July 25, 2016

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Fire damage at Medina theater won’t slow shows

MEDINA — Tuesday’s fire at the Medina Performing Arts Center caused between $40,000 and $50,000 in smoke and water damage, according to the city’s fire chief.

Chief Robert Painter said there was no structural damage to the building, which is part of the Medina High School complex.

Davon Phillips

The fire, which was reported at 7:35 a.m. Tuesday, was contained to a rear stage area used to build sets for productions.

A recent Medina High School graduate and summer custodial employee is accused of starting the fire.

Davon L. Phillips, 19, of West Friendship Street, is being held at the Medina County Jail on a charge of aggravated arson, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 11 years in prison.

His bond was set Wednesday at $200,000, according to Medina Municipal Court records.

Phillips was part of the Medina County summer work experience program sponsored by Medina County Workforce Development and Job and Family Services.

Despite the damage, the shows will go on.

Theater manager Vicki Calvin said there are productions scheduled for the Main Stage Auditorium in late July and the theater will be ready for these performances. All rehearsals will remain on the high school campus during facility clean-up.

The upcoming shows are the “Wizard of Oz” and “Songs for a New World.” The “Wizard of Oz” performances are July 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27, 28, including matinee and evening shows. “Songs for a New World” performances are Aug. 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, including matinee and evening shows.

Tickets are available at Medina Buehler’s stores and online at www.Cameo-Medina.org.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.