Jerri Shafer

Jerri Shafer


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Photo Coverage: First look at Wagnalls Community Theater Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY ? THE MUSICALPhoto Coverage: First look at Wagnalls Community Theater Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY ? THE MUSICAL
Posted: Oct. 19, 2018


Photo Coverage: First Look at Westgate Theatre Co. and Carriage Place Players' JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOATPhoto Coverage: First Look at Westgate Theatre Co. and Carriage Place Players' JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT
Posted: Oct. 19, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Catco and Evolution Theatre Company's BREAKING THE CODEPhoto Coverage: First look at Catco and Evolution Theatre Company's BREAKING THE CODE
Posted: Oct. 22, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' ARSENIC & OLD LACEPhoto Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' ARSENIC & OLD LACE
Posted: Oct. 17, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's GRAMERCY GHOSTPhoto Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's GRAMERCY GHOST
Posted: Nov. 2, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at King Avenue Players' ANNIEPhoto Coverage: First look at King Avenue Players' ANNIE
Posted: Nov. 8, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEEPhoto Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE
Posted: Nov. 9, 2018


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Photo Flash: Inside Mike Faist's Ohio Artists Gathering's Event RAPID TRANSITPhoto Flash: Inside Mike Faist's Ohio Artists Event RAPID TRANSIT
Posted: Mar. 17, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Off the Lake Productions' DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEADPhoto Coverage: First look at Off the Lake Productions' DOG SEES GOD: CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE BLOCKHEAD
Posted: Mar. 23, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at New Albany Middle School's LEGALLY BLONDEPhoto Coverage: First look at New Albany Middle School's LEGALLY BLONDE
Posted: Apr. 6, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' CHARLOTTE'S WEBPhoto Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' CHARLOTTE'S WEB
Posted: Jun. 14, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's HELLO, DOLLY!Photo Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's HELLO, DOLLY!
Posted: Jul. 13, 2018


Photo Coverage: Inside Weathervane Playhouse's NEW YEAR'S EVE GALAPhoto Coverage: Inside Weathervane Playhouse's NEW YEAR'S EVE GALA
Posted: Jan. 2, 2018


Photo Coverage: First look at Gallery Players' BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRSPhoto Coverage: First look at Gallery Players' BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS
October 16, 2015

Here is part one of Neil Simon's autobiographical trilogy: a portrait of the writer as a young teen in 1937 living with his family in a crowded, lower middle-class Brooklyn walk-up. Eugene Jerome, standing in for the author, is the narrator and central character. Dreaming of baseball and girls, Eugene must cope with the mundane existence of his family life in Brooklyn: formidable mother, overworked father, and his worldly older brother Stanley. Throw into the mix his widowed Aunt Blanche, her two young (but rapidly aging) daughters and Grandpa the Socialist and you have a recipe for hilarity, served up Simon-style. This bittersweet memoir evocatively captures the life of a struggling Jewish household where, as his father states 'if you didn't have a problem, you wouldn't be living here.'

Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL COMEDYPhoto Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's THE ADDAMS FAMILY, A NEW MUSICAL COMEDY
October 2, 2015

Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family - a man her parents have never met. If that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday begs her father not to tell her mother. Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before - keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents.

Photo Coverage: First look at Imagine Productions' SWEENEY TODDPhoto Coverage: First look at Imagine Productions' SWEENEY TODD
September 30, 2015

One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public. One of the darkest musicals ever written, Sweeney Todd: A Musical Thriller is the unsettling tale of a Victorian-era barber who returns home to London after fifteen years of exile to take revenge on the corrupt judge who ruined his life. When revenge eludes him, Sweeney swears vengeance on the entire human race, murdering as many people as he can, while his business associate Mrs. Lovett bakes the bodies into meat pies and sells them to the unsuspecting public.

Photo Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's SORDID LIVESPhoto Coverage: First look at Evolution Theatre Company's SORDID LIVES
September 16, 2015

A black comedy about white trash! Nominated for over thirty awards during its long run in Los Angeles, Sordid Lives puts a comedic twist on a story of unconditional love, acceptance and 'coming out' in a Texas family. This clever, campy and often raunchy tale is based on Mr. Shores' experiences growing up gay in conservative, rural Texas. The star of the show, Peggy, is actually dead. Sissy, Peggy's sister, is afraid that all the family skeletons will come flying out of the closet all at once as they gather to mourn the family's matriarch. She plays mediator between Peggy's daughters, the conservative Latrelle and the more liberal LaVonda, as well as trying to comfort her neighbors, Noleta and husband, G.W., who is the one that killed Peggy - under extremely humiliating circumstances, no less. And then there is Brother Boy, whose hero is Tammy Wynette. The characters of Sordid Lives aren't afraid of doing things that are off-limits in a family show - having affairs, cross-dressing and stripping to their skivvies. But neither do they shy away from serious themes such as bigotry, guilt, homosexuality, forgiveness and acceptance. Their lives intertwine, giving each a new perspective, honesty, and meaning.

Photo Coverage: First look at Columbus Moving Company's METAPhoto Coverage: First look at Columbus Moving Company's META
September 11, 2015

In collaboration with John Giffin (OSU Emeritus, Department of Dance) and Jeanine Thompson (OSU Professor, Department of Theatre), who will present in the first act, 'The Dream Dancer ...And Other Hysterics', Columbus Moving Company will premiere a collection of works titled 'Ghost Light' in the second act. 'The Dream Dancer..' is centered around a hypnotist and his willing subject, while 'Ghost Light' enters the metaphysical realm of the subconscious through dance and theatre. There will be an immersive element inspired by the cult performance art project 'Sleep No More', which welcomes the audience to step back in time to the formative years of The Garden Theater.

Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYONDPhoto Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' ZOMBIES FROM THE BEYOND
September 11, 2015

The Cold War and space race paranoia threaten the good folks at the fictional Milwaukee Space Center when a flying saucer lands in the city. Taking its cue from pulp movies popular at the time, this musical comedy brings the 1950s nostalgically and hilariously to life.

Photo Coverage: Inside Available Light Theatre's FEED YOUR SOULPhoto Coverage: Inside Available Light Theatre's FEED YOUR SOUL
August 31, 2015

Available Light Theatre held their annual celebration on Saturday, August 29th as they prepare for another year of daring storytelling with the people like you who make it all possible. FEED YOUR SOUL is not a formal gala - just a fun night out with delicious, local foods, the coolest silent auction around, and one-night only performances.

Photo Coverage: Inside Short North Stage's A LITTLE NIGHT GALAPhoto Coverage: Inside Short North Stage's A LITTLE NIGHT GALA
August 31, 2015

Short North Stage celebrated its 2015-16 season on Friday, August 28 with A Little Night Gala, an evening of late summer elegance and music inspired by its opening production, Stephen Sondheim's rapturous romantic classic A Little Night Music. VIP guests enjoyed a wine and cocktail reception with a special performance on the main stage. Delectable samplings of food from local restaurants, specialty cocktails, and an enticing array of silent auction items were served followed by a sneak peak at their upcoming season, featuring some of your favorite Short North Stage performers.

Photo Coverage: Inside HATS OFF - A TRIBUTE TO NANCY S. NOCKSPhoto Coverage: Inside HATS OFF - A TRIBUTE TO NANCY S. NOCKS
August 24, 2015

On Sunday, August 23rd, Standing Room Only Theatre Company's Nancy S. Nocks was honored for her many contributions to SRO and the theatre community. This tribute in the Shedd Theatre was a celebration of several 'hats' she has worn in her professional career (musician, director, in community, church, education, etc.) of 55 plus years. Nancy is retiring as Executive/Artistic Director of SRO as her final 'hat' to remove. Many of the guest performers and speakers worked with Nancy in the early years.

Photo Coverage: Inside Imagine Production's LET'S DUET AGAIN!Photo Coverage: Inside Imagine Production's LET'S DUET AGAIN!
August 11, 2015

On Sunday August 9th, Imagine Productions presented a cabaret called Let's Duet Again! Featuring a night of pop duets and musical theatre. Directed by Ryan Stem and co-hosted by Doug Joseph and Nick Hardin. With performances featuring Alex Almeida, Caleb Baker, Corinne Buuk, Ed Eblin, Cassie Gress, Nick Hardin, Chris Johnson, Doug Joseph, Sharon Kibe, Jesika Lehner, Tahrea Maynard-Johnson, Chase McCants, Michael Quinichett, Elena Reinert, Keith Robinson, Ryan Stem, Steve Stumphauzer, Rachel Verdi, and Abby Zeszotek.

Photo Coverage: First Look at Short North Stage's THE LAST NIGHT OF DISCOPhoto Coverage: First Look at Short North Stage's THE LAST NIGHT OF DISCO
August 7, 2015

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a patron of the world-famous Studio 54 nightclub in the 1970s? Well now you can! This August, Short North Stage is transforming the Garden Theater into the legendary Manhattan nightclub and we are inviting you to come dance the night away with celebrities like Liza, Warhol, and Cher. Hit the dance floor, enjoy from the sidelines or reserve a VIP table and watch as the show unfolds around you in a 360 degree immersive theatrical experience.

Photo Coverage: First Look at Emerald City Players' BAT BOY: THE MUSICALPhoto Coverage: First Look at Emerald City Players' BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
August 1, 2015

Bat Boy: The Musical is an American musical with a book by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming and music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe, based on a June 23, 1992 Weekly World News story about a half-boy, half-bat, dubbed 'Bat Boy', who grew up living in a cave.

Photo Coverage: First Look at Columbus Children's Theatre's GREASEPhoto Coverage: First Look at Columbus Children's Theatre's GREASE
July 31, 2015

Here is Rydell High's senior class of 1959: duck-tailed, hot-rodding 'Burger Palace Boys' and their gum-snapping, hip-shaking 'Pink Ladies' in bobby sox and pedal pushers, evoking the look and sound of the time in this rollicking musical. Head 'greaser' Danny Zuko and new (good) girl Sandy Dumbrowski try to relive the high romance of their 'Summer Nights' as the rest of the gang sings and dances its way through such songs as 'Greased Lightnin', 'It's Raining on Prom Night', and 'Alone at the Drive-In Movie'. An 8-year run on Broadway and two subsequent revivals along with place Grease among the world's most popular musicals.

Photo Coverage: First Look at Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre's SEUSSICALPhoto Coverage: First Look at Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre's SEUSSICAL
July 30, 2015

Join the Westerville Parks and Recreation Civic Theatre as they take the stage for the summer production of Seussical. This magical musical is sure to be fun for the whole family!

Photo Coverage: First Look at Shots In The Dark's BIG FISHPhoto Coverage: First Look at Shots In The Dark's BIG FISH
July 24, 2015

BIG FISH is a new Broadway musical featuring music and lyrics by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, The Wild Party) and a new book by esteemed screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory).

Photo Coverage: First Look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' CHITTY-CHITTY-BANG-BANGPhoto Coverage: First Look at Grandview Carriage Place Players' CHITTY-CHITTY-BANG-BANG
July 17, 2015

A musical based on the 1968 film of the same name. Caractacus Potts and his two children Jeremy and Jemima join up with Truly Scrumptious aboard Chitty Chitty Bang Bang to rescue Grandpa Potts from the nasty Baron Bomburst.

Photo Coverage: First Look at Imagine Productions' THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIEPhoto Coverage: First Look at Imagine Productions' THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE
July 16, 2015

Set in New York City in 1922, Thoroughly Modern Millie tells the story of young Millie Dillmount from Kansas who comes to New York in search of a new life for herself. Her grand plan is to find a job as a secretary for a wealthy man and then marry him. However, her plan goes completely awry. The owner of her dingy hotel kidnaps young girls to sell to the Far East; her wealthy boss is slow in proposing marriage; and the man she actually falls in love with does not have a dime to his name -or so he tells her.

Photo Coverage: First Look at Roundtown Player's FOOTLOOSEPhoto Coverage: First Look at Roundtown Player's FOOTLOOSE
July 10, 2015

Roundtown Players is proud to present 'Footloose: The Musical' this summer! This show is an adaptation of the hit 80's movie about a teenager who moves from Chicago to a small farming town that has banned dancing and rock and roll music. He hopes to shake up the town and its strict rules, much to the dismay of the local Reverend.

Photo Coverage: Evolution Theatre's THE TEMPERAMENTALSPhoto Coverage: Evolution Theatre's THE TEMPERAMENTALS
July 7, 2015

'Temperamentals' was a code word for homosexuals in the early 1950s, part of a created language of secret words that gay men used to communicate. The Temperamentals tells the story of two men - the communist Harry Hay and the Viennese refugee and designer Rudi Gernreich - as they fall in love while building the first gay rights organization along with Chuck Rowland, Bob Hull, and Dale Jennings, in the pre-Stonewall United States. It is a true story. This production is lovingly dedicated to the memory of Barbara Sokol.

Photo Coverage: Inside Short North Stage's DARK MONDAYPhoto Coverage: Inside Short North Stage's DARK MONDAY
July 1, 2015

Nineteen local Columbus Theater's gathered on Monday June 29th, 2015 to perform and support a great cause-Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Special Host Nina West introduced performances from many of the region's theater companies, including CATCO, Columbus Children's Theatre, Columbus Entertainment Productions 4 Charity, Curtain Players, Emerald City Players, Imagine Productions, King Avenue Players, Little Theatre Off Broadway, Otterbein Dept. of Theatre & Dance, Pickerington Community Theatre, Pleasure Guild of Nationwide Children's Hospital, Short North Stage, Shots in the Dark, SNAP! Performance Productions, Vaud-Villities, Warehouse Theatre Company, Weathervane Playhouse, Westerville Civic Theatre, Worthington Community Theatre.



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