Clague Playhouse embarks on jewelry search

A sampling of the wares offered at the Jewelry Heist. Photo by Tyson Rand

The Annual Jewelry Heist, now in its sixth year, has become a popular fundraiser for Clague Playhouse. It begins with reaching its hand out to the community for costume jewelry. Last season, during its Christmas-show sale, it earned more than $4,000. 

Imagine the bulk of trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, pearls, semi-precious jewels and artisan ware that were needed to reach that level of success. Theater patrons have shown their support with donations, and when visiting the theater they marvel at the variety and prices available to them. Fun begins in the lobby before the production, during intermission and after the show. 

This year the jewelry will be merchandised during "Nuncrackers," a musical comedy by Dan Goggin, where the Little Sisters of Mount Helen are preparing for their first Christmas television show. The production runs Nov. 13 to Dec. 13 (Thursday through Saturday at 8 p.m and Sunday at 2 p.m.).

We are asking residents of Westlake and Bay Village and their friends to search the corners of closets, cabinets and drawers and find those discarded jewels and donate to the successful celebration of Clague Playhouse’s 88th season. 

The playhouse looks forward to celebrating its 100th year in 2027. It is the oldest community theater in Ohio and, if a fellow thespian wishes to research further, one may discover it as the oldest in the country. Clague Playhouse is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information, visit or call 440-331-0403.

Bernice Bolek

Public Relaltions professional, retired. Former theatrical actress, director at Lakewood Little Theater (now Beck Center) and Clague Playhouse. Now Volunteer.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:48 AM, 09.01.2015