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Newton Falls - The Newton Falls High School Drama Department will present the comedy “The Last Gladiator”, by Martin Follose, Friday and Saturday, November 19th & 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  The cost is $5.00 at the door.
The story takes place in ancient Rome, but you’ve never seen Rome like this before!  While the emperor is away at war with most of the men of the city, playful peasants fill the market place while the princess searches in vain for a husband.  If she can’t find a suitable match, her father has decreed she must marry the last gladiator standing in the upcoming games.  That’s the last thing this headstrong, intelligent feminist leader wants!  Greedy, power crazed Senator Altilis deviously schemes to get her out of the empire’s affairs by moving the day of the gladiator games up, burdening the princess with planning her dreaded wedding.
Meanwhile, peasant thieves Gladis, Minimus and Julia sneak into the royal palace disguised as handmaidens.  They are promptly caught, almost becoming lion food until the princess gets an idea.  If she trains the muscled Gladis to compete in the games, she can avoid marrying Brudis, the brainless brute favored to win.  But Minimus and Gladis’s plan to rig the games to save Gladis’s life blows up in their faces!  Find out who is left standing and who is sent packing in this side-splitting comedy.
The cast includes:  Donald Slater, Katie Davis, Devon Beckinger, Brad Dubos, Brooke Rogers, Blaire Thompson, Ashley Moore, Taylor Phelps, Rachael Rendessy, Rebecca Ferchaw, Chelsea Beaty, Amanda Davis, Samantha Mitchell, A.J. Navita, Chelsey Cochran, Andrew Ferguson, Stephanie Baringer, Michelle Miller, Ciara Ferry and Breanna McCrystal.  Stage manager for the production will be Jen Pugh.
Come and join us for an evening of fun and entertainment.

Garrettsville - Garrettsville Village Council wrestled with the pros and cons of either demolishing or repairing the Irwin Hardware Building, with several members initially hesitant to allocate public monies for a privately-owned building. Despite the controversy, detractors had to agree that the privately-owned building has become a very public hazard, due to its deterioration in the heart of the business district.
Village Council had no choice but to act before winter weather set in and caused even more structural damage. “It’s in the whole town’s best interest,” says Council President Rick Patrick. “This is a good plan. Even if we had decided to tear down the building, it would have cost the village at least $100,000 — then what? Just leave a gaping hole on historic Main Street? If this building came down, the whole block would go down with it.”
Speaking of historic Main Street, council members and contractors rediscovered an old stage still standing upstairs in the Irwin Building. Talk began about perhaps restoring it later in order to bring live theatre and musical performances back to the historic Buckeye Hall, as it was originally called.
Discussions about the stage undoubtedly evoked fading memories of the Old Opera House, built in 1889. For 75 years, Garrettsville’s Opera House was a village showpiece. The three-storied building–with its imposing bell tower–was considered the village’s cultural center for generations, hosting dances, plays, graduations, movie shows, lectures and holiday parties. It housed village hall, an auditorium, the fire station, police headquarters and council chambers.
After 69 years, structural weaknesses were discovered by state building inspectors and the future of the Opera House began to be questioned. Estimates for correcting its faults kept increasing and the huge building became a drain on the village treasury when rental fees from the auditorium stopped. The famous old landmark fell to the wrecking ball in 1964. Only the clock was saved in a new clock tower built 14 years later on the same site at the corner of High and Maple Streets, now surrounded by parking lots.
In addition to this sad history, council members recalled that Mantua’s old hardware store burned down about 20 years ago, and even now Mantua’s Main Street has an empty lot where that storefront once stood, despite the village’s efforts to attract new business there.
Village Council did not want to bring the same fate to Garrettsville, so, according to Patrick, “We did what we had to do, before it’s too late.”