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Music Of Patsy Cline And Loretta Lynn Coming To The Ren

26 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre is excited to announce the latest streaming production of their new film division, Ren Studios. Heartaches: The Music of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn will premiere April 1 and be available for viewing through the end of that month.

These two legendary and unforgettable performers would go on to change the face of American music. Patsy Cline, with her plaintive, heartbreaking vocal style, set the charts ablaze with hits like Crazy, I Fall to Pieces and Walking After Midnight. Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, turned country music on its ear with heartfelt and sometimes controversial songs about marital infidelity, poverty, and birth control. Heartaches: The Music of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn is not a biographical portrait of two immortal entertainers, but rather a collection of their music that mirrors the struggle of all women. More…

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Local Violinist Ella Schag Wins Concerto Competition

20 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The annual Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition recently took place at Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Performing in the competition were local musicians: Samuel Prinz, Viola; Joseph Litao, Violin; and Ella Schag, Violin. Josh Bowman, strings teacher from Avon Lake, and Mike Sieberg, a violinist of Ashland Symphony, served as adjudicators. Ella Schag was chosen as the winner.

The daughter of Joseph and Keely Schag, Ella is a senior at Willard High School where she is concertmaster of the orchestra, member of the Symphonic Choir and Chamber Choir. She is also the captain of the Academic Challenge team, and varsity singles player for the Lady Flashes tennis program. 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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Always… Patsy Cline To Be Filmed For At-Home Screening

10 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre’s popular production of Always…Patsy Cline, starring Kelly Knowlton, is set to be filmed by the new division of the Renaissance Theatre, Ren Studios, for at-home streaming. The musical will premiere Saturday, March 13th with additional performances on Saturday, March 20th and 27th.

Since its premiere at the Renaissance, Always…Patsy Cline has proven to be a sold-out hit, time after time. It has been revived three times since the original production in 2010. Starring Kelly Knowlton as Patsy, and Miss Ohio 2020, Caroline Grace Williams as her “biggest fan”, Louise Sager, the show contains such Patsy Cline standards as I Fall To Pieces, Sweet Dreams, Walkin After Midnight, You Belong to Me, Back in Baby’s Arms and the immortal, Crazy. More…

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Renaissance Theatre Announces Free Online Classroom For Kids In Grades K-12

9 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will offer a new series of REN-Spiration Classroom sessions beginning the week of February 22.

The series will feature classes which are formatted as a four-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for four weeks. Class sessions are scheduled during times which allow families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating other winter activities.

REN-spiration Classroom provides a variety of educational theatre activities designed with creativity in mind. The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, expanded its offerings to the community in a series of live “classes,” originally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. More…

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Renaissance Emerging Artists Program Receives Presitigous Grant

5 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The National Endowment for the Arts has announced that the Emerging Artists Program of Mansfield’s Renaissance Theatre has been awarded a funding grant for the 2021-2022 season.

Created by Renaissance Artist Director, Michael Thomas, 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.

For its inaugural season, the program has chosen to workshop the following projects: 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 Announces Auditions For West Side Story In Concert

27 Jan , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre and Mansfield Symphony announce virtual auditions for the 2021 West Side Story in Concert which will take place live on stage March 20 at the Renaissance Theatre. Auditions are open to performers ages 16 or older. All diversities are encouraged to submit as the Renaissance maintains a policy of ethnically appropriate casting.

Seeking to fill the following roles: More…

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Renaissance Holiday Special Coming On Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

21 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

The spirit of the season is alive and well in Richland County, and certainly is strong on Park Avenue West.

The Renaissance Theatre has announced a remainaged Holiday Special to be broadcast on television and virtually. The concert will feature the Mansfield Symphony and Chorus, with additional performances from local artists including: More…

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Landmarks Of Mansfield And Everything You Always Wanted To Know About: The Ohio Theatre

13 Dec , 2020  

By 1812Blockhouse

This updated post was first published in January 2018 in honor of the Ohio Theatre’s 90th birthday.

In honor of that anniversary, we shared a special joint post in our “Landmarks Of Mansfield” and “Everything You Always Wanted To Know About” series that centers on that iconic building in downtown Mansfield as it was when it opened in 1928. 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 Cancels December Lineup

5 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Renaissance Performing Arts has canceled all December events amidst the rising numbers of Covid-19 throughout the community. Although the Renaissance has a thorough safety plan in place for its patrons, performers, volunteers, and staff, it believes these cancellations are in the best interest of the community.

The events affected by the cancellation are the film screening of Polar Express on December 6, Winter Wonderland Showcase on December 12, and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops concert on December 19 and 20. Ticketholders for canceled shows will be contacted directly by the Box Office to arrange alternative options for their purchase.

Renaissance President, Chelsie Thompson, stated, “As heartbreaking as it is to forgo these events that are deep holiday traditions for so many, our community comes first and this is the best way that we can do our part in this once-in-a-lifetime year.” When asked about future programming, Thompson commented, “We still want to bring joy to our community even if we can’t do it in person, so we have a little holiday magic up our sleeves still. Stay tuned!” More…

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Renaissance Offers New REN-spiration Classroom Holiday Sessions

2 Dec , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will offer a new series of REN-spiration Classroom sessions beginning the week of December 13.

The series will feature classes that are formatted as a two-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for two weeks. Class sessions are scheduled during times that allow families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating holiday activities. The REN-spiration Classroom provides a variety of educational theatre activities designed with creativity in mind.

The series, coordinated by Renaissance Resident Teaching Artist Dauphne Maloney, expanded its offerings to the community in a series of live “classes,” originally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon the popularity of its series of online classes, the Ren’s Education Department has continued with new series of classes for the fall, and into the winter. More…

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Holiday Music To Fill Renaissance Theatre

27 Nov , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The sounds of the season will come alive as the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present its “Holiday Pops” concert with two performances at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield.

Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the concert features a mix of contemporary and classic holiday repertoire with the ever-popular, carol sing! Performances will be on Saturday, December 19 at 8:00 PM and Sunday, December 20 at 2:30 PM and are part of the OhioHealth Symphony Series.

The enchanting program will feature songs from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker ballet, It’s the Very Best Time of the Year by John Rutter, Leroy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride, and many more. More…

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Winter Wonderland Showcase Added To December Lineup At The Ren

22 Nov , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts is pleased to announce an addition to its December event line-up called ‘Winter Wonderland Showcase.’

The Winter Wonderland Showcase features performers from the Richland Academy of the Arts, Pioneer Performing Arts School, and the Renaissance’s youth troupes MY Theatre (Mansfield Youth Theatre) and RYOT (Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre). Two performances will be held on the Renaissance stage on Saturday, December 12 at 2:30 PM and 7:00 PM.

The performance will include selections from The Nutcracker, including a variation on “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and the Chinese, Arabian and Spanish dances. Amongst many other vocal and dance songs will be “Carol of the Bells,” “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town,” and “Step into Christmas with The Puppini Sisters.” A Rockette number, “The Man with the Bag,” will be featured at the end of the program. More…

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