Monthly Archives: November 2017

Day After Thanksgiving Activities at the Museum

Tired of all the leftovers?  Don’t know what to do with the out-of-town guests?  We have the solution.  Come to the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum for a full day of family fun and activities!  The Museum will be beautifully decorated for the holidays! Step into the Street of Shops and view the magnificent trees in each shop. When you are finished upstairs be sure to visit Discover World for science shows and the Hall of Fame Reptiles. Visit the Hoover-Price Planetarium. (Parents just remember that children must be 5 years old and accompanied by an adult to attend a planetarium show.) Complete your visit with some holiday shopping in our Museum Shoppe. 
Visit the website for details:  or call 330-455-7043
The Museum is located at 800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW in Canton.

Kent State University at Stark Theatre to Present Playwright David MacGregor’s “Consider the Oyster” in November

Kent State University at Stark’s 2017-18 theatrical season kicks off with Consider the Oyster by David MacGregor. The play will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10,11,17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 12 and 19 at the Kent State Stark Theatre. American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided for the Nov. 19 performance.

Consider the Oyster features Gene, who, after watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend, Marisa. In the midst of the excitement, he breaks his leg. A doctor places an oyster shell in Gene’s leg to aid in healing; however, the oyster shell sets off a chain reaction of feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Gender identity and humor explode on stage in this comical, yet thought-provoking, play.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $7 for non-Kent State students and senior citizens. All Kent State students are admitted free of charge with a current student ID. Tickets may be obtained beginning Monday, Oct. 30. Reserve tickets online at or call the Kent State Stark Theatre Box Office at 330-244-3348.

Consider the Oyster, the first theatrical production of the season, is directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Louis Williams is the scenic and lighting designer, Stephen Ostertag is the costume designer and Ron Jarvis is the sound designer.

For more details on Kent State Stark Theatre’s production of Consider the Oyster, visit

North Canton Playhouse announces auditions for: “Orphan Train”

The NORTH CANTON PLAYHOUSE Will be holding our SECOND auditions for our “ SPOTLIGHT ON YOUTH “ program!  S.O.Y. is an educational outreach that presents dramatic plays to students In schools.  
AUDITIONS  for our first show, “ORPHAN TRAIN”, will be held on Thursday Nov. 9th at 7:00 pm  at NCP’s Main Stage @ 525 7th st NE North Canton  (on Hovver HS Campus)
To sign up for AUDITIONS  or For questions or more information, email Delorna Toy:
ROLES still needing filled include:   4- males ages 13-18,  2-male adults ages 20-60, 2 female adults ages 20-60
This show will be taken to and performed at Schools locations during school hours and performed for students in a class or many classes at a time.    This is a continuing role/responsibility, as we will work throughout the entire school year as shows are booked. We need people who can be available for shows with a two-week notice. Most schools recognize this program as an educational service to the school community, and students/ cast members can be excused for the absent time of the day that shows are performed. Individuals will need to check with their schools for details.   Adults that are cast will be asked to assist the director with transportation of cast members from our Youth Theatre to the school location.   Cast members are responsible for transportation to the Youth Theatre and to be picked up after performances. 
“Orphan Train” is a play that tells the story of 9 orphans on a train that left New York City on May 28th, 1914, and traveled to U.S. Midwestern towns in search for homes for the children. This play is an excellent supplement to classroom American History courses. 

Canton Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” will feature New York City Ballet Dancers

New York City Ballet dancers will perform the leading roles in Canton Ballet’s sparkling holiday showpiece The Nutcracker in four performances December 8-10 at the Canton Palace Theatre.  NYCB principal dancers Sterling Hyltin and Canton Ballet alumnus Zachary Catazaro will dance the leading roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier in all performances.

This is a rare opportunity for Stark County audiences to see performing members of America’s premiere ballet company here at home.  Performances will be Friday, December 8, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 9, 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 10, 2:00 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome home Zachary with Sterling Hyltin as guest artists for this outstanding highlight of our season,” says artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.  “Watching Zachary dance with New York City Ballet has been truly rewarding for us at Canton Ballet.”  During his 11 years with Canton Ballet, Catazaro studied primarily with Crowley and assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward, who is his mother.  His father is Thomas Clark of Canton.

Catazaro is a Canton native and began his dance training at the School of Canton Ballet.  A graduate of Hoover High School, he studied at the School of American Ballet, the official school of New York City Ballet, during the summers of 2003 and 2006, and then enrolled as a full-time student later that same year.  In October 2007 he became an apprentice with New York City Ballet, and joined the Company’s corps de ballet in October 2008.  He was promoted to soloist in February 2014 and principal in October.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children.  There is a discount for groups of 15 or more.   Reserved seat tickets may be purchased online at and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet office in the west wing of the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N. in Canton.  Office hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday.   The office is closed Friday and Sunday.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The beautifully restored historic Palace Theatre is located at 605 Market Ave. N. 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 and the National Endowment for the Arts with support by The Canton Repository and Q92 radio.

Kent State University at Stark presents Guitar Weekend

Kent State University at Stark will present Guitar Weekend, a three-day festival for guitar enthusiasts, Nov. 16-18.

Free and open to the public, the event is a celebration of all styles of guitar playing and features some of the most respected guitarists nationwide.

Guitar Weekend, in its second year, blends a series of guitar workshops and concerts during the three-day span. All events are held at Kent State Stark’s Main Hall Auditorium, 6000 Frank Ave. NW, with the exception of a Thursday evening concert, which will take place at the Canton Museum of Art, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton.

Organized by Kent State Stark’s Music Department, Guitar Weekend is made possible with the help of grants from ArtsinStark and an ArtSTART grant from the Ohio Arts Council.


Featured artists include:


Mickey Jones has had an extensive career as a guitar soloist and chamber musician. He has twice been a featured soloist at the New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival and is a nationally renowned music educator, who founded the Hector Garcia Young Artist Concert Series.

Called “the next big jazz guitarist” by NPR, Nir Felder is equally adept across a wide range of genres. Felder has forged a unique and highly recognizable sound at a young age and quickly became one of New York City’s most highly sought after musicians.

Within six years of beginning training on the classical guitar, Stephen Lochbaum had earned a master’s degree, debuted on CBC Radio 1 with the internationally recognized Vancouver Cantata Singers and won the national music festival of Canada.

Judicaël Perroy has become widely known as an extraordinary virtuoso classical guitarist and musician with several prizes to his credit. Highly sought after as a teacher, he is regularly invited to give master classes at many universities in the United States and abroad.

Guitar Weekend schedule:

4 p.m. Nir Felder Trio Workshop Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Mickey Jones & Stephen Lochbaum Concert Canton Museum of Art
1001 Market Ave. North
Canton, OH 44702


3 p.m. Mickey Jones & Stephen Lochbaum Masterclass Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Nir Felder Trio Concert Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark


10 a.m. Judicaël Perroy Masterclass Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
12:45 p.m. Community Performance Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark
7 p.m. Judicaël Perroy Concert Main Hall Auditorium
Kent State University at Stark


For more information, contact Adjunct Music Professor Adam Larison at and 330-244-5071.


Visit  for more about the featured artists, including videos.