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Team Providing Free Arts Integration Professional Development

26 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Kennedy Center Partners in Education Mansfield Team, comprised of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, will host a virtual professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators, and administrators on Thursday, December 9, 2021. The workshop is an asynchronous session, combined with Zoom as a platform, and led by Ms. Rick; thus allowing those registered to participate from any location using their own laptop or other device. The registration fee for the workshop has been covered for all participants through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council and Charles P. Hahn, CFP.

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White Christmas Holiday Event At The Main Library

4 Nov , 2021  

By 1812Blockhouse

On Wednesday, we shared a post about the upcoming production of White Christmas – The Musical at the Renaissance Theatre.

If you would like a taste of what’s to come, the White Christmas troupe will be appearing Saturday at the Main Library of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library.

From 10 AM to 11:30 AM, meet characters from the musical, enjoy holiday classics played by Trio Alla Breve, and make candy and crafts. Rumor has it that custom buttons will be included.

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Irving Berlin’s White Christmas Ushers In Holiday Season At The Renaissance Theatre

3 Nov , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

One of the most beloved holiday productions of all time comes to the Renaissance Theatre this November, just in time to make your Christmas dreams come true. Based on the 1954 film, White Christmas tells the story of a successful song-and-dance team who become romantically involved with a sister act and team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

When composer Irving Berlin wrote the song White Christmas in the late 1930s, it was intended for an upcoming musical revue. But when no one showed much interest in the song, Berlin tucked it away in a trunk and forgot about it. A few years later, when the song was featured in the film Holiday Inn, the publicity department at Twentieth Century Fox placed their bets that the big song hit would be the now forgotten, Be Careful It’s My Heart. 

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Local Arts Organizations To Hold Free Arts Integration Professional Development For Teachers

24 Oct , 2021  

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The Kennedy Center Partners in Education Mansfield Team, comprised of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, will host a professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators, and administrators on Tuesday, November 2. 

The free workshop is an in-person session, and will be led by teaching artist and cartoonist Jerzy Drozd. The registration fee for the workshop has been covered for all participants through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council and Charles P. Hahn, CFP, of Cleveland Financial Group.

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Renowned Conductor To Guest Conduct Mansfield Symphony Family Concerts

18 Oct , 2021  

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Acclaimed conductor Katherine Kilburn is no stranger to Mansfield’s professional orchestra – her husband, Octavio Más-Arocas, is the Music Director of the Mansfield Symphony – but she doesn’t often get to enjoy its performances from the podium, as she will when she takes the stage at the symphony’s Family Pops concert this month. 

Dr. Kilburn, a well-respected musician, conductor, and educator in her own right, will guest conduct the Mansfield Symphony for its live “Operation Bridge Building” education concerts on October 21 and 22, as well as lead the orchestra at the Pops concert on the 23rd. Currently, Maestra Kilburn is serving as Assistant Director of Orchestras for the Michigan State University College of Music,  previously having led orchestral programs at Cornell University and Kent State University.

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National Auditions Announced For Spring Awakening

15 Oct , 2021  

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The Renaissance Theatre announces national virtual auditions for Spring Awakening the musical, which is to be performed live at Theatre 166.

The winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, told by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater through what Entertainment Weekly called, “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade,” Spring Awakening explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion that is illuminating and unforgettable. The landmark musical is an electrifying fusion of morality, sexuality and rock and roll that is exhilarating audiences across the nation like no other musical in years.

Auditions are open to performers ages 18 or older, and those under the age of 18 wishing to audition will require parental permission.

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A Hard Musical To Love, But A Harder One To Forget

3 Oct , 2021  

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When it opens at the Ren’s new black box space, Theatre 166 on October 8, Stephen Sondheim’s controversial musical, Assassins, is likely to shock, disturb or even terrify its audiences.

This unusual piece about the nine assassins or would-be assassins, will certainly live on in one’s memory long after the curtain has come down.

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Here Come The Mummies Back In Concert At The Ren

28 Sep , 2021  

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Here Come the Mummies, a funk-rock band whose members perform dressed as mummies, will return to the Renaissance Theatre for a one-night only concert October 2 at 8:00 PM. Special guest Desmond Jones is set to open the concert, with doors opening at 7:30 PM. 

Tickets to the concert are nearly sold out, starting at just $15. For tickets to Here Come the Mummies, visit: https://bit.ly/HCTMPress 

If you don’t know about the Nashville-based band, the members dress in mummy costumes and go by aliases like Mummy Cass, High Priest of Death, Motherlode, and K.W. Tut., all while playing blues and funk influenced-music.

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Mansfield Symphony To Offer New Concert Experience This Weekend

16 Sep , 2021  

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The Mansfield Symphony opens its season this Saturday, September 18 at 8:00 PM with “Harmony in Nature,” a brand new, hybrid concert that will be performed onstage at the Renaissance Theatre and simultaneously streamed outside to the Ren Backlot for patrons to enjoy under the stars. 

The Harmony in Nature concert will be a welcome new experience for music lovers as the symphony performs Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2, accompanied by masterful projections of beautiful landscapes from around the world.

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

2 Sep , 2021  

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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Little Mermaid Coming To The Ren

20 Aug , 2021  

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The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Disney’s The Little Mermaid on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre September 10, 11, and 12 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM on Sunday. Dauphne Maloney directs the show with musical direction by Brian K. Nabors. Tickets are $15, general admission, and on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at rentickets.org. 

A free sensory-friendly performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid will be offered Saturday, September 11 at 1 PM for families of individuals with special needs. Interested individuals must register for their free tickets by visiting or calling the Renaissance Box Office at (419) 522-2726. A limited number of tickets is available for the sensory-friendly performance and no walk-ups will be accommodated. Looking for sensory-friendly tickets? Visit: https://bit.ly/SFLittleMermaidPR

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The Ren Holds Suprise Concert For Mansfielder’s 93rd Birthday

10 Aug , 2021  

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Mansfield’s streets got musical Friday afternoon, when 93-year-old Beulah Jones was treated to a surprise concert from the Renaissance Theatre’s cast of Hairspray the Musical on her front lawn.

Performers, Izzi Robles and Terrence Williams Jr., sang three of the production’s songs for Jones, including “Good Morning, Baltimore,” “Run and Tell That,” and “Without Love” before wishing her a happy birthday and heading off back to the theater for a final rehearsal.

“We heard through the grapevine that Ms. Jones was turning 93 today, and with our current production schedule for Hairspray, there was a perfect opportunity to surprise her with a mini concert,” said Renaissance Performing Arts President Chelsie Thompson. “A similar ‘Curbside Concert’ idea was offered in Columbus last year, and this was a great chance to pilot something comparable to see whether we can work with that same model to present on-the-go concerts to residents at their homes.”

Ms. Jones and her family expressed that they thoroughly enjoyed the concert and look forward to seeing more community concerts from the Renaissance Theatre in the future. 

Click here to watch the surprise concert via Facebook Live video.

Source, Photos: Renaissance Performing Arts Association

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Five Ohio Arts Council Grants Headed To Richland County

25 Jul , 2021  

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By 1812Blockhouse, Ohio Arts Council

The Ohio Arts Council (OAC) board approved $18,479,247 in grants to support Ohio artists, arts and cultural organizations, students, educators, and public arts programming when it met on July 21 for its summer board meeting. This marks the largest amount of grant dollars distributed to constituents applying to OAC funding programs in the agency’s history.

Five of those grants were for Richland County projects.

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Free Arts Integration Professional Development For Teachers Available At The Ren

16 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Partners in Education Team, comprised of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association, the Mansfield Art Center, and Mansfield City Schools, will host a two-day professional development workshop on arts integration for elementary and intermediate educators, and administrators on July 29-30, 2021 in the Pioneer CTC Performing Arts classroom, located at the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 venue. The registration fee of $125 for the workshop has been covered for all participants through the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council and Charles P. Hahn, CFP.

Kennedy Center teaching artist Randy Barron will lead workshops entitled, “Math on the Move” for teachers serving students in grades K-2; and for those teaching students in grades 3-8. Through dance and creative movement activities, students become kinesthetically and visually engaged in creating number sense and developing an understanding of the important ideas underlying all of mathematics. More…

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Good Morning, Mansfield! Hairspray Coming To The Ren

15 Jul , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Rehearsals are well underway and live theatre is finally back at the Renaissance Theatre. The hit Broadway musical, Hairspray is set to delight audiences with unforgettable singing, dancing, and hilarious characters, July 31 and August 7 at 8:00 PM and August 1 and 8 at 2:30 PM, on the main stage at the Renaissance Theatre, 138 Park Avenue West in Mansfield.

It’s Baltimore 1962, and plus-sized teen, Tracy Turnblad, is delighted to find herself as the newest dance sensation on the local rock and roll dance program, The Corny Collins Show. But when Tracy discovers that the show is segregated, she finds herself on the front lines of the battle for equality and acceptance.

Leading the cast is Izzi Robles as Tracy Turnblad. A recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, Izzi most recently performed at the Ren as Anita in the Mansfield Symphony concert version of West Side Story. More…

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