2014 SUMMER THEATRE CAMP AT THE RITZ
The Ritz Theatre proudly presents their 16th annual Summer Theatre Camp. To accommodate previous demand, The Ritz is offering two separate weeklong camps. Students will be limited to participate in only one of the two weeks as either an actor or assistant director. Two directors from the prestigious Missoula Children’s Theatre of Montana will work with the campers to present “Hansel and Gretel” at the end of the weeklong day camp. Performances for Week One are 7 p.m. June 13 and 2 p.m. June 14 and for Week Two are 7 p.m. June 20 and 2 p.m. June 21. In addition to the play, The Ritz will provide workshops for each age group (grades 1-2; 3-4; 5-7; 8-12) led by local professionals and educators that can include lessons in make-up, story-telling, costumes, puppetry, dance and many other fun activities related to the performing arts. In addition, four assistant directors (grades 8-12) are needed per week working directly with the professionals from MCT helping to prepare the campers for the performances. Open registration for Summer Theatre Camp at The Ritz begins Monday, Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. for students entering grades 1-12 in the fall of 2014. Space is limited and availability varies based on grade level. Registration forms may be printed from The Ritz Theatre website at www.ritztheatre.org or picked up at The Ritz box office. Payment must accompany the registration form. Registration forms will not be accepted prior to Jan. 27. Admission: $120 per child. Dates: Week One: June 9″”14, Week Two: June 16-21. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St. Tiffin. Information: Education Director Dianne Pytel at 419-448-8544 ext. 28 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAR PLAYERS SHOW
Star Players of Upper Sandusky’s Star Theatre invite experienced area directors to submit show proposals for our 2014-15 season. Three shows are available — summer, fall and spring. Proposals should be mailed to: Mark Murphy, Production Chairman, The Star Theatre, 121 W. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky Ohio 43351. All proposals should be received by Jan. 31. Admission: Free. Location: The Star Theatre, 121 W. Wyandot Ave., Upper Sandusky. Information: www.starplayers.net.
ONU 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION DANCE
Feb. 1 and 2
The Ohio Northern University Freed Center for the Performing Arts presents the 20th anniversary Celebration Dance Concert, featuring the ONU Dance Company and alumni. The ONU Dance Company alumni, along with current members of the ONU Dance Company, have been invited to perform, teach master classes, design costumes, design lights and choreograph. Choreographers for this concert include guest choreographer Janet Schroeder, a 2000 ONU graduate; and faculty members Jeremy Czarniak, visiting professor of theatre; Elizabeth Cozad, lecturer; Brenda Hoyt-Brackman, lecturer; and Laurie Bell, resident artist and professor of dance. The guest lighting designer is Christopher Sprague, a 1998 ONU graduate, and the guest costume designer is Lauren Walker, a 2012 ONU graduate. In addition, more than 15 alumni will return to ONU to perform with faculty and current ONU students. Admission: $15 for adults and $10 for seniors, $5 for children, and $5 for ONU faculty, staff and students. Time: 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: Ohio Northern University, 525 S Main St, Ada. Information: www.freedcenter.com or 419-772-1900.
BOB EUBANKS HOSTS ‘THE NOT-SO-NEWLYWED SHOW’
Bob Eubanks brings his wildly witty game show, The Not-So-Newlywed Show to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. On-camera he’s the effervescent, quick-witted host of The New Year’s Rose Parade for Tribune TV that entertains 44 million homes annually. Off-camera he’s the entrepreneur that brought the Beatles to the U.S., The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Barry Manilow and Elton John to concert history. His management talent included crafting the careers of Dolly Parton and Barbara Mandrell. The Not-So-Newlywed Game Show follows the original format of the television show using four local “celebrity” married couples who are either newlyweds or feel like newlyweds. (In other words, it doesn’t matter how long they have been married.) The show consists of Bob narrating hilarious clips from the television show and then playing a half-hour version of the game. The Not So Newlywed Game is always funny and is a great entertainment opportunity. Celebrate Valentines Day weekend with laughter and see why TV Guide voted Bob Eubanks one of the top 5 game show hosts of all time. Admission: $17-$27. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: 419-238-NPAC or www.NPACVW.org.
ORION ‘THE BIG O’
Long time voice of agriculture, Orion “The Big O” Samuelson, is coming to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Feb. 23. Orion Samuelson is heard on WGN Radio, where he has served as agri-business director since 1960. His life-long commitment to agriculture has been recognized by organizations in all segments of agri-business. Orion is the most recognized agricultural journalist in the industry, Samuelson has more than 60 years experience in broadcasting, more than 50 of those at Chicago’s WGN. Admission: $20 adults, $10 students. Time: 3 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: www.npacvw.org.
THE ADDAMS FAMILY
Charles Addams’ weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in a new musical comedy coming to the Niswonger on Friday, Jan. 31. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, Drama Desk Award winner Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning original directors and designers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with direction by four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks. The Addams Family features an original story, and it’s every father’s nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. A man her parents have never met. And if that weren’t upsetting enough, she confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he’s never done before — keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriend and his parents. Ticketed patrons are welcome to a Prime Rib buffet for $20 at the Willow-Bend Country Club before the show. Reservations are recommended: 419-238-0111. Admission: $22-$47. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Niswonger Performing Arts Center, 10700 Ohio 118 S., Van Wert. Information: www.npacvw.org.
GARY PUCKETT AND THE UNION GAP
In 1968 Gary Puckett and The Union Gap had six consecutive gold albums and sold more records than any other recording act including the Beatles. They played a command performance at the White House for Prince Charles and Princess Anne by special invitation of the President. They were one of a very select group of touring acts to achieve prominence worldwide. In 1971, Gary disbanded The Union Gap. In 1974 “Young Girl” was reissued by popular request in England where it reached number five and achieved a Silver Record Award for the second time, a full six years after the song was initially released. Gary will be performing at the Ritz Theatre Feb. 1. Admission: $10-$30. Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: 419-448-8544, www.garypuckettmusic.com or www.ritztheatre.org.
“Noises Off,” a comedy written by Michael Frayn and co-directed by Carol Ann Erford and Wes Skinner, will open at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre on Friday, Jan. 17. Second only to “Arsenic and Old Lace” in the Toledo Rep’s audience survey of requested shows, “Noises Off” is a play-within-a play. It begins with the final dress rehearsal of the dreadful sex comedy, “Nothing On.” Botched entrances, forgotten lines, missed cues and uncooperative props are all the sure-fire makings of an opening night flop. The second act offers a glimpse of the same show from back stage–complete with all the behind-the-scenes antics patrons never get to enjoy — while the final act is the show nearing the end of its 10-week run, long after someone should have put a fork in it. Admission: $20. Time: 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Location: Toledo Repertoire Theatre, 16 10th St,. Toledo. Information: 419-243-9277.
MOONLIGHT & MAGNOLIAS
Feb. 14-15, 22-23
1939 Hollywood is abuzz. Legendary producer David O. Selznick has shut down production of his new epic, Gone with the Wind, a film adaptation of Margaret Mitchell’s novel. The screenplay, you see, just doesn’t work. So what’s an all-powerful movie mogul to do? While fending off the film’s stars, gossip columnists and his own father-in-law, Selznick sends a car for famed screenwriter Ben Hecht and pulls formidable director Victor Fleming from the set of The Wizard of Oz. Summoning both to his office, he locks the doors, closes the shades, and on a diet of bananas and peanuts, the three men labor over five days to fashion a screenplay that will become the blueprint for one of the most successful and beloved films of all time. Admission: Adults $11, Students $7. Time: 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Location: The National Theatre at The Ritz, 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin. Information: 419-448-8544.
Through Jan. 26
“Ghostlands” is a multimedia exploration of landscape art by Ian Breidenbach and Landon Crowell. The exhibit will be on display in the Grace Albrecht Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center. A reception is set for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12. Admission: Free. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Location: Grace Albrecht Gallery, Sauder Visual Arts Center, Bluffton University, 1 University Drive, Bluffton. Information: www.bluffton.edu.
RUTHERFORD B. HAYES: BUCKEYE PRESIDENT
Through April 13
Rutherford B. Hayes is the only one of Ohio’s eight presidents who was born and died in the state. Hayes was proud of his Ohio roots and often referred to himself as a “Buckeye.” That term took on added significance when as governor of Ohio, Hayes played a lead role in creation of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College “” today known as The Ohio State University. The Hayes Presidential Center highlights Rutherford B. Hayes’ intense pride in being an Ohioan and his strong links to OSU with its newest exhibit Rutherford B. Hayes: Buckeye President, which opened Oct. 17 and will continue through April 13, 2014. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors ages 60 and up, $3 children ages 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located at the corner of Hayes and Buckland avenues in Fremont. Information: www.rbhayes.org.
Through May 25
Where some see relics of the past, Varujan Boghosian sees material for his next sculpture or collage. The Armenian-American artist’s poetic works delve into themes of identity using unconventional objects like children’s toys, ancient paper and shoes. His work is seen at such noted institutions as The Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibition features works specially selected for their relationships to the Toledo Museum of Art and representative of the artist’s studio in New England. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. Location: Wolfe Gallery Mezzanine, Toledo Museum of Art, 2445 Monroe St. Information: www.toledomuseum.org.
‘LOVE & PLAY: A PAIR OF PAINTINGS BY FRAGONARD’
Through May 4
Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s playfully sensual companion paintings, the Toledo Museum of Art’s Blind-Man’s Buff and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid’s The See-Saw, are reunited for the first time in 25 years. Painted as companion pieces, the two works remained together from their creation in the early 1750s until they came onto the open market in 1954. They were reunited in temporary exhibitions in London in 1968 and in Paris and New York in 1987 and 1988. Fragonard, considered one of the premier artists of the Rococo era of 18th-century French painting, is known for portraying romantic pastoral themes with fluidity and skill. This focus exhibition also includes engravings and a selection of French decorative arts of the 18th century. Admission: Free. Hours: 10 a.m.”"4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. Location: Gallery 28, Toledo Museum of Art 2445 Monroe St., Toledo. Information: 419-255-8000 or www.toledomuseum.org.
Tickets are now on sale for the following events:
Elton John — Feb. 1, 8 p.m., Covelli Centre, Youngstown. $37.05-$152.65; 330-746-5600, www.covellicentre.com.
Chelsea Handler — March 6, 8 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $55-$75; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Amos Lee — March 8, 7:30 p.m., Lakewood Civic Auditorium, Lakewood. $33.50-$48.50; 216-529-4081, www.ticketmaster.com.
Demi Lovato — March 27, 7 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $29.50-$59.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Jim Gaffigan — March 28, 7:30 p.m., State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland. $39.75-$49.75; 216-771-4444, www.playhousesquare.org.
Billy Joel — April 1, 8 p.m., Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland. $49.50-$119.50; 216-241-2121, www.theqarena.com.
Il Divo — May 31, 8 p.m., Palace Theatre, Columbus. $62.60-$143.80; 614-469-9850, www.ticketmaster.com.