AREA HAPPENINGS: Ohio Theatre production of 'All Together Now!' and art exhibition

From left, Mona McMullen, Sally Hollenbach and Traci Cooper make a special appearance reprising their roles from “Mary Poppins” as part of the upcoming production/fundraiser called "All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.”
From left, Mona McMullen, Sally Hollenbach and Traci Cooper make a special appearance reprising their roles from “Mary Poppins” as part of the upcoming production/fundraiser called "All Together Now! A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre.”

Ohio Theatre special production

Ohio Theatre will be joining thousands of theatrical organizations around the globe by producing its own local production of Music Theatre International’s “All Together Now!: A Global Event Celebrating Local Theatre,” according to a combined news release from Ohio Theatre and MTI. Theatrical licensor Music Theatre International (MTI) created this revue for theaters across the globe to use as a local fundraising event performed over the same weekend of Nov. 12. Sponsored by Grandpa’s Cheese Barn, Ohio Theatre will be performing this special show at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13 and 2 p.m. 14 Nov. 14.

“All Together Now!” features songs from MTI’s catalogue of musicals including “Annie,” Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s “Mary Poppins,” Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Hairspray,” “Les Misérables,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Mamma Mia!,” “Matilda,” “Oliver” and many more.

The cast includes a wide variety of local entertainers of all ages. Adults include Jesse Baker, Lauri Bower, Marissa Burd, Jenny Carroll, Hannah Cooper, Traci Cooper, Grant Hollenbach, Sally Hollenbach, Rachel Kelly, Scott Loveday, Amy Loveday, Renata Lunt, Tyler MacQueen, Mona McMullen, Erin Mitchel, Dennis Morgan, Deaunna Morgan, Bethany Paterson, Emily Roblin, Josh Weber and Katherine Woischke. Sudents include Rebekah Carroll, Cheyenne Hall, Taya Hall, Amber Manchester, Zach Mancheste, Makenzie Mast, Christpher Paterson, Caden Spreng, Iva Spreng, Aria Van Horn, Grace Van Horn, Grady Van Horn, Madeline Wilson, Easton Wilson and Piper Wilson. There also will be a special appearance by the LHS choral group Redbird Rhapsody.

Tickets for reserved seating are $12 for adults, $10 fir seniors and $10 for students ages 5-18. Kids 4 years old and younger are admitted for free. Tickets are for reserved seating and can be purchased through the theatre website at or by calling the box office at 419-994-3750.

Ashland University Department of Theatre production

The department of theater at Ashland University opens its 2021-22 season with “She Kills Monsters” by Qui Nguyen this Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 4-7. All performances will take place at the Hugo Young Theatre, with the Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows beginning at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday’s matinee at 2 p.m.

“She Kills Monsters,” directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames, an associate professor of theatre at Ashland, and co-sponsored by AU Eagles for Pride, tells the story of a young woman, named Agnes Evans and played by Katie Snell, as she prepares to leave her childhood home in Athens, Ohio, two years after the tragic death of her sister, Tilly, played by Bethany Double. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, it sends her stumbling into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure. Tilly escaped into a fantasy world to find her place; Agnes’ adventures in Tilly’s imaginary world will help her to find her place in reality.

The play, described as a comedic romp that offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within each of us, contains adult language and subject matter related to high school bullying.

Tickets can be purchased from the AU campus store either in person, by calling 419-289-5336 or online at Prices are $2 for AU students, $5 for non-AU students and $10 for adults, faculty, staff and senior citizens. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door.

AU Department of Music guest artist recital

The Ashland University Department of Music presents a guest artist recital by Iron Toys at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 7 in the Elizabeth Pastor Recital Hall inside the Center for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. Face masks are required for all audience members. The recital will include compositions by Howie Smith, Rich Shanklin, Duke Ellington, Paquito D’Rivera, Eliane Elias and Astor Piazzolla.

Iron Toys is a saxophone and woodwind quartet, founded in 2004, that plays music in a range of jazz and contemporary classical styles on multiple woodwind instruments. The members include Tom Reed, Howie Smith, Brad Wagner and George Shernit. All are leading musicians in Ohio and have performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, Playhouse Square and a wide range of other ensembles. Their CD, “Iron Toys,” was released in 2015.

Ohio State University at Mansfield exhibition

The Ohio State University at Mansfield will feature ceramics by Maxwell Holden, and paintings by Hannah Parrett throughout November in the Pearl Conard Art Gallery located on campus. The exhibition, Looking Through the Horizon to Find What We Lost, will be on display Nov. 4 through Dec. 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Both Columbus-based artists are recent alumni of The Ohio State University Art Department’s Master of Fine Arts program.

‘De Luxe’ staged reading

The Ohio State Mansfield Theatre staged reading, “De Luxe,” wraps up the fall performances at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 18 at Founders Auditorium. This rarely-presented work depicts a social elite on the eve of destruction. Set in Paris 16 years after the First World War, this story follows a war veteran disillusioned by life after the war amidst a group of shallow elites and social climbers who struggle to face their new realities. Written by Louis Bromfield and John Gearon, and presented in cooperation with the Malabar Farm Foundation. General admission tickets are $8 each. A special $6 ticket is available for senior citizens, and the faculty, staff and students of Ohio State Mansfield and North Central State College.

This article originally appeared on Ashland Times Gazette: AREA HAPPENINGS: Ohio Theatre production of 'All Together Now!'