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Mansfield Symphony and Chorus to Present Powerful 1001 Nights Concert

6 May , 2022  

From Renaissance Performing Arts Association

In a masterful finale concert like no other, the Mansfield Symphony celebrates the season and honors the past on Saturday, May 14 at 8:00 PM with “1001 Nights”. The concert will feature the Mansfield Symphony Chorus and special guest vocalists, Heidi Kirschenheiter-Vega (soprano) and Andrew Potter (Bass), on both classic and innovative works that will catch the attention of all music-lovers.

“We are very excited to bring to all of you our 1001 Nights concert. The title is a direct reference to Scheherazade, one of the most exotic, sensual, and thrilling pieces of music ever written. With virtuosic solos by our own concertmaster, Victor Beyens, and many other of our principal instruments, this piece is not only a thrilling way of telling a beautiful story but also a showcase of your incredible Mansfield Symphony” said Mansfield Symphony Conductor, Octavio Más-Arocas.

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Tickets Still Available For Once At Theatre 166

18 Apr , 2022  

NOTE: In a tweet on Monday afternoon, the Renaissance Theatre stated that there are fewer than 150 tickets remain! Reserve your seat today.

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Once, the internationally acclaimed Oscar and Tony-winning musical, is coming to the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 for six performances only, April 22 through May 1. 

When compared to other shows in the current repertoire, Once stands alone as a completely unique and original musical theatre production. Its central story – simple, hilarious, heartbreaking yet ultimately empowering and optimistic – tells of a street busker, known only as Guy, who meets a young Czech immigrant, (Girl) on the streets of Dublin. Though both are dealing with their own heartache and emotional brokenness, they discover the healing power of music. The unforgettable score was written by Irish folk rock legend, Glen Hansard, who went on to win the Oscar for best song for the poignant, Falling Slowly, from the 2007 film version of Once.

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Renaissance Theatre Announces Its 2022-2023 Season

14 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

It was a night full of excitement and anticipation earlier this week as the Renaissance Theatre held its annual Season Preview Announcement Party to reveal their upcoming season, including Broadway shows, country music, tribute bands, comedians, educational programming, family entertainment and more. 

Renaissance Theatre Chairman of the Board, Rand Smith, and President Chelsie Thompson kicked off the night by reminiscing over the past few years and speaking of the bright future for the arts in Mansfield. 

With over 400 people in attendance and thousands watching online, it’s clear there is plenty to be excited for in the upcoming season. Here’s what patrons can look forward to in the 2022-2023 season:

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Renaissance Theatre Hosting Season Preview Announcement Party Next Week

5 Apr , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On April 12 at 7:00 PM, the Renaissance Theatre will host its free annual Season Preview Announcement Party to celebrate and reveal their 2022-2023 season, including Broadway musicals, symphony concerts, famous singers, tribute bands, country music, comedians, educational programming, family entertainment and more.

The event will be held live and in person for up to 1400 guests, with an additional live stream option for at-home viewing.

“We’re very excited for the upcoming announcement,” said Renaissance Theatre marketing director, Ryan Shreve.

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Come April 1, Masks Are Optional At The Ren

30 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Per CDC guidelines and recommendations, the Renaissance Theatre is lifting its mask requirement for audiences attending performances in its venues, effective April 1.

Patrons are welcome to wear masks at any performance in Renaissance Theatre’s venues. Health and safety policies will continue to be regularly evaluated and adjusted based on community health data, and public health and government guidance. To learn more about our additional health and safety procedures, visit rentickets.org/safety.

“Safety is a critical component of our business. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve taken every step possible to ensure the well-being of our patrons, following industry standards and health recommendations closely,” said Renaissance President Chelsie Thompson.

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Coming in April At The Renaissance Theatre

26 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, from Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Spring is finally here, and with it a number of events for families and children are coming to the Renaissance Theatre.

Here’s what’s happening at the Ren in April:

Disney’s Descendants (April 1 – April 3)

Based on the popular Disney Channel Original Movies, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical is a new on-stage musical comedy featuring the beloved characters and hit songs from the film trilogy. Featuring talented local kids including Madison Kearney, Cassandra Kurek, Ian Barnes, James Perry, Hayley Sleek, Kamryn Gill, Darius Darmody, Gillian Donley, Zavier Alterio, Elijah Gates, Isla Donley, Stella Powers, Abby Bechstein, Payne Schwartz, Morgan Bartholomew, Marek Powers, Graycen Stevens, Alex Trolian, Josh Browning, MaKayla Lawrence, and Julia Conner. 

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Mansfield History Comes To Life In New Play Written By Local Playwrights

23 Mar , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, From Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Young and Unsullied, a new play by local playwrights Alison Bolen and Jason Kaufman, tells the harrowing, yet  ultimately redemptive story  of Ruby Crowe, a resident of Mansfield in the early decades of the 20th century. Ruby’s life unfolds through the lens of a trending YouTube star who discovers a 100-year-old letter in a condemned Victorian mansion on Park Avenue West. 

Through the letter, we meet Ruby, her family, her confidant, and the Tarkington-esque social climbers of a turn of the century Midwestern industrial town. Though still in her teens, Ruby marries Alexander Tarr, a well known and ambitious lecturer on the Chautauqua circuit who will stop at nothing to build his  empire. When he implicates Ruby in a lewd scheme to win over a wealthy investor, she is pushed to her breaking point.  It’s a story of fame, abuse, and sexual betrayal simmering beneath a venner of opulence, intellectualsim and Victorian propriety.

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Refreshing And Modern Take On A Beloved Musical

16 Mar , 2022  

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The Sound of Music, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s final and most beloved musical, will take the stage of the Renaissance Theatre for a concert performance with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra on Saturday, March 19 at 8PM. 

Featuring a full cast of actor/singers, it will be conducted by Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas, with stage direction by Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas, vocal direction by Lori Turner and choreography by Caroline Grace Williams. The production also features the talents of the Mansfield Symphony orchestra and chorus.

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Renaissance Resuming Popular Weekly Improv Class For Students

22 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, By Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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

During the workshop,  students will gain confidence, and develop stronger interpersonal skills through participation in theatre games and improvisation.

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.  All classes take place at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM on Wednesdays. 

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Valentine’s Day Jazz And Dance Concert Coming To Renaissance Theatre

11 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse; From Renaissance Performing Arts Association

This Valentine’s Day, Mansfield’s premiere jazz ensemble returns to the Renaissance stage as the Artistic Jazz Orchestra presents “Romance at the Ren—A Swingin’ Valentine’s Day.” 

AJO Artistic Director Paul Martin leads this fabulous ensemble in a collection of dance-worthy favorites to present the very best in big band jazz! An evening not to be missed, bring new energy to your Valentine’s Day date night with drinks, dessert, and dancing at the Renaissance with the Artistic Jazz Orchestra.

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Renaissance Theatre’s Emerging Artists Program Accepting Submissions

26 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Emerging Artist Program of the Renaissance Theatre is accepting full length play, musical, screenplay and documentary submissions for their 2022-2023 season.

The goal of the program is to guide, encourage, support and advocate for artists of all ages who wish to find their own voice through the creation of original work. By establishing an environment that promotes the importance of self-expression, risk-taking and collaboration, the Theatre 166 Emerging Artists Program is designed to foster and translate an artist’s creative thinking into smart, vital, and thought-provoking new works. 

7-10 scripts will be selected for readings. From these, 1-3 will be selected for our workshopping phase. Authors whose work has been chosen to workshop will receive a $500 Emerging Artist Award. Script submissions will be accepted January 31, 2022 through February 28th, 2022. 

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Sensory-Friendly Children’s Concert Happening At The Renaissance Theatre

20 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre has announced the second of its Teddy Bear Concerts in the 2021-2022 Mechanics Bank Education Series

Entitled The Carnival of the Animals, the concert features an engaging original script by Michael Thomas, accompanied by the classic The Carnival of the Animals music by French composer, Camille Saint Saens. The performance will be held on Sunday, February 6 at 2:30 PM on the main stage at the Renaissance Theatre, located at 138 Park Avenue West, Mansfield, Ohio. The sensory-friendly concert marks the return of the popular live, indoor concert experiences for young audiences and their families, which were put on hold due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The story of The Carnival of the Animals will take place on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre with audience members sitting on the stage alongside the performers for an up-close and personal experience.

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Coming Of Age Musical Spring Awakening Opens At The Renaissance Theatre

12 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance presents the Broadway hit musical “Spring Awakening”. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, the musical is based on a 1891 play by Frank Wedekind with a rock score by Duncan Sheik and Book & Lyrics by Steven Slater.

The musical tells the story of teenagers dealing with emerging sexuality under the harsh rule of their parents and teachers. “It’s a story that explores the trauma and wounds of childhood, intentional or not,” says Director Ryan Shealy. “It’s a very honest show about sexuality and how when someone is shamed for those feelings; it can have tragic consequences. It’s a message that unfortunately remains very timely and why we felt it was important to present.”

Caroline Grace Williams, who stars as Wendla says “This isn’t a show you will always agree with or watch to feel happy; but, theatre is supposed to be challenging.”

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Mansfield Youth Theatre Announces Auditions For Disney Descendants Musical

6 Jan , 2022  

By Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Auditions for the Mansfield Youth Theatre (MY Theatre) production of Disney’s Descendants: The Musical will be held on Sunday, January 9 from 4:00 until 7:00 PM, and on Monday, January 10 from 6:00 until 9:00 PM at the Renaissance Theatre 166 location, in downtown Mansfield.  Appointments are not required for auditions, and it is not necessary to attend both days of auditions.  

Those auditioning must be between the ages of 11 and 18 years of age (unless still attending high school) during the 2021-22 school year.  Anyone auditioning should be prepared to sing a 16-32 measure excerpt from a song of their choice and bring sheet music in the proper key.  An accompanist will be provided.  Actors may also be asked to read a short scene from the script. Those auditioning should bring a list of schedule conflicts between the dates of auditions and the performances of Descendants: The Musical.  

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Renaissance Theatre Announces Auditions

22 Dec , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre has announced auditions for the remainder of their 2021-2022 season, which includes musicals, plays, and even short films

“2022 will certainly be starting off with a bang at the Ren!” said Renaissance Theatre Marketing Manager, Ryan Shreve. 

“With blockbuster hits like Spamalot, and our new Emerging Artists program, there’s something exciting for everyone to audition for. We’ve been fortunate to have amazing local talent perform here over the past decade, and now we’re starting to see massive national submissions. It’s an exciting time to be part of these powerhouse productions.”

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