WC Museum Scarecrow Contest

Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to show their community spirit by creating a scarecrow for display on the grounds of the Wood County Museum….

An autumn community tradition is back for its 19th season. Individuals, families, and organizations are invited to show their community spirit by creating a scarecrow for display on the grounds of the Wood County Museum. The contest is free to enter. Cash prizes are provided by sponsors. Registration is required and can easily be completed by visiting wcparks.org, or calling 419-353-1897.

While at home, with a little straw and some imagination, make your creation “come to life.” Once completed, bring your finished creation on

Tuesday, October 13 from 4:00 – 7:30 pm to display at the Wood County Museum, 13660 County Home Road in Bowling Green. Fence posts will be provided. Scarecrow straw, clothing, and parts will not be provided.

1st prize: $100 sponsored by Robert K. Miller Insurance Agency, Inc.

2nd prize: $50 sponsored by Kathrens Insurance Agency

3rd prize: $25 sponsored by InTech IT Solutions

16 & under prize: $25 sponsored by Grounds for Thought

Scarecrows will be displayed on the Museum lawn October 14-25. Museum grounds are open daily from 8:00 am until 30 minutes past sunset. Registration deadline is Sunday, October 11. For contest rules & regulations and information about additional programs, adventures, and activities, visit wcparks.org.

 

 

Black Swamp Players Presents Nothing Good Happens After Midnight

Written to be performed in a virtual environment, this play by sketch writer Laurie Allen is set in April 2020……

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players will present two performances of the one-act play Nothing Good Happens After Midnight on September 16 and September 23 as part of The Hump Day Revue.

Written to be performed in a virtual environment, this play by sketch writer Laurie Allen is set in April 2020 and focuses on a bride-to-be, Savannah, who learns the hard way that being quarantined alone in her apartment does not mix well with wine and pre-wedding jitters. With her fiancé, Billy, quarantined with his parents, she relies on video conference calls with Billy and her parents, Joyce and George, for support. But one fateful night with a pair of scissors and a poor attempt at hair dressing might jeopardize the festivities. 

Directed by Deb Shaffer, this production will feature a different cast in each of its two performances. The September 16 cast includes: Allie Levine (Savannah), Karen Long (Joyce), Patrick Davis (George), and Heath Diehl (Billy). The September 23 cast includes: Leah Truman (Savannah), Deb Weiser (Joyce), Bob Welly (George), and Heath Diehl (Billy).

Performances of Nothing Good Happens After Midnight are free and will be streamed live via the Hump Day Revue. A recording of each performance also will be made available on the organization’s website following the live performances.

Anyone who would like to donate to Black Swamp Players can visit the organization’s website at http://www.blackswampplayers.org/donate/.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit organization that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty-one years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.

TODAY 7 pm! ONE Day only “HARD KILL”! at the Theater

Action/Thriller starring Bruce Willis and Jesse Metcalfe. The work of a billionaire tech titan is so valuable that he hires mercenaries lead by an ex-Marine to protect it.

Reminder to all that we have a one day showing at the Virginia Theater in Downtown North Baltimore!

SUPPORT OUR LOCAL THEATER!!!

Wednesday, September 9

Showtime 7 pm

Hard Kill (2020)

 
 
HARD KILL – Action/Thriller starring Bruce Willis and Jesse Metcalfe. The work of a billionaire tech titan is so valuable that he hires mercenaries lead by an ex-Marine to protect it. When his daughter is kidnapped by a terrorist group in order to get it, the team of mercenaries must go on the offensive to not only save his daughter but also stop a world-changing computer program from being triggered.
 
Here is a link to the trailer:

NEW 1st Run Movies Return to NB!

Saturday & Sunday August 29-30 1 PM, 4 PM 7 PM!!!

Now that we have some first-run stuff. —-> Bill & Ted Face the Music.<— We hope to see everyone out to the Virginia Theater. It has been very slow these past few months. Please help us continue having this great old theater open.

First Run movies return to Virginia Theater this weekend
 
Bill & Ted Face the Music Rated PG-13
 
Once told they’d save the universe during a time-traveling adventure, 2 would-be rockers from San Dimas, California find themselves as middle-aged dads still trying to crank out a hit song and fulfill their destiny.
 
Showtimes are Friday, August 28, 7 pm,
 
Saturday & Sunday August 29-30 1 PM, 4 PM 7 PM
 
Sept 4 – 21 TENET
 
Oct 4 – ? Wonder Women 1984
 
Rocky Horror is coming in late Sept and October for midnight showings.

Holy Grail May Be Found in Downtown NB???

Virginia Theater has new hours with more Showtimes…

Downtown North Baltimore’s Virginia Theater has new hours with more Showtimes…

Friday 7pm

Saturday 1pm, 4pm, 7pm

& Sunday 1pm, 4pm 7pm.

This week –  August 7-9 – 

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Please help support our hometown theater. We are working hard to bring classics and first-run to you during these hard times.

Our booker is also working with Independent film companies to offer new content.

 

Find Your Happy Place with Free Streaming Programs

Since it’s ad-supported, the massive library of films and TV shows is available for free without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees…..

(Family Features) If the words “happy little trees” and “almighty mountains” slow your pulse and bring a sense of calm, you’re probably already a fan of Bob Ross. Now you can take in the soothing sights of Ross creating his famous art for free from virtually any device you own.

Photo courtesy: Bob Ross Inc. Used with permission.

Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for the classic PBS TV show “The Joy of Painting.” Now, 25 years after his passing, nearly 400 episodes are available on Tubi, a free video-on-demand service.

Whether you’re a budding artist or simply enjoy getting lost in the art of creating, Ross is an icon who has inspired generations of fans.

“My mother first discovered Bob more than 35 years ago, and since that time he’s become a global phenomenon,” said Joan Kowalski, president of Bob Ross Inc. “I can’t think of a better time for people to listen to Bob’s soothing voice and hear his peaceful words of wisdom. I’m really happy that everyone can watch Bob create his ‘happy little accidents’ whenever they want for free on Tubi.”

The service offers more than 20,000 movies and TV shows from nearly every major Hollywood studio on virtually every platform, from smart TVs and video game consoles to mobile phones, tablets and more. Since it’s ad-supported, the massive library of films and TV shows is available for free without the hassle of credit cards and subscription fees.

Viewers can indulge in genres of all kinds from Hollywood blockbusters and independent films to specialty content, children’s programming and more on the growing platform.

To find your own relaxing programming, visit Tubi.tv.

SOURCE:
Tubi

“Goonies” This Weekend at the Virginia Theater

Remember 1985 with a classic film…. GOONIES……at the Virginia Theater this weekend only.

Remember 1985 with a classic film…. GOONIES……at the Virginia Theater this weekend only.

THE Best Popcorn and Kettle Korn in NB!!! (Get some TO GO – even if you don’t stay for the movie)

Showtimes:

Friday at 7pm…

Sat & Sun 3pm & 7pm.

Don’t miss this fun family classic on the big screen…

YOUTHEATRE COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Over 300 students participate in the Marathon Center for the Performing Art’s Youtheatre program each year….

Findlay, OH, June 16, 2020– Marathon Center for the Performing Arts presented the 2020 Youtheatre college scholarships to Anna Kahle and Abagayle Omlor.  The students were chosen based on their participation in the Youtheatre program – the depth and years of involvement in the program, as well as identification of skills gained in the program.

Anna is the daughter of Martha and David Kahle.  She is a 2020 graduate of Lima Central Catholic and will be attending Xavier University in the fall to major in Theatre Education.  Anna has been involved in Youtheatre productions the past 2 years and credits her time working with other students as leading to her pursuit of an Education degree. She says, “Being in a show with middle and high schoolers had a surprisingly great impact on my plans for my future education. By working with youth and seeing them grow through theatre, I realized I want to major in theatre education.  Youtheatre has not only provided me with fun memories, but also with friends and guidance for my future, and for that, I am grateful.”

Anna Kahle

 

A 2020 Findlay High School graduate, Abagayle is the daughter of Angie and Ben Omlor.  She will be attending Case Western University majoring in Chemical Biology.  Abagayle has participated in Youtheatre the last 5 years, performing on stage and serving as a youth assistant for productions.  Omlor shares the following about the impact Youtheatre has meant to her, “From directors, to fellow cast members, every single person that I have met has bettered myself in some way or another. Youtheatre has allowed me to be more social, and break out of my shell more.  Youtheatre has increased my onstage, and offstage confidence greatly.”

Abagayle Omlor

 

Over 300 students participate in the Marathon Center for the Performing Art’s Youtheatre program each year in workshops, productions and camps.

For additional information about upcoming Youtheatre programming, contact Craig VanRenterghem, Education Director, at education@mcpa.org.

Venues Across Ohio Join Together for Audience Survey

Performing Arts Centers in Ohio surveying the public…..

Sixteen performing arts centers and venues from around the state of Ohio, including Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, are joining forces to survey the consumer confidence of their audiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Venues designed to bring together large gatherings of people to experience a live performance are being hit especially hard by the pandemic. Their doors were among the first to close and will most likely be the last to reopen as bans on large gatherings are still in place throughout the state.

Marathon Center for the Performing Arts in Findlay

 

“We know now is not the right time to reopen our doors and get back to business as usual,” explains David Mitchell, general manager of the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas who initiated the state-wide survey. “Our industry is making decisions in the interest of public health and safety to remain closed for now and we’re working our way through strategies for how and when we move forward. Surveying our audiences will assist us in formulating those strategies.”

The survey is designed to gauge when audiences will be comfortable coming back to theatres and venues to enjoy live entertainment again, whether it be a concert, Broadway show or family entertainment. According to Heather J. Clow, Executive Director of Marathon Center for the Performing Arts, “While several studies have been done on a national level, we know that every state and community is reacting differently to the pandemic and it’s important that we understand how Ohioans and our local audience are reacting.”

“While nothing beats the visceral feeling of attending a live performance surrounded by hundreds of people for a shared experience, we know those experiences as we knew them will be on hold for a bit longer,” shares Jori Jex, of the Valentine Theatre in Toledo. “This survey will go a long way in telling us how long it might be before our audience will be comfortable returning, even after bans on large gatherings are lifted.”

Mitchell sums it up by saying, “Live entertainment and the arts will never go away. It’s what makes us human to create and experience the joys that it brings. When times are tough, people seek out the arts and crave the feeling of unity. We need the healing power of the arts more than ever now and we’ll be ready to provide those in-person experiences once again when the time is right.”

Participating venues whose seating capacities range from 901 to 2,592 include:

  • Akron Civic Theater (Akron)
  • Canton Palace Theatre (Canton)
  • Clark State Performing Arts Center (Springfield)
  • Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (Findlay)
  • Marion Palace Theatre (Marion)
  • The Midland Theater (Newark)
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory (Oberlin)
  • Peoples Bank Theatre (Marietta)
  • Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas (New Philadelphia)
  • The Ritz Theatre (Tiffin)
  • Sandusky State Theatre (Sandusky)
  • Stocker Arts Center (Elyria)
  • Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (Athens)
  • Valentine Theatre (Toledo)
  • Van Wert Live at the Niswonger (Van Wert)
  • The Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (Lima)

 

Surveys are being distributed via email and social media to existing customers of each venue.

Survey link: https://kent.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8CGKPKAMjwuhhLD 

 

More information on the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts can be found at www.mcpa.org.

MCPA is located at 200 West Main Cross Street in Findlay.

 

This Week’s Show at the Virginia Theater

In Downtown North Baltimore this Weekend!

 

All Showings are $5.00

Sonic the Hedgehog

Showing

Friday, Feb 28:  7:00 pm

Saturday, Feb. 29: 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

Sunday, March 1: 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm.

This is a one week booking.

Based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega, SONIC THE HEDGEHOG tells the story of the world’s speediest hedgehog as he embraces his new home on Earth. In this live-action adventure comedy, Sonic and his new best friend Tom (James Marsden) team up to defend the planet from the evil genius Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) and his plans for world domination. The family-friendly film also stars Tika Sumpter and Ben Schwartz as the voice of Sonic.

Black Swamp Players Present The Drowsy Chaperone

Black Swamp Players Continues 52nd Season With Musical Comedy

Black Swamp Players Continues 52nd Season With Musical Comedy,

The Drowsy Chaperone

(Bowling Green)—The Black Swamp Players continues its fifty-second season with The Drowsy Chaperone. The show opens February 21 and runs for two consecutive weekends.

The Drowsy Chaperone is a send-up of American musical comedy in the 1920s featuring Jazz-Age style showstoppers and dance numbers. It follows a woman in a chair (Annelise Clifton), who is listening to her favorite record: the cast recording of the fictitious 1928 musical, The Drowsy Chaperone. The recording comes to life as we meet the characters involved in a wedding, including two lovers (Bridget Harrington and Zachary Robb), the bumbling best man (Kamron Girardot), a desperate theater producer (Lexington Stuber), two gangsters posing as pastry chefs (Mariah Clawson and Emily Penton), a not-so-bright hostess (Deb Shaffer), and an intoxicated chaperone (Beth Giller).

The cast also includes Patrick Davis (Aldolpho), Melissa Kershaw (Kitty), Karmann Ludwig (Ensemble), Stephanie Truman (Superintendent), Bianca Oliver (Ensemble), Leah Truman (Trix, Ensemble), and Andrew Varney (Underling).

The production is directed by Heath A. Diehl with music direction by Lizzie Edwards and choreography by Joelle Stiles.

The Drowsy Chaperone will open on Friday, February 21 at 7:30 PM. Additional performance dates include: Friday, February 28 and Saturday, February 22 and 29, all at 7:30 PM; and Sunday, February 23 and March 1 at 2:00 PM. All performances will take place at the First United Methodist Church on East Wooster Street in Bowling Green.

Tickets for the production are $17/adults, $15/seniors (65+) and students (under 18), and can be purchased on the organization’s website or at the door.

The Players will close their 52nd season with Leaving Iowa which opens in late-April.

Black Swamp Players is nonprofit corporation that exists to provide opportunities for area residents to experience quality, amateur, live theatre in all its many aspects. Founded in 1968, Black Swamp Players has been providing community theatre to the Bowling Green and surrounding areas for the past fifty-one years. Those interested in volunteering for the organization should send an e-mail query to president@blackswampplayers.org.