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Jerri has loved taking photos all her life and was always the one in the family who took everyone’s picture. After her daughter was born, Jerri started scrapbooking and she became interested in taking better pictures for her scrapbooks. Then after her daughter started an interest in musical theatre, Jerri started taking pictures of the shows and developed a love for musical theatre as well. She has been seen snapping pics at many theatres around Columbus and surrounding areas. Jerri's bucket list before she moves on from this world is to shoot a show on Broadway!  So if you can assist with this quest....  To see more of Jerri’s work, visit

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Photos: First look at Gallery Players' FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof‘s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl. Performances run Dec. 2 - 17, 2023, at Gallery Players, 1125 College Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43209. Please visit to get specific showtimes and purchase tickets.

Photos: First look at Mount Vernon Arts Consortium presents IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds as he considers ending his life one fateful Christmas Eve. Performances are November 24 - 26, 2023 at the Knox Memorial Theater. 112 E. High St, Mount Vernon, OH 43050, Tickets and more info at:

Photos: Inside Mount Vernon Arts Consortium presented GIRL NAMED TOM: ONE MORE CHRISTMAS TOUR

Mount Vernon Arts Consortium hosted Girl Named Tom on November 16th, 2023. Three siblings unlock one harmony to unite the world as Girl Named Tom. The trio—Bekah, Joshua, and Caleb Liechty—notably made history as “the only group to ever win NBC’s The Voice.” Along the way, they’ve impressively generated over 25 million of streams across chart-rattling covers such as “River,” “The Chain,” and “Dust in the Wind.” Inking a deal with Republic Records, they served up their debut holiday EP, One More Christmas, which reached #1 on the iTunes Charts, and embarked on a massive arena tour supporting Pentatonix for “A Christmas Spectacular.” Their inimitable harmony will only continue to resound louder with new music on the way soon. Next up Mount Vernon presents “It’s A Wonderful Life: A live Radio Play”. It will perform November 24-26, 2023 at the Knox Memorial Theater. Tickets and more info at:

Photos: First look at New Albany High School Theatre's MEAN GIRLS - High School Edition!

Growing up on the African Savannah has not prepared teenage Cady Heron for the wild and vicious ways of the school in her new suburban Illinois home. Book by Tina Fey, Music by Jeff Richmond, Lyrics by Nell Benjamin, Directed by Elliott Lemberg, Choreography by Broadway Bound Dance Centre, Cast; Dawn Schweitzer / Gretchen Understudy: Kate Armstrong, Marymount Captain: Regan Balistrere, Taylor Wedell: Shelby Bilberry, Marymount 1: Natalie Boyer, Damian Hubbard: Lee Brechter, Sonja Acquino / Janis Understudy: Jaisel Cherry, Mathletes Moderator: Parker Cohn, Mrs. Heron: Samantha Downing. Sarah: Ava Feisel, Lizzie Therman / Karen Understudy: Anna Fishbaugh, Joan the Secretary: Maddie Ford, Janis Sarkisian: Jorie Freedman, Caitlyn Caussin: Brie Funk, Glenn Cocco: Victoria Gonzalez-Zorce, Karen Smith: Pepper Hagan, Mr. Buck: Olivia Horne, Marymount 3: Amanda Ilozurike, Sophie K / Regina Understudy: Regan James, Coach Carr / Damian Understudy: James Jenkins, Regina George: Katelyn Kieninger, Jason W / Aaron Understudy: Ian Kopf, Cady Heron: Gabby Lewis, Teary Girl: Erin Marshall, Christian: Ella Massie, Martin J: Aidan Millerick, Marymount 2: Audrey Muzi, Mr. Duvall: Joseph Quigley, Mrs. George: Mimi Rooney, Tyler K: Aleksander Saken, French Teacher: Caroline Samanich, Karnapriya (Kevin) Ganatra: Sahil Shah, Shane Oman: Ben Silverman, Ms. Norbury: Olivia Smith, Mr. Heron: Jupiter Talbot, Rachel Hamilton: Maria Thiel, Grace A / Cady Understudy: Annie Trybus, Caroline K: Riley Walsh, Aaron Samuels: Drew Wintersteller, Gretchen Wieners: Emma Wintersteller, Michelle T: Janelle Yawson Performances are Nov 16, 17 and 18 @ 7pm & Nov 18 @ 2pm, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts 100 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 170 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 Purchase tickets:

Photos: First look at Rise Up Arts Penguin Project's ANNIE JR

Established in 2004, The Penguin Project has evolved into a National program, with Chapter sites throughout the United States. The program provides a supportive environment for children with disabilities to explore their creative talents. It has also demonstrated that participation in the performing arts has therapeutic value by enhancing social interaction, communication skills, self-confidence and self-esteem. The impact of the program has reached beyond the stage to create a social network for children who previously had very few friends and limited social opportunities. Based on the popular comic strip and adapted from the Tony Award-winning Best Musical, Annie Jr. features everyone’s favorite little redhead in her very first adventure. With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930’s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan’s evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy. Performances are Nov 17 and 18 @ 7pm & Nov 19 @ 4pm, at Thomas Ewing Jr. High School, 2024 Sheridan Dr., Lancaster, OH 43130. Purchase tickets:

Photos: First look at New Herring Productions' THE BIRDS

Based on the suspenseful short story by Daphne du Maurier (and the basis for Alfred Hitchcock's movie of the same title), two strangers, Nat and Diane, take shelter in a small summer cabin from a relentless mass of attacking birds. When a young woman, Julia, appears unexpectantly with disturbing news of the outside world, the gravity of the strange and unprovoked global bird attacks sinks in. Doing their best to survive without power, little food, and a possible armed neighbor who may be alive and watching them, their survival becomes even more doubtful when boredom, stress, and paranoia take hold of their makeshift sanctuary. The Birds performances run November 11 - 26, 2023, at MadLab, 277 North 3rd Street, Columbus, OH, 43215 For more information or to purchase tickets, visit:

Photos: First look at Imagine Productions' THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD

Based on Charles Dickens’ final unfinished novel, this hilarious whodunit invites the audience to solve its mystery by choosing the identity of the murderer. The tale is presented as a show-within-a-show, as the Music Hall Royale – a delightfully loony Victorian theatre company – presents Dickens’ brooding mystery. Performances run Nov. 10, 11, 17, 18, @ 7:30pm and Nov. 12, 19, @ 2pm at Columbus Performing Arts Center, Van Fleet Theatre, 549 Franklin Ave, Columbus, Ohio 43125. For tickets or more information, visit:

Photos: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER

The Man Who Came to Dinner is a classic screwball comedy set in the small town of Mesalia, Ohio in the weeks leading to Christmas in the late 1930s and involves famous (and famously cranky) radio personality, Sheridan Whiteside, slipping on a piece of ice on the doorstep of the Stanley family and having to spend 6 tumultuous weeks recuperating in their home. 

Photos: First look at King Avenue Players' THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be 'Out There,' observes all of Paris revelling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Romani woman, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the Roma – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Photos: First look at Available Light's GHOST QUARTET

A camera breaks and four friends drink in an interwoven tale spanning seven centuries, with a murderous sister, a treehouse astronomer, a bear, a subway, and the ghost of Thelonious Monk.

Photos: First look at Little Theatre Off Broadway's THE SAVANNAH SIPPING SOCIETY

In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate – and an impromptu happy hour – and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years.

Photos: First look at New Albany Middle School Theatre's OLIVER JR

The New Albany Middle School Theatre Department presents, Oliver Jr. the Broadway Junior version of Lionel Bart's classic musical based on Charles Dickens' novel, Oliver Twist, as its fall musical. The streets of Victorian England come to life as Oliver, a malnourished orphan in a workhouse, becomes the neglected apprentice of an undertaker. Oliver escapes to London and finds acceptance amongst a group of petty thieves and pickpockets led by the elderly Fagin. By Lionel Bart, Directed by Melissa Gould, Cast: Oliver Twist: Jackson Stukus & Craig West (double cast), Fagin: Eliot James, Nancy: Kayla Haynes, Artful Dodger: Juliet Erlenbach, Bill Sikes: Aidan Ellison, Mr. Brownlow: Myles Patton, Bumble: Ava Coleman, Widow Corney: Emma Bader, Dr. Grimwig: Harper Rosebaugh, Bet: Lila Griveas, Noah Claypoole: Tatum Holmes, Charlotte: Hope Rooney, Mrs. Bedwin: Eve Limpach, Charlie Bates: Meredith Zeallear, Mr. Sowerberry: Jaxon Hamilton Mrs. Sowerberry: Anna Jenkins, Market Sellers: Gia Ellenberg, Olivia Fuller, Noelle Griffith, Aeva Joyner, Old Sally: Shae Star,Matron: Madison Waltman, Fagin’s Gang: Madeline Bowser, Belina Chang, Ava Coleman, Gia Ellenberg, Olivia Fuller, Noelle Griffith, Tatum Holmes, Anna Jenkins, Aeva Joyner, Ryen Lacy, Eve Limpach, Royale Lyles, Evie Nacht, Hope Rooney, Rowan Sittler, Estelle Woolford, Meredith Zeallear, Alice Zusman, Ensemble: Ava Bame, Autumn Bampton, Anne Farrell, Beatrice Galaise, Reese Juday, Marie Leray, Samantha Pietro, Charlotte Proudfoot, Dance Captains: Juliet Erlenbach, Aeva Joyner, Meredith Zeallear, Asst. Dance Captains: Royale Lyles, Rowan Sittler New Albany Middle School Theatre presents Oliver Jr. to be performed October 27 - 29, 2023, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts - Mershad Hall. 100 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 170 E Dublin Granville Rd, New Albany, OH 43054 Purchase tickets:

Photos:First look at The Lancaster Playhouse's BEDROOM FARCE

Four couples. Three Bedrooms. One endless Saturday night. Trevor and Susannah, whose marriage is on the rocks, inflict their miseries on their nearest and dearest friends and family: three couples whose own relationships reflect the give and take of married life. Set in the mid 1970s, the play takes place sequentially all in one evening in the bedrooms of the three beleaguered couples where beds, tempers, and domestic order are ruffled. A long-running hit in London and New York. By Alan Ayckbourn, Directed by Darnell Lautt, Cast: Delia - Gail Matos, Ernest - John Pekar, Nick - Peyman Majidi, Jan - Mary Murphy, Kate - Jane O’Brien, Malcolm - Fred Norris, Susannah - Raia Hirsch, Trevor - Scott Poling. Performances run October 21, 27 & 28 2023 at 7:30 pm and October 22 & 29, 2023 at 2:00 pm at Event space at Maria’s Mexican Restaurant, 129 E Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130. Purchase tickets:

Previews: THE REAGAN YEARS ULTIMATE 80S DANCE PARTY! at Mount Vernon Arts Consortium

Join the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium Friday, October 20th as they celebrate Halloween 80s style with The Reagan Years Ultimate 80s Dance Party! The Reagan Years recreates the sounds of the best Pop, Rock, New Wave and Heavy Metal hits of the M-TV Era. Get out your best 80s fashion and don't miss your chance to relive the greatest decade of all with a rockin’ bar, oversized dance floor, and tons of your all-time favorite songs. Tickets are $40. You can purchase a ticket for dance floor general admission with limited seating, or secure a seat in the balcony. The event will also include a cash/credit bar. Tickets can be purchased at:

Photos: First look at The Tipping Point Theatre Columbus's ANTON IN SHOW BUSINESS

This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre – the resemblance is uncanny!

Photos: First look at New Vision Dance's CARNIVAL OF WONDERS - DANCING UNDER THE BIG TOP

Come One, Come All! Spend a night Under the Big Top at the Carnival of Wonders presented by New Vision Dance Company on Saturday, October 14 at 3pm and 7pm  located at the Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts in New Albany, Ohio. 

Review: MOBY DICK'S GONE MISSING at Abbey Theatre Of Dublin

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Photos: First look at Original Productions Theatre's MOBY DICK'S GONE MISSING

When the Hollywood film production of Moby Dick descends upon a small fishing town in County Cork, Ireland, the townspeople are both fascinated and frustrated by the disruption in their ability to fish. Chaos ensues when the third, and final, whale for the production goes missing! What did happen to Moby Dick?

Photos: First look at Bruce Jacklin & Company's MISERY

Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon is rescued from a car crash by his 'Number One Fan,' Annie Wilkes, and wakes up captive in her secluded home. While Paul is convalescing, Annie reads the manuscript to his newest novel and becomes enraged when she discovers the author has killed off her favorite character, Misery Chastain. Annie forces Paul to write a new 'Misery' novel, and he quickly realizes Annie has no intention of letting him go anywhere. By William Goldman based on the novel by Stephen King, Directed by Ben Viccellio, the Cast includes: Maureen Browning, Bruce Jacklin & Steve Jefferson. Performances are Oct. 20 - Nov. 11 , 2023, at The Alcove Dinner Theatre, 116 South Main St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050. For tickets or more information, visit:

Photos: First look at Hilliard Arts Council's CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Who wouldn’t want to join Charlie Bucket in his adventurous tour of Willy Wonka’s world-famous Chocolate Factory? This family-friendly play tells the story of the impoverished boy Charlie, who wins a golden ticket to the mysterious, magical, and sometimes even dangerous world of Willy Wonka's design.Now is your chance with our For Kids, By Kids production of Roald Dahl’s classic story as a one act play adapted by Richard R. George! Favorite characters such as  Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Veruca Salt, Mike Teevee, Grandpa Joe and of course Willy Wonka and Charlie himself come to life in front of your eyes.  

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