Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents its production of American playwright Marsha Norman’s riveting drama "‘night, Mother," in the intimate Studio Theater, March 21 – May 4, 2014. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. There are no performances April 18-20.
Vincente Chinor is opening a new fashion boutique in Lakewood called 'CHINOR' located at 14404 Detroit Avenue, next to Cotton. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 12 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and is open to the public.
As they say, "No good deed goes unpunished," but I suppose this time I brought it on myself…
The Liveable Lakewood series of postcards are a product of looking at various ways to market Lakewood Ohio, to both the residents, and those outside. When we sat down and looked at what Lakewood could use, and what we need, and good ways to market Lakewood, some thought postcards would be good. Being a postcard collector myself, I knew that many things make postcards work, interesting images, fun, satire, and many of the classics, like names, exaggerations, events. The first three cards in this project represented exaggerations, nice images, satire and Lakewood spelled out in block letters. They are also numbered and series named. We have already been contacted by some of the members of the National Postcard show, which will be held later this year in North Olmsted about "Liveable Lakewood" being the featured cards.
We eagerly started to get the cards out to local businesses only, that had requested them, at no charge. And they flew off the shelves. Over 2,000 postcards out the first week. Then the complaints started to come in. Not about the project, people love the project, but the Sunrise over Cleveland, which we all thought was one of the best photos of Cleveland we had ever seen. It reads: "Lakewood, Ohio, Just far enough from Cleveland to enjoy life."
Bill Miller or Mr. Stress as he has come to be known to blues lovers around Cleveland has been a legend among blues music fans since he began playing harmonica back in the mid 1960s. Since then he and his bandmates have shared the stage with the likes of Cream, Three Dog Night, The MC5 and Golden Earring. Stress and company have worked at the fabled Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan and have also held long term residencies at the Brick Cottage and the Euclid Tavern. They have also worked every two-bit dive in between.
In February of 1964, The Beatles arrived for the first time in The United States and performed on the widely popular Ed Sullivan Show. 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of this legendary performance, which was viewed by 73 million people. This Saturday January 25th, The Lakewood Project high school rock orchestra and Beatles tribute band Hard Day’s Night (HDN) will be celebrating the Fab Four’s introduction to America by performing a wide selection of Beatles hits in the Lakewood Civic Auditorium, as well as many fun classics by other artists from the 1960s.
Beck Teen Theater Explores Serious Subject Matter With Classic Drama, "The Children's Hour" Continues To Educate Students In 65th Anniversary Season
Beck Center Teen Theater presents "The Children’s Hour" in the Studio Theater February 21 – March 2, 2014. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. A special student matinee performance is at 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 27. Seating in the Studio Theater is limited and tickets are on sale now.
Beck Center’s Dance Education program continues to excel with nine students participating in the Youth American Grand Prix (YAGP) February 28 through March 2, 2014. After receiving the "2013 Best of the West in Dance Instruction" Beck Center’s Dance Education program is thrilled to offer its students the opportunity to perform at YAGP. These students will take their education and training to the next level by performing at the world’s largest dance scholarship competition that awards over $250,000 annually.
"Love And Do What You Will"
Beck Center for the Arts continues to create art experiences with the return of Super Saturdays @ Beck from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 7. This free arts experience is the perfect way for young aspiring artists to interact with music, dance, theater, and visual arts. While Super Saturdays @ Beck are geared toward children ages 1 to 8 years, siblings and friends up to age 10 may also take part in the fun.
Beck Center Provides Plenty Of Unique Gifts And Holiday Productions To Keep Your Shopping Stress-Free For The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
Beck Center for the Arts is fully prepared for the rapidly approaching holidays this year. With plenty of opportunities to meet shopper’s needs, Beck Center is here to help. From original gifts to gift cards and theater tickets and classes, there are numerous options to suit all styles and age groups.
By popular demand, Beck Center for the Arts presents the return of "Annie," December 6, 2013 through January 5, 2014 on the Mackey Main Stage. In 2012, Northeast Ohio audiences wholeheartedly responded to the touching story of the spunky orphan determined to find her parents who abandoned her at an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. In adventure after fun-filled adventure, Annie foils Hannigan’s evil schemes and finds a new home in the mansion of Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks.
“It’s a much-loved gem among seasoned theatergoers, but more importantly, it’s a fantastic introduction to kids of all ages who will become our audiences of 'tomorrow,'” commented Director Scott Spence. “It’s always amazing to revisit a project where you had a wondrous time collaborating with such talented artists,” said Spence. “You can’t beat getting a chance to do Annie for a second straight year with a terrific mix of returning veterans and superb new talent.”
CPT/Y-Haven Bring Free Play, Created & Acted By Homeless Men, To Lakewood Congregational Church On Nov. 23
The arduous journey to reclaiming one’s life back from addiction and homelessness is not one most people can even envision in their imaginations, let alone travel for real. For residents of Y-Haven, a branch of the Greater Cleveland YMCA, recovery has meant bringing their stories to life for the public through a special program with the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT) -- the CPT/Y-Haven Theatre Project.
The first 8-week period of visual arts classes at Beck Center is wrapping up, but the second session is just getting started. A variety of visual arts classes and workshops are offered through Beck Center's Visual Arts Education program including drawing, painting, pottery, and multi-media classes. Many professionally-recognized artists are on staff to share their artistic knowledge and talents with students. Classes are designed to allow students to acquire the skills they need to fully realize their potential and create beautiful art.
The Good Day Moon Gallery and the Reiki Room successfully kicked off their Inaugural Art and Soul Street Festival on September 14th. In just under two months we put together a festival that included 16 artists, music, food and plenty of entertainment for everyone. We managed to raise $650 for the Trinity Lutheran Community Outreach which provides meals for people in need. We didn’t know what to expect but we had a great turnout, enough that we decided to make this an annual event. Many people on our street stopped by to thank us for doing something right in their neighborhood that had never been done before. We are also planning a Christmas bazaar at the church on December 14th and are officially looking for artists of all kinds to be a part of this event.
CityMusic Cleveland, The FREE Orchestra, Begins 10th Season With New Director, Internationally Renowned Soloist, And New Residency In Lakewood
Since 2004, CityMusic Cleveland has been reversing trends of declining audiences in classical music by presenting free concerts at local neighborhood hubs, thus eliminating the twin barriers of high ticket price and unfamiliar location. October 23rd - 27th, with its newly appointed music director Avner Dorman, CityMusic will present its 10th season opening, the Mozart Violin Concerto Tour, featuring one of the world’s foremost violinists, Rachel Barton Pine.
Follow the sound of the Piper’s tune to the Mackey Main Stage November 7-10
Recently, the birthplace of punk rock has been disputed. Is it England? It has to be New York City. What about Detroit?
While it is usually agreed that the very first proto-punk bands, (that are known about) The Stooges and MC5 came from Detroit, how about Lakewood?
The Lakewood-born band Mirrors appearance at this year’s Studio-A-Rama, perfectly timed with the release of “CBGB,” a film about the very first punk club (or was it?) brought the debate up once again. And this is just the debate about when, not why… That's another story-- and another story about Lakewood.
If you look at the dates on bands out of the Lakewood area, they predate the Sex Pistols, the Ramones, and even Cleveland’s own Dead Boys—though there they have some close relatives… The first punk bands to come from the Lakewood scene were electric eels, Mirrors and Rocket From The Tombs.
The public was invited to join Kowit & Passov Real Estate Group for the unveiling of the new mural outside of the Bailey Building in Lakewood, Ohio. The reveal of the mural, painted by professional artist Jacqueline DelBrocco, took place on Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. outside of the Bailey Building (14725 Detroit Ave).
Property owner Brad Kowit sought to improve the aesthetics of the building along a blank, brick canvas with a piece of art the public could enjoy, therefore holding a contest to provide one local artist the opportunity to have their art featured on the western side of the Bailey Building outside of the University of Akron. Artist winner Jacqueline DelBrocco developed the “Dream” like piece that was unveiled at the event. DelBrocco says her design “portrays a positive, uplifting figure shaking dreams of hope from his/her head. A famous quote by Eleanor Roosevelt emerges from the dream-like shapes that are growing out of the figure’s imagination.”
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to welcome the independent café coffeeproper to their campus. The espresso bar and tea lounge opens at 8 a.m. on Thursday, October 1. Beck Center is located on the west end of Lakewood at 17801 Detroit Avenue. In addition to metered street parking, free onsite parking is available in the lots east and south of Beck Center’s Main Building.
Beck Center for the Arts is proud to present "33 Variations," October 11 through November 17, 2013 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Post show talks with local experts from the medical and music communities will follow performances on Sunday, October 13, Saturday, October 26 and Friday, November 8. There will be no performance on Saturday, October 19. Tickets are now on sale.
Beck Center’s landmark 80th anniversary season is well underway and less than a month remains until the inaugural Spotlight fundraising gala on October 19.
Since 1933, Beck Center has been creating art experiences for all ages, and this celebration looks forward to creating them for eighty more. With this in mind, the Spotlight gala will not only honor the past and celebrate Beck Center’s future, but will also aim to raise vital funds for the programming that this community has come to love. This event includes cocktails, a plated dinner, live entertainment featuring the Moss Stanley Quintet, and a musical program featuring Rebecca Pitcher who starred as Christine Daaé in Broadway’s The Phantom of the Opera.
A number of exciting items will be raffled off throughout the evening including a 50/50 Raffle sponsored by Sky Zone, tickets for which are now available online. Other raffle items only available that evening include a fishing trip, diamond jewelry donated by Broestl & Wallis, and a liquor cabinet sponsored by Beck Center’s Board of Directors.
On Friday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m., Burning River Baroque and hūmAnómali present Desperation and Desire: Music by Henry Purcell and his English Contemporaries. The program is centered on music composed during the English Restoration (1660-1685), when the monarchy was restored and Charles II was crowned king. Following the previous artistically austere Commonwealth (1649-1660), music and theatre again began to flourish. Italian, French, and other continental influences were quite important to the sophisticated Restoration composers. The program features Purcell’s songs for soprano, divisions for violin and viola da gamba, courtly dance music interludes, and an instrumental fantasia.
Praised as an “energetic and talented band of string players” (clevelandclassical.com), Burning River Baroque is a Cleveland-based ensemble that specializes in fiery, historically informed string chamber music performances. hūmAnómali incorporates "extra-musical affairs," such as dance, gesture and theatricality, into their collaboratively structured ensemble featuring music from the antiquity to the present. The performers are Malina Rauschenfels, soprano; Peter Lekx, violin; David Ellis, viola da gamba; and Paula Maust, harpsichord. Donations will be gratefully accepted. For more information visit burningriverbaroque.org and humanomali.com.
An eclectic lineup of professional productions is underway as Beck Center for the Arts begins its 80th anniversary season. Full of regional premieres and exciting collaborations, this landmark year is truly one to celebrate. In the midst of these theatrics Beck Center is proud to invite its supporters to Spotlight, a gala honoring the past and looking forward to the next eighty-plus years of creating art experiences in Northeast Ohio. Presently, Beck Center’s 2013-2014 professional theater season is already in full swing.
Teaching the art of dance is something a dance studio does. The instructors mold the students from a little girl, twirling around with visions of becoming a ballerina into a young adult going off with a possible career in the field of the arts. At Silhouette School of DANCE & FINE ARTS, this vision is just the beginning of what studio owner Donna Rakerd- Converse, known as ‘Miss Donna’, does. Students come to Silhouette and learn more than just how to dance. They learn the love of the art, self respect for themselves and others, and how to work as a team. Every girl and boy that walks through the front door is greeted with love. Hugs from Miss Donna are a standard greeting. Beyond that, every student knows that they are accepted for who they are, regardless of disability, size, or skill level. Students are praised for their own individual accomplishments and pushed at their own level.
Bringing hip innovation to Ohio suburbia Tim Hayes, CEO and Founder of Cardboard Helicopter Product Development is determined to bring quirky cool to sleepy middle America.
Beck Center for the Arts in collaboration with American Greetings, Esperanza, and the Hispanic Cultural Center will host joint receptions from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013, for Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art and Esperanza’s Youth Artists. These free receptions, which are open to the public, will include food, music, and a cash bar. Hispanic Heritage, Hispanic Art and Esperanza’s Youth Artists will run concurrently in the Jean Bulicek Galleria and the entry halls on the first floor at Beck Center September 6 – October 6.
Beck Center for the Arts opens its landmark 80th season with "She Loves Me" on the Mackey Main Stage, September 20 through October 20, 2013. Winner of the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Revival and the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, "She Loves Me" is considered by many to be one of the most charming musicals ever written. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. There will be no performance on October 19. Tickets are now on sale.
After spending three decades teaching high school art, the last twenty-one at North Olmsted High School, I decided it was time to pursue my dream and open a glass-fusing studio. As I looked for the right location for my studio, Lakewood was at the top of my list.
The Faith After School Arts Camp begins its second year on Wednesday, September 4.
Terry Stewart, past President & CEO of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, is honoree at inaugural “Spotlight” event
September 2013 marks the beginning of Beck Center for the Arts’ landmark 80th season, and Beck Center certainly has cause to celebrate. From humble beginnings as Lakewood Little Theater in 1933, the organization has grown to be one of the largest arts organizations in Northeast Ohio, serving nearly 60,000 constituents annually with dynamic theater, arts education, exhibits and outreach programming. On Saturday, October 19, Beck Center will host a gala, Spotlight, to honor the past and look forward to the next 80+ years of creating art experiences in Northeast Ohio. The festivities will include a special presentation to honor Terry Stewart, retired President & CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum.
Anticipation is in the air about Beck Center for the Arts upcoming 80th theater season. Subscriptions are on sale now, single tickets and popular flex passes will be available for purchase as of August 1, 2013.
Beck Center has become known for their eclectic productions so this season is sure to please Northeast Ohio theatergoers with four regional premieres and one locally produced premiere. “We know for the most part, that local audiences will be seeing these shows for the first time at Beck Center,” commented Artistic Director Scott Spence.
Highlights for the 2013-2014 season include another exciting collaboration with Baldwin-Wallace Music Theatre program’s production of "Carrie the musical," an encore production of "Annie," and the legendary Dorothy Silver returns to the Studio Theater in "'Night, Mother." Sarah May will direct "33 Variations" which features pianist Stuart Raleigh, and the season will close with "The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein."
Accessory company’s goal is to raise $1 million for the arts nationwide
Brighton Collectibles at Beachwood Place has selected Beck Center for the Arts as the recipient of their “Give Back to Kids” fundraiser for the second year. Retailers across the country will donate proceeds from the American jewelry line through July 31 to arts organizations of their choice with a goal of raising $1 million nationwide.
Over the past decade, Brighton, an iconic accessory company, has supported charities with more than $8 million in donations. For the last two years they have turned their focus to donating to a wide-range of arts programs for children. “I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without the ballet classes I took throughout my school years, the piano lessons and recitals, or learning to paint with oils,” remarked Laura Young, Brighton’s President of Sales and Marketing. “My participation in those programs not only gave me an appreciation for the arts, it gave me the confidence to become the person I am today.”
The pool, the beach, summer camp, and cookouts are just some of the things I like about summer. From June 21 to June 24, I did something very different from these: I attended the Origami USA Annual Convention in New York City. Sponsored by Origami USA, the convention takes place at the Fashion Institute of Technology. It provides members with opportunities to teach origami models and techniques, learn from teachers from all over the world, and meet some famous and not so famous origami artists.
Every morning attendees selected classes organized by difficulty. Among the classes I took were a Bascetta Star, which is a modular model made up of 30 units. Each unit is identical to the next and they are assembled to create the model. I also learned a new butterfly, designed by Michael LaFosse but taught by Sok Song. Both men are prominent origami artists; LaFosse has written several books and is also known for his paper-making. Song has written several books and was Creative Director of an origami magazine, "Creased."
Beck Center for the Arts closes its 2012-2013 Professional Theater season with Monty Python’s Spamalot on the Mackey Main Stage, July 12 through August 18, 2013. Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Musical, Monty Python’s Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy “lovingly ripped off” from the cult classic motion picture Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale.
Alumni members Julian Ellins (l.) and Renee Blackburn of The Lakewood Project acknowledge audience applause during a Tenth Anniversary Concert held May 25 at the Civic Auditorium. Past and current members of the celebrated Lakwood High School rock orchestra performed onstage together for the one-night only event under the direction of LHS music educator Beth Hankins.
The Morgan Art of Papermaking Conservatory and Educational Foundation is pleased to present its latest art exhibition, Circle Works: artwork by Amanda Degener, Bridget O’Malley, James Kleiner, and Cave Paper Interns.
The exhibition is on view from June 14-July 25, with an opening reception with artist Amanda Degener scheduled for Friday, June 14, from 7-9 p.m. An exclusive preview for all members of the Morgan will be hosted by Amanda Degener on June 14 from 6-7 p.m., prior to the public opening reception. Become a member and take advantage of this one-on-one opportunity!
As co-founders of Cave Paper Inc. in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Amanda Degener and Bridget O’Malley have been working side by side making and selling handmade paper for almost twenty years. In 2012, former intern James Kleiner joined the Cave family as the first studio assistant. The artists’ aesthetic differences enhance their work collectively as they each approach papermaking and art making in unique ways. The handmade paper artwork in Circle Works is often quite un-paper-like and instead evokes rusted metal, stone, leather and vellum.
On Friday, May 24th the Virgina Marti College of Art & Design celebrated the great work of its students at the Annual Student Art Exhibit. Each spring this student showcase features the talents of students from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from fashion design to interior design to graphic design.
As usual, the highlight of the evening's event was the presentation of the Lakewood Arts Festival Scholarship. This year's $500 award went to graphic design major Jessica Sheneman and was presented by Lakewood Arts Festival Foundation board member Karolyn Isenhart.
While the work on display from all of the students was excellent, Jessica's project outside the classroom setting, serving as the graphic designer for the Virginia Marti College Foundation's "Great Women Entrepreneurs" event set her scholarship application apart. Her role with this event was particularly fitting given Jessica's own ambitions to open her own graphic design firm- she is a budding young female entrepreneur herself!
Beck Center for the Arts invites its neighbors and the community to attend BeckFest, a free family-friendly event on Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the Beck Center campus. Participants will enjoy art activities, cycling themed artwork, Zumba, yoga, food trucks, and stunt cycling performances by 216Bike; as well as musical entertainment on the Red Stage featuring Jerry Popiel, Chris Hatton, Fireside, The Madison Crawl, and Revolution Brass Band.
Cycling enthusiasts may also ride in the second annual Bike for Beck, a fundraiser to benefit the arts education programs at Beck Center. Cyclists choose from 12-, 15- or 60-mile routes through the scenic Cleveland Metroparks with snack and water stops along the way. Rider registration and the bike tour begin at 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. at Beck Center. A $40 registration fee includes a Bike for Beck t-shirt and rider packet. For more information visit bikeforbeck.org.
"The Pitmen Painters" Takes Center Stage At Beck Center New Play By Tony Award-Winning Writer Of Billy Elliot
Beck Center for the Arts proudly presents "The Pitmen Painters," May 31 through July 7, 2013 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are now on sale.
Written by Tony Award-winning author Lee Hall, "The Pitmen Painters" is inspired by a book by William Feaver about the Ashington Group, a group of Northern England coal miners who took an art appreciation class and became overnight art-world sensations. Like Hall’s acclaimed film and musical Billy Elliot, this script tells another inspiring story about the way the arts can change lives and examines the lives a group of ordinary men who did extraordinary things. Heralded in London’s West End and on Broadway, "The Pitmen Painters“ was described by Variety as "a feel-good, make that a feel-great hit…inspirational…heartbreakingly funny.” For more information about the Ashington Group, visit http://www.ashingtongroup.co.uk/home.html.
My name is Ken Tomaro, and I am the owner of the newly-opened Good Day Moon Gallery. The original idea was to open as a non-profit art gallery to help support people with mental illness. Anyone who has started a non-profit knows this is no easy task.
I decided to open as a regular business with the intent of offering inexpensive classes in the future, not only for people dealing with mental illness, but with cancer or Alzheimer's, or for anyone who wants to participate.
I have discovered over the years that there are a lot of people in the community who need some kind of outlet in dealing with the issues life throws at us. Creating art, in my opinion, is a good way to do this. While it may not cure disease or fix all of your problems, it does allow you to immerse yourself in the creative process, which can greatly improve your mood. A healthy mind is a happy mind.
Beck Center Youth Theater presents the Broadway hit musical comedy, "Bye Bye Birdie," May 10-12 and 17-19, 2013 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays with a special student matinee performance 10 a.m. Thursday, May 16. Tickets are now on sale at beckcenter.org.
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, "Bye Bye Birdie" is one of the most memorable musicals of our time. A satire on American society in 1958, this musical is set in the fictional small town of Sweet Apple, Ohio. Conrad Birdie, an Elvis-inspired rock 'n' roll singer, has been drafted into the army. As a final farewell to his fans, the teen heartthrob is scheduled to sing a song ("One Last Kiss") and kiss his most devoted female fan live on the Ed Sullivan Show – a last publicity stunt that sends his fans going wild.
Individuals of all ages and abilities can discover their inner artist this summer at Beck Center. Our camps and classes offer a variety of opportunities to experience the arts. Students learn new skills and build self-esteem as they create unique works of art, develop new friendships, discover hidden talents, stimulate their imaginations, and, most importantly, have fun!
We offer half-day and full-day camps for children ages 7 to 19 in dance, music, theater, and visual arts including a Ballet Intensive with guest instructor Bobby Wesner from Oberlin College, a “Best of Broadway” Musical Theater Camp, a Visual Arts Camp designed specifically for teen artists; as well as two new music camps – Songwriting Camp and Show Choir Camp. Children may also sample all four areas at our Arts Sampler. Camps begin the week of June 10 and continue through mid-August.
Parker Pennington Productions is proud to announce Skate Dance Dream Cleveland presented by the Hampton Inn Cleveland-Westlake. The dance and figure skating show spectacular will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at the Serpentini Arena at Winterhurst in Lakewood, Ohio.
The event will showcase 2014 Olympic figure skating hopefuls and the best dancers in the World including: 2011 U.S. Figure Skating Men’s Silver Medalist & World Team member, Richard Dornbush; 2012 Junior Grand Prix Final Silver Medalist, Hannah Miller; and U.S. Figure Skating Men’s Competitor, Sean Rabbitt. Also starring Gev Manoukian, Season 4 Top 10 Finalist from Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” *Star cast is subject to change. Joining the Stars will be over 100 of the best local dancers and figure skaters, including The Dance Centre by Heidi Glynias and the Winterhurst Learn-to-skate program.
Beck Center for the Arts is pleased to have been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Storefront Incubator Program by the Tremont West Development Corporation. Starting May 14, Beck Center will begin using a storefront located at 2406 Professor Avenue to offer a series of adult arts education classes in visual arts and improvisational theater. A grand opening reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10, to coincide with the May Tremont ArtWalk.
On March 27th, at Lakewood Civic Auditorium, the 8th grade bands from Lakewood's Harding and Garfield Middle Schools were joined by the Lakewood High School Wind Ensemble for an evening of beautiful music.
Robert Rice, a former Lakewood Schools music director and WWII veteran, was invited to conduct the combined groups in "The American Veterans Last Salute March." This march had first been performed at Garfield School several years ago.
2nd Annual Bike for Beck Rides into Town on May 19 Bicycle Tour Fundraiser and Community Festival at Beck Center
Be on the lookout for one-of-a-kind hand-decorated bikes all around Lakewood as part of Bike Your Art Out, an art installation publicizing Connect to Beck’s second annual Bike for Beck bicycle tour on Sunday, May 19, 2013. With over a hundred riders and several hundred more attendees at Beck Fest following last year’s bicycle tour, the inaugural event was a tremendous success. This year, C2B hopes to build on last year’s accomplishments and offer even more activities, art displays, food, music, and other cycling-related fun.
Registration is now open for Bike for Beck. The cost is $40 per cyclist and includes a B4B t-shirt and rider packet. Riders may register online at bikeforbeck.org. All proceeds benefit the quality arts education programs at Beck Center for the Arts.
The Women’s Board of Beck Center invites the community to play A Game of Musical Chairs. WB/BC volunteers have been busy for months refinishing and intricately hand-painting gently used chairs, stools and a children’s desk as part of their Painted Furniture Project fundraiser. These unique creations are now on display around town during the month of April and will be raffled off at the Women’s Board Victorian Tea Party on Sunday, May 5 at Beck Center for the Arts. All raffle proceeds benefit Beck Center’s quality theater productions and arts education programs.
The ladies are making a game of it! Chairs are currently moving around between 20 different area businesses throughout the month like a game of musical chairs. Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25 and may be purchased at these participating locations:
Children aren’t the only ones who can learn something new and have fun doing it at Beck Center for the Arts. With a variety of arts education offerings for students 18 and up, big “kids” can also enjoy dance, music, theater, and visual arts classes – including a few drop-in classes where adults can test the waters and their skills. Now is the perfect time to try out a class in theater or visual arts with two drop-in classes: Life Drawing and Adult Improv Games. Classes started the week of April 8, but students can drop in any time during the five- or eight-week session. No advance registration is necessary – just show up ready to create!
Children aren’t the only ones who can learn something new and have fun doing it at Beck Center for the Arts. With a variety of arts education offerings for students 18 and up, big “kids” can also enjoy dance, music, theater, and visual arts classes – including a few drop-in classes where adults can test the waters and their skills. Now is the perfect time to try out a class in theater or visual arts with two drop-in classes: Life Drawing and Adult Improv Games. Both classes begin the week of April 8, but students can drop in any time during the five-week improv or eight-week life drawing sessions. No advance registration is necessary – just show up ready to create!
Creative Camps for Kids!
Spring is in the air, but it’s time to start thinking summer! Registration is now open for summer camps at Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Students ages 7 to 19 may choose from a variety of fun, creative camps. Beck Center offers half- and full-day camps in dance, music, theater, and visual arts including a Ballet Intensive with guest instructor Bobby Wesner from Oberlin College, a Show Choir Camp, a “Best of Broadway” Musical Theater Camp, and a Visual Arts Camp specifically designed for teen artists; or children may sample all four areas at an Arts Sampler. Camps begin the week of June 10 and continue through mid-August. For complete camp information including dates, descriptions and tuition, parents may download a Beck Center summer 2013 camp flyer at beckcenter.org.
Easy, convenient online registration is available at beckcenter.org/arts-education or stop by Beck Center at 17801 Detroit Avenue, where a customer service associate is happy to assist you. Camps fill up quickly, so enroll today. Campers can have double the fun when they register for two ore more camps and save 10% off the tuition for each camp (restrictions apply). For more information call Customer Service at 216.521.2540, ext.10.
American musical theatre is brimming with “feel-good musicals” but The Beck Center (in partnership with Baldwin-Wallace University’s Music Theatre program) has made the bold move of presenting what The New York Times called “the feel-everything musical.” It’s "Next to Normal" - a story about family dysfunction and mental illness in a (next to) normal suburban family. But it’s more than that, and this production proves it - it’s also about love and loss, confrontation and denial. There’s no way to hide from emotions in the roller coaster ride of this story, and in The Beck’s production in particular, the intimacy and immediacy of the experience may stun you in every way.
There’s no place for an actor to hide either, in this small performance space, and this ensemble deals with the subject matter with subtlety, nuance and depth. Their natural deftness is a perfect match with Victoria Bussert’s smart direction that both intensifies the finer points of these family relationships and highlights the hugeness of a fractured and off-balance world. If you loved her work in last season’s totally explosive "Spring Awakening" at the Beck, you won’t be let down by this latest piece.
Beck Center Presents Wacky Dark Comedy "The House of Blue Leaves" Brilliant, Bizarre Farce By John Guare Won Obie Award For Best American Play
Beck Center for the Arts presents John Guare’s award-winning play, "The House of Blue Leaves," March 22 through April 21, 2013 on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. There is no performance on Sunday, March 31. Tickets are now on sale.
Winner of the 1971 Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play and the Obie Award for Best American Play, "The House of Blue Leaves" tells the story of Artie Shaughnessy, an aspiring songwriter who works as a zookeeper by day, performs in seedy lounges at night and lives in Queens with his schizophrenic wife, Bananas, much to the chagrin of his mistress, Bunny. When an old school buddy, now a successful Hollywood movie director, arrives back in town, Artie plans to escape the life he despises. But like many dreams, this promise of glory evaporates amid the chaos of ordinary lives.
Directed by Russ Borski, "The House of Blue Leaves" features Equity actors Robert Ellis as Artie and Juliette Regnier as his mentally ill wife, Bananas. “I am thrilled to direct this zany farce,” remarked Borski, “that explores the dark side of the American dream, the humiliation of our dreams, and examines our collective obsession with celebrity and how we pin our hopes on lives distant from our own.” Broadway.com called "The House of Blue Leaves" a "crazy mix of comedy and tragedy, truth and absurdity," and the New York Daily News said it is “a brilliant play…wacky…and outrageous.”
Beck Center Dance Education proudly presents the light-hearted comedic ballet, Coppelia, March 16 and 17, 2013 featuring the Beck Center Dance Workshop and select dancers. Performances are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 16 and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 17 in the Recital Hall of the Music-Armory Building at Beck Center for the Arts. Tickets are now on sale and seating is limited.
Coppelia tells the story of Doctor Coppelius, a slightly mad inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll named Coppelia. Franz, a village boy, sees Coppelia sitting on the doctor’s balcony and falls deeply in love with her, even though he is already betrothed to Swanhilda. When Swanhilda sees Franz throwing kisses at Coppelia she decides to find out more about the mysterious beauty. After Swanhilda discovers Coppelia is only a doll, she impersonates her, in order to win the love of Franz. Doctor Coppelius returns and chaos ensues. Set in a small European village hundreds of years ago, the ballet contains favorite European dances such as the mazurka, czardas and valse (waltz). This condensed version of the classic comic ballet is suitable for audiences of all ages, including young children.
After last season's highly acclaimed Spring Awakening,Beck Center for the Arts partners once again with the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program to present three-time Tony Award winner and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, Next to Normal, March 1 through April 21, 2013 in the intimate Studio Theater. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. There are no performances on Sundays, March 31 or April 14. Tickets are now on sale.
The popularity of the Ukulele has exploded in the last few years. It’s an instrument that has gained popularity from songs sung by Train, Jason Mraz, Pink, Glee’s Mathew Morrison and the list goes on. Ukulele orchestras are huge in the UK! Google ukulele orchestras and you’ll be amazed at what you see and hear. Its popularity is bigger in Europe than it is in the United States. Vendors are telling music stores that they are waiting on backorders because Europe is supplied first since their demand for ukuleles is greater than in the US.
Here are a few excerpts from an interview with Jonathan Kronenberger, associate director of Theater Education at Beck Center and director of the Teen Theater production of Avenue Q: School Edition, on the Mackey Main Stage through February 17.
Do you think fans of the original Avenue Q will enjoy the “School Edition”? Why?
A. Yes. Because it is still a really funny and touching show. Because what the authors have created is greater than simply giggling at a puppet swearing profusely and acting profane.
Because although taking out the more blatant moments may alter some comical moments a bit, the show most certainly is not de-fanged. There’s plenty of bite left. And we aren’t dumb. We don’t need everything spelled out. This is simply like watching a movie on network television where a few moments are adjusted to make it viewable to a wider audience. Don’t panic. The full version of Q still exists in the world.
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture invites residents of Cuyahoga County to help decide which two large-scale arts or culture projects will receive up to $150,000 each through its new Creative Culture Grants program.
Cast your vote now at www.cacgrants.org/vote!
“We launched this program to both bring new, creative projects to our community and to let our community have a say in which projects would receive public funds,” said Karen Gahl-Mills, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture’s executive director. “The six finalist projects embody the great creativity of our region’s arts and culture organizations and artists, and we encourage all county residents to get involved in the public vote.”
Residents in Cuyahoga County may vote from February 1-20, in two ways:
February may be the shortest month according to the calendar, but with Northeast Ohio’s wet, wintery weather it sometimes seems like the month may never end. Add a little color and excitement to the dreary days ahead, stop by Beck Center for the Arts and enjoy a music recital or a variety of art exhibits throughout the month. The recital and exhibits are free and open to the public and complimentary on-site parking is available. Beck Center is located at 17801 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood.
There’s still time to browse the “Color Lessons” exhibit by award-winning artist Mary Deutschman in the Jean Bulicek Galleria before it closes February 10. Deutschman’s colorful oil paintings include jazz musicians, cafes, markets, and vibrant landscapes. “Painting became my obsession. Not just painting but using color, lots of it,” explained Deutschman. “I saw vibrant color everywhere and where I didn’t see it I imagined it.” Ms. Deutschman is well known for her jazz paintings which have been featured on posters for the annual Tri-C JazzFest.
All of the laughs and life lessons of the Broadway hit musical, but a little less lewdness.
Beck Center Teen Theater presents the regional premiere of Avenue Q: School Edition, Feb. 8-10 and 14-17, on the Mackey Main Stage. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, with a special student matinee performance 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. Tickets are now on sale.
Based on Avenue Q, the 2004 Tony Award “Triple Crown” winner for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, this laugh-out-loud musical adaptation tells the story of Princeton, a recent college grad who moves into a shabby New York apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Princeton and his not-so-ordinary neighbors struggle to find jobs, dates and their ever-elusive purpose in life. Just like your life, only funnier! This slightly censored version of the Broadway hit musical comedy is rated PG-13 and not recommended for children 12 and under. All of the laughs and life lessons but a little less lewdness – and, of course, the puppets!
A group of eight talented dancers from Beck Center for the Art’s Dance Education program traveled to Chicago January 18 through 20 to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP), the world’s largest student ballet competition, and proudly came home with top honors.
Beck Center is pleased to announce that the dancers’ ensemble performance entitled “Phantom of the Opera” ranked in the Top 12 for ensembles. The group included Ali Cassidy, Bethany Comienski, Taylor Gerrasch, Julia Horner, Ciara McGlynn, Julia Parrish, Abby Schneider, and Becky Steffen. Beck Center dancers competed against students from such acclaimed ballet schools as The Joffrey Academy of Dance (the official school of the Joffrey Ballet), Interlochen Arts Academy, and Milwaukee Ballet School.
In addition, Julia Horner, 17, who has studied dance at Beck Center since age seven, placed in the Top 12 in the women’s solo category for both her contemporary performance entitled “Revel in the Moment” and her classical piece, a variation from “The Talisman”. This is the first time a Beck Center solo dancer has been awarded this prestigious prize. Ms. Horner has attended the American Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive in Detroit and received a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet Intensive in New York City last summer. She plans to continue her dance studies in college next year, and has been offered a dance scholarship to Mercyhurst University, which offers one of the nation’s top ballet programs.