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The Show Must Go On: Richland County Arts Organizations Face The Pandemic

21 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockouse

One sector of the economy substantially and disproportionately impacted by the current pandemic is that of arts and cultural institutions. Across the country, and right here in Richland County, these organizations are trying to keep doors open and bills paid so that when the pandemic passes, they will have survived intact.

As we shared in a story earlier this week, the Richland Performing Arts Association alone has lost 25 percent of its anticipated revenue this year, which is approaching $500,000 in total. The Association has varied programming this year, introducing new ways for audiences to experience the arts.

In a Friday announcement on its Facebook Page, the Mansfield Playhouse, Ohio’s second oldest continuously producing community theatre, itself shared some difficult news. The Playhouse has decided to stop current productions until further notice and it is safe for staff, actors, and audience to return. This is its second such shutdown this season. More…

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Mansfield Playhouse and Mid-Ohio Opera Team Up For Bluebeard’s Castle

4 Dec , 2019  

Two local arts organizations are teaming up to present a unique musical experience.

Bluebeard’s Castle is a one-act expressionist opera by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. The libretto was written by Béla Balázs. It is sung in Hungarian, based on the French literary tale La Barbe bleue by Charles Perrault. This one hour tale of psychological suspense and secrets will have you in the edge of your seat. More…

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Mansfield Playhouse’s Winter Shows Offer Heartwarming Laughs

20 Nov , 2019  

The Mansfield Playhouse is gearing up for its winter shows, offering entertainment that is sure to fill the chilly months with laughs and cheer.

Here are the plays that are scheduled: More…

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Mansfield Playhouse Announces 2019-2020 Lineup

12 Aug , 2019  

The Mansfield Playhouse has announced its 2019-2020 season for shows on its Main Stage and Second Stage, as well as its Youth Theatre performances. Included are some known to local audiences, some new productions, and a classic of English theatre, Agatha Christie’s “The Mousetrap.”

The Playhouse offers high quality entertainment at affordable prices. More…


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Comedy Arrives At The Playhouse This Month

16 Apr , 2019  

Have you ever started out on a path, sure of where you were going, and suddenly find yourself somewhere completely different that where you thought you’d be?

Even the best of plans can sometimes misfire. As Woody Allen shared, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.”

This is the inspiration behind Making God Laugh, a Holiday Family Comedy by Sean Grennan, which starts later this month at the Mansfield Playhouse. More…


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Love Springs Eternal On Golden Pond

5 Mar , 2019  

The love story On Golden Pond opens a two week run this Friday at the Mansfield Playhouse.

The play by Ernest Thompson is the story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, who return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. During the year the story takes place, they are visited by daughter Chelsea with her fiancé Billy Ray and his son Billy Ray Jr. The play explores the often turbulent relationship the young woman shared with her father growing up, and the difficulties faced by a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage. More…


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Playhouse To Hold A Murder This Weekend And Next

19 Jan , 2019  

Is all fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by “Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, a light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle in a Howard Johnson Motor Inn currently running at the Mansfield Playhouse. More…


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Celebrate Culture And Honor At The Playhouse This Weekend With Mulan Jr.

4 Jun , 2018  

This coming weekend, the Mansfield Playhouse with ring with the sound of familiar and new melodies as the venue presents “Mulan, Jr.”

Disney’s Mulan Jr. is a one-act stage musical based on the 1998 animated film Mulan, which in turn was based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan and the story “Fa Mulan” by Robert D. San Souci. More…

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Four Klunkers And A Chevy

18 May , 2018  

Mansfield Playhouse in downtown Mansfield is offering improv sketch comedy all based on audience suggestions in no holds barred entertainment venue at its best.

Four Klunkers and a Chevy presents Ryan Kiley, Jeff Kilgore, Mark Jordan, Doug Wertz and Chevy Bond in some great fun in the form of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ for a trunkload of laughs and good times! More…


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Greater Tuna Arrives Downtown This Weekend

9 Feb , 2018  

Beginning this weekend, the characters of Greater Tuna will make their appearance on the Mansfield Playhouse stage.

What do Arles Struvie, Thurston Wheelis, Aunt Pearl, Petey Fisk, Phineas Blye, and Reverend Spikes have in common? In this hilarious send-up of small-town morals and mores, they are all among the upstanding citizens of Tuna, Texas’ third-smallest town. More…


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Playhouse Holding Auditions

3 Jan , 2018  

The Mansfield Playhouse will be holding auditions for “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, a comedy by Christopher Durang.

Open auditions will take place at the Mansfield Playhouse on 95 E. Third St. in Mansfield on Tuesday, January 9 and Wednesday, January 10 at 7 PM. Excerpts from the script will be selected for cold readings. All talent are encouraged to familiarize roles through script reading beforehand. More…

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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

7 Dec , 2017  

Hilarity and holidays merge at The Mansfield Playhouse this month in the form of “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” a play based on a well-loved book by Barbara Robinson.

In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids—probably the most inventively awful kids in history. According to Wikipedia, the Herdmans engage in “misfit behavior” for their age such as smoking, cussing, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. More…


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Mansfield Playhouse Presents Noises Off

8 Sep , 2017  

This September, the Mansfield Playhouse takes you “behind the scenes” to experience a play from the outside in.

Or, more exactly, from offstage looking toward onstage. More…


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Mansfield Playhouse Looking For Talented Performers

13 Jun , 2017  

Are you talented? If so, how about proving that fact before an audience?

The Mansfield Playhouse is giving you that opportunity as it kicks off its 50th Anniversary season with the “I Am Talented Competition.” More…

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Tickets Available Now For Skits, Bits, and Halfwits VI

2 May , 2017  

No, that is not a typo.

Skits, Bits and Halfwits VI, written by Gordon Wendling and Renee Rebman, is coming to The Mansfield Playhouse later this month. More…