The Akron Civic Theatre will present Verb Ballets Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. with cabaret seating on stage at the historic theatre. The program will highlight the next generation of African American choreographers, Tommie-Waheed Evans and Antonio Brown, while honoring late choreographer, Heinz Poll. "Verb's focus this season is to serve as a catalyst for new art by investing in contemporary choreographers," said Dr. Margaret Carlson, Director. Verb Ballets' 2013-14 season FUSE! features an eclectic collection of choreographers with work that blends dance, culture and music.
This show highlights the evolution of contemporary choreography over the past 35 years. Verb Ballets commissioned two new contemporary works in 2013 that meld 20th century dance techniques. Poll was known to forge new ideas in neoclassical ballet and reinterpret his modern influences into his work. Juxtaposing these works highlights how artists depict and build on the ideas of predecessors to create a unique personal signature.
On the program is Passing By (2013) choreographed by Antonio Brown. The contemporary work intertwines patterns and bodies for a visually dynamic performance. Brown is from Cleveland, Ohio, where he began his dance training at the Cleveland School of the Arts. He received his BFA from Juilliard School and is now a dancer with Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company.
The Akron Zoo is returning to the Akron Civic Theatre to present a new show called "It's A Wild World Animal Show" on the theater stage Sept. 29, at 2:30 p.m.
Attendees will travel around the world to discover amazing animals in this theatrical presentation. The production combines music, video and audience participation.
It's A Wild World Animal Show will have one performance Sept. 29. Ticket prices for adults are $10 day. Children 3 to 12 years are $5, and children 2 years and younger are admitted for free.
Tickets are available at the Akron Civic Theatre Box Office, by calling (330) 253-2488 or online at www.akroncivic.com, or TicketMaster (1-800-745-3000). Tickets are on sale now.
"The Hunger Games" best-selling books and blockbuster film has had audiences riveted across the world. Now, fans can experience "The Hungry Hungry Games," a live stage comedy based on the popular book and film series, bringing rapid-fire laughs to The Akron Civic Theatre on Friday, Sept. 20. Tickets are $35, $30 and $25, with group discounts available.
Sharpen your survival skills as "The Hungry Hungry Games" spoofs your favorite scenes and the characters you've grown to love. Debuted in May 2013, "The Hungry Hungry Games" tours North American in the Fall of 2013, providing a humorous twist to the popular series.
The Akron Civic Theatre will host Shivering Timbers with opening band, Boy = Girl, Aug. 8 at 8 p.m. for an intimate cabaret performance.
Shivering Timbers, led by husband and wife Jayson and Sarah Benn, are classics in that great Ohio tradition: they don't fit into any mold but their own. Sarah has been described as part P.J. Harvey, part Patsy Cline, while the nuanced howl of Jayson's guitar work is the perfect mate to her sultry vocals.
With a combined musical background encompassing everything from punk rock to gospel, and blues to classical, Shivering Timbers have crafted a sound that is at once deeply personal, yet broadly appealing. Fellow Akronite Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys was moved enough to produce their debut album, "We All Started In The Same Place." Through Auerbach, they met their second album producer, Brian Olive, and went into the studio with him in 2012 to create "Sing Sing", the much-anticipated second album.
AKRON, Ohio (July 2, 2013) – The Akron Civic Theatre is excited to present Shivering Timbers with opening band, Boy = Girl on Thursday, August 8, 2013 at 8:00pm for an intimate cabaret performance. Shivering Timbers, led by husband and wife Jayson and Sarah Benn are classics in that great Ohio tradition: they don't fit into any mold but their own. Sarah is a captivating singer - part P.J. Harvey, part Patsy Cline, while the nuanced howl of Jayson's guitar work is the perfect mate to her sultry vocals. With a combined musical background encompassing everything from punk rock to gospel, blues to classical, Shivering Timbers have crafted a sound that is at once deeply personal, yet broadly appealing. Fellow Akronite Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys was moved enough to produce their debut album, "We All Started In The Same Place". Through Auerbach, they met their second album producer, Brian Olive, and went into the studio with him in 2012 to create "Sing Sing", the much-anticipated second album.
The Akron Civic Theatre will present Trumpet Genesis on Thursday, June 20 at 8 p.m.
Come and enjoy an All-Star nine-piece jazz band led by trumpeter Josh Rzepka, featuring four of Ohio's finest trumpet players and a five-piece rhythm section.
Playing high energy arrangements of music made famous by jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard, Clifford Brown, Woody Shaw, Stevie Wonder, and others. On Trumpets: Josh Rzepka, Kenny Davis, Jack Schantz, Ian Indorf. On Piano: Jackie Warren, and David Thomas. On Bass: Peter Dominguez, On Drums: Ron Godale and on Percussion: Sammy De Leon.
The Akron Civic Theatre will present Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis for a special 25th Anniversary tour on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 8 p.m.
Hailed as "an extraordinarily versatile orchestra" by The Los Angeles Times, the JAZZ AT LINCOLN CENTER ORCHESTRA is composed of 15 of jazz music's leading soloists under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis.
Drawing from an extensive repertoire that includes original compositions by Mr. Marsalis, Ted Nash, and other members of the orchestra, as well as the masterworks of Ellington, Mingus, Coltrane, and other great jazz composers, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis concerts are internationally critically-acclaimed.
The Akron Civic Theatre will host its first ever chocolate fundraiser, "It's All About Chocolate," May 20 at 6 p.m.
The evening will include chocolate food samplings and chocolate martinis, among other chocolate offerings. This Civic fundraiser is based on the very popular purse swaps, but using this popular food.
"Lose a Pound, Gain a Pound" - Everyone will need to bring a one pound box of divine chocolate, in its original package, and then they will be able to swap it out for a pound of chocolates. Attendees will swap in order of ticket color.
Youth Excellence Performing Arts Workshop (YEPAW) presents the Encore Performance of The Wiz April 6 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at The Akron Civic Theatre.
Ease on down the Road! The winner of 7 Tony awards, this beloved Broadway musical sets Dorothy's adventures in the Land of Oz to music in a dazzling, lively mixture of rock, gospel, and soul! It will all be brought to life on The Civic stage by a cast of more than 60 of our area's most talented young people.
The New York post says The Wiz "Radiates so much energy you can hardly sit in your seat...great fun."
Auditions for the Akron Civic Theatre production of Ragtime will take place March 24 starting at 2:30 p.m. and March 25 starting at 6 p.m., at the Sandefur Theatre in Guzetta Hall on the campus of The University of Akron. Call back auditions will take place March 26. Auditions are by appointment only and must be scheduled by calling (330) 535-3179 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.
The musical will run June 14-15 at The Akron Civic Theatre. Rehearsals will begin no earlier than April 28. Casting for the production is open to all students currently enrolled in a public or private High School in Summit County, as well as age-appropriate home-schoolers living within the County limits.