The Ritz Players is an award-winning community theater organization that believes in the power of live theater to ignite the imagination, stimulate thought, offer an avenue for creative expression and provide entertainment.
In the 2009-10 season, the Players will present "Over the River and Through the Woods," "Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella" and "Doin' Time at the Alamo."
The Ritz will also feature everything from Buckeye fans to Big Brother to Engelbert Humperdink.
Laughter is a key player in many upcoming theater events, with "Girls Night: The Musical" offered Saturday, Ron White's "Behavioral Problems Tour 2009" on Oct. 8, Bucky Covington on Nov. 20 and the Nobodies of Comedy, Jan. 30.
Magic and a wide variety of music also take the stage with "Illusionaire -- The Magic of Lyn Dillies" Nov. 1, "Zoso -- The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience," Oct. 24, "Sha Na Na Rockin' Christmas" and The World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra Christmas in December.
The 2010 calendar year promises more famous names: Lovin' Spoonful, Three Dog Night and Engelbert Humperdinck, as well as Rita Coolidge and "Liza and Judy."
Ritz Teen Thespian Guild presents George Orwell's "1984" in November and the Rally at The Ritz before the Ohio State-Michigan game includes a live radio broadcast, guest speakers, area pep bands, video highlights, prizes, a taco-eating contest and more.
The popular Sunday Matinee Movies continue through June, and the First Friday Series in The National Theatre enters its fifth year Friday.
Each First Friday features two or three entertainers from around the region that may include a folk singer, a jazz musician, an aspiring singer/songwriter or some other style of artist who is passionate about the opportunity to share their talents.