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‘Downton Abbey’ parody, ‘Stomp’ added to Victoria Theatre lineup

“The Illusionists,” “Stomp” and “America’s Got Downton” have just been added to the Victoria Theatre Association’s 2014-15 Star Attractions series.“The Illusionists,” slated for Jan. 13-14, showcases the talents of seven illusionists. “Stomp,” which turns everyday items — from matchboxes and brooms to garbage cans and Zippo lighters — into musical ...

Linda Ramsay-Detherage of Detroit accepts the top award at FutureFest, the Dayton Playhouse’s Festival of New Plays.

Play inspired by act of kindness wins top award at FutureFest

A family drama of survival set in a fictional Louisiana town on the eve of Pearl Harbor in 1941 has been named the winner of FutureFest 2014. The play was also voted the Audience Favorite.The annual festival of new plays wrapped up Sunday night after a six-play weekend marathon that ...

FutureFest winner Linda Ramsay-Detherage of Detroit (left) gets a hug from Debra Kent, who directed her winning play “Sugarhill.” (MEREDITH MOSS/STAFF)

Play inspired by act of kindness wins top award at FutureFest

DAYTON — A family drama of survival set in a fictional Louisiana town on the eve of Pearl Harbor in 1941 has been named the winner of FutureFest 2014. The play was also voted the Audience Favorite.The annual festival of new plays wrapped up Sunday night after a six-play weekend ...

Human Race will stage Festival of New Musicals

Those who were blown away by the recent theatrical production of “Play it By Heart” at the Loft Theatre now have some idea of what Dayton’s professional regional theater company can do when it sets about developing new musicals. You’ll get that opportunity again Aug. 1-2 when the Human Race ...

Bespoke Theatre’s production of “The Tempest,” which will be performed at various local venues through Aug. 3, features, from left to right, Xander Hildenbrandt as Ariel, John Ray as Prospero, Cydnie Hampton as Miranda, and (front) Jared Mola as Caliban.

Bespoke Theatre debuts with ‘Tempest’

Freshly formed Bespoke Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s fanciful dramatic comedy “The Tempest” at select outdoor venues across the area through next weekend.In what is considered Shakespeare’s final solo work, powerful sorcerer Prospero is at odds with his deceitful brother Antonio, who overthrew him to become the Duke of Milan. Living ...

Springfield’s Westcott House receives NEA ‘Our Town’ grant

Jane Chu, chairman of The National Endowment for the Arts, has announced that her agency will award grants totaling $5.07 million to organizations in 38 states.One of this year’s Our Town grant recipients is the Westcott House Foundation in Springfield; The Westcott House is architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Prairie ...

Megan Buzzard stars as the “practically perfect” nanny in La Comedia Dinner Theatre’s presentation of “Mary Poppins,” which continues through Aug. 31. CONTRIBUTED

​​La Comedia presents ‘Mary Poppins’

A jolly holiday can be found this summer at La Comedia Dinner Theatre as it presents the entertaining 2006 stage version of Disney’s “Mary Poppins,” the recipient of seven Tony Award nominations including best musical. Based on the beloved 1964 Academy Award-winning film of the same name and the books ...

This terra cotta warrior is on display at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Terra Cotta Warriors come to life at The Children’s Museum

You don’t have to be a child to be captivated by the terrific exhibits currently at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. After a car ride that takes less than two hours, you’ll find yourself transported to both ancient and modern China. The hype — of course — has been understandably ...

“Phase-3” of an abstract ink-on-paper series by Austin Ballard of Charlotte, N.C., currently presented at Rosewood Gallery in Kettering.

Artists combine tradition with new props, materials

Unique perspectives to subject matter and materials define the two artists now presenting works at the Rosewood Gallery in Kettering. Margaret Davis of Ann Arbor, Mich., brings unusual props into her studio for her oil paintings. Austin Ballard of Charlotte, N.C., combines his interest in textiles and sculptural processes to ...

Westcott House receives $75,000 from National Endowment for the Arts

Springfield’s Westcott House Foundation will receive $75,000 — one of 66 Our Town grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.NEA Chairman Jane Chu has announced that the agency will award grants totaling $5.07 million to organizations in 38 states. Two of this year’s Our Town grant recipients are Ohio ...

Mickey and Minnie will bring their pirate and princess pals to the Nutter Center for Disney Junior Live on Tour! CONTRIBUTED

Disney Junior tour bringing pirates and princesses

From Never Land to Enchancia, Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate & Princess Adventure will take audience members of all ages on a magical journey. The live stage show, in the midst of a 103-city tour, will stop at the Nutter Center on Friday for three shows. Mickey and Minnie ...

The cast of the Undercroft Players’ production of “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” which wil be presented July 24-27 in the basement of First Lutheran Chuch in downtown Dayton. CONTRIBUTED

​​Undercroft Players offer ‘Elves and the Shoemaker’

The emerging Undercroft Players opens its second season this week with a children’s theater production of “The Elves and the Shoemaker,” adapted from the fairy tale of the same by the Brothers Grimm. In the story, poor, kindhearted shoemaker Lockhart Cobblestone gives his last pair of shoes to an elderly ...

The Dayton Playhouse’s production of “Oklahoma!,” featuring David Hallowren (left) as Jud Fry and Jeff Sams as Curly, is among the shows in contention for the 2014 DayTony Awards. CONTRIBUTED

DayTonys gala preview

Sinclair Community College will host the 11th annual DayTony Awards and 13th annual Dayton Theatre Hall of Fame induction Saturday, Aug. 9. The black-tie optional gala will salute the achievements of actors, directors and designers from Dayton’s 2013-14 theater season as voted on by participating theaters, specifically collegiate and community ...

“There is Nothing Plain About Jane,” an acrylic collage by Amy Deal of Oakwood, won Best of Show and the Purchase Award at DVAC’s 23rd Annual Members’ Show. PAMELA DILLON/CONTRIBUTED

DVAC members show celebrates local talent

The Dayton Visual Arts Center now has more than 600 members on its roster. You may not know this, but half of that membership is made up of art patrons, not artists. The 23rd annual Members’ Show — showing through Aug. 16 — features the works of 142 of the ...

Musicians Sought for Giving Strings Concert

We’ve written about the Giving Strings Orchestra in the past, the terrific local project that annually raises funds for charitable organizations that impact the lives of children. The group is slated to perform its 15th annual benefit concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 9, on the 200 block of Ridgewood ...

The “Labyrinth of Love” Quilt by Janet McTavish. Contributed photo by Patsy Ferrell.

Peace Museum features quilt exhibit on “The Golden Rule”

It was a vivid dream that inspired Janet McTavish to create the colorful — and educational — quilts now on display at the Dayton International Peace Museum. The exhibit, “Peace Labyrinth: Quilting the Golden Rule” can be seen through Sept. 14. It’s paired with a group of regional quilts titled ...

Urbana’s Affair on the Square celebrates 10th year

Art takes on many forms. Art Affair on the Square, since its inception a decade ago, has embraced art in several shapes. The 10th annual Art Affair on the Square includes traditional art as well as performing, literary and even architectural forms. More than 50 artists will display their works ...

Krissy Hartman stars as Sandy Dumbrowski and Grant Warden as Danny Zuko in the Springfield Arts Council’s Broadway in the Park production of “Grease.” CONTRIBUTED

‘Grease’ is the word at Arts Festival

Even if you’ve only seen the 1978 movie version 1,000 times, you haven’t seen all of “Grease.” The main characters and the songs from the beloved John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John version are there, but there’s much more to enjoy in the musical that inspired the film. The Springfield Arts ...

“Tim Smith, Bellefontaine, OH” is an oil on canvas from 2003 by Eunice Bronkar. CONTRIBUTED

Eunice Bronkar’s portraits capture personalities

Looking at a painted portrait is one thing. Looking inward to capture the person in the portrait is what Eunice Bronkar does. The Champaign County resident said she’s lost count of how many portraitures she’s done in oils, pastels, watercolors and silverpoint since the early 1960s. “Capturing Likenesses: Portraits by ...

​​Vandalia Youth Theatre prepares clever ‘Urinetown’

Vandalia Youth Theatre Company presents Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis’ 2001 Tony Award-winning “Urinetown: The Musical” beginning Friday at Northridge High School. This smart, witty and irreverent spoof of musical theater conventions and corporate corruption is centered on a gloomy, Gotham-esque city suffering a 20-year drought that has made private ...

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