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America’s Got Talent Comedian Drew Lynch Takes The Renaissance Stage

25 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

“Do something every day that scares you” is a motto Drew lives by. In 2015, Drew Lynch captured the hearts of America with his Golden Buzzer performance on Season 10 of America’s Got Talent. Now Drew will be taking the stage at the Renaissance Theatre on Saturday, February 11.

“The person I was before would probably never hang out with who I am today” is the statement that resonated most in capturing audiences across the country, as they fell in love with his charming wit and genuine vulnerability every week of the competition.

Drew becoming a comedian was almost as unintentional as capturing America’s hearts. At the young age of 19, Drew moved to Los Angeles with aspirations of becoming an actor; a dream he had since he was a kid. A freak accident just a year into his acting career left Drew with a severe stutter and crushed his hopes of ever performing again.

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History & Tourism

Happy Birthday To Mansfield’s Grand Ohio Theatre

19 Jan , 2023  

By 1812Blockhouse

It was 95 years ago today that guests flocked to the brand-new Ohio Theatre on Park Avenue West, today known as the Renaissance Theatre.

January 19, 1928 was an important date in local history as a showing of “Get Your Man” with Clara Bow opened the new movie palace.

Today, the Renaissance Performing Arts Association celebrated the birthday with a social media post on Facebook. It shared, “Today marks 95 years that the Renaissance Theatre has called Mansfield home. We want to say thank you to each member of our community for their ongoing support of the arts. It is our promise to continue to bring the very best productions, education, and experiences. Let’s continue to make memories together over the next 95 years.”

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Pinocchio At The Ren

18 Jan , 2023  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the second of its three Teddy Bear Concerts in the 2022-23 Mechanics Bank Education Series on Sunday, February 19 at 2:30 PM.

The performance features an original script by Michael Thomas in an engaging adaptation of  “Pinocchio” that features audience participation, and interactive storytelling performed by local actors and live musicians from the Mansfield Symphony

Teddy Bear concerts take place at the Renaissance’s Theatre 166 venue with audience members sitting in close proximity to the performers. Geared to children ages 2 through 10, each Teddy Bear concert offers an interactive element as well as a relaxed environment. Small audience sizes, lights up, and low sound levels as well as safe sensory spaces allow audience members with autism and other sensory-processing issues to be accommodated at this performance.

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Country Music Legends Diamond Rio Coming To Mansfield

14 Dec , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Diamond Rio, a band known for dozens of hits and platinum albums for over 25 years, will play the Renaissance Theatre on Saturday, January 7 at 8:00 PM. The band made popular by hits like “Meet in the Middle”, “How Your Love Makes Me Feel”, “One More Day” and more is sure to have audiences singing along.

Tickets to see Diamond Rio in concert at the Renaissance Theatre range from $15 to $60 and are on sale online at rentickets.org, or by visiting or calling the Renaissance Box Office at 419-522-2726. Diamond Rio is presented as a part of the Avita Health System Concert Series, with season partners DRM, Schmidt Security Pro, LIND advertising, Mid-State Multimedia, Hughie’s event services, Richland County Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, Richland Source, and The Cleveland Financial Group.

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Christmas PJs Encouraged To Watch The Muppets At The Ren

27 Nov , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Christmas at the Ren continues to “Bless us all!” with the return of the beloved film “The Muppet Christmas Carol” on the big screen. 

The afternoon of Christmas magic begins behind the Renaissance Theatre with an opportunity to post Letters to Santa and meet live reindeer! 

Inside of the auditorium, families will enjoy hot chocolate and the movie event. Christmas pajamas are highly encouraged!

In this holiday classic, the Muppets perform the Dickens tale, with Kermit the Frog playing Bob Cratchit, the put-upon clerk of stingy Ebenezer Scrooge (Michael Caine). Other Muppets—Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear and Sam the Eagle—weave in and out of the story, while Scrooge receives visits from spirits of three Christmases—past, present and future. They show him the error of his self-serving ways, but the miserable old man seems to be past any hope of redemption and happiness.

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A Christmas Tradition: Holiday Pops Returns To The Ren

23 Nov , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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

A perennial family favorite, the Mansfield Symphony and Chorus ring in the season with an enchanting concert of traditional holiday classics along with new favorites, featuring a mix of contemporary and classic holiday repertoire and beloved carols!

Under the direction of Octavio Más-Arocas, the concert features a variety of holiday music and beloved Christmas carols. As part of the Ohio Health Symphony Series, the orchestra will perform on Saturday, December 17 at 8:00pm.

The enchanting program will feature songs such favorites as the “Carol of the Bells,” “O Holy Night,” Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” and Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.”

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Sister Act Returns To The Ren

22 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

One of the most popular shows ever produced at the Renaissance Theatre, Sister Act: The Musical, returns for a special holiday encore production this November and December as part of the Park National Bank Broadway Series.

The company, once again led by the powerhouse Condrea Webber,  is directed by Renaissance Artistic Director, Michael Thomas, with Kelly Knowlton, once again taking up the baton as musical director.

All new choreography has been created by former Miss Ohio, Caroline Grace Williams, along with spectacular new costumes, sets, and lights by costume designer Linda Turske, set designer Jason Kaufman, and lighting and sound designer Aaron Nicolas. Sister Act: The Musical is a perfect, uproarious way for your entire family to kick off the holiday season.

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Teddy Bear Concert At The Library To Feature “The Spooky Old House”

19 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the first of its three Teddy Bear Concerts of the 2022-23 Mechanics Bank Education Series on Saturday, October 29 at 2:30 PM.

“The Spooky Old House” concert will be held in the Community Room at the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library’s Main Location, located at 43 West Third Street, in Downtown Mansfield. Quickly becoming an annual fall tradition, the performance titled “The Spooky Old House” features a humorous Halloween story, brought to life by Artistic Director Michael Thomas in an engaging musical adaptation that features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and live musicians from the Mansfield Symphony. 

With audience members sitting alongside the performers and geared to children ages 2 through 10, each Teddy Bear concert offers an interactive element as well as a relaxed environment. Small audience sizes, lights up, and low sound levels, allow audience members with autism and other sensory-processing disorders to be accommodated at this performance.

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Mansfield Symphony Welcomes Favorite Local Singers On October 22

12 Oct , 2022  

By Renaissance Performing Arts Association

Mansfield is home to a wide variety of artists, musicians, and performers. On October 22nd audiences will have the opportunity to witness a rare collaboration between favorite local singers and the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra.

Featured artists include Jai Merina, Emily Raff, and Jeffrey Boyd.

You may recognize Jai from her multiple appearances performing across Ohio, including locally alongside the Red Ball Jets on the Brickyard stage. “What an amazing honor for this small-town solo musician to be invited to share the stage with such a prestigious and accomplished conductor and musicians of this caliber. It truly humbles me.” Jai said.

Jeffrey Boyd is a jazz music staple in Mansfield that can be regularly seen playing solo or as a part of local jazz groups the Boyd Brown Project and the Mike Lorenz Trio.

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RYOT Announces Open Registration For RYOT Workshop Showcase

10 Oct , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

Under the direction of Lori Turner, the Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (RYOT) announces open registration for its Workshop Showcase, scheduled for January 28, 2023. 

What’s better than a fully staged musical? Fully staged scenes from lots and LOTS of musicals (and plays)! Designed to focus on the individual performer, the RYOT Workshop Showcase will offer opportunities for young actors to work one on one and in small ensembles with director Lori Turner and other guest professionals to develop and grow vocal skills, hone their acting chops and perform in a smaller cast setting.

Offered as an opportunity for participation by students in second through twelfth grade, the workshop will be limited to a maximum of 20 performers per age group (2nd Grade⁠—6th Grade; and 7th Grade⁠—12th Grade).  Rehearsals for the showcase will begin on Wednesday, December 28.

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