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Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

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The Niswonger Performing Arts Center’s 2016-2017 Ten Years of WOW! Season reaches its halfway point, more and more events for 2017 are releasing — and just in time for Christmas. Thursday, December 15, at noon marks another release for one of the most unique events included in this season with Artrageous! This one of a kind, cross-over multimedia event, presented by TAG Menswear, comes to the Niswonger on Saturday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m., presented by TAG Menswear.

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Tickets for Artrageous! on sale staring this Thursday at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio. (photo submitted)

Artrageous is an event that engages the creative senses. Imagine an artist creating a masterpiece before your eyes in mere moments. With a palette that also mixes captivating vocals, intricate choreography and exciting audience interaction, Artrageous takes you on a unique visual journey packed with wild inspiration, creativity and fun. The Artrageous troupe of artists, musicians, singers and dancers pay tribute to a variety of art forms, pop icons and musical genres culminating in a gallery of fabulous finished paintings. The result? A one of a kind crossover experience. The signature of the Artrageous Troupe is interaction and engagement, so be prepared to be a part of the show!

Arts and music gone wild in the streets of Van Wert. Through a unique collaboration with The Wassenberg Art Center, Main Street Van Wert, TAG Menswear, and other Van Wert businesses, this day will bring additional activities that will color your world. Stay tuned for details of downtown exhibits and attractions, preshow dining options and more.

This wonderful mashup of media will be something completely new the Niswonger making it one of the can’t-miss events of the season. And don’t forget, tickets and NPAC gift cards make great Christmas gifts!

This event is made complete with the generous sponsorship support of Bee Gee Realty and 2016-2017 Season Sponsors Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Statewide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck and Karen Koch.

Tickets for Artrageous! will be available at noon Thursday, December 15, and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office, from noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419.238.6722.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 Ohio 118 on the south edge of Van Wert.

POSTED: 12/13/16 at 8:57 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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The Broadway Series at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center is one of the most popular throughout the season. Today at noon, individual tickets can be purchased for Broadway’s 42nd Street, presented by Bee Gee Realty. The glitz and glamour of 42nd Street, coupled with song and dance, completely encapsulates what brings people back to Broadway shows again and again.

The stage will be bubbling over with dancing as the 42nd Street Broadway production boasts the largest dance troupe that has ever hit the Niswonger stage.

Song and dance is the name of the game when 42nd Street comes to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage early next year. (photo submitted)

Song and dance is the name of the game when 42nd Street comes to the Niswonger Performing Arts Center stage in February. (photo submitted)

The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song-and-dance fable of Broadway with an American Dream story, and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off to Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes for You” and of course “42nd Street.”

Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York City to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

With a book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, this sparkling new production will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Revival.

Broadway’s 42nd Street will come to the Niswonger for two shows at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 12, 2017. And don’t forget, tickets and NPAC gift cards make great Christmas gifts!

The Supporting Sponsor for 42nd Street, Van Wert Manor, has been helping bring shows to the Niswonger for the past six seasons.

This event is made complete with the generous support of the 2016-2017 Season Sponsors Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Statewide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck and Karen Koch.

Tickets for Broadway’s 42nd Street are now available and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office, noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 419.238.6722.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 Ohio 118 on the south edge of Van Wert.

POSTED: 11/10/16 at 7:53 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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Many have wanted to jump forward in time so they could get tickets, and now the wait is over. Today at noon, tickets can be purchased individually for The Time Jumpers, featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, “Ranger Doug” Green, and Paul Franklin, presented by Kenn-Feld Group.

Tap any member of multi-Grammy nominated The Time Jumpers on the shoulder and the face that turns to greet you will be that of one who’s made major contributions to the richness and vigor of country music.

The current edition of The Time Jumpers includes 10 members, each a master of his instrument. They are Vince Gill (vocals, electric and acoustic guitars), “Ranger Doug” Green (vocals, acoustic rhythm guitar), Paul Franklin (steel guitar), Brad Albin (upright bass), Larry Franklin (fiddle), Andy Reiss (electric guitar), Kenny Sears (vocals, fiddle), Joe Spivey (fiddle, vocals), Jeff Taylor (accordion, piano) and Billy Thomas (drums, vocals).

The Time Jumpers was established in Nashville in 1998 by an assemblage of high-dollar studio musicians who wanted to spend some spare time jamming with their sonically gifted buddies. The notion of building a rabidly devoted following was the last thing on their minds, but that’s what happened. Experience this Who’s Who of Country music on the Niswonger stage.

It will be just like a night at the Grand Ole Opry on the Niswonger stage. And don’t forget, tickets and NPAC gift cards make great Christmas gifts!

Supporting Sponsors for The Time Jumpers are Hoffman Plumbing & Heating and Mercer Landmark.

This event is made complete with the generous support of the 2016-2017 Season Sponsors Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, Statewide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck & Karen Koch.

Tickets for The Time Jumpers are now available and can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG or through the Box Office from noon-4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 419.238.6722.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 Ohio 118 on the south edge of Van Wert.

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POSTED: 11/08/16 at 8:59 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio.

October has been an entertaining ride at the NPAC, leaving fans of all ages looking forward to what’s in store. Well, the wait is over for “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”.

daniel-tiger-promo-pic-10-2016Daniel and his friends will transport the audience to the “Neighborhood of Make-Believe” on Saturday, February 25, 2017, with two kid-friendly showtimes of pure Tiger-ific Fun at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Jeffery-Mohr Family Dentistry has been presenting family shows at the Niswonger for the past five seasons and is pleased to bring this very popular PBS Kids show to northwest Ohio.

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”. Kids and parents alike rave about the lively show that is produced by The Fred Rogers Company and airs daily on PBS Kids.

Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard the trolley to delight live audiences with “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production is filled with singing, dancing, laughter, and “grr-ific” surprises that will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

This event is made complete with the generous support of the 2016-2017 Season Sponsors: Van Wert Federal Savings Bank, StateWide Ford-Lincoln, and Chuck and Karen Koch.

Tickets for “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” are now available and can be purchased online at www.npacvw.org or through the Monday through Friday, noon-4 p.m. at the NPAC Box Office: 419.238.6722.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 Ohio 118 on the south edge of Van Wert.

POSTED: 10/27/16 at 7:06 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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Lincolnview Theatre will present as its fall production “A Frightening Night of Comedy” at the Van Wert Civic Theatre.

This will be a fun, entertaining show that includes a comical one-act play, several funny skits, and two hilarious dance routines. The show will be hosted by Dylan Neate and Alana Williams, who are featured throughout the production as they provide comic banter and some crazy antics.

Alana Williams and Dylan Neate will host Lincolnview Theatre's upcoming fall production: "A Frightening Night of Comedy." (photo submitted)

Alana Williams and Dylan Neate will host Lincolnview Theatre’s upcoming fall production: “A Frightening Night of Comedy.” (photo submitted)

The one-act play is a comedy titled Good Night, Caroline by Conrad Seiler, which is about a husband and wife, played by Josh England and Frankie Carey, dealing with a burglar, played by Cameron McAbee, who is robbing their house. The husband, Alfred, is continuously annoyed by his nagging wife, Caroline, while their home is being robbed. The dialogue gets pretty crazy, with Caroline and her absurd, yet priceless, moments with both Alfred and the burglar.

There will also be some skits about trick or treating, a pumpkin fairy, and a mysterious UFO. Some junior high and elementary students will join the high school students as they present a final skit about a Halloween dance. Comedy will be abundant throughout the frightening night.

Cast and crew include Frankie Carey, Josh England, Lainie Jones, Cameron McAbee, Dylan Neate, Braxten Robey, Alana Williams, Ryanne DuCheney, Allison Berryman, Ashton Hilleary, Claira Rhoades, Kathy Tate, Storm Whitaker, Jack Snyder, Jayna Roberts, Connor Johnson, Ariel Pruden, Sami Sellers, Landon Moody, Zadria King, Miah Miller, Adalee Purk, Conner Baldauf, Kaden Hohman, Breck Evans, Jayce Schimmoeller, Dane Ebel, MaKayla Jackman, Jayden Welker, Corbin Evans, Maceyn Snyder, Keagan Farris, Summer Karbowiak, and Grace Sadowski.

The stage crew includes Lakin Clemons, Maddie Gorman, Thad Walker, Haley Pollock, Hunter Maunz, Derick Doner, and Anoryia King. Special guest performers include Lincolnview alumni Beth Evans and Taylor Hesseling.

Chad Kraner directs the show, assisted by Stacie Korte, with Kim Pollock as choreographer and Kinsey Miller as the set artist.

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POSTED: 10/24/16 at 3:16 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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Paul Hoverman, director of the biennial Van Wert Community Messiah performance, has announced the rehearsal schedule for the volunteer chorus.

The first rehearsal will be Saturday, November 5, from 3 to 5 p.m., in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 113 W. Central Ave. in Van Wert. All other rehearsals will be on Sundays from 3 to 5 p.m., beginning with Sunday, November 13. The performance will be Sunday, December 11, at 7 p.m. at First UM Church in Van Wert.

A volunteer chorus of approximately 75 singers joins a professional chamber orchestra and four professional soloists. Anyone high school age and older wanting to sing in the chorus is invited to attend the first rehearsal. The ability to sing in tune and the desire to be a part of a wonderful musical and Christmas tradition are the only requirements.

Music books are available for those who do not have their own copy. Those who own their own copy are encouraged to bring them. It is highly recommended for singers to attend the majority of rehearsals.

The Van Wert community tradition of a Messiah performance dates back to pre-World War II years. Since 1992, it has been a biennial tradition. Hoverman will be conducting his 11th performance of Messiah.  The December performance will include Part I, as well as “The Trumpet Shall Sound”, “Worthy is the Lamb/Amen”, and the “Hallelujah Chorus”.

The performance is sponsored by The Van Wert County Foundation, in cooperation with First United Methodist Church. For more information, email paulhoverman@gmail.com.

This photo is from the 2014 performance of Handel's Messiah. (photo submitted)

This photo is from the 2014 performance of Handel’s Messiah. (photo submitted)

POSTED: 10/13/16 at 6:56 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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Directors Dan Bulau and Amy Schoppell of Offstage Productions have comedy gold in this year’s production of Drinking Habits by Tom Smith.

The sisters of Perpetual Sewing Convent have a problem … and it’s enough to drive one to drink.

Sister Mary Mary (Amy McConn) and Father Paul (Matt Krol), who are actually reporters Sally and Paul, talk with Father Chenille (Steve Bricker). (OSP photo)

Sister Mary Mary (Amy McConn) and Father Paul (Matt Krol), who are actually reporters Sally and Paul, talk with Father Chenille (Steve Bricker) during a performance of Off Stage Productions’ Drinking Habits. (OSP photo)

A declaration has been made that any convent not “of consequence” will be closed, so the sisters take matters into their own hands to protect the place they call home … even if it’s just three … or six of them.

Cunning Sister Augusta (Mary Yackey) and Confessional Sister Philamena (Kecia Pontius) have devised a plan to secretly sell wine instead of grape juice to make their convent more profitable, even if it means dragging innocent groundskeeper George (Daniel Sanderson) into their scheme.

But someone’s wine has just won a half million-dollar prize, spurring reporters Paul and Sally (Matt Krol and Amy McConn) to the steps of the convent in search of the mysterious winner. As Paul and Sally go undercover as Father Paul and Sister Mary Mary, things get even more twisted with news that not only will there be a new arrival at the convent, but that the Cardinal is sending spies around to infiltrate and determine what convents will be closed.

With the arrival of Sister Mary Catherine (Kelly Smith), even the level-headed Father Chenille (Steve Bricker) is doubting the intentions of all the new arrivals.

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POSTED: 10/12/16 at 7:50 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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Van Wert High School Theatre Department is excited to announce its 2016-2017 season. The VWHS fall play production of The Visitors will be performed at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19, starting at 7 p.m.

Rehearsals began in September and students are looking forward to sharing this classic two-act comedy written by Vern Harden.

the-visitors-artwork-10-2016Play summary: Unexpected guests visit the McBrine family and some of those guests have been around for hundreds of years. Real, live ghosts are brought back to help the McBrine family out of its financial troubles. See how the family reacts to unexpected guests in this family friendly comedy.

Tickets are currently available from cast and crew members, the NPAC Box Office, and at the door. The Visitors is produced with special arrangement through Pioneer Drama Service Inc. in Englewood, Colorado.

On April 6-8, 2017, join Van Wert High School Theatre as it presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid, starting at 7 p.m., on the NPAC stage. Auditions will take place in December and students will begin rehearsals in January for this musical based on the famous Disney movie originally released in 1989.

Audience members will join Ariel, Prince Eric, King Triton, Sebastian, Flounder, Scuttles, Ursula and many other recognizable characters as they discover life on land and under the sea are different yet intriguing. Bring the whole family, as famous songs such as “Under the Sea” and “Part of Your World” will be featured. Tickets for the musical will go on sale in early March, and this is a show local residents will not want to miss. Reserved and general admission seating will be available.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI, www.MTIShows.com.

VWHS Theatre hopes to see local residents at its fall and spring productions as the organization creates, performs, and inspires the Van Wert community through the theatrical arts.

POSTED: 10/12/16 at 7:34 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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Those who have attended events at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center know a trip to the Niswonger is more than a show, it is an experience. On Saturday, October 8, at 3 p.m., all ages will experience the jungle when “Jack Hanna: Into the Wild Live!” comes to the NPAC stage.

Beginning at 2 that afternoon, an hour prior to “Jungle Jack” Hanna’s stage time, kids and their families can enjoy a jungle pre-show party sponsored by The Animal Clinic of Van Wert (Tom and Leslie Wilkin) and Gary Taylor of Taylor Auto Sales Inc.

This jungle-themed pre-show party will be packed with engaging fun. The ukulele-playing Atomic Sharks are back for more. Kids love them and can’t get enough of the fun and energy they produce from two wild and crazy guys, two ukuleles, and some silly songs.

Join them as they liven up the pre-show party in the Niswonger’s Van Wert Federal Grand Lobby. Also featured at the pre-show party will be face painting by some savvy local artists, as well as balloon art provided by local entertainer Aaron Roehm. It all begins at 2 at the Niswonger.

The Niswonger is offering a rare pre-release ticket buying opportunity for “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!” for all patrons who purchase tickets to Jack Hanna’s “Into the Wild Live!” show.

atomic-sharks-promo-photo-9-2016Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is another family show that is wildly popular and comes to the Niswonger on Saturday, February 25, 2017, for two showtimes at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Ticket buyers for Jack Hanna can access pre-sale tickets and choice seats prior to the November 23 release date. Contact the Box Office for more information.

“Jack Hanna: Into the Wild Live!” is presented by committed sponsor Belna Petroleum of Rockford. Supporting Sponsors are Betsey’s Boutique Shop and Dr. Jon Romer Optometrist.

Tickets for “Jack Hanna: Into The Wild Live!” as low as $15 can be purchased online at NPACVW.ORG and through the Box Office from noon-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 419.238.6722.

The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is located at 10700 Ohio 118 on the south edge of Van Wert.

POSTED: 09/28/16 at 7:30 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News

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The Niswonger Performing Arts Center is honored to have the support of the business community of Van Wert and the surrounding regions. Each of this season’s events are sponsored by shareholders of the region who believe in supporting the arts as a way to enhance the quality of life in northwest Ohio.

Season Sponsors for the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio. (photos submitted)

Season Sponsors for the Niswonger Performing Arts Center of Northwest Ohio. (photos submitted)

In addition to the individual event sponsors, there are organizations that go above and beyond to sponsor the entire 2016-2017 “Ten Years of Wow!” season. This year, those recognizable positions are held by StateWide Ford Lincoln, Van Wert Federal Savings Bank and Chuck and Karen Koch.

These Season Sponsors will enable the Niswonger to bring the arts and entertainment industry to over 40,000 patrons this season.

The first event of the Grand Series will premier this today at 7:30 p.m. with jazz icons Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright, presented by Chuck and Karen Koch and Jim and Theresa Robideau, and supported by Rex and Bev Fortney.

The Season Sponsors are collective in their vision of supporting a variety of entertainment to appease musical desires and quench musical curiosity. The “Ten Years Of Wow!” season is an ideal time for patrons to get curious and sample a style of music that is relatively new.

POSTED: 09/24/16 at 7:59 am. FILED UNDER: Arts & Entertainment, News