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For Release August 13, 2013
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Free Valenitne Outdoor Plaza pARTy celebrating Toledo’s Performing Arts on September 6

Season of the Arts Plaza pARTy, The Valentine’s FREE salute to its local performing arts renters, sponsored by The Anderson’s, welcomes the Toledo Opera, Toledo Symphony, Toledo Jazz Orchestra, Masterworks Chorale, Toledo School for the Arts, Toledo Ballet and Ballet Theatre of Toledo, The Toledo Rep and Jennifer Jarrett Dance all performing outside on our new Key Bank gifted outdoor stage and throughout the historic Valentine Theatre on Friday September 6 starting at 5 p.m. and running till 11p.m.  After the last performing art group performs at 8:30 p.m., The Blue Kazoo’s will play till 11p.m.  A beer and wine tent will be available along with the theatre’s full bar located inside The Valentine. Food, provided by Georgio’s and Manhattan’s will be available for a nominal charge.

 

The same evening at 8:30, movie fans and ABBA fans can join us in the theatre for the sing-along version of the hit musical film Mamma Mia, opening our Blade sponsored Silver Screen Movie Series.  Mamma Mia tickets are $5 and on sale now along with the theatre’s entire 2013/13 series of entertainment at the box office, 242.2787 or visit valentinetheatre.com along

 

Celebrate Toledo’s performing arts scene and bid farewell to summer at The Valentine!

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Toledo Jazz Orchestra performs for the first time at Detroit International Jazz Fest--Labor Day Weekend!

Detroit, MI: The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will make its debut appearance at the 2013 Detroit International Jazz Festival on Saturday, August 31st at 3:15 pm, with a very special tribute to the music of Stan Kenton, featuring the stunning vocal stylings of Indiana’s Four Freshmen! They will perform on the JP Morgan Chase Main Stage, complete festival schedule at www.detroitjazzfest.com

The 18-member Toledo Jazz Orchestra has been sounding off its fiery, big band sound for Northwestern Ohio audiences for over 30 years.  Artistic director Ron Kischuk challenges the group to play music with a broad appeal while continually satisfying the most discriminating jazz listeners. 

The Four Freshmen is an American male vocal band quartet that blends open-harmonic jazz arrangements with the big band vocal group sounds of The Modernaires, The Pied Pipers, and The Mel-Tones, founded in the barbershop tradition.

The Four Freshmen were one of the top vocal groups in the country during the 1950s, and formed a bridge between '40s ensembles like Mel-Tones and harmony-based rock & roll bands such as the Beach Boys and the Manhattan Transfer.

Tickets for the 2012-2013 Toledo Jazz Orchestra season are on sale now, and include four exceptional concerts in the 116-year old Valentine Theatre. Audiences enjoy unique and creative arrangements often written by members of the band, so the experience of a Toledo Jazz Orchestra concert is always one of a kind – big band precision forged in Toledo! 

Saturday, November 2: SINATRA RETURNS - Vocalist Mark Randisi sings the Sinatra
Arrangements written by Quincy Jones, Nelson Riddle & Billy May


Saturday, February 1: THREE GREAT BIG BANDS - Woody Herman, Maynard Ferguson
Buddy Rich with special guests from their bands

Saturday, March 29: HOLLYWOOD COMES TO TOLEDO – Los Angeles singer Sue Raney
Sings the Great American songbook – Mancini, Mandel & more…

**Special Benefit Performance Saturday December 21st: "Holiday Dinner/Dance" in the Grand Lobby of the Valentine Theatre.  The event is a joint fundraiser for the Toledo Jazz Orchestra and the Valentine Theatre.  Dinner will be catered by Giorgio's Café International, and the orchestra will play dance music from the big band libraries of Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and others.  Tickets are limited to 150 and the cost is $100.00 per person.  There will be a wine auction and raffle drawings for other gifts.

All concerts are at 8 PM at the Valentine Theatre, The Valentine Theatre
410 Adams Street, Toledo, OH 43604 419-242-3490
www.thetoledojazzorchestra.org, www.valentinetheatre.com

 

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For Release June 23, 2013
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An Otherworldly Broadway Series, 10 Aussie Tenors, an ABBA Tribute Gala, A New Arthouse Film Series, and More…Highlighting the Valentine’s 15th Season


The Valentine Theatre’s 15th season of FIVE Blade and 13abc sponsored touring Broadway shows, plus presentations of national dance, music and comedy tours are on sale now at The Valentine Box Office or online at valentinetheatre.com. Five national Broadway tours:  The Addams Family - A New Musical Comedy on November 7, Forbidden Broadway - Alive and Kicking on November 22, Godspell on January 24 of 14’, Sweet Charity March 2nd, Smokey Joe’s Cafe on March 30th and The Ten Tenors on March 18 - headline an ambitious 2013/14 season of live, Valentine presentations. Season tickets for all five Broadway shows start at $179.

A Season of the Arts Plaza pARTy will open the season on the Valentine’s outdoor plaza on Friday, September 6. Performances by all of The Valentine’s resident performing arts organizations including The Toledo Opera, Toledo Ballet, Toledo Rep,  TJO, Toledo School for the Arts, Masterworks Chorale, Ballet Theater of Toledo and the Toledo Symphony will play the outdoor Plaza and throughout the historic 118 year old theatre from 5 PM to 11 PM. An outdoor Beer garden, full bar, food and wine will complement Toledo’s performing artists highlighting their new seasons. Admission is FREE.

The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. This magnificently macabre hit Broadway musical is from the authors of Jersey Boys. The Addams Family will be presented for one performance only on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 7 p.m.

Forbidden Broadway: Alive and Kicking currently on Broadway, is the fall down funny musical roast of everything Broadway. This new York sensation is playing The Valentine with an all-new, fresh view of the highs and lows of recent Broadway seasons including Porgy and Bess, Anything Goes, Follies, Spiderman, Book of Mormon, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once and Death Of A Salesman and features outrageous costumes, hilarious rewrites of the songs you know, and dead on impressions by a stellar cast. Forbidden Broadway plays Friday, November 22 at 8 p.m.
Godspell, the beloved classic retelling of parables from The Gospel of Matthew with music from Stephen Schwartz, the Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer of Wicked and Pippin premiers at the Valentine on Friday, January 24 at 8 p.m. Raise your spirit with the Tony-nominated score filled with the popular hits Day By Day, Learn Your Lessons Well and Turn Back O Man.

Our fourth Valentine premiere is the musical chestnut Sweet Charity! Sweet Charity is a tender, poignant and funny look at the misadventures, in the ways of love, encountered by the gullible and guileless Charity Hope Valentine. The tuneful score by Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields includes Hey Big Spender, Rhythm Of Life, I’m A Brass Band and If My Friends Could See Me Now. The show features a book by Neil Simon and choreography by Bob Fosse. Sweet Charity will be presented on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Our Fifth Broadway offering is a return engagement of the Leiber and Stoller musical Smokey Joe’s Café. Nearly 40 of the greatest rock n roll songs ever recorded including hits such as On Broadway, Hound Dog, Jailhouse Rock, Love Potion # 9 and many more, provide the basis for this electrifying Tony nominated entertainment. A cast of nine plus a four-piece band, Smokey Joe’s Café returns to our stage on Sunday, March 30 at 7 p.m.

Two Valentine-produced shows slated to play the theatre’s intimate (85-seat capacity) Studio A stage. Located off the Adams Street entrance to the theatre, Studio A will be the setting for the premiere 60th Anniversary engagement of Dame Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap in October of 2013, and Joe DiPietro’s funny and light-hearted The Thing About Men February-March of 2014. General Admission tickets are $20.

The Blade’s Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, returns in 2013-2014 on Fridays at7:30 p.m., featuring over 11 classic movies, including Gone with the Wind and All About Eve. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission. Also premiering this year will be The Blades Arthouse Film Series featuring films by Ingmar Bergman – The Seventh Seal, Francois Truffaut – The 400 Blows and Akira Kurosawa’s Rashomon , Sundays at 2 p.m. in the winter of 2014.

Also slated for the theatre’s 15th Season Gala fundraiser is the world renowned ABBA Tribute Band Waterloo on Saturday, October 19, 2013. Tickets at $125 include dinner, the concert, dancing and dessert starting at 6 p.m. Tickets at $75 will also be available for the concert, dessert and dancing starting at 8 p.m. Waterloo will perform over 20 of ABBA’s greatest hits including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Money Money Money and many more with music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus featuring members of the original ABBA band.

Fans both young and old will delight in Cinderella – the ballet classic, performed by the Moscow Festival Ballet, with music by Sergei Prokofiev on Friday, January 10 at 8 p.m. Founded in 1989 by legendary Bolshoi Ballet dancer Sergei Radchenko, the Moscow Festival Ballet brings together the highest elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies. Tickets start at $36.
The Valentine’s Special Attraction this season is Australia’s hottest tenors equaling one unforgettable performance of The Ten Tenors: On Broadway! Experience the raw power and beautiful vocals singing some of Broadway’s best and most popular songs. The Ten Tenors will perform on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $36.

Toledo favorites - Chicago’s The Second City Comedy Troupe will perform their new Happily Ever Laughing production on Saturday, February 22 at 8 p.m. Drawing from The Second City archives as well as scenes ripped from The Blade’s National headlines is your chance to enjoy an evening of smart, cutting edge comedy. Tickets start at $27.

A new series this season, A Little Bit Country Music and Comedy will feature Branson On The Road Saturday, March 22 at 8 p.m. and Southern Fried Chicks Cage-Free Comedy Tour on Sunday, November 24 at 7 p.m. Branson On The Road brings together a fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, upright slap bass, rhinestone costumes, hilarious homespun humor and great classic bluegrass, rockabilly and gospel music to The Valentine stage. Southern Fried Chicks is a night of free-range comedy fresh from their CMT comedy special. Think Blue Collar Comedy Tour with better hair and bigger attitude. See both shows starting at $46

The Valentine is pleased to announce their new Valentine School Days an Educational Outreach Program. School Days will replace the loss of Lourdes Universities Theater Vision programming, recently eliminated by Lourdes University. School Days will continue the rich tradition of presenting professional touring companies in educational theatre productions geared to school children for field trips during the school week. Four presentations are scheduled for 2014, Treasured Stories of Eric Carle – January 22 & 23, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day – February 18, Charlotte’s Web – March 17 and The Teacher From The Black Lagoon – March 19. Teachers and Home School parents can call The Valentine at 419.242.3490 ext 18 to make reservations. All performances are at 10 a.m. and 12:15 and appeal to grades Pre K through Five. Tickets are $8 for groups of 16 and higher, $9 for groups of 15 or less.

Tickets range in price from $5 to $66 for single seats, $16 to $264 for series seating and $125 or $75 for the annual fundraiser featuring an ABBA tribute. Subscription renewals will end on June 21; new orders will be filled starting June 24. Tickets can be purchased through The Valentine Box Office at 419-242-2787 on online at valentinetheatre.com.

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Philanthropy Takes Center Stage for Toledo’s Valentine Theatre
with the Commitment of a $150,000 Matching Grant

TOLEDO, Ohio, May 9, 2013 – The Glass City’s landmark Valentine Theatre has been offered a $150,000 matching grant through the benevolence of local residents Robert and Jane Kervin and Joel and Clare Gorski.  Given with the intent of motivating community members to work together in supporting the performing arts, the largesse comes in the form of a challenge: The donors will match each dollar, up to $150,000, in donations and pledges received by May 1, 2014.  To facilitate the goal of securing $300,000 in new funds for the theatre, qualifying contributions are cash or marketable securities received from new individuals, businesses, and other non-grant sources.  Also eligible for the match is the amount by which a current funder increases their donation from the previous year.

“Speaking on behalf of the Toledo Cultural Arts Center’s board members and everyone at The Valentine Theatre, we are extremely grateful for the Kervins’ and the Gorskis’ financial support, and deeply honored by their faith in our ability to serve the mission of this esteemed theatre,” said Jori Jex, general manager of The Valentine Theatre.  “This generous gift provides a wonderful opportunity, in these uncertain economic times, for The Valentine to flourish as a vibrant entertainment venue and community resource for educational and cultural enrichment.”    

Beautifully renovated and reopened in 1999 under the guidance of the nonprofit Toledo Cultural Arts Center, the 117-year-old Valentine Theatre continues to play a vital role in the revitalization of downtown Toledo and in enriching the quality of life throughout northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.  Each year, over 50,000 adults and 10,000 students enjoy the facility’s varied repertoire of local, national and international productions.  The Valentine is equally committed to building creative partnerships and bringing comprehensive educational programs, such as artist-lead workshops and technical theatre instruction, to young children, at-risk youth, and disadvantaged families.  But while the rewards that come with these efforts are great, so are the costs.  The matching grant greatly helps in kicking off The Valentine’s 2013 Reach In to Reach Out campaign; it will be used for operating expenses and capital expenditures, as well as to support the TCAC Endowment Fund.

The Kervins and Gorskis released a joint statement, saying, “We recognize the significance of the outreach The Valentine Theatre has been doing.  They make it possible for schools, arts groups, and nonprofit agencies throughout the area to enjoy and learn from a diverse range of inspiring, high-caliber arts experiences.  We are delighted to support this cultural treasure and encourage residents to meet the challenge of this matching grant, to keep The Valentine a part of our community for many years to come.”

The Valentine Theatre is located at 410 Adams Street (at the corner of Superior and Adams Streets) in downtown Toledo.  For more information about the facility, please call 419-419/242-3490.  To make a donation, please contact Jori Jex at 419-242—3490 ext. 14..               

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Busy October at The Valentine - Birdland featuring The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe, The Capitol Steps, Cirque Chinois and Evil Dead: The Musical to Appear

Live at Birdland, comes to The Valentine October 17 at 7:30 PM, featuring The Birdland Big Band directed by Tommy Igoe in a setting designed to recreate the ambience and experience of a night at Birdland. This dynamic new ensemble, straight from the jazz mecca of NYC, provides an unforgettable musical event that goes beyond the traditional and sets the standard for the 21st-century jazz orchestra. World music is explored from every corner of the globe to surprise and delight audiences of all ages while infusing the best of American jazz with excitement that hasn't been seen in decades. Featuring New York's finest musicians and directed by one of the world's greatest drummers, The Birdland Big Band has become New York City's most popular weekly musical attraction.

“A completely unique NYC experience. There isn’t another band like this anywhere... a music experience you simply must witness”- Time Out New York

Tickets for Birdland are $24 to $40

October 18, The Capitol Steps return with an all new show just in time for Election Day!
Thirty one years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Don’t miss “Take the Money and Run for President”, a laugh filled night of topical political humor.

Tickets for The Capitol Steps are $37 to $50

Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People’s Republic of China, performs"Cirque Chinois," October 28. Founded in 1953, this circus is one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China.

The National Circus of the People’s Republic of China is especially acclaimed in China because of the unique acts in their program such as Great Teeterboard, Grand Flying Trapeze, Group Contortion, Straw Hats Juggling, Girls’ Balance With Bowls and many other outstanding acts. Many of the Artists in the troupe have won international awards including . . . Ms. Li Liping, the first Golden Clown winner from China at the renowned Monte Carlo International Circus Festival and Madame Xia Juhua, the “Chinese Ulanowa” of the Circus World and Chairwoman of the International Chinese Circus Society since the early 1980’s.

Cirque Chinois tickets are $39 to $50

Evil Dead: The Musical returns by popular demand, weekends only October 26-November 10. This hilarious live stage show combines all of the elements of the cult classic horror films “Evil Dead”, “Evil Dead 2”, and “Army of Darkness” to make one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time. Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. Recommended for ages 16 and older.

Tickets for Evil Dead: The Musical are all $20 and performed in The Valentine’s new and intimate Studio A Theatre.

Silver Screen Fridays also continue in October with An Affair to remember on October 12, A “classic” Sherlock Holmes  double feature, The Hounds of the Baskervilles and Secret Weapon on October 19 and The Man Who Knew Too Much on October 26.

Tickets to all Valentine productions are available by calling the Box Office at 419.242.2787 or by visiting valentinetheatre.com.

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Valentine celebration 2012–A benefit for the Valentine Theatre
featuring
Jefferson Starship
A weekend celebration including a Summer’s End Plaza Party, Starship and Pinkalicious kicking off our 14th season

Toledo, Ohio: The Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre is proud to present a Summer’s End Weekend, September 14-16, 2012 for its annual fundraising celebration and 14th Season kick-off..

The weekend will commence with a Summer’s End Plaza Party at 5:00 p.m. in the theatre’s Superior Street Plaza. The Blade’s Battle of the Bands winner Booya and The Eight Fifteens will perform throughout the evening. Dress in sixties garb or come as you are for a fun evening of great music, food and cold beer and indoor wine garden with Valentine friends old and new.

Jefferson Starship headlines Saturday, September 15 with dinner and cocktails reception at 6:30 preceding Starship taking the stage at 8:30. Public seating will be available this year for the first time ever at $35 and $45, concert only.

Sunday afternoon, the family friendly musical Pinkaliciouos will take the stage for two performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Pinkalicious is based on the popular series of children’s books to be enjoyed by boys and girls alike.

The September weekend celebration and sales from our presenting season provides critical financial support to the Valentine and its programs. The generous support of the underwriting community and individual supporters help to ensure that the Valentine can continue to operate at a high level of success.

Cost is $5 per person for Friday’s Plaza Party, $35, $45 (concert only) and $150 for dinner and Jefferson Starship concert on Saturday evening, and only $5 (kids) and $8 (adults) for the family musical Pinkalicious on Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m.

This year’s 14th Valentine season consists of 4 Broadway shows – Hair, A Chorus Line, Fiddler on the Roof and Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps, 3 show Dance series - -Swan Lake, Paul Taylor II and Celtic Nights, a 3 show Comedy series – Second City, Capitol Steps and the Toledo Premiere of Upright Citizens Brigade, 3 show Music series – Birdland Jazz, Kronos Quartet and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Series options can be purchased for as little as $155 for all four Broadway shows and under $100 for the other series offerings in dance, music and comedy. Our popular Silver Screen series returns with 20 popular, classic and for the first time, art house and cult classics.

Call the Valentine Box Office at 4519-242-2787 to order tickets or visit valentinetheatre.com.

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April 9, 2012

The Valentine’s Children’s Series to Present The Rainbow Fish Saturday, April 21 at 2 PM.


With his lovely coloring and his special shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask him for some silver scales, he refuses. How can he sacrifice the one thing that makes him
unique? In ArtsPower’s musical adaptation of the classic tale by Marcus Pfister at The Valentine, the Rainbow Fish comes to understand that making others happy is the best path to happiness.

The Rainbow Fish wonders why none of the other fish want to talk to him. He won’t share his silver scales with them, but he is still magnificent to look at. Isn’t that enough? The wise old octopus, though, has some advice; she tells him to share his gift with those around him in order to make friends at last. This advice takes the Rainbow Fish by surprise at first, but he decides to give it a try when a little blue fish asks for one tiny scale. He is shocked to discover that spreading his splendor to others rather than keeping it all for himself is a wonderful feeling! Even without the only shimmering scales in the ocean, the Rainbow Fish has become truly happy.
ArtsPower has turned a bestselling book into a joyful celebration of
unselfish friendship and discovering one’s inner beauty that is sure to delight young audiences and families alike.
               
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SISTER’S EASTER CATECHISM: WILL MY BUNNY GO TO HEAVEN?  to appear AT THE VALENTINE THEATRE ON MARCH 31, 2012    

TOLEDO, OH – MARCH 16, 2012 – Coming to THE VALENTINE THEATRE, MARCH 31, 2012 at 8pm,  Sister’s Easter Catechism: Will My Bunny Go To Heaven? is making it’s way to Toldeo, OH!

Celebrate the Easter Season with Sister as she answers the time worn questions of the season like “Why isn't Easter the same day every year like Christmas?” and “Will My Bunny Go To Heaven?”  Part pageant, and wHOLY hysterical, this latest of the sinfully funny Late Nite Catechism series unearths the origins of Easter bunnies, Easter eggs, Easter bonnets, Easter baskets, and of course those yummy Easter Peeps.  Sister answers questions about pet heaven and the significance of those adorable baby chicks!  Classroom participation is a must, so don’t forget to wear your Easter bonnet and join Sister for this seasonal treat!

Colleen Moore will be starring in this seasonal hit! Colleen Moore has enjoyed playing the role of Sister in national tours and off-Broadway for several years.  Of particular relevance:  Miss Moore was taught by Sisters of the Holy Cross at Blessed Sacrament School and at St. Mary’s High School in Alexandria, Virginia.  Miss Moore lives in New York City. Performances of SISTER’S EASTER CATECHISM: WILL MY BUNNY GO TO HEAVEN? at the Valentine Theatre are Saturday March 31, 2012.  Ticket prices range from $35 to $40. To purchase tickets or for more information about group rates, call the Valentine Theatre Box Office at 419-242-ARTS (2787)or on the internet at http://www.valentinetheatre.com

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The Valentine Theatre
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Forever Plaid Coming to Valentine’s Intimate Studio A

Toledo, OH -- The Valentine Theatre’s new Studio A, a new professional black box theater, presents its second in-house production with Forever Plaid, February 10 – 26 at 8 p.m. and 2 p.m. weekends only. Tickets for Forever Plaid are $15.

Forever Plaid, which was written by Stuart Ross with musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt, is a delightful musical revue that features the close harmony of The Plaids, a “guy group” reminiscent of popular singing quartets like The Four Aces, The Ames Brothers and The Crew Cuts from the 1950s.

The action of Forever Plaid centers on four young, male singers whose dreams of recording an album ended when they were killed in a traffic accident. While headed to their first major engagement, The Plaids were broadsided by a bus filled with fans on their way to see the Beatles make their American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show. The play begins with The Plaids returning from the afterlife for one final chance at musical glory--to perform the show that never was. Singing nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s and ‘60s, including numbers immortalized by Perry Como, Harry Belafonte, Eddie Fisher, and Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Plaids charm and delight audiences with their close harmony, witty dialogue and outlandish choreography. Classic favorites like “Crazy ‘Bout Ya Baby,” “No Not Much,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Chain Gang,” “Catch a Falling Star,” “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and many others make Forever Plaid an amusing journey down memory lane.

The Toledo cast includes Ryan Christopher Zarecki as Sparky, Zachary M. Lahey as Frankie, Seth Carey as Jinx, and James Swendsen as Smudge. The artistic team is led by director, James Norman, Robert Duris, music director, and Katie Zarecki choreographer.

The Valentine Theatre’s Studio A theatre is located at 410 Adams Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about The Valentine and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

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January 12, 2012

INTERNATIONAL MAGICIANS OF THE YEAR TO PERFORM AT THE VALENTINE

Magic is no longer merely about baffling the audience by doing something seemingly impossible. We've seen it all before. Magic these days is about spectacle, drama, danger, and personality. Kevin and Cindy Spencer are the masters of the new magic theatre and they play The Valentine on Sunday, February 5 at 4 PM.

The Spencers have redefined the art of illusion by combining original theatrical elements with cutting edge illusions. They are one of the most sought-after illusion teams in the business. They have been named Performing Arts Entertainers of the Year a staggering six consecutive years. And their peers have recognized them as "the best of the best" naming them International Magicians of the Year, an honor they share with the likes of Copperfield, Henning, Penn & Teller, and Criss Angel.

For more than a decade, they have dazzled the world with their engaging personalities, entertaining stage magic, and breath-taking illusions. With one of the largest touring illusion companies in the United States, the Spencers transport several tons of state-of-the-art illusions and special effects from city to city. They work with some of the leading inventors, creators and builders in the industry to incorporate original never-before-seen illusions into their production.

They continue to bring a fresh meaning to the world “magic” for a new generation of spectators. Theatre of Illusion is a sophisticated production filled with original magical creations designed exclusively for The Spencers. People levitate, walk through walls, vanish, and reappear. And in one illusion, the entire audience is asked to participate in a stunning, interactive mind reading experience!

They believe in magic, both on and off the stage. Spencer is the creator of the Healing of Magic program designed for healthcare professionals working in the field of rehabilitation. Simple magic tricks are used to aid patient recovery by improving motor coordination and cognitive skills. They are the recipients of the Harry Chapin Award for Contributions to Humanity for these efforts. Spencer recently released a new project, Hocus Focus, developed for special education teachers and students. It combining education and imagination to help children improve their abilities in planning, sequencing, organizing tasks, fine motor skills, concentration, and more.

Entertainers come and go but few leave behind a lasting impression on their audiences or their art. The Spencers are one of those rare exceptions. Don't miss the opportunity to see this show - you won't believe your eyes!

 

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Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty at The Valentine

Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career, is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault's well-known fairy tale. Moscow Festival ballet dances The Sleeping Beauty Ballet at The Valentine on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.

The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet that was Petipa's pride.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

Leading dancers from across the Russias have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.

"THIS WAS AN AFTERNOON THAT DESERVED "BRAVOS" WITHIN MINUTES OF THE OPENING STEPS" —Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are available at The Valentine box or online at valentinetheatre.com  To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787. Ask about student rush pricing!

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We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…

THE WIZARD OF OZ Travels

Over the Rainbow to Toledo!

The greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is touching down in Toledo as The Valentine Theatre brings this national treasure to The Valentine stage on Friday, January 13 at 8 PM.

This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City. Local children from the Toledo area will be performing the roles of “munchkins,” with the participation of the Young Rep and Dance (  ) .  Singing timeless classics such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the children help bring this beloved classic to the stage of their hometown as part of their continuing performing arts education.

Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If  I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.

Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ are available at The Valentine box or online at valentinetheatre.com  To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787.

To download a copy of this press release, click here


For Immediate Release

Capitol Steps returns to the valentine

Thirty years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Desperate Housemembers and their special holiday release,Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there's never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, "Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That's what we call the two-party system."

Although the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it's the National Welding Supply Association, a University audience, High Schoolers, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!

The material is updated constantly. Current examples include the Tea Party's colorful invasion into the political spectrum ("Fun Fun Fun 'til Obama Takes Our Tea Bags Away") and the Democrats' plan to defeat the deficit ("Return to Spenders"). In addition, we offer our own take on such trending topics as the T.S.A. pat downs, Facebook and illegal immigration according to Arizonians! No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy!

Tickets for The Valentine Theatre’s Saturday, October 22 8 PM performance are available at The Valentine Box Office 400 Adams Street, by phone at 419.242.2787 or online at valentinetheatre.com

To download a copy of this press release, click here



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:    Matt Lentz, Director of Marketing
The Valentine Theatre
419-242-3490, ext. 18
mlentz@valentinetheatre.com

Experience a Grand Evening of Entertainment at
the Valentine Theatre with Pianist Ryan Behan

Blade-Sponsored Recital is Free; Honors Patron’s Gift of Yamaha Grand Piano

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 14, 2011 – The Valentine Theatre announces today a free piano recital featuring acclaimed piano soloist Ryan Behan performing compositions by Franz Liszt, Friday, November 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m., on stage at the historic downtown theatre, 400 N. Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio. The concert is sponsored by The Blade and will be free to the public with a General Admission ticket available through the Valentine box office, 419-242-2787. Seating is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

The recital was arranged in recognition of the Yamaha C6 Concert Grand Piano donated to the Valentine by arts patron Dorothy MacKenzie Price. It is a gift valued at $30,000—and one the theatre staff and area arts groups will put to extraordinarily good use. “A grand piano has been on the Valentine’s wish list for a long time,” states the theatre’s Director of Marketing Matt Lentz. “In the past, when we’ve needed one—which has been often—we’ve been forced to rent it.”

It was Dorothy MacKenzie Price who stepped forward to remedy that situation. “I am pleased to be able to give this Yamaha Grand Piano to the Valentine Theatre for the community and for the benefit of young people,” she explained. Her tone emphasizes “young people.” Ms. Prize strongly believes it is the area’s youth who will spearhead the future of culture in the local community.

The evening’s star performer, Ryan Behan, is a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University and has won acclaim from audiences in Europe and the United States for his performances as a soloist and collaborative pianist.  Dr. Behan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the OSU School of Music, graduate degrees in piano from both the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and The University of Utah, and an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University. His principal instructors included Jerome Rose, Imre Rohmann, Vedrana Subotic, Caroline Hong. Dr. Behan also studied with Leslie Howard at the International Keyboard Institute in New York City, and has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Chautauqua Concerto Competition, the Utah Arts Concerto Competition in Salt Lake City. Performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Ohio State Symphony under conductor Marshall Haddock, Dr. Behan was first prize winner in the The Ohio State University D.M.A. Concerto Competition.  An active chamber musician, he performs with members of the Columbus Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio, NPR, WGTE Live in Toledo, and WOSU in Columbus.  As a strong proponent of new music he has premiered works at the Contemporary Music Festival in Columbus, and performed and written on the solo works of Alexander Müllenbach.  He joined the American Institute of Musical Studies as a collaborative pianist in Graz, Austria, where he has performed with leading artists from around the United States and in chamber music concerts with members of the AIMS Festival Orchestra. Locally, he has performed at the Toledo Museum of Art and in Columbus on the Young Professionals Signature Concert Series at the Columbus Museum of Art. This summer Dr. Brehan recorded the complete Ballades of Chopin and the Fantasie Op. 17 of Schumann to be released early next year.

His recital on Friday night, November 11, at the Valentine Theatre will feature many of the best known and most loved works of Romantic composer Franz Liszt, including virtuosic pieces from Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) and Isolden’s Liebestod, the final scene from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

The Valentine Theatre is an arts icon located at 400 Superior Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about the facility and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

To download a copy of this press release, click here


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matt Lentz, Director of Marketing
The Valentine Theatre
419-242-3490, ext. 18
mlentz@valentinetheatre.com


Oh, Mama! What Spamtacular Entertainment Awaits at the Valentine.

Vickie Lawrence, Monty Python, and Silver Screen Fundraiser Offer Options for All Tastes.

TOLEDO, September 6, 2011 – The curtain is up on another season of live and classic entertainment at Toledo’s crown jewel of entertainment, The Valentine Theatre. And, oh mama, it aims to please, featuring a variety of shows for every taste and age group.

Vicki Lawrence: “A Two Woman Show” opens Sunday, October 2, 2011, offering a bit of nostalgia and a whole lot of laughs for fans of Ms. Lawrence and the beloved “Carol Burnett Show.” Staged in two acts, the first revisits characters and comedy sketches from the Emmy Award-winning variety hour. In the second act, the talented comedienne reprises her famous sitcom character, Mama.

For those whose comedy tastes trend to the absurd, Monty Python’s Spamalot, sponsored by The Blade and 13abc, will dance onto The Stranahan stage, Thursday, October 13. A 2006 Tony winner for Best Musical, Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” When it premiered in Toledo in 2007 for one week, it grossed close to 1 million dollars in tickets sales. Thus the venue for its return engagement was changed from the Valentine to the Stranahan to accommodate greater capacity seating. As a special fundraiser for The Valentine, proceeds from Spamalot will help provide continued maintenance of the historic downtown theatre.

The Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, has also returned to the Valentine. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” the series features over 15 classic movies. Tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission. “Frankenstien” opens the series just before Halloween on Friday, October 21.  A special screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will take place Friday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, with proceeds benefiting the Lathrop House and Valentine Theatre for only $10.00.

In October, audiences have their choice of varied entertainments. They can revel in hilarious lampooning, spectacular dancing, or a Halloween-horrific musical of monstrous proportions. Better yet, attend them all!

The Capital Steps, a popular political satire, returns to town with some pre-2012 election hilarity on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Always an audience favorite, The Capital Steps celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Following up, on Saturday, October 29, will be the Alvin Ailey II Dance Company. This is the Valentine’s annual fundraising Gala, and will feature dinner, dancing and a high-energy performance by the renowned contemporary dance troupe.

And finally, for those with a spare weekend in October, there is Evil Dead, The Musical. Running Friday through Sunday, every weekend throughout month, starting October 7, this monstrous good time will be presented in the Valentine’s intimate Studio A. With seating for just 100 patrons, every location is sure to provide a thrilling view of the fun!

The Valentine Theatre is an arts icon located at 400 Superior Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about the facility and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

To download a copy of this press release, click here


410 Adams Street
Toledo, Ohio  43604
Contact:  Matt Lentz: 419-242-3490
After 5:00 p.m.  Mobile: matt_lentz_mobile

Spamalot, Oz, Ailey II and Lawrence Highlight Valentine’s 13th Season

    The Valentine Theatre’s 13th season goes on sale to the public Monday, June 27th at 9 a.m.—and tickets may be swept up faster than leaves in a cyclone, thanks to the inclusion of two national tours: the return of Monty Python’s Spamalot for one night only in October 2011 at the Stranahan Theater, and The Wizard of Oz in January of 2012 on The Valentine stage.

    Also returning to The Valentine this season is Vicki Lawrence in her “Two Woman Show”. Staged in two acts, the first has Ms. Lawrence revisiting her years on the Carol Burnett Show and the alumnae of that classic comedy hour. In the second act, the talented comedienne reprises her role of Mama, the famous Burnett skit and sitcom character. Vicki Lawrence: “A Two Woman Show” opens the season on October 2, 2011.

    Monty Python’s Spamalot, sponsored by The Blade and 13abc, will play The Stranahan on Thursday, October 13, to accommodate higher capacity for seating. As a special fundraising performance for The Valentine, proceeds from this performance will help provide continued maintenance of the historic downtown theatre. Spamalot premiered in Toledo in 2007 when Theater League presented it for a week. At that time, it grossed close to 1 million dollars in tickets sales. Matt Lentz, Valentine Marketing & PR Director, states, “Spamalot is currently playing in only larger Midwest markets. We were very fortunate to book a limited engagement here in Toledo.” Monty Python’s Spamalot, the 2006 Tony winner for Best Musical, is the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”.

    The national tour of The Wizard of Oz, another popular spectacular that is currently playing mostly major markets across the country, touches down at The Valentine for one performance only on Friday, January 13, 2012. The entire family will be captivated by this lavish stage musical production with its colorful costumes and flying monkeys. Both Oz and Spencers Theater of Illusion are part of the Theatre’s Family Series, and are sponsored by The Blade and 13abc.

    The Valentine follows that whirlwind with some hot air of a different kind. The popular political satirists of DC, The Capital Steps return to town with some pre-2012 election hilarity on October 22, 2011.  Always an audience favorite, The Capital Steps celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

    New to the schedule this season are three Valentine-produced shows slated to play the theatre’s intimate (100-seat capacity) Studio A stage. Located off the Adams Street entrance to the theatre, Studio A will be the setting for the return engagement of the hit Evil Dead The Musical, the 50s-style musical Forever Plaid,  and Chaim Potok’s drama, My Name is Asher Lev, featuring popular Toledo actor Paul Causman.

    The Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, also returns in 2011-12, featuring over 15 classic movies, including Gone with the Wind and It Happened One Night. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission.

    Also slated is the  Spencers Theater of Illusion; Toledo favorite Jim Witter with Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel; the Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty; the Second City Touring Company Laugh Out Loud Tour; the Late Night Catechism sequel “Sister’s Easter Catechism”; and rounding out the 11/12 season, The Valentine’s Children’s series, sponsored by PNC Bank. The Valentine and Lourdes College Theater Vision have partnered this year to present on both Valentine and Franciscan center stages such popular children’s presentations as Skippyjon Jones, Fancy Nancy, Duck for President & Other Stories, The Rainbow Fish and more. The theatre’s annual fundraising Gala will feature the world renowned Alvin Ailey II Dance Company on Saturday, October 29, and will include, dinner, dancing and the performance.

    Tickets range in price from $8 to $61 for single seats, $16 to $88 for series seating, and $150 for the Ailey II Gala. They will be available to current subscribers only through June 24 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, June 27. Valentine presentations, other than Spamalot, can be purchased through The Valentine box office at 419-242-2787 on online at valentinethetare.com. Spamalot is available through The Staranahan box office at 419-381-8851 or ticketmaster.

To download a copy of this press release, click here

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December 7, 2011                                                                          419.242.3490 ext. 18

Moscow Festival Ballet’s The Sleeping Beauty at The Valentine

Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career, is often considered the finest achievement of the Classical ballet. Tchaikovsky was delighted with the invitation to write the music for a ballet based on Charles Perrault's well-known fairy tale. Moscow Festival ballet dances The Sleeping Beauty Ballet at The Valentine on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

A baby princess, condemned at her christening by an evil fairy to prick her finger and die on her 16th birthday, is saved by the gift of the good Lilac Fairy, who declares the princess will only sleep until awakened by the kiss of a prince.

The fairy tale, replete with a king and queen, fairies both good and evil, a beautiful princess and dream prince, magical stage effects, and courtly splendor, lent itself perfectly to the full evening ballet that was Petipa's pride.

The Moscow Festival Ballet was founded in 1989 when legendary principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet Sergei Radchenko sought to realize his vision of a company which would bring together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov Ballet companies in an independent new company within the framework of Russian classic ballet.

Leading dancers from across the Russias have forged under Radchenko’s direction an exciting new company staging new productions of timeless classics such as Giselle, Don Quixote, Paquita and Carmen.

"THIS WAS AN AFTERNOON THAT DESERVED "BRAVOS" WITHIN MINUTES OF THE OPENING STEPS" —Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are available at The Valentine box or online at valentinetheatre.com  To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787. Ask about student rush pricing!


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                     PRESS CONTACT: Matt Lentz

December 7, 2011                                                                          419.242.3490 ext. 18

We’re Not In Kansas Anymore…

THE WIZARD OF OZ Travels

Over the Rainbow to Toledo!

The greatest family musical of all time, THE WIZARD OF OZ, is touching down in Toledo as The Valentine Theatre brings this national treasure to The Valentine stage on Friday, January 13 at 8 PM.

This magical production, based on the Royal Shakespeare Company’s celebration of the 1939 MGM movie, is presented with breathtaking special effects that will sweep audiences away, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas.

Dorothy, Toto and their friends the Cowardly Lion, Tin Man and Scarecrow are transported “Over the Rainbow” to adventures in Munchkin Land, the Haunted Forest and the Emerald City. Local children from the Toledo area will be performing the roles of “munchkins,” with the participation of the Young Rep and Dance (  ) .  Singing timeless classics such as “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead,” the children help bring this beloved classic to the stage of their hometown as part of their continuing performing arts education.

Featuring the classic songs, as composed by Harold Arlen, “Over the Rainbow,” “Ding Dong the Witch is Dead” and “If  I Only Had A Brain,” along with the beloved characters, THE WIZARD OF OZ will have the entire family captivated as they travel down the yellow brick road for an unforgettable evening at the theater.

Tickets for THE WIZARD OF OZ are available at The Valentine box or online at valentinetheatre.com  To Charge-By-Phone, call 419.242.2787.


For Immediate Release

Capitol Steps returns to the valentine

Thirty years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 30 albums, including their latest, Desperate Housemembers and their special holiday release,Barackin' Around the Christmas Tree. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard 4 times a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

The Capitol Steps were born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Ronald Reagan was President when the Steps began, so co-founders Elaina Newport, Bill Strauss and Jim Aidala figured that if entertainers could become politicians, then politicians could become entertainers! Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin! So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor that was as popular in Peoria as it was on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Most cast members have worked on Capitol Hill; some for Democrats, some for Republicans, and others for politicians who firmly straddle the fence. No matter who holds office, there's never a shortage of material. Says Elaina Newport, "Typically the Republicans goof up, and the Democrats party. Then the Democrats goof up and the Republicans party. That's what we call the two-party system."

Although the Capitol Steps are based in Washington, DC, most of their shows are out-of-town or for out-of-town audiences, whether it's the National Welding Supply Association, a University audience, High Schoolers, or State Legislators. In fact, the Capitol Steps have performed for the last 5 Presidents (6, if you include Hillary). The only complaints the Steps seem to get are from politicians and personalities who are not included in the program!

The material is updated constantly. Current examples include the Tea Party's colorful invasion into the political spectrum ("Fun Fun Fun 'til Obama Takes Our Tea Bags Away") and the Democrats' plan to defeat the deficit ("Return to Spenders"). In addition, we offer our own take on such trending topics as the T.S.A. pat downs, Facebook and illegal immigration according to Arizonians! No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy!

Tickets for The Valentine Theatre’s Saturday, October 22 8 PM performance are available at The Valentine Box Office 400 Adams Street, by phone at 419.242.2787 or online at valentinetheatre.com

To download a copy of this press release, click here



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:    Matt Lentz, Director of Marketing
The Valentine Theatre
419-242-3490, ext. 18
mlentz@valentinetheatre.com

Experience a Grand Evening of Entertainment at
the Valentine Theatre with Pianist Ryan Behan

Blade-Sponsored Recital is Free; Honors Patron’s Gift of Yamaha Grand Piano

TOLEDO, Ohio, October 14, 2011 – The Valentine Theatre announces today a free piano recital featuring acclaimed piano soloist Ryan Behan performing compositions by Franz Liszt, Friday, November 11, 2011, 7:30 p.m., on stage at the historic downtown theatre, 400 N. Superior Street, Toledo, Ohio. The concert is sponsored by The Blade and will be free to the public with a General Admission ticket available through the Valentine box office, 419-242-2787. Seating is limited and tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

The recital was arranged in recognition of the Yamaha C6 Concert Grand Piano donated to the Valentine by arts patron Dorothy MacKenzie Price. It is a gift valued at $30,000—and one the theatre staff and area arts groups will put to extraordinarily good use. “A grand piano has been on the Valentine’s wish list for a long time,” states the theatre’s Director of Marketing Matt Lentz. “In the past, when we’ve needed one—which has been often—we’ve been forced to rent it.”

It was Dorothy MacKenzie Price who stepped forward to remedy that situation. “I am pleased to be able to give this Yamaha Grand Piano to the Valentine Theatre for the community and for the benefit of young people,” she explained. Her tone emphasizes “young people.” Ms. Prize strongly believes it is the area’s youth who will spearhead the future of culture in the local community.

The evening’s star performer, Ryan Behan, is a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University and has won acclaim from audiences in Europe and the United States for his performances as a soloist and collaborative pianist.  Dr. Behan holds a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the OSU School of Music, graduate degrees in piano from both the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria and The University of Utah, and an undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University. His principal instructors included Jerome Rose, Imre Rohmann, Vedrana Subotic, Caroline Hong. Dr. Behan also studied with Leslie Howard at the International Keyboard Institute in New York City, and has been awarded top prizes in numerous competitions, including the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Chautauqua Concerto Competition, the Utah Arts Concerto Competition in Salt Lake City. Performing Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2 with the Ohio State Symphony under conductor Marshall Haddock, Dr. Behan was first prize winner in the The Ohio State University D.M.A. Concerto Competition.  An active chamber musician, he performs with members of the Columbus Symphony and Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and has been broadcast on BBC Radio, NPR, WGTE Live in Toledo, and WOSU in Columbus.  As a strong proponent of new music he has premiered works at the Contemporary Music Festival in Columbus, and performed and written on the solo works of Alexander Müllenbach.  He joined the American Institute of Musical Studies as a collaborative pianist in Graz, Austria, where he has performed with leading artists from around the United States and in chamber music concerts with members of the AIMS Festival Orchestra. Locally, he has performed at the Toledo Museum of Art and in Columbus on the Young Professionals Signature Concert Series at the Columbus Museum of Art. This summer Dr. Brehan recorded the complete Ballades of Chopin and the Fantasie Op. 17 of Schumann to be released early next year.

His recital on Friday night, November 11, at the Valentine Theatre will feature many of the best known and most loved works of Romantic composer Franz Liszt, including virtuosic pieces from Années de pèlerinage (Years of Pilgrimage) and Isolden’s Liebestod, the final scene from Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

The Valentine Theatre is an arts icon located at 400 Superior Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about the facility and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

To download a copy of this press release, click here


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Matt Lentz, Director of Marketing
The Valentine Theatre
419-242-3490, ext. 18
mlentz@valentinetheatre.com


Oh, Mama! What Spamtacular Entertainment Awaits at the Valentine.

Vickie Lawrence, Monty Python, and Silver Screen Fundraiser Offer Options for All Tastes.

TOLEDO, September 6, 2011 – The curtain is up on another season of live and classic entertainment at Toledo’s crown jewel of entertainment, The Valentine Theatre. And, oh mama, it aims to please, featuring a variety of shows for every taste and age group.

Vicki Lawrence: “A Two Woman Show” opens Sunday, October 2, 2011, offering a bit of nostalgia and a whole lot of laughs for fans of Ms. Lawrence and the beloved “Carol Burnett Show.” Staged in two acts, the first revisits characters and comedy sketches from the Emmy Award-winning variety hour. In the second act, the talented comedienne reprises her famous sitcom character, Mama.

For those whose comedy tastes trend to the absurd, Monty Python’s Spamalot, sponsored by The Blade and 13abc, will dance onto The Stranahan stage, Thursday, October 13. A 2006 Tony winner for Best Musical, Spamalot is the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail.” When it premiered in Toledo in 2007 for one week, it grossed close to 1 million dollars in tickets sales. Thus the venue for its return engagement was changed from the Valentine to the Stranahan to accommodate greater capacity seating. As a special fundraiser for The Valentine, proceeds from Spamalot will help provide continued maintenance of the historic downtown theatre.

The Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, has also returned to the Valentine. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” the series features over 15 classic movies. Tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission. “Frankenstien” opens the series just before Halloween on Friday, October 21.  A special screening of “To Kill a Mockingbird” will take place Friday, September 9, at 7:30 pm, with proceeds benefiting the Lathrop House and Valentine Theatre for only $10.00.

In October, audiences have their choice of varied entertainments. They can revel in hilarious lampooning, spectacular dancing, or a Halloween-horrific musical of monstrous proportions. Better yet, attend them all!

The Capital Steps, a popular political satire, returns to town with some pre-2012 election hilarity on Saturday, October 22, 2011. Always an audience favorite, The Capital Steps celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

Following up, on Saturday, October 29, will be the Alvin Ailey II Dance Company. This is the Valentine’s annual fundraising Gala, and will feature dinner, dancing and a high-energy performance by the renowned contemporary dance troupe.

And finally, for those with a spare weekend in October, there is Evil Dead, The Musical. Running Friday through Sunday, every weekend throughout month, starting October 7, this monstrous good time will be presented in the Valentine’s intimate Studio A. With seating for just 100 patrons, every location is sure to provide a thrilling view of the fun!

The Valentine Theatre is an arts icon located at 400 Superior Street in downtown Toledo. For further information about the facility and its current schedule of performances, or to order tickets, call 419.242.2787 or visit online at valentinetheatre.com.

To download a copy of this press release, click here


410 Adams Street
Toledo, Ohio  43604
Contact:  Matt Lentz: 419-242-3490
After 5:00 p.m.  Mobile: matt_lentz_mobile

Spamalot, Oz, Ailey II and Lawrence Highlight Valentine’s 13th Season

    The Valentine Theatre’s 13th season goes on sale to the public Monday, June 27th at 9 a.m.—and tickets may be swept up faster than leaves in a cyclone, thanks to the inclusion of two national tours: the return of Monty Python’s Spamalot for one night only in October 2011 at the Stranahan Theater, and The Wizard of Oz in January of 2012 on The Valentine stage.

    Also returning to The Valentine this season is Vicki Lawrence in her “Two Woman Show”. Staged in two acts, the first has Ms. Lawrence revisiting her years on the Carol Burnett Show and the alumnae of that classic comedy hour. In the second act, the talented comedienne reprises her role of Mama, the famous Burnett skit and sitcom character. Vicki Lawrence: “A Two Woman Show” opens the season on October 2, 2011.

    Monty Python’s Spamalot, sponsored by The Blade and 13abc, will play The Stranahan on Thursday, October 13, to accommodate higher capacity for seating. As a special fundraising performance for The Valentine, proceeds from this performance will help provide continued maintenance of the historic downtown theatre. Spamalot premiered in Toledo in 2007 when Theater League presented it for a week. At that time, it grossed close to 1 million dollars in tickets sales. Matt Lentz, Valentine Marketing & PR Director, states, “Spamalot is currently playing in only larger Midwest markets. We were very fortunate to book a limited engagement here in Toledo.” Monty Python’s Spamalot, the 2006 Tony winner for Best Musical, is the outrageous musical comedy based on the film classic “Monty Python and The Holy Grail”.

    The national tour of The Wizard of Oz, another popular spectacular that is currently playing mostly major markets across the country, touches down at The Valentine for one performance only on Friday, January 13, 2012. The entire family will be captivated by this lavish stage musical production with its colorful costumes and flying monkeys. Both Oz and Spencers Theater of Illusion are part of the Theatre’s Family Series, and are sponsored by The Blade and 13abc.

    The Valentine follows that whirlwind with some hot air of a different kind. The popular political satirists of DC, The Capital Steps return to town with some pre-2012 election hilarity on October 22, 2011.  Always an audience favorite, The Capital Steps celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year.

    New to the schedule this season are three Valentine-produced shows slated to play the theatre’s intimate (100-seat capacity) Studio A stage. Located off the Adams Street entrance to the theatre, Studio A will be the setting for the return engagement of the hit Evil Dead The Musical, the 50s-style musical Forever Plaid,  and Chaim Potok’s drama, My Name is Asher Lev, featuring popular Toledo actor Paul Causman.

    The Silver Screen Friday series, sponsored by The Blade, also returns in 2011-12, featuring over 15 classic movies, including Gone with the Wind and It Happened One Night. Billed as Toledo’s “New Old Fashioned Night Out,” tickets are $5, popcorn $2, and the Valentine bar serves through intermission.

    Also slated is the  Spencers Theater of Illusion; Toledo favorite Jim Witter with Feelin’ Groovy: The Music of Simon and Garfunkel; the Moscow Festival Ballet’s Sleeping Beauty; the Second City Touring Company Laugh Out Loud Tour; the Late Night Catechism sequel “Sister’s Easter Catechism”; and rounding out the 11/12 season, The Valentine’s Children’s series, sponsored by PNC Bank. The Valentine and Lourdes College Theater Vision have partnered this year to present on both Valentine and Franciscan center stages such popular children’s presentations as Skippyjon Jones, Fancy Nancy, Duck for President & Other Stories, The Rainbow Fish and more. The theatre’s annual fundraising Gala will feature the world renowned Alvin Ailey II Dance Company on Saturday, October 29, and will include, dinner, dancing and the performance.

    Tickets range in price from $8 to $61 for single seats, $16 to $88 for series seating, and $150 for the Ailey II Gala. They will be available to current subscribers only through June 24 and will go on sale to the public on Monday, June 27. Valentine presentations, other than Spamalot, can be purchased through The Valentine box office at 419-242-2787 on online at valentinethetare.com. Spamalot is available through The Staranahan box office at 419-381-8851 or ticketmaster.

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