Live Theater Preview: Grab a Seat, Sit Back, and Enjoy

Live Theater Preview: Grab a Seat, Sit Back, and Enjoy

Indulge in your love of theater this season with a variety of plays, musicals and performances that will engage your inner thespian. Whether you watch, volunteer or become a sponsoring patron, you will find a variety of programs to select from. A mystery, a musical or amusing entertainment — we have it all, from large to small venues. Here are a few theater venues to consider for the months ahead.


Order your tickets early. The 2018-2019 live theater season promises to be spectacular.


Beck Center

The Beck Center begins its 85th year of creating art experiences featuring a signature blend of eclectic titles, including one of theater’s most memorable couples, a family musical and the eighth collaboration with Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre program. Get ready for a theatrical journey.

17801 Detroit Ave., Lakewood, 216-521-2540, ext. 10,


An Act of God

Sept. 14-Oct. 7


Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Oct. 5-Nov. 4


Cinder-Ella (Youth Theater)

Oct. 26-28


Shrek the Musical

Dec. 7-Jan. 6


Law & Order: Nursery Rhyme Unit (Youth Theater)

Dec. 14-23



Feb. 8-24


Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill

March 15-April 14


13 (Youth Theater)

April 5-14


King Lear

May 31-June 30



July 12-Aug. 11


Brecksville Theatre

The Brecksville Theatre is a product of the merge between the two longstanding theatre groups in Brecksville: Brecksville Theater on the Square and Brecksville Little Theatre. The new group honors the history of both organizations with a straightforward mission: “to engage the community through the performing arts.”

49 Public Square, Brecksville, 440-736-7749,


Sweeney Todd

Sept. 28-Oct. 14


Elf, Jr. (children’s musical)

Nov. 2-18


Chagrin Valley Little Theatre

Chagrin Valley Little Theatre, one of the nation’s oldest community theatres, begins its 89th season of providing plays, musicals, youth theatre education and special events since 1930. A true community theater, it is recognized throughout the region as a venue for high-quality productions that showcase the talents of area actors and delight thousands of theater lovers each season.

40 River St., Chagrin Falls, 440-247-8955,


The Mystery of Irma Vep

Sept. 21-Oct. 13


The Velocity of Autumn

Oct. 12-27


Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Nov. 16-Dec. 16


Parallel Lives

Nov. 23-Dec. 8


Goodbye Charlie

Jan. 18-Feb. 2


Dead Certain

March 8-23



April 26-May 11


The Ladies Foursome

May 31-June 16


Young Frankenstein

July 19-Aug. 10


Dobama Theatre

Founded in 1959, Dobama Theatre’s mission is to premiere the best contemporary plays by established and emerging playwrights in professional productions of the highest quality.

2340 Lee Road, Cleveland Heights, 216-932-3396,


Sunset Baby

Sept. 7-30



Oct. 19-Nov. 11


Ella Enchanted

Nov. 30-Dec. 30


Revolt. She said. Revolt Again.

Jan. 25-Feb. 17


The Nether

March 8-31



April 26-May 26


The Fine Arts Association

For more than 50 years, The Fine Arts Association in Willoughby has been a gathering place for individuals to learn, create, enjoy and appreciate the arts. If you love theater and music, you will enjoy this upcoming season.

38660 Mentor Ave., Willoughby, 440-951-7500,



Sept. 21-Oct. 7



Nov. 23-Dec. 16


Honk! (Youth Theatre)

Feb. 15-March 3


Ten Below

One Act Festival

April 5-14


The Secret Garden

June 7-23


French Creek Theatre

Gardening will never be the same when the French Creek Theatre kicks off the season with a musical comedy about a talking plant. Part of the Lorain County Metro Parks Nature & Arts Center, French Creek Theatre has played host to an exceedingly diverse body of performances, encouraging patrons to expand the scope of their own theatrical tastes. The facility is handicap accessible and equipped with assistive listening devices.

4530 Colorado Ave., Sheffield Village, 440-949-5200,


Little Shop of Horrors

Oct. 12-28


The Gifts of the Magi

Nov. 30-Dec. 16


She Loves Me



Little Women

March 29-April 14


Into the Woods

May 31-June 16


Tuck Everlasting

July 19-Aug. 4


As You Like It

Aug. 16-18


Hudson Community Theatre

The Hudson Players are an all-volunteer, nonprofit community theater organization and one of the longest-running theater troupes in the area. Volunteers are always welcome to assist with a variety of tasks including publicity, poster distribution, set building, costumes and more.

41 S. Oviatt St., Hudson, 330-655-8522,


Arsenic & Old Lace

November 2018


Hands On A Hardbody

February 2019


Pirates of Penzance

April-May 2019


Judson Manor

Open to the Greater Cleveland community, Theatre in the Circle is the only professional theater company in the country helmed by residents of a retirement community. Plays are performed by local theater artists as well as Equity actors in Judson Manor’s ballroom. Judson’s venue offers fully barrier-free access as well as hearing loop technology that brings audio directly into patron hearing aids and cochlear implant telecoils.

1890 E. 107 St., Cleveland, 216-791-2555,

Pump Boys and Dinettes

Sept. 20-23


The Gift of the Magi

Dec. 6-9



Feb. 14-17


You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

May 9-12


Musical Theater Project

Founded by Bill Rudman in 2000, The Musical Theater Project is a nonprofit arts education organization that fosters a deep appreciation of the American musical — and the social and cultural history surrounding it — by creating programs that educate as well as entertain people of all ages. Productions are held throughout Northeast Ohio.


Silver Linings: The Songs of Jerome Kern

Oct 19 (First Baptist Church of Cleveland)

Oct. 21 (Mixon Hall, Cleveland Institute of Music)


Just for Laughs

Nov. 14 (Solon Center for the Arts)

Nov. 18 (Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square)

A Christmas Cabaret
Dec. 14 (Stocker Arts Center)
Dec. 16 & 17 (Nighttown)

Cole Porter On Broadway

Jan. 19 (Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square)
Jan. 20 (Temple Tifereth Israel)

The Impact of Shuffle Along
In TMTP’s First Partnership with Karamu House
Feb. 7-9 & Feb. 10 (Karamu House)

It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman In Concert

April 14 (Kent State University)
April 15 (The Breen Center for the Performing Arts)

Playhouse Square

Playhouse Square welcomes more than one million guests every year for touring Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, opera, dance and children’s programming. Its KeyBank Broadway Series season ticket holder base (more than 32,000) is the largest in the country, making Cleveland one of fewer than 10 markets that can support a three-week run of a touring Broadway show. This season’s Broadway performances will certainly ignite your passion for the theatre.

1501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-771-4444,


Hello, Dolly!

Sept. 30-Oct. 21


Les Miserables

Oct. 30-Nov. 18


Miss Saigon

Jan. 29-Feb. 17


School of Rock

March 5-24


A Bronx Tale

April 23-May 12


Dear Evan Hansen

June 11-30


Come From Away

July 9-28


Weathervane Playhouse

In a span of 70-plus years, Weathervane has constructed, torn down, recycled, painted and refitted stage settings for more than 500 productions, including Stage II and Youth Theater productions. This kind of effort is the result of volunteer dedication based on the founders’ original philosophy that “all who can contribute are welcome.”

1301 Weathervane Lane, Akron, 330-836-2626,


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Sept. 6-23


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Oct. 11-28


Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Nov. 30-Dec. 22


Almost, Maine

Jan. 17-Feb. 3



Feb. 21-March 17


The Diary of Anne Frank

April 4-20


Noises Off

May 9-26


Mamma Mia!

June 13-July 7


Youth Theater


Ghosts, Goblins and Gobblygook


This fun-filled, entertaining Halloween program presented at the Chagrin Valley Little Theatre is appropriate for young children and includes Halloween songs, stories, a puppet show, the Greedy Pumpkin and two short plays. The children in the audience dress in Halloween costumes and are invited to step onstage after the play for a costume parade, a small gift from the pocket lady and to meet with some of the other festive characters.


Julia Kolibab has been running a very successful program for students in grades 1-12 for 22 years.


“I have discovered that every student benefits from participating in a youth theatre program in a way that is unique for them,” Kolibab says. “Their confidence soars, they feel the support of their peers as they all work together to perform a play, and they enhance their imaginations and creative abilities while they work on their roles and characters. They experience being a part of something important and exciting.”

2 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28. For ticket information, call 440-247-8955 or visit




Margaret Briller is a freelance writer in Northeast Ohio who enjoys attending live theater productions in different c



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