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Willkommen To Cabaret

7 Sep , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts Association will open their 2020-2021 Season with the Broadway classic, Cabaret, October 2-3 and 9-10 at 8:00 PM and October 4 and 11 at 2:30 PM in the Renaissance Theatre. The show is directed by Ryan Shealy with Musical Direction by Jacob Poiner, and is part of the Park National Bank Broadway Series.

Based on a 1939 novel by Christopher Isherwood and a 1951 play by John Van Druten, Cabaret features music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. More…

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New Shows Added To “Ren Backlot”

1 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre has added three August shows to its summer drive-in series called the ‘Ren Backlot.’ These installations consist of film screenings, sing-alongs, and live performances featuring local talent in the back parking lot of the theatre; food trucks and concessions are often on-site.

The added shows are Newsies: In Concert, You Can’t Stop the Beat: The Best of the Ren Broadway Series and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which are all part of the Avita Innovation Concert Series.

Newsies: In Concert will take place on August 7 and 8 at 9:00 PM. One of the Ren’s biggest hits returns in a concert version, reuniting original cast members and featuring video and photo footage from the Renaissance’s 2018 production. More…

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History & Tourism

Summer Road Trip: Experience Shakespeare In Person Or At Home

19 Jul , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This year we’re continuing our weekly look at unique events and attractions that are within an easy driving distance of Richland County. We call these “Summer Road Trips.” Of course, we regularly feature the many extraordinary places to visit right here in Richland County and encourage our readers to get out and experience what is on offer in our own backyard.

The unique kind of summer Ohio is experiencing has meant that trips and vacations have been kept a bit closer to home, and many are emphasizing outdoor experiences.

The Ohio Shakespeare Festival is doing something important this summer — it is making works of the great bard available both in person and online. More…

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The Ren Shares Its Safety Measures For Reopening

2 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse; Renaissance Performing Arts Association release

It seems like a long, long time ago. On March 13, we carried the sad tidings that the Renaissance Theatre was making the first cancellations of its live events.

In the weeks which have followed, the creative folks at the Renaissance have been extremely busy — first with introducing new online programming such as the QuaRENtine Creations and Classroom Sessions, and then with planning an outdoor musical together with a series of moves under the stars in the Ren Backlot.

The time has come for the theatre to reopen, and on Wednesday the Renaissance Performing Arts Association shared the following release detailing its plans for that process as it applies to the health of patrons, performers, and backstage staff: More…

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Cast Announced For Cinderella

11 Jun , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts is pleased to announce the cast for their upcoming summer production of Cinderella: The Broadway Musical, part of the Park National Broadway Series. Caroline Grace Williams, Miss Ohio 2019, leads the company in the role of Ella. Supporting her are Ren favorites, Ryan Shreve as Topher, Condrea Webber as Madame, Deon Taylor as Lord Pinkleton, Scott Smith as Sebastian, Kelly Knowlton as Marie, Anna Scheurer as Gabrielle, Jaren Baer as Jean-Michel and Leah Gesouras as Charlotte. On Sunday, August 2 and Friday, August 7, McKenna Stoffer and Daniel Kenner will play the roles of Ella and Topher. More…

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RENEW Your Passion At The Ren

6 Jun , 2020  

Mansfield’s premier venue for live entertainment, the Renaissance Theatre, formally announced the lineup for its 2020-21 season, RENEW Your Passion, at a Season Preview LIVE Online event Friday evening.

The event began with Condrea Webber revisiting her role as Etta James from At Last: An Evening with Etta James by singing “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” with The Etta James Trio. A special free performance of At Last: An Evening with Etta James will be held outside the Renaissance on Saturday, June 27 at 7:30 PM. This performance is sponsored by Richland County Foundation, More…

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Renaissance Season Preview Party Moves Online

13 May , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association’s biggest party of the season is getting a make-over.

The annual Season Preview Party at the Renaissance Theatre will be held online on Friday, June 5 at 6:00 PM. The exciting event will officially announce the 2020-2021 Renaissance Performing Arts season lineup and will feature live performances, giveaways, and surprises from the Renaissance. More…

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“Little Red Riding Hood” Coming To Theatre 166

17 Jan , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre will host the second of three Teddy Bear Concerts, Little Red Riding Hood, on Sunday, February 9 at 2:30 PM. The concerts are part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.

The Little Red Riding Hood concert will take place at the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 venue with audience members sitting alongside the 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, lights up, and low sound levels as well as safe sensory-spaces allow audience members with autism to be accommodated at this performance. More…

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A Christmas Carol Comes To Kingwood

1 Dec , 2019  

Presented by the Hampstead Stage Company, Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol is coming to Kingwood Center Gardens on Thursday, December 5, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

The delightful tale of miser Ebenezer Scrooge, and his clerk Bob Cratchit, is a familiar holiday tradition. 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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The Last Five Years At Theatre 166

6 Oct , 2019  

Theatre 166, the Black Box Theatre of Renaissance Performing Arts, opened only last October in a building that took months to be emptied and renovated. The work has paid off and now the theater is in its second season.

The second production of the 2019-20 season will be The Last Five Years starring Ryan Shreve and Matti-Lynn Chrisman. The show dates are October 25-26 at 8:00 PM and October 27 at 3:00 PM. More…

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Schools

OSUM Theatre Season Begins Later This Month

2 Sep , 2019  

Three student productions  will be performed at The Ohio State University at Mansfield this coming academic year.

Near the end of September, the Theatre Department is presenting “Connected” by Lia Romeo. In a series of interrelated short stories, this is a funny, heartbreakingly real look at love and friendship in the age of socia media. More…

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Auditions Announced For Annie Get Your Gun

31 Aug , 2019  

Under the direction of Lori Turner, the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre has announced auditions for its production of Annie Get Your Gun.

Annie Oakley is the best shot around, supporting her little brother and sisters by selling the game she hunts. When she’s discovered by Col. Buffalo Bill, he persuades this novel sharpshooter to join his Wild West Show. She soon eclipses ace sharpshooter Frank Butler as the main attraction which, while good for business, is bad for romance. 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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See Polkadots On Park Avenue West

24 May , 2019  

The Renaissance, in collaboration with the Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”), will perform the Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical on the stage of the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 on June 7 and 8, 2019. A free “one night only” public performance will take place at 7:00 PM on Friday; with a free sensory-friendly performance of Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical offered on Saturday, June 8 at 11:00 AM for families of individuals with special needs. More…

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