On Stage Dayton

‘Songs for a New World’ Review – Sinclair Community College – Embracing the Moment

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This contemporary musical revue, expresses an array of emotions grounded in the expectancy, wonder, vulnerability, and discovery of a single moment. In fact, Brown has stated: “It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, or take a stand, or turn around and go back.” The songs are not connected, which may puzzle or polarize those in search of a traditional plot or story structure.

WSU Rainbow Alliance 11th Annual Drag Show


Dana Sintell & Ileasa Plymouth hosted WSU's first drag show 11 years ago - which means most of the current students were about 10 years old at the time. The Drag Show will also feature some of Dayton's best Drag Kings, Queens and Monarchs!.

Victoria Theatre Association Looking for Teen Ushers


As a Teen Ambassador, you are a vital component to the Family Series experience. Because of your previous experience as a Teen Usher with VTA, we will be counting on you to create a family-friendly environment for our guests. While all the skills you have learned previously will be employed, you will also have an opportunity to interact with guests through educational programming.

Take a Magical Trip to Neverland With Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra


Dayton Ballet’s Peter Pan will feature original choreography by Septime Webre, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet, under the guidance of Dayton Ballet Artistic Director Karen Russo Burke. For this production of Peter Pan, Dayton Ballet joins forces with Artistic Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra to present the enchanting score by Carmon DeLeone.

Young Performers Stage an Adventure at The Human Race’s Summer Theatre Camp


Summer Stock KIDS is a two-week summer theatre camp which culminates in a production that is totally produced by Jene and the kids - sets, costumes and props. Each day, the children participate in fun, imaginative theatre exercises which help to develop vocal and movement techniques necessary for creating their character role in the play. From auditions through rehearsals to the performances, students learn to perform with confidence and energy, and discover the importance of working as an ensemble.

Review Roundup – Friendships & Feuds

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In the mood for sketch comedy, musical theater or classic drama? Here’s a rundown of a few offerings currently on local stages.

Landmark ‘Lion King’ centerpiece of Victoria’s appealing 2015-16 season

Tshidi Manye as “Rafiki”THE LION KING National Tour.  Disney.  Photo Credit  Joan Marcus

The lineup includes the exhilarating 2013 Tony-winning, circus-themed revival of Stephen Schwartz’s “Pippin,” 2014’s breezy and nostalgic Woody Allen adaptation of “Bullets Over Broadway,” the intimate 2012 Tony-winning adaptation of “Once,” the gorgeous 2013 Tony-winning revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella,” and composer Jason Robert Brown’s beautifully romantic, Tony-winning adaptation of “The Bridges of Madison County.”

Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame Nominations Sought


Nomhof_medal_300inations are being sought for 2015 Dayton Theatre Hall Of Fame inductees. Any member of the Dayton arts community is eligible to receive this annual award designed to recognize individuals who have dedicated themselves to theatre arts in Dayton.

‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’ Review –Victoria Theatre Association – Giddy, Glorious Gershwin

Photo by Jeremy Daniel (www.JeremyDanielPhoto.com)

Nice Work” is a silly, summertime, Prohibition-era romantic farce that finds goofy criminals, sexy dames, handsome henchmen, and the haughty upper crust colliding on Long Island. As is standard fare for such zany stories, mistaken identity runs rampant nearly to the point of excess.

‘The Fantasticks’ Review –Dayton Playhouse – Love Is In the Air


Lyricist/librettist Tom Jones and composer Harvey Schmidt’s tender, intimate 1960 musical “The Fantasticks,” loosely based on Edmond Rostand’s 1894 play “Les Romanesques,” receives a visually engaging, strikingly designed presentation at the Dayton Playhouse. Matthew W. Smith spearheads his finest directorial achievement thus far by envisioning the material with nods to commedia dell’arte and vaudeville with particularly lovely sprinkles of whimsicality recalling Jones’ superb direction of the current off-Broadway production. Smith’s show-within-a-show concept is marvelously heightened by … [Read more...]