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Jazz At Theatre 166

15 Jan , 2019  

Steve Brown and Friends will present a jazz concert on Friday, February 1 at 7:30 PM in the newly renovated Theatre 166. The theater, which is part of Renaissance Performing Arts Association, is located at 166 Park Avenue West.

This 5-piece ensemble will perform a diverse variety of jazz style including swing, Latin and ballads, chosen primarily from the Great American Songbook. Included will be the works of Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Duke Ellington, Billy Joel and many others. More…

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Youth Opera Theatre Auditions Set For “Thespis” And “Hercules”

12 Jan , 2019  

Directed by Lori Turner, the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre announces auditions for Gilbert and Sullivan’s operatic extravaganza, “Thespis,” the piece that gave the legendary duo their start, and “Hercules” composed by the Renaissance’s Artistic Director, Michael Thomas.  Audition Dates are February 9 from 11:00-4:00 PM at Theatre 166 (166 Park Avenue West), and February 10 from 12:00-4:00 PM in the Ballroom of the Renaissance Theatre. More…

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Mamma Mia Cast Announced

11 Jan , 2019  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association is pleased to announce the cast for Mamma Mia!, a 2018-2019 Richland Bank Broadway Series production.  Mamma Mia! will be performed on March 2-3 and 9-10 at the Renaissance Theatre. Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas will direct the show and Kelly Knowlton will be the Music Director for the production. More…

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A Hot Mikado For What May Yet End Up A Cold January

5 Jan , 2019  

The Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre will present two fun-filled musicals on January 26 and 27 at the Renaissance Theatre. The show will open with “Hot Mikado,” followed by Michael Thomas’ original production, “Marco Polo Jones: The Road to Shanghai”. The productions are directed by Lori Turner.

“Hot Mikado” is a hilarious and “hot” updated version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s perennial classic, “The Mikado.” The production of “Hot Mikado” is set in Japan in the 1940s with a tale where, despite life-or-death stakes, characters find time to tap their toes and do their fair share of scatting. The music includes sounds of jazz, hot gospel, blues, rock, Cab Calloway swing and torch songs. More…

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Local Country/Rock Artist Opening For Saturday’s Renaissance Concert

2 Jan , 2019  

When legendary country music star Joe Diffie plays the Renaissance Theatre this Saturday, he will follow an opening act that has some very strong local roots.

Jessica Hannan and her band have taken the state by storm over the last few years and is considered by many to be Ohio’s hottest country/rock group. More…

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Lapine’s Sunday In The Park With George Coming To Theatre 166

1 Jan , 2019  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association’s new performance space, Theatre 166, will present its second production in the MT Business Technologies Black Box Series, Sunday in the Park with George, on January 18 & 19 at 8:00 PM, and January 20 at 2:30 PM.  The Set & Design is sponsored by Adena Corporation. More…

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Experience The Wild World Of Animals

27 Dec , 2018  

Wild World of Animals will be on the stage of the Renaissance on Saturday, January 12 at 7:00 PM and is sponsored by Ohio Bird Sanctuary, Little Buckeye Children’s Museum, and Nanogate Jay Systems, LLC..  Wild World of Animals is an exploration into the fascinating world of the wildlife we share with the planet; featuring live animals including some of the most majestic, interesting, bizarre, and critically endangered species in the world. More…

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Legendary Country Music Artist To Play At The Ren In Early January

24 Dec , 2018  

Legendary music artist Joe Diffie will appear in Mansfield, performing his country hits on January 5 at 8:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. The show will be a mix of his chart-toppers like “Pickup Man”, “Third Rock From the Sun”, and “John Deere Green”. It is presented as a part of the Avita Health System Concert Series. More…

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Auditions Set For Youth Theatre Production Of Once On This Island

16 Dec , 2018  

The Renaissance Theatre will hold auditions for the Mansfield Youth (MY) Theatre production of Once On This Island on Sunday, January 6 from 4:00 PM until 6:30 PM and on Monday, January 7 from 6:00 until 8:30 PM in the ballroom at the Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield. Those auditioning must be between the ages 12 and 18 during the 2018-19 school year however, there is one female role and one male role for which those who are 9 years of age and older may audition. Dauphne Maloney will direct the production, with Brian K. Nabors as musical director. More…

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It’s A Christmas Carol Weekend In Ye Olde Mansfield

14 Dec , 2018  

This weekend you’re able to get a double dose of Dickens as his classic holiday tale, A Christmas Carol, can be seen in two settings.

First is a live presentation of the classic tale on the stage of Founders Auditorium on the campus of The Ohio State University at Mansfield. Join the Theatre Department as they present an adaption by Drew Traxler and Lindsey Saltz, which returns to the rich language, imagery, and timeless lesson of Dickens’ original work.   More…

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Carols, Songs, And Strings On Saturday

13 Dec , 2018  

The sounds of the season will come alive as The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present its “Holiday Pops” concert on Saturday, December 15 at 8 PM at the Renaissance Theatre. Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the concert features a mix of contemporary and classic holiday repertoire with the ever popular, carol sing! More…

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Teacher Workshop To Highlight Tools For Teaching Students With Disabilities

11 Dec , 2018  

The Mansfield site of the Kennedy Center’s Partners in Education program will offer an arts integration professional development workshop for teachers on Tuesday, January 29.

Richard Jenkins, a Kennedy Center Teaching Artist, arts and education consultant, published cartoonist, writer and illustrator, will lead the workshop, which is most beneficial for teachers of grades 3-6.  Since 1997, Mr. Jenkins has worked extensively as a teaching artist, engaging students in drawing, cartooning, story making, and painting. More…

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Improv Class To Be Offered Again For Area High School Students

9 Dec , 2018  

The Renaissance Education Department has announced that it will again offer its Improv Underground program, a free theatre improvisation course which is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

Improv Underground classes focus on building basic improv skills through group activities, and are open to all students between the ages of 14 and 19. Students are guaranteed to gain self-confidence, improve communication skills, and have fun. More…

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A 1940s Nutcraker To Again Grace Renaissance Stage: Updated

2 Dec , 2018  

UPDATED (see below)Blending Mansfield’s history with a beloved holiday tradition, Neos Dance Theatre is again bringing A 1940s Nutcracker to the Renaissance Theatre for performances December 8 at 8:00 PM and December 9 at 2:00 PM. More…

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