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Fort Findlay Playhouse will present “Company,” a darkly comedic musical, on July 27-30, Aug. 3-6 and 10-13.
The Sunday evening performance begins at 5 p.m.; all other performances begin at 8 p.m., with the house opening 30 minutes before the performance.
Tickets are available for $15 and can be purchased at the playhouse, 300 W. Sandusky St., Monday through Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., by calling the box office at 567-525-3636 or online at tickets.fortfindlayplayhouse.org.
Unreserved seats may be purchased before the show at the door on a cash-only basis.
The show follows Robert (Wes Vollmar), a New York City bachelor who struggles to think of a wish as he blows out the candles on his 35th birthday.
Surrounded by his married friends, Robert is uncertain whether he should simply be happy with his life or whether he should wish for his own romantic partner.
Over a series of dinner parties, first dates, and thoughtful conversations, Robert attempts to understand the pros and cons of marriage from his diverse and frequently hilarious friends.
The production will feature a live orchestra with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, one of musical theater’s most renowned composers.
The play took home seven Tony Awards, including best musical, best score, best lyrics and best book (by George Furth).
A cast of Fort Findlay Playhouse veterans and newcomers portray Robert’s friends. His married friends are Sarah (Andrea Adams-Miller) and Harry (Patrick Davis); Susan (Kim Marquart) and Peter (David Marquart); Jenny (Sarah Elizabeth Olesky) and David (Matt Johnson); and Joanne (Jean Daniel) and Larry (Jeff Lee). The engaged couple is Amy (Samantha Henry) and Paul (Justin DuVall); and Robert’s various girlfriends are April (Megan Meyer), Marta (Maggie Rucki), and Kathy (Dora Vollmar).
The members of the chorus are Brad Bickhart, Sheryl Burtch, Linda England, Jordan Gottschalk, Lydia Mattingly, and Justin McKenzien.
The show is directed by Casey Wurm with music direction by Aeryn Williams and choreography by Kristina Pritchard. It was produced by Kim Marquart.
A Hancock Park District program on shorebirds, for preschool youngsters 3-6 years old, will be held at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Monday in the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve.
The same program will be offered each time. The program will include a story, a craft and viewing of the birds at a lake habitat.
Youngsters should be accompanied by an adult. Siblings may attend.
The program is free and requires no registration.
Jeanne Beutler will lead a watercolor painting class from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Columbus Grove location of the Putnam County District Library.
The beginner-level picture will depict a golden retriever. The size of the painting is 8-by-10 inches. The cost is $10 and all supplies are included.
Registration is required by Aug. 7 by calling 419-659-2355.
The Arts Partnership is giving Findlay the opportunity to take Tuesday lunches outside in the summer with Fifth Third Bank’s Courtyard Concert Series.
Courtyard Concerts are held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays from June 20 through Aug. 15 in Latham Courtyard located at 510 S. Main St. Local musicians are paired with a local restaurant which offers lunch options.
Concert admission is free, food prices are often $7 but may vary with the vendor.
There will be no July 4 concert in observance of the holiday.
The Courtyard Concert Series is sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, Spectrum Eye Care, The Courier, WKXA, WFIN, 106.3 The Fox, Flag City Title Agency, Hancock County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Heck Rentals, Ohio Arts Council and Dean Sound.
Scheduled performances include:
The Forest Fiber Fanatics, a group of knitters and crocheters, will meet twice a month at the Forest-Jackson Public Library beginning Tuesday.
Those attending may work on their own projects, or help work on projects for charity. The group will meet from 6-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month, and from 1-3 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month.
Contact Barb Scott at 440-967-3680 for more information.
Family Resource Center of Northwest Ohio is offering assistance to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren.
The agency has started a new support group which is open to any grandparent living in Hancock County. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. every Wednesday at the center, 1941 Carlin St.
The National Tractor Pulling Championships are returning to the Wood County Fairgrounds in Bowling Green for the 51st annual event from Thursday, Aug. 17 through Saturday, Aug. 19.
A premier event of the Northwestern Ohio Tractor Pullers Association and the National Tractor Pullers Association, the championships feature tractor and truck pulls in several classes.
Gates open at noon Thursday, 8 a.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday. The first pulling session begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday; the second and third sessions are 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Friday; and the fourth and fifth runs at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Five classes will compete in the first session: Four-wheel-drive trucks, light unlimiteds (an additional class picked up this year), semis, light super stock, and unlimiteds.
The second session’s five classes are: Light unlimiteds, super stock open, super stock diesel 4×4, two-wheel-drive trucks, and super stock diesel.
Modified, super farm tractor, pro stock, modified minis, and light super stock all face off in session three.
Session four’s classes are: Modified, four-wheel-drive trucks, super farm tractor, super stock open, and semis.
Six classes will show up for session five: Modified minis, two-wheel-drive trucks, super stock diesel 4x4s, pro stocks, unlimited, and super stock diesel.
The championship rounds will be completed before Sunday, when there will be no competition.
The weekend will conclude Sunday with a Catholic Mass at 9 a.m., with a nondenominational service at 10:30 a.m.
Abby Paskvan will perform the American and Canadian national anthems as both countries’ flags are raised before the competitions begin.
The weekend’s music includes Nashville Crush’s country and rock fusion at 10 p.m. Thursday; the ’70s and ’80s rock/pop stylings of the Cherry Bombs at 10 p.m. Friday; and the Eric Sowers Band, a country music act from northwest Ohio, at 10 p.m. Saturday.
The pit area is open all day, every day, where drivers test and tune their vehicles. Attendees can feel free to approach the drivers and ask questions.
Other attractions include expanded campgrounds, remote-controlled tractor replica competitions, a kiddie tractor pull, an expanded museum featuring retired tractors, a Saturday morning tailgate party, a toy and trade show, and more.
There are four weekend camping areas on the north side of the fairgrounds, located on Poe Road and Haskins Road in Bowling Green.
An advance ticket for Thursday’s competition is $20, or $22 at the gate. Advance tickets for both Friday and Saturday sessions are $40, or $44 at the gate. Evening-only tickets for those days are $20 in advance, $22 at the gate. Children 10 and under are admitted free.
The camping package, which includes two adult weekend passes, is $300 in advance and $324 at the gate. No electric campsites are available.
Advance tickets are no longer available online, but they are available at most northwestern Ohio Kroger stores through the first day of the event, including the Tiffin Avenue and Sixth Street locations in Findlay. Reserved-seat tickets will not be available at Kroger, only gate-admission tickets.
Tickets (gate, camping and reserved seats) will also be available at the event. These will be cash-only sales.
For more information, call 1-888-385-7855 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or visit www.pulltown.com.