April 16, 2014

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‘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…

‘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…

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…

“The Nerd”: Medina County Show Biz Company entertains with comedic production

By JOHN BENSON Special to The Gazette In talking about the Medina County Show Biz Company’s upcoming dinner-theater show of “The Nerd” weekends through Nov. 29 at Williams on the Lake, production coordinator Nick North promises audiences better come ready to laugh. “Well, it’s known as one of the funniest plays ever written,” said North, Read More…

Families can find frugal fun with latest board games

By Judy A. Totts and Kristen Nowak Winn Editorial Staff Sorry! The economy is in Trouble (maybe because a few financial players have a monopoly over Wall Street), which means many families have been quick to tighten their entertainment budgets. But hey, that’s the game of life. If you’re tired of feeling like you’re stuck Read More…

Medina County artists share ‘Collective Creativity’

“Collective Creativity: Medina County Art League,” featuring 57 works by 20 members of the art league, will open with an artists reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the Wayne Center for the Arts in Wooster. The exhibit is presented in the center’s Gault Gallery and runs through Dec. 12. Works in the exhibition Read More…