October 2019 at the Renaissance was intense. We had the very popular Sweeney Todd, the Mayoral Debate, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s “Family Pops,” and the Family Film: The Nightmare Before Christmas. Rounding it all out was the intensely personal and intimate production, The Last Five Years, in Theatre 166.
For those who may not know The Last Five Years, this musical has only two cast members: Cathy (portrayed by Matti-Lynn Chrisman) telling her story backward while Jamie (portrayed by Ryan Shreve) tells his story chronologically. These two 20-something New Yorkers fall in and out of love over the course of five years, and the characters only meet once throughout the musical (at their wedding in the middle of the show.) This emotionally powerful and intimate musical was a great triumph for both actors, as well as for Director Ryan Shealy.
This third installment of our blog series, “Pictures Say A 1,000 Words,” is diverting from its course of highlighting the 2019-20 Season at the Renaissance.
This past weekend, country music legend, Joe Diffie passed away from COVID-19. The Renaissance was fortunate enough to have him grace our stage just a season ago. As was his trademark style, the show had the theatre rockin’ and near a thousand of his fans had the time of their lives. The following photographs are a way to pay our respects to this extraordinary artist.
The Renaissance first opened in 1928. It has seen the Great Depression of 1929, the Great Recession of 2008, and It weathered the storm of becoming an X-rated movie house in 1979 resulting in closure due to public outcry.
The Renaissance Theatre originally opened as the Ohio Theatre.
The Renaissance (like ALL not-for-profit performing arts organizations) is now facing its greatest challenge in the history of its existence with COVID-19. Over 60% of our operational budget comes from ticket revenue, and with doors closed we are currently at zero. However, all of us here at the Renaissance have hope. We have hope that soon this pandemic will be under control and our doors will once again be open to provide our community first-rate performances. No matter what genre of the performing arts you love, we have it – Broadway, Symphony, Country through Rock, Comedy – we will bring it back to you!!
This blog is the first of many called “Pictures Say A 1,000 Words.” We are releasing these twice a week with pictures from this season’s performances with hope they will remind you of the wonderful experiences of the past, and hope for more in the near future.
First up is our 2019 summer musical, Roald Dahl’s Matilda. We can’t thank Jeff Sprang of Jeff Sprang Photography enough for these pictures, and all of the photography from our shows!
Rock of Ages is a true tour-de-force in musical theatre. It is one part comedy, one part musical theatre, and one (very large) part of 80’s Rock ‘n Roll.
But for those of you who still are confused about what Rock of Ages is, here are 10 things you’ve gotta know…
On December 2, 2019, Michael Thomas, Artistic Director for the Renaissance, was honored by Broadway’s and Hollywood’s elite at the Ars Nova Ball 2019. He and his writing partner, Jeff Richmond, co-wrote Melancholy Baby which was the first show produced on the Ars Nova stage in 2002.
For the upcoming production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in October 2019, Scenic Designer, Jason Kaufman, gave some insights to this extraordinary set build.
Jason Kaufman standing in front of what is Mrs. Lovett’s oven for Sweeney Todd
Richland county has a special blend of dining options for people of all backgrounds and taste buds! So whether you’re craving Asian, American, or home-style, they got you covered! Here’s a list of places you’re gonna wanna try before attending the next Renaissance event! Continue reading
Coffy Creations Photography
Reading is a valuable part of everyone’s life, but more importantly, the effect of reading with your children is something that will nurture them the rest of their life. Research has proven time and time again that reading positively develops one’s health across the board – physically, mentally, emotionally, academically… all the -ly’s! In Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical, books are a way of escape for Matilda – travel, friends, education, etc. So, here’s Matilda’s “must haves” for your child’s bookshelf!
Photo Credit: Jeff Sprang Photography
Ah! The english language – the first subject that I was involved with in school that I excelled at… but also probably one of the worst subjects I was involved with. Unlike many other languages that have a basic format that can be used time and time again and make perfect sense, English continues to confuse people and students alike. In many circumstances, there are different spellings for the same place or thing (grey vs gray, disc vs. disk, ax vs. axe, etc.). For theater (or is it theatre), there are two spellings, but what are the rules when using them? Continue reading
It has taken three long years, but in six weeks a new theatre in Mansfield, OH will be born -Theatre 166, The Black Box Theatre of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association.