Performing arts calendar: Your guide to all things theatrical

SANDUSKY STATE THEATRE Featured events through 2009. Ticket information, additional events in 2009 and shows offered
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010



Featured events through 2009. Ticket information, additional events in 2009 and shows offered in 2010 available at

Menopause The Musical

7:30 p.m., Oct. 6-7

Menopause The Musical has been entertaining and inspiring women from coast to coast! A joyful parody of 25 re-lyricized classic baby-boomer hits, the 90-minute show features chart toppers such as, "I Heard it Thru the Grapevine, You No Longer See 39," and the disco favorite "Stayin' Awake! Stayin' Awake!" It's a celebration of women who are on the brink of, in the middle of, or have survived The Change.

Dinner Package available.

Enchante' Cabaret "Witches Brew"

Noon lunch and show, Oct. 12-14

This John D. Attanasio original story has become an "Enchante'" hit. Entering into its third season, "Witches Brew" definitely fills your goody basket. Whether it be with new songs, characters and music, Halloween has never been better. This show comes fully loaded with over 20 show tunes, standard and original works. But beware, for the audience is not out of reach of the Witch of Halloween.

The Sound of Music Festival

Starring Elisabeth Von Trapp

7:30 p.m., Oct. 17

The hills are alive once again with The Sound of Music Festival Choir, Orchestra and Elisabeth Von Trapp, granddaughter of the legendary Maria and Baron Von Trapp, whose story inspired "The Sound of Music," the most beloved and popular musical ever made. Elisabeth has carried on the legacy of the internationally-renowned Von Trapp family singers and invites you to enjoy this wonderful concert that celebrates the music and life of her beloved family. Elisabeth will be up close and personal and reveal stories of her life as a Von Trapp and her inspirations of her father Werner Von Trapp.

Dinner Package available

A Rockin' Halloween Adventure with Wendy Witch

Bayside Puppet Theatre

11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Oct. 24

Come celebrate this wickedly delightful time of year with Wendy Witch and all her spook-tacular friends in this madcap Halloween Adventure. Join Wendy and her friends Gregory Ghost, Gary Goblin and others as they celebrate this ghoulish time of year!

The Wedding Singer

3 p.m., Oct. 25

It's 1985 and rock-star wannabe Robbie Heart is New Jersey's favorite wedding singer. He's the life of the party, until his own fiance leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. When he meets an admiring young waitress, it's love at first sight. The only trouble is Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever. Dinner Package available.

Frankenstein's Wacky Wedding

6 p.m., Oct. 30 and 2 p.m., Oct. 31

Don't miss the wedding of the Haunting Season! Frankie takes a bride! Get ready for some ghoulish fun as all of Frankie's and The Bride's friends and family celebrate true ghoul love! Enjoy this hauntingly fun event with monster mashing, wedding cake and more!

The Israeli Ethnic Ensemble

7:30 p.m., Nov. 6

The five members of the Ethnic Ensemble come from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds and truly reflect the varied musical styles of Israel. The music performed by the ensemble relies on Eastern European, Balkan and Gypsy traditions. It combines materials from the countries of origin of the five musicians; the Sephardic traditional music, Mediterranean influences, the music of Yemenite Jews and some original music as well. Where else is it possible to listen to an old Yemenite song accompanied by an accordion?

The Pointer Sisters

7:30 p.m., Nov. 14

The Pointer Sisters achieved worldwide fame and have secured a place in pop music history as a dynamic female group! Their first performance in Los Angeles at the Troubadour club was hailed by critics for its versatility and range and called The Pointer Sisters "the most exciting thing to hit show business in years." With smash hits like, "Automatic", "Jump (For My Love)", "I'm So Excited", and many more. Proceeds from this show will benefit The Foundation for Firelands Cancer Program Fund, whose mission is to enhance the quality of life for cancer patients and their loved ones.

Dinner Package available.

Enchante' Cabaret - Halos and Holly

Noon lunch and show Nov. 16-18

The winds of old man winter swirl around a mother-daughter scam artist team just 12 days before Christmas. As time begins to fade on their futures, the forces send a group of angels to try and salvage the fates of this unlikely pair. Through comedy, song and dance the angels will attempt to infuse this dead end duo with the spirit of the season. This show comes fully loaded with all of your favorite Christmas songs. With audience participation and a sprinkle of Broadway to boot, this show is set to be a holiday classic.


Lying in State

Nov. 12-15 and 19-22

Ed, a State Senator, has died in a gun battle defending his home from supposed intruders... or so everyone thinks. However, as everyone gathers for Ed's funeral, the real truth comes out. On top of that, Edna, his ex-wife; Buttons, Ed's fiance and semi-exotic dancer; and Harry his wacky brother, are all vying for his now vacant Senate seat. Combine that with a game of musical caskets, crazy characters and a big squirrel named Mel, about the only thing you can really count on is laughing until your sides hurt.

Boston Marriage

Feb. 11-14 and 18-21

Anna and Claire are two bantering, scheming "women of fashion" who have long lived together on the fringes of upper-class society along with Anna's Scottish maid, Catherine. Anna has just become the mistress of a wealthy man. However, as the women exchange barbs an unexpected visitor and a gift of an Emerald necklace set off a crisis that puts both the women's futures at risk. The play is delivered through quick, witty Victorian-era dialogue and a mix of double entendres.

The Iliad, the Odyssey, and all of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less

April 29-May 2 and May 6-9

With a simple stage, a ticking clock in front of everyone's eyes and a cast that speeds through all of Greek Mythology in lightning bolt fashion, you have the "Cliff Notes" of everything you've ever wanted to know about Greek Mythology in 99 minutes... or less. All the silly decisions, the absurd destinies plus all of the goofy characters are presented in a funny, updated and easy to understand way.


Anthony & Beard

4 p.m. Oct. 25

Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Ryan Anthony has been dazzling audiences around the globe, and with his unique combination of charisma, music and wit, he is quickly becoming one of America's most in demand solo trumpet players.

Gary Beard is conductor of The Lindenwood Chancel Choir and The Gary Beard Chorale, but is also in demand as an organist. He began his study as a prodigy, making his professional debut at age eleven.

Ryan and Gary met in 1993 and have enjoyed many performances together as well as numerous recordings on the Pro-Organo label as Anthony & Beard. Their concerts include a wide variety of music and create an enjoyable atmosphere for both performers and audience alike.

Adults $15, Students $5

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at:

-- Fort Music, 212 Hancock St., Sandusky


-- Sandusky Concert Association, P.O Box 1537, Sandusky, OH 44871-1537

The Vienna Boys' Choir Christmas in Vienna

7:30 p.m. Dec. 2

The Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Historians have settled on 1498 as the official foundation date of the Vienna Hofmusikkapelle and -- in consequence -- the Vienna Boys' Choir. Until 1918, the choir sang exclusively for the court, at mass, at private concerts and functions and on state occasions. The Vienna Boys' Choir is divided into four sub-groups or touring choirs. The choirs are of equal standing; the tours, appearances in Vienna and recording projects are shared among them. Each choir has a choirmaster, and two tutors or prefects who travel with the boys.

Tickets are available via The Sandusky State Theatre. Visit or call 877-626-1950.

The Prima Trio

7:30 p.m., Feb. 6

Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky

Born in Baku, Azerbaijan of Armenian descent, Boris Allakhverdyan started taking clarinet lessons from his father at the age of 9, shortly after his family moved to Russia. Danish/American violinist David Bogorad began his violin studies at the age of 5 at the local music school in town of Alleroed, Denmark. Russian pianist Anastasia Dedik began her piano studies with her mother at age 5.

All three members of The Prima Trio have studied music extensively, and each is an award-winning performer in his or her own right.

Adults $15, Students $5

Tickets are available at the door or in advance at:

-- Fort Music, 212 Hancock St., Sandusky


-- Sandusky Concert Association, P.O Box 1537, Sandusky, OH 44871-1537

Chad Hoopes 14-year old Violin Virtuoso

with The Firelands Symphony Orchestra

"From Russia With Love"

8 p.m., April 17

The Sandusky State Theatre, 107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

A native of Ohio, at age 14, Chad already possesses the kind of technical mastery, ease of expression and joyful talent that come along only once in a generation. In April 2008, he won first prize in the Young Artists Division of the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. In addition to appearing with the Orchestra of the Yehudi Menuhin School (Cardiff, Wales), Chad has performed with numerous ensembles throughout the world including the Cleveland Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Cleveland Pops, South Dakota Symphony and Erie Philharmonic.

Tickets are available via The Sandusky State Theatre. Visit or call 877-626-1950.


Featured events through 2009. Ticket information additional events in 2009 and shows offered in 2010 available at

Bucky Covington

7:30 p.m., Nov. 20

Leveraging his top ten finish on the 5th season of American Idol, Bucky Covington has become a country music phenomenon. His self-titled debut album sky-rocketed to No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart, and produced three hit singles on the Hot Country Songs charts: "A Different World," "It's Good to Be Us," and "I'll Walk." His soon to be released sophomore album has spawned the pre-release hit single "I Want My Life Back."

Sha Na Na Rockin' Christmas

7:30 p.m., Dec. 11

You better watch out. You better not cry. Sha Na Na is comin' to town. The live Christmas show will bring you to the high school hop, the a capella street corner, the Sha Na Na Greaser Olympics and of course the Sha Na Na Christmas celebration. Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to rock around the Christmas tree at the Sha Na Na Holiday Hop.

The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra

7:30 p.m., Dec. 18

More than 60 years since the public first embraced the successful "Miller Sound," both the legend and the music live on. Still considered the greatest band of all time, plays a perfect selection of holiday favorites with GMO classics including "In the Mood," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "A String of Pearls" and more.

An Evening with Three Dog Night

7:30 p.m., March 6

Legendary music icons, Three Dog Night, enter their fourth decade bringing with them some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets. Songs like "Mama Told Me (Not to Come)," "Joy to the World," "Shambala," "One" and "Black and White" serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night's continuing popularity.

An Evening with Engelbert Humperdinck

7:30 p.m., March 20

For more than four decades, international recording icon Engelbert Humperdinck has shared a legacy of love with fans of every age, on every continent. He has sold more than 150 million records worldwide, including 64 gold and 24 platinum albums. Hits include "Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)," "After the Lovin'," "There Goes My Everything" and "Am I That Easy to Forget."

Rita Coolidge

7:30 p.m., May 15

Most music fans have a favorite song recorded by two-time GRAMMY award-winner Rita Coolidge - "Fever," "We're All Alone," "One Fine Day," "(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher & Higher," "The Way You Do The Things You Do," "Superstar" and so many other memorable tracks that have topped the charts from the 1970's onward. Rita recently released a jazz CD entitled, And So Is Love.


Clue, Nov. 12-15 and 19-22

Weekend Comedy, Jan. 14-17 and 21-24

The Messiah on the Frigidaire, March 18-21 and 25-28

Mame, June 17-20 and 24-27



Oct. 2-4 and 9-11

Filled with foot stomping production numbers, soaring solos and duets that punctuate this hilarious romp through Sherwood Forest. Robin Hood and his famous band of merry men come face to face with some very liberated women. This show could best be described as Men In Tights go to Spamalot, filled with silly songs, corny choreography and more one-line groaners than you can shake an arrow at.

A Tuna Christmas

Dec. 4-6 and 11-13

It's Christmas in Tuna, the third smallest town in Texas. Radio station OKKK news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report on various Yuletide activities, including a heated competition in the annual lawn display contest including the latest news on the mysterious Christmas Phantom. Will he strike again or more likely, where will he strike? Meanwhile, the local production of "A Christmas Carol" is in jeopardy of having its plug pulled by unpaid electric bills. Who can come to their rescue?

The Kitchen Witches

Jan. 29-31 and Feb. 5-6

Take two parts cooking show divas, add 30 years of hatred, frantically mix with a complicated past and let simmer until all comes to a boil! Meanwhile in a separate bowl, combine one long-suffering son with a generous portion of loyalty to his mother and a heaping serving of his job as producer to her smash hit show, when the heat in the kitchen is turned up you have baked up a cross between Martha Stewart and Jerry Springer.

The Dixie Swim Club

March 19-21 and 26-27

Five Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina's Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each others' lives. As their lives unfold and the years pass, these women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges life flings at them. And when fate throws a wrench into one of their lives in the second act, these friends, proving the enduring power of "teamwork," rally 'round their own with the strength and love that takes this comedy in a poignant and surprising direction.

The Wizard of Oz

May 7-9, 14-16 and special bonus weekend May 21-23

Little Dorothy Gale of Kansas, like so many girls her age, dreams of what lies over the rainbow. This highly entertaining version of The Wizard of Oz was presented with book adaptations by John Kane and follows the famous motion picture very closely. It was first presented by the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London in 1988.

Included with the well-known songs from the film, the RSC version also includes Poppies (Optimistic Voices) and The Jitterbug.


Carl Topilow and Friends

4 p.m., Nov. 15

Zion Lutheran Church, 503 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Meet the Maestro up close and personal as Carl Topilow leads a repertoire of jazzy selections. Joined by Carl's multi-talented pianist brother, Dr. Arthur Topilow, violinist Steven Greenman and vocalist Joan Ellison, the ensemble will have your feet tapping to familiar tunes, including The Entertainer, Cantina Band, Send in the Clowns and "Clarinetist" on the Roof.

Home for the Holidays

7 p.m., Dec. 13

Sandusky State Theatre

107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Welcome Broadway star Lynne Wintersteller back to her hometown for a concert of holiday cheer. An accomplished actress and singer, Wintersteller will enchant listeners of all ages with her renditions of such favorites as "We Need a Little Christmas," "I'll be Home for Christmas" and "Santa Baby." You and your family will delight in this festive annual tradition with the Firelands Symphony Orchestra and a very special guest, Santa Claus, at the Sandusky State Theatre.

Russian Duo

2 p.m., Jan. 31

Adams Junior High School

318 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

An exciting Family Discovery Concert, an international music project that combines traditional Russian folk music with classical elegance. This program combines the diverse flavors of traditional Russian music, lilting voices, chamber music classics and unique transcriptions of favorites from around the world. The duo takes audiences on a journey across the span of Russian culture, ranging from humorous pieces, elaborate sets of variations, pulsating dance music, lilting folk songs, gypsy melodies and lyrical romances. At 1 p.m. the Russian Duo will conduct a free interactive workshop with the children in the audience with Russian singing games and demonstrations of how to play their folk instruments.

An American Salute

8 p.m., March 20

Sandusky State Theatre

107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

The Terra Choral Society will join the Firelands Symphony Orchestra to present the music of Copland, Hanson and Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel Medley. The orchestra will also play Copland's Billy the Kid and music from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess. Come enjoy this great celebration of American composers!

Firelands Symphony Orchestra Subscription Series prices are $110 for adults, $105 for seniors over 65 and $44 for students with a school ID. Single event ticket prices are $25 for adults, $24 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the Sandusky State, 419-626-1950 or 877-626-1950 or at If you have never been a season subscriber, be sure to take advantage of the "buy one, get one for half price" offer.


Free movie series, shown at 2 p.m., Sandusky State Theatre

107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Oct. 3

( Additional showing at 7:30 p.m.) Rated PG13

Casablanca, Nov. 7, Rated PG

A Christmas Story, Dec. 19, Rated PG

Vegas Vacation, Jan. 2, Rated PG

Gone with the Wind, March 6 Rated G

Some Like it Hot, April 3 No rating

Babbette's Feast, June 5 Rated G

The Shaolin Warriors -- The Kung Fu Masters of China

7:30 p.m., Nov. 5

Sandusky State Theatre

107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

In a fully choreographed theatrical production, the world-renowned Shaolin Warriors bring the remarkable skill, stunning movement, and spectacular imagery of martial arts to stages throughout the world. These Kung Fu masters have trained from an early age in mental and physical disciplines that allow them to perform feats once thought only possible in the movies. They each are experts in the use of over 20 weapons, using them only for self defense. Buddhist monks espouse a philosophy of non-violence and non-aggression.

Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Gondoliers" by Opera a la Carte of Los Angeles

Feb. 11

Sandusky State Theatre

107 Columbus Ave., Sandusky

Often called "the champagne" of the Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, The Gondoliers is a true masterpiece in the world of light opera. Set in Venice and the fictitious kingdom of Barataria, it boasts a particularly bright and sunny score. This fully staged operetta is presented by a company of 25 and an orchestra of 18.

For two free Shaolin Warriors tickets, Erie County residents may send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with their phone number to Sandusky Library, 114 West Adams St., after Oct.16. For tickets to The Gondoliers, follow the same procedure after Jan. 22.


Looking to Him

7 p.m., Oct. 10

Milan Friends Church hosts an evening of Gospel music and Bible preaching. Admission is free. Music provided by One Voice (a quartet), Donna Sue Halbisen and Dave Kilbride and Friends. The speaker is Stephen McLauglin, the Pastor of Milan Friends Church.

The Backbeats

7 p.m., Oct. 24

Detroit's No. 1 Beatles Tribute Band returns to Norwalk. The Backbeats were a huge success last year when they performed, so you won't want to miss them this time around! This show has two costume changes taking them from Early Beatles to Sergeant Pepper.

Zombie Walk

8 p.m., Oct. 31

Come dressed as your favorite Zombie. Meet at the theater at 8 p.m. to walk down Main Street at 8:30 p.m. (on the sidewalk) and walk three blocks and come back on the other side of the street back to the theatre to watch the black and white version of "Night of the Living Dead." The movie will start at 9:30 p.m. Everyone must check in at the theater and purchase a ticket to participate in the walk.

Bodybuilding Competition

Prejudging starts at 12:45 p.m. and the evening show will start at 6 p.m. The evening show features competitors performing to music and award presentation.

The Ultimate Tribute to Johnny Cash

7 p.m., Nov. 20

With Terry Lee Goffee. Terry Lee was chosen to duplicate Johnny Cash's Moves and provide the famous greeting "Hello, I'm Johnny Cash" for Guitar Hero 5.

Jamestown Third Annual Thanksgiving Concert

7 p.m., Nov. 25

Norwalk's own Jill and Dave James

Light Up Norwalk

Nov. 28

Santa will be in the lobby and you can have your picture taken with him for just $3. "Alvin and the Chipmunks" showing at 3 p.m. At 7 p.m. an evening of Southern Gospel Music features Tammy Jones Robinette, The Jones Family reuniting for this one evening, The Representatives Quartet, Mike Blanton & Evidence and The Parsons area family ministry.

Snowed In

7 p.m., Dec. 11 and 18

2 and 7 p.m., Dec. 12 and 19

2 and 6:30 p.m., Dec. 13 and 20

Snowed-In, written by Jill James and Alyssa Schnee and presented by an all-children cast, is a musical centered around a group of students attending Brunsville Schools that are faced with the possibility of being snowed in. This engaging production follows children of varying ages as they discover more about themselves and deal with unforseen circumstances. Snowed-In is sure to make you laugh as you watch a group of young students journey through a not-so-ordinary day of school.


Big Band Matinee presented by the Ohio State University Big Band

3 p.m., Nov. 15

Norwalk High School Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk

The 4th annual Veterans Day Concert featuring an "Armed Forces Medley" to honor veterans in the audience.

Tickets are $20, in advance or at the door.

Ye Olde Yuletide Dinner and Christmas Concert6 p.m., Dec. 10

St. Mary Church and Reynolds Hall

38 W. League St., Norwalk

A lovely Yuletide dinner (choose a stuffed Cornish hen or roast beef with Yorkshire ppudding prepared by Chef Michael )at 6 p.m. in Reynolds Hall followed by a candlelight concert in the French Gothic nave of the Norwalk St. Mary Church at 7:30 p.m., presented by a fully costumed cast from the Ashland University Department of Music.

Concert tickets $7.50

Dinner and concert $20

The Brother Love Show

A Neil Diamond Tribute Concert

8 p.m., April 24

Norwalk High School Performing Arts Center, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk

Starring Galen Martin and featuring Cam Cross Brass & Trio Sax and The Diamond Rhythym Band.

Tickets are $12 and $15, in advance or at the door.


The Memory Lingers On: The Songs of Irving Berlin 8 p.m. Nov. 5-7 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8

Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Narrative materials from the book "Irving Berlin: A Daughter's Memory."

Spoon River Anthology

8 p.m. April 22-24 and 2:30 p.m. April 25


A musical version of a children's play, TBA, is planned March 4-7


Curse of the Werewolf

7 p.m. Oct. 23-24 and 3 p.m. Oct. 25

Norwalk Main Street School Auditorium

80 East Main St., Norwalk

Buzz Halliburton, an entertainer fallen on hard times, is summoned to Gargoyle House, a spooky castle on a lonely New England island by his uncle Algernon Snipes. The relatives turn out to be candidates for the funny farm. Things really get hot when Buzz is declared heir to the Snipes fortune and a young man claiming he is the real heir shows up, only to be wolfed down.

Tickets are $8 and tickets for seniors, students and groups of ten or more are $6.


* 7-8 p.m. Dec. 10, The Inn at Chappel Creek, 6010 West Lake Road, Vermilion.

* 7-8 p.m. Dec. 14, Ohio Veterans Home, 3416 Columbus Ave., Perkins Township.

* 7-8 p.m. Dec. 17, The Kingston of Vermilion, 4210 Telegraph Road, Vermilion

* Summer season includes performances at the Vermilion Fish Festival, the Huron Amphitheater, the Vermilion Gazebo and more.


* 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, Trinity United Methodist Church, Port Clinton. $5.

* 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Grace Episcopal Church, 315 Wayne St., Sandusky. $5.

2009 Follies: Salute

-- 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7, Sandusky High School, 2130 Hayes Ave., Sandusky

-- 2:30 p.m. Nov. 8, Norwalk High School, 350 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk.

This year's Follies will be primarily musical and feature patriotic songs with short pieces between the choirs. Included in the production will be the Sandusky Keynotes; Firelands Chorus, Norwalk United Methodist Church Choir, and Men's Chorus. The proceeds from this fundraiser will benefit the Firelands American Red Cross and the Merry-Go-Round Museum.


* 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Old Fort High School, 7635 N. County Road 51, Old Fort

* 3 p.m. March 7, Clyde High School, 1015 Race St., Clyde

* 3 p.m. May 2, Norwalk High School Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center

* 7 p.m. May 26, Bellevue High School, 200 Oakland Ave., Bellevue

* 7:30 p.m. June 7, Hedges Boyer Park, Tiffin

* 7 p.m. June 21, 7 p.m., Birchard Park, 1400 Birchard Ave., Fremont