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Renaissance Receives Surprise Holiday Gift

16 Dec , 2017  

Earlier this month, the FirstEnergy Foundation announced that would surprise 132 deserving nonprofit agencies in the FirstEnergy Corporation area with donations over the coming weeks as part of its “12 Gifts of the Season” holiday campaign. The Renaissance Theatre is happy to announce that they have been the lucky recipients of one of these gifts. More…

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A Sensory-Friendly “Pinocchio” At The Renaissance

15 Dec , 2017  

The Renaissance Theatre will host the second of its three Teddy Bear Concerts in the 2017-2018 Mechanics Bank Education Series on Sunday, January 14 at 2:30 PM. The performance features an original script by Michael Thomas of the story “Pinocchio,” performed by Renaissance Theatre actors Maddie Beer and Colton Penwell and the Mansfield Symphony Brass Trio. More…

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MSO Holiday Pops Concert On December 16

12 Dec , 2017  

The annual Holiday Pops Concert of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus will perform on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre on December 16 at 8 PM. The performance, conducted by Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas and Choral Director Larry Griffin will feature a program of holiday repertoire, closing with a traditional carol sing.

The concert will feature a children’s chorus conducted by Lori Turner as well as Rusty Cates as narrator on the Holcomb arrangement of “’Twas The Night Before Christmas.” As ever, a visit from Santa Claus will take place during the concert and guests will have the opportunity to capture a photo with Santa Claus in the lobby. More…

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Sawyer Brown To Take The Stage

9 Dec , 2017  

One of country music’s most popular touring bands, Sawyer Brown, will perform a concert at the Renaissance Theatre on January 6 at 8 PM. The concert is presented as a part of the Avita Health System Concert Series. Local country band, The DeVault Ridge Band, will open the show. More…

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A 1940s Nutcracker Returns To The Ren

19 Nov , 2017  

Blending classical ballet with contemporary dance and an innovative spin on a holiday classic, A 1940s Nutcracker presented by Neos Dance Theatre featuring the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will be performed at the Renaissance Theatre December 9 at 8 PM and December 10 at 2 PM.

Steve Taylor, Mansfield Symphony Operations Manager, said, “Live music played and conducted right in front of an audience adds more energy and emotion to anything you’re watching on stage. We are thrilled that Bobby Wesner has been able to make the Mansfield Symphony part of his very unique Nutcracker performance for two years now. More…

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Holiday Organ Event At The Ren To Feature Music, Silent Films

11 Nov , 2017  

The Renaissance Theatre will present a holiday-themed Theatre Organ concert and silent film screening on Wednesday, December 6 at 1 PM.  Theatre Organist Jay Spencer will perform a concert of holiday songs as well as the live score for two silent films: Laurel and Hardy in “Big Business!” and Charley Chase in “There Ain’t No Santa Claus.”

Jay Spencer has been performing on the Kilgen Pipe Organ at the Canton Palace Theatre for the past twenty-two years, regularly performing throughout the region as a theatre organist. He is well known in Canton for his skill with playing the scores for silent films as well as his fashionable socks. More…

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Theme Chosen For Renaissance Creative Writing Contest

6 Nov , 2017  

Beginning in November, the Renaissance Education Department will continue its annual MindSprouts Creative Writing program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  K-12 teachers are invited to schedule a free in-class writing workshop with Renaissance Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, trained by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. More…

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A Christmas Story The Musical Hits The Ren

31 Oct , 2017  

The beloved classic holiday film “A Christmas Story” will come to life on stage as a musical at Mansfield’s Renaissance Theatre this November. The Broadway musical, composed by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul best known for award-winning hits like “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land,” features a contemporary score alongside a script adapted from the popular holiday film.

The production is directed by Michael Thomas, with music direction by Kelly Knowlton, choreography by Shannon Maloney, and set design by Jason Kaufman. The cast is led by local performers Rusty Cates, Maddie Beer, Colton Penwell, Bryce Dials, William Gorgas, and Landon Flint. In total, nearly 30 local performers create the cast. More…

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Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Offering Free Educator Workshop

29 Oct , 2017  

The Mansfield site of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program will offer an arts integration professional development workshop for teachers on Thursday, November 9.  Randy Barron, a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist since 1995, will lead the workshop. For over thirty years, he has designed and led arts-integrated residencies for students, as well as over two hundred professional development workshops for teachers across thirty-six states. More…

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Scary Symphony For Families

10 Oct , 2017  

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present its second concert of the 2017-2018 OhioHealth Symphony Series, “Scary Symphony” on Sunday, October 22 at 3 PM at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, Ohio. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature a program of classic and popular “spooky” music played by the orchestra. Guests are invited to attend the concert in costume. More…

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Renaissance Theatre Statement On Passing Of Ralphie May

8 Oct , 2017  

The following statement has been issued by the Renaissance Theatre:

The staff and board of the Renaissance Theatre are saddened to learn of the passing of comedian Ralphie May on October 6, 2017. The performer was scheduled to perform at the theatre on October 13, 2017. Due to the sudden passing, the October 13th performance will be canceled. More…

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Tribute To The Eagles Comes To Mansfield

5 Oct , 2017  

Billed as “the original tribute to The Eagles,” tribute band Hotel California will come to the Renaissance Theatre on Saturday, October 28 for a night saluting the legendary music of the iconic band. Presented as a part of the Avita Health System Concert Series, Hotel California will perform all of the greatest hits of The Eagles starting at 8 PM on the stage of the Renaissance. More…

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