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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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The Show Must Go On: Richland County Arts Organizations Face The Pandemic

21 Nov , 2020  

By 1812Blockouse

One sector of the economy substantially and disproportionately impacted by the current pandemic is that of arts and cultural institutions. Across the country, and right here in Richland County, these organizations are trying to keep doors open and bills paid so that when the pandemic passes, they will have survived intact.

As we shared in a story earlier this week, the Richland Performing Arts Association alone has lost 25 percent of its anticipated revenue this year, which is approaching $500,000 in total. The Association has varied programming this year, introducing new ways for audiences to experience the arts.

In a Friday announcement on its Facebook Page, the Mansfield Playhouse, Ohio’s second oldest continuously producing community theatre, itself shared some difficult news. The Playhouse has decided to stop current productions until further notice and it is safe for staff, actors, and audience to return. This is its second such shutdown this season. More…

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Renaissance Begins “Be Our Light” Campaign

19 Nov , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts has begun its annual year-end fundraising campaign in conjunction with the Richland Gives online philanthropic event for area non-profits.

Richland Gives is an online giving event designed to encourage everyone to contribute to local nonprofits they care about through a single giving website. Hosted by the Richland County Foundation, Richland Gives builds capacity, grows philanthropy, and makes our community stronger. The campaign began on November 16 and will culminate on December 1, 2020, at 7:00 PM.

The pandemic has dealt a devastating blow to the arts sector this year. The Renaissance has lost 25 percent of its anticipated revenue, which is approaching $500,000 in total. More…


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Lee-Strohm Wins Symphony Vocal Competition

2 Nov , 2020  

Led by music director Octavio Más-Arocas, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra recently opened its OhioHealth Symphony Series’ 90th Season with the concert ‘Mash-up’ at the Renaissance Theatre. The incredibly inventive and triumphant concert held the finals of its vocal competition where Ashland resident Audrey Lee-Strohm was awarded first place.

In November 2019, 26 videos were submitted online for entry into the vocal competition. With over 40,000 votes by the public and a weeklong review by a team of expert judges, six finalists were announced. The finalists who performed at the Mash-up concert were Allie Lynn Nicolas, Ashlea Shaw, Audrey Lee-Strohm, Jarica Awwiller, Patrick Clinage, and Ryan Shreve.

Before the vocal competition began the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra gave a rousing performance of Beethoven’s Egmont Overture. Jarica Awwiller then performed Frank Sinatra’s classic, “Fly Me to the Moon.” Ryan Shreve performed next with The Phantom of the Opera’s “The Music of the Night.” Allie Lynn Nicolas sang Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and Ashlea Shaw performed “Shallow” from A Star is Born. Audrey Lee-Strohm performed “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables and Patrick Clinage ended the competition with another Frank Sinatra great, “My Way.” More…

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Streaming Available For Cinderlla: The Broadway Musical

26 Oct , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts is pleased to announce the addition of an at-home streaming option for their production of Cinderella: The Broadway Musical. Cinderella will be performed on the Renaissance stage November 13-14 and 20-21 at 8:00 PM, and November 15 and 22 at 2:30 PM, with at-home streaming available beginning November 16.

Originally written as a televised special in the mid-1950s, it starred Julie Andrews. The version being used by the Renaissance, which opened on Broadway in 2013, has a vastly rewritten script that retains the magic and tradition of the original story while expanding on themes of finding your voice, self-confidence, and the power of love, compassion, and kindness. It’s a story with a strong female character who isn’t just a two-dimensional cardboard princess focused on physical beauty, but rather a self-empowered woman whose empathy and determination are the qualities that endear her to the prince. More…


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Symphony Opens 90th Season With Singing Competition

2 Oct , 2020  

Mansfield Symphony Orchestra will present “Mash-Up,” the first concert in its 90th Season, on Saturday, October 17 at 8:00 PM.

Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the event will feature the six singing competition finalists selected in the fall of 2019, and the Michigan-based group, Westbound Situation. The concert will be held inside the Renaissance Theatre, as well as live-streamed outside in the Ren Backlot.

The finalists performing in the competition are Allie Carter from the group Coma Love singing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” from The Wizard of Oz, Audrey Lee-Strohm singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from Les Miserables, Jarica Awwiller singing Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To the Moon,” Ashlea Shaw singing “Shallow” from A Star Is Born, Patrick Clinage singing Frank Sinatra’s “My Way,” and Ryan Shreve singing “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera. More…


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Renaissance Offers New REN-spiration Classroom Sessions, Writing Prompts

27 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will offer a new series of REN-Spiration Classroom sessions beginning the week of October 4th.

The free series will feature classes that are formatted as a four-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for four weeks. Class sessions are scheduled during times that allow families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating other fall 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 first series of online classes, the Ren’s Education Department continued with new series of classes for the summer, and into the fall. More…

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Films To Be Screened At The Ren – Inside And Outside

25 Sep , 2020  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will show two classic Halloween films in October as part of the Lind Siegenthaler Cinema Series with additional sponsorship by Techman Sales, Inc. Hocus Pocus will be screened on October 24 at 8:00 PM and The Rocky Horror Picture Show will be on October 31 at 8:00 PM. Both films will be presented inside the theatre and simultaneously outside in the Ren Backlot.

Hocus Pocus is back to the Renaissance by popular demand. Featuring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy, this iconic hit of the ‘90s is set in Salem, Massachusetts and follows three witches set on revenge on Halloween night. More…


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Cast Of Disney’s Tarzan Announced

11 Sep , 2020  

The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Disney’s Tarzan on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre January 15, 16, and 17, 2021 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series, with additional sponsorship from Bill and Dotti Jilek. Performances will take place at 7:00 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 PM on Sunday. Dauphne Maloney will direct the production, with musical direction by Brian K. Nabors.

The cast is composed of nearly 50 students ages 7-18 from the following schools: Ashland, Big Walnut, Clearfork, Crestview, Discovery – Mansfield, Foundation Academy, Galion, Homeschool, Knox County Career Center, Lexington, Lucas, Madison, Mansfield, Mansfield Christian, Mansfield St. Peter’s, Ontario, Pioneer CTC Performing Arts, Richland School of Academic Arts, Shelby, Willard, and Wooster.

The cast is led by Nathaniel Ivy and Alex Snodgrass as Tarzan, as well as Ellie Nickoli and Hayley Sleek performing in the role of Jane. The role of Kerchak will be played by Zavier Alterio and Gavin Hull and and the role of Kala by Kristin Kaufman and McKenna Stoffer. Terk will be portrayed by Jamie Mayfield and Naomi Schag; with Kaden Gilland, Austin Michael as Professor Porter. Young Tarzan will be played by Graycen Stevens; with Owen Hendershott and Madison Kearney playing the role of Young Terk. More…

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History & Tourism

Renaissance To Reveal Virtual Tour During Ohio Open Doors

9 Sep , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts will reveal a virtual tour of its theatre on Friday, September 11 as part of the Ohio Open Doors program of The Ohio History Connection.

The Ohio History Connection created Ohio Open Doors in 2016 to promote and inspire pride in Ohio’s heritage and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act. “Ohio Open Doors shares stories of important landmarks right in our backyard, highlighting the history and unique nature of some of Ohio’s most treasured historic places,” says Burt Logan, executive director and CEO of the Ohio History Connection. More…


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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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Youth Orchestra Names New Conductor

3 Sep , 2020  

The Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra is pleased to announce Stephen Domka as its new conductor beginning in the 2020-21 Season.

After 10 years, Randy Heidelbaugh is retiring from leading the group in order to pursue other opportunities. Heidelbaugh remarked, “I want to take this opportunity to thank the entire staff at the Renaissance Theatre for all the great work they do for the performing arts in north-central Ohio. It has been my pleasure to work with them over the last decade! More…


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Two New Shows Added To The “Ren Backlot”

2 Sep , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre has added two September shows to its summer drive-in series called the “Ren Backlot.

These events 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 concerts are Dancing in the Streets: The Motown Sound on September 11 and 12 at 8:30 PM, and When You Wish Upon a Star: Disney in Concert on September 25 and 26 at 8:00 PM. These additional concerts are part of the Avita Innovation Concert Series. More…

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Renaissance Begins Ghost Light Campaign

20 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association is beginning a fundraising campaign called “Ghost Light.” Currently, the organization has lost revenue approaching $425,000 due to the restrictions placed upon arts organizations during the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is theatrical tradition to have a ghost light – a single bulb on center stage enabling one to navigate the theatre to avoid trips and falls over set pieces. At the Renaissance, the ghost light also serves as a beacon for those charged with bringing the stage to life, and to welcome the next group of patrons to relish the emotional experiences that only live performances provide. More…


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Renaissance to Offer New REN-spiration Classroom Series

8 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre will offer a “sequel” to its successful series of QuaRENtine Classroom sessions, beginning the week of August 16th. New classes will be formatted as a four-week series of offerings, with participants meeting once a week for four weeks.

The schedule allows families the opportunity to explore the arts while accommodating new school year schedules.

The REN-spiration Classroom will provide 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,” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Based upon the popularity of its first series of online classes, the Ren’s Education Department continued with a new series of classes for the summer. More…

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