January 17-19 and 24-26, the Renaissance will bring the original musical by Michael Thomas, At Last: An Evening with Etta James, to the stage of Theatre 166.
In honor of this world premiere, here are a 10 tidbits about this legendary musical giant.
You know you do it. We all do! Starting around mid-November, Silent Night, Joy to the World, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas all start creeping into our heads. We sing these Holiday tunes in the shower, in the car, or doing dishes. They just creep up without knowing it…but do we mind? Not usually because they make us feel SOOOO good.
Why do they have this power? Well…it is all science.
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.
The upcoming Mansfield Symphony Orchestra concert on September 21, 2019 is called “Bohemian Souls.” The definition of a Bohemian is “[one who is] socially unconventional in an artistic way.” Dvorak who was actually from Bohemia defines this. Tchaikovsky and his tumultuous life define this. Missy Mazolli who is breaking all of the rules in the composition world defines this. At this concert, you will hear TONS of Bohemian sounds.
But, the word Bohemian does not necessarily bring up sound. When I think of being a Bohemian, I want to wear loud prints, wear gaudy jewelry, and drink cheap wine in a dive bar in Brooklyn. But, why? What makes the word Bohemian define such a visual?
Choirs are seeing a resurgence in popularity the last decade or more. It’s no wonder – choirs are groups filled with amazingly diverse people who are all sharing one common goal – making beautiful music.
If you are looking for a reason to join a choir, perhaps the Mansfield Symphony Chorus (wink, wink, nudge, nudge), read on for a few really good reasons.
Before you get your hopes up, the answer is “No, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture will not be on the upcoming Mansfield Symphony Orchestra’s “Russian Spectacular” concert on February 9.” [The crowd begins to shriek and gasp!]. Seriously – the Renaissance Theatre just can’t possibly afford the damage caused by five cannons!
With all kidding aside, this work is to most people THE masterpiece of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s, or at least in the top three. With our inspired all-Russian concert coming up, I thought I would briefly review this masterwork, as it happens to be the piece that inspired me to become a musician.
According to a 2016 study by the League of American Orchestras, “Overall, [symphony] audiences declined by 10.5% between 2010 and 2014…”. However, there is overwhelming evidence of a plethora of health benefits to listening to classical music.
I feel confident the majority of people want to feel and be healthy. So the question becomes, why aren’t you going to the symphony?
“Every day, American young people spend more than 4 hours watching television, DVDs, or videos; 1 hour using a computer; and 49 minutes playing video games. In many cases, youths are engaged in two or more of these activities at the same time. Little wonder this era has become known as the “digital age,” and Americans born after 1980 have become known as ‘digital natives’.”
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.
May 31, 2019 for Annual Members
June 18, 2019 for Non-Members
June 25, 2019 for Annual Members
July 9, 2019 for Non-Members