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Foreigners Journey Coming To The Ren

27 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

On Saturday, October 1, the music, and energy of two legendary stadium rock bands come together in one electrifying show at the Renaissance Theater.

Now starring 2X Tony Nominated Star of Broadway’s Rock of Ages and American Idol Icon – Constantine Maroulis! Their repertoire of classic hits by Foreigner and Journey provides a crowd-pleasing night of unforgettable music. Not only heightened to new face-melting levels with the addition of Constantine, expect smoldering sexiness, dancers, production, and “Rock Of Ages” mash-ups that will take you right back to the Sunset Strip!

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“Phantom Of The Opera” At The Ren

20 Sep , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; Special to 1812Blockhouse

It’s that time of year when chills and thrills are the norm.

Speaking of which, the Renaissance Theatre will present the silent film The Phantom of the Opera with live organ accompaniment by Jay Spencer in a hybrid film-performance on September 25 at 2:30 PM in the Renaissance Theatre in downtown Mansfield.

The film, adapted from Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel, The Phantom of the Opera was originally released in 1925 as a silent horror film. The story follows the disfigured Phantom, played by Lon Chaney, as he causes havoc throughout the Paris Opera House. The destruction and bloodshed are all in the name of love, as The Phantom tries to win the heart of a young opera singer by making her a star.

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Colonel To Narrate Performance With Mansfield Symphony Orchestra

12 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Symphony opens its season this Saturday, September 17 at 8:00 pm with “An American Journey,” dedicated to American composers and the beauty of America. 

One piece featured in this performance is “Lincoln Portrait;” in addition to its popularity as a work by celebrated American composer Aaron Copland, the narrated piece is dedicated to honoring the life and service of the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln.

When it came to choosing a narrator for this piece, it made sense to include someone locally who, like Lincoln, has dedicated their life to honoring our great country. Joining the ranks of previous narrators for this piece including Maya Angelou, Neil Armstrong, Phylicia Rashad, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, James Taylor, and many more will be Colonel Michael Howard of the 179th Airlift Wing.

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Seussical, Jr. This Weekend On The Ren Stage

8 Sep , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Mansfield Youth Theatre (“MY Theatre”) will present Seussical, Jr. on the stage of the Renaissance Theatre September 9, 10, and 11 as a part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Performances will take place at 7:00 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 are on sale now at the Renaissance Box Office, via phone, and online at rentickets.org

A free sensory-friendly performance of Seussical, Jr. will be offered Saturday, September 10 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.

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After 12 Years, Renaissance CEO Moves On To New Adventure

6 Aug , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

After a long and successful tenure, Renaissance Performing Arts Association CEO Michael Miller has announced that he will be transitioning to new endeavors this summer.

Miller, who first became involved with the Renaissance in 2002 as a member of its Board of Directors, is leaving the organization to pursue new opportunities to promote the growth and long-term sustainability of the Imagination District, a downtown arts district that celebrates imagination through play, education, and live performance.

Since getting his start in the industry at the age of 6, Michael Miller has been involved in professional arts in some capacity, whether onstage, backstage, in the sound booth, or in administration. By the age of 12, he had debuted at The Kennedy Center, New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera, and Los Angeles Civic Light Opera.

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There’s Trouble In Mansfield: The Music Man Come To The Ren

13 Jul , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Meredith Willson’s The Music Man has become such a staple of popular culture that a visit to River City, Iowa is like spending time with an old friend.

Boasting such memorable songs as 76 Trombones, Till There Was You, The Wells Fargo Wagon and Trouble!, the show about a traveling salesman who tries to bamboozle naïve Iowans into forming a boy’s band, has been performed continuously since its premiere on Broadway in 1957. Why has it remained so popular? Critics and audiences agree that the expertly structured story, the unforgettable melodies, and hilarious and heartfelt characters combine to make an almost perfect musical comedy. The story and score are so strong, that they allow each generation to offer its own take on the material, to hear these songs and dialogue with a modern voice.

This was the challenge for the Music Man’s creative team at the Renaissance Theatre as they plan for their upcoming production, which opens Saturday, July 30 at 8PM and continues Sunday, July 31 at 2:30PM, Saturday August 6 at 8PM and Sunday, August 7 at 2:30PM.

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Auditions Announced For Seussical, Jr.

7 Jul , 2022  

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The Renaissance Theatre will hold auditions for the MY Theatre production of Seussical, Jr. on Sunday, July 10 from 2:00 until 4:30 PM, and on Monday, July 11 from 6:00 until 8:30 PM at the Ren’s Theatre 166 location in downtown Mansfield. Performance dates are September 9-11, and all performances will be held on stage at the Renaissance Theatre.

Appointments are not required for auditions. Those auditioning must be 18 years of age or younger (unless still attending high school) during the 2022-23 school year and should be no younger than 8 years of age. 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. Some actors may 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 September 9-11 performances of Seussical, Jr.

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Broadway Camp For Kids To Be Offered Again This Summer

11 Jun , 2022  

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Registration has opened for the Renaissance’s annual “Broadway Camp!” summer theatre program for students ages 8-13. The popular summer theatre camp sessions will be held as in-person classes, during the weeks of June 20-24; and June 27-June 30.

Broadway Camp! options include the traditional three-hour morning camp (June 20-24), as well as a new, day-long, six-hour “Broadway Camp Showz!” camp (June 27-June 30). All “Broadway Camp!” sessions are designed to be sensory-inclusive; with tuition set at $105 for either the June 20-24 camp, or for the June 27-June 30 session. Full and partial scholarships are available for all Broadway Camp sessions.

The new, day-long “Broadway Camp Showz!” will allow participants to further explore the opportunity to present a fully staged Broadway Kids-style production.  The camp production, designed for specifically for young actors, will use a script and score adapted from a popular Broadway musical. To participate in Broadway Camp Showz!, students must previously have completed a session of a two or three-hour Broadway Camp, or Broadway Camp, Too!

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Movies Under The Stars

8 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

There’s something about watching a movie outdoors.

For those of a certain age, the drive-in movie theatre provided that type of experience (and fortunately some still exist). This summer, however, you can watch film under the stars in the Imagination District in downtown Mansfield.

POP! Pictures on the Plaza features free, family friendly activities as well as an outdoor movie. The venue is the grassy area known as the Plaza situated between the Renaissance Theatre and Theatre 166.

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Renaissance Theatre To Host Free Outdoor Concert For Kids At Blackfork Commons

24 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the final Teddy Bear Concert of its 2021-22 season on Sunday, June 5 at 2:30 PM in Shelby, OH.  A part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series, this outdoor event provides a live concert experience for young audiences and their families.

Kids are encouraged to bring their favorite teddy bear or stuffed animal and enjoy a free performance featuring the story of Little Red Riding Hood

Adapted by Renaissance Theatre Artistic Director, Michael Thomas, this Teddy Bear Concert is an engaging musical adaptation which features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and an array of fun music provided by the Woodwind Duet featuring Mansfield Symphony musicians.

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‘Wizard Of Oz” At The Ren Celebrates Judy Garland’s 100th Birthday

19 May , 2022  

When we think of a classic that almost everyone has seen, most people gravitate towards the 1939 musical film The Wizard of Oz. This cinematic masterpiece starring Judy Garland has been capturing the hearts of fans for over 80 years. In honor of Garland’s 100th birthday, The Wizard of Oz is being shown at the Renaissance Theatre

The classic film will be shown for one day only, on May 22 at 2:30 PM. On top of showing the full film, fans will be able to partake in a costume contest for various prizes before the movie. 

The Wizard of Oz is based on the classic children’s book by L. Frank Baum, and the film directed by Victor Fleming quickly became a classic in its own right. Beyond the fact that it was one of the first films to use color, The Wizard of Oz is memorable for so many reasons. Whether it is the ruby slippers, the Yellow Brick Road, or the endlessly iconic soundtrack, the film quickly hit legendary status after its debut. 

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Renaissance To Present Annual Student Writing Program Showcase

17 May , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre Education Department will host its eleventh annual MindSprouts Creative Writing Showcase on Thursday, May 19th at 7 PM, in the Ren’s black box space, Theatre 166, located at 166 Park Avenue West in downtown Mansfield. 

The event is free and open to the public, with donations accepted at the door to support Renaissance education programs.  A variety of student writing will be presented in onstage adaptations of short stories, poems, and plays that were submitted to the MindSprouts Creative Writing Contest. 

Here are the writing program finalists: 

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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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