Theater

Pemberville kids troupe casting wax museum musical

From PEMBERVILLE CHILDREN’S THEATRE The Pemberville Children’s Theatre announces auditions for their 12th production “Night at the Wax Museum: The Musical.” Audition are open to all children ages 7-16 Saturday, May 18, 10 a.m. to noon and Monday, May 20, 5-7 p.m. at the Pemberville Opera House Applications are  available at www.pembervilleoperahouse.org or at the opera house during audition times. Cost is $35.00 per child to offset the production costs, scripts, music and costuming. Children are asked to prepare a short reading and song to sing. Production dates will be August 2, 3 and 4 The hysterical meets the historical in this comic romp through the wackiest wax museum in history!  School’s out for summer, but not for six unlucky students who don’t know much about history — they have to re-take the class in summer school.  First year teacher Heather Fairchild has arranged for them to help her two aunts set up a new wax museum as a class project.  Though the students’ eyes glaze over with boredom, there’s a twinkle in the wax figures’ eyes when a mysterious incantation from the back of Cleopatra’s bracelet brings them to life!  The magic of history comes alive — literally! — when spiced with Bill Francoeur’s cinematic score, including ’Egyptian Love,’ ’Summer School’ and ’Glory Days.’ Director Angie Patchett is thrilled to be back in Pemberville directing again. She is excited to see PCTW continue to grow with new faces every year. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and since May 5th of this year, now also holds a Masters of Education in Career Technical Education, both from The University of Toledo. She teaches Costuming and Fashion at Toledo School for the Arts. Her work has also been seen recently at The Toledo Rep, and The Village Players. Music Director Vanessa Adams has a music education degree from BGSU and a thriving music studio. She teaches piano, voice and ukulele along with beginner lessons on most band instruments from her home. The Gale and Marlyn Williamson Performing Arts Fund provides funding for the children’s programming at the Pemberville Opera House. This fund was established by their family and friends to ensure that music and the arts remain a staple of the community for Pemberville’s children.

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BGSU presenting Handel’s adult-themed opera ‘Semele’

 From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green Opera Theater and the Bowling Green State University Department of Theatre and Film will present Handel’s “Semele” April 5 and 7. “Semele,” a masterpiece of Handel’s mature period, is considered something of an anomaly in his career: It is an English-language work with a secular text, written at a time when Handel was concentrating on the composition of sacred oratorios. Though never staged in Handel’s lifetime, the dramatic story, based on Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” telling of the ill-fated love of Semele and Jupiter, lends itself to an operatic treatment. The vocal writing is virtuosic, tuneful and thrilling, and the choral movements are some of Handel’s most beautiful and most exciting. This combination of stirring music and compelling drama makes for a great night in the theater. “Semele” will be directed by Danielle Wright from Detroit’s Opera MODO and presented at 8 p.m. April 5 and at 3 p.m. April 7 in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre of The Wolfe Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for non-BGSU students/children in advance. All tickets are $20 the day of the performance. BGSU students are free with ID. Tickets are available online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. This production includes sexual content that may not be suitable for all ages. Please use discretion. This production is one of the spring premier arts events sponsored by PNC Bank. To our guests with disabilities, please indicate if you need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu, Theatre and Film, 419-372–8495. Please notify us prior to the event. 


HYT Staging Festival of Shorts

Submitted by Horizon Youth Theatre Horizon Youth Theatre is pleased to announce its 2019 Festival of Shorts, for the first time this year a collaboration between HYT and Toledo’s Children’s Theatre Workshop. A total of eleven student-written plays were chosen for production. The plays to be performed in Toledo on April 5 and 6 (2417 Collingwood Blvd) are: The Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf (and Her Pet Unicorn) by Izzie and Maddie Milks; Game of the Gods by Charlie Vostal; A Girl Lost Between Seasons by Tierny Fox; History in a Nutshell by Terise Stevens and Chloe Collins; A Will to Remember by Eli Marx; and Sidetracked by Julia Barnett and Lauren Peppers. The Bowling Green shows will take place at Otsego Elementary School, 18505 Tontogany Creek Road, on March 29 and 30 (7:00 pm) and March 31 (2:00 pm). Admission is by donation. The plays, with their performance days and cast lists, are as follows: Haunted by The 2019 Devising Class, directed by Keith GuionPerforming Friday and Saturday Cast: Elise Allen, Izzie Douglass, Maggie Otley, Reagan Otley, Adam Proulx, Isobel Roberts-Zibbel, Charlie Vostal, and Alice Walters No Rain, No Flowers by Libby Barnett and Paige Suelzer, directed by Cassie Greenlee Performing Friday and Sunday Cast: Whitney Bechstein, Ali Larsen, Sadie Roberts, Angie Ruiz, Rose Walters, and Aria Weaver The Origin of April Fools’ Day by Gavin Miller and Lola Truman, directed by Ligaya EdgePerforming Friday and Saturday Cast: Aidan Thomas, Lauren Peppers, Jersey Holland, Shiloh Strausbaugh, Nile Jones, and Toryn Killy, William Stark, Stone Strausbaugh, Charlotte Hower, and Kylie Sikora Peace and Quiet (Not) by Liam Rogel, directed by Alexis ReinboltPerforming Friday and Saturday Cast: Scarlett Strausbaugh, Drew Thomas, Nolan Strausbaugh, Faith Davis, Sofia Swaisgood, and Gideon Mohn The Tale of the Imaginary Friend by Emy Wilkins, directed by Bella TrumanPerforming Saturday and Sunday Cast: Libby Barnett, Lila Stover, Julia Barnett, Kathryn Mullins, Miles Schober, and Oliver St. Louis Metal, Gorse, and King George by Abby Farris, directed by Missy SnyderPerforming Saturday and Sunday Cast: Liam Rogel, Sarah Keller, and Carson O’Brien HYT would like to thank Wood County Historical Museum for sponsoring us, and Otsego Schools for the generous access to its facilities we’ve enjoyed since 2014. We couldn’t do this without you. We’d also like to thank St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, First Presbyterian Church, and First Baptist Church (all of Bowling Green) for providing…


BGHS Drama Club staging Shorts & Shakespeare

The Bowling Green High School Drama Club has two events this week. Festival of Shorts The BGHS Drama Club is hosting the 19th annual spring “Festival of the Arts” Wednesday, March 20 in the Performing Arts Center at 7 PM. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Student producers Cole Nemeth, Hailey Kozey and Thomas Long have rallied a cast of 16 performers for the event. Performers include Narnia Rieske, Cole Nemeth, Kerica Bucks, Jayla Parker, Alexandra Meade and Kayleigh Zeigler, Isaac Douglass, Adam Johnson, EllieKnape, Maddy Depinet, Emma and Kenzie Matney, Bob Walters, Dylan Perez and ThomasLong, M. Clifford, the BGHS Guitar Club led by Senor Dallas Black, and the BGHS ImprovTroupe. Master of Ceremonies is Erik Schempf and stage manager is Oliva Strang. Preceding the ticketed event, from 5:30-7 p.m. is a free art show in the PAC lobby featuring the work of students enrolled in BGHS art classes.  “A Comedy of Errors” encore The BGHS Drama Club is presenting an encore performance of their fall play “A Comedy of Errors” on Sunday, March 24 at 3 p.m. in the The cast and crew was selected to perform the the play as a Featured Main Stager production at the Ohio Thespian Conference next weekend. The performance is free. Donations to support students’ conference fees will be happily accepted.


Eva Marie Saint to get in the act with students during March 29 visit

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS Bowling Green State University will welcome alumna and Academy Award-winning actress Eva Marie Saint for a special event on March 29.  During “An Evening with Eva Marie Saint,” Saint will talk about her career and present a staged reading with several BGSU theatre and film students. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. The event is free; however, limited seating is available and tickets are required in advance. Tickets are available through the Wolfe Center Box Office Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m., online at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. Guests with disabilities are requested to indicate if they need special services, assistance or appropriate modifications to fully participate in this event by contacting Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or Theatre and Film at 419-372-8495 prior to the event.  


BGSU arts events through March 27

From BGSU OFFICE OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS March 7 – The Prout Reading Series presents creative writing MFA students Lucas Fulton, poetry, and Christina Stump, fiction, teaching associates in the English department. Their reading will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel. FreeMarch 7 – The BGSU Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Bruce Moss, will perform a concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults; all tickets are $10 on the day of performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. March 7 – The BGSU Department of Theatre and Film continues performances of “The Wolves,” the debut play by Sarah DeLappe about a girl’s indoor soccer team that navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. The play, which earned DeLappe the 2015 Relentless Award for Playwriting and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, runs at 8 p.m. on March 7-9, and at 2 p.m. on March 9 in the Eva Marie Saint Theatre at the Wolfe Center for the Arts. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students and children; all tickets on the day of the performance are $20. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/artsor by calling the Wolfe Center box office at 419-372-8171. March 9 – The College of Musical Arts hosts the annual Dr. Marjorie Conrad Art Song Competition for BGSU voice and piano students. The semifinal round will start at noon and the final round at 8 p.m. in Bryan Recital Hall at the Moore Musical Arts Center. Free March 10 – Members of the BG Philharmonia in the College of Musical Arts will present a chamber orchestra concert at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall at Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults; all tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by calling 419-372-8171. March 11 – The BGSU University Band will present a spring concert. Directed by Dr. Bruce Moss, the band will perform at 8 p.m. in Kobacker Hall, Moore Musical Arts Center. Tickets in advance are $3 for students and children and $7 for adults; all tickets are $10 on the day of the performance. Tickets are available at bgsu.edu/arts or by…


Black Swamp Players cast female ‘Odd Couple’

From BLACK SWAMP PLAYERS The Black Swamp Players has announced the cast for its final production of the 2018-2019 season, The Odd Couple (Female Version).  The cast includes: Hali Malecki (Olive Madison); Alexandra Levine (Florence Unger); Ebere Okoro (Sylvie); Deb Weiser (Mickey); Kasandra Frasier (Renee); Colette Allred (Vera); Jared Murray (Manolo Costazuela); and Andrew Varney (Jesus Costazuela).  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 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, 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. The production will be directed by Heath A. Diehl. The Odd Couple (Female Version) will open on Friday, April 26 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Saturday, April 27, Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4, all at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, April 28 and May 5 at 2:00 PM. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green. 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.