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The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host an Out of the Shadows, Into a Star talent show and contest from 2-8 p.m. March 25 at Glenwood Middle School.
Registration begins at 1 p.m. the day of the event, with $1,000 in cash prizes to be awarded.
Admission to the talent show is free. Call 419-425-5988 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Contemporary dance and classical ballet take to the stage for the 2017 “Pointe of the Evening” fundraising performance Saturday, March 25, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, 200 W. Main Cross St.
The event begins with a silent auction in the lobby at 6:30 p.m. The performance follows at 7:30 p.m. with a reception afterward.
Proceeds go to the Chance to Dance Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance and instruction opportunities for local dancers. Donations to the 501(c)(3) organization may be mailed to the Chance to Dance Foundation, in care of Judy Reading, 7443 Eagle Drive, Findlay, OH 45840.
Advance tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for seniors and students, and are available through the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, www.marathoncenterarts.org, or by calling 419-423-2787. All tickets are $17 at the door.
The performance begins with selections from “A 1940s Nutcracker,” with dancers from Neos Dance Theatre and the Findlay Academy of Ballet. Members of Neos Dance Theatre will perform to a live piano accompaniment of Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” by Findlay’s Patrick Sadowski and offer a duet to selections from George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris.”
The evening will be capped by a presentation of “Games,” performed by advanced members of the Findlay Academy of Ballet and choreographed by Reading, a ballet professional at the academy.
The Findlay Academy of Ballet offers instruction for students ages 5 through adult. Those dancing in the “Pointe of the Evening” have been rehearsing for nearly a year. Most students spend several nights a week in class at the studio, and most weekends in rehearsal.
Local dancers include Amy Barto, Brian Jones, Lydia Mattingly, Caitlin Smith, Laura Stark, Allyson Utz, Victoria Wurm, Josephina Bouaphakeo, Shawna Bartson, Kitty Cleary, Parris Crowe, Emi Kawamura, Miki Kawamura, Lindsey Stultz, Kendra Tossey, Clara Baker, Lauren Baker, Amber Bihn, Emma Cook, Maria Debord, Christina Horn, Isabella Nigro and Riley Orchard.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company will pare down and shake up the Bard’s canon when it presents “William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged)” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Tickets can be purchased at the Marathon Center’s box office at 200 W. Main Cross St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and one hour prior to the show. They are also available online at www.marathoncenterarts.org with prices ranging from $30 to $60.
Playwrights Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor weave together most of the famous speeches and plot devices of Shakespeare’s 39 plays to create a fast, funny, and fictional 40th for the Reduced Shakespeare Company’s 10th stage show.
The play centers on an ancient manuscript discovered in a treasure-filled parking lot in Leicester, England, that turns out to be the long-lost first play written by then 17-year-old William Shakespeare.
The manuscript shows Shakespeare’s most famous characters and familiar speeches in a brand-new story. But because it’s 100 hours long and contains multiple unwieldy storylines, the Reduced Shakespeare Company decides, as a public service, to abridge it down to a palatable 90 minutes.
The play turns Shakespeare’s canon upside down, with an ancient grudge pitting Puck (from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”) against Ariel (from “The Tempest”), creating such strange bedfellows as Hamlet and Lady Macbeth, Viola and Richard III, King Lear and the Weird Sisters, and Dromio (yes, that’s correct) and Juliet.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company began in 1981 and has created 10 stage shows, two television specials, several failed TV pilots, and numerous radio pieces, all of which have been performed, seen, and heard the world over.
The show contains some occasional bawdy language and mild innuendo, so it’s suggested for audiences ages 13 and older.
For more information, visit www.reducedshakespeare.com or call the Marathon Center’s box office at 419-423-2787.
The Arts Partnership will present Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat,” the classic children’s tale that comes to life on stage at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
Reserved seating tickets are $8 for children and $10 for adults.
They 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 and by contacting the box office at 419-423-2787.
The show is part of the “TAP Package” at MCPA, a series of one-hour performances geared toward families at affordable prices. The Arts Partnership is also presenting two performances of “The Cat in the Hat” as part of its “School Day Performance Series” on March 30.
Childsplay is one of a handful of theater companies in the United States to perform the adaptation, and show director David Barker said the performance can be boiled down to one word: fun.
“The show feels just as youthful and exhilarating as reading a Dr. Seuss book,” he said.
From the moment his tall, red-and-white striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet.
Suddenly, a rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with The Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done.
The Arts Partnership of Greater Hancock County is a nonprofit organization serving Findlay and Hancock County. Its mission is to provide, encourage, and promote quality arts education, community enrichment, and entertainment opportunities. The Arts Partnership is funded in part by the Findlay Area Arts Fund and other funds of the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation, private donations, corporate and small business donations, and the Ohio Arts Council.
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.