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Ballet Excel Ohio's 'Little Mermaid' to swim into Akron Civic Theatre
Feb 20, 2017 2:48 PM

Ballet Excel Ohio's 'Little Mermaid' to swim into Akron Civic Theatre

Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale about a mermaid who falls in love with a human prince gets a different twist with Ballet Excel Ohio. The youth ballet troupe, based in Cuyahoga Falls, will bring back its version of "The Little Mermaid" March 11 and 12 at the Akron Civic Theatre.

By April Helms Reporter
My part in 'Mockingbird': studying time period behind Harper Lee classic for Weathervane's
Feb 20, 2017 2:48 PM

My part in 'Mockingbird': studying time period behind Harper Lee classic for Weathervane's

I have found that working backstage for a show gives you a greater appreciation for the work in question. I decided once again to help with props, this time with Weathervane Playhouse's "To Kill a Mockingbird," directed by Jimmie Woody.

By April Helms Reporter
'Whale' of a tale of heartbreak, redemption at None Too Fragile
Feb 13, 2017 12:14 PM

'Whale' of a tale of heartbreak, redemption at None Too Fragile

Hurt, fear and redemption play an integral part of None Too Fragile's poignant "The Whale" by Samuel D. Hunter. The cast of this show does an incredible job balancing their characters' many flaws and cracks with their humanity. The sold-out crowd at the opening night show Feb.

By April Helms Reporter
Whimsical 'Mary Poppins' at Hudson Players sure to delight children, adults
Feb 9, 2017 5:29 PM

Whimsical 'Mary Poppins' at Hudson Players sure to delight children, adults

The cast and crew of "Mary Poppins" at Hudson Players gives more than a spoonful of sugar in this sweet, nostalgic musical based on the series of novels by P.L. Travers and popularized by the Walt Disney film. The theater's winter musical opened Feb. 3.

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Gently humorous 'Bus Stop' delights at Aurora Community Theatre
Feb 6, 2017 2:28 PM

Gently humorous 'Bus Stop' delights at Aurora Community Theatre

A snowstorm strands four passengers and their bus driver at a roadside cafe for several hours.

By April Helms Reporter
Suspenseful 'Mousetrap' at Coach House keeps audience engaged
Feb 6, 2017 2:27 PM

Suspenseful 'Mousetrap' at Coach House keeps audience engaged

A snowstorm, a mystery, a child's rhyme and a murder all combine in Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap," which opened at Coach House Theatre Jan. 26. This production marks the directing debut of Tess Burgler at Coach House Theatre.

By April Helms Reporter
Feb 6, 2017 2:17 PM

Stow Players brings classic 'Velveteen Rabbit' to life

The story of a much-loved stuffed rabbit who dreams of becoming real opened at Stow Jan. 27 and 28. "The Velveteen Rabbit" stage adaptation, based on the book by Margery Williams, is directed by Pat Robertell-Hudson.

By April Helms Reporter
No Expectations, 3 Car Garage among contestants at 2017 Rock Off
Jan 27, 2017 11:48 AM

No Expectations, 3 Car Garage among contestants at 2017 Rock Off

Two high school bands with members in Twinsburg and Cuyahoga Falls were among those selected to play in this year's Tri-C High School Rock Off. The Rock Off is at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 1100 E. 9th St. in Cleveland. The preliminary rounds started Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, and continue Feb.

By April Helms Reporter
Twinsburg residents play part in Hudson Players' 'Mary Poppins'
Jan 24, 2017 11:03 AM

Twinsburg residents play part in Hudson Players' 'Mary Poppins'

Hudson Players will present the musical "Mary Poppins," opening Feb. 3 at the Barlow Community Center in Hudson. The production team includes director Claudia Lillibridge of Twinsburg.

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Several venues offer special programming for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Jan 13, 2017 3:35 PM

Several venues offer special programming for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

For those looking for something to do with their family on Monday, several places in the Akron and Cleveland area are offering special programs on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Great Lakes Science Center marks passing of astronaut, Sen. John Glenn with memorial exhibit
Dec 9, 2016 12:43 PM

Great Lakes Science Center marks passing of astronaut, Sen. John Glenn with memorial exhibit

The staff and volunteers at Great Lakes Science Center has partnered with the NASA Glenn Research Center to establish a temporary memorial for Sen. John Glenn, who died Dec. 8. Members of the public wishing to leave expressions of sympathy may do so beginning Dec. 9.

Hilarious 'Santaland Diaries' a slightly jaded look at the holiday festivities
Dec 9, 2016 12:33 PM

Hilarious 'Santaland Diaries' a slightly jaded look at the holiday festivities

For a hysterically funny and honest look at the holidays -- both the naughty and the nice -- "The Santaland Diaries" at Weathervane Playhouse will fit the bill.

By April Helms | Reporter
Darkly comic 'Thumbs' delights at Hudson Players
Nov 16, 2016 12:00 AM

Darkly comic 'Thumbs' delights at Hudson Players

A woman's attempts to cover up her crime go awry, and the events that follow make for the suspenseful and darkly funny "Thumbs," which can be seen at Hudson Players through Nov. 19.

By April Helms | Reporter
None Too Fragile's emotional 'Annapurna' a tough climb, but effort worth it
Nov 11, 2016 3:43 PM

None Too Fragile's emotional 'Annapurna' a tough climb, but effort worth it

None Too Fragile closes its 2016 season with "Annapurna" by Sharr White, and the theater ends its year with a strong, moving play. "Annapurna," directed by Sean Derry, alludes to the 10th tallest mountain in the world, in Nepal.

By April Helms | Reporter
Nov 11, 2016 3:43 PM

'Red' at Weathervane Playhouse explores the nuances of art, life

"What do you see?""Red."These first and last lines of John Logan's "Red" take on new meaning from the beginning to the end. That meaning is open to audience interpretation."Red," which opened in Weathervane Playhouse's Dietz Theatre Oct.

By April Helms | Reporter
Musical 'Robin Hood' starts Ohio Shakespeare Festival's new indoor season on a fun note
Nov 11, 2016 3:43 PM

Musical 'Robin Hood' starts Ohio Shakespeare Festival's new indoor season on a fun note

Ohio Shakespeare Festival, known for its summer outdoor performances at Stan Hywet Hall in Akron, launched its first season inside with "Robin Hood: An Adventure With Music."The show, which closed Oct. 30, was penned by OSF co-founder Terry Burgler and company member Scott Campbell.

By April Helms | Reporter
Nov 11, 2016 3:38 PM

Darkly comic 'Thumbs' delights at Hudson Players

A woman's attempts to cover up her crime go awry, and the events that follow make for the suspenseful and darkly funny "Thumbs," which can be seen at Hudson Players through Nov. 19.

By April Helms | Reporter
Same 'Flute,' different notes: Kent State Museum highlights stagings of 'Magic Flute'
Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Same 'Flute,' different notes: Kent State Museum highlights stagings of 'Magic Flute'

Kent -- Even though a theatrical production may be done different times at varying venues, each theater and director adds a new take, a unique touch, to that show.

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Glimpse of southern Africa's growing fashion industry at Kent State University Museum
Nov 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Glimpse of southern Africa's growing fashion industry at Kent State University Museum

Kent -- Sara Hume, curator at the Kent State University Museum, had "been kicking around the idea for several years" of highlighting the growing fashion industry in southern Africa.The result is "Fashions of Southern Africa," which can be seen in the Higbee Gallery through July 2, 2017.

By April Helms | Reporter
Nov 7, 2016 2:28 PM

'Good People' at Aurora Community Theatre shows best, worst in people

Is it luck? Choices? Both? Or something else?The question of how people wind up where they are in life is explored, sometimes with gentle humor, sometimes through a harder lens, in "Good People," which opened at Aurora Community Theatre Oct. 21.

By April Helms | Reporter