on the program is Phillip Glass’ “Concerto for Saxophone Quartet” featuring winners of the concerto competition: Curtis Clarke, Alex Chapman, Isabel Bonarrigo-Burton and Jarrett Barr. The University Singers are under the direction of Dr. Christopher Larsen, assistant professor of music. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for ONU faculty and staff, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The Freed Center box office is open Monday through Friday from noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Phone orders are accepted with American Express, MasterCard, VISA or Discover by calling 419-772-1900. Tickets also are available online at ticketing.onu.edu.
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition Cabaret 2018 @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School
May 5 @ 7:30 pm
Findlay First Edition (FFE) Cabaret 2018 will be held at Findlay High School’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium on Friday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, May 5, at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and students. Tickets will be sold Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the Heminger Auditorium lobby. Limited tickets, based on availability, will be available at the door one hour prior to the performances. Cabaret will showcase the FFE singer/dancers; their backing band, The Boingers; and technical crew members in a variety of musical performances chosen and rehearsed by the students. The performances will include solo and ensemble acts featuring classical, Broadway, jazz, and rock music. FFE will also perform its competition show, which includes the following selections: “Blow, Gabriel, Blow,” “What is This Thing Called Love?” and “Night and Day,” all by Cole Porter; “I Hear a Song,” popularized by singer Sandi Patty; and “Back to Then,” “What’s This Love Thang” and “Lost With Time,” all original songs written for FFE by Ben Wexler, a composer/arranger from New York City. The group is directed by Kevin Manley, assistant director is Alycia Althaus, and choreographer is Andy Haines. During the 2017-2018 season, FFE competed in five regional events, winning overall grand champion four times, overall best vocals four times, overall best instrumental combo three times, overall best choreography one time, and overall best show design one time. For more information, contact the high school choir office at 419-425-8282, or email Manley at kmanley@findlaycityschools.org.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 6 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
Awakened Commotion 2:00 pm
Awakened Commotion @ Hardin Northern Local School cafeteria
May 6 @ 2:00 pm
Hardin Northern’s pop a cappella group, Awakened Commotion, will be in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday in the school auditorium. Admission is $2. The group is made up of Aubrey Hedges, Hannah Flowers, Clair Wilson, Sebastian Johnson, Franki Bejarano, Maddie Grappy, Cassidy Deckling, Eli Cooper, Joe Johnson and Rylie Bame.
Playing Favorites 3:00 pm
Playing Favorites @ First Lutheran Church
May 6 @ 3:00 pm
The members of Old Millstream Ringers have selected their favorite pieces of their repertoire and will present “Playing Favorites” at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at First Lutheran Church, 109 E. Lincoln St. The pieces are secular and sacred and range from gentle lullabies to rousing Disney themes. Admission to the concert is free, with a freewill offering taken. The Old Millstream Ringers is a community-based English handbell choir formed in 2000 by director Martha Avery. Avery and co-director Gail Malloy are both retired music educators and, collectively, the choir’s members have been ringing handbells for nearly 400 years. In addition to public concerts, the group also participates in handbell festivals sponsored by the Handbell Musicians of America, as well as performing for weddings, seasonal concerts, banquets and other occasions in Findlay and the surrounding area. For more information about the Old Millstream Ringers, or to book a performance, contact Avery at 419-859-2410 or Malloy at 419-424-1751.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Youtheatre Club 4:00 pm
Youtheatre Club @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 8 @ 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
The Arts Partnership is starting a monthly performing arts club through its Youtheatre program. Students in grades 1-12, regardless of ability or past involvement with Youtheatre, are encouraged to participate in Youtheatre Club, which will meet the second Tuesday of each month beginning Tuesday and ending May 8. Grades 1-5 will meet from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and grades 6-8 and 9-12 will meet from 4-6 p.m. Cost is $45 per year and meetings are held at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. Contact Craig VanRenterghem at education@artspartnership.com or 419-422-4624, ext. 3, to sign up.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 10 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 10 @ 7:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 11 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 11 @ 7:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 12 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 7:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 12 @ 7:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Anything Goes
Anything Goes @ Fort Findlay Playhouse
May 13 all-day
Audiences can expect romance, shipboard shenanigans and Cole Porter classics when “Anything Goes” sails into the Fort Findlay Playhouse, presented with arrangement by Tams Witmark music library. Performances run April 26 to 30, May 3 to 5 and May 10 to 13. All shows begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of a Sunday matinee at 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 and go on sale April 16. They can be reserved by phone at 567-525-3636, online at www.fortfindlayplayhouse.org or in person at the playhouse box office at 300 W. Sandusky St. With an original book by P.G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse (a Wall of Famer at the Marathon Center who was born in Findlay) with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, the story is set in the early 1930s. The SS American has set sail from New York to England with a variety of passengers, including a gangster, Moonface Martin (Wes Taylor); a wealthy debutante and her mother, Hope and Evangeline Harcourt (Aeryn Williams and Betty Hipp); a famous nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney (Julie Lane); and a rich businessman and his stowaway assistant, Elisha Whitney and Billy Crocker (Brad Schlumbohm and Seth Carey). It turns out that Hope is Billy’s long-lost love, but she’s engaged to a prosperous Englishman, Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (George Rustemyer). The story reaches its conclusion through a series of comedic twists and turns buoyed by Porter’s songs, including “Let’s Misbehave,” “You’re The Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You” and the title track. Other cast members include: Donovan Callahan as the Steward; Ashley Carey as Bonnie; Andrew Conway as the Purser; Laurie Dye as Chastity; Juan M. Flores as a Christian Convert; Talyn Foust as the Reporter; Jordan Gottschalk as the Photographer and the Drunk; Caroline Guy as Girl 2; Vashti Larsen as a Christian Convert; Michelle Kleinau as Girl 3; Angela Massara as Purity; Megan Meyer as Charity; Kayla Nagy as Virtue; Pete Reynolds as Bishop Henry T. Dobson; Iman Thambi as Girl 1; and Andrew Willford as the Captain. The show is directed by Samantha Henry with musical direction by Craig VanRenterghem. Choreography is by Mandy Tiech, and the show is produced by Rob Stauffer.
The Marvelous Wonderettes 2:00 pm
The Marvelous Wonderettes @ Star Theatre
May 13 @ 2:00 pm
The Star Players’ spring musical will feature more than 30 1950s and ’60s pop staples. The smash off-Broadway hit comedy was written by Roger Bean and follows class clown Betty Jean, diva Cindy Lou, overachiever Missy and ditzy Suzy through their 1958 prom and 1968 class reunion at Springfield High School.
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Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus 7:15 pm
Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus @ Wesley United Methodist Church
May 14 @ 7:15 pm – 9:45 pm
The Fostoria Lake Plains Barbershop Chorus, a chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, will host a guest night from 7:15-9:45 p.m. today at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1200 Van Buren St. (Ohio 613), Fostoria. The event will feature demonstrations of the barbershop craft, including quartets and tag singing. Men of all ages are invited to come sing. Call Jason Barton-Kashmer at 419-607-3142 for more information.
Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra Finale Spring Concert 7:30 pm
Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra Finale Spring Concert @ R.L. Heminger Auditorium
May 14 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra will present a Finale Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, in the high school’s R.L. Heminger Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public. Sophie Wohl will be a featured violin soloist during the concert. She will perform Edouard Lalo’s “Symphonie Espagnole” for violin and orchestra, movement 1. Wohl is the concertmaster of the orchestra and an accomplished violinist. She has participated in the Ohio Music Education Association’s (OMEA) Northwest Regional Orchestra and All-State Orchestra — comprising the best young string players in the state — for three years. She plans to attend the University of Cincinnati’s Conservatory of Music in the fall and major in violin performance and music education. Emily Cairns, the principal cellist in the orchestra, will also be featured on piano. Cairns has studied piano for many years and will perform a piece by composer Claude Debussy titled “Deux Arabesques, Mvt. 1.” She plans to go to Ohio State University to major in psychology before attending law school. The Symphony Orchestra will perform six classical compositions in addition to the Lalo piece. These pieces include “March of the Dwarfs” by Edvard Grieg, arranged by Michael Story, and themes from “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, arranged by Richard Meyer. The group received a “superior” rating on these two selections from a panel of judges when they performed them at the OMEA State Orchestra Contest in February. In addition to the music, the concert will feature recognition and awards for the senior members of the orchestra. After the concert, the Findlay Music Boosters will host a reception for the orchestra’s graduating seniors and their families. The Findlay High School Symphony Orchestra is directed by Ken Pressel along with assistant director David Brax. This is Pressel’s 25th year teaching orchestra at Findlay City Schools. He received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in violin performance from Ohio University. For more information, contact Pressel at 419-422-7158.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
Findlay City Schools Extravabandza 7:30 pm
Findlay City Schools Extravabandza @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 15 @ 7:30 pm
The Findlay City Schools Band department will present its spring “Extravabandza” concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts. The concert will feature a variety of music and styles designed to appeal to audiences of all ages. It is free and open to the public. The Findlay High School Percussion Ensemble, Ninth Grade Band, and Symphonic Band will perform. The Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with two pieces, including “Seawind” by Thomas O’Connor. The Ninth Grade Band will perform four selections, including “Military Escort” by Henry Fillmore, published under the pseudonym of Harold Bennett; and “Beyond the Riverbend” by Robert Sheldon. The Symphonic Band will perform five pieces, including its Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) State required selection, “Red Hills Saga” by Robert Thurston; and “The Avengers” from the popular movie series. The Symphonic Band received straight “superior” ratings at OMEA District Large Group and an “excellent” rating at State. At these events, each participating band also must sight-read a piece for an adjudicator. Michael Story’s “Ancient Curses” was the sight-reading selection the Symphonic Band performed at OMEA State Contest and it will be performed at Tuesday’s concert. The concert also will feature recognition and awards for the senior members of the band. After the concert, the Findlay Music Boosters will host a reception for the graduating seniors and their families. The FHS band department will have two additional performances to close out the year. The FHS Jazz Band will perform with the Donnell Jazz Band at Donnell Middle School at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 22; and the Findlay Trojan Marching Band will perform in the Memorial Day parade on Monday, May 28. The Findlay High School band directors are Dan Wilson, Michael Springer and Brian Sheehe. For additional information, contact Dan Wilson at dwilson@fcs.org
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Hamler Country Fest
Hamler Country Fest @ Hamler Community Park
May 18 – May 19 all-day
Henry County will crank up its volume for two days of music, food and camping when the Hamler Country Fest roars into Hamler Community Park on Ohio 109. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 18; and 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door, with Friday admission at $15.75; Saturday is $20.90; a primitive camping site (with two Friday and Saturday admission tickets) costs $124; and $330 pays for a campsite with four backstage passes, along with two Friday and Saturday tickets. Ages 16 and under are free with paid adult admission. Jerrod Niemann will headline Saturday’s bill, with Bucky Covington leading the way on Friday. Covington competed on “American Idol”‘s fifth season, and his self-titled debut album opened at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart with the biggest first-week sales for any debut country artist in 2007. His songs include “Different World,” “I’ll Walk,” “Good To Be Us,” “Buzzin’” and “Drinking Side of Country” (a duet with Shooter Jennings). Niemann co-wrote multiple songs for Garth Brooks, including the No. 1 hit, “Good Ride Cowboy.” His chart-topping major-label debut, “Judge Jerrod & the Hung Jury,” hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Albums of 2010, with gold-certified Top 5 single “What Do You Want” and platinum-certified No. 1 hit, “Lover, Lover,” the song Niemann says changed his life. He is touring on the heels of his fourth studio album, “This Ride,” featuring the single, “I Got This.”   Friday’s music lineup begins at 7 p.m. with Adam Calvert, a southeastern Ohio native and Tennessee transplant; guitarist/singer Chris Salyer and bassist/singer Shellby Messmer, a duo based in Wayne, follow at 8:30; Brent Lowry and the Drifters, a Pemberville-based quintet, will perform at 9; and Covington will take the stage around 11. Redfeather, a Putnam County quintet, kicks off Saturday’s music at 3:30 p.m.; Waterville-based indie rocker Aaron Hertzfeld plays at 4:30; CJ Solar’s country music and southern rock fusion follows at 5; Vester Frey, an old time, roots rock, Americana and country blues stylist, plays at 6:30; country-rock quintet Nashville Crush commences at 7; Brent Lowry and Wade Wedge will bring their acoustic and multi-instrumental talents to the stage at 8:30; Natalie Stovall and the Drive, a Nashville-based quintet whose frontwoman/fiddler competed on the 13th season of “The Voice,” play at 9; and Niemann begins around 11. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Campers may arrive beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, and must be removed by Monday, May 21; a full list of camping regulations is available at http://hamlercountryfest.com. The concerts will be under a roof with open seating, and lawn chairs are encouraged. Food and beverages are available, and no carry-ins are allowed. Signed memorabilia auctions run at 10:30 p.m. each day, registration for Saturday’s 5 p.m. cornhole tournament is at 4:30; and vendors include Tri-R Guns gun raffle; The Snack Shack; The Deshler Legion; Frank’s Fries; and Tiny’s BBQ. For more information, visit the event’s website, call 419-748-7459 or email hamlercountryfest@gmail.com
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“Curtains Up” 1:30 pm
“Curtains Up” @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
May 19 @ 1:30 pm
Becky’s School of Dance, home of the Findlay Academy of Ballet, will perform “Curtains Up,” a dance extravaganza with the theme of “Once Upon a Time.” About 300 dancers will perform, ranging from age 3 to adult.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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Dulcimers at the Library 1:00 pm
Dulcimers at the Library @ Bluffton Public Library
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
“Dulcimers at the Library” will continue to meet at the Bluffton Public Library at 1 p.m. Tuesdays.
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