MEDINA, Ohio, June 24, 2015 – Amid today’s daily headlines about racial unrest, Medina’s CAMEO presents the timeless, iconic musical West Side Story live on stage next month.

The story, inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, tells the tale of two young people of different races who meet and fall in love. As the story unfolds, the audience is witness to the tragic consequences of blind prejudice and hate.

“We are proud to present this show to audiences, especially in a time when every day we hear on the news a story of prejudice,” said Michael Sferro, CAMEO’s producer and president of the Medina County Arts Foundation. “The show is very relevant to the nation’s current events. As audience members, we can see through art what the repercussions are of not accepting our fellow human beings.”

The timeless musical opens next month. Presented on Medina Performing Arts Center’s Main Stage, the show will run July 17, 18, 23, 24 & 25 at 8 p.m. and July 19 & 26 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at or at Medina Buehler’s stores. Large group discounts are available by calling the Box Office at 330-636-3400.

CAMEO also is selling raffle tickets for its “One Hand, One Heart, One Winner” promotion. A ticket will be drawn at each of the seven shows for one lucky winner to take home a prize. Those seven winners will then be entered into the larger “grand prize” drawing.  This “grand prize” is for a chance to win $1,000 along with an additional $500 the winner can “pay forward” to a charity of his or her choice. Tickets are $10 each, and winners do not need to be present to win. Raffle tickets can be purchased online at

More information about the show and CAMEO is available on Facebook at at

CAMEO is the theatrical division of the Medina County Arts Foundation and is the resident artist of the Medina Performing Arts Center. The group has produced its annual large-scale musical on the Medina Performing Arts Center’s Main Stage since 2003.

Medina Performing Arts Center
851 Weymouth Road, Medina, OH 44256

Alicia Hoisington, Marketing Director


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Rabbit Run’s Passport to Paris Benefit


Passport to Paris, a benefit event for Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, is Friday, July 17, 6 to 10:30 p.m., at Rabbit Run Theater in Madison.

Fabulous food, auctions, and games are all a part of this spectacular evening culminating with the opening night performance of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris. Michael Roy’s Cirque du Papier will also be on hand creating keepsakes and mesmerizing guests with his paper art. 

Before the performance of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well guests will enjoy spending time in the theater’s courtyard partaking in dinner supplied by Fahrenheit Cleveland’s food truck, bidding on silent auction items and taking chances on several games.

The alfresco-style meal starts out with Salade de Roquefort with mixed greens, walnuts, grapes and blue cheese with a gorgonzola vinaigrette.  The salad is followed by the guest’s choice of gourmet sandwiches including Croque Monsieur, which is Cure 81 Ham on a Bakery Loaf, Grand Cru Gruyere Cheese and Dijon as well as Le Classique, a Brie & Bacon Burger on a Brioche Bun with Lettuce, Tomato, Pickle and Aioli.  Also included are Pommes Frites with Parmesan Cheese, Rosemary and Truffle.

For dessert, Crepes á la Course Lapin will be served with Sweet Ricotta, Macerated Peaches, Whipped Cream and Mint.

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well is credited with being the show that saved Playhouse Square in Cleveland, A cabaret-style musical, Jacques Brel achieved worldwide adoration and fame.  Brel’s passionate style of music is all-at-once haunting, witty, dramatic and heart-rending.

Tickets are $60/person and may be reserved by calling the box office at 440-428-7092 or on line .

Part of the evening’s festivities includes announcing the winner of the Paris Raffle.  Included in the raffle is a week-long stay in a luxurious Parisian apartment and a voucher for $2,500 to be used for travel expenses or the winner may choose a $4,000 cash option.

Only 200 raffle tickets will be sold, and they may be purchased by calling RRCAA at 440-428-5913 or the Rabbit Run Theater box office at 440-428-7092.  Raffle tickets are $50/ea.

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd.  Doors for Passport to Paris open at 6 p.m.  All proceeds benefit Rabbit Run Community Arts Association, a non-profit fine arts organization offering instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.

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Hello, Dolly! at Rabbit Run Theater


Winner of 10 Tony awards Hello Dolly is one of the most endearing musicals of all times and holds a special place in the hearts of theater lovers.

The year is 1890, and widowed matchmaker Dolly Levi is hired to find the perfect match for a grumpy, wealthy Yonkers widower, and find the perfect match, she does.

The show features such all-time favorite melodies as It Only Takes a Moment, Ribbons Down My Back and, Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! is directed by Brendan Sandham who has directed and performed in numerous productions at Rabbit Run, Fine Arts Association, Geauga Lyric Theater Guild and The Beck Center.

“Hello Dolly is a true musical theater classic,” says Sandham. “It’s laugh-out-loud funny, but also has moments of poignancy and sweetness that elevate the show into something truly unique and special. There is a reason this show has stood the test of time.”

“One of the most famous songs in the show, ‘It Only Takes a Moment’, is an accurate description of the show itself. There are so many little moments that make you laugh, fill your heart and make you want to sing along. As a director, I love finding those moments and bringing them out in the most impactful way.”

“The cast has worked very hard to bring their characters to life in fun and unique ways; it’s delightful working with them. I keep telling them sarcastically, ‘It’s a shame none of you get along’, because that couldn’t be further from the truth. They are a kind and supportive bunch, and that’s something that is reflected in their performances.”

Playing the role of Dolly is Ingrid Balstad.  Balstad has performed in numerous shows at Rabbit Run, most recently as Clairee in Steel Magnolias and the Mother Abess in The Sound of Music Greg Gnau is performing as Dolly’s love interest, Horace Vandergelder.  Also performing are Ian Jones as Cornelius, Tyler Collins as Barnaby, Stephanie Harden as Mrs. Malloy and Paige Heidrich as Minnie.

Of note is ensemble member and dance captain Hannah Green.  Green’s aunt, Elizabeth Green Swartz, now deceased, performed in the ensemble of the mid-1990’s revival and national tour ofHello, Dolly! with Carol Channing.  The family kept the boots that Swartz wore in the revival, and Green is wearing those same boots in Rabbit Run’s production.

RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Hello, Dolly! opens Friday, June 19 and runs through Friday, July 10.  Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at  Tickets are $22/adult and $20/senior, student.  For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m.  Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.  Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and Lake Health.

Above photo: Actors in photo are L to R:  Cameron Zona, Andy Cervelli, Phillip Potter, Ingrid Balstad as Dolly, Ron Zak, John Roskos and Brian Cervelli.
Photo credit: Kathy Sandham.

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West Creek Conservancy and Parma Animal Shelter to co-host Tails for Trails Dog Walk on August 23rd

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Parma, Ohio
– West Creek Conservancy and Parma Animal Shelter will co-host the Tails for Trails Dog Walk fundraiser on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at the Keystone Shelter in the West Creek Reservation. West Creek Reservation is located at 2277 West Ridgewood Drive, between Broadview and State Roads in Parma.

Sign-in begins at 11:00 a.m. and the walk will begin at 12:00 p.m. with a three mile walk. Following the walk, participants will celebrate with refreshments, family activities (face painting, photo booth, and more), shopping with local vendors/crafters, music and raffles.

Attendees are welcome to participate with or without a canine. The registration fee is $20 per dog, $30 for 2 or more dogs. Human participation is free and encouraged. Participants are invited to obtain pledges and/or donations (with a chance to win a great prize). All donations will help West Creek Conservancy’s efforts to protect land and build trails in our community and Parma Animal Shelter’s effort to prevent animal cruelty, abuse, neglect,  increase public awareness and appreciation of companion animals and educate the public on the importance of spay/neuter to control pet over-population.

To register and download pledge forms or to obtain more information on the event, please visit or


Press release submitted by:
West Creek Conservancy
P.O. Box 347113, Cleveland, OH 44134                   |


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International Wine at the Mill Fundraiser


Loudonville, Ohio – June 6th, 2015, is the 12th International Wine at the Mill Fundraiser from noon-11pm. This is the highlight event of the year to kick off the summer. Good food, wine, music and more will entertain all of the senses. This wonderful event also helps the Mill’s operations.

All wines can be sampled and bought by the glass or bottle. Mark Smith, Founder and President of Wolf Creek Mill says that they are excited about this year’s event, “We will have 100 varieties of International & Ohio wine, domestic beer, live music, food vendors, all beautifully situated on the banks of Pine Run Creek, large tents, raffles, prizes, free transportation.” Shuttles will run from Arrow Point Campground, Blackfork Inn B&B, Mohican Adventures, Mohican River Inn, Mohican State Park Campground, Smith’s Campground and Wally World Resort. One new stop this year will be in Central Park-Loudonville, by the Public Restrooms for those closer to downtown Loudonville.

Pre-Sale tickets can be purchased for $8 at Lingenfelter Jewelers in downtown Loudonville or on-line at Tickets at the gate will be $10. Each adult ticket includes a logo wine glass and 10 tasting tickets.

The International Wine at the Mill Festival has moved the fundraiser to just down the road from the mill. As always, look for the banner and all proceeds go to the Friends of the Wolf Creek Grist Mill, a non-profit organization, to be used to continue the preservation efforts. “I think people would be amazed on what we started with years ago. The Mill was slated to be condemned,” states Smith. “If it weren’t for these events and the support of the visitors, the Mill simply would not be here.” Wolf Creek Grist Mill now has over 5 cabins and a working mill available for all visitors to enjoy. This is in-line with the mission to preserve a vanishing part of heritage for future generations to enjoy and learn from. For more information visit


For more information, press tickets, etc., contact: Mark Smith, 419-541-0161 or


Georgia Kauffman
Executive Director
Mohican-Loudonville CVB
131 West Main Street
Loudonville, OH, 44842

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Rabbit Run Theater opens its 35th season with the comedic thriller DEATHTRAP


RRCAA_Theater_logo_no_tagx175Rabbit Run Theater, one of Ohio’s few remaining barn theaters, opens its 2015 summer season with Ira Levin’s comedic thriller DEATHTRAP.

A classic among murder mysteries, DEATHTRAP abounds with plot twists and turns. Suffering from a string of flops, playwright Sidney Bruhl is prepared to go to any length to improve his fortunes. He develops a mentoring relationship with the young and handsome playwright Clifford Anderson, who is every bit as lethally ambitious as Sidney. The two make a deadly combination.

Playing the role of Sidney Bruhl is Jim Ray. Ray has performed in numerous theaters in Northeast Ohio including Ashtabula Arts Center, Geauga Lyric Theatre Guild, The Fine Arts Association and Rabbit Run Theater.

Clifford Anderson is portrayed by Josh Dean who appeared as Luther Billis in Rabbit Run’s 2014 production of South Pacific and has performed in other area theaters as well. While live theater is a passion, Dean has also appeared on film as an actor and stunt performer with Stunt Predators, USA.

Bruhl’s wife, Myra is played by Kimberly Carabotta. Originally from Savannah, GA, Carabotta worked as a radio DJ and later as a VJ for a local ABC affiliate in the Savannah area before moving to Ohio. She has performed on stage at the Ashtabula Arts Center, Lakeland Civic Theatre, Chagrin Valley Little Theater and The Fine Arts Association.

Rounding out the five-member cast is Sandy Kosovich Peck as clairvoyant Helga ten Dorp and Carl Simoncic as Bruhl’s lawyer and friend, Porter Milgrim.

DEATHTRAP is directed by Robert Gibb. He has directed and performed at many Cleveland area theaters and has appeared in the regional premiers of Rags, Falsettos, Chess, Assassins, Tommy, and A New Brain. For the past several years he has been focusing on cabaret performances produced at Playhouse Square. He wrote The Lush Life, his “drinking” cabaret act, and performed it at Kennedy’s at Playhouse Square and Cain Park Alma Theater.

“I wanted to direct DEATHTRAP because it is like a brilliantly-constructed, jeweled puzzle box”, says Gibb.  “The challenge is to make all the tricky puzzle pieces fit together perfectly. Deathtrap is a richly detailed and intricately plotted thriller.  I constantly remind the cast it’s also a comedy!  If they have fun, the audience will, too. It’s funny, clever, shocking and a little scandalous.”

“I’ve told the actors they are taking the audience on a theatrical rollercoaster.  Their challenge is to make every performance a thrilling ride. When you work with great material, like DEATHTRAP, and have amazing actors, like mine, you can’t go wrong.”

This summer season marks the 35th anniversary of Rabbit Run Theater since it reopened in 1980.

DEATHTRAP opens Friday, May 29, and runs through Saturday, June 13. Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at Tickets are $21/adult and $19/senior, student. For group packages and rates call 440-428-5913.

Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the new picnic pavilion or courtyards.

All shows begin at 8 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH. Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Behm Family Funeral Home, Chemsultants and Lake Health.

Submitted by:
Karen Ziegler, Director of Marketing
Rabbit Run Community Arts Association
P. O. Box 235, 49 Park St.
Madison, OH 44057



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Civil War Encampment Returns to Century Village Museum

civilwarThe Geauga County Historical Society will again host a Civil War Encampment on Memorial Day Weekend on the grounds of Century Village Museum in Burton, Ohio.  On Saturday and Sunday, May 23 and 24, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., reenactors depicting Union and Confederate soldiers, camp followers, and traveling merchants will provide a living history of struggles and tribulations associated with the Great War of the Rebellion.

Obtain answers to your questions concerning the Geauga Country military units that served from 1861 to 1865, their engagements, their losses, and their daily struggles.  Approximately 2,000 Geauga County men went to war and about 300 did not return.  Learn about the famous battles of this war, including Shiloh, Chickamauga, Gettysburg, the Wilderness, and others.  Discover how those who remained home aided the Union cause and struggled with their difficulties.  Find out Geauga’s connections to the Sultana disaster, the Confederate prison at Andersonville, the Union prison at Johnson’s Island, and much more.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the last year of the Civil War and the end of that conflict.  It is also the year in which President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and the year in which the rebuilding of the nation, so violently dissected and damaged by the war, began.  Come and see the soldiers demonstrate military maneuvers and take part in skirmishes.  Here the roar of cannon.  Learn about camp life, including insight as to the food that was prepared and the diseases that killed as many soldiers as the bullets and artillery.  Converse with the reenactors who will discuss their weaponry, uniforms, and military regimen, express the fears and hopes period soldiers, talk about the long marches and taxing encampments in all forms of weather, and respond to your questions about civilian as well as military life.

Come and be part of this commemoration of this very difficult and divisive period in our country’s history.

Mark your calendars and reserve the dates.  Cost:  Adults, $7.00; children 6 to 12, $4.00; children 5 and under, free.  Food and drink will be available on the grounds.  Period merchandise will be offered for sale.  Selected historical buildings at the museum will be open to the public.  No pets permitted. For more information about participating in the event or attending the event, contact the Society’s Business Office at 440-834-1492 or, by e-mail, at

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