Entertainment Briefs, Dec. 20
Lots happening at The Ritz
The Ritz Theatre, 30 S. Washington St., has many events planned in the coming weeks.
• Friday Night Live at The Ritz Theatre is to feature tuba players, ukulelists and a singer-song writer beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday in The National Theatre, 30 S. Washington St.
The Tuba Family Players is a nine-piece tuba ensemble formed by members of Fostoria Community Band. Grande Royale Ukulelists of the Black Swamp – GRUBS – is a ukulele/vocal quartet from Bowling Green featuring Ann Kidder, Geoff Howes, Jason Wells-Jensen and Sheri Wells-Jensen. Jim Gill, a singert/songwriter from Cleveland, also is to perform.
Tickets are $10.
• The Ritz is to host a free showing of the 1947 Christmas film, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore portray the story of a frantic businessman who considers ending his own life. An angel descends from heaven to show the man what might have happened if he had never been born.
• The Ritz has added a performance by Louie Anderson at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 28.
Anderson’s 30-year career grew out of his employment as a youth counselor. His humor draws on growing up in a large family in Minnesota. With a 1984 television debut on Johnny Carson, he has added appearances on numerous television shows, including Family Feud.
Tickets for Louie Anderson range from $20 to $50.
For more information, call (419) 448-8544 or visit www.ritztheatre.org.
Share ‘sweets’ with family
Tiffin-Seneca Public Library is inviting families to participate in a giant game of Candy Land 2-5 p.m. Dec. 27. Admission is free, and no registration is needed.
For more information, call (419) 447-3751.
Enjoy model trains, sleigh rides
FREMONT — The Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont is operating its model train display now through Jan. 6. The hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, except for holiday hours and closings. The Hayes Train Special is included with regular admission.
Sleigh rides through Spiegel Grove are to be offered 1-4 p.m. Dec. 26-31. If there is no snow for the horse-drawn sleigh, a trolley may be used. Rides are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations are to be taken. The cost is $3 for those age 3 and older and free for those age 2 and younger.
For more details, visit www.rbhayes.org.
Keep kids active on break
SANDUSKY — Ghostly Manor Thrill Center, 3319 Milan Rd., Sandusky, is to be open at noon through Dec. 31 with several indoor activities.
The haunted house, escape room, XD theatre and laser maze are geared for those age 10 and older, but younger children can stay busy with roller skating, inflatables and mini-golf. Closing times vary.
Tickets are $11. Socks are required.
For more information, call (419) 626-4467 or visit www.ghostlymanor.com.
Auditions slated at BSA
BELLEVUE — Tween Theatre at Bellevue Society for the Arts is to have auditions Jan. 2 and 3 for the musical production of “James and the Giant Peach.” The group is open to children ages 10-15 in any school system. Show dates are March 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10.
Based on the classic story by Roald Dahl, this offbeat adaptation is directed by Dwayne Arnold of Clyde with musical direction by Michael Sooy of Old Fort. Actors for nine speaking roles and an ensemble are needed. Those auditioning should bring a list of dates that might conflict with rehearsals.
For the audition, prepare a one-minute monologue and 16-32 bars of a Broadway song in rock or jazz style. Bring an audio file, without vocals, on a phone or iPad. An auxiliary speaker is to be provided.
For more information, call (419) 484-2787. The theater is at 205 Maple St., Bellevue.