Community Voices

BGSU breaks ground at Firelands campus for home resort management major

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company officially broke ground on a new, 78,030-square-foot facility in downtown Sandusky that will become home to the University’s new resort and attraction management (RAAM) program beginning in fall 2020. The new BGSU degree program, preparing students for a multibillion-dollar industry sector in which Cedar Fair is widely recognized as a leader, will be taught and led by BGSU faculty. The final two years of classes will be taught at the multipurpose facility developed by Cedar Fair. It will house classrooms, common spaces and apartment-style housing for students. The facility is expected to generate approximately $12.3 million in construction and operation revenue to Sandusky and the region over the next six years. The project will also add about 55 construction jobs and 10-12 full-time positions. Coursework will focus in several areas including: revenue management, supply chain management, managing public safety and operations planning. There will be required co-ops at Cedar Fair’s 11 parks across North America.  “We are excited to partner with Cedar Fair on this new program and facility. This innovative partnership will benefit the University, Cedar Fair and the community through developing an educational program that will provide graduates with opportunities in the resort and attraction management industry,” said BGSU President Rodney Rogers. “As a public university, we are always looking at how best to serve our communities and be responsive to meeting the needs and desires of those communities. Our partnership with Ohio-based Cedar Fair allows us to do just that in setting students up for success beyond graduation.” “Our partnership with BGSU and its commitment and support have been instrumental in the development of a resort and attraction management school,” said Duff Milkie, Cedar Fair’s executive vice president and general counsel. “The internships that will be provided by Cedar Point will be a key additional element in the program and will facilitate the development of well-rounded, career-ready graduates. The downtown Sandusky location will also serve as a catalyst to the continued growth of the tourism economy in the region.” While other universities offer programs in tourism management, the BGSU RAAM program will be unique. “It is a hybrid model that provides the first program to specifically address the unique needs surrounding amusement parks and similar destinations.” The degree program has received approval from both the BGSU Board of Trustees and the…


Mikel to perform his collaboration with Parsons’ project at Howard’s

When rock legend Alan Parsons decided to make his first recording in 15 years, he drew on a large cast to realize the project. “The Secret” was released on Friday, and it includes a song co-written and performed by Maumee-based musician Mark Mikel.  He co-wrote “Fly To Me,” with Parsons’ long-time collaborator Jeff Kollman. On Wednesday, May 1, Mikel will perform “Fly To Me,” as part of his regular Wednesday night show at Howard’s Club H, 210 N. Main St., Bowling Green.  In an interview on the podcast “No Guitar is Safe,” Kollman spoke about how he sent the music to his friend Mikel. Mikel did more than provide lyrics. He rearranged the sections of the song, and altered the harmonies. “He’s a genius,” Kollman said. The song has a certain Beatles-like quality with Mikel’s voice sounding like John Lennon’s. On “The Secret,” Parsons reflects on the quality of magic and evokes his past work. That includes working on Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” and the Beatles’ last two albums, as well as his own Alan Parsons Project. Grant Moon loudersound.com wrote: “‘The Secret’ draws on magic and mystery in allegorical, poetical ways, and marks a return to the recording and songwriting approach of the Project’s halcyon days. It’s not just an anachronous rehash of past glories, rather a modern album with echoes of classic times.”


Gathering Volumes celebrates Independent Bookstore Day, April 27

From GATHERING VOLUMES  Independent Bookstore Day marks its fifth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide on Saturday, April 27, with literary parties around the country. Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, will be celebrating with doughnuts, special story times, 16 authors, Sesame Street, crepes, special deals and giveaways, and exclusive, day-of merchandise. “Since its inception in 2014, more than 200 authors and their publishers have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. We are excited to be offering work by Atlas Obscura, Chelsea Cain, Kelly Barnhill, Chuck Palahniuk, Angie Thomas, and Tui T. Sutherland on April 27 and are also equally excited to help introduce the community to many local authors. Part of our mission as an independent bookstore is to introduce our customers to authors they may not discover elsewhere, including the highly talented local authors in the area.” says Denise Phillips, owner of Gathering Volumes. “This year Northwest Ohio Authors Sandra Hults and Cassandra Morgan took on the task of organizing the IBD Author Fair and it is going to be fantastic. Along with at least 16 Ohio Authors, they will have a special Children’s area with activities organized by Children’s Author Kelly Jean Lietaert, we will have a special 10 am story time with Ohio author Andrea Kryszak, and many local authors have donated items to create fabulous baskets that will be raffled off to raise money for Austin’s Book Club. Austin’s Book Club provides NICU families with books to read to their newborns.” The fifth annual National Independent Bookstore Day is sponsored in part by Penguin Random House, Ingram, and The American Booksellers Association. Last year participating bookstores saw an average increase in sales of 200 percent on Independent Bookstore Day, with some stores up as much as 1000% over their average Saturday sales in April.  In just five years, Independent Bookstore Day has become a book-buying holiday, increasing book sales on a national level.  The 2019 IBD author ambassador Tayari Jones says, “Indie stores stock books by hand and sell them the same way.  They know what we want and need to read because they know us, as people. A writer is not a machine.  A reader is not an app.  We are human beings and so are the independent bookstore workers who show up each day and place books in our hands.” The 2019 Bookstore Day Exclusives:  Independent Bookstore Day is proud to announce a…


United for the Earth event promotes diversity & sustainability

From UNITED FOR THE EARTH United for the Earth, a community event organized by Women of Toledo, the BGSU Environmental Communication Initiative, the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo (ICGT), and Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy, aims to enhance and extend environmental education and practices in Northwest Ohio, and to promote cultural inclusivity and diversity as it intersects with environmental sustainability. The event, free and open to the public, takes place Saturday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, 25877 Scheider Road, Perrysburg.  It features a panel discussion by regional environmental advocates and practitioners focusing on building sustainable, inclusive communities, a complementary, healthy Mediterranean lunch, a commemorative tree planting, a information and resource fair, and fun activities for children and all ages, including pony and carriage rides provided by Project H.O.P.E. Equine Assisted Therapy. Event Itinerary: 11 a.m. Welcome 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Community Panel Forum:  Transformational, Sustainable Change for the Earth and for our Community with a complementary lunch provided by Grape Leaf in Perrysburg. This forum will address how we can all help support the earth and each other, build strategic alliances, coordinate actions, celebrate successes, and make true progress for our local and global communities.  Panelists include: Zobaida Falah, Cure Your World; Bryan Twitchell, Lake Erie Bill of Rights; and Tristan Guyette, and Dr. Ian Young, Philosophy and Environmental Ethics, BGSU. The panel will offer community-based knowledge, emphasize local and global leadership efforts to overcome barriers and challenges to sustainable living, and highlight Muslim women’s leadership efforts toward environmental sustainability. 1 p.m.  Commemorative Tree Planting United for the Earth Resource Fair      1:30 – 3 p.m. Resources and “green” family-friendly activities include: Project H.O.P.E. pony and carriage rides for children #BeThe1 Pledge to change one behavior for the earth Small electronics recycling collection Sustainable gardening Easy composting Greening Ramadhan Sustainable entrepreneurial initiatives Undergraduate research related to environmental sustainability Earth Week arts and crafts Face painting for children


Comic ventriloquist to perform in Pemberville

From PEMBERVILLE OPERA HOUSE Comedy Ventriloquist David Crone will perform the final Live! In The House Concert Series show Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the historic Pemberville Opera House. This full-length program is fun for the whole family. David brings a full cast of characters, blends in a touch of comedy magic and incorporates lots of audience interaction to create a one-of-a-kind program that leave audiences feeling great. It includes a wide range of content sure to delight all ages, even teenagers! Tickets are available for $12.00 at Beeker’s General Store, at the door or by contacting Carol at 419-287-4848, carol@pembervilleoperahouse.org. David Crone has been performing on stage for more than 30 years. A former corporate executive, David left the comforts of the corner office for a rugged life on the road when his busy performance schedule no longer allowed him to do both. His unique perspective on office life, incredible ventriloquism skills, and cast of crazy characters combine to create a program like no other. From pure comedy entertainment, to highly customized serious messages on leadership, service, and living life on purpose, David leaves the audience ready to take on their next big challenge with renewed energy, and best of all, joy and laughter. Everything he does is driven by his personal mission statement: Making the world a better place one laugh at a time. David ringmasters a comedy circus that will engage, entertain and leave you wanting more! He grabs the funny bone of everyone in the room with his suitcase full of dummies just waiting to entertain you. Plus, in a full theatre setting, there are lots of surprises that can only happen on a stage. Pop the popcorn, raise the curtain, and strap yourself in for a good time!


BGSU Arts Events through May 10

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS April 24 – The College of Musical Arts presents the Middle School Honors String Festival, featuring beginning to advanced middle school string players. The students, who participated in chamber music sessions, master classes, string technique group sessions and chamber orchestra, will perform under the direction of guest conductor Andrew Hire, orchestra conductor at Strongsville High School. The final concert will begin at 5 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 25 – The International Film Festival screening of “Diego Star” is also the Pallister Francophone-Canadian Lecture for 2019. This year’s guest is French-Canadian filmmaker Frédérick Pelletier, who will discuss his film after the screening. “Diego Star” tells the story of Traore, a mechanic from the Ivory Coast who is unfairly blamed for a serious accident that occurs on the Diego Star, a dilapidated Russian cargo ship. The ship is towed to the nearest shipyard for repairs. In the interim, crew members find shelter with the inhabitants of the small local village. Far from everyone he loves and knows, Traore is engulfed by the Quebec winter. The talk and screening will begin at 7:30 p.m. in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. A reception will follow. Free April 25 – BGSU College of Musical Arts student composers will present their works. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Free April 26 – The BGSU A Cappella Choir and the Women’s Chorus will present a performance at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students and children. All tickets are $10 on the day of performance. BGSU students with an ID card are admitted free. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. April 26 – The BGSU School of Art hosts the opening reception for the MFA Thesis Exhibitions at 7 p.m. in the Dorothy Uber Bryan and Willard Wankelman Galleries in the Fine Arts Center. The exhibition features the work of 10 Master of Fine Arts students, ranging from animation and sculpture to painting and photography. The show runs through May 12. Gallery hours are 11 am. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Thursdays and 1-4 p.m. Sundays. Free April 27 – The BGSU Men’s Chorus will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Advance tickets are $7 for…


Pro Musica grant winners to perform, speak at showcase

Pro Musica, an organization that supports BGSU music students, will present. showcase concert featuring  grant awardees Monday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library in downtown Bowling Green. The program is: Concertino da Camera for Saxophone Jacques Ibert (1890-1962) I. Allegro con moto II. Larghetto-molto agitato Claire Salli, saxophone Rhys Burgess, piano Presentation on Ball State Conducting Workshop Allison Davis The Swan from “Carnival of the Animals” Camille Saint-Saëns (1935- 1921) Coreisa Lee, flute Humay Gasimzade, piano Rhapsody, Op. 79, no. 1 Johannes Brahms (1833- 1897) Yang Xu, piano Presentation on visit to National Student Electronic Music Event in Charlottesville, VA Stephen Hennessey Allegro in A Minor Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741) arr. Loren Glickman Lazy Blues for 5 Bassoons Jan Bach (b. 1937) BGSU Bassoon Ensemble Under the direction of Joshua Hart Ashley Mania, Kelly Ellis, Robbie Dunham, Kevin Daniel, Mikaela Kroyer, Nick Van Vorhis, Cozette Cecconie,


Rotary Club writes $25,000 check for Wooster Green

From ROTARY CLUB OF BOWLING GREEN At the Thursday, April 25 meeting of the Rotary Club of Bowling Green, the club will present a check for $25,000to the City of Bowling Green, in fulfillment of its $50,000 commitment to fund the West Wooster Green Space project. In 2018, the Rotary Club made a three-year commitment to the City of Bowling Green that it would raise and donate $50,000 to the West Wooster Green Space project. The club was optimistic about being able to raise the money over the course of three years, primarily relying on their annual ‘Piano Wars!’ spring fundraising banquet, held each April at Snook’s Dream Cars. The events included a catered dinner with live music, silent auctions, dueling pianos, live auctions, 50/50 raffles and more. The club planned to space out the donations over three years, to ensure that the goal could be met; however, both the 2018 and 2019 “Piano Wars!” events were so successful that the Rotary Club is able to fulfill its promise in only two years. These events were spearheaded by the club’s Event Planning team, which was led primarily by Betty Kahlenberg, recent retiree of Waddington Jewelers and formerly of the Sentinel-Tribune. In 2018, as part of its visioning process, the Rotary Club to put a stronger emphasis on local projects and programs, to give focus to the Bowling Green community. The club looked at a variety of projects to sponsor, and ultimately decided to take on big, medium, and small goals. For the big project, the Club committed to the City of Bowling Green that it would raise and donate $50,000 , over the course of three years, to the West Wooster Green Space project. For the medium project, the Rotary club raised and donated $10,000 to the Wood County Habitat for Humanity, in support of their first Bowling Green home build; many Rotarians have participated in the local Habitat builds. For the “small” project, the club re-committed to funding the annual ‘Chalk Walk’ high-school art competition at the Black Swamp Arts Festival, donating funds to bring in a professional chalk artist demonstration, and donating supplies including chalk and t-shirts for the local high school students.


Friends of Parks hosting plant sale

From WOOD COUNTY PARK DISTRICT The 30th annual Friends of the Parks plant sale is an annual fundraiser supporting the conservation efforts of the Wood County Park District. Two types of plants can be purchased through the sale. Annual garden plants can be ordered ahead of time through the order form available at wcparks.org/friends, or Friends of the Wood County Parks on Facebook. Native plants grown by the Wood County Park District Stewardship Department are available on a first-come, first-served basis on May 11, 2019 from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. The annual plant pick-up time and location is the same as the native plant sale. Native plants are local plant species that have grown here since before European settlers arrived. Pollinators and wildlife have adapted to use native plants for food and habitat making native plants essential to our food web and ecosystems. Planting native plants is beneficial for pollinators, creates more drought and flood resistant areas, sequesters more carbon than lawn grass, and are beautiful. Over 40 varieties of native plants will be available. In 1989, following the passage of a levy for the Wood County Park District, the Friends of the Wood County Parks was formed. It soon became apparent to the board members that they needed funding to begin operations – hence, the idea for a plant sale was born. This year marks the 30th annual Spring Plant Sale! Yearly profit from the plant sale supports the many park-friendly projects of the Friends. Be sure to be a part of this year’s effort. Order annual plants by May 3, 2019. Native plants cannot be pre-ordered. For more information about the Wood County Park District, please visit www.wcparks.org, get the free app ‘wcparks’, or call 419-353-1897.


Library & La Conexion celebrate kids & reading

From WOOD COUNTY DISTRICT PUBLIC LIBRARY The Children’s Place of the Wood County District Public Library is collaborating with La Conexión and BG Parks & Rec for an annual celebration of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, Children’s Day/Book Day at the library on Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m.    Children from La Conexión will share “Dreamers/Soñadores,” by Yuyi Morales, in English and Spanish.  “Dreamers,” the winner of the 2019 Pura Belpre Illustrator Award as well as a NYT Best Illustrated Book of 2018, is an autobiographical immigration story done in mixed media.  Children’s picture books and the public library that Morales and her young son frequented played a vital role in developing their confidence, inspiration, and education.  Vivid imagery of monarch butterflies is a strong theme throughout the book. A naturalist from BG Parks and Rec will share information about monarch butterflies and their migration in our community as well as hands-on crafts.  A collaborative art project will also be available as well as snacks. The community is encouraged to look for and read the Dreamers/Soñadores Storybook Walk installed at the Simpson Garden Park Butterfly Garden with thanks to Vicki Knauerhase and support from the BG Kiwanis Club.  April 30th is an annual celebration of El Día de los Niños/El Día de los Libros, Children’s Day/Book Day, an American Library Association initiative emphasizing the importance of connecting all children from all backgrounds with library materials in many languages and about many cultures.  La Conexión is a welcoming resource of unity and representation for the Latino/a community of Wood and surrounding counties in Ohio. See you at the Library! Nos vemos en la Biblioteca! Call the Children’s Place at 419-352-8253 with any questions.                            


Arts & Sciences faculty honored

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Three college of Arts and Sciences faculty — Terry Rentner, Mikhail Zamkov, and David Jackson — have received awards for excellence. Terry Rentner honored by Student Alumni Ambassadors Dr. Terry Rentner believes in engaging students both inside and outside the classroom at Bowling Green State University. In fact, she surmises that If students are not engaged, then lifelong learning cannot take place. For her dedication to her students, Rentner, a professor of journalism and public relations in the School of Media and Communication , has been named the 2019 Master Teacher by the Student Alumni Ambassadors. The award includes a $1,000 cash prize.  The prestigious award allows both graduate and undergraduate students to participate by nominating one of the University’s professors. The Master Teacher Award is the only student-driven and student-selected award given to a faculty member at BGSU. A time-honored tradition beginning in 1982, the Master Teacher award is respected by faculty as one of the most coveted honors and recognitions the University. The process for the award typically begins in the spring semester. A nomination callout is presented to BGSU students, giving them the opportunity to nominate faculty members deserving of this honor at the Bowling Green campus and at BGSU Firelands. “My teaching philosophy can best be described as an interactive, engaging approach that equips students with what they need to know and what they want to know,” said Rentner, who came to BGSU as a lecturer/instructor in 1987. “I do this by providing a foundation for leadership, cooperation, intellect, mutual respect and personal growth. I also encourage students to challenge themselves to perform to their highest abilities.” Rentner has been a professor in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations since 2012. She was the director of the School of Media and Communication at the University from 2008 to 2013. Prior to that, she chaired the Department of Journalism from 2004 to 2008. She was named associate professor in 2002 after having been an assistant professor at BGSU from 1996 to 2002. Her research interests include health communication, social marketing, sports public relations and public relations pedagogy. She incorporates those facets into every face-to-face and online class she teaches, creating a natural fit for life-long learning and engagement.  “As an example, drawing from my research and the campaigns I’ve implemented on this campus, students in my capstone public relations…


Not In Our Town stands in solidarity with victims in Sri Lanka

(Submitted by Not In Our Town Bowling Green) Not In Our Town Bowling Green stands in solidarity and support with all of those impacted in Sri Lanka with the senseless acts of violence at houses of worship and hotels on Sunday.  Our hearts are heavy and broken with grief for the incident lives taken.  An act of violence to any one person or place is an act of violence to us all.  While we do not have answers for the ever increasing violence, we certainly know that silence and complacency is not an answer.  We will continue to champion diversity and advance the mission of guiding and inspiring people and the community to work together to stop hate and build safe, inclusive environments for all.   We will continue to share ideas, such as “10 Ways Communities Can Connect and Take Action Against Hate” (https://www.niot.org/blog/10-ways-communities-can-connect-and-take-action-against-hate), plan educational forums, and provide safe spaces to get to know those each other.  We will try to make our corner of the world the best it can be through these ideas, but can only do that with your help.  NIOT BG holds monthly meetings and we welcome all members of the community who want to work together to further our mission, and ensure that Bowling Green is an inclusive and welcoming community for all.   In the meantime, let’s take a few moments of silence in honor of the victims and in support of their families.   


BG ‘slow roll bike ride’ planned for Sunday afternoon

(Submitted by the City of Bowling Green) The City of Bowling Green’s next slow roll bike ride, titled Pedal for the Planet, will be held Sunday, April 28, at 2 p.m. Bicyclists are invited to meet at the Montessori School of Bowling Green Parking Lot and join us for a leisurely ride focusing on our local gem, the Slippery Elm Trail. After the ride, you’ll want to stick around for the annual Earth Day Celebration hosted by 20-plus local organizations on the Montessori Campus. Rides are free, family-friendly, and open to everyone. Each rider is required to wear a properly-fitted helmet and ride a correctly-sized bicycle in safe, working mechanical order. It is highly recommended that young riders, who are still learning to ride, participate via a tow behind trailer or child bike seat. These rides are meant to be more recreational in nature and will travel at a speed comfortable for all riders. While designed for fun and exploration, monthly rides will also stress the importance of safe riding practices and responsibilities of riders while navigating city streets. Multiple trained leaders will facilitate the ride to ensure that all riders complete the route, including providing assistance for mechanical or personal issues that may arise. To register for monthly rides, visit www.bgohio.org/bike-bg/ or call 419-354-6222.


Food trucks added to the mix at BG Farmers Market

From DOWNTOWN BOWLING GREEN It’s hard to believe Market season is almost here! Your favorite Downtown Market can’t wait for the 2019 Season to start! After a record breaking year of vendors, customers, and community support- the market is ready to bring a fun new element to the table. Last year, new food vendors were a huge hit amongst all attendees. Market guests were given a chance to refuel so they could hang out just a little longer to enjoy the festivities. Our Market Staff wants to keep that momentum going into the 2019 year by bringing an even bigger food element to the market- Food Trucks. As fate would have it, Phil Barone, President of the Food Truck Association has big hopes to bring his many trucks to the Bowling Green Community. His association provides diverse, professional and delicious options for many festivals and events in the Northwest Ohio area. It seems like a perfect timing to join our Farmers’ Market, so we can “pull our great ideas together”, said Phil. “I’m looking forward to working with Sam, Tony, and the entire Downtown BG Special Improvement District to bring a new exciting element to the market”. Director of Downtown Bowling Green S.I.D., Tony Vetter agreed with the partnership. “It just makes sense for the community, for these great organizations to come together for a successful weekly event.”  “Our market attendees and vendors spoke up last year, and we’re ready for this combo to happen,” said Market Manager, Samantha Beane. “Our market is going into its fourteenth season, and I want to work with great groups like the Food Truck Association, to keep our market exciting, fun, and the place to be on Wednesday nights!  The 2019 Market season begins May 8th and runs through October 16th, 2019. The Wednesday evening market runs from 4-7pm in the Huntington Bank Parking lot at 201 S. Main Street (on the corner of Clough & Main Street). Part of Clough Street will be blocked off for the Food trucks and the safety of those attending. Food trucks will be present at each market alongside both seasoned and new vendors. Our market will offer live music from the Stones Throw Stage, special events throughout the season and much more!!  For more information, follow the Downtown Bowling Green Farmers’ Market on Facebook or Instagram (@bgfarmersmarketoh)  Please check out our new website; downtownbgohio.org – click on the events tab,…


Players’ female ‘Odd Couple’ opens Friday for two week run

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players will close its fifty-first season with Neil Simon’s “The Odd Couple (Female Version),” which takes the stage beginning this Friday, April 26, at 7:30 p.m.  Additional performance dates are: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church, 1526 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green.     First performed in 1985,” The Odd Couple (Female Version)” is a modern riff on Simon’s classic comedy from 1965 about the unlikely friendship between a clean freak and a slob. The female version is set in the apartment of slovenly Olive Madison (Hali Malecki) who, at the opening of the play, has invited a group of friends over for a weekly game of Trivial Pursuit. Late to arrive is Florence Unger (Alexandra Levine), who has just been separated from her husband. Fastidious, depressed, and hyper-tense, Florence seems suicidal, but as the action unfolds, Olive becomes the one with murder on her mind when the pair decide to room together and hilarious results ensue.  In addition to Malecki and Levine, the cast features: Ebere Okoro (Sylvie); Deb Weiser (Mickey); Kasandra Frasier (Renee); Colette Allred (Vera); Jared Murray (Manolo Costazuela); and Andrew Varney (Jesus Costazuela).   The production is directed by Heath A. Diehl.  The Odd Couple (Female Version) will open on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM.   Tickets for the production are $12/adults, $10/seniors and students, and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.     Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.