November 27, 2014

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Cleveland Play House revisits ‘A Christmas Story’ tradition

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette A funny thing has happened to the Cleveland Play House with its annual holiday show “A Christmas Story,” which runs now through Dec. 21 in the Bolton Theatre. While the stage production of Jean Shepherd’s 1983 holiday classic movie “A Christmas Story” originally was featured at a few Read More…

Annual Boar’s Head Festival presents medieval Christmas

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette YORK TOWNSHIP — For that person looking for something different or who hasn’t upgraded their wardrobe in centuries — and we’re talking since the 13th and 15th century — the Buckeye Community Theatre has the perfect night out planned with its annual Boar’s Head Festival Dec. 6 in Read More…

Comedy duo returns for Christmas charity show

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette A former touring stand-up comedian who dabbled in local theater and improvisational troupes, Brunswick native and Medina resident Jim Dove decided to get back into the funny game a few years ago by teaming up with Lodi resident Rick Rudolph to create their own comedy duo. In the Read More…

Brunswick ACT bridges Christmas past, present

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette BRUNSWICK HILLS TWP. — As a Newton D. Baker School of the Arts teacher in Cleveland, Brunswick resident Stayce Nabors feels she knows the ins and outs of providing a performing arts foundation for youth. It’s for this reason the Brunswick Alumni Community Theater Board of Trustees member Read More…

Medina native joins chorus line as a Rockette

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette A little more than 300 kicks is what professional dancer and Medina native Katie Russell averages during one performance as a Radio City Rockette in The Radio City Christmas Spectacular. “It’s a lot more difficult because we make it look so easy,” laughed Russell, 27, a 1999 Medina Read More…

‘A Christmas Story’ celebrates 25 years

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette For A Christmas Story House & Museum Executive Director Steve Siedlecki, it’s a thin line between fandom and obsession. An admitted fanatic regarding Jean Shepherd’s 1983 holiday classic movie “A Christmas Story,” which was filmed in Cleveland, the Brunswick native decided a few years ago he had to Read More…

Hinckley Township ballet dancer, 7, leaps into role in ‘The Nutcracker’

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette A desire to dance is what Hinckley Township resident Terri Orban saw early on in her daughter Amanda, who is now a Hinckley Elementary School first-grader and student at the Christine Jones-Meneer School of Dance. “Amanda loves to dance,” Orban said. “In fact, her favorite show is ‘Dancing Read More…

‘A Christmas Carol’ returns to the stage

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette It’s a season of homecomings and reunions at the Great Lakes Theater Festival’s 20th annual production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Nov. 28 through Dec. 23 in the Ohio Theatre. Even though the Great Lakes Theater Festival recently moved into its own renovated venue, the Hanna Theatre, Read More…

2007 Medina Idol winner looks ahead

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette Almost a year has passed since West Salem resident Emily Plank won the Medina Idol contest held at Broadway Hall. When looking back at the experience, the Black River High School senior is still amazed she won. “I guess I just played with the audience, and I knew Read More…

Spotlight Showcase features up-and-coming artists Nov. 24

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette After last year’s debut of incorporating the Medina County Idol finals contest into the Medina County Arts Council’s Spotlight Showcase proved to be such a success, officials have announced it’ll be more of the same for the fourth annual event, which takes place Nov. 21 at Broadway Hall. Read More…