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Summer Stock 37 is proud to present our upcoming performances of Hairspray: The Musical.  With music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Shaiman and a book by Mark O’Donnell and Thomas Meehan, Hairspray is based on the 1988 John Waters film. Directors Tom Hitmar, Mackenzie Pinto and choreographer Dana Warren-Tolios lead the cast.  Songs include 1960s-style dance music and “downtown” rhythm and blues. In 1962 Baltimore, plump teenager Tracy Turnblad attempts to realize her dream of dancing on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program similar to American Band Stand, and to join the movement for civil rights.

 

Hairspray performs July 18–20, and 25-27, and August 1-3, at Kent Trumbull Theatre, 4314 Mahoning Ave. N.W. in Warren, OH.  All shows are at 8:00 PM except for Sundays at 3:00 PM. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students, and $10 for children. Call (330) 675-8887 or email trumbullboxoffice@kent.edu for information and reservations.

Garrettsville – Anyone with some spare time and a sense of humor should make a beeline for the Iva Walker Theatre this weekend for the final performances of “Little Shop of Horrors” by the thespians of the Garrettsville Curtains Up Theatre company.

The plot revolves around an alien plant that just happens to wind up in a Skid Row florist shop (Likely, eh?) being tended by a nebbish named Seymour who’s smitten with the shop’s other employee, Audrey, who’s constantly being abused by her sadistic dentist boyfriend (Are you following this?).  Turns out the plant is a ‘way more advanced version of the Venus Flytrap and doesn’t dig plant food, just blood (Any type, dentist, shop owner,  girl friend, whatever). Customers are impressed by the exotic greenery. Chiffon, Crystal and Ronnette are the doo-woppy Greek chorus   that helps the story line along and wind up being about the only ones on the stage that don’t become a main course for the hungry plant.

Good cast, fun music—especially if you’re old enough to catch the pop culture references—a very menacing plant voice and a pleasant way to spend an evening.

 

Garrettsville – Sunday, May 18, 2014 was the BIG SHOW (Anybody remember Ed Sullivan?  Never mind). Opened with the High School Concert Band’s rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” and proceeding through the presentations of the Intermediate School Fifth Grade Band, the Middle School Concert Band and the Intermediate School Sixth Grade Band to the big finish with the High School Concert Band, it was an excellent finale to the year in instrumental music.

The selections ranged from “Attack of the Slide Trombones” through “Old Time Rock & Roll”, a “Philharmonic Phun Phest” and “The Low Brass Brigade” by the younger musicians to “Disney at the Movies”(Surely fitting after the band’s trip to Disney this spring), “Flight of the Bumble Bee”(featuring  Nick Crawford, percussionist extraordinaire), an “Instant Concert” with iconic melodies from all over, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” with a somewhat steroidal piccolo contribution by tubist Michael Ebie and an absolutely lights-out number, “Voodoo”, a sonic tour de force  of jungle beats and hypnotic sounds—great stuff!  Finishing up the program was the Garfield “Fight Song” segueing into “Hang On, Sloopy” and a tremendous drum corps display of percussion mastery.

Congratulations to the directors,  Theo Cebulla and Joe Gaither, who have put together a music program everyone in the district can be proud of.  Thanks to all of the boosters and contributors whose time, efforts and patience  have helped to make it all possible.  Thanks to the musicians who have given it their all, all for a good cause.

 

cis-mantua-schools-art-visit-cleveland-museum-of-art-cmaMantua - For the second year in a row, fifth grade students and parents from Crestwood Intermediate School toured the Cleveland Museum of Art during two special Saturday field trips in early spring. Crestwood Intermediate Art teacher Patty Timbrook received the grants, which funded the trips, from the Hiram Community Trust.

Each grant covered the cost to transport two groups of students and chaperones to the museum. In addition, each grant also provided funds for three Ipads to allow students to research the trip, and to use during the excursions. After the field trips, the iPads are used regularly in Timbrook’s CIS art classroom.  According to Timbrook, “Last year’s students created a digital album of the CMA’s Egyptian collection in preparation for their trip to the museum. Students shared this album with the trip chaperone on the bus on the way to Cleveland.”

For many students and parents, this was the first time they had been at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Several parents hadn’t visited the museum since they were children and were awestruck by the changes what they saw. Timbrook marveled, “Many people mentioned that they will go back; that they were interested in the other museums in Cleveland, as well as other art museums in nearby cities, which was one of goals of this program.”

To prepare students for the trip, Timbrook showed short videos and photos of pieces from the museum’s collection on Ipads, which prompted discussions about what students would see there. Timbrook explained to students that people come from all over the world to see what CMA has to offer, but that her lucky group can get there in just a short ride.

At the museum the group was free to view any galleries during the visit. Timbrook remarked, “They loved the Egyptian gallery since we do a lengthy mummy and Egyptian project in the art room. Next year I plan on having a scavenger hunt at the museum – find Monet’s water lilies, Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe etc.”

The trip to the Cleveland Museum of Art is limited to fifth graders, and is funded through the Hiram Community Trust. Each year, Timbrook leads groups of third graders through the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown. Fourth graders visit the Akron Art Museum. In addition, during NEOEA Day in October, she took 20 Intermediate, Middle and High School students and a few parents to KSU and Hiram College to tour their art facilities.  Students toured the facilities and watched artist demonstrations in the various studios. This program was funded by the Hiram Community Trust, as well, and offered gifted art students with a great introduction to potential college majors in that field.

“I think it is essential that kids learn about other cultures, history, art history, and about themselves through art education and by seeing this outside of the classroom at our local museums. They can’t take it all in through one visit but I feel that I planted the seed,” beamed Timbrook.

        

 Alyssa Perez and her parents investigate an exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Art through a Crestwood Intermediate School program funded by the Hiram Community Trust.  

       Photo provided by Patty Timbrook

 

Hiram - The Baroque ensemble Les Délices are featured artists for the Eighth Annual John M. Watson Memorial Concert on Friday, May 2, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Hiram Christian Church.  These programs are presented each spring by the Hiram College Music Department and funded by a generous endowment in memory of gifted musician John M. Watson by his family.

Les Délices brings together artists with national reputations who share passion for masterworks from the French Baroque.  Their performances on period instruments allow them to explore a rich tapestry of tone colors.  The Hiram program The Leading Man features the unique voice and dynamic stage presence of Grammy-nominated tenor Jason McStoots, who performs feats of musical heroism, absurdist comedy, and ravishing beauty in operatic excerpts by Lully, Boismortier, Leclair, and Rameau.  The ensemble includes director and oboist Debra Nagy, baroque violinists Scott Metcalfe & Cynthia Black, viola da gamba player Josh Lee, and harpsichordist Michael Sponseller. Their website is www.lesdelices.org.

The event is free and open to all.  A reception will follow the concert.  Hiram Christian Church is located at the intersection of Rts. 82 & 700 by the Hiram College campus.  Contact Tina Dreisbach (dreisbachts@hiram.edu) with any questions.

Mantua – This past weekend, there was no need to travel as far as, “second star to the right and straight on till morning,” to visit Neverland, Captain Hook’s pirate ship, or the Darling children’s nursery.  Audiences were easily transported there on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as the Crestwood High School Drama Club presented a musical adaptation of “Peter Pan.”

After nine months of planning and raising funds, the James A Garfield Marching Pride saw their vision come to fruition last week as they took Disney by storm. On Saturday March 22, 2014 they began loading the buses with 73 instruments 73  marching band uniforms, 73 shakos, pairs of shoes, gloves spats, seven flag line flags, Marching Pride banner, two rifles, and honor guard flags. Next, came the luggage for 73 members, plus one director and 11 chaperones, all packed under the bus. It was like a life-size version of Tetris, fitting all the equipment in but they did it and did it well.   The buses were finally loaded and they were off to the “Happiest Place on Earth”, aka Disney.

Hiram College’s Marcia Kenyon Bissell Opera Workshop will present the world premier of the opera Verlorene Heimat (Lost Homeland) on April 10 and 12, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. in the Renner Performing Arts Theater , 11762 Dean St. in Hiram.  The opera, composed by Hiram College Associate Professor of Music Dawn Sonntag, chronicles the true story of an East Prussian family during the final months of WWII as they quietly but courageously resisted the Nazis, sheltering a Ukrainian Jewish girl sent to them to work as a farm laborer.  The opera illustrates the devastating losses caused by a war fueled by greed, fear, pride, racial and cultural hatred.  Cleveland’s German Honorary Consul, Diana M. Thimmig, will give opening remarks before the Saturday evening performance.  Admission is free.  For more information, contact the Music Department at 330-569-5294

Garrettsville – James A. Garfield (JAG) Band has once again made the community proud by earning a superior rating last weekend at the Ohio Music Educators Association’s (OMEA) Northeast Regional Band and Choir Adjudicated Event held at Revere High School and advancing them to the State competition held in April.

The band performed “Gallant Marines”, by Karl King, “Kentucky 1800” by Clare Grundman and “Three Ayers from Gloucester” by Hugh Stuart. They performed before a live audience as well as the judges. Following their on stage performance, they retreated to a private room for the sight reading portion of the competition. The students were given a piece of music, and a few minutes to look it over, and then were expected to play the piece. When the performance was completed, the band was awarded a “1” which is a superior rating.  The band’s superior rating at districts advances them to state competition in April; once again making the district proud.

The band is under the direction of Theo Cebulla, assisted by Joe Gaither.

 

Tickets for Brigadoon may only be purchased from Mrs. Young at the High School front office, Mon-Fri from 8am-2pm. You may contact her at 330-527-4341. Cost of tickets are $8.00 for adults and $6.00 for students 18 and under and senior citizens. There are NO refunds and NO changing of seats and dates after purchase is made. Brigadoon will be performed April 3rd-5th at 7:00 pm and April 6th at 2:00 pm.

Cleveland – Babette, Frank and Theo are three neighbors who are on the verge of life changing episodes in their individual lives. Babette is a writer trying to get her first book deal, Frank is trying to launch an auctioneering career and Theo is in the throes of trying to finish the composition of his roller coaster theme song. They all feel that they are on the verge of having “their dreams come true” or maybe not.

Sharon, PA – The second annual “Art’s Alive in the Dead of Winter” will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center, 98 E. State St. in downtown Sharon. Art’s Alive is an evening out celebrating the handmade work of more than 80 regional artisans from all mediums. All three floors of the arts and culture center will be filled with art, food and music. The live musical entertainment will begin upon the opening of the doors until the show closes at 10 p.m. and features Shenango Valley musicians, including Rick Bruckner James Willaman, John Sailor, Mike Cummings and Brandon Vuich, and Robert Malaniak of Pipe Dreams. 

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Cleveland – Babette, Frank and Theo are three neighbors who are on the verge of life changing episodes in their individual lives. Babette is a writer trying to get her first book deal, Frank is trying to launch an auctioneering career and Theo is in the throes of trying to finish the composition of his roller coaster theme song. They all feel that they are on the verge of having “their dreams come true” or maybe not. 

Sharon, PA - The second annual “Art’s Alive in the Dead of Winter” will be held Friday, Feb. 21 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the James E. Winner Jr. Arts & Culture Center, 98 E. State St. in downtown Sharon. Art’s Alive is an evening out celebrating the handmade work of more than 80 regional artisans from all mediums. All three floors of the arts and culture center will be filled with art, food and music. The live musical entertainment will begin upon the opening of the doors until the show closes at 10 p.m. and features Shenango Valley musicians, including Rick Bruckner James Willaman, John Sailor, Mike Cummings and Brandon Vuich, and Robert Malaniak of Pipe Dreams.