Entertainment briefs, Nov. 7

PHOTO SUBMITTED One Night in Memphis There will be “a whole lotta shakin’ going on”at the Ritz this weekend The Ritz Theatre is to present One Night in Memphis - the No. 1 tribute to Presley, Perkins, Lewis and Cash - at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the theater, 30 S. Washington St. Tickets are $15-$45. For ticket information, contact box office at (419) 448-8544 or online at www.ritztheatre.org. One Night in Memphis is the critically acclaimed tribute to legendary Sun Records recording artists Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley performed live, and starring former cast members of the Broadway smash, “Million Dollar Quartet.” During 90 minutes of authentic rockabilly, country, gospel and 1950s rock and roll, viewers can be a witness to and experience rock and roll royalty with the music and talent that has stood the test of time. The event is sponsored by Mercy Health - Tiffin Hospital.

Heidelberg Theatre pits

comedy vs. tragedy in plays

Heidelberg University Theatre will close out its fall schedule with two Greek plays this weekend.

Students are to perform “Lysistrata” and “Oedipus” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Gundlach Theatre. Both plays will be performed all four nights.

“Lysistrata” is an ancient Greek comedy by Aristophanes. It is about a woman’s mission to end the Peloponnesian War by denying all the men sex, which was the only thing the men truly wanted.

“Oedipus” is an ancient Greek tragedy by Sophocles. It is about the story of King Oedipus of Thebes as he discovers he killed his own father and ended up marrying his own mother. Both plays are being directed by Stephen Svoboda, assistant professor and director of theater at Heidelberg.

Cast members for “Lysistrata” are Ciara Goldstein (Lysistrata), Lo Jackson (Calonice), Taylor Richardson (Nyrrhine), Kaylea Bowers (Lampito), Nick Talion (Cinesias), Nathan Colin (Magistrate), Haley Martin (Dipsas), Sarah Zapola (Ismenia), Ashley Dawson (Athenian Chorus Leader), Gloria Gutchall (Athenian Chorus Leader), Sophia Weaver (Belphragia), Hannah Schoen (Fisherwoman), Shane Souders (Spartan Envoy), Noah Rawson (Spartan Delegate), Austin Buckhalter (Isaac Hulbert), James Ogle (Geezers), Michelle Chen (Solana Patrone), Nichole Brickner (Old Women). The Female Chorus members are Martina Dimidu, Elayna Brock, Hailey Long and the Spartan Chorus members are Candra Gorek, Nick Bishop and Ben Polizi.

“Oedipus” cast members are Adam Robinson (Oedipus), Paige Hood (Jocasta), Austin Buckhalter (Creon), Amy Berger (Tiresias), Noah Rawson (Messenger), Shane Souders (Shepherd). Chorus members are James Ogle, Candra Gorek, Nick Bishop, Ben Polizi, Nick Talion, Elizabeth Bowman, Hailey Long, Elayna Brock, Solana Petrone, Isaac Hulbert, Michelle Chen, Ciara Goldstein, Lo Jackson, Taylor Richardson, Haley Martin, Hannah Schoen, Nicole brickner, Martina Dimiduk, Brianna Clark and Sarah Zapola.

General admission tickets are $15 and can be reserved at gundlachtheatre.org or by calling the theatre box office at (419) 448-2305.

Wine events ahead

Lake Erie Shores & Islands is hosting Deck the Wreath Wine Trail events noon-6 p.m. Nov. 29-30, Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14. Those who attend will travel the trail, visit wineries, enjoy appetizers, sample wines, receive a Christmas wreath and collect ornaments.

Cost is $50 per couple, or $40 per individual.

The event is a self-driving tour of wineries in northwest Ohio.

Participants must be at least 21 years old to purchase a ticket. Tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, call (440) 466-4417 or visit www.ohiowines.org.

Heidelberg Concert Choir

to open season Nov. 17

Heidelberg University Concert Choir, the premiere choral ensemble of the university’s School of Music & Theatre, will kick off its 2019-20 performance season with a concert at 4 p.m. Nov. 17 at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 5475 Brand Road, Dublin.

Under the direction of Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and associate professor of choral music education, and accompanied by pianist Cynthia Ramsdell, the 51-member vocal choir will present a concert with the theme, “Homeward (Un)bound,” completing a three-year, travel-themed cycle.

This year’s repertoire consists either of pieces written by American composers or settings of American poetry, with many of the selections featuring compositions and poetry by underrepresented populations.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be collected.

University-Community Chorus fall concert based

on wedding traditions

The 62-member Heidelberg University-Community Chorus will perform its annual fall concert, “Marriage of Music and Lyrics: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue,” at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St.

The performance will explore the close relationship, akin to a marriage, that exists between those two most critical elements of choral art.

Director Greg Ramsdell, director of choral activities and associate professor of music education, is the chorus conductor. His wife, Cynthia Ramsdell, is the accompanist.

The concert opens with Brian Tate‚

“We Are One,” adapted from Deuteronomy in a gospel blues style. Allen Pote‚ “Break Forth into Song‚” is a joyful setting of Psalm 98 that features percussion solos.

Haydn’s “Gloria” will be followed by “Song for the Unsung Hero” in gratitude for veterans and first responders, and concludes with Joseph Martin’s stirring arrangement of “America.” The chorus will perform an arrangement of traditional African-American spirituals in “Swing Down, Chariot!” which combines favorites “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Ezekiel Saw the Wheel.”

Finally, the concert concludes with “The Golden Age of Broadway,” a medley of five show tunes.

The fall concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received.

For more information about the chorus or singing with the chorus in the future, email Ramsdell at gramsdel@heidelberg.edu or call (419) 448-2154.