Medina’s Eighteenth Annual “Walk with Spirits of the Past” is scheduled to entertain audiences with lively stories about historical events on the weekend of Friday and Saturday, September 6, and 7, and Sunday, September 8, 2013. The scenes about early Medina, featuring well-known characters from local history, will be acted out in locations around Medina Public Square between 7 and 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The annual event is cooperatively staged by The Medina Show Biz Company, The Medina County Historical Society, and The Medina County Arts Council,
This year’s presentations are directed by Donna Bica and Marcia Aguiar. Bica, who directs three of the performances, serves with the Medina Show Biz board of trustees and is a former president of Show Biz. She is also a former Medina County Arts Council trustee. She has performed professionally with Akron’s Illusion Factory, a children’s theatre company. She also has directed the actors in Medina’s “Walk with Spirits of the Past” every year since she served on the Arts Council committee that began the project. She has appeared in many Medina Show Biz productions and musicals as well as singing with the Galaxy Players and Brunswick ACT. She lives in Medina with her husband.
Returning again for this year is Marcia Aguiar who is joining Bica to direct the performances of the scenes around the Medina Square. Aguiar has a degree in Speech and Theatre and has been performing on stage since grade school. She has been involved with the Medina Show Biz Company for three years, performing on stage, working backstage, and now directing three stories for “A Walk with Spirits of the Past” in 2013. She is not a stranger to the event for she has performed previously as an actress in the Walk in 2010 and in 2011. Aguiar also has organized and directed an after school drama club with the students at Medina’s Root Middle School. She and her husband live in Medina and have two sons.
The historical characters and situations have been selected and the scripts written with members of the Medina County Historical Society and others. Actors cast in the six stories this year include: Mark Levigne, Ron McMillan, Myrna Dooley, Ron Svoboda, Dawn Img, Emily Winnicki, Maggie Selva, and Amanda Clements.
A special highlight of the weekend performances is the addition of “Dine with The Spirits of the Past” at Miss Molly’s Tea Room in Medina on Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. Local history buffs and those looking for pleasant entertainment without the “walk” will be able to get reservations by calling 330-725-6830 to see the stories and enjoy food and drink at the same time. The cost of this event will be $23.00.
The traditional “Walk” begins at the County Administration Building at 144 North Broadway Street in Medina, where every 10 to 15 minutes, guides will start out leading groups to different sites in the Square area where the dramatic performances will take place. Carl Becks, representing the Medina County Arts Council is in charge of the guides and Joanne King, representing the Medina County Historical Society, is in charge of ticket sales. Tickets will be on sale at the beginning point of the “Walk” in the parking area of the Administration Building on the day of the event. Day of event prices are $6 for adults and $3 for all children 12 and under. The event is wheelchair accessible.
Tickets may also be purchased in advance at lower prices at Ormandy’s at 10 Public Square for $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Call 330-725-6443 or 330-722-5502 during business hours for further information.