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Titanic Sets Sail This Weekend At The Ren

19 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This weekend, the most famous ship in history will dock at the Renaissance Theatre for a limited run of Titanic the Musical, happening live and in person May 21-23.

“Titanic, The Musical examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship—of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure—but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our Titanic is the Titanic herself” said Renaissance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Michael Thomas.

The musical features an impressive cast of over 20 professional actors from Mansfield, Columbus, Cleveland, and beyond. More…

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Good Morning, Baltimore!: The Ren Annnounces Auditions For Hairspray

13 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre announces virtual auditions for their 2021 Summer musical, Hairspray. Auditions are open to performers ages 15 or older, and all diversities are encouraged to submit as the Renaissance maintains a policy of ethnically appropriate casting.

Performances will take place live on the Renaissance stage, July 31 – August 8, with rehearsals beginning June 29. Some roles are paid and all safety, masking and social distancing policies are strictly enforced.

Auditionees are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show, and learn a dance combination. Dance instruction videos will be made available at rentickets.org. More…

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There’s Still A Chance To See Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience

4 Feb , 2021  

There’s still a chance to see a fantastic local production in the comfort of you own home.

Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience will be available to stream at your home on Saturday, February 6 as part of the Park National Bank Broadway Series.

Originally premiering on Broadway on December 20th, 1981, this dazzling musical won an astounding seven Tony Awards. The film version, released in 2006 and starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Hudson, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Based on the lives and careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Brown, The Shirelles, and other R&B groups, Dreamgirls tells the story of a Chicago girl group who become musical superstars. Set in the 1960s, it contains such unforgettable songs as “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” “I Am Changing,” “We Are Family,” and “When I First Saw You.” It is credited with shining a light onto the struggles of African American and female artists as they fight to gain success and acceptance in the entertainment business. More…

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Renaissance Adds ‘Dreamgirls’ To Virtual Lineup

10 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Renaissance Performing Arts has added Dreamgirls: The Virtual Concert Experience to its winter lineup as an online streaming production. Dreamgirls will be available to stream at your home on January 23, January 30, and February 6 and is part of the Park National Bank Broadway Series.

Originally premiering on Broadway on December 20th, 1981, this dazzling musical won an astounding seven Tony Awards. The film version, released in 2006 and starring Beyonce, Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx, and Jennifer Hudson, was nominated for eight Academy Awards. Based on the lives and careers of Diana Ross and the Supremes, James Brown, The Shirelles, and other R&B groups, Dreamgirls tells the story of a Chicago girl group who become musical superstars. Set in the 1960s, it contains such unforgettable songs as “I’m Telling You I’m Not Going,” “I Am Changing,” “We Are Family,” and “When I First Saw You.” It is credited with shining a light onto the struggles of African American and female artists as they fight to gain success and acceptance in the entertainment business. More…

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Renaissance Postpones Start Of Season

23 Jul , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association will be postponing the official start of its 2020-21 Season.

In previous years, the start of the Season was highlighted by a summer Broadway musical production in July and August. For this season, the start will begin with the Park National Bank Broadway Series production of Cabaret, October 2-11. Patrons who have already purchased tickets for affected events will have their tickets transferred to the postponement dates automatically; or, patrons can contact the Renaissance Box Office for exchange or refund options. More…

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Outdoor Musical To Be Presented At The Renaissance Theatre

11 May , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association will present the musical At Last: An Evening with Etta James on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 PM following the Renaissance Rock ‘n’ Roll Car Festival. This presentation of At Last: An Evening with Etta James is sponsored by Richland County Foundation.

The performance will take place outdoors on the Renaissance property, and audience members should plan to bring their own chairs and follow appropriate social distancing measures. In the event that gatherings are still restricted at the time of the performance, the production will be presented as a drive-in event with the performance broadcast on an FM station. More…

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The Wild West Is Coming To Park Avenue West

6 Jan , 2020  

The Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre will present a classic on February 1 and 2 at the Renaissance Theatre, with “Annie Get Your Gun.” The production is directed by Lori Turner and will feature the MidOhio Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. A backwoods gal, Annie uses her skill to support her family by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. More…

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A Gentleman’s Guide To Love And Murder

24 Oct , 2019  

The Renaissance Theatre will present its third production in the 2019-2020 Richland Bank Broadway Series with a fully staged production of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder on November 16-17 and 23-24.

Directed by Michael Thomas and Music Direction by Kelley Knowlton, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder is Broadway’s award-winning, smash-hit that is so funny you’ll die laughing! More…

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Black Box Theatre Second Season Begins with Sweeney Todd

11 Sep , 2019  

Theatre 166, the Black Box Theatre of Renaissance Performing Arts, will kick-off its second season with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street showing on October 4-5 and 11-12 at 8:00 PM. The production is part of the Richland Bank Broadway Series. More…

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Preview Party At The Ren Rocks The House; 2019-2020 Season Announced

1 Jun , 2019  

1812Blockhouse was at Friday night’s Preview Party at the Renaissance Theatre, and boy, was it enjoyable!

We are pleased to share the overview below of the evening and the 2019-2020 season as provided by the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Before doing so, we would add that the performances of selections from several of the 2019-2020’s musical numbers on Friday evening were nothing short of brilliant entertainment and featured wonderful ensemble work and outstanding solo turns. More…

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Get Your ABBA On: Momma Mia! Is Coming

19 Feb , 2019  

The Renaissance Theatre’s Richland Bank Broadway Series will present a fully-staged production of Mamma Mia! March 2-3 and 9-10.

Directed by Michael Thomas, Mamma Mia! is a production in which ABBA’s hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman’s search for her birth father. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the Greek Island paradise they last visited 20 years ago. More…

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