(12/9/2018) - Rising NYC actress Paula Shtein returns to Columbus to star in the semi-biographical story of beloved comedienne and Broadway star Fanny Brice. As she waits for her husband to return from prison, the star of Ziegfeld Follies reflects on her life and her rise to fame. This hit musical is full of Broadway classics such as "Don't Rain on My Parade," "People," and "Sadie, Sadie, Married Lady," that will be sure to stick in your head.
Funny Girl, book by Isobel Lennart, lyrics by Bob Merrill, and music by Jule Styne.
Performances are December 8, 9, 13, 15, 16, 20, 22 & 23rd, 2018. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit jccgalleryplayers.org to get specific show times and purchase tickets.Photo Coverage: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(12/7/2018) - This is our annual production of the classic Charles Dickens story of Ebenezer Scrooge. In addition to a cash donation for admission, we will also accept donations of toys or canned goods and foods to benefit families in need in our area this holiday season.
Please bring one or more of the following per person attending: cash donation ($5 or more suggested), a new, unwrapped toy, or canned food items (5 or more suggested).
Performances December 7th & 8th at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St, Hilliard, OH, 43026. For performance times and more information visit: http://www.hilliardartscouncil.org/a-christmas-carol/Photo Coverage: First Look at Worthington Community Theatre's THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(12/6/2018) - Join us in Narnia for Worthington Community Theatre's December production of CS Lewis' The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.
Performances are December 7, 8, and 9th, 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/worthington-community-theatre-the-lion-the-witch-and-the-wardrobe/Photo Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/30/2018) - An adaptation of the story of Ebenezer Scrooge's journey from an embittered, ungenerous creature into a giving, caring human being at the hands of three spirits, who, one Christmas Eve, show him what life means.
Performances run November 30th thru December 16th at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at CATCO's THE CHRISTMAS SCHOONER by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/28/2018) - The crew of a Great Lakes schooner risks everything to bring the Christmas spirit to German immigrants in Chicago homesick for their motherland during the late 19th century. Families and kids of all ages will be touched by this heartwarming musical that reveals the real meaning of Christmas. Includes songs such as 'We All Have Songs,' 'Pass it On,' 'What is it About the Water?' and 'Hardwater Sailor.'
Performances are November 28th thru December 16th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: http://catco.org/shows/2018-2019/the-christmas-schoonerPhoto Coverage: First look at Ohio University Lancaster's THE DROWSY CHAPERONE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/25/2018) - The DROWSY Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. With the houselights down, a man in a chair appears on stage and puts on his favorite record: the cast recording of a fictitious 1928 musical. The recording comes to life and 'The DROWSY Chaperone' begins as the man in the chair looks on. Mix in two lovers on the eve of their wedding, a bumbling best man, a desperate theatre producer, a not-so-bright hostess, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, a misguided Don Juan and an intoxicated chaperone, and you have the ingredients for an evening of madcap delight. Rated - PG.
SHOWS/DATES: Thursday, November 29 - Sunday, December 2, 2018
ONLINE TICKETS: https://commerce.cashnet.com/oul-theatrePhoto Coverage: First look at Performing Arts Creative Ensemble's CRIMES OF THE HEART by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/15/2018) - The scene is Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where the three Magrath sisters have gathered to await news of the family patriarch, their grandfather, who is living out his last hours in the local hospital. Lenny, the oldest sister, is unmarried at thirty and facing diminishing marital prospects; Meg, the middle sister, who quickly outgrew Hazlehurst, is back after a failed singing career on the West Coast; while Babe, the youngest, is out on bail after having shot her husband in the stomach. Their troubles, grave and yet, somehow, hilarious, are highlighted by their priggish cousin, Chick, and by the awkward young lawyer who tries to keep Babe out of jail while helpless not to fall in love with her. In the end the play is the story of how its young characters escape the past to seize the future-but the telling is so true and touching and consistently hilarious that it will linger in the mind long after the curtain has descended.
Performances are November 15th thru 18th 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 Hilliard Arts Council's 25th ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/9/2018) - An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.
Performances run November 9th thru November 18th at the Hilliard Civic and Cultural Arts Center, 5425 Center St, Hilliard, OH, 43026. Tickets can be purchased at https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/5916. For performance times and more information visit: http://www.hilliardartscouncil.org/spellingbee/.Photo Coverage: First look at King Avenue Players' ANNIE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/8/2018) - Leapin' lizards! Annie, one of America's favorite spunky little redheads is coming to King Ave Players. Set during the depression, orphan Annie is determined to find her parents. In this fun-filled musical, Annie foils evil schemes, befriends the President and finds and new family for herself and her lovable mutt, Sandy. Annie boasts one of Broadway's most memorable scores with songs including "Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street" and "Tomorrow." Bet your bottom dollar you won't want to miss this family-friendly musical.
Performances Thur Nov 8th - Sat Nov 10th @ 7:30 and Sun Nov 11th at 3:00 pm. Free childcare is available during the Friday evening and Sunday matinee performances. Performance is at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave., Columbus, OH. Admission is free, but a $10 donation is encouragedPhoto Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's GRAMERCY GHOST by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(11/2/2018) - Most people inherit property, but we've never heard of anyone inheriting a ghost. Nancy Willard did! When Amelia Bullock, Nancy's landlady and owner of a delightful old house, dies at the age of 103, Nancy learns that she has been left something named Nathaniel Coombes, a young, handsome Revolutionary solder. Nancy is the only one who can see Nathaniel, which causes interesting situations with her fiance, Parker Burnett and a young newspaperman, Charley Stewart.
Performances run November 2nd thru November 18th, 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 Bruce Jacklin & Co's I'M NOT RAPPAPORT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/28/2018) - Meet Midge and Nat, two old codgers who meet in the park daily. Midge is an African- American janitor, hiding from his tenants who want him to retire; Nat is a Jewish old time radical, hiding from irrelevance by spinning fantasies and fighting injustice both real and imagined. Their cantankerous relationship is the stuff of pure comic genius.
Performances are November 2nd thru November 17th at The Alcove Restaurant, 116 South Main Street, Mount Vernon, OH 43050. For tickets or more information, visit: https://www.alcoverestaurant.com/index.php/en/ticketsPhoto Coverage: First look at Catco and Evolution Theatre Company's BREAKING THE CODE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/22/2018) - Mathematical genius Alan Turing was a pioneer in the field of computers and computer science. His work breaking Nazi code during World War II saved countless lives, yet he plummeted into ruin after his secret life was discovered. Co-produced with Evolution Theatre Company
Performances are October 24th thru November 11th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: http://catco.org/shows/2018-2019/breaking-the-codePhoto Coverage: First Look at Westgate Theatre Co. and Carriage Place Players' JOSEPH AND THE TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/19/2018) - Westgate Theatre Co. and Carriage Place Players is proud to present Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat! Joseph is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The story is based on the 'coat of many colors' story of Joseph from the Bible's Book of Genesis.
Westgate Theatre Co. & Carriage Place Players are partnering with Empty Bowls, a local project to fight hunger. Friday - During intermission, there will be a silent auction for bowls donated by local artists. Saturday - 5 p.m. bowls and soup event - for a $10 minimum donation, select a bowl and enjoy homemade soup and bread then keep the handmade bowl. All proceeds from the Empty Bowls events benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Bank.
Performances are October 19th thru 21st at Westgate Community Recreation Center, 455 S Westgate Ave., Columbus, Ohio. Tickets $5 at the door. For more information, call 614-645-3264.Photo Coverage: First look at Wagnalls Community Theater Presents THE ADDAMS FAMILY – THE MUSICAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/19/2018) - 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. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's 'normal' boyfriend and his parents. (Rated PG)
The Addams Family performs October 19th thru November 4th, 2018, Fri/Sat at 7:30pm and Sun at 3pm at The Wagnalls Memorial, 150 E. Columbus, St., Lithopolis, OH 43136.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: https://wagnalls.org/calendar/wagnalls-community-theaterPhoto Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' ARSENIC & OLD LACE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/17/2018) - In this enduring comedy, a drama critic must deal with his eccentric family, including two sweet aunts who cheerfully poison elderly men with elderberry wine.
Performances run October 19th thru November 4th at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: First look at New Vision Dance Co.'s KALEIDOSCOPE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/13/2018) - Our highly anticipated fall finale KALEIDOSCOPE, will grace the stage at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts. Be transported through the lens and captivated by color as we move in a constantly changing pattern of objects and shapes in KALEIDOSCOPE on October 13th & 14th. Guest Artists include sculptor Sarah Hahn, pianist Max Rubin, vocalist Drew Belpedio, dancers Jarrett Reimers & Karen Wing, dancer Leisa DeCarlo, the cast of NAHS Theatre's FOOTLOOSE the Musical and the Paula Trybus vocal studio. Featuring choreography by Artistic Director Melissa Gould, Lisa Barry, Ryan Shaw, Daniel Kiley, Caitlin Gregory and Marlee Scholten.
When: 10/13 at 8:00 pm and 10/14 at 2:00 pm
Where: McCoy CPA 100 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054
Reserved seat Adult $20, Students & Seniors $12(All tickets subject to a $1.50 facility fee)
By phone: Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 or CAPA 614-469-0939
In person: by visiting the CAPA Ticket Center at the Ohio Theatre, 39 E. State St., ColumbusPhoto Coverage: First Look at Gallery Players' FALSETTOS by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/12/2018) - Gallery Players presents Falsettos, with book by William Finn and James Lapine and music and lyrics by William Finn from October 13-28, 2018. Falsettos is a touching and profound look into a large, modern, dysfunctional, yet loving Jewish family in New York in the 1970s. With mixed and matched love triangles and non-traditional family values, it has become a Broadway classic.
Performances are October 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28, 2018. Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit http://columbusjcc.org/cultural-arts/gallery-players/ to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.Photo Coverage: First look at King Avenue Players' THE LARAMIE PROJECT by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(10/12/2018) - This staged reading is in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepard, the young man who, in October 1998, was savagely beaten and left to die in Laramie, Wyoming.
THE LARAMIE PROJECT is a breathtaking collage that explores the depths to which humanity can sink and the heights of compassion of which we are capable.
One performance only - Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7:30pm.
Performance is at King Avenue United Methodist Church, 299 King Ave., Columbus, OH. PLEASE NOTE: This show is not suitable for young audiences as it contains strong adult language, adult situations, and adult subject matter including descriptions of violence in a brutal hate crime.
Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All profits will be donated to Kaleidoscope Youth Center and Equitas Health.Photo Flash: MadLab Announces the Ohio Premiere of THE WAVE THAT SET THE FIRE by BWW News Desk - Columbus
(10/2/2018) - MadLab's Ohio premiere production of The Wave That Set The Fire by Ellen K. Graham will take place Fridays and Saturdays Oct 5th - Oct 20th, 2018, with a special preview performance on Thursday, Oct. 4, at MadLab, 227 N. 3rd St., in Columbus. Admission is $18 for the general public, $15 for students and seniors and $13 for MadLab members. Tickets are available online at www.madlab.net.Photo Coverage: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's DISASTER! THE MUSICAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/21/2018) - Earthquakes, tidal waves, infernos and the unforgettable songs of the '70's take center stage in this homage to classic disaster films. A group of New Yorkers attends the opening of a floating casino and discotheque that quickly succumbs to multiple disasters. Additionally, this play keeps with a 1970's theme by being a jukebox musical, using popular songs of the decade as musical numbers.
Performances run September 21st thru October 7th, 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 Evolution Theatre Company's DEVIL BOYS FROM BEYOND by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/18/2018) - The Devil Boys are back! We're reviving our 2011 production that started it all. Flying Saucers...Backstabbing Bitches...Muscle Hunks and Men in Pumps! Wake up and smell the alien invasion in this outrageous comedy. Devil Boys from Beyond is an uproarious homage to C-movies, lead-ing ladies, low-budget sci-films of the 50's and the golden age of camp. Cheap in all the right ways, you'll laugh your a#@^ probe off!
Performances are September 20th thru September 29th at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215. For tickets or more information, visit: http://evolutiontheatre.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Warehouse Theatre Columbus' BURIED CHILD by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/14/2018) - Winner! 1979 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Sam Shepard's Buried Child is a powerful and brilliant play probes deep into the disintegration of the American Dream. The setting is a squalid farm home occupied by a family that is unhinged by a dark secret and filled with suppressed violence and an unease born of deep-seated unhappiness.
PERFORMANCE DATES: THU 9/13 at 7pm*, FRI 9/14 at 8pm, SAT 9/15 at 7pm, THU 9/20 at 7pm, FRI 9/21 at 8pm*, SAT 9/22 at 8pm. *Talk back with the cast following the show. For tickets or more info on upcoming dates for the Sam Shepard Festival visit: https://www.warehousetheatre.org/Photo Flash: First Look at Original Productions Theatre's HOW I GOT PLUTO by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/12/2018) - Forty years later, feeling shades of joy, frustration, love, regret, the class of 1970 comes together for a bittersweet high school reunion. Baby Boomers still in love, those yearning for love, those scarred by high school trauma, and those shouldering current crises form a sometimes uneasy bond in How I Got Pluto written and directed by Columbus native Dave Morgan. "Sometimes the best answer to life's slings and arrows is to just go get a good dog".
This inaugural opening for Original Productions Theatre will be staged September 13 thru September 22nd at the Abbey Theater of Dublin, 5600 Post Road, Dublin, OH 43017. Make reservations by calling 614-943-1776.Photo Coverage: First look at Warehouse Theatre Columbus' COWBOY MOUTH by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/10/2018) - Cowboy Mouth is a rarely produced, semi-autobiographical play, written with Patti Smith over the course of several sleepless days and nights, tells the story of Slim and Cavale, two rock n' rollers holed up in a disheveled apartment await a special delivery in the form of their iconic, visionary savior 'the Lobster Man'.
PERFORMANCE DATES: THU 9/6 at 8pm, SAT 9/8 at 11pm, SAT 9/15 at 11pm, and SUN 9/16 at 8pm. For tickets or more info on upcoming dates for the Sam Shepard Festival visit: https://www.warehousetheatre.org/Photo Coverage: First look at Warehouse Theatre Columbus' TRUE WEST by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/9/2018) - True West, an American classic, explores alternatives that might spring from the demented terrain of the California landscape. Sons of a desert-dwelling alcoholic and a suburban wanderer clash over a film script. Austin, the achiever, is working on a script he has sold to producer Saul Kimmer when Lee, a demented petty thief, drops in. He pitches his own idea for a movie to Kimmer, who then wants Austin to junk his bleak, modern love story and write Lee's trashy Western tale.
PERFORMANCE DATES: FRI 8/31 at 8pm, SAT 9/1 at 8pm, SUN 9/2 at 3pm, FRI 9/7 at 8pm, SAT 9/8 at 7pm, and SUN 9/9 at 7pm For tickets or more info on upcoming dates for the Sam Shepard Festival visit: https://www.warehousetheatre.org/Photo Coverage: Inside Ohio Artists Gathering's CUBICLE FARM and SUMMER OF '63 by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/7/2018) - Last week, the Ohio Artists Gathering celebrated the finale of its inaugural year with presentations of two original shows. The first, Summer of '63 written by York Walker (LA), directed by Alan Bomar Jones (Dayton), and featuring Kendra Lucas (CBus), Shanelle Marie (CBus), Tobie Windham (LA), Asher Grodman (NYC), Lateefah Holder (LA), Taylor Moss (CBus), and John Stewart (NYC). The second, Cubicle Farm written and directed by Broadway actor Asa Somers and featuring Broadway actor Mike Faist. The continued support of the public made this event possible and we thank all of our donors and supporters for everything they have done. Updates on the future of this festival will be posted on social media @ohioartistsgathering or on our website, www.ohioartistsgathering.comPhoto Coverage: First look at Curtain Players' ON GOLDEN POND by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(9/6/2018) - An elderly couple enjoy their latest summer in a cottage on a Maine lake, as they come to terms with the husband's advancing age and his ongoing estrangement from his newly engaged daughter.
Performances run Sept 7th thru Sept 23rd at Curtain Players, 5691 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: http://curtainplayers.orgPhoto Coverage: Inside Ohio Artists Gathering's CUBICLE FARM REHEARSAL by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(8/31/2018) - Amazing success! On Thursday, August 30th Short North Stage held an open rehearsal for a one man show called Cubicle Farm written by Broadway actor Asa Somers and performed by Tony Nominee and Broadway actor Mike Faist. The Ohio Artists Gathering welcomed the general public into a short viewing of their rehearsal process as they worked through the problematic parts of the script and overcame any physical or emotional barriers that presented themselves. The audience was extremely engaged in what was happening and took plenty of time afterwards to ask questions about the writing the rehearsal process of the piece up until that point. Asa and Mike talked about their background as actors and how they came to meet and begin work on Cubicle Farm. On Friday, August 31st, we will be welcoming Asa and Mike back to Short North Stage for a final presentation of their production.
For more info on Ohio Artists Gathering and tickets, email email@example.com or visit their webpage https://ohioartistsgathering.com/.Photo Flash: Inside Brian Horne's SECOND TO SHERLOCK New Musical Reading by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(8/31/2018) - Join us for a free staged reading of an original musical by Columbus' own Brian Horne! Presented through a partnership with the Westerville Central High School Theatre Department, this is your chance to see a new work from a local artist and help shape the show by providing valuable feedback. Two Nights! 8/30 and 8/31 at 8pm.
Second to Sherlock tells the story Daniel Calloway, a down on his luck Irish detective trying to make a name for himself in Victorian London. After taking a case that's finally come his way, Calloway's life gets mixed up in a plot involving an ill-tempered Russian, a bordello proprietor with a peculiar name, Jack the Ripper, and even the world famous detective whose shadow he's trying to escape. Part dashing mystery, part Mel Brooks, and entirely entertaining, Second to Sherlock is a new work that's bound to wow audiences!Photo Coverage: Inside Ohio Artists Gathering's THE BIG TABLE by Jerri Shafer - Columbus
(8/30/2018) - Last night, Short North Stage welcomed a wonderful array of people in Columbus theatre to speak with Broadway actor Mike Faist and the general public about the growth of the Columbus theatre community. Represented on our panel was Short North Stage, Madlab Theatre, Columbus Children's Theatre, CAPA, and The Greater Columbus Arts Council. In their discussion, they touched on the many opportunities held within Columbus theatre as well as the potential for growth in the future. Columbus is a booming artistic city with an incredibly active theatre scene. Events such as the Ohio Artists Gathering are encouraging to bring together the many theatres of Columbus so that they may not only connect with each other, but also put Columbus on the map as being one of the best places in the country to go to for live theatre. A huge thank you is due to all who came out and supported the Ohio Artists Gathering last night as well as The Columbus Foundation for making The Big Table discussion a possibility.
Visit the Ohio Artists Gathering webpage for more information about the event and more events this week you can attend: https://ohioartistsgathering.com/