Category Archives: North Canton

NCP to Hold Auditions for Tony Award Winning “Fun Home”

We are excited to announce auditions for the 2015 Tony award winning show FUN HOME at the North Canton Playhouse.

If you are looking for a meaningful piece of theatre that will challenge, inspire and make you change your major to Joan – look no further.

Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.

Auditions: Saturday, March 11th
Age Range 6-12: 10am
Age Range 18+: 11am

Auditions held at The North Canton Playhouse at 525 7th St NE, North Canton. Enter through Door #5.

Performance Dates:
5/19-5/28 (Fri & Sat @8, Sun @ 2:30 & 8)

For more information on the show, check out the synopsis at:

For more information on audition requirements, rehearsal schedule, etc and to sign up for an audition slot, email


*The roles of John (6yo) & Christian (10yo) may be cast with any gender

ALISON – 43 years old, a cartoonist
MEDIUM ALISON – 19 years old, a college freshman
SMALL ALISON – around 9 years old
BRUCE BECHDEL – Alison’s father
HELEN BECHDEL – Alison’s mother
*CHRISTIAN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 10 years old
*JOHN BECHDEL – Alison’s brother, around 6 years old
ROY/MARK/PETE – a young man Bruce hires to do yard work, a high school student, a mourner
JOAN – a college student

How-to Festival Returns to the North Canton Public Library

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

 The North Canton Public Library will host its second annual How-to Festival Saturday, March 4 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. The festival will offer 35 classes in six hours. Each class will be 30 minutes long, with as many as five intro level classes hosted in various library spaces concurrently each hour.

“The library hosted its first How-to Festival last year, with more than 1000 community members through our doors in just five hours,” said Christina Weyrick, community relations manager for the library. “It was a huge success, and this year, we’ve added a sixth hour of classes,” Weyrick explained.

Attendees will learn how to: keep bees, do chair yoga, use a 3D printer, keep backyard chickens, live peacefully with wildlife, prepare healthy foods, plan a Disney trip, train a cat, make duct tape crafts, pair wine with food, make safe cleaning products, container garden, twist balloons, use drumming for healing, stream video on their television, make cosplay armor, do nail art, play the hurdy gurdy, use essential oils, use, make an educational felt board, compost, use car seats safely, make origami, use a drone, teach a dog to walk on a leash, heal their body with whole foods, and more.

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 lunches are sponsored by Alex Wakefield’s State Farm office again this year. The library’s Teen Community Service volunteers will also host a bake sale to benefit Refuge of Hope during the event.

“The How-to Festival is one of our favorite events of the 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. “It’s really fun to bring so many experts into our building in just one day,” she added.

The How-to Festival is open to everyone. 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

Art from the Classroom Returns to the Little Art Gallery of the North Canton Public Library

Art from the Classroom will be on display in the North Canton Public Library’s Little Art Gallery from February 2 through March 26.  The exhibit opens February 2 with artwork created by preschool and elementary students from the North Canton City Schools and St. Paul’s School. It concludes with the Hoover High School exhibit, which opens March 16. The high school exhibit showcases the advanced technical skills and creative insight evident in the work of older students. The Art from the Classroom exhibit is comprised of four shows (elementary and preschool, intermediate school, middle school and high school). Community members, including families, students, educators and patrons, are cordially invited to attend opening receptions for each of the shows. Receptions will be held the first day of each exhibit from 5 to 6:30 p.m.


Primary and Preschool Exhibit: On display February 2 – February 12

Opening reception: Thursday, February 2, 5-6:30 p.m.

Intermediate School Exhibit: On display February 16 – February 26

Opening reception:  Thursday, February 16, 5-6:30 p.m.

Middle School Exhibit: On display March 2 – March 12

Opening reception: Thursday, March 2, 5-6:30 p.m.

High School Exhibit: On display March 16 – March 26

Opening reception: Thursday, March 16 from 5-6:30 p.m.

Art from the Classroom exemplifies the importance of, and commitment to, visual artistic education in North Canton.  The Little Art Gallery is proud to play a role in furthering this dedication by highlighting the creative talents of the children in the community.

For additional information, contact Christina Weyrick at 330.499.4712 x331 or

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.

ArtsinStark Announces $1.1 million in Grants

At its December board meeting ArtsinStark’s Board of Directors approved $1,075, 000 in grants to 31 organizations and individual artists across Stark County. The grants were awarded in two categories: Operating and Special Projects. “Donors to the Annual Arts Campaign have made it possible over the last ten years for us to award $10 million in grants to the 7 largest arts groups: Canton Ballet, Canton Museum of Art, Canton Symphony, Massillon Museum, Palace Theatre, Players Guild and Voices of Canton,” says ArtsinStark board chair Emil Alecusan,” and another $1.5 million to 600 small non-profits, artists, and schools in every community in Stark County.” The programs supported by ArtsinStark grants reach more than 200,000 people a year, and is part of its mission to use the arts to create smarter kids, new jobs, and healthier communities. To see more information on ArtsinStark’s Grants Program and the list of this year’s award winners to date, please visit

The Operating Grants approved by the board for seven major arts organizations in Stark County total $1,039,835. “These are the crown jewels of our region,” says ArtsinStark board member Ed Levy, who is Chair of the Operating Grants Committee. “They operate at the highest professional level and are so important to attracting visitors to the region.”

Operating Grantee Amount Description
Canton Ballet $ 127,470 To host 10 performances of 3 major productions, do
school presentations, and offer hundreds of classes
to more than 300 students.
Canton Museum of Art $ 253,750 To host 10 exhibits, 2 major art shows, and 60
community events, classes and outreach programs
for more than 30,000 participants.
Canton Symphony $ 326,150 To host 7 classical concerts, 3 pops concerts, and a
range of intimate musical performances and
interactive programs for young audiences.
Massillon Museum $ 61,600 To host 6 Main Gallery exhibits, various permanent
collection and Studio M exhibits, 5 intimate concerts,
and numerous community lectures and workshops.
Palace Theatre $ 41,625 To provide over 100 movies and art films, live
concerts, dance performances and special events at
its historic theatre.
Players Guild Theatre $ 188,990 To present 8 major shows, touring productions for
K-12, along with classes and workshops.
Voices of Canton $ 40,250 To host 12 concerts by the adult chorus, and provide
educational outreach to schools.

The Special Project Grants go to 24 smaller arts organizations, non-profits, and individual artists and total $34,974. Ballet LaReve in Canal Fulton is taking dance programs to preschoolers. Keep Alliance Beautiful is creating a mural for a downtown mini-park. The Lions Lincoln Theatre in Massillon is establishing a young people’s theatre company. “These are special projects being run by organizations and individual artists that show us every day how art is changing lives all across Stark County,” says Special Projects Grants Committee Chair Vicki Conley. In the spring ArtsinStark will announce another round of Special Projects Grants for schools and Stark County downtowns. Here is the list of the Special Project Grants approved this week.

Organization/Artist Award City NewProject
1 Alliance for Children & Families 3,500 Alliance To offer math & music program for homeless families
2 Ballet LeReve 750 Canal Fulton To provide outreach performances to preschoolers
3 Bluecoats Drum and Bugle Corp 2,500 Canton To produce a drum corp program to EnRichMent students
4 Bonilla, Lindsay 750 N. Canton To present a storytelling & music program at local libraries
5 Bowen, Ted 750 Alliance To offer summer juggling lessons in Alliance parks
6 Canton Calvary Mission 2,589 Canton To produce a fashion & dance exhibition with K – 12 students
7 Canton Tree Commission 750 Canton To hold a photo contest to celebrate Arbor Day
8 Early Childhood Resource Center 1,500 Canton To create interactive texture garden with artist Michele Waalkes
9 Joseph, Craig 750 Canton To produce a season of 7 plays promoting civic engagement
10 Keep Alliance Beautiful 750 Alliance To create a mural for a mini-park space in Alliance
11 Kent State University at Stark 3,500 Canton To produce “Guitar Weekend” with extended outreach
12 Knight, Jim 750 Countywide To provide dramatic readings at local libraries
13 Lions Lincoln Theatre 750 Massillon To create a youth theatre troupe
14 Malone University 3500 Canton To offer a Meadow Mural project to middle-schoolers
15 May, Margene 750 Canton To create an outdoor art mural promoting family unity
16 Pawsitive Ohio 750 N. Canton To raise awareness of homeless animals by creating art
17 Project REBUILD 1135 Canton To create classroom mural with at-risk students
18 Rossetti, Kristen 750 Canton To provide a literature & art class for children 2 – 10
19 Stark County UMADAOP 750 Canton To provide an art camp during Juneteenth Celebration
20 Stone, John 750 Canton To produce a photography exhibition showcasing Canton
21 Washington High Sch. Alumni Assoc 2000 Massillon To increase outreach for annual Messiah performance
22 Venegas, Raven 750 N. Canton To curate and design an exhibition of historical paintings
23 Vigil, Emily 750 N. Canton To create outdoor artwork for area garden sites
24 YMCA, Eric Snow Family 3500 Canton To host One Voice Gospel Choir program for youth 12 – 24

ArtsinStark Chair Wants to Connect All Downtowns to Village

Click here to listen to the WKSU interview

At its annual meeting, the ArtsinStark board elected Emil Alecusan, CFO of Brewster Cheese, as the chair of its 45-member board. It also brought on these new board members: Barry Adelman, Adrian Allison, Marty Chapman, Duncan Darby, Ron Ponder, Alan Rodriguez, and Kay Sanders. “Our downtowns are using the arts to reinvent themselves and to connect to the exciting dreams of the Hall of Fame Village,” says Alecusan. “Making our downtowns super creative places filled with live music and the arts is key to getting young professionals to live there, and visitors to the Village want to come experience them.” For the past 10 years downtown revitalization has been one of the County Arts Council’s primary strategies, not only in Canton but all across the county. Alecusan also noted that research shows that stronger downtowns contribute to stronger surrounding communities economically.

ArtsinStark has worked with the Special Improvement District to build the Arts District in downtown Canton, to install public art everywhere, and to host more than 100 First Fridays. In downtown Minerva, ArtsinStark and the Village of Minerva have spent the past five years creating “Market Street,” with the Art Spot Gallery, Roxy Theatre, and Hart Mansion. In Louisville, the City and ArtsinStark have been creating “Constitution Place” which includes the Ahh Gallery and Uptown Joes. In Alliance, the University of Mount Union and ArtsinStark are partnering to transform the old downtown into “The Crossing” with The Troll Hole, Jupiter Studios, and the Cat Museum. “Our support for the Massillon Museum and the Lion’s Lincoln Theatre is helping that downtown prepare for more tourists,” says ArtsinStark CEO Robb Hankins, “and we’ve provided grants to North Canton, Hartville and Canal Fulton, among others, to start filling their downtowns with public art, special events, and festivals.”

The County Arts Council has also been working with Visit Canton to develop more cultural tourism experiences. They’ve hosted together “Live Music Downtown” grants to support more musical series downtown. They’ve partnered on a plan to develop and rebrand the 100 acres around the Cultural Center as “North Market” and seamlessly connect it to the Arts District to the south. “This is different from regular tourism,” says Alecusan, “because cultural tourists are so passionate about arts and history — that they stay longer and spend more money — which is exactly what we all want.”

“EVIL DEAD” The Musical Presented by North Canton Playhouse at The Factory of Terror

“EVIL DEAD” The Musical Presented by North Canton Playhouse at The Factory of Terror

Directed by Marci Saling Lesho

Performance Dates: November 3 – 20

Where: The Factory of Terror, 4125 Mahoning Rd NE, Canton, OH 44705

Tickets:  $20
Performance dates, times, details and tickets can be found at on the “Ticket Link”.

Tickets can be purchased online at (an online processing fee required for purchase online).

or by calling 330-494-1613 Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 9am-2pm.

For a full night of terror, see “Evil Dead” and follow up with the Factory of Terror experience, the longest indoor haunted attraction in the world. Tickets for Factory of Terror can be purchased on site.

*Everyone will be asked to sign a waiver form before entering Evil Dead the Musical at The Factory of Terror. Maybe because we are worried you won’t make it out alive; maybe because your clothes may get drenched in the soon to be deadites; either way we recommend you wear clothes that you don’t mind having Shelly’s splitter splatter on.

North Canton Playhouse’s Evil Dead the Musical is just as campy and bloody as you would dream it to be, but don’t plan on sitting OUT of the splash zone – come prepared to be a part of the show…the whole show…you never know what may happen.

* Synopsis: Based on Sam Raimi’s 80s cult classic films, EVIL DEAD tells the tale of 5 college kids who travel to a cabin in the woods and accidentally unleash an evil force. And although it may sound like a horror, it’s not! The songs are hilariously campy and the show is bursting with more farce than a Monty Python skit. EVIL DEAD: THE MUSICAL unearths the old familiar story: boy and friends take a weekend getaway at abandoned cabin, boy expects to get lucky, boy unleashes ancient evil spirit, friends turn into Candarian Demons, boy fights until dawn to survive. As musical mayhem descends upon this sleepover in the woods, “camp” takes on a whole new meaning with uproarious numbers like “All the Men in my Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “Do the Necronomicon.”


Outer Critics Circle nomination for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical

“The next Rocky Horror Show!” –The New York Times

“A ridiculous amount of fun.”—Variety

“Wickedly campy good time.”—Associated Press

2016-17 Soli Deo Gloria Music Series

2016-17 Soli Deo Gloria Music Series concerts are housed at Faith United Methodist Church and in the downtown Canton Arts district.

The Soli Deo Gloria Music Series at Faith United Methodist Church reaches out artistically to the greater Northeast Ohio region, presenting programs that add immeasurably to the cultural life of the church and surrounding area. The Soli Deo Gloria Music Series showcases collegiate music and arts programs, area musicians/artists, the instruments and ensembles at Faith United Methodist Church, and regional/national talent through a series of eight to ten concerts per year. Intentionally eclectic, these concerts seek to collaborate with, enrich, and uplift the arts community in celebration and for “the glory of God alone.”

We hope you will please join us for our opening concert on Saturday, October 29th at 4:00 PM featuring the duo cello and flute ensemble In2ative.

In2ative’s motive is to emotionally connect with their audience while breaking the boundaries of two historically conservative, classical instruments. With their music quoted as “Hot, and Edgy,” In2ative’s vibe is anything but traditional. Although classically trained at the Cleveland Institute of Music, this avant-garde duo specializes in a fusion of musical genres, combining the street rhythms of beat-box with more contemporary improvisational forms, quite “out of the box.”

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Guitar Weekend at Kent State University at Stark

by Jara Anton

Keith Richards said, “You’re always learning about this thing every time you pick it up” –and of course, he was talking about his guitar. Playing music can actually change your brain. When human beings learn to play music, they refine time management and organizational skills, teaches perseverance and coordination. Playing music makes you sharper—-at mathematical ability, memory capacity. It will sharpen concentration and relieve stress. 

If you happen to be one of these people who are already living the dream of music for pleasure or profession, you’re in for a treat. For those who have an unending love of all things guitar, The Kent State Stark Guitar Weekend is coming to your town. 

This is a three day weekend festival that celebrates all types and styles of guitar playing. It is three days of both performances and lectures by some of the most revered and respected guitarists and scholars, not only from Ohio, but from all over the country. Oh—-and its completely free to the public!

These guest artists will have a hand in the educational activities and festivals that participants are treated to. The Guitar Weekend will work closely with the fledgling Canton Youth Guitar Orchestra operating under the Canton Youth Symphony to connect these guest artists to young music students across Stark County. 

You might be asking yourself who the artists are? First, classical guitarist and educator Isaac Bustos has traveled all over the continental US, Europe. He will be on hand Saturday Oct 1, for the Classical Guitar Masterclass. He will also be performing on Friday, Sept 30. 

The irreverent solo artist Neil Zaza will be attending the Kent State Stark Guitar Weekend. Neil Zaza is an instrumental guitarist who has become well known for his technical accuracy and adaptation of classical works by Bach and Mozart into his own blend of neo-classical, melodic, guitar instrumentals. He is a god amongst guitar players and he is offering a workshop, Friday, September 30. Ben Monder, John Covach, The Ritsos Project will all be offering their time and attention as well. 

So pack up your ax and get a seat to hear and speak to people who managed to work their way to the top! Schedule is below.


Isaac Bustos, classical guitar concert – Friday, September 30th, 7:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

Dr. John Covach, Director of the Institute for Popular Music at the University of Rochester, Lecture (topic forthcoming) – Saturday, October 1st, 2:00 pm, Main Hall Auditorium 

Ben Monder, jazz guitar concert – Saturday, September 30th, 7:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

Community performance featuring local guitarists and the Canton Youth Guitar Orchestra – Sunday, October 2nd, 12:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

The Ritsos Project, new music with guitar concert – Sunday, October 2nd, 3:00 pm, Main Hall Auditorium

Neil Zaza, melodic electric guitarist concert – Sunday, October 2nd, 7:30 pm, Main Hall Auditorium


Friday, September 30th

  • 9:00-12:00, artist visits to Canton City Schools
  • 1:00-2:00, Neil Zaza in Erin Vaughan’s studio class, room TBD

Saturday, October 1st

  • 10:00-11:30, Isaac Bustos, classical guitar masterclass
  • 12:00-1:30, Ben Monder, workshop
  • 3:30-5:30, John Covach, coaching pop ensembles

Sunday, October 2nd

  • 10:00-12:00, Neil Zaza, workshop, 101 Fine Arts

ArtsinStark Special Project Grants Process Begins September 14

It all starts with a great idea and that’s what ArtsinStark is looking for as they open their annual granting cycle. September 14, 2016 marks the beginning of the Special Project Grants process, open to Stark County nonprofit organizations and individual artists (performance and visual).

Awards will range from $750 to $3,500 for projects that will be completed by December 31, 2017 and affecting those living, working or being educated in Stark County, Ohio. “We are looking for ideas that demonstrate outreach, impact, and high artistic quality and hope the entire county is represented,” said ArtsinStark Office Manager Anne Wadian.

The first step in ArtsinStark’s grant process is the completion of the Concept Form. “This is a simple way to assure that grant projects meet specific criteria before applicants go through the regular paperwork,” Wadian said. Concept Forms will be available online at or can be picked up in the ArtsinStark office (900 Cleveland Avenue NW, Canton) from September 14 – November 7, 2016.

Once the Concept Form is received and reviewed to see that it meets granting criteria, the applicant will be sent the formal grant application. No applications will be available online or in the ArtsinStark office — they will be individually issued upon the successful completion and review of a Concept Form.

Over the last ten years, ArtsinStark has funded over $1.5 million in 600 Special Project Grants to Stark County non-profits and artists never before funded.

For more information about ArtsinStark granting, please call 330-453-1075.