All About Richland

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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All About Richland

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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Schools

Local Teen Named As Member Of Conservation Advisory Council

13 Aug , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse; ODNR

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) has announced that 50 students have been selected as members of the Conservation Teen Advisory Council (ConTAC) for this upcoming school year. ConTAC provides high school students from across Ohio with a unique opportunity to collaborate and contribute ideas to enhance ODNR’s youth outreach program efforts. 

One of those students is from a Richland County school.

“It’s inspiring for us to see a new group of intelligent young people that are passionate about nature join our ConTAC program,” ODNR Director Mary Mertz said. “We love their perspectives and look forward to their work this year with our ODNR experts.”

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All About Richland

Weekend Meals Making A Difference This Summer For Mansfield Schools Students

21 Jun , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

Mansfield City Schools has partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance to distribute weekend meals at Mansfield Senior High Each Friday this summer.

The Alliance will distribute weekend meal bags, in which one meal kit includes shelf-stable food items for breakfast and lunch for the weekend. Meals are available to all Mansfield City Schools students.

One weekend meal kit per child will be distributed every Friday from June 24 through August 12 (excluding July 1) from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Pick-up will be outside of the front doors of Mansfield Senior High School. While picking up, you are asked to drive or walk up to the front of the High School.

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All About Richland

Broadway Camp For Kids To Be Offered Again This Summer

11 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

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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All Things Business

Local Youth Have Opportunity To Gain Valuable Business Know-How

7 Jun , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The North End Community Improvement Collaborative (NECIC) along with the Regional Manufacturing Coalition (RMC) and EPIK are excited to host students from 4+ schools in Richland County entering 5th through 8th grade participating in the 5th Annual Summer Manufacturing Institute Camp, a part of Senator Sherrod Brown’s call to engage Ohio’s youth with local manufacturing activities and opportunities in their home county. The camp will take place at NECIC’s Community Outreach Center in Mansfield from July 18th through the 22nd.

This year the camp will focus on local supply chains and how they have been affected by the pandemic and the current economy. Tyler Shinaberry of EPIK explained, “For the past couple years students have emphasized their interest in ‘economics.’ This has always tied in with our connection to banking/financial literacy both as employees and enterprises. With the current shortages we are facing and the situation during COVID-19, youth have intimately witnessed things typically only faced by adults. Our hope is to provide answers to difficult questions while showing first hand the chain reaction(s) faced in manufacturing.”


Students will tour local businesses and complete some hands-on projects. Shinaberry said, with this year’s focus on the supply chain, it’s going to be a little different than in previous years. “This year we are opening new channels to showcase the end sellers of manufacturing as part of tying in the supply chain. Basically, how manufacturing becomes the products we purchase in stores.”

This camp is open to Richland County resident students and is free to participants thanks to generous host and manufacturer contributions. There are currently a few spaces still available for students. Registration can be done online at https://www.necic-ohio.org/surveys/summer-manufacturing-institute-camp-2022. For questions about registration and the camp, please contact Nyasha Oden at 419-522-1611 ext. 122 or [email protected].

Image by Hessel Visser from Pixabay

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Schools

42nd Street And Esley Lane

10 Mar , 2022  

By 1812Blockhouse

By 1812Blockhouse

Broadway come to Mansfield later this month when the Madison Choral Department presents this year’s high school musical, 42nd Street: Youth Edition in the Madison Middle School Auditeria.

“Come along and listen to the lullaby of Broadway!  42nd Street celebrates Broadway, Times Square and the magic of show biz with wit, humor and pizzazz.  At the height of the Great Depression, aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer comes to the big city from Allentown, PA, and soon lands her first big job in the ensemble of a glitzy new Broadway show. But just before opening night, the leading lady breaks her ankle.  Will Peggy be able to step in and become a star?”

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All About Richland

Renaissance Resuming Popular Weekly Improv Class For Students

22 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse, By Renaissance Performing Arts Association

The Renaissance Performing Arts Education Department has announced that it will again offer its popular Improv Underground program, a free theatre improvisation course which is part of the Mechanics Bank Education Series.  

During the workshop,  students will gain confidence, and develop stronger interpersonal skills through participation in theatre games and improvisation.

Improv Underground classes focus on building basic improv skills through group activities and are open to all students between the ages of 14 and 19. Students are guaranteed to gain self-confidence, improve communication skills, and have fun.  All classes take place at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield from 4:00 PM-5:30 PM on Wednesdays. 

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All About Richland

Tri-County Spelling Bee Champion Crowned

13 Feb , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse

The 2022 Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center Tri-County Spelling Bee took place on Thursday, February 10th at Mid-Ohio ESC in Mansfield. An impressive group of 34 of the top spellers from 16 local school districts in grades 4 through 8  from Crawford, Morrow, and Richland counties were invited to compete to be the Tri-County Spelling Bee Champion. This event was the first in-person spelling bee to take place since 2020.  

After 10 rounds of competition, Miles P., a sixth grader from Lexington, became the 2022 Tri-County Spelling Bee Champion after spelling the winning word, “mirages,” optical phenomena that are often observed on still days over deserts or hot pavement.

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MOESC Announces County Spelling Bee Winners

21 Jan , 2022  

Special to 1812Blockhouse from MOESC; emphasis added

The 2022 Mid-Ohio ESC County Spelling Bees took place virtually this year in the same manner as in 2021. The format of the virtual bees was very similar to a typical bee where each student had the opportunity to spell a word in each round until a champion and runner-up were crowned. The county bees have remained virtual; however, students will be invited back to Mid-Ohio ESC for the Tri-County Spelling Bee February 10th.  

The Crawford/Morrow County Spelling Bee was held on Thursday, January 13th. Twenty-eight students competed to be named champion of the bee. The bee lasted 14 rounds until a champion and runner-up could be determined. Kaylynne Bralow, a sixth grader at Cardington-Lincoln Schools, became champion by spelling the word “petroglyphs.” The runner-up was Highland Local Schools eighth grader Jeremiah Brown.

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