Monthly Archives: February 2018

“Do the Mu!”—Renew MassMu

Participants will help dress up the Massillon Museum’s construction fence during the “Do the Mu!” workshop on Saturday, March 3, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Instructor Vicki Boatright will show attendees of all ages how to create décor from recyclable materials.  
Boatright, who uses the artistic sobriquet BZTAT, is best known for her brightly colored and spirited animal portraits.  Her studio is located in the Avenue Arts Theatre and Marketplace in downtown Canton.  She teaches art to groups of all ages and frequently leads Massillon Museum workshops and outreach activities in a variety of mediums and themes.  
“Do the Mu!” adds a hands-on dimension to a Massillon Museum visit, providing an intergenerational, interactive outlet for creativity the first Saturday of every month. Open to participants of all ages, the session is free and all materials are supplied. Guests are invited to drop in any time during the workshop. No reservations are required.
The Museum will also be participating in smARTsplash, the ArtsinStark annual community campaign kickoff on March 3.
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 downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Megan Fitze, Massillon Museum Education and Outreach Manager  –  330-833-4061 x112
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

GeekFest 2018

Art event, inspired by comics, to be hosted at Jupiter Studios featuring a comic book contest, children’s craft therapy table, cosplay contest with cash prizes, vendors, speakers and the belly dancer, Sera Sahara! Art will be on show from Alliance Middle School Teacher, Bianca Burwell and her students, as well as professional artists and local children! There will be a special metal sculpture, ‘Minion’, created by three generations of family artisans: father Mark Springer, daughter Melissa Springer and granddaughter Olivia Young on show at the event. Let the arts bring your family together at Jupiter Studios! Free to all children and $5 for adults.

Jupiter Studios will have dancer and artist Sera Sahara performing and emceeing the event!

Sera is an award winning professional bellydancer who brings her charisma, extensive dance training, contagiously bubbly personality, and polished persona with her every time she takes the stage. Sera is trained in numerous styles of bellydance and with a myriad of props (wings, sword, shamadan, veil, fans, etc) as well as fire. Sera tailors her performance to your needs to include music and costuming.  Sera also runs a troupe of professional dancers and can provide additional dancers as needed.

Sera Sahara began dancing as a small child and continued on when she was in college. She discovered bellydance in 2009 and has been obsessed ever since. In 2012, Sera won the Rising Stars competition at the Pittsburgh Bellydance Festival. Sera is a founding member of Addivas Bellydance, an award winning bellydance troupe. Sera is also the founder and troupe leader of Browncoat Bellydance, a bellydance and variety show featuring Sci Fi and Anime themed choreographies who perform at Comic Cons and other geek-related events.

Sera is a member of Blue Star Turkish Folkloric Dance Troupe and has traveled internationally to perform at Turkish Festivals. She has performed representing Turkey at a NATO luncheon. Sera’s love and representation of the Turkish Folk dances has been highly praised by those she has danced for. Sera regularly dances at the Mirage in Knoxville, TN. Sera teaches at her studio in Canton, NC and at Ouroboros Studio in Asheville, NC.


A big Thank you to our event sponsors, Arts In Stark and Competitive Edge Dance and Fitness!!


If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Chrystal Robinson-Shofroth at (330)680-3893 or email at


Canton Palace Theatre announces dedicated Canton Palace Theatre Parking Area

The Canton Palace Theatre Association, with support from the Downtown Canton Land Bank, announces dedicated parking available to patrons of the Canton Palace Theatre for events.  The dedicated parking lot is located at the corner of Market Avenue, N and 4th Street, NE adjacent to the Renkert Building located at 306 Market Avenue, N. Entrance to the parking area is located on 4th Street, NE.
Parking will be available after 5pm each day.  Pre-Paid parking passes will be available for event parking at Limited spaces are available and passes are sold on a first come, first service basis.
“This is an added benefit for the patrons of the Canton Palace Theatre and all of downtown. Having parking options located in the heart of downtown is key for the success of not only the Canton Palace Theatre but for all the business and restaurants,“ said Georgia Paxos, Executive Director of the Canton Palace Theatre Association. Georgia continued, “We are thankful for the support of the Downtown Canton Land Band, the Special Improvement District and our entire community.”
Parking will be available starting Friday, February 16, 2018.
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 and has an annual attendance of over 85,000. For more information, please visit
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.

An Evening of old and new with the CSO

For their next MasterWorks concert, the Canton Symphony Orchestra offers a selection of works for smaller orchestras, and features their principal clarinetist Randy Klein.  This lighter classical concert is on March 3, 2018 at 7:30pm at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall at the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  This concert is sponsored in part by the generosity of Leo & Linda Casey, Bob & Donna Leibensperger, W. Henry Hoover Foundation, and Schauer Insurance.

The concert opens with a contemporary piece titled Snakebite by Stephen Montague.  Finished in 1995, Snakebite is a piece reflecting on Montague’s time teaching and composing in Texas.  Next the orchestra features Randy Klein, soloing on Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto, a piece originally written for Benny Goodman, the King of Swing.  After intermission, the Canton Symphony Orchestra will perform an audience favorite, Mozart’s 40th symphony, immortalized by cell phone ringers across the world.

After intermission, Maestro Zimmermann will also be announcing the winner of the 2018 Music Educator of the Year award.  The honored Music Educator will be selected from a field of ten finalists chosen by a panel of qualified judges from the community. All nominees will be recognized at the MasterWorks concert and a pre-concert celebration. The nominee must be a licensed Music Educator in a public, private or parochial school classroom setting in Grades K-12, in the region served by the Stark County Educational Service Center. Educators from the fields of General Music, Instrumental Music, Vocal Music, Composition and Music Technology are eligible. The honored Music Educator will receive an award of $500 to be used at their discretion.

A native of Akron, Ohio, Randy Klein began clarinet studies at age 10 with Robert Cole.  Other teachers include Theodore Johnson, former clarinetist with the Cleveland Orchestra and Edward Marks, former Professor of Clarinet at Bowling Green State University.  In 1975, he was admitted to The Curtis Institute of Music where he studied clarinet with Anthony Gigliotti, former principal clarinetist of the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Mr. Klein is one of the few graduates from Curtis to have received both a Bachelor in Music Performance and an Artist’s Diploma.  While studying in Philadelphia, he was called upon several times to play in the clarinet section of The Philadelphia Orchestra.

Mr. Klein has served on the faculties of Central State University (Oklahoma) and at the Oklahoma Christian College.  In addition, he has served on the faculty and performed at the National Music Camp held during the summers in Interlochen, Michigan.  His former students have gone on to attend the Curtis Institute of Music, the Eastman School of Music and the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music as well as hold positions in other professional orchestras.  Mr. Klein has also performed at the Spoleto Festival dei duo Mondi, as well as at the Blossom, Breckenridge and Elkhorn music festivals.

Tickets for the Canton Symphony Orchestra concert on March 3, 2018 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 celebrating its 80thanniversary and 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.

MassMu Brown Bag Lunch to Highlight Black History Month

In commemoration of Black History Month, the Massillon Museum’s archivist, Mandy Altimus Stahl, will talk about Massillon’s role in the Underground Railroad at the Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch on Tuesday, February 27. The event is free and open to the public without reservations. The program will begin promptly at 12:10 p.m. and conclude about 12:50 p.m. to accommodate guests who attend during the lunch hour.
Because of construction at the Museum, the Brown Bag Lunch will be held at the Massillon Salvation Army, 315 Sixth Street NE. The temporary location allows speakers the use of projected images and the audience the benefit of unobstructed views.  Ample parking is available in the lot adjacent to the building and on Sixth Street. 
Brown Bag Lunch guests may bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch from Anderson’s in the City, which will offer a limited menu at the Salvation Army site. As always, the Museum will provide complimentary cookies and coffee.   
For her recently published book, Early Massillon and Lost Kendal, Stahl extensively researched the era from 1811 to 1860, when the Underground Railroad was most active in Massillon. Among many local, state, and national resources, she scoured archives at the Massillon Museum, Spring Hill Historic Home, and Massillon Public Library.
“The Underground Railroad was an important part of our city’s history. It is impressive to learn how many compassionate people and abolitionists lived in Kendal and Massillon, and we hosted lecturer Lucretia Coffin Mott in 1847.”
Stahl graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude. She began interning at the Museum in 2004 and now oversees the care of and access to the photographs, rare books, documents, and institutional items in the archives. She handles research requests in the Museum’s Velma B. Erwin Research Room. As a part of the Museum Speakers’ Bureau, Stahl offers an extensive list of lectures. Since 2012, she has traveled across Ohio to deliver her Titanic program—a previous Brown Bag Lunch presentation—more than 50 times. In 2016, Stahl was the plenary speaker at the Society of Ohio Archivists’ conference, and in 2015 she appeared on the Travel Channel’s show, “Mysteries at the Museum,” retelling the tale of Jacob Coxey’s 1894 protest march. 
Stahl serves on the Massillon Historic Preservation Commission and the Charity Rotch School of Kendal Foundation board. She owns a photography business, Altimus Stahl. Her photographs have been exhibited in juried shows in Ohio, Michigan, and Vermont; published in the competitive International Photography Annual; produced by Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati (2014 and 2016). Her one-woman exhibit, A Long Time Ago: The Fairytales of Mandy Altimus Pond, has been exhibited in Ohio and Pennsylvania. As the recipient of a 2015 ArtsinStark special projects grant, she produced the exhibit, Face of Hunger in Stark County, Ohio.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit

Massillon Lions Club Presents 75th Annual Show

The Massillon Lions Club is proud to present its 75th annual show, this year entitled, “Laugh-In Out Loud”—an entertaining nod to the comedy and music of the 60s and 70s. 
Performances will be March 9, 10, 16, and 17 with curtain at 7:00 p.m., and March 11 and 18 with curtain at 2:00 p.m. on the Lincoln Theatre stage. 
“You’ll find yourself singing along with familiar tunes and enjoying the rapid-fire humor,” said director Eric Myers. “These live, family-friendly performances bring together some of the finest local talent in support of the sight and hearing services that are a hallmark of the Lions Club.”
Returning this year are perennial favorites Rudy Turkal, Bryan Corban, George Musisca, and Bryan Stuck, along with the Lions Chorus—all singing the top hits of the era.
Joining these veteran Lions Club performers on stage this year are newcomers Samantha Kay Smith performing a piece from “Phantom of the Opera” and Mark Conneely singing “Tiptoe through the Tulips” as he accompanies himself on the ukulele. 
The theatre is located at 156 Lincoln Way East in the heart of downtown Massillon. Free parking on streets and in city lots is available nearby.
Tickets may be purchased online at  They are also available at Bill Lindsey’s Sweeper Mart, Buehler’s  (Mayflower location), Emmert’s Market, Flowers by Pat, Friends and Family Credit Union (downtown Massillon location), Massillon Independent office, Massillon Senior Center, and Massillon WestStark Chamber of Commerce. They can be purchased from Massillon Lions Club members and at the door subject to availability.

How-to Festival Returns to the North Canton Public Library

THIRTY-FIVE classes. ONE day. THIRTY minutes each.

Returning for a third year, the North Canton Public Library will host its annual How-to Festival Saturday, March 3 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The one-day festival offers 35 classes in just six hours. Each class is 30 minutes long, with as many as five intro level classes hosted in various library spaces concurrently each hour.


“Given the positive response we’ve had for past How-to Festivals, of course we’re going to offer it again,” said Christina Weyrick, community relations manager for the library. Weyrick explained many new classes and teachers will be part of the event this year, with just a few favorite classes from past years returning. “Considering our tagline, this event offers a fantastic opportunity to Explore the World,” Weyrick said.


Attendees will learn how to: improve their balance with yoga, embrace online dating, organize a community donation drive, use, apply eyeliner, do pet first aid, make a Lego zip line, use
drumming for therapy and healing, use make-up for contouring, help homeless animals, cast to Google Home, create boho style braids, train a cat, twist balloons, use essential oils for cleaning, start garden plants, determine if a hedgehog is the right pet for their family, use an Instant Pot pressure cooker, make origami, plan for retirement, heal with juicing, draw anime, use bullet journaling for organization, style LuLaRoe clothing, plan a Disney trip, eat more cleanly, paint rocks, make a wire wrapped pendant and more.


The library has evolved to be a true community hub and learning center in North Canton. The How-to Festival uniquely combines community, education and “exploring the world” in a single day.


The festival extends through the lunch hour, and the library will provide a free brown bag lunch to the first 300 people to request them. The library’s Teen Community Service group will also host a bake sale to benefit Refuge of Hope during the event.


“Our staff looks forward to this event each year. We love to watch the anticipation build before we announce the class schedule and to listen to people talking about which classes they are most excited to attend,” said Weyrick. “This year we even had to turn some teachers and potential classes away because we only have space for 35,” she added.


The How-to Festival is open to everyone. Classes for both children and adults are offered each 30 minutes. There is no registration required, and all classes are first come, first served. For additional information, please contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or




The Players Guild Theatre and Tracy Stadelman in Honor of Her Mother, Diana L. Stadelman are proud to present the three-time Tony Award® -winning musical, RAGTIME!


At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together – that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician – united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together, they confront history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.


For this upcoming production of RAGTIME THE MUSICAL, the Players Guild has assembled a power-house cast of talented actors which includes:

Christopher Gales, who is returning home to Canton from NYC to reprise his role as Coalhouse Walker Jr. Guild favorite, Joy Ellis, will portray Coalhouse’s love interest, Sarah.  Additionally, PGT Resident Director, Jonathan Tisevich, will play the role of immigrant-turned filmmaker, Tateh.  Best known for her Guild roles, Mrs. Lovett in SWEENEY TODD and Lucy in JEKYLL AND HYDE, Heidi Swinford will play the role of Mother.  Another Guild favorite, Sarah Marie Young, will play Vaudeville star, Evelyn Nesbitt and PGT Producing Artistic Director, Joshua Erichsen, will portray famed escape artist, Harry Houdini.  Olivia Wimberly (who wowed critics with her take on the Emcee in last season’s CABARET) will play anarchist, Emma Goldman, and Mark Dilliard will play the role of Booker T. Washington.  In addition, Donald Jones (best known for playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge) will play Grandfather, and Guild new-comers Christopher Hager and Ian Lawrence will take on the roles of Father and Younger Brother.


The RAGTIME production team includes:

Joshua Erichsen, Producing Artistic Director (& Scenic Design)

Jonathan Tisevich, Resident Director

Steve Parsons, Music Director

Michael Lawrence Akers, Choreographer

Scott Sutton, Lighting and Sound Design

Stephen Ostertag, Costume Team


RAGTIME will be presented on the Mainstage, and is scheduled to open on Friday, February 16th and will run through March 4th, with performances on Fridays & Saturdays @ 8:00 PM and Sundays @ 2:00 PM.  Tickets for this Mainstage Musical are $29.00 for adults, $26.00 for seniors and $22.00 for those 17 years old and younger. Tickets for all performances may be purchased online 24 hours a day at or in person at the Players Guild Box Office, located in the Great Court of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave N. Tickets may also be purchased by phone: 330-453-7617.


The Players Guild Theatre receives support from these generous partners: Arts In Stark, The Ohio Arts Council, The Canton Repository and 89.7 WKSU.

North Canton Playhouse presents “All Shook Up”

The North Canton Playhouse presents:
               “All Shook Up”
Directed by Delorna Toy
Inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley
Book by Joe DiPietro
All Shook Up is presented through special arrangement with Theatrical Rights Worldwide
Performance Dates: March 2-18, 2018
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 “All Shook Up tickets”.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.
“All Shook Up” is a jukebox musical inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley. The plot follows Shakepeare’s “Twelfth Night”. It is 1955 and into a square little town somewhere in the midwest rides a guitar-playing young man who changes everything and everyone he meets in this hip-swiveling, lip-curling musical fantasy that’ll have you jumpin’ out of your blue suede shoes with such classics as “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Don’t Be Cruel.”

Hypnotist Coming to Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre

Trick-A-Nosis is considered an original “disorder” featuring Magic Mike, who, through the power of hypnosis, compels volunteers from the audience to forget their comic inhibitions and perform a bevy of comedic antis, such as forgetting their own names, speaking in alien language, or believing they are glued to their seats and cannot stand up, all of which will have you rolling in the aisles.
You don’t want to miss this. Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre will be hosting Cleveland-based hypnotist and illusionist, Mike Brooks, also known as Magic Mike on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 at 8PM. Tickets are $25 for general admission or $35 for front-row preferred seating. This one-night-only event will astound and amaze the lucky individuals who are lucky to get their tickets in time.
Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre is located at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, Ohio 44702. Tickets can be purchased today at