Arts & Entertainment

Huntington Playhouse Stories: On angels' wings

Part three of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

The director, Tom Castro, called three hours before curtain. "Can Moira be an angel tonight?" he anxiously asked my wife, Eileen.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, began the last weekend of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," the holiday show at Huntington Playhouse. My son Jack, who was 11 at the time, had been cast as Ollie Herdman, one of a family of "rotten" children that bully their way into a church Christmas pageant, but to the surprise of everyone, their disastrous interpretation of the Christmas story turns out to be quite touching.

This was Jack's second show at Huntington after my wife had seen him through the children's theater program there the previous summer. His sister Moira, who was four years younger, had actually been "acting" longer than her brother. She appeared as a mouse, two different lions and a frog at various times in a show that ran 24/7 from the time she was 3 until my wife had the brilliant idea to buy her a "school kid costume" so she wouldn't wear a tail to kindergarten.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.17.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: O Captain! My Captain!

Part two of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

Who is Keith Stevens and why is there a pirate ship in his yard?

"O Captain! My Captain! Our fearful trip begun; This demon vessel in our path, was placed here just for fun."

The poet Walt Whitman might have used these words to describe the Halloween display, in a Bay Village neighborhood, that looks as if had been created by Walt Disney.

Keith lives with his wife, Carol, on Elmwood Road and works as a senior lung transplant coordinator at the Cleveland Clinic. When this father of two is not working his regular job, he likes to volunteer.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:13 AM, 11.03.2015

Huntington Playhouse announces final production

The current show at Huntington Playhouse is the musical “The Addams Family.” Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m.

This musical features an original story, and it's every father's nightmare. Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family – a man her parents have never met. And if that weren't upsetting enough, Wednesday confides in her father and begs him not to tell her mother. Now, Gomez Addams must do something he's never done before – keep a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Everything will change for the whole family on the fateful night they host a dinner for Wednesday's "normal" boyfriend and his parents.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.03.2015

Clague Playhouse presents 'Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical'

Clague Playhouse will present Dan Goggin’s comedy "Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical" as the second production of its 88th season.

The Little Sisters of Hoboken are back! The nuns of Mount St. Helen are preparing for their first Christmas television show in the convent basement, but when things don’t go as planned, mayhem ensues. Packed with parodies of favorite holiday carols, this light-hearted romp offers a high-spirited spoof of all things Christmas.

"Nuncrackers" is directed by Kim Mihalik, with musical direction by Jayne Kacik. The cast includes Ian Atwood, Marthan Brown, Grace Davis, Kate Miller, Sarah Rish, Philip Sutherland, Abby Twining and Susan Weber.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.03.2015

BAYarts hosts 'Ornithological Photographs' during November

The images from Todd. R. Forsgren's "Ornithological Photographs" exhibition display birds that have been momentarily caught in mist nets. Scientific research is then able to be collected and applied by biologists.

Forsgren says he is drawn to the idea of seeing birds before they become "known" by the measurement numbers that scientists will use to define it. "My photographs are ... a reflection on our desire to name, classify, and quantify diversity."

Mist nets act like huge, invisible spider webs to detain birds. Much like fences, the nets catch birds but inflict no physical pain. "During this moment, the birds inhabit a fascinating conceptual space between our framework of ‘the bird in the bush and the bird in the hand.’" Forsgren's works has allowed him to study a detailed emotional component. "The captured creatures are embarrassed, fearful, angry, and vulnerable."

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.03.2015

Porter Library to host watercolor art show

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society is displaying its annual art show of original watercolor paintings at Westlake Porter Public Library through Nov. 28. The art show consists of paintings by the members of the Society. Many of the paintings are for sale by the members. Any sale includes a commission for the library services. The gallery is open every day that the library is open during business hours.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.03.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: View From The Tower

Part one of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

On Saturday evenings, John enjoyed looking through his telescope from his perch on the water tower that had been built to irrigate the vineyards and orchards located on the 100-acre parcel of land where he would spend weekends. He looked over the gray-green water speckled with seagulls that appeared like white dots on the surface. Even on clear days, he could not view the shore that was miles past the horizon in front of him.

The winds shifted and the water moving as if breathing deeply, reminded him of the voyage he had taken after his 20th birthday with his brother Hugh. Together the Huntington brothers left their family home in England and started a roofing business in America. Turning his telescope away from the sunset, John could see the city where he became a wealthy man.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.20.2015

A cast of Halloween characters

One of my hobbies, evolving over the past 10 years or so, is making figures of various characters to display on my front porch on Sperry’s Forge Trail in Westlake for Halloween month. Many people have been kind enough to tell me that they look forward to them so I continue, usually adding a new figure or two each year.

When I began, I used a real pumpkin as the head of each of my homespun statues – these included: Elvis, Lincoln, Toy Story’s Woody, Spider-Man, The Joker, Captain Jack Sparrow and several more. However, as time passed, I grew more and more reluctant to have to eventually toss their decaying heads into the trash each year. I then used artificial pumpkins, switching in recent years to various other construction as I made full bodies and not just heads on stands. This way I get to keep the figures and they get to return every year.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2015

Opera preview program served cake, history, gifted voices and inspired acting

Twenty-five years ago, David Bamberger presented the first FYI: Opera program sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council and earlier this month he happily presided over a celebratory cake cutting, prior to narrating a program marking the beginning of FYI: Opera’s 26th year.               

Bamberger, who is the artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, is a name synonymous with opera in Northeast Ohio. As founder and director of Cleveland Opera for 28 years, he and other music authorities have presented entertaining and informative FYI: Opera programs on upcoming productions around the area.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:13 AM, 10.20.2015

BAYarts' first Farm + Art Market season a success

This summer, BAYarts hosted its first season of the Farm + Art Market. The event was coordinated by Pam Mills. Having been employed at BAYarts for several years, Mills' passion for cooking and local produce was what compelled her to tackle this new project. With the support of Executive Director Nancy Heaton, the market was launched with high hopes.

The market was a popular weekly event on Thursday evenings throughout the summer and into fall, with a steady supply of consistent vendors and community locals. The market was so popular that many new vendors are already asking to be added to the rotation.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:07 AM, 10.20.2015

'Drawing into Nature' unveiled at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

A new exhibit at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will draw visitors even closer to wildlife thanks to a local artist inspired by the Center’s living collection.

Danielle Cammuso, an artist working in soft pastels, has created “Drawing into Nature” which showcases the wildlife of the Center in Cammuso’s bold and beautiful style.

“We know that the Center has a powerful impact on those who are part of our community,” says Executive Director Catherine Timko. “Visitors often share stories about coming to our programs as children and how the Center has encouraged their educational path and career decisions. Danielle also found great inspiration in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center which she is now using to inspire others through passionate and vivid art. This exhibit is a celebration of her talent and ability to capture the fascinating qualities of wildlife.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

Clague Playhouse to host 'Two Mediums at Large'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will host “Two Mediums at Large” on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. As Halloween approaches, come for an evening of “spirited” fun!

Have you ever seen a live demonstration of mediumship? In a group setting, many spirits are able to “get through” – join us to participate in a gallery-style message event! Your guides, Susan Averre and Marjorie Rivera, are multi-faceted, Lily Dale-trained professionals.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

BAYarts pop-culture trio shines this month

A humorous, pop-culture-loving trio of artists present "Triple Lindy" at BAYarts this month. Randy Crider, Ryan Finley and Jim Giar are three popular teachers of cartooning and comics that BAYarts provides for young children and teens. They have joined up to present an art exhibition which features individual artwork as well as collaborations.

The three all find inspiration from their students. Crider explains, "Everything I am putting in this show was executed with the help and influence of my students. Over the past year, they've been a very powerful engine in choosing what to draw, and honing the hand drawn style that until this year I was too afraid to try."

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:51 AM, 10.06.2015

BAYarts' Moondance still the party of the year

What rain? In spite of the wet forecast, more than 1,200 guests filled the BAYarts campus on Sept. 12 for the ninth annual Moondance benefit, raising over $90,000 for the non-profit. Funds raised by this event make it possible for BAYarts to keep other events free throughout the year, including gallery exhibitions, summer concerts, the new farmer's market and the annual art festival. The event chair is Mary Conway Sullivan, vice president of BAYarts' board and development chair; it is executed by Diana Brewer and BAYarts' special events team.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:59 AM, 10.06.2015

Huntington Playhouse faces final season

The Cleveland Metroparks has announced they are terminating the affiliate agreement with Huntington Playhouse effective Dec. 31, 2015. While we are extremely disappointed by this decision, we plan to conclude our 2015 season as scheduled and celebrate the past 57 seasons of performing plays and musicals.

Many have asked what can be done. The best thing is for the community to attend a performance to make a case to those looking at future options that there is a need and market for a theatre in this area. It is our hope that the community will continue to support our performers, technicians, musicians and volunteers by attending any of the remaining performances at the theatre.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:00 AM, 09.15.2015

Citizens group forms to keep community theater in Bay Village

In response to the recent announcement of the closing of Huntington Playhouse, a grassroots effort has surfaced to ensure that community theater lives on in the city. A group of residents, led by John Hnat, have formed the Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater, and created an online forum for public discussion. The Facebook page in the group's name will record the thoughts of Bay Village residents regarding the closing of the Playhouse and the preservation of live theater in the city.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 8:58 AM, 09.15.2015

Clague Playhouse kicks off season with 'The Ghost Train'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, will present Arnold Ridley’s classic comedy thriller "The Ghost Train" as the first production of its 87th season.

A group of passengers are left stranded at a New England train station in 1926. Forced to spend the night in the dingy waiting area, the travelers soon learn of the station’s eerie past and the phantom train that appears to haunt the tracks at the same time every night. Tempers flare and tensions mount as the commuters try to come to grips with the impending doom settling in around them.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:10 AM, 09.15.2015

BAYarts honors watercolorist Robert Moyer

Join BAYarts this month as they celebrate a lifetime of watercolor work by Robert Moyer.

The opening reception is in the Sullivan Family Gallery on Friday, Sept. 18, from 7-9 p.m., and the exhibition extends through Oct. 10. A gallery talk is then slated for Sunday, Sept. 27, from 2-4 pm.

Moyer continues to teach watercolor classes at BAYarts. Executive Director Nancy Heaton refers to Moyer as "one of BAYarts' rockstars." She continues, "In light of his multitudes of accomplishments and the undeniable talent honed through years of work, we are so pleased to have BAYarts offering this retrospective exhibition to the community. He creates some of the best and most respected watercolor work you'll ever see."

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:07 AM, 09.15.2015

Oct. 5 program previews one of opera's 'top 10'

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s "The Marriage of Figaro" was a hit when it premiered in 1786 and over 225 years later it is on a “top 10” list. Mozart’s captivating comedy is listed among the top 10 most-performed operas worldwide on Operabase, the online database.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, spotlights Mozart’s “Figaro,” considered a masterpiece of Italian comic opera, at the FYI: Opera program on Monday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 8:59 AM, 09.15.2015

COFA awards celebration set to music

The climax of the 16th Community of Fine Arts Show on Aug. 29 at the Meet the Artists Reception combined pleasant socializing and the presentation of prizes with a musical background.

The COFA, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, displays original, one of a kind art works that are judged in five categories: Watercolor; Oil/Acrylic; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography. The 2015 event, which was open for public viewing throughout August at Westlake Porter Public Library, presented nearly 80 pieces, representing the work of 35 artists.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

BAYarts faculty exhibition celebrates diverse talents

The expansive talent of the BAYarts faculty members will be on display this month. From Sept. 4 through Oct. 3, visitors can see "Outside the Classroom" in the Dianne Boldman Education Gallery. 

A wide variety of artists are contributing their artwork to the exhibition. There will be drawing, painting, ceramics, photography and jewelry design.

Programming director Erin Stack is proud of the curated collection of talented educators she has amassed. "This show represents the talent and diversity in BAYarts faculty. We are fortunate to have instructors that bring so many different talents to BAYarts curriculum; with programs for 3-year-olds on up to to adults of any age. Although every instructor may not be represented in the show, they all plan to be at the opening to celebrate not only the works on the wall, but the relationships and partnerships they have built over the years."   

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:46 AM, 09.01.2015

BAYarts launches new website, registration system

With social media now becoming the most popular source for up-to-the-minute news and events, BAYarts' website – its main source for information on programming, events and donations – needed to be updated to accommodate the more frequent use of smaller devices such as iPads and iPhones.

The site, bayarts.net, has a new look and is easier to maneuver and click through. The redesign was made possible by a grant from the Cleveland Foundation, also the source of funding for an updated online registration system. BAYarts operations manager Sarah Goldsberry, who helped implement the new system, says, "It is easier and more efficient for us and for our users, providing feedback which our customers appreciate." The website was designed by Dan Fauver of Lakehouse Publishing, a frequent BAYarts design collaborator.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 10:27 AM, 09.01.2015

Musical tribute to Frank Sinatra continues at Huntington Playhouse

Huntington Playhouse is up and running with “My Way … A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.” The very talented cast, which includes Holly Feiler, Jarred Nichols, Keli Schemilpfenig, Tim and Lisa Herzel, sing songs in the Sinatra style in a tribute to “Old Blue Eyes." Over 40 songs are performed including "Summer Wind," "Strangers in the Night," "All of Me," "I Love Paris" and "New York, New York."

The production runs through Sept. 6 with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings at 8 p.m. and a Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults with senior tickets available on Fridays and the Sunday matinee. Reservations are strongly recommended and may be made by calling the box office at 440-871-8333. Box office hours are Wednesdays through Fridays from 1-4 p.m. and opens two hours before each performance.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Nature's Night Out is an event not to be missed

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will host its annual benefit on Saturday, Aug. 29, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. and all are invited. The event is now known as Nature’s Night Out, a fresh update on what was previously The Bake near the Lake.

“We are very excited to welcome all to this year’s benefit. It is our pinnacle event focusing on nature education for children,” says Catherine Timko, Executive Director. “Every aspect of the evening and its theme reflects this distinct mission.”

Guests will enjoy this unique event with heavy appetizers, a signature cocktail, live music by Funkology and more. The Center’s animal ambassadors will also be present at the event and the planetarium will be offering special programming.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.04.2015

COFA fills August with art

The works of 35 artists, amateur and professional, were accepted for judging and display at the 16th annual Community of Fine Arts, a juried art show presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. COFA is open for public viewing now through Aug. 29 at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, during library hours. The nearly 80 original works are one of a kind and have not been previously exhibited in this show.

The entries are accepted and judged in five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/ Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; Photography. A $100 cash award is given for best in each division/category and a $50 cash award for second place in each division/category. Honorable mention ribbons and/or gifts are also awarded as determined by the judges.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.04.2015

'Unseen Cleveland' revealed at BAYarts this August

The allure of Cleveland's past speaks loudly to artist Marge Gulley.

A Bay Village resident and award-winning artist, Gulley is presenting a new exhibition at BAYarts this August. "Unseen Cleveland" explores the original, untouched Cleveland that was seen by Moses Cleaveland and the Erie Indians. Modern life has layered itself onto the land over the course of several decades, but when this debris is erased the original land can then be visually explored. Of course, quite a good deal of work goes into revealing this sort of view.

Indeed, an incredibly thorough and vast amount of historical research was involved in creating these works of art. Interestingly, Cleveland at large hadn't been the original target.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.04.2015

Sinatra tribute opens Aug. 13 at Huntington Playhouse

“My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra” will open at Huntington Playhouse on Thursday, Aug. 13, and play through Sept. 6. Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m., with one Sunday matinee on Sept. 6 at 2 p.m. 

The show features five performers singing over 40 songs in the Sinatra style. There is no Sinatra impersonator as who could duplicate the original! The song list includes “Summer Wind,” “Chicago,” “Just The Way You Look Tonight,” “New York, New York,” “My Way” and many more.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.04.2015

BAYarts honors Bay Village's Liz Maugans at Moondance

BAYarts' Moondance fundraiser provides a a unique opportunity to highlight the work of individuals who help promote a quality of life that is dear to the BAYarts mission. Past honorees include Tom Schorgel of Community Partnership for Arts & Culture (CPAC) and Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks' visionary CEO. In this important year, with the renewal of the much publicized art-tax levy, it is even more important to shine the light on the individuals that directly or indirectly have been influential in BAYarts' growth and reputation as the west side destination for cultural and community events. 

Bay resident Liz Maugans, with her hands-on approach and inspiring energy, has been BAYarts' greatest cheerleader, as she is for countless organizations she believes in. A tireless advocate for the power of art for economic and social change, her signature can be seen on projects throughout northeast Ohio.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.04.2015

BAYarts lines up more food vendors for annual Moondance benefit

Big white tents, great food, live music and bonfires are just a few of the signature features of BAYarts' annual Moondance benefit. Each year this sold-out event raises funds that help BAYarts maintain the campus buildings, gardens and continue to provide free community events year round. This year's event, set for Saturday, Sept. 12, features the band Cats on Holiday, known for their upbeat danceable style that covers all the bases. 

"People tell us they love our event because, like everything else we do, it's fun," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "No speeches, no hands out. Once you arrive on campus, the beautiful venue speaks for itself. None of what BAYarts does would be possible without this kind of support and the community gets that. So its a win-win for everyone."

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

Rewarding invitation for artists has deadline

The opportunity for artists to display their work in the Community of Fine Arts Show for the month of August provides exposure of their work for sale and a possibility of prize money. But registration for the 2015 COFA, a juried art show, which the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council founded 16 years ago, has a July 13 deadline for art work submission.

The W-WAC accepts works for the COFA from amateur/semi-professionals, 18 years or older, and in five categories: Oil/Acrylic; Watercolor; Drawing/Pen & Ink; Charcoal/Pastel; and Photography.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

Modern art: Instagram exhibition at BAYarts through July

This month, the duo of gallery exhibitions at BAYarts will examine themes at the opposite ends of the spectrum. 

In "Head 2 Head," Milan Kecman delves into the past. "Always having an interest in history, I decided to explore some of the faces and personalities of the past and the parallels their lives took. Their lives at times touched, as they took divergent or similar paths. I hope to give the viewer insight into some historical figures who have left a profound effect upon today's culture." 

Taking the modern route, Christopher Gray has curated a selection of Instagram images in "Squared Up." "I'm amazed at the work I see on Instagram, mostly from people who do not consider themselves artists. I chose artists for this show based on their photos and feeds." Gray indicates that experiencing the exhibition will be as if the viewer were scrolling through Instagram, but in a much larger capacity. As for subject matters? They will vary. "The show is not tightly curated, but rather allows for happenstance that occurs in this community. The artwork will encompass a range of subject matter from food to portraits to a bit of whimsy."

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

It's audition time at Clague Playhouse!

Auditions for the first show of Clague Playhouse’s 88th season will take place on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Arnold Ridley’s gripping "The Ghost Train" (1923) is set in a gloomy English train station, where nine stranded travelers become increasingly more uneasy about the phantom the stationmaster claims appears on the tracks each night.

Director Ron Newell is casting seven men aged early 20s to 50s, three women in their 20s, and one woman aged 60 or over, as well as two male walk-on roles. Brief character descriptions are available on the Auditions page at clagueplayhouse.org. Review copies of the script are available at the Box Office for a $10 deposit.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village Foundation grant gives BAYarts stage a facelift

BAYarts is kicking off another fun-filled summer season of community events including the free neighborhood concert series. The popular series originated in 2006 when Bay Village resident John Begala asked if he could play guitar in front of BAYarts Station House coffee shop (now Vento).

The music grew into a main attraction which led John to seek funding to develop a full-fledged concert program. He had 2 "musts" in mind: the musicians must be local and the concerts must be free and open to all ages. With a grant from The Leonard Krieger Foundation, BAYarts was able to build a stage and hire professional musicians for summer night gatherings.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:38 AM, 06.16.2015

Latest BAYarts exhibitions celebrate local riches

BAYarts kicks off an event-filled summer on Friday, June 5 from 7-9 p.m. with two gallery exhibitions, and the first concert in the popular summer series.

In the Fuller House's Sullivan Family Gallery, Bay Village artist Mary Deutschman exhibits all-new paintings in "Painting the Metroparks with Color." Mary's signature use of vibrant colors make joyful statements of everyday scenes. Deutschman says she finds the Cleveland Metroparks filled with fabulous inspiration with its "rivers, waterfalls, bridges, hills, winding roads, bike paths, trees, flowers, picnic areas, families of deer, wildlife..." Despite this depth of observation, she adds that though she has painted "its many faces" she believes there is always more to find. "Each season is a gift."

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.02.2015

Historical Saddler house build date confirmed

Last month, I submitted a story about the Frank Saddler house at 317 Bassett Road in Bay Village. The most my fellow researchers and I could say at the time was that it was constructed between 1901 and 1909.

Further research of the tax records at the Cuyahoga County Archives has confirmed that construction of the house began in 1905 and was completed in 1906. As of the 1900 U.S. Census the Frank Saddler family resided in a rented home near the William Saddler II house, 30165 Lake Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.19.2015

Clague Playhouse wraps season with 'improbable adventure'

Clague Playhouse is presenting Donald Margulies’ inventive "Shipwrecked! An Entertainment – The Amazing Adventures of Louis de Rougemont (As Told by Himself)" as the final production of its 87th season.

Late 19th-century British readers were thrilled by the “real” Rougemont’s South Seas adventures, first in the pages of popular magazines, then on the music-hall stage. But some details of his story were too amazing to believe. Others were obviously wrong. Who was this “Louis de Rougemont,” and was he a charlatan, a madman, a genius, or a bit of all three?

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:22 AM, 05.05.2015

Nautical-themed art show accompanies production of 'Shipwrecked'

Members of the West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society are displaying 24 original watercolor paintings in the lobby of the Clague Playhouse at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake through May 26. The art show is in conjunction with the theatrical production of “Shipwrecked! An Entertainment,” which runs May 1-24 at the Playhouse.

The theme of the art show is boats, ships and nautical scenes. The Society show consists of paintings by nine of the Society members: Linda Borton, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Susanne Kizzen, Bob Parry, Marge Strimbu, Barbara Swasey and William Wilder. Most of the paintings are for sale. The lobby gallery is open to the public during box office hours, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1-6 p.m., during the May production of the play "Shipwrecked."

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.05.2015

New gardens sprouting up at BAYarts

There are other art centers and there are other parks. But there is no other art center that is located in Cleveland Metroparks or one that is surrounded by a botanical paradise right here on the west side. BAYarts gardens are designed by artist and Bay Village landscape designer Julia Shutt, who sees the campus as an artist would see a canvas, having many elements that connect to create one harmonious flow. With her partner, Byron, their company Maple Leaf Landscaping is responsible for all the heavy lifting, installation and seasonal maintenance, while BAYarts volunteers lovingly keep everything in check.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.21.2015

The meditative art of Zentangle

Doodling takes on new meaning when it has purpose and a goal. And with courses in “mindfulness” and meditation popping up everywhere, meld the two and a new art form is created! The Zentangle art form is a registered trademark, that uses a specific technique and small tiles to create mosaics of line drawings, free form or planned.

BAYarts instructor Melissa Moon, who teaches  Zentangle-inspired courses at BAYarts, says, “the beauty of Zentangles is that even beginners produce stunning results. The technique itself is as challenging as you choose to make it."

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.21.2015

Great Lakes Theater troop visits Clague Playhouse

On March 31, Clague Playhouse theatergoers were treated to a performance by members of the Great Lakes Theater. The last stop in GLT’s spring outreach tour of "The Great Globe Itself," featured actors Roderick S. Cardwell II, Arthur Chu and James Alexander Rankin enacting playwright David Hansen’s historical fiction on the connection of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Lake Erie. 

Shakespeare’s Globe burned down in 1613, and nearly 400 years later an idea of rebuilding it was birthed on the North Coast of Cleveland. It was the brain child of Shakespearean scholar Thomas Wood Sevens of Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh. In 1936, a replica of The Globe appeared at the Great Lakes Exposition surrounded by an array of “Coney Island” attractions. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015