Ohio Performing Arts & Theatre Productions




Actors Theatre of Columbus

Welcome to the Actors’ Theatre of Columbus.

  • Open: See link below for schedule of events.
  • Location: (Map It) Southside of Schiller Park at 1000 City Park Avenue in the historic German Village in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone: 614-444-6888
  • Web: http://www.theactorstheatre.org/

Actors’ Theatre of Columbus:  Enjoy open air Shakespearean theater for free Memorial Day through Labor Day. These free performances in the park began more than 20 years ago. It is said that the tradition started when a dog led cofounders Patricia and Gary Ellson there. Once there, they found an unused band shell. Having a love for Shakespeare, the two sought permission to use the stage to offer free shows to the community. Well, as they say, the rest is history. What was started as an amateur group grew into a professional production and has attracted hundreds of thousands of spectators. Enjoy this fascinating tradition.

Akron Symphony

akron-symphonyWelcome to the Akron Symphony Orchestra in Akron.

  • When: See link below for schedule of events
  • Location: (Map It) 92 N. Main St. in Akron, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-535-8131
  • Web: www.akronsymphony.org/

The Akron Symphony is a professional orchestra that performs Classic Series concerts, Family Series concerts, Sundays at the Elms chamber music concerts, Concerts for Kids preschool concerts, free Picnic Pops in the parks concerts, a popular Gospel Meets Symphony concert, Holiday Pops and other special concerts and educational outreach programs.

Ashtabula Arts Center

Welcome to the Ashtabula Arts Center and community theatre.

The Ashtabula Arts Center is a non-profit fine arts center.  The G. B. Community Theatre and the summer Straw Hat Theatre offer quality performances of popular shows and musicals nearly every weekend of the year. Ticket prices vary. The art gallery displays a free monthly art exhibit. The Varied musical events offered throughout the year include coffeehouses and outdoor concerts.  The Ballet Theatre Company Ashtabula produces the Nutcracker each December as well as a Spring Dance show in May. Numerous classes and workshops are offered year-round in music, theater, dance and the visual arts. Individual music instruction is also available. All events are reasonably priced. Financial aid is available.

BalletMet Columbus

Welcome to the BalletMet Columbus dance academy.

  • When: See link below for schedule of events
  • Location: (Map It) 322 Mount Vernon Avenue in Columbus, Ohio
  • Phone Numbers: General – 614-229-4860, Box Office – 614-229-4848
  • https://www.balletmet.org/

BalletMet Columbus ranks among the nation’s 15 largest dance companies, and its Dance Academy ranks among the five largest professional dance-training centers. Since its inception in 1978, BalletMet has added 102 company premieres to its repertoire and produced 79 world premieres. It has also developed DanceReach, a series of educational and outreach programs that serve 40,000 people annually, as well as a Community Outreach Scholarship program that provides full tuition for talented minority and underserved youth.

Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

cincinnati-childrens-theatreWelcome to The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati is the oldest children’s theatre in the country and is the only professional theater in the region that devotes its entire MainStage season to children.  They bring 82,000 people downtown annually and reach over 68,000 students through their touring productions, and their TCT Academy offering arts training to children in a variety of disciplines.

The TCT MainStage at the Taft series includes daytime performances for school audiences and weekend performances for the public.  Four Broadway-quality production runs are held each year (of which one is a world-premiere musical), with individual shows formatted into one-hour, family-friendly events.

TCT on Tour brings the magic of live theatre directly to those who would otherwise be unable to enjoy it. They tour six productions each season, serving children of all ages with titles taken from classic literature, fairy tales, history and other works studied in school curricula. TCT on Tour prides itself on productions that are educational and entertaining, as well as affordable for schools and other venues across the broad geographic spectrum of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and beyond.

TCT Academy offers arts training to children in a variety of disciplines through a twelve-week, one hour/week class sessions, one-week themed summer camps for introductory arts makers or audition-based, three-week STAR Camp Red Bank program and one-month, audition-based STAR Intensive NKU summer program for children with demonstrated talent and interest in the performing arts.

Cleveland Comedy Clubs

A list of Cleveland comedy clubs in Cleveland, Ohio, featuring The Improv, Hilarities, Bonkerz and Something Dada. What makes Cleveland a comedy capital? Find out in the article below.

The Improv – Cleveland
(216) 696-4677
1148 Main Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
Web: http://www.clevelandimprov.com/

Hilarities / Pickwick and Frolic
2035 East 4th Street
Cleveland, Ohio
(216)-241-7425
Web: http://www.pickwickandfrolic.com

Bonkerz Comedy Club
1550 Chester Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 815-5363
Web: Click here

Something Dada Improv Comedy Co.
1900 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 696-4242
Web: www.somethingdada.com

CLEVELAND LAUGHS
Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler
by Bijan C. Bayne is a freelance writer and critic

Bob Hope, Tim Conway, Arsenio Hall, Drew Carey, Steve Harvey. These entertainers and others have started their careers in Cleveland before hitting the national comedy scene. With every city that produces such a stream of talent, one wonders if there is something tangible to which to attribute the legacy. Is there something intrinsically funny about Cleveland or its residents, and where can one go to experience stage humor in the city today?

British-born Leslie Townes “Bob” Hope moved to the U.S. with his family at age five, his father a stonemason, his mother a light opera singer-turned-cleaning woman. His family’s Doan’s Corner neighborhood was home to several vaudeville theatres such as The Alhambra. As a youngster, Hope earned money singing on the trolley en route to Luna Park. In 1915, he won a Charlie Chaplin imitation contest at the amusement park. By 16, he had dropped out of school. He and his Cleveland girlfriend, Mildred Rosenquist, aspired to the dancing success of Vernon and Irene Castle, the country’s most popular hoofing couple. It was as part of a two-man dance team that Hope, who also tried his hand at boxing under the pseudonym “Packy East”, was discovered as a dancer during the vaudeville era by the legendary comic actor Fatty Arbuckle. Dance teams employed comedy lines and repartee as a staple of their acts, and Hope’s quick wit led him to the New York’s famed Palace Theatre. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.

One requisite of effective comedy is the ability to speak comfortably before audiences. Another is wit. Steve Harvey’s parents were a churchgoing mother and a construction worker dad who supplemented the family’s finances during the slow winter months by booking numbers in the organization headed by the aptly named Don King. Harvey aspired to work as a t.v. comic from his teens- he graduated Glenville High School in the Richard Pryor era of 1975. Arsenio Hall, like Harvey, was exposed to the oral tradition of the Black church- his father was a minister. Harvey, Hall and Carey all attended Kent State, though frat boy Carey was expelled. In 1986, Carey rode the success of winning a local comedy contest to an emcee position at the Cleveland Comedy Club. By then, Hall was opening for acts such as R & B singer Patti LaBelle. It is worth noting that the signature “Whoop, whoop, whoop” chant favored by Hall and his late night t.v. studio audience was very similar to that used by Browns fans in the section of the Municipal Stadium end zone known as The Dawg Pound. As for his church roots, many recall Hall’s archetypical Black preacher in the 1988 film “Coming to America”.

What about suburbia? Funnyman Tim Conway was born in Willoughby, and grew up in Chagrin Falls. After majoring in speech and radio at Bowling Green, and a stint in the Army, he took a job answering mail for a Cleveland radio station. Conway became a writer in the promotions department. He later worked with Cleveland broadcasting legend Ernie Anderson on WKYC and WJW t.v. (“Ernie’s Place”) and recorded a comedy album with Anderson before landing a starring role on the 1960’s sitcom “McHale’s Navy”. No matter the training ground or the era, there have always been mentors and outlets for Cleveland comics.

Observational comics, as opposed to practitioners of the one-liner, are known to have open minds. Think George Carlin, Steven Wright, Jerry Seinfeld. The Midwest has few more open-minded cities than the one that produced progressive politicians the likes of Mayors Carl Stokes and Dennis Kucinich, the former who was America’s first Black to govern a major city.

The city has long laughed at itself, another characteristic of a comic mind. From a mammoth football/baseball stadium lovingly nicknamed “The Mistake on the Lake”, to the notoriety of the “Major League” movie series based on the woes of the then-hapless baseball Indians, Clevelanders have joined in the fun Americans have had at its expense. Native son Carey even set his popular sitcom in his hometown.

Mike Polk, a promotions writer for a local t.v. station and freelance comedy writer, performs stand up and improv. Says Polk, “the Cleveland comedy scene has a pretty rich history and has produced some rather respectable stars over time. I think that Cleveland is such a remarkable breeding ground for comedic minds for the same reason that it is a swing state. The state is eclectic, with many differing opinions and cultures. There is a little bit of everything and it is all concentrated into small areas.

Within fifteen miles around the Cleveland area, you have the blue collar working class, intense poverty, extreme affluence, and rural farm dwellers. Unlike other parts of the country where areas have a consistent mindset with rare exceptions, ie: California is liberal and blue, Alabama is rural and red, etc. Cleveland is all over the map. I believe that it is this exposure to tons of different types of people and circumstances that feeds comics and makes their material approachable to so many people. Cleveland’s underdog status is a factor as well. We are consistently the nation’s poorest city. We are losing people and jobs at an alarming pace. Our weather is, at times, wretched. Crime is high. Our sports teams are cursed. Our river caught on fire. Much like the fat kid in grade school, we as Clevelanders have been forced to develop a sense of humor about ourselves and what goes on around us as a self-defense mechanism.”

According to Polk, Cleveland has ample opportunity for stand-up comics to work on their acts before moving on to bigger and better things. There have been open mic comedy nights periodically at various bars and clubs, which last until owners decide karaoke is more profitable and interactive. The two main venues in town, for rising comics, Hilarities and the Improv, provide a stage for area comics in addition to bringing in national headliners.

This city’s rich legacy of laughs inspires one to check out the scene, form one’s own opinions and catch a rising star. History shows it is well worth the effort.

Cleveland Institute of Music

The Cleveland Institute of Music provides many free events.

  • When: See link below for schedule of events
  • Location: (Map It) 11021 East Blvd in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-791-5000
  • Web: http://www.cim.edu/

The Cleveland Institute of Music is a leading international conservatory. Hundreds of concert are presented each year by CIM’s illustrious faculty, student and visiting artists.  Concert are held on the main campus in Cleveland’s University Circle. Visitors may see fully staged operas, the CIM Orchestra, a wide variety of chamber music and faculty recitals, student recitals, plus the Mixon Hall Masters Series which features some of the world’s most prominent artists. Concerts are presented several times a week.

Cleveland Play House

allen-theatre-cleveland-play-houseWelcome to the Cleveland Play House at Playhouse Square in Cleveland Ohio.

  • When: See link below for schedule of events
  • Location: (Map It) Paid parking garage is at 1901 E. 13th St., Cleveland, Ohio and connects to the Allen Theatre Complex which is the location of the Cleveland Play House at 1407 Euclid Avenue
  • Phone: 216-241-6000
  • Web: http://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/ 

The Cleveland Play House in Playhouse Square was the recipient of the 2015 Regional Theatre Tony Award. Founded in 1915, it is America’s first professional regional theatre. Throughout its rich history, CPH has remained dedicated to its mission to inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences in Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards. CPH has produced more than 100 world and/or American premieres, and over its long history more than 12 million people have attended over 1,600 productions. Today, Cleveland Play House celebrates its centennial while performing in three state-of-the art venues at Playhouse Square in downtown Cleveland.  Our Mission: To inspire, stimulate and entertain diverse audiences across Northeast Ohio by producing plays and theatre education programs of the highest professional standards.

Cleveland Playhouse Square Theatre District

Playhouse-Square-District-Cleveland-OhioCleveland Playhouse Square Theatre District features the Connor Palace, State, Ohio and several other theatres in Cleveland, Ohio.

Cleveland Playhouse Square Theatre District is the largest performing arts center outside of New York City and hosts nearly 1,000,000 guests and 1,000 curtains each year. The Playhouse Square complex is located along Euclid Avenue incorporating the Connor Palace, State, Ohio, and several other theatres. A multitude of talent can be seen in opera, dramas, dance and musicals. The theaters and talent can best be described as “amazing.” You can’t miss it. Just look for the world’s largest outdoor chandelier hanging over the street.

Columbus Children’s Theatre

Welcome to the Columbus Children’s Theatre.

Since 1963 Columbus Children’s Theatre has offered a variety of drama and performance programs of interest to young and old alike. Located near the North Market, CCT offers approximately six productions each year. CCT also offers a year-round academy where a novice thespian, ages K-8, has the opportunity to learn and practice his/her craft. There’s also a professional touring company, which has been bringing quality live theatre to Ohio schools since 1972.

Columbus Symphony

Welcome to the Columbus Symphony.

The mission of the Columbus Symphony is to advance a symphony orchestra of the highest artistic standard for the enrichment, enjoyment, and well-being of central Ohio. This mission is achieved through a diverse set of programming that promises something for everyone throughout the year.

The Columbus Symphony offers eight programs annually: Classical, Concerts for Kids, State Street Pops, Picnic with the Pops, Popcorn Pops, Youth Orchestras, Community Outreach Programs, and Young Peoples’ Concerts. Special events and engagements are also available. Call for complete concert schedule, announcements, special offers, and a free e-newsletter.

Covedale Center for the Performing Arts

Welcome to the Covedale Center for the Performing Arts in Cincinnati.

  • When: See link below for schedule of events
  • Location: (Map It) 4990 Glenway Avenue in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Phone:  513-241-6550
  • Web: Click here

The Covedale Center for the Performing Arts:  The Covedale has been converted from a 1947 movie house to a live theatre seating about 400 people. It featuring some of the best in local performers and performances. The season ahead features classic shows, sure to delight every audience and a variety of other shows.

Fairborn Park Summer Concert Series

Admission to the Fairborn Park Summer Concert Series is free.

  • When: Fridays (June and July) All events begin at 7:30 pm
  • Location: (Map It) Fairborn Community Park Amphitheater at 691 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road in Fairborn, Ohio (Rain Location: Fairborn High School Auditorium at 900 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Road).
  • Phone: 937-754-3090

The Fairborn Summer Park Series:  These free on Friday concerts feature big band to jazz and include jugglers and other entertainment. It is a pleasant way to end the work-week and sit in the warmth of the evening sun and enjoy outdoor concerts and shows for free. Past performances included pop, soul, R&B, gospel, doo-wop, jazz and a variety of other styles of music.

Living Word Outdoor Drama

Welcome to The Living Word Outdoor Drama in Cambridge.

  • Open: Friday and Saturday evenings from mid-June through September
  • Location: (Map It) 6010 College Hill Road in Cambridge, Ohio
  • Phone: 740-439-2761
  • Web: http://www.livingworddrama.org/

The Living Word Outdoor Drama in Cambridge:  This outdoor drama features the life and ministry of Jesus Christ on a 400 panoramic set in one of the country’s most realistic recreations of Old Jerusalem.  The drama offers reenactments of The Sermon on the Mount, The Palm Sunday Entrance, The Last Supper, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection, and The Ascension.  A tour of the set and special music are both offered starting an hour before the show.

Midland Theatre

Welcome to the Midland Theatre in Newark, Ohio.

The Midland Theatre in Newark is a great place in central Ohio to experience the arts. From live music performances to dance performances, the Midland Theatre has it all! Legendary musicians have performed at there, including Three Dog Night, Jon Vezner, Barbara Bailey Huchison, The Smothers Brothers, and many more. The Midland Theatre is dedicated to producing positive experiences of the arts and promoting value around the community. Recently restored from its original building in 1928, the Midland Theatre inspires people of all ages and enriches the lives of all audiences that experience the wonderful shows and programs.

Murphy Theatre

Welcome to the Murphy Theatre in Wilmington.

Since 1918, the Murphy Theatre of Wilmington has been entertaining people from all around. Murphy Theatre was built by Charles Webb Murphy, prior owner of the Chicago Cubs, who sought to make a theatre that would bring a heart to his hometown. The theatre offers an range of shows from musical performances of many genres, to well known stand-up comedy routines and tickets are available in floor, box, and balcony seating. It is an experience for any age The Murphy’s grand, old fashioned marquee still shines its lights over the center of town.

Ohio Shakespeare Festival

Welcome to Ohio Shakespeare Festival in Akron where performances are seen year-round, indoors or outdoors.

  • Open: See link below for schedule of events.
  • Location: (Map It) Indoor stage is at Greystone Hall, 103 South High St. in Akron, Ohio. (Map It) Outdoor performances at Stan Hywet Hall at 714 N. Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.
  • Phone: 330-374-7574
  • Web: www.ohioshakespearefestival.com/

Ohio Shakespeare Festival in Akron: Don’t read Shakespeare, see Shakespeare. The Ohio Shakespeare Festival regards the actors, the script, and the audience as the quintessential elements of the theatre.  This professional theatre company is dedicated to articulating the inherently theatrical components of Shakespeare and his fellow playwrights throughout the ages in a manner that enables the collected imaginations of the artists to meet the collective imagination of the audience in a public celebration that transforms the world in which we live.

Ohio Valley Opry

Welcome to the Ohio Valley Opry and Twin City Opera House in  McConnelsville.

  • Open: Shows are on the third Saturday January – November and the first Saturday in December.
  • Location: (Map It) 15 West Main Street in  McConnelsville, Ohio
  • Web: http://www.ohiovalleyopry.com/

The Ohio Valley Opry performances are at Twin City Opera House in  McConnelsville. Its a great place to spend an evening enjoying a marvelous show. The Ohio Valley Opry offers a musical variety including bluegrass, country, and gospel music. An array of artists and acts have had the pleasure to play at the Ohio Valley Opry, including Johnny Staats and the Delivery Boys, Carolyn Connor, John Billotte, Connie Smith, and Jack Greene. The Ohio Valley Opry also offers group (of any size) packages, which can include exclusive pre-show tours and/or reservations for all accommodations, like lodging, food, and attractions.

Orchestras

Concerts by The Cleveland Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Toledo Symphony Orchestra and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. 

Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra: www.cincinnatipops.org/ (Cincinnati)

The Cleveland Orchestra: www.clevelandorch.com (Cleveland)

Columbus Symphony Orchestra: www.columbussymphony.com (Columbus)

Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra: www.daytonphilharmonic.com (Dayton)

Toledo Symphony Orchestra: www.toledosymphony.com/ (Toledo)

These renowned orchestras and others throughout the state sometimes perform smaller, free concerts at various locations in their respective greater metropolitan areas throughout the year. Keep an eye open for announcements in local newspapers or by periodically visiting the respective Web addresses listed above to find out when the next free event is being planned.

Players Guild Theatre

Welcome to the Players Guild Theatre in Canton, Ohio.

The Canton Players Guild Theatre is a volunteer-based, professionally directed theatre. Players Guild Theatre offers instruction in theatre arts through production experience, workshops, special programming and outreach activities. At Players Guild Theatre, volunteers work side by side with professionals in order to maintain the highest standards of production, encourage individual creativity and enhance their understanding and appreciation of live theatre.

Pump House Center for the Arts

Welcome to the Pump House Center for the Arts in Chillicothe.

The Chillicothe Pump House Center for the Arts is home to nine to ten visual art exhibits. The Pump House gift gallery highlights local artists of Southern Ohio and free tours are available. All exhibits are located in the historic Pump House facility, whose history dates back to 1883 and includes a listing in the National register of Historic Places. Visitors can enjoy the gallery’s historic Victorian Gothic architecture and the beautiful gallery that the house provides for art. The Pump House also hosts the Gallery Stroll event that takes place every second Saturday of the moth from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Chillicothe. The event is designed to promote the downtown area and its businesses as well as the arts, performing and visual. The facility is available for rent by group, individual, or business events.

Renaissance Theatre

Welcome to the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio.

The Mansfield Renaissance Theatre is the largest performing arts center in North-Central Ohio. It first opened in January 1928. It seats 1,600 people. In the past it has been the host of the Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant and the state competition for the Miss Ohio Pageant. The Renaissance has an extensive history from the 80 years it has been operation and offers visitors a place to indulge themselves with great performances, as well as learn about The Renaissance’s historic contributions. Formally known as the Ohio Theatre, The Renaissance has been renovated, but still maintains its classic charm. In May 1983, The Renaissance Theatre was added to the National Register of Historic Places, and still remains as a piece of beloved history in Mansfield.

Ritz Theatre

Welcome to the Ritz Theatre in Tiffin, Ohio.

The Ritz Theatre in Tiffin:  At the beginning of the 20th century when movies were becoming popular, theaters were becoming a popular place in towns and cities. The Ritz Theatre was no exception to this; being a very popular place from the day it opened its doors in 1928. Over 1,000 people would pack into the theatre to watch a movie, accompanied by a live orchestra and organs. Since its opening, the Ritz Theatre has been entertaining thousands and thousands of people. Currently, the Ritz Theatre, after being renovated in 1998, still holds performances in its classy and historic theater. With its classic, Renaissance-like style, the Ritz Theatre features a variety of performances, including musical performances, plays, and even movie nights, which can be experienced in a unique and distinctive way.

Roaring Twenties Live

bucyrus-speakeasy-dinner-theatreAdmission to the “Roaring Twenties Live” in Bucyrus is approximately $35.00 per person (group reservations needed).

  • When: Dates may be reserved for groups only.
  • Location: (Map It) The show may be booked at various Bucyrus places as well as the former Speakeasy, Dillinger Event Center,   located on West Mansfield Street on the Square in downtown Bucyrus, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-562-0720  or toll free  866-562-0720

“Roaring Twenties Live” in Bucyrus, Ohio: “Roaring Twenties Live” is a production that involves history, singing, dancing, and lots of fun.  This production takes you back to the Roaring Twenties during prohibition.  One of the locations where the play is produced is the actual tunnel area where the gangsters traveling from Chicago to New York by train spent many hours during the 20’s and early 30’s.  During the performance you may get the opportunity to meet “Al Capone”. The production is full of excitement and surprises. Production presented by the Bucyrus Tourism & Visitors’ Bureau with local performers. Buffet dinner follows show.

The performances began with the rediscovery of a basement lair inside a building that was erected in 1916 and was named the Highway Hotel. During the 1920’s it was a popular spot for gangsters traveling from Chicago to New York and return trip.  At that time there were tunnels under the city of Bucyrus and the tunnel in the Speak Easy still exists (Other tunnels have been replaced by modern basements, etc. due to new construction, etc). The area was called the Highway Grill; Late 1930’s it was a Rathskeller and then the area was closed until renovation and reopening of the historic Speak Easy was completed in 2003. Everything is now just as it was in the 1920’s.  The woodwork, tables, etc. are original.  The elevator is still the original and is hand operated. A play has been written based on history, facts of the era, singing, dancing, gangsters, and just bringing the 1920’s alive. The production is by local all-volunteer talent. A minimum of 35 persons is required for the production. There are two shows available for tour groups…30 minute and a one-hour length show.

Shadowbox Live

shadowbox-sketch-comedyWelcome to Shadowbox Live in Columbus, Ohio.

Shadowbox Live in Columbus: The creative force behind Shadowbox Live has produced a variety of original world-class productions featuring rock operas, musicals, contemporary dance, and other art forms.  And they’ve been doing so for over two decades! The dedicated performers at Shadowbox Live are stunningly talented filled with energy that electrifies audiences with the music and singing and sends audiences into roaring laughter with their comedy sketches in between sets.

The following is an excerpt from a past edition
of OhioTraveler Magazine by Rocco Satullo

What did I get myself roped into? Sitting at a table with friends and strangers, our waitress asked loudly, “Are you a virgin?” I looked desperately at my wife for help but she sank into her chair and gazed away.

“ATTENTION EVERYONE, I HAVE A TABLE OVER HERE WITH THREE VIRGINS!” The waiter at the next table shouted for all to hear.

I asked my friend, “What the heck do they do to virgins?” He chuckled and said to relax and enjoy the show.

So I did.

Shadowbox Live is a unique blend of comedy, theater, live rock and roll, full bar and bistro. It is located in Columbus, Ohio.

When we entered, we were greeted by Stacie Boord. At first, I didn’t pay any mind except to note that she was very friendly and welcoming. She made our group feel her energy become our own. Energy is the operative word here because EVERYONE at Shadowbox has an abundance of energy and enthusiasm. If you read Stacie’s job titles (yes, plural) written in the program it says she is a singer, dancer, actress, chief vocal instructor, comedy director, choreographer, community relations director, company events sales consultant, fundraiser, creative team member and general manager.

Stacie is the one who called to offer my friend discounted tickets because they pulled his business card, she greeted us at the door, and she would later, sing, act, and dance and …I’m getting tired thinking of the list that goes on.

She is no different from anyone and everyone else working at Shadowbox. A common job description includes marketing, acting, waiting, singing, administrative work and dancing.

Our waitress returned to take orders and said she won’t be back until intermission, so stock up now with all the food we’ll want plus a bucket of drinks on ice. That’s because she would soon be on stage along with the rest of the wait staff belting out classic rock songs or jamming on guitar while taking turns making us laugh by acting in the outrageous and original sketch comedy acts between sets.

So we sat back at our table, ate some tasty food, laughed with friends and strangers, dipped into the ice bucket and took in the high energy, fast pace, intimate setting waiting for the show to begin. The intimate quarters in this environment worked right into the ambience and mood. We were ready for the show.

shadowbox-singerBAM!

What a performance right out of the box. You can stand any of these people toe-to-toe with your favorite contestants on The Voice and other shows. Not only can these performers deliver pitch perfect arousing vocals, they do it with style and edge!

Then, silence. The lead singer and a couple musicians soon disappear and reappear in costume to join other actors in an original comedy sketch just underway on the other half of the stage. It’s like watching Saturday Night …live!

At intermission we realized we under ordered and fixed our mistake just in time to kick back and enjoy the second half of the hybrid show that never ceased to amaze.

When the show was over, we were in great spirits talking about our favorite musical performances and comedy sketches. Heck, even the popcorn left an impression.

To plan your night out at Shadowbox, visit www.shadowboxlive.org.

SignStage in Cleveland

Welcome to the Cleveland SignStage.

  • When: See website below for details about this unique theatrical classroom program
  • Location:  (Map It) 11635 Euclid Ave. in Cleveland, Ohio
  • Phone: 216-325-7559
  • Web: click here

The Cleveland SignStage was founded by one Deaf and one hearing actor in 1975.  Since then the theatre has established a sound reputation for bringing new and colorful expressions of theatre to the stage.  Since moving in with the Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center, SignStage has transitioned into a deaf awareness program within the Community Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing department.  SignStage is now an educational outreach program that uses theatre techniques to educate it’s audiences through school assembly programs, workshops and residencies.  We combine American Sign Language with the imagery of mime and theatrical text to bring a unique style of education to our audiences.

Stuart’s Opera House

Welcome to Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville.

Stuart’s Opera House in Nelsonville, Ohio is a unique second floor theater that has been the cornerstone of Nelsonville’s Historic Arts District since 1879. With more than 75 events every year, they serve Southeast Ohio and beyond as a one of a kind venue for a wide range of music, theatre and community functions.

Summer Dance Festival

The Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron is free.

Heinz Poll Summer Dance Festival in Akron :  This event is a tribute to Heinz Poll, the founding artistic director of the Ohio Ballet. And in the tradition of free public performaces, different reputable dance companies each present a unique dance experience for tens of thousands of onlookers at various sites in downtown Akron. Enjoy the magic of dance in this unique family-friendly atmosphere.

Tecumseh Outdoor Drama

Welcome to the Tecumseh Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe, Ohio.

  • When: June – September (Monday through Saturday).
  • Showtime:  8:00pm.
    Location: (Map It) Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre at 5968 Marietta Road in Chillicothe, Ohio
    Phone: 1-866-775-0700
  • www.tecumsehdrama.com

The Tecumseh Outdoor Drama in Chillicothe:  Witness the epic life story of the legendary Shawnee leader as he struggles to unite the various tribes in an effort to drive the encroaching whites from their sacred homelands in the Ohio country during the late 1700’s.

The huge, outdoor stages of the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre afford the audience a unique viewing experience.  You will sit beneath the stars in the beautiful Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre as sheer spectacle surrounds you with a herd of galloping horses, live military cannon in action, and the most dazzling battle sequences offered on the American stage.

This professionally produced outdoor drama is written by seven-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and Emmy recipient, Allan W. Eckert.  The script has been acclaimed as the best of its kind with the outdoor drama industry and continues to fascinate thousands each summer.

Millions of visitors have witnessed this great outdoor drama, making it the most popular of its kind in the State of Ohio and the entire Mid-Western United States.

Enjoy an exciting “Behind-the-Scenes” Tour with cast members as your tour guides.  The stuntmen of TECUMSEH! give a dazzling display of stage-combat and flintlock firing, then pitch headfirst from a twenty-one foot cliff, get up, and explain how they did it.  The tours last approximately one hour and along with detailed historical information also include demonstrations of weaponry, stunts, and make-up as well as explanations regarding communication systems and stage design.  Tours are offered at 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM.

The Tecumseh Terrace Buffet features a Buffet Dinner of wholesome American food.  Served from 4:30 PM until 7:30 PM, the menu includes Broaster Fired Chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, salad bar, bakery rolls, dessert includes baked apple streusel and chocolate pudding, coffee and soft drinks.  Cash, MasterCard and Visa accepted at the buffet.  Snacks, including pizza, popcorn, sweets, and soft drinks are available at the concession stand from 4:00 PM through intermission.

Stroll through our mini-museum and enjoy the displays of prehistoric Indian artifacts from the Scioto Valley.  In cooperation with the Ohio Historical Society, this exhibit is offered Free of charge, Monday – Saturday, from 5:00 PM to 7:45 PM.

Visit our Mountain Gallery Gift Shop where you can find many unique and popular gifts.  Selections include jewelry, pottery, T-shirts and books to serve as souvenirs of your evening at TECUMSEH!

During Meet and Greet, immediately following the performance, cast members will assemble in the pavilion area for autographs and photographs.  This is the perfect opportunity for you to talk to the actors one-on-one!

Trumpet In The Land Outdoor Dramas

Welcome to Trumpet In The Land and the White Savage Outdoor Dramas at Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre in New Philadelphia, Ohio.

  • When: Early June – late August (Monday through Saturday at 8:30pm)
  • Location: (Map It) Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre at 1600 Trumpet Drive NE in New Philadelphia, Ohio
  • Phone: 330-364-5111
  • Web: www.trumpetintheland.com/

Trumpet In The Land and the White Savage Outdoor Dramas at Schoenbrunn Amphitheatre in New Philadelphia, Ohio:

Trumpet In The Land sweeps you back in history to a time when Ohio was the western frontier of America.  Witness the founding of Ohio’s first settlement, Schoenbrunn, and the eventual Gnadenhutten massacre of 96 Christian Indians at the hands of American militiamen.

The White Savage is the life of Simon Girty who was labeled a savage due to his alliance with the Native Americans and the British during the American Revolution.  His loyalty to the Indian and his savagery in battle were legendary and his name brought fear to all along the frontier in the late eighteenth century.

Professional actors, brilliant lighting effects, galloping horses and spectacular battle pyrotechnics bring both of these epic productions to life on the stage of the 1,400 seat outdoor amphitheatre.

Woodward Opera House

Welcome to the Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon, Ohio.

The Woodward Opera House is located in downtown Mount Vernon and is listed as a national landmark. The Woodward opened in 1851 and is America’s oldest authentic 19th century theater still in existence today. A popular theater in the late 1800’s, the Woodward is associated with Mount Vernon native, world famous musician, Dan Emmett. Currently, the historic Woodward Opera House is open for tours and is being restored to its 19th century appearance but with all the 21stcentury services needed for operating a theater. Tours of the opera house are available during the Dan Emmett Music & Arts Festival, First Fridays events, and Mount Vernon’s Christmas Walk. Special group tours can be arranged by calling.

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