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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 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

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 should reach out to Alaska Thompson, Project Coordinator at (330) 546-3098 or with questions.  Applying is a two-step process: 1) first you create a profile on CAFÉ , and 2) then you use your profile to apply for this specific call: Monday Night Football Design Competition ($7,500 in Prizes)

Massillon Museum to Present “Women on the Move: Fashions from The Great War Era”

The Massillon Museum will host “Women on the Move: Fashions from The Great War Era”—a luncheon, fashion display, and program—on Wednesday, September 20, at noon, at the MAPS Air Museum. 
The $35 ticket includes a generous lunch, admission to the MAPS Air Museum, and the program.  The event is a Massillon Museum Capital Campaign fundraiser for the expansion of the Museum to enhance programming, preservation, and exhibitions for the community. Tickets may be purchased or by visiting the Museum at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.
Laura Loew, an expert in costumes of a century past, will present an entertaining program about women’s clothing of the World War I era, including how the war affected the restrictive attire typically worn by American women. Women on the homefront contributed to the war effort by rationing, selling bonds, knitting wool socks for men in the trenches, doing Red Cross work, working in factories, ferrying planes to military bases, and many other activities that affected the clothing they wore. Loew will display clothing from the early 1900s.
The MAPS Air Museum is located at 2260 International Parkway in Green near the Akron Canton Airport—turn off Ohio Route 241 when at the historic airplane near the road.
The event accents the Museum’s exhibition, Stark County in the Great War, which will be on view through November 12.  It includes uniforms, letters, military papers, propaganda posters, shrapnel, music, gas masks, and other war-related gear. An original, 30-minute documentary film also plays on loop in the second-floor gallery.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
Sue Reid and Mary Ann Poling are co-chairing “Women on the Move” as part of the Capital Campaign special fundraising events team.  Jean Mummertz, Debbie and Denny Bachtel, Trisha Merchant, Jeannie John, Joi Letcavits, Kathy Malinowski, Margy Vogt, and Sue Kelewae serve on the committee.
“Women on the Move” is one of many fundraising efforts that are part of the Capital Campaign. Contributions may be sent to the Museum at 121 Lincoln Way East, Massillon 44646. The Museum has acquired all properties bounded by Lincoln Way, City Hall Street, Diamond Court, and Park Row. Plans for the upcoming expansion will benefit the community with additional education and exhibition space, an auditorium/meeting space, and a home for the Paul E. Brown Museum.
For more information, call the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit
Media Contacts:
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

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.

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

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.

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 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 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.


Three groundbreaking productions featured this academic year
A man spontaneously transitions into a woman, Jesus Christ makes an appearance on the Home Shopping Network and the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy will be examined this theatre season at Kent State University at Stark.
In keeping with its tradition of staging contemporary and thought-provoking plays year after year, Kent State Stark Theatre ups the ante with three cutting-edge productions for the 2017-18 season:
Consider the Oyster
By David MacGregor
Auditions: Sept. 6 & 7 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.
Performances: Nov. 10, 11, 17 & 18 at 7:30 p.m.; Nov. 12 & 19 (American Sign Language performance) at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $7 students under 17 and senior citizens; Kent State students free with current ID.
Tickets will be available online and at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office beginning October 30.
After watching his favorite team win the Super Bowl, Gene spontaneously proposes to his longtime girlfriend Marisa, and in the midst of his excitement, breaks his leg. The oyster shell the doctor leaves in Gene’s leg to aid in healing sets off a chain reaction of odd feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Just as an oyster changes from male to female over the course of its life, Gene is changing, too. He begins to question his feelings for his new fiancée, and his relationships with friends and family become awkward and strange. Watch as gender identity and humor explode on stage in comical, yet thought-provoking, ways.
Virtual Devotion
By Eric Coble
Auditions: November 28 & 29 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.
Performances: Feb. 23 & 24; March 2 & 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 25 & March 4 (American Sign Language performance) at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $7 students under 17 and senior citizens; Kent State students free with current ID.
Tickets will be available online and at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office beginning February 12.
It’s the end of the world as we know it; pollution, terrorism and disease have taken over humanity. Pete, Anne and Ruth attempt to sell their faith to nonbelievers in various, and sometimes violent, ways, as a last-ditch effort to save souls, including their own. Through a series of ironic, laughable and most unfortunate events, all of the characters, including the returned Son of God, Jesus Christ, find one another on the Home Shopping Network selling religious artifacts. But now that they are finally together, is it too late to stop the ensuing Armageddon?
26 Pebbles
By Eric Ulloa
Auditions: January 30 & 31 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre.
Performances: April 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 p.m.; April 15 & 22 (American Sign Language performance) at 2 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $7 students under 17 and senior citizens; Kent State students free with current ID.
Tickets will be available online and at the Fine Arts Theatre Box Office beginning April 2.
What happened to the people of Newtown, Conn., after the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre? Months after the attack, Eric Ulloa held intimate interviews with members of the Newtown community, and created a play that nods to Thornton Wilder’s Our Town. This docudrama is a weave of verbatim interview excerpts from many people of Newtown as they recount the ripples that were made in the aftermath of unthinkable tragedy, and the resulting push forward towards healing in their community.
Directing Kent State Stark’s theatre productions is Brian Newberg, associate professor of theatre and theatre director with scenic and lighting design by Louis Williams, sound design by Ron Jarvis and costume design by Stephen Ostertag.
All upcoming productions will be performed at the Kent State Stark Fine Arts Theatre, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township.
For additional information about the 2017-18 Kent State Stark theatre performances, including online ticket sales, box office hours, audition details and production team opportunities, visit The Fine Arts Theatre Box Office phone number is 330-244-3348 and is staffed two weeks before a production opens.


Auditions open to students and community members
The Kent State University at Stark Theatre has announced open auditions for the first theatrical production of the season, Consider the Oyster by David MacGregor, and directed by Kent State Stark Associate Professor of Theatre and Theatre Director Brian Newberg. Auditions are open to everyone, including students and members of the community. Kent State Stark encourages diversity in casting.
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 his excitement, he breaks his leg. The oyster shell the doctor leaves in Gene’s leg to aid in healing sets off a chain reaction of odd feminine changes in Gene’s physicality, hormones and emotions. Gender identity and humor explode on stage in comical yet thought-provoking ways.
Auditions will be held on Sept. 6-7 at 6 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre, 6000 Frank Avenue NW in Jackson Township. 
Roles are available for two men and two women. No children. Those auditioning may perform a prepared monologue, if they wish, and the director may also choose sides (selected scene excerpts) for some to perform. The production will be performed Nov. 10-12 and 17-19 at the Kent State Stark Theatre. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. and will occur five evenings a week until opening. Visit for more information about auditions for this production.
Gene: 20’s/30’s, male or female (character “transforms” from a straight male to a female during the play, not by his choice)
Eliot: 20’s/30’s, male, Gene’s best friend and roommate, who is openly gay and sassy
Marisa: 20’s/30’s, Gene’s fiancée, sweet and strong
Kay: 40’s/50’s, Marisa’s mother, a sharp tongued high-powered attorney who speaks her mind
Note: The age range of the actors playing these characters is flexible.
Scripts (and audition sides or scene excerpts used for the auditions) are available for perusal for periods up to 24 hours in advance from the Fine Arts secretary by calling 330-244-5151, Monday through Friday, during business hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The campus will be closed Sept. 4 in observance of Labor Day. Audition appointments are recommended, but not required. Scripts and audition sides will also be available in the reserve area of the Campus Learning Center (library). To learn more about Kent State Stark’s Theatre Department, visit

Last Call for Auditions for MassMu’s Dear Mother and All

Auditions for the Massillon Museum’s upcoming play, Dear Mother and All by Sandra Perlman, will be held on Monday, August 7, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m., at the Museum.  
This full-length play, first produced by the Museum in 1988, is the true story of a Massillon soldier during World War I. Letters between Charles Vernon Brown and his family share details of daily life. The complete collection of correspondence is preserved in the Museum’s permanent collection. The 2017 production will complement the Museum’s Stark County in the Great War exhibition, which will be on view through Veterans Day weekend.
The cast will include 10 males and 10 females, ages 16 and older. Rehearsals will begin in August at the Museum for the performance on Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m., at the Lincoln Theatre in downtown Massillon. For more information, contact director Dave Harding at 330-837-1829 or email him at
Funding for the production—an effort to inspire a community theatre initiative—is provided in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities; Exploring the Human Endeavor and is aligned with the 20/20 Massillon Vision plan, facilitated by ArtsinStark. 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. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free. 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
Dave Harding, Dear Mother and All Director  –  330-837-1829
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator  –  330-844-1525

Canton Artists League to Exhibit Caught Off Guard: A Candid View in Studio M

The Canton Artist League has created the exhibition, Caught Off Guard: A Candid View, for the Massillon Museum’s Studio M from August 11 through September 17, 2017. Canton Artists League members were invited to create work that captures an unexpected moment, suggests a narrative with an unknown beginning or end, or includes an unlikely pairing of elements. 

“The Kiss” by Cynthia Capestrain

The public is invited to meet the artists, view their work, and enjoy refreshments at the exhibition opening on Friday, August 11, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Fred F. Silk Community Room of the Massillon Museum.  The party is free and open to all.

The artists whose work will be included are:  Cynthia Capastrain, Ann Cranor, Frank Dale, Megan Farrabee, Sharon Frank Mazgaj, Deborah French, Jane Heater, Judith Girscht Huber, Carolyn Jacob, Pam LaRocco, Natividad (Suni) Lopez Ortiz, David Martin ll, Claudia Mullane, Anna Rather, Irene Tobias Rodriguez, Judith Salamon, Michele Tokos, Donna Volpe, Kevin Walton, Lynn Weinstein, Gail Wetherell-Sack, Joan Willms, Yih Yee Wong, and Isabel Zaldivar.
Visitors to the Canton Artists League Studio M opening will also be able to view Stark County in the Great War, Wild (Mid)West, and the Immel Circus.

“Hapless Ring Bearer” by Cynthia Capestrain

The Studio M exhibition may be seen through September 17 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.  Anderson’s in the City and the Museum shop, OHregionalities, are located in the lobby of the Massillon Museum.
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 contacting the Massillon Museum at 330-833-4061 or
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in the heart of downtown Massillon.  A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.
Media Contacts: 
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director  –  330-833-4061 x111
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum PR Coordinator  –  330-844-1525 

Fun Fest Offers Free Family Fun

Dillen Dewald got to sit in a Massillon fire truck at Fun Fest in 2016.

MCTV, the Massillon Museum, and the Downtown Massillon Association invite families to participate in this year’s Fun Fest, which will be held on Saturday, August 12, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.  Fun Fest—a lively, safe, educational, and enriching experience—has entertained thousands of families in downtown Massillon for 22 years.

Admission to the family-focused event is free. There is no cost for most activities; some have a minimal charge. Social service agencies, civic groups, churches, arts organizations, and businesses are invited to set up games, art projects, activities, and information stations. Families love free take-away items—coloring books, pencils, balloons, banks, bookmarks, and puzzles.
Special acts this year will include magician Randy Wiedenhammer, concertina player Mike Salvino, yo-yo star Eric Monroe, magician Kerry Kazzam, and John the Juggler. Examples of Fun Fest segments children have enjoyed in the past are basketball hoop shooting, story

Face painting is one of the favorite activities at Fun Fest.

times, small build-it projects, face painting, contests, bead projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, and athletic events. Emergency crews and vehicles, musical groups, and others offer programs of interest to young people.

Among the familiar organizations offering activities, demonstrations, and information this year will be churches, St. Paul’s Cub Scouts, andMassillon cheerleaders. The Tuslaw Lions train ride and the Massillon Public Library Bookmobile will be on hand.  The Troll Hole Museum, Sky Zone Belden Village, The Bird Nerds Rescue and Sanctuary, Massillon fire and police departments, and the Massillon Tiger Swing Band Drum Line will participate.  Dozens more will join them.
Inflatables, the New England Garden Club’s flower arranging station, clowns, Massillon Museum crafts, and a petting zoo have been traditional favorites. The Massillon Family YMCA will offer a 50¢ swim from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Gold sponsors include MCTV, Downtown Massillon Association, the City of Massillon, Rotary Club of Massillon, and Midwest Industries.  Silver sponsors are Farmers National Bank, Amherst Meadows, Advanced Industrial Roofing, Home Appliance, and Danbury Senior Living. Massillon Eagles #190, Hampton Inn Massillon, Smiley’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, McDonald’s, General Dentistry, and Heitger Funeral Home are bronze sponsors.  Flowers by Pat and HD Davis CPSs are Fun Fest Friends.

The New England Garden Club helps children create live flower arrangements each year.

Organizer Liz Gessner McAllister of MCTV touts the event as “a great day for kids ages four to ninety-four and their families.” Fun Fest is intended to provide all the fun of a carnival with a focus on meaningful activities. Many of the organizations and businesses that offer activities provide valuable health, safety, and educational information to parents while entertaining the children.

Additional groups that wish to set up booths may call McAllister at 330-833-6655 to inquire until August 5. Participants MUST provide a free or nearly free activity for kids. 
Fun Fest is centered on First Street and Lincoln Way East and on the lawn of the Massillon Museum. Free parking is available in city lots, in the Erie Street parking deck, and on adjacent streets. For more information, contact the Massillon Museum, 330-833-4061 or visit
For details, visit and click on “Programs and Events” then “Fun Fest” or call Liz Gessner McAllister at MCTV:  330.833-6655. 
Media Contacts:
Liz Gessner McAllister, MCTV  –  330-833-6655
Nancy Jobe, Massillon Museum  –  330-833-4061 x114
Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum  –  330-844-1525


The North Canton Playhouse Presents: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” Musical

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Directed by Debbie Cardy
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Howard Ashman Tim Rice
Book by Linda Woolverton
Originally Directed by Robert Jess Roth
Originally Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions
Beauty and the Beast is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International 
Performance Dates: July 27 – August 13, 2017 
Where: North Canton Playhouse Main Stage ( 525 7th St. N.E., North Canton)
Tickets:  General Admission $15
Story Time with Belle: Child Ticket $10, Accompanying Adult free
Tea Time with Mrs. Potts: Child Ticket $15, Adult Ticket $10

Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at by clicking “Beauty and the Beast tickets”.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.
The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. But time is running out. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity.
Story Time with Belle:
Come and listen to a story told by your favorite princess, Belle, with the help from some of her friends. There will be a special copy of the Little Golden Book of the original “Beauty and the Beast” story signed by the entire cast given out to all the children along with a treat. The event will cost $10 per child (accompanying parents are at no additional charge but they must make a reservation). Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.
Tea Time with Mrs. Potts:
Come and dine in our French provincial town and meet the characters from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. They will be coming around to the tables to visit and you will be able to get their autograph in a special coloring/autograph book designed just for this occasion. This will be a special “reservation only” lunch that will include a light meal (sandwiches, fruit and cookies) and all the tea you would like. Mrs. Potts will be sharing a few thoughts with the children as well as a story where the enchanted objects solve a  mystery along with the help of the audience. The parent meal does not include the autograph/coloring book and other extra items for the children. Reservations are in addition to the price of the show ticket.

Navarre’s Annual Art Fest August 19th

Calling all artists (and art lovers) – It’s time for the 5th annual Navarre Village Art Fest –
rain or shine on Historic Rochester Sqaure (Rt 62/Canal St. & center St.) at the SW corner
of Navarre, Ohio on Saturday August 19th, 2017 from 10am to 4pm. And admission is

Come see the works of many area artist – Billy Jacobs, Aimee Sauls, Don Weisgarber,
Steve Shonk, Jim Neely, Tim Sidel, & Heidi Yoder among others – including oil/acrylic
& watercolor paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-made wooden bowls & utensils,
furniture, pottery, stained glass, and many other unique & quality items.

Art is the main event, but don’t miss the live music, fun kid’s art booth and giveaway –
all free! Bring your appetite – food vendors on site and around the square. Like their
Facebook pages for more details: visit VillageArtFest or VisitNavarreOhio.