Arts & Entertainment

Humor with a heart

Join Bay Village Community Theater for golf and humor when they present the comedy, "The Ladies Foursome." The playwright, Norm Foster, has been called the "Canadian Neil Simon" and his plays have been described as "humor with a heart."

Set on a golf course, four women gather to play a round in honor of their recently departed friend, Catherine, and over 18 holes, confessions and surprising secrets are unveiled as the women discuss love, sex, children and everything in between. Directed by John Hnat, the play features Kaycee Craig, Margaret Hnat, Mary Manos-Mitchem and Valerie Young.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:09 AM, 09.17.2019

'Just Add Water' this fall at BAYarts

Both Sharon Pomales and Robert Hartshorn have both always resided near a body of water, and it is this affinity that drew them toward a realism-based gallery exhibition called "Just Add Water."

These award-winning artists, who both currently live in Cleveland, will be bringing underwater scenes of mermaids and sea life, along with lakes, waterfalls, aquariums and more to the Sullivan Family Gallery starting Oct. 11. The mediums in use will be acrylic and oil paints as well as watercolor and pastels. They will all be in a representational style of art, with hyper-realistic details that the artists are renowned for.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:12 AM, 09.17.2019

Westlake artist's work on display at Clague Playhouse

Robert Parry is displaying 28 recent paintings in the lobby gallery at Clague Playhouse located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake. Robert’s interest in painting started as a young child and continued into college where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Ohio State University. He also took two years of architecture classes before receiving a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning, also from Ohio State University. His professional city planning career spanned 44 years with the last 26 years as the director of Planning and Economic Development for the city of Westlake.

After retiring in 2013, Robert has had time to return to his interest in art, photography and fine art painting. He paints mostly in watercolors on imported paper or yupo and has also painted in oils on canvas. His favorite subjects are scenes with buildings such as European street scenes and old buildings.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.17.2019

Youth chamber chorus helps young musicians reach their potential

The Northeast Ohio Youth Chamber Chorus (NEOYCC) provides choral music performance opportunities for a talented array of students in grades 6-12. NEOYCC enables members to grow vocally in an amazing variety of musical styles: Broadway, spirituals, classics and more.

If you read music, that's great! If you don't, you will be learning music theory as we proceed with weekly practices. All you need is a love and passion for music, singing, performance and competition!

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:08 AM, 09.17.2019

Chamber music society presents evening of Hungarian music

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society opens its 61st season on Monday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Come prepared for a lively evening of Hungarian classical and folk music as presented by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, and nationally renowned master of the cimbalom, Alexander Fedoriouk. Music to be performed includes Bartok’s String Quartet #2, Monti’s Csárdás, Brahms’s Hungarian Dance #5, and traditional folk songs from Hungary and Romania.  

This concert’s musicians include Emma Shook, second violin of The Cleveland Orchestra since 2001; Katherine Bormann, first violin of the Orchestra since 2011; Stanley Konopka, assistant principal viola of the Orchestra since 1991; Martha Baldwin, cello, who joined the Orchestra in 2001; and Henry Peyrebrune, bass, who joined The Cleveland Orchestra in 1997.

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Volume 11, Issue 18, Posted 9:12 AM, 09.17.2019

An evening with Mary Ann Winkowski, ghost whisperer

Mary Ann Winkowski was born in Cleveland and has been communicating with earthbound spirits for most of her life. Her earliest memories include talking to spirits of the deceased as if they were living people and helping these entities cross over into the White Light.

Mary Ann shows the human side of the paranormal – stories about ghosts told from the perspectives of the ghosts themselves – and teaches us how we can coexist peaceably with the spirits that surround us.

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Volume 11, Issue 17, Posted 9:50 AM, 09.04.2019

'Ken Ludwig’s A Comedy of Tenors' opens Clague Playhouse's 92nd season

One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders (played by Lou Will) can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli (Mark Rabkin) and his hot-blooded wife, Maria (Jenny Erbs), from causing runaway chaos.

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:20 AM, 08.20.2019

Women's chorus seeks singers

The Avon Lake Women’s Chorus is a non-profit organization that welcomes women of all ages and all communities (not limited to Avon Lake residents).

We prepare winter and spring programs to entertain residents of independent/assisted living facilities and clubs/groups in Lorain and western Cuyahoga counties. Under the direction of a professional choral director and an accomplished pianist, our upbeat programs feature holiday music, show tunes, old favorites, pop melodies, traditional, whimsical, gospel and rock 'n' roll that get faces smiling and toes tapping!

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Volume 11, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.20.2019

WWAC gifts the community with art

The 19th edition of the Community of Fine Arts Show is an adventure of delight to the eye and a refreshing lift to the spirit. The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is presenting a five-week edition of the 2019 juried art show at Westlake Porter Public Library. On its closing day, Aug. 31, the public is invited to a Meet the Artists Reception & Awards Ceremony from 2 to 3:30 p.m. 

In addition to the remarkable art display, free Live Art Demonstrations are being held in the library's lobby on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. The scheduled demonstrations are: Aug. 10 – Ink Drawing by Sean Crum; Aug. 17 – Acrylic by Tom Baracskai; Aug. 24 – Watercolor by Ken Marshall. (A Mixed Media demonstration was given by Gail Crum on Aug. 3.)

The 81 art works accepted in this year’s COFA were judged the day before the exhibit opened. The experienced and highly credited judges that made the award decisions were Sharlene Pearl Green, Stuart Pearl and Cathy Welner.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:09 AM, 08.06.2019

Two seasoned artists featured at BAYarts

The galleries at BAYarts are featuring Phyllis Fannin and Jackson Koch in this last summer month.

Artist Phyllis Fannin, whose work will be displayed in the Sullivan Family Gallery, is devoted fan of the forest. "The calm of the natural world offers me a way of understanding life's cycles, and its ever-changing rhythms, in its own unspoken language," she explains. In her exhibition, "Still Standing, Still a Family," she presents intaglio engraving prints that focus on connection to nature, family and friends.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.06.2019

Clague Playhouse announces 92nd season

Clague Playhouse is pleased to announce their 2019-2020 season. Ken Ludwig's "A Comedy of Tenors" opens the season on Sept. 13 and runs through Oct. 6, followed by "The Christmas Express" from Nov. 8-Dec. 8, "Heroes" from Jan. 17-Feb. 9, "An Act of the Imagination" from March 13-April 5, and "Pump Boys and Dinettes" from May 8-31.

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:13 AM, 08.06.2019

Bay Village Community Theater celebrates Mark Twain’s 'Jumping Frog'

In 1865 the notorious American humorist Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, wrote down a story he had heard in a California mining camp. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” launched his career as an author and propelled him to fame and fortune. Bay Village Community Theater pays homage to this bit of American literary history with a staged reading of “Mark Twain & His Jumping Frog.”

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Volume 11, Issue 15, Posted 10:10 AM, 08.06.2019

BAYarts to host the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival was created with the mission of providing the people of Cleveland free Shakespeare. Now in its 22nd season, the group will be traveling to the BAYarts campus on Sunday, July 21, 7-9 p.m., to perform "Much Ado About Nothing."

"My friends and family have been going to CSF for years at various venues around the city: Lakewood, Tremont and Cleveland Heights," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "My kids grew up with this tradition and learned how fun and engaging Shakespeare can be; we still look forward to it every year."

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:09 AM, 07.16.2019

Red Barn Youth Theater presents two plays

Clague Playhouse's Red Barn Youth Theater will present two one-act plays: "Pajama Party" and "A Guide to the Teenage Zone" on July 26-28.

"Pajama Party" starts off as the usual slumber party, complete with a scary ghost story and a parade of pajama costumes. Then a police car starts prowling the neighborhood in search of the Blue Light Burglar. And then comes the mystery girl! "Pajama Party" is directed by Richie Lynch and the cast features Samantha Doty, Savannah Doty, Laurie Doty, Madison Garver, Olivia Heberlein, Sara Kamrass, Avalon McLaughlin, Aaryaa More, Reilly O’Donnell, Anna Prugh and Eve Prugh.

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Volume 11, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.16.2019

COFA deadline for art entries is July 12

Artists are invited to submit mail entries of their work for the 19th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show by July 12. Artists, over 18 years old, are classified under two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Seasoned/Professional.

Cash awards in eight categories for both divisions are offered by this juried art show, which is presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council at Porter Public Library from July 29 through Aug. 31.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.02.2019

Dating 101

Learn and laugh about the ins and outs of the modern dating scene when Bay Village Community Theater presents three short one-act plays as part of its “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series.

Where’s the best place to meet a potential date? At a bar? At a photocopy machine? Are friends a good source of advice? Would you shake hands or kiss on a first date? Actors Patrick Meehan, Ben Saylor and Barbara Wysocki will explore these questions and more in Australian playwright Alex Broun’s “Jammed,” “Turn the Other Cheek” and “Spading.”

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:42 AM, 06.18.2019

Eric Rippert's personal landscapes at BAYarts

Now on display in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts is the work of Cleveland artist Eric Rippert. Primarily a photographer, he has branched out into paintings the past two years. This particular exhibition is titled "The Man Whose Head Expanded" a title that was was pulled from the English post-punk band The Fall. The paintings followed suit, with emotionally resonate titles like "That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore," "Things I will Keep" and "Life and How I Live it."

"I chose to call the paintings by the titles of songs I listened to while I was in my studio painting," explains Rippert. "To me, music inhabits the same subconscious space inside me that my paintings come from."

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Volume 11, Issue 12, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.18.2019

BAYarts Annual Ceramic Exhibition on display until May 31

The exhibition features work by advanced students and instructors in the Karen Ryel Center for Ceramics Art and Education. The theme this year is mugs, and it is called "To Have and to Hold: A Marriage of Form & Function." It is curated by head of the BAYarts ceramics department, Moira Beale.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.21.2019

Arts scholarships awarded

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is proud to announce two 2019 arts scholarship recipients. Sarah Drago and Alexandra Falcone, both Westlake High School seniors, will each receive $1,000.

Drago, the Visual Arts winner, will be attending the Cleveland Institute of Art. She will major in animation and illustration for TV and films. Falcone, the Performing Arts winner, will be attending the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. She will major in music performance in violin.

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Volume 11, Issue 10, Posted 10:26 AM, 05.21.2019

Carpe Diem String Quartet closes chamber music series' 60th season

Describing one of Carpe Diem String Quartet’s recent performances, The New York Times exclaimed, “The Carpe Diem players turned in a fiery and flexible performance that was astonishingly free.” New York Theatre Guide asserted, “This ensemble must be held in only the highest and most reverent esteem.”

Happily for us, this boundary-breaking chamber ensemble will be appearing at the Rocky River Chamber Music Society’s last concert of its 60th season on Monday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the astonishingly clear and pristine acoustics of West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church in Rocky River. The ensemble will be performing contemporary works as well as Dvorak’s "String Quartet in G Major." Also included will be a world premiere commissioned by the RRCMS.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:13 PM, 05.06.2019

FYI: Opera and Napoléon on the same page

A quote attributed to Napoléon Bonaparte states, “Music is what tells us that the human race is greater than we realize.” His words would not be questioned by the audience in attendance at the April 23 "FYI: Opera" program at Porter Public Library. They listened with rapt attention to three outstanding Oberlin Conservatory of Music opera voice students and expressed their gratitude with heartfelt applause when final notes were sung.

Director of Oberlin Opera Theater Jonathon Field was introduced by Jean Driggs, President of Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, which sponsors the FYI: Opera program free to the community.

Field then introduced Caitlin Aloia, soprano; Gabriela Linares, mezzo; and Shawn Roth, tenor; and provided insights on composers, the music, and descriptions of the character before each performance. Tony Cho, music director and coach for Oberlin Opera Theater, skillfully accompanied the singers on the piano.

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Volume 11, Issue 9, Posted 2:12 PM, 05.06.2019

'Summerland' a 19th-century ghost story

In the final play of Clague Playhouse's 2018-2019 season, history meets mystery as the intriguing account of real-life spirit photographer, William H. Mumler, unfolds. Mumler, a popular photographer in the post-Civil War era (when the country was mourning the loss of over 620,000 Americans), built his reputation on his ability to capture images of departed loved ones in the pictures he took of the living who made their way to his studio.

Mumler is aided by his mysterious wife and business is thriving ... until they come under the scrutiny of Inspector Tooker who's determined to expose the couple as the charlatans he believes them to be. But when Tooker sees the photograph Mumler's taken of him, things get a bit more complicated for the inspector ... and a whole lot more interesting for the audience.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.16.2019

Young voices bring great music alive at FYI: Opera

FYI: Opera, on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, is an exceptional program provided free to the community by the Westlake Westshore Arts Council. It offers an opportunity to hear great music rendered by gifted singers.                            

Three talented Oberlin Conservatory of Music voice majors will perform musical gems from great composers. Jonathon Field, director of Oberlin Opera Theater, said that Shawn Roth, tenor, Gabriela Linares, mezzo, and Caitlin Aloia, soprano, will be performing some Tchaikovsky, Donizetti, Mozart and a bit of Bernstein.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.16.2019

Sitting in midlife on your way to vintage

One day our mother started speaking her mind rather directly. She had always spoken her mind but not to this extent. At first, it was shocking. Then it was funny, but then it was shocking again. When asked about it she replied, “I am 'blank' years old and I have earned the right to say what I want.”

Who knew she had so much to say? Usually, she was quite ladylike. If she had something colorful to say, she would soften it a bit. So, what happened?  

When does a person reach that point where things start flying out of their mouth, without a thought about how it may sound? It got me thinking about the signs of aging and entering the next phase of our lives. Here are some scenarios, from my perspective, that are sure signs.

One day you’re driving down the street listening to the radio, and a song comes on that you love, but you’re on the old-people station.  

A piece of mail comes addressed to you from AARP, and you think someone is playing a joke on you.

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Volume 11, Issue 8, Posted 9:53 AM, 04.16.2019

BAYarts features Nicole Schneider's 'Negotiations'

"Some people say I have great attention to detail," starts off artist Nicole Schneider. "But really, I think I just have OCD," she finishes with a laugh.

When it comes to decision making, the artist explains that she has to "think through even the most basic decisions a thousand times before I make a move. I am constantly considering the question of 'What If?'" And thus, her art for the BAYarts exhibition "The Color of Walls" was born. The work is from a series called "Negotiations" and has been honed through "endless variations in similar visual elements" for the end result to form.

Each piece of work began as scribbles in sketchbooks that were photocopied into different sizes. Through layers of silkscreen prints and reliefs, the pieces evolved.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.02.2019

'Jazz Brunch' defines a musical gem

The Britannica Encyclopedia declares that trying to derive a “precise, all-encompassing definition of jazz is probably futile.” But on April 28, three outstanding musicians will present a gourmet menu of jazz music and provide an opportunity to define jazz as sheer enjoyment for those in attendance.

The Jazz Brunch, sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council on Sunday, April 28, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Westwood Country Club, marks the third year that the WWAC is sponsoring this distinctive musical event. Proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, which aids area high school students pursue another level of education.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.02.2019

Behind the paint of American art masterpieces with Sean Crum

On Tuesday, March 26, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council presented artist, art teacher and historian Sean Crum. Mr. Crum gave a wonderful presentation about American art titled "American Art: From Benjamin West to The Wild West."

Mr. Crum knows a great deal about art. However, he presents information about paintings so that it is easy to understand, even for non-artists. Mr. Crum’s enthusiasm for his area of expertise and lively personality is evident in his presentations; this one was no exception. His explanation of American masterpieces, both common and uncommon, helps the viewer see a painting differently, especially the goal of what the artist was trying to convey in the work.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.02.2019

A day at the beach

Check out Bay Village Community Theater's "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" April 5-6 at 8 p.m. and April 7 at 3 p.m. at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 468 Bradley Road.

Tickets are $14 general admission; $12 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling 440-847-8494 or online at

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:47 AM, 04.02.2019

Special Event: Ghost Investigations

Join us on Monday, May 6, at 7 p.m. when Mark and Carol Nesbitt visit Clague Playhouse for a special event.

Mark Nesbitt, originally from Lorain, and his wife, Carol, will show photos, EVP (Electronic Voice Phenomenon) evidence, share stories and other information about “our” ghost(s) from their visit to Clague Playhouse in 2018.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.02.2019

Bay Village Community Theater presents 'To Gillian'

An island beach house may be one widower’s escape but throw in a teenaged daughter, her best friend, and a matchmaking sister in-law and reality soon comes tumbling down in the romantic drama, “To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" by Michael Brady.

Presented by Bay Village Community Theater, the play “gives off a warm, affirmative glow,” wrote Variety critic Richard Hummler. Frank Rich of The New York Times wrote, “Mr. Brady … writes with a rueful sophistication that keeps his story’s sentimentality at bay.”

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.19.2019

BAYarts Juried Exhibition's Best of Show resonates deeply

The March 8 opening reception for the BAYarts Juried Exhibition was packed with artists, art lovers, and their friends. From 200 submissions, 93 entries were selected and grace the walls of the Sullivan Family Gallery in the Fuller House.

Familiar names from BAYarts faculty included: Mike Adams, Keegan Adams, Chris Benavides, Tina Benavides and Jo Ann Giovannetti Rencz.

There is a mixture of contemporary, abstract pieces by artists like James March, Cherry Rappoli and Susan Shafer, which are juxtaposed against traditional portraiture by Dave Ward and Ken Smith. Everything in between is also displayed, from photographs and monoprints to encaustic and ceramic works.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.19.2019

Local chamber music society hosts Diamond Brass Quintet

The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to present a Cleveland all-star brass ensemble in celebration of the Society’s 60th anniversary! The Diamond Brass Quintet is comprised of players who are passionate about brass and have appeared in many local and regional concerts, including their popular annual Christmas concert. The RRCMS concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 8, at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River. Diamond Brass Quintet will perform a special commissioned piece by Andrew Rindfleisch as well as works by Johann Sebastian Bach, John Cheetham, and Malcolm Arnold.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.19.2019

Devon Gess and father fund music room at BAYarts

Devon Gess, Bay High School's choral director, has touched the lives of many, whether winning all those countless awards highlighted on the district's electronic marquee or for the annual holiday concert with the "singing tree." Gess has inspired both students and the community.

"Mrs. Gess loves music but even more so when other people enjoy the music," said former Bay High Choraleer C.J. Hightland. "She challenged us to be better, but more importantly she wanted us to enjoy the music."

Now, in loving memory of her mother, Gess and her father, William Bonds, have established the Carleen Herring Bonds fund, for music lesson rooms to be part of the renovation of the former playhouse at BAYarts.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:55 AM, 03.05.2019

The musical 'Suds' opens March 8 at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse continues their 91st season with "Suds: The Rocking '60s Musical Soap Opera." Set in a laundromat, "Suds" is a delightful story of a young teenage girl and three guardian angels who come to teach her about finding true love. The show is loaded with good clean fun, bubbling energy and over 50 well-known songs that topped the charts of the 1960s.

The play is written by Steve Gundersen, Bryan Scott and Melinda Gild and is directed by Jeff Lockshine with music direction by Jayne Bartish-Kacik and choreography by Kaylea Kudlaty. Our cast features Ellie St. Cyr as Cindy, Eileen Canepari as Marge, Kate Klotzbach as Dee Dee and Matt Cuffari as Everyone Else.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:54 AM, 03.05.2019

A bright shining star performs

The audience sat in polite silence as the young artist began, but soon it was obvious the silence continued out of astonishment and admiration for Courtney Hausman’s performance. Excellence is a norm for graduating seniors in Baldwin Wallace’s prestigious music theater program, but Hausman has worked to finely tune her talents to an amazing level.

For her nearly hour-long performance on Feb. 26 at Westlake Porter Public Library, Hausman offered an array of musical show tunes that revealed her vocal strengths and her ability to personalize the emotions of the lyrics. 

Included in her repertoire were selections from classic hit musicals such as “Funny Girl,” “South Pacific,” “Carousel” and “Sound of Music.” But numbers from “Waitress” and “Avenue Q,” which are currently on Broadway, were also included.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.05.2019

Bay Theater's fundraiser is not just beer!

How would you like to win some Nike golfwear and a couple of passes for Sweetbriar golf course? A collection of Mary Kay skin care products? Or how about two passes to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along with some vintage WMMS items? Bay Village Community Theater’s “Raise a Glass – Raise the Stage” fundraiser will feature raffle baskets worth anywhere from $50 to $300 and will be up for grabs for the cost of a $1 raffle ticket!

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.05.2019

BAYarts will honor Gary and Pamela Ebert at Moondance

Each year at BAYarts' annual fundraiser Moondance, a person (or people) who has made a difference in the community and in the arts gets a chance to "shine in the moonlight." On Sept. 14 this year, BAYarts will honor Gary and Pamela Ebert, who individually and together have contributed a lifetime of service to Bay Village and to BAYarts' continuing expansion.

In 2006, when BAYarts was forming a new board and hurdling other challenges, Gary stepped up with legal counsel and a genuine interest in seeing the new organization succeed. He has remained on the board ever since (only occasionally leaving a meeting early for another city meeting or a grandchild's sporting match). Pam was the creative force behind BAYarts' sold out ENCORE! last year, a benefit for the playhouse renovation, raising twice the targeted funding goal (while making it look incredibly easy).

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:04 AM, 02.19.2019

BW "Rising Star" debuted at age 4

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council will sponsor "Catch a Rising Star," a program showcasing the talents of Courtney Hausman, a senior student in Baldwin Wallace University's prestigious music theater program. This musical presentation, which is offered free to the community by the WWAC, is at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Beth Burrier, BW associate professor and music director, will accompany Hausman on the piano to provide the audience a delightful array of musical show tunes. Citing "West Side Story" as her “favorite show to date,” Hausman said, ”Jerome Robbin’s choreography was the perfect personification of the music, always boiling right under the surface.”

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.19.2019

BAYarts' Mardi Gras to benefit renovations

If you can't make it to New Orleans this February, BAYarts has a Mardi Gras party you'll want to attend. Born out of talks between Pam Mills (BAYarts Special Projects) and Scott Pohlkamp (BAYarts board member) the event is scheduled for Saturday, March 2.

"Scott Pohlkamp has always enjoyed hosting Mardi Gras parties," explains Mills. "He thought it would be a fun late-winter event at BAYarts, giving guests the opportunity to experience the newly renovated Phase One of the former Playhouse."

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 9:59 AM, 02.19.2019

BAYarts 2019 SOUPer Bowl

Thanks to all who helped make BAYarts' third annual SOUPer Bowl, a benefit for the BAYarts Scholarship Fund, a success. Sue Peplin of Westlake took first place with her Zuppa Toscana. Second place went to Sgt. Robert Gillespie of the Bay Village Police Department with Sausage Tortellini Soup. Third place went to Marianna Orro with Vegetarian Corn Chowder. The event was one of the first to be held in the new Hearth Room of the former Playhouse. For more events, please check

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.19.2019