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Christmas at The Ritz 7:00 pm
Christmas at The Ritz @ The Ritz Theatre
Dec 1 @ 7:00 pm
Tiffin University will present its annual holiday concert featuring selections in a variety of styles, including large performance ensembles, the University Choir, Concert Band, TU Gospel Choir, Pop Choir, Big Band, and the Dance Team. Each will be joined by small ensembles, including the rock fusion band DFX, a cappella groups Up in the Air and Higher Ground, the New Orleans-style band Word On The Street, the TU Songwriting Collective, the hip-hop group New HhITEs and the 75-voice TU Kids Choir. Doors open at 6 p.m.
A 1940s Nutcracker 2:00 pm
A 1940s Nutcracker @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 3 @ 2:00 pm
The Marathon Center for the Performing Arts continues its holiday season with the return of Neos Dance Theatre’s “A 1940s Nutcracker” for two Dec. 3 performances, complete with recognizable Hancock County landmarks in its scenery. The shows begin at 2 and 7 p.m., with $25 tickets available at the Marathon Center’s box office, at www.marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance. Tickets include a preshow visit in the lobby with Santa Claus. Selected dancers dressed in their “Nutcracker” costumes will also be available for pictures and questions, along with live holiday music beforehand. Neos performs its Nutcracker version around the state, but will always consider Findlay its holiday home, according to a press release from the Marathon Center. The ballet premiered here five years ago at Central Auditorium, which was later renovated to become the main stage at the performing arts center. This will be the third time Neos has performed its “Nutcracker” in Findlay, linking the heritage of both venues. The performance is an update of the traditional “Nutcracker,” where a nutcracker doll is given to a young girl. The doll comes alive on Christmas Eve and rescues the girl from an evil Mouse King. She is then whisked away to a magical kingdom where she is entertained by enchanted dolls presented by the Sugar Plum Fairy. Using the recognizable music of Tchaikovsky, Neos co-founder and artistic director Bobby Wesner has tweaked the story to reflect the communities where it is performed. Images showcased in Findlay’s version include the old courthouse, Patterson’s Department Store, the Harris Theatre, Malabar Farm and Ohio Oil. The Chinese dance is performed by Rosie the Riveter-style rubber workers, reflecting Cooper Tire & Rubber’s history. The Russian dance is now the adventure of a Courier newspaper delivery boy, complete with bicycle. More than 40 local dancers will participate in the production, including those from the Findlay Academy of Ballet. The performance will be anchored by Neos’ 13 professional dancers, who this year will perform versions of “A 1940s Nutcracker” in Findlay, Mansfield and Elyria.
Youtheatre Club 4:00 pm
Youtheatre Club @ Marathon Center for the Performing Arts
Dec 12 @ 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-422-4624, ext. 3, to sign up.