The Mansfield Symphony Orchestra is a very important part of the Renaissance Performing Arts Association. Founded in 1930, the Mansfield Symphony is deeply rooted in our community. It was the merging of the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra with the Renaissance Theatre in 1997 that created the association we have today – Renaissance Performing Arts.
Each season, the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra holds six concerts. Three concerts are called “Masterworks” which highlight famous and classic symphonic repertoire, and three concerts are called “Pops” which honors more popular compositions.
The first concert in the 2019-20 Season was titled “Bohemian Souls” for the compositions performed on the concert – Missy Mazzoli’s Sinfonia (for orbiting spheres), the beautiful Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Spanish virtuoso, Francisco Fullana, and Dvořák’s Symphony No. 8, which was composed in honor of his election into the Bohemian Academy of Science, Literature and Arts.
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 second “Pictures Say A 1,000 Words” blog is about our wildly popular show, Disney’s Frozen Jr. This production is from the MY Theatre troupe.
For those who may not have heard of MY Theatre before, it has a wonderful back story. The youth group is led by Director Dauphne Maloney, who started it in 2006 with the first production in a church. In 2013, she brought the group to the Renaissance and began a lasting collaboration. MY Theatre is open to students ages 5-18 and its mission is to support students in gaining theatre experience in a nurturing environment, as part of a large production.
Frozen Jr. set records for MY Theatre attendance. Just take a peek at the Jeff Sprang Photography photos of the production and you will see why!
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!
Matti-Lynn Chrisman is our fourth finalist in the Mansfield Symphony Orchestra singing competition.
Our third Mansfield Symphony Orchestra singing competition finalist is Jarica Awwiller. Jarica is also a fine writer. The following was written by her.
Part 2 of our blog series on the MSO singing finalists focuses on Audrey Lee-Strohm.
The next six blogs will highlight six extraordinary people who are this year’s Mansfield Symphony Orchestra singing competition finalists. Allie Carter is the first contestant…
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…