Monthly Archives: January 2017

The Speedbumps Return to the CSO

This year the Canton Symphony Orchestra is proud to bring back their favorite Kent-based band, The Speedbumps, for a third collaborative concert.  On February 11, 2017, the CSO and The Speedbumps will travel to the historic Canton Palace Theatre to show off in a truly “locally grown” concert.  They will begin at 8:00PM on Saturday night, and the audience will be treated to some of the band’s past hits, as well as some of their new releases.  This concert is sponsored in part by the W. Henry Hoover Foundation. The CSO will be conducted by Associate Conductor Dr. Rachel Waddell, a favorite for the passion and excitement she brings to the Pops concerts.  Keep the party going at The Speedbumps After Party at the Canton Brewing Company’s Speakeasy, located at 225 Market Ave N., Canton OH, 44702.  Tickets will include complimentary pizza and snack, there will be a cash bar, and you might even win a prize!

About the Speedbumps:
The Speedbumps are an award-winning American band with a warm, authentic sound, built on a passion for hollow-bodied instruments, indie-folk influences, and singer-songwriter Erik Urycki’s breathy, commanding vocals and canny phrasing. The band’s roots lie deep in the Rustbelt, where quiet strength and limited embellishment define the culture. The working class towns around Akron, the former rubber capital, from which artists like The Black Keys, Jessica Lea Mayfield, and Joseph Arthur have emerged, have provided the band with an aesthetic that seeks to tease out beauty from the gritty details of everyday life.

The band consists of Erik Urycki on vocals and guitar, Sam Kristoff playing cello — often where you’d expect a guitar riff, Kevin Martinez and Ryan Critchfield on acoustic and electric bass, Bethany Svododa on vocals and wurlitzer and two members on drums and percussion, Danny Jenkins and Canton native Patrick Hawkins.

The Speedbumps have won IMA and AMA awards and performed with artists including Andrew Bird, G-Love and OKGO. Daryl Rowland, writing for the Huffington Post, said that singer Erik Urycki’s lyrics “often tackle complex human emotions with elegant economy.”
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About the Canton Symphony Orchestra:
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 Performing Arts Hall, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on February 11, 2017 range in price from $20-$35 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street NW in Canton weekdays 9am-5pm.

About The Canton Palace Theatre:
Built in 1926, The Canton Palace Theatre was a gift to the community from Harry Harper Ink, a local entrepreneur and industrialist who owned the Canton-based Tonsiline company, makers of a cough syrup formula marketed in unique giraffe-shaped bottles. Originally created for vaudeville performances and movies, this atmospheric theatre was designed to feel like a Spanish courtyard on a midsummer night and is filled with ornate architectural details. To date, approximately four million dollars have been spent restoring the magnificence of the building and now over 300 events are held here annually with an attendance of over 100,000 guests. The historic theatre is located at 605 Market Avenue North, Canton OH 44702

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McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Presents Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays

During his 47 year affiliation with The Saturday Evening Post (1916-1963), Norman Rockwell was celebrated for his delightful holiday cover illustrations, which were commissioned to mark a full spectrum of annual events—from Thanksgiving, Christmas and The New Year to Valentine’s Day and April Fools’ Day. Prestigious assignments, Rockwell’s Post holiday covers were anticipated by an enthusiastic public, and his holiday issues were often printed in greater quantities than their regular weekly magazine. Norman Rockwell Museum celebrates Rockwell’s memorable and enduring holiday images, which reflected the best in us, with its traveling exhibition Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays, now on view in the Keller Gallery at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum until January 31.

“We are thrilled to host this wonderful holiday-themed exhibition,” said Kim Kenney, Curator of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.  “Norman Rockwell has universal appeal, and his Christmas covers for The Saturday Evening Post are particularly endearing.  The exhibit has been very popular with local families and their visitors.”

Among the best known illustrations by Rockwell, are scenes that capture the essence of American holiday traditions. He paired Thanksgiving and Christmas rituals with homecoming veterans, cheerful families, and snowy New England landscapes. Norman Rockwell’s Home for the Holidays presents a festive display of Rockwell’s original Saturday Evening Post cover tear sheets, including such holiday-themed illustrations as Tiny Tim and Bob Cratchit (1934), Thanksgiving : Mother and Son Peeling Potatoes (1945), April Fool: Girl with Shopkeeper (1948), Choir Boy Combing Hair for Easter (1954), and The Discovery (1956). Highlights of the exhibition include Rockwell’s classic depictions of Santa Claus, Valentine’s Day, his popular April Fools’ Day illustrations, as well as his 1946 cover of the Statue of Liberty (the original illustration is proudly displayed in the White House’s Oval Office).

About the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is a premiere cultural attraction that honors the legacy of President William McKinley and the rich heritage of Stark County.  The Museum includes the McKinley Gallery, featuring the largest collection of McKinley-related artifacts in the world; the Street of Shops, a life-sized indoor town; The Stark County Story, an exhibition honoring 200 years of local history; the Keller Gallery, featuring changing exhibitions; Discover World, an interactive hands-on science center; the Hoover-Price Planetarium; and the Ramsayer Research Library.  The Museum is open Monday-Saturday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from Noon to 4:00 PM.  It is located at 800 McKinley Monument Drive NW in Canton, Ohio.  Admission is charged.  Please visit for more information.


North Canton Playhouse presents: “Les Miserables” School Edition

The North Canton Playhouse presents:

“Les Miserables” School Edition
Directed by: Lisa Paynter
Performed entirely by students
A musical by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg
School Edition specially adapted and licensed by
Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh

Performance Dates: January 13 – 29, 2017
Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)
Tickets: General Admission $15

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at by clicking “Les Miserables tickets”.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.

In nineteenth century France, Jean Valjean is released from years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a lifelong struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean’s adopted daughter.

“Fiber Art and More” is January Show at Ahh Gallery in Louisville

The Art and History Gallery (The Ahh Gallery) at 120 East Main Street in downtown Louisville, Ohio will open “Fiber Art and More” on Thursday, January 19 from 5 – 8 pm. Two of the featured artists are Yvonne Walter, whose quilts have toured in shows by The American Quilter Society from California to Maine; and Ruth Nichols whose specialty is creating sewing-machine art. Also on display will be works from: Vivian Geaghan, Hannalore Brown, Mike Criswell, Carl R. Silvy, Frank Dale, Russ Hench, Judi Singer, Chris Marshall, Jake Davis, Ashley Pennington, Marie Nelson, Marjorie Lutes, Barbara Taylor Aiken, Abi Yeagley, Randall Christopher, Gail Thompson, Mark Brunner, and Catherine Fithian. The January 19 opening will offer light refreshments, a chance to meet the artists, and live music by Jared Lees. The Art and History Gallery is a project of the Louisville-Nimishillen Historical Society, and is open weekly Thursday and Friday 1 to 6 and Saturday 10 to 3.

The first featured artist is Yvonne Walter who has lived in Canton, Ohio her entire life. She is a 70-year-old cancer survivor who loves ballroom dancing and walking her dog. She enjoys experimenting with new styles and lives by the philosophy “whatever floats my boat” in order to determine her next art project. Yvonne took lessons at the Carousel Factory in Mansfield, Ohio and then hand carved the 1/3 scale wooden carousel horse that will be featured in the show. Other works of art by Walter are a hand-carved jewelry box made out of a goose egg, numerous paintings, wall quilts, and multimedia art. The second featured artist is Ruth Nichols from Louisville. She has painted for years, but now she uses the sewing machine needle as her brush and thread as her paint. In addition, her husband Mel Nichols is displaying his hand-made pens.

The Art and History Gallery was founded in November 2014. The gallery features both art and history exhibits, and is open weekly. The LNHS, which also sponsors free monthly history programs and art classes, invites everyone to stop in and see what’s happening in historic downtown Louisville. For information, please call (330) 875-2829. The Ahh Gallery is a part of the 20/20 Vision Louisville, an economic development project of ArtsinStark and the City of Louisville. The goal is to transform three historic blocks on East Main Street downtown into “Constitution Place” — an entertainment destination for locals and tourists alike. 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" /> 144w" sizes="(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px" />

Spend “A Night in Vienna” with the Canton Symphony Orchestra

Come celebrate the New Year with a trip to Vienna, brought to you from Canton, Ohio. The Canton Symphony Orchestra plans to make your heart dance with an evening of waltzes and polkas. Your vacation (and the concert) starts on January 28, 2017 at 8:00pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.

The program will start off with Pique Dame (Queen of Spades): Overture by Fraz von Suppé and Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8. This will spark the mood for the second half of the concert where the real dancing begins with a selection of waltzes and polkas from Josef Strauss and Johann Strauss, Jr. The orchestra will also be led for part of the second half by their energetic Associate conductor, Rachel L. Waddell. There will also be a pre-concert talk regarding the history of waltzes and polkas at 7pm in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on January 28, 2017 range in price from $28-$48 and are available online at, by phone at 330-452-2094 or in person at the Canton Symphony Orchestra administrative offices in the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 2331 17th Street 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 residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, Ohio, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit or call (330)452-2094. Administrative offices are located at the Zimmermann Symphony Center 2331 17th Street NW, Canton OH 44708.

Massillon Museum to Offer Kids’ Clay Class

Children in grades one through five can learn pottery basics and handbuilding techniques in the Massillon Museum’s Kids’ Clay Class. The four-week class will meet on Wednesdays, January 18 and 25 and February 1 and 8, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
The class fee is $60 ($50 per Museum member). Massillon Museum classes are open to the public. Pre-registration is required for this class by January 13. Students may register by phone, by mail, or in person using cash (exact change), checks, or credit cards. The Massillon Museum, as a Blue Star Museum, offers a 10% discount on classes for active military personnel and their families. For a detailed class schedule, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
Instructor Kaitlyn Gutshall, a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art, is working toward a master’s degree in museum studies.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in the nearby city lots and parking deck.

‘Painting with Light’ is January art show at Stark State College

Photographer Carolyn Jacob of The ColorShoppe – Images for Interior Décor will have work on display Jan. 10-26 in the Stark State College gallery on the second floor of the Student Center at 6200 Frank Ave. NW in Jackson Township.

The public is invited to an artists’ reception January 18 from 6:00-7:30 pm. in Room S201 in the Student Center.

Jacob, who has worked in the graphic arts and advertising industry in Northeast Ohio for more than 40 years, owns The ColorShoppe – Images for Interior Décor, a fine art photography studio inside Avenue Art & Marketplace artists’ co-op building in downtown Canton.

An award winner at the annual Northeast Ohio Photography Show with work featured in the 2010 edition of Stark Arthology, she also is member of Canton Artists’ League and Canton Museum of Art.

Jacob strives to find “the picture in the picture,” she says, a technique that seeks out hidden and often overlooked nooks and crannies in the world around us. “I look to highlight those special things that add the flavor and interest to the world we see,” she said. “My work reflects my graphic arts background in tonality and composition and attention to detail, techniques I periodically teach in photography classes at my studio.”

Most art in the show is available for purchase, with 25 percent of the proceeds going to the College’s aesthetics fund.

The gallery is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. For additional information about the show, call 330-494-6170, ext. 4733 or email For more information about Jacob’s work, visit or email

Players Guild to Hold Autions for Sister Act

SISTER ACT – Canton Players Guild Theatre
JANUARY 8th & 10th, 2017.

Artistic Director: Josh Erichsen
Director: Jon Tisevich
Director / Choreographer: Michael Lawrence Akers
Musical Director: Steve Parsons

February 24th – March 12th (3 weekends)
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 2pm

Rehearsals begin Sunday, January 15th
(Rehearsals are Sunday-Thursday evenings 7:30-10:30pm)

Sunday, January 8th @ 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9p
Tuesday, January 10th @ 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30, 9p

Dance Callbacks will be Wednesday, January 11th
Principal Callbacks will be Thursday, January 12th

Please prepare 32bars of a musical theatre song that best shows off your range & abilities. Please bring music in the correct key. Accompanist will be provided.

* Please bring resume and current headshot if available.

IMPORTANT: ALL conflicts MUST be written on your audition application.

You can now sign up for your audition slot online! Just visit:

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Roles Available:
Deloris Van Cartier: African American Female, late 20s-early 40s; An aspiring performer, trying to find both fame and a place in the world. When forced to hide in the convent, she initially refuses to embrace her new lifestyle but learns to embrace it when she works with the choir. Loud-mouthed, and sassy, but ultimately caring. Strong Belt. E3 to F#5

Mother Superior: Female, late 40s-late 60s; The head of the convent, sarcastic and a bit stiff. Extremely protective about keeping her sisters away from the outside world, which puts her in direct opposition to Deloris and her musical teachings. D3 to E5

Curtis: African American Male, 30s-40s; A club owner, notorious gangster, and Deloris’s boyfriend. Cocky and controlling, always on the verge of violence. A2 to Ab4

Eddie Souther: African American Male, mid 20s to early 40s; The desk chief at the Philadelphia police station and a high school classmate of Deloris who helps get her into hiding. Faces a lot of nerves when under pressure, causing him to sweat profusely. He still yearns for Deloris after all these years, and dreams of being her hero. Strong Belt. Ab2 to B4

Sister Mary Robert: Female, 16-20s; A postulant, abandoned as a baby and raised at the convent. Shy and soft-spoken, but singing with Deloris lets her find her voice. Her wallflower lifestyle has made her live a shell of a life. Strong Belt. F#3 to A5

Sister Mary Patrick: Female, late 20s-late 40s; A nun of the convent. Consistently perky, “glass is always half full”, enthusiastic, and easily excitable.

Monsignor O’hara: Male, late 30s-60s; One of the heads of the convent. Constantly concerned with financial matters, though soul music surprisingly puts him in a different mood. E3 to G4

Sister Mary Lazarus: Female, late 20s-late 60s; A nun of the convent and the head of the choir. Rather deadpan and the least welcoming of any of the nuns, but she gets caught up in Deloris’s performance style. Raps. F3 to B4.

TJ: African American Male, late Teens – 30s; Curtis’s nephew and one of his thugs. Deft and cognizant of the fact, constantly in a state of ignorant bliss. Db3 to Eb5

Joey: Male, 20s-40s; One of Curtis’s thugs. Believes himself to be quite the ladies’ man. Bb2 to Eb5

Pablo: Male, 20s-40s; One of Curtis’s thugs. A natural follower, constantly speaks in Spanish. C4 to F5

Ernie: Male, 20s-40s; One of Curtis’s thugs. Initially thought to be a mindless yes-man, he turns out to be an undercover police informant.

Sister Mary Martin-of-tours: Female, 20s-50s; A nun of the convent. Clearly in her own world, “a few bubbles off”, but has her moments of surprising clarity.

Sister Mary Theresa: Female, 40s-early 70s; A nun of the convent, the oldest of the group. Decrepit at a glance, but secretly packs a punch.

Michelle: Female, 20s-40s; One of Deloris’s back-up singers. Lippy and always quick with a retort. Bb3 to F5

Tina: Female, 20s-40s; One of Deloris’s back-up singers. A little thick-headed and naive. Ab3 to F5

Ensemble: Male & Female, 20s-50s; Nuns, Cops, Hookers, Newscasters, Bar Denizens, Waitresses, Pool Players, Drag Queen, Homeless, Fantasy Dancers

The Players Guild has produced over 600 productions for more than 2,000,000 audience members spanning several generations. Today the theatre is operated by a professional staff and a Board of Directors and presents world-class productions and outreach opportunities for our community.

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Studio M Will Chronicle St. Mary’s Church Restoration

The Studio M exhibition, St. Mary’s Church Restoration: Photography by Joe Albert, will open Saturday, January 14, in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum. Albert’s digital photography documents, with strong color and stunning angles, the 2015–16 restoration process from workers in the scaffold-filled sanctuary to the finished shining floors, sparkling windows, and fresh paint that bring new life to the 1876 National Register structure.

The public is invited to attend the artist’s reception, which will be free and open to everyone; no reservations will be required. The exhibition will continue through Saturday, February 19, 2017.

Canton-based photographer Joe Albert, who never leaves home without his camera, photographs individuals throughout the most memorable milestones in their lives—senior portraits, engagement photos, weddings, and children. He is also known for his architectural images and cityscapes.

“To truly see the world through the photographer’s eye is to look for the beauty in everything,” Albert says. “Whether capturing the people that are important to us or the places that move us, my goal is to convey the essence of what makes life beautiful.”

The Massillon Museum’s Studio M exhibition may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061, or visit

Guests at the Studio M exhibition opening can also take a first look at the Celebration in Art exhibition in the main gallery. From the Drawing Board: Architectural Renderings from the Collection, Art 360°: Contemporary Art Hatching Across Ohio, Paul Brown and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band, and The Immel Circus can be seen in the second-floor galleries.

Studio M enhances the collaboration between the Museum and the community by showcasing the artistic talents of local, regional, and national artists. The series of five-week shows will continue throughout the year, selected by jurors from proposals submitted by artists. Guidelines and an application are available by calling the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visiting

The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.

The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon. Free and convenient street parking is available on adjacent streets. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.