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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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New Shows Added To “Ren Backlot”

1 Aug , 2020  

The Renaissance Theatre has added three August shows to its summer drive-in series called the ‘Ren Backlot.’ These installations 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 shows are Newsies: In Concert, You Can’t Stop the Beat: The Best of the Ren Broadway Series and Ain’t Misbehavin’, which are all part of the Avita Innovation Concert Series.

Newsies: In Concert will take place on August 7 and 8 at 9:00 PM. One of the Ren’s biggest hits returns in a concert version, reuniting original cast members and featuring video and photo footage from the Renaissance’s 2018 production. More…

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Youth: Show Off Your Inner Tarzan

24 Jul , 2020  

Updated on July 23: The Renaissance Theatre will extend auditions for the MY Theatre production of Disney’s Tarzan: The Stage Musical through August 1, 2020.  Audition dates have been extended in order to accommodate the production’s new performance dates of January 15-17, 2021.

Our original post follows:


The Renaissance Theatre will hold auditions for the MY Theatre production of Disney’s Tarzan: The Stage Musical via video submission, through July 15, 2020. Those auditioning must be 18 years of age or younger (unless still attending high school) during the 2020-21 school year and should be no younger than 7 years of age. More…

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Renaissance Postpones Start Of Season

23 Jul , 2020  

The Renaissance Performing Arts Association will be postponing the official start of its 2020-21 Season.

In previous years, the start of the Season was highlighted by a summer Broadway musical production in July and August. For this season, the start will begin with the Park National Bank Broadway Series production of Cabaret, October 2-11. Patrons who have already purchased tickets for affected events will have their tickets transferred to the postponement dates automatically; or, patrons can contact the Renaissance Box Office for exchange or refund options. More…

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Mansfield Symphony Chorus Seeks Members

10 Jul , 2020  

The Mansfield Symphony Chorus (MSC) is welcoming virtual auditions for its 2020-2021 season.

Any member of the community is invited to audition. Under the direction of Chorus Master Lori Turner, MSC will perform three concerts this season: SingOut! A Choral Celebration, Holiday Pops, and Carmina Burana (the latter two in collaboration with the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra). More…

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The Ren Shares Its Safety Measures For Reopening

2 Jul , 2020  

By: 1812Blockhouse; Renaissance Performing Arts Association release

It seems like a long, long time ago. On March 13, we carried the sad tidings that the Renaissance Theatre was making the first cancellations of its live events.

In the weeks which have followed, the creative folks at the Renaissance have been extremely busy — first with introducing new online programming such as the QuaRENtine Creations and Classroom Sessions, and then with planning an outdoor musical together with a series of moves under the stars in the Ren Backlot.

The time has come for the theatre to reopen, and on Wednesday the Renaissance Performing Arts Association shared the following release detailing its plans for that process as it applies to the health of patrons, performers, and backstage staff: More…

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The Ren And The Library Partner To Promote Theatre Season

20 Jun , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts and Mansfield/Richland County Public Library are pleased to announce a collaboration for the 2020-2021 Renaissance Theatre Season.

Through this collaboration, all MRCPL cardholders will be offered one ticket free to any production in the Park National Bank Broadway Series, the OhioHealth Symphony Series, or the Mechanics Bank Education Series. Cardholders are able to redeem their complimentary ticket now for the production of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: The Broadway Musical running July 31-August 9. For any other season production, tickets will be available beginning July 21. More…

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Renaissance To Present Virtual Writing Showcase

12 Jun , 2020  

The Renaissance Education Department will host its ninth annual MindSprouts Creative Writing Showcase on Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 PM. The event is free and open to the public via the Renaissance YouTube channel and FaceBook page. A variety of student writing will be presented in Readers’ Theatre adaptations of short stories, poems, and plays that were submitted to the MindSprouts 2020 Creative Writing Contest.

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Cast Announced For Cinderella

11 Jun , 2020  

Renaissance Performing Arts is pleased to announce the cast for their upcoming summer production of Cinderella: The Broadway Musical, part of the Park National Broadway Series. Caroline Grace Williams, Miss Ohio 2019, leads the company in the role of Ella. Supporting her are Ren favorites, Ryan Shreve as Topher, Condrea Webber as Madame, Deon Taylor as Lord Pinkleton, Scott Smith as Sebastian, Kelly Knowlton as Marie, Anna Scheurer as Gabrielle, Jaren Baer as Jean-Michel and Leah Gesouras as Charlotte. On Sunday, August 2 and Friday, August 7, McKenna Stoffer and Daniel Kenner will play the roles of Ella and Topher. More…

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