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JEFF HUGHES (left) and Jim Onion will be performing at the Ashtabula Arts Center.

The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

ASHTABULA — From the world famous Cleveland Orchestra to the Glenn Miller Band and cruise ships sailing around the world, the talent appearing on the Ashtabula Arts Center's main stage this Sunday promises to be rare treat.

“Broadway and Beyond," a concert of music from the Broadway and American

Popular Standards will be presented Sunday at 3 p.m. by Jim Onion and Jeff Hughes.

Onion has been seen in G. B. Community Theatre and Straw Hat productions such as “Carnival,” “1776” and “Fiddler on the Roof.” Onion worked for Buckeye Local Schools for 28 years as vocal music director and has directed community choirs.

He has performed professionally as soloist and chorister with several orchestras and choruses around the nation,

primarily with The Cleveland Orchestra and Chorus. He has had the pleasure of traveling to perform in countries as varied as Puerto Rico, France, Switzerland, Wales, England and Scotland.

Hughes, a native of Greenville, Pa., attended the Dana School of Music at Youngstown State University, where he received his degree in piano, music education and voice. He was a music teacher at Grand Valley when he changed career paths and got a job traveling with the Glenn Miller Band in 1990. After a year of touring around the world, Hughes landed a job with the cruise ship circuit and has been bandleader for the premier ship of Celebrity Cruises since 1994.

All proceeds benefit the arts center.

Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling the arts center at (440) 964-3396. T



A fantasy

on stage

November means high comedy with William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” coming to the Ashtabula Arts Center.

The play will be performed Nov. 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and 11. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinees begin at 3 p.m.

This romantic comedy is one of the Bard's most popular works for the stage and is widely performed across the world. It is an airy, romantic romp in the woods among bumbling rustics, temporarily star-crossed lovers, and the charming fairies that bewitch them all.

Drawing on a popular English folk legend, Shakespeare wove this chaotic and comical tale of misunderstanding, mischief, and magic in which, like the dream-state it mimics, no harm is permanent and all is pleasantly resolved

by the play's end.

A joyous celebration of love, language, and life itself, “A Midsummer Night's Dream” is a fantasy of folklore and fairies for both young and old. It is Shakespeare at his lyrical best.

Directed by Stephen Rhodes of Conneaut, the cast will include: Douglas Anderson, Mike Breeze, Megan Case, Dennis Dixon, Lindy Erickson, Linda Fundis, Larry Gasch, Alyssa Johnson, Jennifer Leonard, Amanda Lewis, Elizabeth Manupella,

Brie McGirr, Tom Milligan, Keith Morris, Sydne Nieber, Allison Park, Bev Schumann, Ken Johnson, Martha Sorohan, Laura Sullivan, April Tapper and Kim Wynn.

Show tickets are $10 adults, $9 seniors and $8 students and children and can

be purchased by calling the Arts Center at (440) 964-3396. Walk-in tickets can also be purchased if seating is available.



Arts center

holds auditions

G. B. Community Theatre at the Ashtabula Arts Center will hold auditions for the production of “Early One Evening at the Rainbow Bar and Grill" Nov. 5 and Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.

Writer Bruce Graham has used humor to deal with a bleak premise in his “serio-comedy” set in a small-town bar. The play tells the story of six people as they cope with impending doom-an announcement that the world is coming to an end.

Performance dates will be Jan. 18, 19 20, 25, 26, 27, Feb. 1 and 2.

The show will be directed by Brint Learned. G. B. Community Theater is looking for both men and women for this production. Readings will be from the script. For more information contact the Arts Center at (440) 964-3396.



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