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Delaware Hayes Thespians To Perform “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”

image The search for happiness is made easier this October 23rd and 25th as Rutherford B. Hayes High School Thespians present, “You’re A Good Man Charlies Brown”.  The show includes classic songs accompanied by live music like “Happiness Is” and “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown”.  The show is a great opportunity for individuals and families looking for uplifting and funny family entertainment!

So come and join Charlie, Snoopy, and all the Peanut Game!
In a world that stresses greatness, “You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown” elevates the importance of just being good!

Join the classic Charles Schultz characters October 23rd at 7:30 PM and October 25 th at 2:00 PM and  7:30 PM and the Delaware Hayes High School Performing Arts Center, 248 Euclid Ave.

Tickets available at the door 1 hour before each show.  Adults $8.00, seniors and students $5.00, Willis students free with a paying adult.

Arena Fair Theater To Hold Auditions For Community Production


Arena Fair To Hold Auditions for  “Jesus Christ Superstar”

Auditions will be held over 4 afternoons/evenings and will take place at First Baptist Church, 101 N Franklin St, Delaware OH. Sundays 9/14 & 9/21 5:00-7:30; Mondays 9/15 & 9/22 6:30-8:30.

Please prepare a musical selection to sing from JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR for the character you are interested in auditioning for. Please keep in mind there are no spoken words in this “Rock Opera”, so we need to see character portrayal and emotion through your singing audition… make it a performance. Or, you may prepare a different musical piece suitable for a rock opera audition.
Please bring your own sheet music.

Dress in comfortable clothing and appropriate footwear for dance/movement portion of the audition.

Rehearsals will run from early October through performance time on Sunday afternoons, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Saturday mornings will come into play later in the schedule. Please bring a list of any conflicts you may during this period.

There will be a total of 4 performances at St Mary’s School. Thursday-Saturday, Nov 13-15. The final performance will be a Dinner Theater fundraiser for THE DELAWARE COUNTY COMMUNITY MARKET
Link to online audition form;

Ohio Wesleyan To Host Spanish Film festival September 18

<>Free Series to Screen, Discuss Contemporary Spanish, Latin American Movies

DELAWARE, Ohio – Ohio Wesleyan University will screen five contemporary Spanish and Latin American feature films between Sept. 18 and Oct. 2 as part of the university’s second annual Spanish Film Festival. Admission is free for all films, which will feature English subtitles.

All screenings, and subsequent discussions, will be held in the Benes Rooms inside Ohio Wesleyan’s Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave., Delaware. The 2014 Spanish Film Festival includes:

6:30 p.m. Sept. 18 – “7 cajas” (“7 boxes”): Víctor receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content through Market No. 4, but things get complicated along the way. (Thriller/Paraguay). The film will be presented by VIVA, OWU’s Latin American culture group, and Glenda Nieto Cuebas, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 24 – “Wrinkles”: An astonishing cocktail of friendship, resistance and life set among the unexpected landscape of an elderly care facility (Drama-animation/Spain). The film will be presented by David Counselman, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 – “Un cuento chino” (“Chinese Take-Out”): Roberto sees a young Chinese man named expelled from a taxi and helps him to stand. The man does not speak Spanish but has an address tattooed on his arm. Roberto becomes involved with a fruitless search for the man’s uncle and learns the man’s dramatic story along the way (Drama/Argentina). The film will be presented by Andrea Colvin, Ph.D., assistant professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Sept. 30 – “También la lluvia” (“Even the Rain”): As a director and his crew shoot a controversial film about Christopher Columbus in Cochabamba, Bolivia, local people rise up against plans to privatize the water supply (Drama-history/Spain, Mexico, France). The film will be presented by Juan Armando Rojas, Ph.D., associate professor of modern foreign languages.

6:30 p.m. Oct. 2 – “Pan negro” (“Black Bread”): In the harsh, post-war Catalan countryside, Andreu, a child who belongs to the losing side, finds the corpses of a man and his son in the forest (Drama-crime/Spain). The film will be presented by Eva París-Huesca, M.A., instructor in modern foreign languages.

The Spanish Film Festival is made possible with the support of Pragda, Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports of Spain, and SPAIN arts & culture. The series is presented in collaboration with Ohio Wesleyan’s Department of Modern Foreign Languages, the Water: Rites and Rights Course Connection and Department of English, Spanish Program, Film Studies Program, Department of Comparative Literature, Office of the Provost, and VIVA cultural organization.

For more information, contact Nieto Cuebas at or Colvin at

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – an Arena Fair Theatre Production

Irving Berlin’s White Christmas – an Arena Fair Theatre Production

Chappelear Drama Center, OWU

June 20, 2014 at 7:30 PM

June 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM

June 22, 2014 at 2:00 PM

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Willis to Perform Sleeping Beauty May 15, 16 & 17, 2014

The Willis Intermediate School Drama Club is opening the grand curtain to Sleeping Beauty Jr. on May 15th and 16th at 6:30 along with two shows on the May 17th at 2:00 and 5:00.

Pam Beery is the director of the show and she has been the in charge of Willis’ Drama Department  for 31 years. “It’s the classic story of Sleeping Beauty like the one told through the Disney Movie,” Beery said.

Even though performing a musical takes a ton of work the students do get a bonding experiences. “I like how when we make mistakes everyone laughs it off,”  Sophia Hance said. Hance is a 5th grader at Willis who is performing as Princess Aurora in the Briar Rose cast.

Theater is not only about acting and singing though, one of the main reasons a show can be performed is the work done by the student director and crew.” You can still participate, but you don’t have to be on stage, like stage crew,” said the Student Director Nicole Klabus.

Tickets for all shows can be purchased on May 12th and 13th during their open dress rehearsals starting at 3 o’clock or bought before the show in front of the auditorium. The price for tickets are $3.00 for Adult and $2.00 for Students and Seniors.

“Heartbreak House,” by George Bernard Shaw

8 p.m. April 4, 5, 11, and 12, and 2 p.m. April 13 – “Heartbreak House,” by George Bernard Shaw, an exhilarating comic masterpiece revolving around the eccentric Captain Shotover and his family at his country estate built in the shape of a ship. Hilarious events abound at a house party where unexpected guests arrive, and love, hope, and the folly of mankind are targeted. Directed by Elane Denny-Todd, the play will be performed on the Main Stage of Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens, Ohio Wesleyan employees, and non-Ohio Wesleyan students. Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid OWU ID. To reserve tickets, call the Theatre Box Office at (740) 368-3855. For more information, visit

Big Walnut High School Presents The Musical “Grease,” February 20-22

greaseJoin the Big Walnut High School Drama Department for their winter musical, Grease. Tickets are available only at the door the night of the performance but can be reserved by filling out the request below.

  • Performance dates are February 20, 21 and 22, 2014.
  • Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and performance starts promptly at 7:30 p.m. each night.

Those with reservations can pay for tickets at the “Reservations and Tickets” table in the hallway outside the auditorium.

Special Note: Reserved seating will be designated inside the auditorium. This reserved seating is “open” and on a first-come basis.

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The One-Man Variety Show


8 p.m. Jan. 18 – Robert Post Comedy Theater: The One-Man Variety Show,

featuring Post in a performance that will “combine a quart of dry humor with

three tablespoons of expert mime, versatile acting, and skilled juggling;

add a keen sense of satire and the absurd; [and] blend in splendid timing

and experience,” in Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave., Delaware.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and

non-Ohio Wesleyan students with a valid school ID. Tickets are free for Ohio

Wesleyan students and employees with a valid OWU ID. Tickets may be

purchased online at, by calling the phone messaging

service at (740) 368-3629, or by email at Learn more at

 Witness The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Hayes High School gets jolly in their showing of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever on December 13th & 14th at 7:30pm at Hayes High School directed by Mr. Brad Faust and Ms. Dara Gillis. Tickets will be on sale $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

I did some talking with sophomore and active stage crew member Morgan Knight about what she had to say about this one hour production.

“The show is about this group of naughty kids, The Herdman’s, that go and try out for the Christmas pageant at the church”, Knight said. “I would say this show is super cute and short so it makes it perfect for all ages to see and get ready for the holidays that are right around the corner.” There are also many Christmas carols featured throughout this production.

Some of Hayes’s finest and most active drama members have taken on some of the more major roles in this production. “Megan Rodgers plays Beth, a ten-year-old daughter to the pageants director who is also the narrator”, Knight shared. There’s also freshman Grace Floring who “plays her mother, Grace, who is directing the pageant.” Senior Caleb Adams and Dryden Heeter play the Herdmans along with Helen Thomson, Taylor Thompson, Clifford Heidebrecht, and Jillian Reed. Knight thinks the audience will be sure to enjoy the “acting skill this show portrays, we have seen teenagers acting like little kids, which you don’t usually see much of.”

A lot of people who people behind the scenes have made great contributions to this production. Parent Linda Hurley helps out with all the costuming “and if you want high school big help, it would be Tori DeProspero for all her hard work in lighting”, Knight said. “And Hannah Pohlman for overseeing everything as a whole and making sure crew is all coming together.”

The cast and crew have worked very hard in putting this show together. “We pulled this show together in about 5 weeks, including breaks”, Knight said.

“This show is a quick and cute show!” said Knight, “It has been a blast to work with the actors and crew yet again, they’re like a second family and this show has made us even closer.”

This production was originally a play by Barbara Robinson with special permission granted by Samuel French Inc. If you have younger children or are just looking for a fun, holiday family activity, come support these talented Hayes actors and crew members in the production of The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

Delaware Community Chorus Strikes a Chord

Delaware Community Chorus

If you went to see a performance of the Delaware Community Chorus (DCC) just five years ago you would have seen a group of less than a dozen members — ten to be exact. However, with the help of a new Artistic Director, Daniel Hursey, the group has now quadrupled its size and continues to welcome new members. Current members say the growth is directly attributed to Hursey. “Because he’s a great musician and knows how to push us musically, people end up seeking him out and wanting to join,” said one vocalist.

This is Hursey’s triumphant return to Delaware, a place he calls home, after teaching elementary music for 30 years in Connecticut and then spending some time in Tuscon, Arizona with the Tuscon Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

Delaware Community Chorus

I had the pleasure of sitting in on the 41-member chorus rehearsal earlier this week and listening to them prepare music for their busy holiday season. The group exhibited amazing amounts of control as they flew through the octaves, yet kept their dynamics hushed and the rhythms driving.

The music you’ll hear from the chorus this holiday season consists largely of religious baroque pieces, full of opportunity for a Capella singing, cadences and notes that soar as high as the sky and sink low into the basement. It’s a rich, classical style of music and pairs nicely with a minimal accompaniment. The December 22 Christmas Concert, titled “Awe and Wonder,” will feature local musicians from the Central Ohio Symphony on strings, oboe and trumpet.

Delaware Community Chorus

The “Awe and Wonder” concert is truly the highlight of the season for the chorus. With performances on Sunday, December 22 at 3 PM and 5 PM, it still is known to sell out. The concert takes place at St. Peter’s Church (located at 45 West Winter Street in Delaware) and tickets can be purchased for $10 a piece online at or from a chorus member. It will include such pieces as the beautiful benediction The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Lutkin), Carols from Australia (Wheeler, James), Christ the Lord is Risen! Alleluia! (Roman), and Vivaldi’s Gloria. The performance of the Gloria will be worth the price of admission alone. It is one of my favorites and brings out the best in all the instruments featured, vocal and non-vocal.

However, the Delaware Community Chorus isn’t just preparing for their concert on the 22nd, they have half a dozen other performances on the books before that. Just last weekend their season kicked off at the Delaware Area Handbell Festival in Gray Chapel. It continues with the Hospice Tree Lighting at Grady Memorial Hospital on Sunday, December 1; caroling throughout downtown Delaware during Main Street Delaware’s First Friday celebration on Friday, December 6 from 6 – 9 PM; four quartets singing at the Andrews House Christmas Cupboard from 9 AM – 3 PM on Saturday, December 7; and a performance at the Council for Older Adults Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, December 18 from 12 – 1:30 PM.

Delaware Community Chorus Director Hursey

The chorus accepts new members through an informal audition and will be welcoming new bodies for their spring performance season. Join them in January to start rehearsals. They’re already planning a May 4th concert titled “Love is in the Air.” If you are a vocalist looking to join a group with seasonal commitments, consider the Delaware Community Chorus, it will be fulfilling in more ways than one. At one point during this week’s rehearsal Hursey had to joke with his group that perhaps they are “too much of a family” because of so much talking during a break. Getting my family together to sing the Gloria might instead be considered more of a “beautiful noise” rather than what I heard with the DCC.  I’ll take their family’s version over mine.