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The Renaissance Theatre will host the first of two outdoor Teddy Bear Concerts on Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 PM in downtown Shelby.

A part of the 2020-2021 Mechanics Bank Education Series, the outdoor concerts mark the return of the popular live concert experiences for young audiences and their families, which were put on hold due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The performance features the story of Aladdin’s Lamp, adapted by Artistic Director Michael Thomas in an engaging musical adaptation which features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and an array of fun music provided by the String Trio featuring Mansfield Symphony musicians.

The Aladdin’s Lamp concert will be held at Shelby’s Black Fork Commons Amphitheater venue in Shelby with audience members sitting in appropriately physically-distanced proximity to performers. Geared to children ages 2 through 10, each Teddy Bear concert offers an interactive element as well as a relaxed environment.

Small audience sizes, and low sound levels as well as safe, open outdoor spaces allow audience members with autism to be accommodated at this performance. Families are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bears, their own lawn chairs, or other seating, and to be mindful of weather conditions in the area on the day of the concert.

Tickets are free for the two 2021 concerts, with donations accepted at each venue, and are available on the day of the concert. The second concert, Jack and the Beanstalk will be held at the Renaissance Theatre’s Backlot on June 6. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Renaissance via phone at 419-522-2726, and online at rentickets.org.

Additional support for the Ren’s Teddy Bear concerts comes from Nationwide Children’s, the Ohio Arts Council, and from Sharon Granter, in memory of her late husband, Don.

The Renaissance Theatre is a performing arts theater located at 138 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio. For more information about the Ren, visit rentickets.org or contact [email protected]. View behind the scenes videos and more on YouTube.

Source, Photo: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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