The Party of the Year – CPT’s Pandemonium returns with the Break of Dawn

To the delight of seasoned veterans and newcomers, alike, the light of live theater shown down upon the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) campus on Saturday, September 18, 2021. The theme, the Break of Dawn, spilled onto every area of the organization as party-goers mingled with crowd performers, and as local artists brought their creative giftsContinue reading “The Party of the Year – CPT’s Pandemonium returns with the Break of Dawn”

Beck Center for the Arts – powering through the pandemic

The Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, OH has a long history through the decades. It’s served the community in times of war, recession, renovations, and now the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the past year of social distancing and remote learning, the faculty and staff of this west-side arts mecca has continued to offerContinue reading “Beck Center for the Arts – powering through the pandemic”

Bob Abelman’s got stage fright… (an interview)

As one reads through the book “All the World’s a Stage Fright” by Bob Abelman, it is easy for one’s inner Shakespeare nerd to emerge and squeee with joy. The book, subtitled “Misadventures of a Clandestine Critic: A Novella,” is 128 pages about a fictious actor’s journey through the terror of performing Shakespeare. Each chapterContinue reading “Bob Abelman’s got stage fright… (an interview)”

Dobama Theatre’s Nathan Motta talks about times of growth, change

Over in Cleveland Heights, OH, Dobama Theatre continues to take pandemic life in stride. Despite bans on large in-person gatherings, they continue to engage, educate, and entertain. It’s all about the community.Though their approach to presenting and viewing theater may have changed from when it closed at the beginning of the COVID-19 event, some thingsContinue reading “Dobama Theatre’s Nathan Motta talks about times of growth, change”

Western Reserve Playhouse turns on the radio for “It’s a Wonderful Life” this December

“This is a brand-new show that we’ve chosen! Originally, we were meant to perform the musical “My Favorite Year,” but were unable due to the pandemic. So, we decided to adapt a holiday classic into the radio show medium,” says Hannah Hilty of Western Reserve Playhouse (WRP). This year, “It’s a Wonderful Life: A RadioContinue reading “Western Reserve Playhouse turns on the radio for “It’s a Wonderful Life” this December”

Holsinger brings Frankenstein to Zoom, chats about performing solo

“Sometimes I have the real feeling of being a kid playacting alone in their bedroom,” says Holly Holsinger, as she talks about what it’s like to perform solo on Zoom. With one performance left of her show Frankenstein’s Wake (hosted through Cleveland Public Theatre), Holsinger is one of many artists who has stepped bravely intoContinue reading “Holsinger brings Frankenstein to Zoom, chats about performing solo”

Cleveland Actors’ Play Date now online, keeping theater alive and stress levels down

Imagine cozying up by your fireplace (or space heater) with a warm blanket, mug of cocoa or glass of wine on a cold evening, and reading a play with some really cool people. The authors range from William Shakespeare to Caryl Churchill, and topics from murder mystery to musical comedy. The Cleveland Actors’ Play DateContinue reading “Cleveland Actors’ Play Date now online, keeping theater alive and stress levels down”

Cleveland theaters respond to pandemic

A recent WKYC.com article by Kevin Landers is boldly titled, “Ohio Citizens for the Arts warns without federal or state funding, theaters may never reopen1.” Amidst this life-altering pandemic, alarm bells go off when reading statements like this one. It’s true – the arts are hurting around the world right now. “The rate of unemploymentContinue reading “Cleveland theaters respond to pandemic”

Backstage Blood: an interview with Patrick Ciamacco about EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL

Be prepared, Cleveland – the Dead are coming! Blank Canvas Theatre is resurrecting a horror movie staple in the most spectacular live format: be prepared for EVIL DEAD The Musical. Running October 18 – November 2, the 90-minute production is based on Sam Raimi’s 80’s cult classic films and runs Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays atContinue reading “Backstage Blood: an interview with Patrick Ciamacco about EVIL DEAD THE MUSICAL”

SUMMER RALLY! Les Hunter of Playwrights Local talks about fundraising with stories and beer

It’s summer, and nothing says FUN like “FUNdraiser,” right? Especially when it’s paired with a rally… at a local brewery! Playwrights Local has just recently announced its annual fundraiser event, “Summer Rally 2019: Telling Our Story.” WHO: Playwrights Local & You WHEN: Sunday, August 11 at 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm WHERE: Forest City BreweryContinue reading “SUMMER RALLY! Les Hunter of Playwrights Local talks about fundraising with stories and beer”