Ritz Players bring to the stage ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’

PHOTO SUBMITTED In the Ritz Players drama, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Atticus (played by John Kahler, left) scolds Dill (played by Tommy Vicek-Amory, right in shorts) for throwing stones at a neighbor’s house, while Scout (played by Katie Thompson, middle left) and Jem (played by Alexander Roerdink, middle right) listen.

The Ritz Players are set to perform “To Kill a Mockingbird” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and Nov. 2; 10 a.m. Nov. 1; and 2 p.m. Nov. 3.

Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird opens in a sleepy Alabama town in the midst of the Great Depression, where Scout and her brother, Jem, live with their widowed father, Atticus Finch. Reminiscent of a bygone era, the play immerses the audience in a simpler time as the children play outside in the summer, act out stories and muse about their mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. The facade of the seemingly peaceful town begins to crack when a young black man is accused of a terrible crime. Driven by an unshakeable moral conviction, local lawyer Atticus defends the man in a trial that sends violent waves through the community. Timeless and lingering, the hard-hitting work explores prejudice, compassion and the courage to do what is right.

This event is sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships and a grant from US Bank.

The cast and crew are: Katie Thompas of Alvada (Scout); Michelle Albast of Gahanna (Jean Louise); Alexander Roerdink of Tiffin (Jem); John Kahler of Tiffin (Atticus); Regina Vincent-Williams of Fremont (Calpurnia); Tommy Vicek-Amory of Tiffin (Dill); Lesley Loose of Bloomville (Maudie Atkinson); Britanie Botton of Tiffin (Stephanie Crawford); Sheryl Burtch of Fostoria (Mrs. Dubose); Seth Innis of Tiffin (Nathan/Boo Radley); Jim Cook of Sycamore (Heck Tate); Bob Derby of Bucyrus (Judge Taylor); Will Le Grant of Tiffin (Rev. Sykes); Rachel Tate of Tiffin (Mayella Ewell); Shayne Thomas of Tiffin (Bob Ewell); Noah Stephen of Tiffin (Walter Cunningham); James Fruth of Tiffin (Mr. Gilmer); Tyrek Hyde of Tiffin (Tom Robinson); Myka Scott of Tiffin (Helen Robinson); Elise Fruth of Tiffin (Courtroom Gallery); Kevin Roessner of Tiffin (Bailiff/Lynch Mob); with Director Lois Eisenhard of Tiffin.

Faculty recital to ‘Ascend’

at Heidelberg concert

Delight in an evening of the sublime when soprano Carol Dusdieker, joined by clarinetist Lesli McCage and pianist Valrie Kantorski, performs a faculty recital at 7 p.m. Friday in Brenneman Music Hall on the campus of Heidelberg University.

Dusdieker, director of Heidelberg’s School of Music & Theatre and associate professor of voice, will provide the soprano vocals for “Ascend: Faculty Chamber Recital.” The performance will feature Schubert’s “Shepherd on the Rock” and Paul Gibson’s companion piece, “A Shepherd’s Lott.” In Lori Laitman’s “I Never Saw Another Butterfly,” the ensemble will demonstrate the ways in which music can transcend the harshest realities.

Kantorski, the primary keyboard musician for the Toledo Symphony for more than 30 years, is a third-generation classical musician who first soloed with orchestras playing Beethoven and Mozart conterti at age 16.

She has performed in venues throughout the United States, including Carnegie Hall. She is an adjunct faculty member at several colleges, including Bowling Green State University.

McCage is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Toledo, where she teaches clarinet. She also performs with the Adrian (Michigan) Symphony Orchestra and teaches for the Toledo School of the Arts.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Agatha Christie ‘whodunit’

to be staged Nov. 1-9 at BSA

BELLEVUE — Bellevue Society for the Arts’ 25th anniversary season continues with Agatha Christie’s whodunit “A Murder Is Announced” at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., and at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 in The Hirt Theater, 205 Maple St., Bellevue.

An announcement in the local paper states the time and place when a murder is to occur in Miss Blacklock’s Victorian house. The victim is not one of the house’s several occupants, but an unexpected and unknown visitor.

What follows is a classic Christie puzzle of mixed motives, concealed identities, a second death, a determined inspector grimly following the twists and turns, and Miss Marple on hand to provide the final solution at some risk to herself in a dramatic confrontation just before the final curtain.

The cast includes Evie Nevills of Norwalk as Julia Simmons, Diane Schreiber of North Olmsted as Letitia Blacklock, Cathy Schaffer of Bellevue as Dora Bunner, Bryce Nevison of Huron as Patrick Simmons, Katherine Gauthier of Huron as Mitzi, Heidi Sarvis-Sapp of Berlin Heights as Miss Marple, Emily Jin of Bellevue as Phillipa Haymes, Janet Wittenmyer of Willard as Mrs. Swettenham, Jared Bradley of Bellevue as Edmund Swettenham, Keith Robinson of Bellevue as Inspector Craddock, and Ric Hills of South Norwalk as Sergeant Mellors.

“A Murder Is Announced” is directed by Cheryl Hansen Showalter of Bellevue, who also helps costume the production. Assistant director/producer is Sheri Ammanniti, also of Bellevue. Ric Hills also serves as stage manager. Fiona Shella of Berlin Heights serves as student production assistant.

Admission is $15 adults 18 and older, $10 adults 60 and older and $5 children younger than 18. Call (419) 484-2787 to reserve. Tickets will also be available at the door.

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St. Francis music students

to perform in recital Sunday

St. Francis School of Music has scheduled Halloween recitals at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel at St. Francis Convent.

Students performing from Amy Fretz’s class are Cadence Boehler, Garrett Ridner, Natelie Tiell, Sienna Tiell and Eddy Willman.

Performing from Sister Marietta Kill’s class are Raphael Confessor, Clare Lortz, Isaac Lortz, Molly Lortz, Zoe Johnson, Vi Anna Mullennex, Zachary Ross.