Among the new featured performers will be a local vocal group called “Women Sing,” directed by Joe Stuart, and a duet by Kristina Barrett and Stuart Landes. Returning to the show this year is vocal and instrumental soloist Jim Gill, and popular vocalists Dan Polk, Linda Ingram, Barry Frey, James Kovach, and Donna Bica. Two dance groups under the direction of Kelly Parks will perform, and additional numbers will feature more local talent.
According to Arts Council Executive Director Nancy Sprowls, “In addition to fundraising, the Arts Council promotes this entertaining show to give area performing artists the chance to become more widely known to the general public.”
Council trustees and committee members describe the show as “a fun, fundraiser,” and they have kept ticket prices in an affordable range – $14 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under. Extra support for the event has been secured from local businesses and individuals through program ads, patron contributions, and in-kind donations. Money raised will go toward major goals of the Council – increased funding for grants to county non-profit arts organizations and schools, as well as special arts activities. The trustees recognize that along with the growth of Medina County, the need to increase funds available for grants that encourage and support local arts activities has become a development “must” for the organization. Performers are both individual artists who either make a living in the arts or perform for sheer pleasure. Many of them work with one or more county arts organizations.
Tickets for the Showcase are being sold at Buehler’s stores in Brunswick, Wadsworth, and Medina, at The Medina County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina. They may also be purchased on the web at www.MedinaArtBuzz.blogspot.com and at the door as available. Seating is limited so the early purchase of tickets is advisable.
Before heading to the theater, early Showcase attendees on Friday can have the opportunity to enjoy the beginning of Candlelight Walk festivities around Public Square which are slated for the late afternoon and dinner hour. Audience members can visit uptown Medina early and watch the lighting of the Square area for the Holiday season. At 4:30 p.m. will be the lighting of the luminaries, at 5:45 a church choir will sing at the Gazebo, at 7 p.m. will be the lighting of the tree in the Gazebo plus other special lights, and at 7:30, the Jazz Tan Laundry combo will play. Local restaurants and stores will also be open to visit before the 8 p.m. Showcase curtain time.