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The North Canton Playhouse Presents: “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee”

October 13 – 22, 2017
Friday and Saturdays @7:30
Saturdays and Sundays @ 2:30
This is a SUPER FUN show and is rated pg 13 for content
 
Presented as a Director’s Special (no auditions for this production).
Directed by: Delorna Toy
Musical director: Sandy Wallace       Choreographed by: Sarah Jane Toy
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box
A riotous ride, complete with audience participationThe 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. Winner of the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee has charmed audiences across the country with its effortless wit and humor.
 
Music & Lyrics by William Finn               Tickets can be purchased at www.northcantonplayhouse.com
Book by Rachel Sheinkin                                            or by calling the box office @ 330-494-1613
Conceived by Rebecca Feldman              
Additional Material by Jay Reiss
Originally Directed on Broadway by James Lapine

NFL Films Coming to Canton for “Touchdowns and Tutus” http://artsinstarkblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Griffin20Baumoel20and20Isabella20Hellmann20perform20at20201720Touchdowns20and20Tutus-300×285.jpg

Touchdowns and Tutus — the event that pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet ballerinas was such a hit its first year — that NFL films is coming to cover it this year.  To start, Producer/Director Greg Frith will bring his film crew to the 5 pm auditions for football players to be held on Sunday October 8 at the Cultural Center for the Arts (1001 Market Avenue North).   The Emmy Award winning Frith has produced a variety of NFL Films including, A Football Life on Dick Vermeil, 1995 Cleveland Browns, 2006 Rose Bowl, and the Massillon/McKinley Rivalry.  Then next spring Frith and his team will return for the big performance on March 10, 2018 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.

The “tryouts” are open to all area high school football players.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in workout attire, including sneakers.  Players chosen will start rehearsals beginning in January 2018 and will practice weekly.  Each couple will rehearse a different routine to be performed and judged at the event.  To reserve a spot for tryouts, please call Canton Ballet at 330-455-7220.  For all other event related information, please contact chairperson Ashley Bettis at 330.324.0073.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Canton Ballet. The Canton Ballet has been serving the Stark County community for 52 years.  Students from 2 years to adult participate in the School of Canton Ballet’s year round program and its various public performances.

Pictured: are  Griffin Baumoel — linebacker for the Canton Central Catholic “Crusaders” (at US Naval Academy now) and Isabella Hellmann — Junior at Hoover High School (a 10-year Canton Ballet student.)

 

Blind Spot Comes to the CSO

The Canton Symphony Orchestra kicks off its ConverZations series with a special event thanks to a generous partnership with the Massillon Museum.  Join us on September 19th, 2017 at 6:15pm for a fascinating new take on art installations!  ConverZations is a series of free public discussions, held at the Zimmermann Symphony Center (2331 17th Street NW), and features a variety of guest speakers who provide a pleasant and entertaining way for audience members to “get inside” the music. Sponsored by Arts in Stark, Massillon Museum, Ohio Arts Council, and Stark Community Foundation, the ConverZations Series will continue on the second Monday of every month until April 2018.

For our first ConverZations, the popular Massillon Museum exhibit, Blind Spot: A Matter of Perception, comes to the Zimmermann Symphony Center.  The original installation at the Massillon Museum consisted of ten abstract paintings adapted through several different media to help museum attendees experience the artworks through multiple senses.  Braille, large-type labels, and small scale aluminum tactile models were created to help patrons with blindness or low vision experience the art, as well as give sighted patrons new ways to experience visual art.  Three of the paintings were selected by three members of the Cleveland Institute of Music’s Composer Fellowship program who wrote musical compositions representing the artworks.  These compositions were performed at the opening of the exhibit, and will be performed again at our event on September 19th.

The three paintings picked by composers from the Cleveland Institute of Music will travel to the Zimmermann Symphony Center and stay in The Hoover Gallery from September 19ththrough October 13th.  For opening night on September 19th, there will be a cocktail hour starting at 6:15pm, with light hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a chance to view the paintings.  The evening continues with a panel discussion at 7pm, along with performances of the three musical compositions by Canton Symphony Orchestra musicians.  The art exhibit will be open to the public for viewing during theCSO administrative offices business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

For more information on upcoming ConverZations lectures and other events run by the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visit www.cantonsymphony.org/converzations.

Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is celebrating our 80th anniversary 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, casual, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, adjacent to the Zimmermann Symphony Center at 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.
Contact:
Dan Cavalancia
330-452-3434 x610
dcavalancia@cantonsymphony.org

TOUCHDOWNS AND TUTUS TO HOLD FOOTBALL PLAYER PARTICIPATION AUDITION

Canton Ballet will hold Touchdowns and Tutus football player participation auditions on Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Canton Ballet studios located in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue N, Canton, OH starting at 5PM.  Use the Cleveland Avenue entrance.

The “tryouts” are open to all area high school football players.  Participants are encouraged to come dressed in workout attire, including sneakers.

Launched in 2017, Touchdowns and Tutus proved to be very well received by the participants as well as the sponsors and general public.  So much so that this year Greg Frith, an Emmy Award winning Producer/Director for NFL Films, will be on site at Canton Ballet to film the tryouts and event performance.

Frith has produced and directed a variety of NFL Films including, A Football Life on Dick Vermeil, 1995 Cleveland Browns, 2006 Rose Bowl and the Massillon/McKinley Rivalry.

Players chosen will start rehearsals beginning in January 2018 and will practice weekly leading up to the event on March 10, 2018, at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall located in McKinley High School on the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus.  All student athletes under the age of 18 will be required to have a parent-signed release waiver prior to the tryout.

Touchdowns and Tutus is the biggest fundraiser supporting the Canton Ballet.  The event pairs area high school football players with Canton Ballet ballerinas.  Each couple rehearses a different routine to be performed and judged at the event.

To reserve a spot for tryouts, please call Canton Ballet at 330-455-7220 Monday throughThursday, 10AM-6PM.  Release waivers are available by emailing: cantonballet@cantonballet.com and requesting one.  For all other event related information, including sponsorship opportunities, please contact chairperson Ashley Bettis at 330.324.0073.

About Canton Ballet: Canton Ballet has been serving the Stark county community for 52 years.  Students from 2 years to adult participate in the School of Canton Ballet’s year round program and its various public performances.  Mission statement: Canton Ballet is a non-profit organization committed to fostering an appreciation of the art of dance within the local community and dedicated to providing the highest artistic quality of instruction by operating a preprofessional company with performance opportunities for the serious or career oriented student.

Tom Bartel’s Unique Solo Exhibition is on View at the Canton Museum of Art

Experience Evocative Ceramic Works Inside Bartel’s “Dark Forms” Exhibit

Canton Museum of Art presents a unique exhibition of ceramic works entitled “Dark Forms: Tom Bartel.”  This solo exhibition is on view now through October 29, 2017.

Tom Bartel’s life has changed, and so has his work. He is at a re-defining moment after recently becoming a parent, which greatly opened his eyes to the passage of time. An artist hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Tom Bartel is currently Professor of Ceramics at Ohio University, whose Ceramics Program ranks third in the United States. Previously, Bartel’s work was very colorful and patterned, as evidenced by one of his pieces that we proudly own in our Permanent Collection.  However, with his new exhibit – Dark Forms – he has set out to re-invent his work and push himself out of his comfort zone.  His pieces for this exhibit are devoid of color or pattern because he was aiming to reduce his ideas to the essential. The only carry-over from his previous works are his depictions of human forms. What do these pieces say about the passage of time, and how we as humans aim to “live on” through objects? Come see for yourself in Dark Forms: Tom Bartel.


About Tom Bartel
Tom Bartel grew up on the Erie shores of Cleveland, Ohio and is known for his disturbing and humorous fragmented figures that take cues from a “shotgun blast” of influences ranging from antiquity to popular culture. He received his BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Indiana University-Bloomington. Tom has lectured, conducted workshops and exhibited extensively throughout the United States and internationally. His work is included in numerous public and private collections and he has received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Pennsylvania arts council, the Kentucky Arts Council and the Ohio Arts Council. He has numerous publications to his credit, including American Craft, Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Ceramics Art and Perception as well as many other periodicals and books. Bartel is currently an Associate Professor at Ohio University in Athens, Oh.

About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. www.cantonart.org, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.
  
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Canton Museum of Art Hours:
Hours – Monday: Closed; Tues – Thurs: 10am – 8pm; Fri – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 1 – 5pm


Location: The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. Free onsite parking is available around the Museum. Call 330.453.7666 for information and directions or visit our website at www.cantonart.org.

Unprecedented “Salon Style” Exhibition Features Over 200 Works at the Canton Museum of Art

“Salon Style” Exhibition is on view for a Limited Time Only
Experience the CMA permanent collection like never before in the new special Salon Styleexhibition on view now through October 29. “Salon style” is a way of displaying art in which works are hung higher and lower than eye level and in large groups rather than in a single row. Over 200 works of art are on display in this unprecedented exhibition featuring works by Carolyn Brady, George de Forest Brush, Frank Duveneck, William Gropper, Claude Raguet Hirst, Winslow Homer, Arne Lindmark, Joseph Soleman, and many more.

The style that inspired this exhibition, started in 1737 with the
Salon – a public art exhibit that was held annually or bi-annually in Paris. Any artist could exhibit their work if approved, and it was an honor for an artist to be chosen, especially a struggling artist because their work would gain notoriety in the Salon. Since there was an overwhelming amount of artwork to hang, works were hung floor to ceiling and close together. A Hanging Committee decided which paintings were to be displayed at what level. Placement was everything to an artist. Where their artwork was hung would determine who and how many people would see it – increasing or decreasing its chances of selling.

The
Salon was unique because it was open to anyone. Before the Salon, it was difficult for the public to see artwork because it was owned by private collectors. Since the Salonexhibitions were free, suddenly anyone could see the artwork regardless of their class, wealth, profession, or gender. Art was being observed by a whole new audience, an audience that wasn’t bound by etiquette or loyalty to the royal agenda. This new audience freely gave their opinions, and some artists began changing their work in response. Even the elite patrons of the arts were swayed by the public’s opinions. Art collectors began to purchase works only if they had received the public’s approval, and journalists and critics wanted to speak with the public who had approved the art. For almost 150 years, the Salonwas the most prestigious art event in the world.

Unlike the
Salon, today’s trend in museums is to exhibit works of art in single rows with plenty of space around each piece. While CMA almost always follows this trend, the salon style was brought back for this special exhibition. This wasn’t entirely an aesthetic choice – the skylights in the collection vault are being removed, so the paintings needed to be temporarily removed. Rather than store the paintings in the gallery and close it off to the public, the CMA curatorial staff decided to hang the works – all of them – for the public’s enjoyment. This exhibition doesn’t include every piece in the collection, but it provides a good foundation of the CMA collection as a whole. Don’t miss your chance to experience this European-inspired exhibition for a limited time only.


About the Canton Museum of Art
The Canton Museum of Art (CMA) is one of Ohio’s premier museums for an exceptional visual arts experience. CMA is recognized for powerful national touring exhibits; dynamic CMA-original exhibits; an unrivaled Permanent Collection of American watercolors and contemporary ceramics; and innovative education outreach programs, in-Museum classes, and workshops. CMA is one of only two Stark County museums accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.
For more information, including hours, exhibits, classes, and special events, call 330.453.7666, visit www.cantonart.org, Facebook at “Canton Museum of Art,” or @CantonMuseum on Twitter.

Admission: Regular admission is $8 Adults; $6, Seniors and Students (with valid I.D.); Museum Members are Free; and Children 12 and under, Free. Tickets are available at the Museum Ticket Office during Museum hours. For group visits, discounts, and tours, please call 330.453.7666 at least two weeks prior to your visit for reservations and/or to request a docent-led tour.
  
Media Images: High-resolution images can be downloaded via the provided link below.
 
DOWNLOAD HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES VIA THIS LINK:

Canton Museum of Art Hours:
Hours – Monday: Closed; Tues – Thurs: 10am – 8pm; Fri – Sat: 10am – 5pm; Sun: 1 – 5pm


Location: The Canton Museum of Art is located in the Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Avenue North, Canton, Ohio 44702. Free onsite parking is available around the Museum. Call 330.453.7666 for information and directions or visit our website at www.cantonart.org.

Fall in Love at Downtown Hartville Date Night

Whether it’s your first date or you’ve been married forever, Date Night in Historic Downtown Hartville is a cozy way to spend a relaxed evening out. Couples will gather September 15th  from 6-9:30pm for a Friday night dinner, live music, after-hours shopping, and an outdoor movie. Cost is $27 per couple and dinner reservations should be made online at www.discoverhartville.com/downtown.

Two dinner options are available from local eateries. Pizza & Donuts for Two includes a PizzaBOGO local favorite pizza, chicken tenders, jojos, beverages, and donuts from Peace, Love and Little Donuts. Hartville’s newest restaurant, Eatz & Treatz, will cater a Pasta for Two dinner featuring regular or gluten free pasta with choice of sauces including caprese chicken, roasted veggie, alfredo, and meat sauce along with a salad, bread, house made desserts, and a mocktail.

Bistro tables will be set up in the square and Chocolate Street will turn into a quaint restaurant. Take a stroll down our sidewalks while listening to saxophonist Logan Martin and watching the sun set. Once night falls (approx 8pm) couples will enjoy an outdoor movie projected onto one of our historic buildings. Remember to bring chairs and a snuggle blanket for movie viewing.
 

Downtown Date Night is hosted by the Historic Downtown Hartville volunteer group of shopkeepers, local government, non-profits, and residents and sponsored by Spitzer Ford Hartville and Lake Community Federal Credit Union.

Dracula…the Ballet Returns to Haunt the Palace Stage

Canton Ballet will reprise its elegant and mesmerizing contemporary work Dracula…the Ballet in two evening performances on Friday, October 21, and Saturday, October 22, at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m.

Choreographed in two acts by the ballet’s choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo, Draculathe Ballet is based on novelist Bram Stoker’s classic gothic romance tale and stunningly retold in the medium of ballet.  Lemmo’s original music score is compiled from many genres—New Age, classical and choral, among others—with eerie sounds and special effects throughout.

Guest artist Damien Highfield of Groundworks Dance Theatre will perform the role of Dracula.  Canton Ballet’s artistic and executive director is Cassandra Crowley.

Admission is $21-25 for adults and $15-17 for children under 18.  There is a discount for groups of 10 or more.  Reserved seat tickets may be purchased in advance online at www.cantonballet.com and in person or by telephone at 330-455-7220 at the ballet box office in the Canton Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N., between 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Thursday.

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 time for advance purchase pickups and walkup sales only.

For additional information visit cantonballet.com or call the ballet office at 330-455-7220.

Canton Ballet receives operating funds from ArtsinStark, Ohio Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from The Canton Repository, Kenan Advantage Group, Western Reserve Public Media, WHBC, WKSU, My 101.3 and Q92.

School of Canton Ballet Offers Fall Classes

 

School of Canton Ballet is now enrolling students for the fall semester.

Classes begin the week of September 6-12.  The school, in its 45th year of continuous operation, offers classes in all levels of classical ballet including creative movement, predance, elementary, intermediate and advanced as well as teen and adult.  Other offerings include jazz, modern and tap.

Students can register anytime as long as there is space available in the appropriate classes.  Pianists provide live music for all ballet classes.  Register online at cantonballet.com or call 330.455.7220.

Classes in the early childhood division include Mom & Me (parent or other adult), Predance, Creative Movement 1 and 2, Preballet and Elementary 1 and 2 taught by early childhood specialist Julie Mizer Grasse.

All students ages five and up are invited to perform in Canton Ballet’s The Nutcracker.

Faculty for Elementary Ballet 2 and 3 and advanced ballet levels include choreographer in residence Angelo Lemmo, assistant artistic director Jennifer Catazaro Hayward and artistic and executive director Cassandra Crowley.  Grasse and Lemmo also teach Teen and Adult.  Faculty for other dance forms are Kelli Sanford-Burgoon for modern and Megan Seeman for jazz and tap.

Financial assistance based upon need and merit is available through the School of Canton Ballet financial assistance program.  A special scholarship program is offered for boys ages 7 through 12.

School of Canton Ballet operates a year round program with classes taking place in the ballet studios in the west wing of the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Avenue N. in downtown Canton.

For registration and other information call or visit the ballet offices at 330-455-7220 Monday through Thursday between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. to noon or visit online at www.cantonballet.com.

ArtsinStark to Award $7,500 for Giant TV Image

ArtsinStark in Canton, OH invites any artist over 18 years of age living in the state of Ohio to submit an image to fit inside the giant television set being created for “Monday Night Football, 1970” — the sixth moment of The ELEVEN public art series.  ArtsinStark will award $5,000 to the winning artist, and $500 to each of five runners up.  All entries must be submitted by end of day September 18 at CAFÉ www.CallForEntry.org. Winners will be announced on October 2, 2017.  The area inside the TV screen is approximately 30’ high by 48’ wide.  Images submitted can be drawings, paintings, or digitally-created art.  The sponsors of “Monday Night Football” are: The Deuble Foundation, The Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, and The Timken Foundation.  For more information on The ELEVEN public art project, please go to www.ArtsinStark.com/84.

Canton, OH is the birthplace of the NFL.  The ELEVEN is a public art project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history.  Five of the ELEVEN moments have been completed to date (three sculptures, one banner mural, and one painted mural).

“Monday Night Football” recognizes the phenomenal success of NFL games telecasted during prime time on a weeknight which began on September 21, 1970, when the Cleveland Browns faced the New York Jets on ABC-TV’s Monday Night Football debut.  Here is an excerpt from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 150 Anniversary Book: Sundays have long been synonymous with NFL football. But in 1970, a new weekly tradition that included one featured game on Monday night forever changed the landscape of the game. Few could imagine the enduring impact of ABC’s telecast of the NFL during prime time on a weeknight. Doubters were prevalent when the Cleveland Browns faced the New York Jets in the Monday Night Football debut on September 21, 1970. Yet the tradition became a nationwide phenomenon that captured huge ratings and in turn was a major reason for the NFL’s dramatic rise in popularity in the years that followed.

The judging criteria are: a) Does the design truly capture the moment?  b) Is the art of the highest possibility quality? and c) Is the concept so amazing that even visitors who don’t love football will still want to come see it?  Artists new to CAFÉ www.CallForEntry.org should reach out to Alaska Thompson, Project Coordinator at (330) 546-3098 or artbyalaska@gmail.com with questions.  Applying is a two-step process: 1) first you create a profile on CAFÉ https://youtu.be/2XOoFON-HMw , and 2) then you use your profile to apply for this specific call: Monday Night Football Design Competition ($7,500 in Prizes)