On Stage Dayton

Saluting Dayton’s 2014-15 Theater Season

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Friendship among witches, a delightful journey to Neverland, a Boston single mother awaiting opportunity, a modern family attempting connection at a New York hospital, an ogre in love, and African-American stories of faith and redemption were some of the key contributors to Dayton’s engaging 2014-15 theater season.



Dayton Theater Hall of Fame Honors Joe Deer

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Joe Deer is Distinguished Professor of Musical Theatre and Director of the Musical Theatre Initiative at Wright State University, where he has headed the Musical Theatre program since its inception in 1997.



‘Crowns’ Review – Human Race Theatre Company – Feel the Spirit

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A marvelously soul-stirring production of Regina Taylor’s off-Broadway spiritual play-with-music “Crowns” concludes the Human Race Theatre Company’s 2014-15 season at the Loft Theatre.   Adapted from the book of the same name by photographer Michael Cunningham and journalist Craig Marberry, “Crowns” is a fascinating, humorous, potent and celebratory portal into the African-American custom of church hats. Generations of African-American women, harkening to African tradition, have valued and taken pride in wearing their finest, most flamboyant hats to Sunday service, particularly … [Read more...]



“Hattitude” & Gospel Music Make Crowns A Must See!

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The Human Race completes its 28th season of producing professional theatre for the Miami Valley with actress/playwright Regina Taylor's hit Crowns. Based on Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry's book by same name, the play begins as troubled Brooklyn teenager Yolanda is sent to live with her church-going grandmother down South after the death of her brother. There she finds healing in the personal stories of the ladies of the congregation and the hats that adorn their heads. Through time and space, their intimate histories create a soulful, joyous triumph of song, dance, culture and glorious … [Read more...]



‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ Review – Victoria Theatre Association – Adequate Whimsy

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The fanciful Peter Pan play-with-music prequel “Peter and the Starcatcher” adequately closes the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2014- 15 Premier Health Broadway Series at the Schuster Center. Sprightly adapted by Rick Elise based on the 2006 novel of the same name by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, this “Starcatcher” primarily presents a unique quandary, specifically for theatergoers expecting to see the national tour of its tremendous Broadway mounting, nominated for nine Tony Awards in 2012 ultimately winning five. When the “Starcatcher” tour folded last year, the Victoria searched for a … [Read more...]



Volunteer To Usher At Victoria Theatre Association Events

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As a Victoria Theatre Association volunteer, you are an an active partner in the arts in downtown Dayton. You’ll meet a lot of great people, see a lot of great shows, and know that your contribution keeps the arts affordable for all.



Send Your Kids To Theater Camp

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X*ACT presents their children’s theater camp for all kids 8 and older at the Kettering Health Network Theater, and it promises to be a fun-filled learning experience. From learning the basics of theater to auditioning, memorization and blocking, there will also be lots of entertaining theater games to be played!



Saturday is SMAG’s Spring Fling!

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One of SMAG's defining aspects has been unexpected artistic partnerships. Fueled by Groomes' restless drive to constantly turn audiences' concept of "art" on its head to create new ideas, SMAG has combined in the past with visual artists, fashion designers, live musicians improvising new works, and more.



‘Shrek’ Review – Playhouse South – Come Look at the Freaks

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In order to save his home, Shrek agrees to rescue the lovely, abandoned Princess Fiona and return her to the villainous, diminutive Farquuad, who plans to marry her and rightfully become king of Duloc. But along the way, and with a wisecracking Donkey in tow, Shrek and Fiona grow to a newfound appreciation of love’s fundamental ability to look beyond outwardly appearances and treasure the glories of inner beauty.



‘Grease’ Review – Dayton Playhouse – Lukewarm Nostalgia

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Most people assume “Grease” is an easy show to do because the tuneful music fuels the story and the characters are instantly relatable. However, you have to rely on specific types to truly sell the cool factor inherent in the comedic material set in and around Rydell High School in the late 1950s.