Wednesday, September 16, 2020

HERE AND THERE: BLANK CANVAS’S LIVE THEATRE, CPH PLANS FOR 20-21, DR. FAUCI’S THEATRE MESSAGE and more….



BLANK CANVAS’S STILL STANDING BRINGS LIVE THEATER TO CLE

On September 11 and 12, Blank Canvas Theatre held a live multimedia drive-in theater experience in the parking lot of their 78th Street Studios’ home.  

Using a series of windows in the building, accented with spotlights and special effects, director Pat Ciamacco cobbled together 16 songs that were intended to be “catchy, memorable and entertaining,” into a one-hour audience pleasing performance.  

Both showings were sold out.

The cast (Tasha Brandt, Eric Fancher, Madeline Krucek, Kate Leight Michaleski, Pat Miller, Julie Penzvalto, Danny Simpson, Michael Snider, Ned Spear and Darius Stubs) presented songs including “Pinball Wizard,” “We Beseech Thee,” “Where Do I Go,” “I’m Going Home” and “Beautiful City.”  The evening concluded with the affirming “I’m Still Standing.” 

The band included musical director Bradley Wyner, Matthew Dolan, Rachel Woods, Jesse Hodgson, Joe Parker, Jason Stebleton and Pat Boland.   

Ryan Wolf was the stage manager, Luke Scattergood designed the costumes, Richard Ingraham designed the sound and Monica Marie Salopeck designed the projections.

The audience, seated in their cars, which were appropriately distanced 6-feet apart, honked appreciation (2 beeps max) following each song and at the conclusion of the program.

Ciamacco’s message: “Tonight’s production isn’t a traditional revue.  Hell, it’s more like therapy.  Everyone involved in making this show happen needs this. We need to create and shout into the void.  While performing through windows isn’t normal, or ideal, we cannot be more thankful to be doing LIVE THEATRE!” 

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CPH HAS ZOOM MEET AND GREET

The Tony Award winning Cleveland Play House, along with the rest of the theater world, has experienced an angst-filled existence since March 13, 2020, when theatres went black.  

It was the purpose of the CPH Donor Meet and Greet to explain that while they are not able to present productions on their stages, they are finding creative ways to continue their work, albeit virtual for now.

Artistic Director Laura Kepley and a number of her staff spent an hour sharing the latest news about the on-going artistic and educational programs and those planned for the organization’s 105thseason.

Since, the show must go on, as of now, the 2020-2021 season will be all digital.  That might change if the pandemic is contained and Actors Equity, the union for professional actors, can relax its restrictions on under what conditions actors may perform.  

The organization’s educational theater programs, though curtailed, continue.  

Starting September 17, the theatre will be presenting THIRD WEDNESDAY, a 90 virtual session featuring guest stars, performances and conversations.  For information and tickets go to:https://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/shows/2020/theatre-thursday-sep-17  

On 10-10-2020, Cluebaret (A COMEDIC MUSICAL CABARET), will go on-line.  The cast of CPH’s box-office hit, Clue: A New Comedy ,reunites in a hilarious musical broadcast to perform their favorite showtunes from Broadway musicals. Join us for a raucous night of singing, laughs, and hijinx!  For tickets and information go to:  https://www.clevelandplayhouse.com/shows/2020/cluebaret/media
 

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DR. ANTHONY FAUCI:  WE WON'T BE ABLE TO SIT IN THEATERS UNTIL A YEAR AFTER AN EFFECTIVE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE IS CREATED.

Read more at:
https://www.businessinsider.in/science/news/fauci-we-wont-be-able-to-sit-in-theaters-until-a-year-after-an-effective-coronavirus-vaccine-is-created/articleshow/78049700.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

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 ¡VIVA BROADWAY! CONCERT

Tony, Emmy, and Oscar nominee, Antonio Banderas, has joined the all-star line-up of Playbill and The Broadway League’s upcoming ¡VIVA Broadway! concert. Banderas will perform as part of the cast of his Spanish production of A Chorus Line. Anthony Ramos (Hamilton), will lead the reunion of the original Broadway cast of the Tony-winning musical. 

¡VIVA Broadway! Hear Our Voices is a digital concert in celebration of Latinx Heritage Month as well as Latinx milestones on Broadway and in theatre writ large, featuring an extraordinary roster of award-winning stage and screen Latinx talent. Hosted by Drama Desk Award winner Andréa Burns (In the Heights, On Your Feet!), the concert will premiere on Playbill.com and Playbill’s YouTube Channel October 1 at 8PM ET and remain available for viewing until October 5 at 8PM ET.

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TOO MANY CHEFS SPOIL THE SOUP
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The Jovialities Entertainment Company of Elyria will be presenting an online murder mystery, “Too Many Chefs Spoil the Soup!,” via Zoom, on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 7PM.  To get tickets link to  https://bit.ly/3aMsN58 

Tickets are $15 each, space is limited to 90 tickets, but each ticket is a GROUP ticket, so you can purchase one ticket and invite as many people as you are comfortable inviting into your home to view the event.  After purchasing your ticket, you will be provided a Zoom meeting link code and a password to enter the event. Guessing forms will be sent out in advance and collected at the end of the mystery via a Google Form and tabulated the night of the event for a prize valued at $25.

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

BERKO: HERE AND THERE—TOUR PLAYHOUSE SQUARE THEATRES, OHIOSHAKES RADIO PLAY, DOBAMA OFFERINGS, KARAMU & CPT GET GRANTS

 



SEE CLEVELAND’S PLAYHOUSE SQUARE LIKE YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE!

Playhouse Square is excited to be in the planning stages to offer affordable and unprecedented tours inside the historic Playhouse Square theaters. With attention to an extremely safe and socially-distanced approach, we will give participants rare access to spaces "behind the curtain" and experiences perfect for theater lovers and those curious to understand how the magic happens. 

We will follow health and safety protocols and consult with the Ohio Department of Health to ensure these private, guided tours are a safe and enjoyable experience.
As they make their plans, your input is very important. Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey to let them know your thoughts by Monday, September 7, 2020.

 

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OHIO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL RADIO PLAY
 
The next in our Ohio Shakespeare Festival Radio Play is a classic thriller.  Series—this time, another brand-new script based on a classic thriller.
“Rainsford is a world renowned big-game hunter who doesn't give much thought to his prey. In a three-day struggle for his life, Rainsford finds out exactly what it's like to become the hunted.”
Tune in live on September 19 at 7pm to our Facebook page, and we'll "see" you there.  Not a Facebook person? You’ll be able to watch it anytime thereafter at this link.

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DOBAMA TO PREPARE VIRTUAL PROGRAMS

Dobama staff have been hard at work preparing and organizing a multitude of offerings to keep our members and supporters engaged with virtual programs, videos, and more! This unique programming will allow audience and artists to stay connected in a variety of ways. More information will be available this coming September. 
 
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KARAMU HOUSE AND CLEVELAND PUBLIC THEATRE RECEIVE MUCH-NEEDED GRANTS
 
Karamu House and Cleveland Public Theatre are among four Ohio arts and culture organizations to receive much-needed grants to help them get through the COVID19 pandemic. Both received $50,000 from Arts Midwest’s share of the United States Regional Arts Resilience Fund. 
 
Founded in 1915, Karamu House is the oldest producing African American theatre in the nation. Cleveland Public Theatre, recently named winner of the National Theatre Conference’s 2020 Outstanding Theatre Award, is home to Teatro Público de Cleveland, a local Latino theatre company.