A Midsummer Night's Dream is William Shakespeare writing comedy, romance and magic at their finest. Often cited as the play that led people to a life-long love of Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream has a special place in the history of Actors' Theatre of Columbus, being the first play ever performed by the company in Schiller Park.
Performances are August 9th - September 2nd, 2018. Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm. Schiller Park (German Village), Amphitheatre Stage, Columbus, Ohio. For information on donations and seat reservations, visit http://theactorstheatre.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's THE BAD SEED August 8, 2018
In a small Southern town, Colonel and Christine Penmark live with their daughter, Rhoda. On the surface she is sweet, charming, full of old-fashioned graces, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But Rhoda's mother has an uneasy feeling about her when one of Rhoda's schoolmates is mysteriously drowned at a picnic. For the boy who drowned had won the penmanship medal that Rhoda felt she deserved.
Performances run August 10th thru August 26th, 2018 at Little Theatre Off Broadway, 3981 Broadway, Grove City, Ohio. For reservations/more info visit: http://www.ltob.org or call 614-875-3919.Photo Coverage: First look at Carriage Place Youth Theatre's THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH August 5, 2018
A stage version of Norton Juster's beloved children's book. Discover Milo's adventures in the Land of Wisdom, where he's forced to think about many new things. Milo learns of the argument between King Azaz and his brother, the Mathemagician, whose disagreement over words and numbers has led to the banishment of Princesses Sweet Rhyme and Pure Reason. Milo is dispatched to rescue the princesses from the Land of Ignorance. The knowledge and skills Milo picks up on his journey help him to save the princesses. When he must return home, Milo's sorry to leave his friends - but enriched by his experience, he realizes his attitude toward learning will never be the same.
Performances are August 3rd - August 5th, 2018 at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information on upcoming auditions or performances, visit https://www.facebook.com/GCPPlayers/Photo Coverage: First look at Imagine Productions' ROCK OF AGES August 2, 2018
It's the tail end of the big, bad 1980s in Hollywood, and the party has been raging hard. Aqua Net, Lycra, lace and liquor flow freely at one of the Sunset Strips last legendary venues, a place where sex machine Stacee Jaxx takes the stage and scantily clad groupies line up to turn their fantasies into reality. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and resident toilet cleaner) Drew longs to take the stage as the next big thing (and longs for small-town girl Sherri, fresh off the bus from Kansas with stars in her eyes). But the rock and roll fairy-tale is about to end when German developers sweep into town with plans to turn the fabled Strip into just another capitalist strip mall. Can Drew, Sherri, and the gang save the strip-and themselves-before it's too late? Only the music of hit bands Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and more hold the answer.
Performances are August 2nd thru August 5th. Doors open 30 minutes prior. Northland Performing Arts Center (NPAC), 4411 Tamarack Blvd, Columbus, Ohio 43229. Visit https:www.imaginecolumbus.orgrock-of-ages.html for information on purchasing tickets.Photo Coverage: First look at Ohio University Lancaster Community Theatre's HELLO, DOLLY! July 23, 2018
HELLO, DOLLY! bursts with humor, romance, high-energy dancing, and some of the greatest songs in musical theatre history - "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Ribbons Down My Back," "Before the Parade Passes By," "Hello, Dolly!," "Elegance," and "It Only Takes a Moment." The romantic and comic exploits of Dolly Gallagher-Levi, turn-of-the-century matchmaker and "woman who arranges things," are certain to thrill and entertain audiences again and again.
SHOWS/DATES: Sunday, July 22 through August 5, 2018. Sunday, August 5, 2 PM, ASL Interpreters will be provided for this performance.
ONLINE TICKETS: https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatrePhoto Coverage: Inside Little Theatre Off Broadway's BOTL Awards July 23, 2018
On Sunday July 22nd Little Theatre Off Broadway (LTOB) celebrated the shows and talent that were featured on their stage this past season! Highlights for the evening included Michael Bynes and Heather Carvel received LTOB's highest award called a Gracie. Michael received the award for Technical Direction of Noises Off and Heather received it for portraying Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd. Sweeney Todd also received the BOTL Award for Show of the Year! LTOB thanks everyone that played a part in making this season a fantastic one.
For more information on LTOB's upcoming season, auditions or how you can donate to the theatre, please visit: http://ltob.orgPhoto Coverage: First Look at Worthington Community Theatre's AIDA July 20, 2018
Winner of four 2000 Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice's Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love.
Performances July 20th thru the 29th, 2018 at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington, 777 Evening St., Worthington, Ohio. For tickets and more information, visit http://www.mcconnellarts.org/wct-presents-elton-john-tim-rices-aida/Photo Coverage: First Look at Actor's Theatre of Columbus' PUSS IN BOOTS July 19, 2018
Puss in Boots, or the Master Cat, is one of the great fairy tales in Western literature. First put to paper by Giovanni Francesco Straparola in the 1550s, Puss in Boots is the story of a talking cat who serves his poor owner by his wits, making his master wealthy, finding him love, and stealing him a kingdom. Ludwig Tieck's 1797 stage version of the play, first performed in German, is a brilliant amalgam of the fairy tale, children's theater, and social satire. Rarely performed in the United States, Tieck's Puss in Boots, a Fairy Tale for Children is a joyous early example of absurdist theater.
Directed by Philip J. Hickman and Adam Simon. Cast includes: THE KING: Weston McAloney, THE PRINCESS: Dakota Thorn, HINZE: Beth Josephsen, GOTTLEIB: Alec Reusch, CRITIC 1: Angela Joy Baldasare, CRITIC 2: Treasure Davidson, CRITIC 3: Jordan Shear, THE PLAYWRIGHT: Becca Kravitz, FIRST LOVER: Kelsey Hopkins, SECOND LOVER: Samuel B Partridge, PRINCE NATE: Monty Almoro, and LEANDER: Helen Casebolt.
Performances are July 19 - August 5, 2018. Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm. Schiller Park (German Village), Amphitheatre Stage, Columbus, Ohio. For information on donations and seat reservations, visit http://theactorstheatre.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Performing Arts Creative Ensemble's DEATHTRAP July 18, 2018
Seemingly comfortably ensconced in his charming Connecticut home, Sidney Bruhl, a successful writer of Broadway thrillers, is struggling to overcome a dry spell which has resulted in a string of failures and a shortage of funds. A possible break in his fortunes occurs when he receives a script from a student in the seminar he has been conducting at a nearby college-a thriller which Sidney recognizes immediately as a potential Broadway hit. Sidney's plan, which he devises with his wife's help, is to offer collaboration to the student, an idea which the younger man quickly accepts. Thereafter suspense mounts steadily as the plot begins to twist and turn with devilish cleverness, and with an abundance of thrills and laughter!
Deathtrap written by Ira Levin is directed by Douglas C. Shaffer. The cast includes: Sidney Bruhl: Jim Speegle, Myra Bruhl: Beth Nuzum Cronenweth, Clifford Anderson: Steve Stumphauzer, Helga Ten Dorp: Anita McFarren, and Porter Milgrim: Kevin Doll.
Performances are July 19th thru July 29th at the Columbus Dance Theatre, 592 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: https://pacecolumbus.com/Photo Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's VERONICA'S POSITION July 17, 2018
A mixture of love, politics and art in a star-spangled comedy set in Washington, D.C., 1990. When Veronica, a self-absorbed movie star in mid-life (think Liz Taylor) agrees to co-star in a play with her favorite ex-husband (think Richard Burton), both egos and calories get burned. The director (who is young, female and attractive) gets a better performance from Veronica's ex-husband off-stage than on. Meanwhile, Veronica's gay assistant falls in love with an old pal, a controversial photographic artist who has just been denounced by Veronica's current flame, a powerful United States senator. When conflicts build between those she adores, the fervently apolitical Veronica is forced to take a position on the one subject she cares about love.
Veronica's position written by Rich Orloff is directed by Jack Petersen. Featuring: Lori Cannon as Veronica, Robert Needham as Harvey, Mark Phillips Schwamberger as Alan, Krista Lively Stauffer as Mallory, Christopher Storer as Ezekiel, and David Allen Vargo as Philip.
Performances are July 18th thru July 28th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: http:evolutiontheatre.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at New Vision Dance Co.'s BRANCHING OUT July 13, 2018
New Vision Dance Co. presents their fifth annual weekend of dance at the historic Garden Theater in the Short North. "Branching Out" will feature new works by Artistic Director Melissa Gould and collaborations with composer Michael O'Dell and sculptor Sarah Hahn. Pre-show musical entertainment featuring Michael O'Dell & MoDJaZZ, an eclectic blend of jazzpop+, begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. Guest Artists include Expedition Dance, TruKingdom Mega Crew, Armond Vance, vocalists Kristen Basore & Chris Rusen and Patrick Schaefer. Extend and grow with us as we celebrate our 5th season of dance.
When: 7/13 at 8:00 pm ; 7/14 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Where: The Garden Theater, 1187 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
Admission: $15 general admission, available at www.shortnorthstage.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's HELLO, DOLLY! July 13, 2018
Be sure to attend Hilliard Arts Council' production of Hello, Dolly! Only 3 performances available the weekend of July 13, so make your plans now!!! Performances run July 13 & 14th at 8:00 pm and July 15th at 3:00 pm at the Hilliard Davidson High School, 5100 Davidson Rd., Hilliard, OH 43026. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/4580. For performance times and more information visit: http://www.hilliardartscouncil.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Pickerington Community Theatre's THE LITTLE MERMAID July 12, 2018
The Little Mermaid is a stage musical produced by Disney Theatrical, based on the animated 1989 Disney film of the same name and the classic story of the same name by Hans Christian Andersen about a mermaid who dreams of the world above the sea and gives up her voice to find love.
Tickets are on sale on now! Tickets to Disney's The Little Mermaid may be reserved by calling our box office at 614-508-0036 or you can purchase tickets online at pctshows.com.
Performances are July 13-22 at the Heritage Theatre, 100 North East Street, Pickerington, OH 43147. Shows are 8:00 PM on Friday and Saturday nights and 2:00 PM on Sundays.Photo Coverage: First look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' THE MUSIC MAN July 11, 2018
The Grandview Carriage Place Players present Meredith Willson's classic tale. The Music Man follows fast-talking traveling salesman, Harold Hill, as he cons the people of River City, Iowa into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys' band he vows to organize - despite the fact he doesn't know a trombone from a treble clef. Performances are July 12 - July 15, 2018 at the Grandview Heights High School. Thurs - Sat @ 7:00 pm and Sun @ 2:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door. For information on upcoming auditions or performances, visit https://www.facebook.com/GCPPlayers/Photo Coverage: Inside Curtain Players 2017-18 Season End Party June 28, 2018
Appearing on the English stage only five years after Mary Shelley's groundbreaking novel Frankenstein; or the Modern Prometheus, Richard Brinsley Peake's Frankenstein, or the Dangers of Presumption is the first adaptation of that venerable novel. Peake's monster is an early version of the horror that would star in more than 50 films in the last 100 years. Performed in the style of classic melodrama, including song, lovers, and spectacle, Peake's stage adaptation was the only version Shelley attended, an event which she recounted in a letter to her father, stating, "I was much amused!" Frankenstein was such a hit in the theaters that the publisher of Shelley's novel produced a second edition, and the place of that novel in the English canon was secured. Several stage imitators followed in the decade after Peake's 1823 play, but this play endures as the original stage version of Frankenstein.
Performances are June 21 - July 15, 2018. Thursdays through Sundays @ 8pm. Schiller Park (German Village), Amphitheatre Stage, Columbus, Ohio. For information on donations and seat reservations, visit http://theactorstheatre.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at Warehouse Theatre Columbus' BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON June 22, 2018
A.J. kicked British butt, shafted the Indians and smacked down the Spaniards, all in the name of these United States - who cares if he didn't have permission? Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson creators, Michael Friedman (Love's Labour's Lost, The Fortress of Solitude) and Alex Timbers (Love's Labour's Lost, Peter and the Starcatcher), cook up an alternate universe (and draw parallels to today's political/populist landscape) with their musical about the seventh U.S. president.
PERFORMANCE DATES: June 21 - 30th at The Franklinton Playhouse, 566 W. Rich St., for tickets or more info visit: https://www.warehousetheatre.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' CHARLOTTE'S WEB June 14, 2018
Join us in the park! Curtain Players is pleased to present Charlotte's Web by E.B. White. The beloved children's book has been transformed into a play by Joseph Robinette. It tells the story of a young pig on the Arable family farm who is saved from slaughter. That pig, named Wilbur, tries to make friends with everyone at his new home on the Zuckerman Farm and finds comfort with his closest new friend, Charlotte, a spider. Charlotte repeatedly saves Wilbur by writing words about him in her web.
Performances run Thur-Sat, June 14th thru 23 th at 7:30 pm. Bring lawn chairs andor blankets as it's all free lawn seating (donations accepted). Parking will be available in the park along Alum Park Drive (accessible from W. Main Street) and on the lawn near the amphitheater (as accessed from Alum Park Dr.) Please visit www.curtainplayers.org and follow the theater on Twitter at http:twitter.comcurtainplayers.Photo Coverage: First look at Carl Burgason's THE SEMI-ANNUALS June 7, 2018
The Columbus premiere of an original one-act, written and directed by Carl Burgason. A young Manhattan woman, Claire, decides to end her life by hiring a man to kill her. After her husband Leon finds out about her arrangements, the couple embarks on a six-month-long journey to figure out their past, present, and future without one another. Cast includes: Claire - Nina Martin, Leon - Cory Velazco, and The Man - Joel Savage.
This show is being presented as a part of the late-night series at MadLab. Performances are June 8th @ 10PM and June 10th @ 8PM at MadLab, 227 N 3rd St. Columbus, OH 43215. Admission is $6 at the door.Photo Coverage: Inside the Ohio Community Theatre Association's Central Region Festival 2018 June 5, 2018
The Ohio Community Theatre Association (OCTA) held its Central Region Festival on Saturday June 2nd at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio. This is a juried festival where the community theaters perform a portion from one of their shows from the past season. Excerpts were by Out of the Box Community Theatre's Harvey, Curtain Players' Wendy Darling, Bucyrus Little Theatre's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Eclipse Theatre Company's Glass, Licking County Players' Almost, Maine, Mount Vernon Players' Dancing On Clouds, and Little Theatre Off Broadway's Psych.