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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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Jazz At The Ren Backlot

7 Jul , 2021  

The Artistic Jazz Orchestra makes its premier appearance at the Renaissance Theatre this weekend. AJO Artistic Director, Paul Martin, has put together an evening of the group’s most popular numbers.

Martin is a native of Ashland and has studied with jazz legends like Vaughn Wiester (trombonist and arranger for Woody Herman) and Doug Richeson (bassist for Tony Bennett). He’s also performed with some of the finest jazz musicians in the country, includingLas Vegas vocalist/pianist George Bugatti, vocalist Cathi Muckle (the niece of Rosemary Clooney), trumpeter Bobby Shew, and drummer Louise Bellson. More…

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Momma Mia! Reunion Concert Comes To The Ren Backlot This Weekend

24 Jun , 2021  

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This weekend, the cast of Mamma Mia! The Musical returns to the Renaissance Theatre for an unforgettable reunion. With most of the original leading cast members from the sold out 2019 production, this outdoor concert is going to be a smash-hit!

The concert will feature original cast members such as former Miss Ohio 2018: Matti-Lynn Chrisman, Kristin Kaufman, Katie Harrigan, Maddie Penwell, Leah Gesouras, Ryan Shreve, George Swarn, Drew Owens, Beau Roberts, and Colton Penwell. Joining the original cast are Mansfield native and educator, Scott Smith, as well as Izzi Robles, a performing artist from Georgia.

Robles joins the cast of Mamma Mia!, and will star as Tracy Turnblad in the Renaissance Theatre’s 2021 Summer musical, Hairspray.  More…

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Aladdin’s Lamp To Be Presented Outside In Shelby

21 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre will host the first of two outdoor Teddy Bear Concerts on Sunday, May 23 at 2:30 PM in downtown Shelby.

A part of the 2020-2021 Mechanics Bank Education Series, the outdoor concerts mark the return of the popular live concert experiences for young audiences and their families, which were put on hold due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The performance features the story of Aladdin’s Lamp, adapted by Artistic Director Michael Thomas in an engaging musical adaptation which features audience participation, interactive storytelling with local actors, and an array of fun music provided by the String Trio featuring Mansfield Symphony musicians. More…

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Titanic Sets Sail This Weekend At The Ren

19 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

This weekend, the most famous ship in history will dock at the Renaissance Theatre for a limited run of Titanic the Musical, happening live and in person May 21-23.

“Titanic, The Musical examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship—of her officers, crew and passengers, to be sure—but she will not, as has happened so many times before, serve as merely the background against which fictional, melodramatic narratives are recounted. The central character of our Titanic is the Titanic herself” said Renaissance Theatre’s Artistic Director, Michael Thomas.

The musical features an impressive cast of over 20 professional actors from Mansfield, Columbus, Cleveland, and beyond. More…

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Local High School Musicians Showcase Talent At Ren Theatre Masterclass

18 May , 2021  

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Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s concertmaster Victor Beyens gave a masterclass this Friday May 14 on the Renaissance Theater stage.

Mr. Beyens is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music where he studied with David Updegraff and William Preucil. Four High School Violinists from the Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra (MSYO) had the opportunity to perform in the class and observe a Symphony Rehearsal under the leadership of Octavio Mas-Arocas. Victor Beyens was featured as a guest artist performing the Bruch Violin Concerto.

Students performing in the class included: Faith Kaschube (Saint Saens Violin Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I); Joseph Litao (Ziegeunerweisen by Sarasate); Thomas Secrist (Barber Violin Concerto, Mvt. I); and Ella Schag (Mendelssohn Violin Concerto Mvt. I). MSYO Conductor Stephen Domka accompanied on the piano and the Renaissance Theatre sponsored the event. More…

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Renaissance Revealing New Season During Tuesday Evening Event

11 May , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from Renaissance Performing Arts Association

While theaters across the world are just starting to open back up, the Renaissance Theatre has been at the forefront for producing live events safely during a global pandemic. This Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 PM, Renaissance Theatre will announce its upcoming 93rd season which includes broadway musicals, symphony concerts, rock bands, country music, educational programming and more!

“It’s really an impressive feat that the Renaissance is not only still open, but still pressing forward and creating live entertainment for the area. With a vast majority of the nation’s theaters shut down, it’s truly remarkable we’re able to put on events.” said Ryan Shreve

The Renaissance Theatre has become a golden staple for creating theatre and live events during the COVID-19 global pandemic, and doing said events safely. More…

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Live Theatre Prevails With Little Shop Of Horrors At The Ren

24 Apr , 2021  

Last weekend, the Renaissance Theatre opened it’s doors with a live in-person production of Little Shop of Horrors the Musical. While theaters across the world are just starting to open back up, the Renaissance Theatre has been at the forefront for producing live events safely during a global pandemic.

Little Shop of Horrors the musical features a star studded cast of professional actors from all around Ohio, such as Ryan Shreve, Emma Skaggs, Condrea Webber, Leiah Lewis, Antonio Brown, Scott Smith, and Beau Roberts. This production is unlike any version of Little Shop of Horrors you might have seen before. Directed by Ryan Shealy, and musical direction by Kelly Knowlton, this is one hilarious show you don’t want to miss. More…

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Patsy and Loretta Come To Life

12 Mar , 2021   Gallery

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We recently shared with our readers information about Heartaches: The Music of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn, presented by the Renaissance Theatre and available for viewing starting on April 1.

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Music Of Patsy Cline And Loretta Lynn Coming To The Ren

26 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre is excited to announce the latest streaming production of their new film division, Ren Studios. Heartaches: The Music of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn will premiere April 1 and be available for viewing through the end of that month.

These two legendary and unforgettable performers would go on to change the face of American music. Patsy Cline, with her plaintive, heartbreaking vocal style, set the charts ablaze with hits like Crazy, I Fall to Pieces and Walking After Midnight. Loretta Lynn, the coal miner’s daughter from Butcher Hollow, Kentucky, turned country music on its ear with heartfelt and sometimes controversial songs about marital infidelity, poverty, and birth control. Heartaches: The Music of Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn is not a biographical portrait of two immortal entertainers, but rather a collection of their music that mirrors the struggle of all women. More…

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Local Violinist Ella Schag Wins Concerto Competition

20 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The annual Mansfield Symphony Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition recently took place at Mansfield 1st Evangelical Presbyterian Church. Performing in the competition were local musicians: Samuel Prinz, Viola; Joseph Litao, Violin; and Ella Schag, Violin. Josh Bowman, strings teacher from Avon Lake, and Mike Sieberg, a violinist of Ashland Symphony, served as adjudicators. Ella Schag was chosen as the winner.

The daughter of Joseph and Keely Schag, Ella is a senior at Willard High School where she is concertmaster of the orchestra, member of the Symphonic Choir and Chamber Choir. She is also the captain of the Academic Challenge team, and varsity singles player for the Lady Flashes tennis program. More…

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Good Morning, Baltimore!: The Ren Annnounces Auditions For Hairspray

13 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre announces virtual auditions for their 2021 Summer musical, Hairspray. Auditions are open to performers ages 15 or older, and all diversities are encouraged to submit as the Renaissance maintains a policy of ethnically appropriate casting.

Performances will take place live on the Renaissance stage, July 31 – August 8, with rehearsals beginning June 29. Some roles are paid and all safety, masking and social distancing policies are strictly enforced.

Auditionees are asked to prepare 16 bars of a musical theatre song in the style of the show, and learn a dance combination. Dance instruction videos will be made available at rentickets.org. More…

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Always… Patsy Cline To Be Filmed For At-Home Screening

10 Feb , 2021  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The Renaissance Theatre’s popular production of Always…Patsy Cline, starring Kelly Knowlton, is set to be filmed by the new division of the Renaissance Theatre, Ren Studios, for at-home streaming. The musical will premiere Saturday, March 13th with additional performances on Saturday, March 20th and 27th.

Since its premiere at the Renaissance, Always…Patsy Cline has proven to be a sold-out hit, time after time. It has been revived three times since the original production in 2010. Starring Kelly Knowlton as Patsy, and Miss Ohio 2020, Caroline Grace Williams as her “biggest fan”, Louise Sager, the show contains such Patsy Cline standards as I Fall To Pieces, Sweet Dreams, Walkin After Midnight, You Belong to Me, Back in Baby’s Arms and the immortal, Crazy. More…

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