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The third candidate for music director of the Mansfield Symphony tells us about his Buckeye roots, the section he’s the pickiest about, and his vision for the Mansfield Symphony. 

Kelby King talks with Colleen Cook about the importance of the arts, her artistic childhood, and why businesses choose to invest in the community.

The Renaissance “It Couple” Colton Penwell and Maddie Beer dish about Hot Mess the Musical, some of their funniest moments on stage, and why they love performing at the Ren.

An open marriage, a forgotten concerto, and a closeted composer… if you’ve ever thought for a second that classical music is boring, your mind will be completely changed when you listen to this week’s podcast with the brilliant Mark Sebastian Jordan as he tells some of the stories about the music on our next Mansfield Symphony concert. (Mark will tell more stories like these at Symphony Chat with Mark Sebastian Jordan - you won’t want to miss it!)

The second of three candidates for the Mansfield Symphony Music Director position, Octavio Más-Arocas sits down to talk about his love for music, what it’s like to be married to someone who is also a conductor, and tomato fights in this episode.

Condrea Webber, star of the upcoming production of Sister Act: The Musical, tells us the story of when she fell in love with performing, how she balances work, life, and singing, and we reveal our 2017 Summer Musical title!

Note: We had an issue with our audio on this episode, so the sound quality is a little sup-bar. Our apologies!

The chefs of Altered Eats share mishaps in the kitchen, discuss their food philosophies, their favorite foods to cook and eat, and what guests can expect at the pre-concert dinner on February 18th. 

Mansfield Youth Theatre (MY Theatre) director Dauphne Maloney and Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (RYOT) director Lori Turner discuss their love for the performing arts, why they love working with youth in a performance setting, and what distinguishes their programs.

Cast members Jo Scott and Adam Schreck from the upcoming prodcution of The Second City’s Game Night talk about how they got into improv comedy, the Chicago improv comedy experience, and share some of their most hilarious and embarrassing moments on stage. 

Renaissance President and CEO Mike Miller and Chairman of the Board of the Renaissance, Rand Smith, sit down to discuss the highlights of 2016, some exciting plans for 2017, and make a BIG announcement!

Maestro Carl Topilow reveals what made him fall in love with music, confesses his most embarrassing on-stage moment, and his secrets to creating successful symphonies.

Renaissance Director of Development Jessica Dulle and Colleen Cook, Director of Marketing, discuss why the Renaissance needs to raise money, the programs supported by the Annual Fund Campaign, and the exciting $100,000 Annual Fund Campaign with $50,000 in Matching Grants. 

Produced by the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Theme music is “Hope of Something Different” by the band Trouper. You can learn more about the Renaissance by visiting

Actor Stephen Joshua Thompson is one of Mansfield’s local favorites, having portrayed characters like Marius in Les Miserables, Burt in Mary Poppins, and Rum Tum Tugger in Cats, he’s on our stage agin, this time playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge. Take a deep dive as Stephen and Colleen discuss his influences, life as a NYC-based actor from Mansfield, what it’s like to play someone so opposite of yourself, and more.

Renaissance Artistic Director Michael Thomas sits down with Colleen Cook to discuss his career with the Second City in Chicago, as a writer for shows like 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and about the upcoming Renaissance production of A Christmas Carol: The Musical (Menken), performing November 12-13, 19-20, 2016 at the Renaissance Theatre in Mansfield, OH.

Music historian and all-around Renaissance man Mark Sebastian Jordan offers insights on the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra Musical Diversity in the Americas concert program, featuring Ginastera’s Four Dances from Estancia, Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto, Dvorák’s New World Symphony.(Live Recording)

The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra (Mansfield, Ohio) is in a year-long search for their next Maestro. In this episode, Colleen sits down with the first of three candidates for the Music Director position, Maestro Theodore Kuchar, to discuss his world-wide career as the most recorded conductor in classical music, his love for baseball and fishing, and his childhood in northeastern Ohio.

Production credits:

Production by DRM Productions, Inc.
Colleen Cook, host
Theodore Kuchar, guest
This is a production of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association in Mansfield, Ohio.

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Renaissance Performing Arts

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Single tickets for this show are not available to the public yet.
See the schedule below to see the on sale dates:

Beauty & the Beast Tickets and Season Subscriptions On Sale:

May 17, 2016 for Annual Members
May 24, 2016 for General Public

2016-2017 Single Tickets On Sale:

July 1, 2016 for Annual Members 
July 12, 2016 for General Public (online)


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