Around Streetsboro: Theatre production of 'Alice in Wonderland' deserves praise

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I want to take a moment to give accolades to the Streetsboro Theatre program and its director, Jim Boardwine. Last month, the troupe gave our city two tremendous performances of "Alice in Wonderland" including a sold-out show on a Friday evening.

This production had everything -- a dynamite cast from several grades in Streetsboro schools and members of the community at large, great acting, and fantastic original musical numbers and choreography. The music, in particular, has become a staple of any Boardwine production.

Students from Jim's songwriting, theatre and production class performed songs they wrote, including "The Hatter Song," from Zack Madden and "Off (Caterpillar's Song)," from Jake Edgerton. Other original parodies of "The Humpty Dance" and "Royals" were also big hits. The scenes featuring DJ James and Thomas Benson as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum were especially funny.

The seniors were standouts in this production. The talents of Maddie Oslejsek, Zack Madden, Catie Carey, DJ James and Jake Edgerton will be missed.

Plans are already under way for next season's musical extravaganza, "This is Halloween," on Oct. 25 and 26. The spring show, a comedy, "The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon," is scheduled for May 9 and 10, 2015.

Streetsboro Theatre will also be creating its first feature film, "Welcome to Wonderland," in partnership with 9x Emmy-Award-winning producer, Shawn Rech, to be released in 2015. Auditions for all three of these productions (once again open to the public) will be in July.

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To kick off the parish's golden anniversary year, St. Joan of Arc Church in Streetsboro is having a festival on June 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival will begin after the 5K Run/1 Mile Walk, which starts at 10 a.m., and will have games for all ages, including bocci and cornhole tournaments, music, a professional magician, and great food.

Everyone is invited to stay for an open-air Mass at 5 p.m. in the pavilion. The parish is located at 8894 Route 14 in Streetsboro.

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The Free Family Fun Nights at the Chapel at Tinker's Creek are back this summer. On Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., everyone in the community is welcome to attend the activities and participate together as a family. June 11 is tie-dye and craft night. On June 18, participants will learn about nature on the beautiful church grounds. On June 25, Outback Ray will entertain and educate the kids with his live animal show. The theme for July 9 is wacky water, so it's safe to say, "Prepare to get wet." On July 16, come to watch the Lego Movie. The series ends on July 23 with a picnic. The Chapel at Tinker's Creek is located at 9709 Page Road. For more information, visit www.tinkerscreek.com.

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The Streetsboro Band Boosters are washing cars for the next few weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the Streetsboro City Schools music programs.

Look for them June 14 at Steak N Shake; on June 21 at the Streetsboro Fire Department; and back at Steak N Shake on June 22.

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Have any good news to share? Contact Karyn Hall at 330-995-3503 or karynhall@gmail.com

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