September 20, 2014

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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…

‘A Raisin in the Sun’ delivers a timeless, universal message

By Kristen Nowak Winn Accent Editor The 1950s-era play “A Raisin in the Sun” has yet to dry up. The story, written by Lorraine Hansberry, tackles the racial segregation leading up to the Civil Rights movement. But the play’s themes — the value of dreams, the importance of family, the fight for equality — still 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…

Autobiography delves into long history of ‘Big Chuck’

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette One big laugh after another is how Northeast Ohio television legend Chuck Schodowski describes the stories found in his recently released autobiography “Big Chuck!,” which chronicles the Cleveland native’s experiences on popular late-night shows “Ghoulardi,” “The Hoolihan and Big Chuck Show” and “The Big Chuck and Lil’ John Read More…