Click here to listen to the WKSU interview http://wksu.org/post/arts-stark-picks-new-chairman At its annual meeting, the ArtsinStark board elected Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, as the chair of its 45-member board. It also More »
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Canton’s professional improv comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, will perform their Christmas 2017 Show at the Avenue Arts Theatre on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. This performance will entertain their 18-and-over-only More »
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At its annual meeting, the ArtsinStark board elected Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, as the chair of its 45-member board. It also brought on these new board members: Barry Adelman, Adrian Allison, Marty Chapman, Duncan Darby, Ron Ponder, Alan Rodriguez, and Kay Sanders. “Our downtowns are using the arts to reinvent themselves and to connect to the exciting dreams of the Hall of Fame Village,” says Alecusan. “Making our downtowns super creative places filled with live music and the arts is key to getting young professionals to live there, and visitors to the Village want to come experience them.” For the past 10 years downtown revitalization has been one of the County Arts Council’s primary strategies, not only in Canton but all across the county. Alecusan also noted that research shows that stronger downtowns contribute to stronger surrounding communities economically.
ArtsinStark has worked with the Special Improvement District to build the Arts District in downtown Canton, to install public art everywhere, and to host more than 100 First Fridays. In downtown Minerva, ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva have spent the past five years creating “Market Street,” with the Art Spot Gallery, Roxy Theatre, and Hart Mansion. In Louisville, the City and ArtsinStark have been creating “Constitution Place” which includes the Ahh Gallery and Uptown Joes. In Alliance, the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark are partnering to transform the old downtown into “The Crossing” with The Troll Hole, Jupiter Studios, and the Cat Museum. “Our support for the Massillon Museum and the Lion’s Lincoln Theatre is helping that downtown prepare for more tourists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and we’ve provided grants to North Canton, Hartville and Canal Fulton, among others, to start filling their downtowns with public art, special events, and festivals.”
The County Arts Council has also been working with Visit Canton to develop more cultural tourism experiences. They’ve hosted together “Live Music Downtown” grants to support more musical series downtown. They’ve partnered on a plan to develop and rebrand the 100 acres around the Cultural Center as “North Market” and seamlessly connect it to the Arts District to the south. “This is different from regular tourism,” says Alecusan, “because cultural tourists are so passionate about arts and history — that they stay longer and spend more money — which is exactly what we all want.”
While music is often described as the international language, spoken languages are our major means of communication. The Canton Symphony Orchestra will use music to familiarize children to English and Spanish vocabulary through the SymphonyLand trio series. The trios introduce children to the instruments of the orchestra in an interactive format based on a children’s storybook and created specifically to engage young listeners. The series begins with the string trio on Wednesday, January 11 and Saturday, January 14 at 10am and 11am each day in Foundation Hall of the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW, Canton). The woodwind trio follows on February 8 and 11 and the brass trio on March 8 and 11. The series culminates with the full orchestra Kinder Concert in May.
The SymphonyLand trios and Kinder Concert will present four bilingual (Spanish/English) books as the source of the storytelling and programs. All four are publications of Barefoot Books, written by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Debbie Harter, and feature the child-friendly character, Bear. The books will be read in English during the performances with additional Spanish vocabulary to coincide with the story. The String Trio program in January is Bear at Home (Oso en Casa); Woodwind Trio in February is Bear In Sunshine (Oso bajo el sol); Brass Trio in March is Bear in a Square (Oso en un cuadrado); the Kinder Concert is Bear on a Bike (Oso en un Bicicleta).
All of the SymphonyLand and Kinder Concert programs are open to the public as well as school groups. Admission is free due to support provided by Arts in Stark Smarts Grant, The Peter and Judith Shurman Charitable Fund at the Stark Community Foundation and The Hoover Foundation. Reservations for groups of 10 or more are required and can be made online at www.cantonsymphony.org or by calling the Canton Symphony box office at 330-452-2094 weekdays 9am – 5pm. Reservations for smaller groups are recommended in order to ensure adequate seating.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate, and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center, 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, OH 44708.
40 Talented Makers and Vintage Finders for the 2nd Annual Winter Wonder Flea at The Auricle in the Canton Arts District Saturday 10-4! Here are a few of the vendors you can look forward to seeing.
SawdustPuppy has been a vendor with the Downtown Canton Flea and is bringing some pretty unique pieces for the the Winter Wonder Flea. From wall art to dog dishes, he’s got something for everyone in the house both inside and out! Come support this veteran owned company and talk to him about his custom work.
Lindsey Jo Scott has a little bit of everything and is coming to the flea from Akron. She will have a variety of her vibrant weavings, paintings and embroidery at the Winter Wonder Flea. Go say hello and find out where she gets her inspiration!
330 Paper Co is bringing back the art of stationery from her stickers for your calendar or planner to her all occassion greeting cards or journals. She has a variety of colorful pops to add to those holiday gifts or pick up a treat or two for yourself!
Cat Eye Jewelry is handcrafted by Reba featuring stone pieces to wear for increased strength, clarity, or just for an accessory. Each piece of jewelry is one-of-a-kind and each has its own personality and purpose. You’ll find many unique pieces for yourself or a loved one. Handle each piece with care, and it will do the same for you. Reba can also take special orders for that perfect holiday gift. Come see all the beauties she has this Saturday!
MNK Candles are all natural soy wax candles and are all handmade and handpoured into Ball Mason jars. These candles are all phthalate free and have zero dyes. Rustic design in mind they make great decor items along with giving off a beautiful clean and soft scent. No harsh chemical smell. Enjoy burning your MNK Candle knowing you are supporting small business and a healthier alternative candle.
Native Hill Coffee & The Local Frank filling your caffeine & food needs and don’t forget to grab a drink from the awesome bartenders at The Auricle. Support your local makers this holiday season!
Canton’s professional improv comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, will perform their Christmas 2017 Show at the Avenue Arts Theatre on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. This performance will entertain their 18-and-over-only audience for 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission.
Tickets ($8 each) can be purchased at the door, over the phone at 234-410-3475, or online at: https://squareup.com/store/avenue
This performance will be held at Avenue Arts Theatre, 324 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton, Ohio. The theatre is part of the Avenue Arts Marketplace. Upcoming performances are scheduled for the first Saturday of every month through December 2018. For a full list of dates, please visit the website: https://www.facebook.com/ScaredScriptlessImprov
This particular improv performance will showcase the talents Scriptless regulars Justin Edenhofer, David Sponhour, Moriah Roberts, and John-Michael Roberts with special guest host Patrick French from Just Go With It Improv and Scriptless alumna Kaylene Williams. These unscripted shows depend on audience suggestions. Scared Scriptless promises some surprise guests and fun additions to their typical show. Refreshments will be served after the show for patrons.
About Scared Scriptless:
Scared Scriptless has been performing since May 2006. In addition to their many Canton-area appearances (Akron Civic Theatre, First Friday, the Player’s Guild Theatre, the Kathleen Howland Theatre, The Auricle, First Row Centre for the Arts, Lions Lincoln Theatre), they have taught several workshops and classes to groups such as Stark County Job and Family Services, Leadership Stark County, Leadership Tuscarawas County, Dover Middle and High Schools, GlenOak High School drama groups. They have raised thousands of dollars for local non-profit organizations, including the Massillon Museum, the Walsh University Museum Studies Program, the Player’s Guild Theatre of Canton, and the historic Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon.
Scared Scriptless began with an auditioned group of 14 members, which dwindled to a core group of 5 members who would perform with the group for many years after. In 2011 it became apparent that new members and new ideas were needed. Auditions yielded 4 new members of the group, who would debut in Scriptless’ first Fisticuffs battle royale performance. In 2015 they began adding music as a regular performance piece, creating songs from audience suggestions. Scared Scriptless led many workshops and even held “I’m Scared Too” open improv jams. They are also well-known from their days at Canton First Friday as the strange people helping folks cross the street safely and hilariously. Throughout the years many games and members have come and gone but the group still retains that spark of humor, provided by the audience’s suggestions.
For more information about Scared Scriptless, visit their website: https://www.facebook.com/ScaredScriptlessImprov
Canton Ballet’s Nutcracker is a Cherished Holiday Tradition — City of Canton Mayor Thomas Bernabei will appear
Under the artistic direction of Cassandra Crowley Canton Ballet will present its sparkling holiday showpiece The Nutcracker sponsored by Kenan Advantage Group in four performances December 9-11 at Canton’s Palace Theatre. Performance times are Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday, 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm; and Sunday, 2:00 pm.
International guest artist Boyko Dossev of Boston and Canton Ballet dancer Erika Shi of Alliance will perform the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier on Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Canton Ballet dancers Tamaki Hoshi and Cameron Catazaro Hayward will dance the roles on Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.
Canton Mayor Tom and Bebe Bernabei will perform as guests at the party in Act I for all four performances. The Bernabeis’ four grandchildren are in the production cast.
Dossev received gold medals from The National Ballet Competition in1997 and the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002. He has danced with Jeune Ballet France in Paris, Hamburg Ballet under the direction of John Neumeier, Dresden State Ballet-Semperoper Dresden and Boston Ballet.
Canton Ballet has offered its beloved audience favorite since its first public performance in 1968. The tale of The Nutcracker, written by E.T.A. Hoffman in 1816, has fascinated and inspired artists, composers and audiences for almost 200 years. Its first presentation as a classic ballet took place at the Maryinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1892.
One of the brightest stars on northeast Ohio’s annual holiday scene, Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker is presented in lavish sets and glittering costumes to the gorgeous music of Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky with choreography by Crowley, choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo and former assistant artistic director Carol Hageman.
In two acts The Nutcracker tells the story of a Christmas Eve in 1860 at the home of young Clara and her family during their holiday party. The mysterious magician Drosselmeyer makes a surprise visit and presents Clara with a very special Nutcracker doll. Thus begins the amazing journey of Clara and her Nutcracker prince—from a frenzied battle between life-sized toy soldiers and mice through the Land of Snow to the Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Admission is $21-25 for adults and $11-15 for children. There is a discount for groups of 20 or more. Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet box office in the west wing of the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North in Canton. Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. The office is closed on Fridays and Sundays. Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.
The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue North in the downtown Canton Arts District. There is a wheelchair seating area on the main floor. The theatre box office opens one hour before performance times for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only. Ticket purchase in advance is recommended for this popular event.
Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker is sponsored by Kenan Advantage Group and funded in part by ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Stark Community Foundation with support by The Repository, Yamaha, Microsoft, Western Reserve Public Media, Mix 94.1, My 101.7, Q92 and WKSU.
The 19th Annual An Evening in the Village will be held Sunday, December 4th from 4:30-7pm in Historic Downtown Hartville. The evening includes a live nativity, wagon rides, cookie contest and open houses at downtown shops. The Christmas tree in the square will be lit in honor of Lake Township’s Bicentennial. Following the lighting, three local church and school choirs will perform. Visitors can also bid on silent auction items to benefit Hartville’s new police K9 unit.
Many family memories will be made when kids watch Santa arrive by fire truck to kick off the evening. Crafts, barrel train rides, and story time in the train car will keep them busy all evening.
Adults, teens, kids, and families can enter the 1st An Evening in the Village Ugly Sweater Contest. Cash prizes will be awarded for the most creative tops, just bring a breakfast item for the Lake Twp FISH food pantry to enter. Also new this year, wooden trees painted for the 2016 Community Art Project will make their debut decorating downtown for the holidays.
For more information call 330-877-9650 or visit www.facebook.com/historicdowntownhartville.
Canton’s historic theatre celebrates 90 years being the Crown Jewel of Downtown
November 17, 2016 – Canton, Ohio. The Canton Palace Theatre announces its year-long schedule of events to commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the opening of the Canton Palace Theatre. Events will take place from November 2016 to November 2017 in the historic theatre located in downtown Canton. “We are thrilled to provide diverse programming to our community to celebrate this anniversary, “said Georgia Paxos, Executive Director of the Canton Palace Theatre.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
90th Birthday Celebration Organ Concert & The Palace: Canton’s Wonder Theatre Documentary Screening
Jay Spencer will welcome the crowd with a selection of pieces played on opening night of the Palace followed by the locally directed and produced documentary chronicling the 90 year history of the Palace.
Saturday, December 3, 2016
Canton Palace Theatre Association Members Only Movie – Polar Express
The Polar Express is the story of a young boy on Christmas Eve who boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole. During this ride, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery which shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
Friday, January 27, 2017
Late Nite Catechism – Live!
Tickets: $37 or $30
Late Nite Catechism written by Vicki Quade and Maripat Donovan, made its debut May 28, 1993 at the Live Bait Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and since has been presented in over 410 cities around the world and has played 6 countries with over 3.5 million people in attendance. The show has raised over $4 million for retired Sisters and Catholic Organizations. There have been over 100 “Sister” presenting the 8 shows now in the series Late Nite Catechism is, an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back sometimes nostalgically, sometimes fearfully to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a roomful of “students” (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the “students” for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school, with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.
Tickets on sale: Friday, November 18, 2016 www.cantonpalacetheatre.org or 330-454-8172.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Menopause the Musical
$43 or $46
Menopause The Musical® is a groundbreaking celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived “The Change.” Set in a department store, four women meet by chance while shopping for a black lace bra at a lingerie sale. After noticing unmistakable similarities among one another, the all-female cast jokes about their woeful hot flashes, mood swings, wrinkles, weight gain and much more. These women form a sisterhood and unique bond with the entire audience as they rejoice in celebrating that menopause is no longer “The Silent Passage.”
Tickets on sale: Friday, November 18, 2016 www.cantonpalacetheatre.org or 330-454-8172.
Sunday, April 2, 2017
Sound of Music
An ode to the longest running film to ever play at the Canton Palace Theatre, it played for 42 weeks straight. The Sound of Music is the story of a woman who leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
Tickets will be sold at the door, starting at 1pm on Sunday, April 2, 2017
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Local, Live Concert
A concert featuring local bands in all genres of music, with audience voting on their favorite performers, culminating in an all-star closing performance at the end of the night. Announcement of participants on Thursday, February 2, 2017.
Tickets will go on sale on February 3, 2017
Friday, July 14, Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16, 2017
Anime Film Fest
various times over the three days
A three-day film festival with cosplay, vendors, costume contests featuring classic and modern anime film titles.
Tickets will go on sale on April 6, 2017
November 11, 2017
Dancing with Canton’s Stars 7
Tickets: $12 Show, $40 VIP Reception
Similar to the hit television show, Dancing with Canton’s Stars pairs local celebrities with local professional dancers for an evening of dance to benefit the Canton Palace Theatre Association.
Cast Announcement and ticket will go on sale on July 13, 2017
About the Canton Palace Theatre
Completed in 1926, the Canton Palace Theatre is a downtown architectural jewel registered on the National Historic Registry. A prized community venue for classic, contemporary and art films, The Palace annually hosts more than 300 special events, concerts, recitals and Broadway-style productions. For more information, please visit www.cantonpalacetheatre.org.
The Palace is located at 605 Market Avenue North in Canton, Ohio. Business and box office hours are Monday through Friday 10:00a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Business offices can be reached at (330) 454-8172 and a 24-Hour Recorded Event Information line is (330) 454-8171.
It is appropriate that the next MasterWorks concert to be performed by the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is titled “Seasonings”. Not only are we in the midst of the changing seasons, but we are approaching that time of year when kitchens are full of the robust aromas of well-seasoned comfort foods. The concert program on November 19, 2016 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center may not offer savory tidbits, but it promises to spice up the night with delicious sounds! The concert is sponsored in part by Danbury Senior Living.
First on the program is Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons. This recognizable Baroque era piece is a series of four violin concertos each one depicting the sounds of nature and conveying the changing moods of the seasons. Four violinists with a history with the CSO will be the featured soloists.
Solomon Liang will be performing the “Spring” concerto. Solomon is the Principal Second Violinist of the CSO. He has also performed with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra, Alabama Symphony and Schleswig Holstein Festival Orchestra at Salzburg Festival. He earned an Artist Diploma from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Long Beach and Masters of Music from Yale School of Music.
Emily Cornelius will perform the “Summer” concerto. Emily regularly plays first violin in the CSO and also serves as Principal Second Violin of the BlueWater Chamber Orchestra and concertmaster of the Cleveland Philharmonic and the Heights Chamber Orchestra. She received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory and her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory. Emily is also a dedicated teacher with a large private studio in Cleveland.
The “Autumn” concerto will be performed by Rachel Sandman, an alumna of the CSO. She is currently a first-year fellow with the New World Symphony, an orchestral academy in Miami Beach designed for young musicians aspiring to professional careers in classical music. She regularly performs with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra (Columbus) and the Breckenridge Music Festival. Rachel holds a Bachelor Degree from Rice University and completed her Master Degree in Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy and an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Current CSO concertmaster, Vivek Jayaraman, will perform the “Winter” concerto. Vivek became concertmaster of the CSO in early 2016 after completing a four-year fellowship with the New World Symphony in Miami Beach. He has made appearances across the United States and Europe at various orchestral festivals and has performed with the New York Philharmonic and Detroit Symphony Orchestra and is a regular member of the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra in Switzerland. He earned a Bachelor Degree from the Eastman School of Music, a Master Degree in Orchestral Performance from the Manhattan School of Music and is currently pursuing an Artist Diploma in Concertmaster Studies at the Cleveland Institute of Music.
The orchestra will finish out the second half of the concert program with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Season of Buenos Aires. A contrast to Vivaldi’s piece, Piazzolla’s work depicts the atmosphere and ambience of Argentina, his homeland.
The CSO will be hosting a pre-concert dinner at the Zimmermann Symphony Center. The doors for the dinner will open at 5:30 November 19 with dinner being served at 6:30. Cost of the dinner is $30 per person. The menu will include Italian and Argentinian inspired selections and a cash bar will be available.
Visitors to the Zimmermann Symphony Center will have the opportunity to view photos of local scenery in the various seasons. The photos are provided by the Stark County Parks District and will be on display in the Hoover Gallery.
Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on November 19, 2016 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17thStreet NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate and entertain. Under the direction of Gerhardt Zimmermann, the orchestra performs classical, pops, holiday, and educational programs. Most performances are in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio (adjacent to McKinley High School). Parking at the Zimmermann Symphony Center is free. For more information, please visit www.CantonSymphony.org.