‘Move On! Chronicles’ No. 4: As auditions begin, a poem

Poetry has been a part of Near West Theatre for a long, long time. It has been read from our “Coffee and the Arts” and “Party in Gordon Square” stages. It has been shared in the cast party and gift circle that happens after each production, where my friend and veteran NWT actor Joanie Hoover has often described the cast and show in a special poem. It’s not unusual for cast members themselves to bring poetry to those circles, too.

"Move On!" season imageAs we head into our last auditions at St. Pat’s this week — and if you’ve ever been in one of our shows, I do want to see you there this Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday! –here’s a poem written a few years back by Darius Stubbs, who has served on our crews, as an assistant director, and onstage in such NWT productions as Finian’s Rainbow, Into the Woods and The Secret Garden. He offers a candid glimpse of the NWT experience in the verses below. Thanks, Darius, for letting us reprint this. I’m only sorry this blog format won’t quite mimic the indentations you use on the page.

Don’t forget, everyone: We need actors from all of our eras, all the way back

Darius Stubbs (center) in "Finian's Rainbow," 2008.

Darius Stubbs (center) in Finian’s Rainbow, 2008. Photo by Rob Sommerfelt.

to 1978, to make Move On! all it can be. Auditions for kids through age 13 are at 6 p.m.; teens and adults, 14 and up, at 7:30; all at 3606 Bridge Ave. Pick one night; arrive 15 minutes early to register. More information is at this web page and in editions No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 of the Chronicles. See you at St. Pat’s! – Bob Navis Jr.

 

“Untitled NWT Poem,” by Darius Stubbs

Precious hearts

filled

to the point of bursting.

Precious beings hunger,

yearning,

thirsting,

For the chance,

The chance

to be reached,

to reach out

to reach in and look

and find

and feel

and understand.

To find that push that drives them.

To know that what helps define them

lives within these walls.

Roams throughout these halls.

Now, we cannot touch it

(No one can)

but

Oh,

can we feel it.

Feel it

from the moment

that those frightened, first – timers

fall fully

into

those private tunnel auditions

(and, oh yes, Mr. Kelly,

he will make you be a tree)

From that first

to the final

tear – soaked

Gut – wrenching

Gift – giving

Circle

You can feel it.

This

potent,

pulsing,

purely positive force

that consumes

and comforts

and consoles.

And though this energy

cannot be named

Or boxed up

Or labeled

Or categorized

It is there.

It

Is

And

It

is

the reason

That

Despite the pain

And the hurt

And the anger

And the injuries

And the insults

And the disappointments

Despite the last – minute changes

And the “We haven’t staged this yet!”

Despite the quick tempers

And the harsh words

Despite the ego trips

And the power trips

And the power struggles

And the struggles to keep sane

And the sheer insanity

Of the hugeness of the shows

And the massive number of bodies we try to

Cram

into this tiny

intimate space

Despite

all of it,

That force,

That feeling,

It resonates

And draws us in

And we come back

And we stay

And though we will

have to say

goodbye,

We will never

really

leave.

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Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts CouncilCuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.


‘Move On! Chronicles’ No. 3: Script in progress (for those thinking of auditioning)

As promised, in this third edition of the “Move On! Chronicles” I throw caution to the wind and share an outline of the script-in-progress for Move On! I cannot stress in progress enough. Nothing you will see here is finalized. All of it is in creative discussion. Some of it is simply conceptual and needs lots of fleshing out. Much of it awaits confirmation that we can sing these works under our license with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

seasonbrochure1314The cast will be asked to write and contribute lots of it during the rehearsal process. After all, these are our memories, our histories, our creative and communal legacies that this show is about! We will fashion this show together. That said, as you read this outline, you will get a taste of what’s planned. I hope it will persuade you to audition — if, until now, you haven’t been sure. We are going to need actors from all decades of NWT’s history to make this final show at St. Pat’s as rich and satisfying as possible. I hope you see you at auditions, this coming Monday, April 14, Tuesday, April 15, or Wednesday, April 16:  6 p.m. for kids ages 7 through 13; 7:30 p.m. for all other teens and adults. If you can’t make it on those dates, see Chronicle #2 and contact me! — Bob Navis Jr.

Move On!  — a rough draft, by sections

The show is conceived as approximately 90 minutes in length with no intermission. Audience members enter the front door of the St. Pat’s Club Building. As they make their way from the ticket table and up the stairs into the theater, they become aware that the entire building has become a scrapbook of three-and-a-half decades of theater that has happened in that space. Playbill covers, memorabilia (much of it gathered and donated by the cast members themselves), set pieces, costumes, testimonials, photos, etc., are all over the walls leading up the steps, behind the risers, and on the wall of the theater itself, including the stage and set of the production. The band is upstage center. The acoustic piano is downstage in the well. The lights dim.

PROLOGUE

In the darkness, a soundscape begins … We hear actual sound snippets, voices of past casts, a variety of music representing the multi-dimensionalism of our musicals. This music swells, builds, overlaps and reaches a crescendo as STEPHANIE appears in a light, isolated. She is listening. The soundscape fades out slowly and we become aware of the live piano. BOB is playing the opening phrases of “Memories” from The Way We Were.

STEPHANIE (singing): “Memories light the corners of my mind, Misty watercolor memories of the way we were…”

Projection accompanies the song – a  collage of photos of the early years: the people, the building, the shows – and the CAST joins in.

MONOLOGUE SECTION

CAST members come forward, one at a time, speaking a brief sentence or two about the circumstances of their first coming to NWT: year, show, etc. The CAST turns to the audience and sings the title song from Merrily We Roll Along.

“…Yesterday is done. See the pretty countryside. Merrily we roll along, roll along, bursting with dreams…”

The song continues, leading to a parody section yet to be written. Then STEPHANIE delivers a monologue about the early years. Singing resumes, including numbers such as “I Gotta Keep Movin’,” from insert title of show here

A series of thematic sections begins.

BEGINNINGS

As Bob leads an improv in the background, STEPHANIE leads a dance warm-up, KELCIE leads a gift circle and JORDAN leads a musical rehearsal. Actors step out of this rehearsal process and give testimonials: My first encounter with NWT: what I brought, what I was looking for, what I found; the doubts, the wounds, the baggage I brought to NWT. These alternate with songs such as “Being Alive” from Company, or the title song from Anyone Can Whistle:

“… It’s all so simple: relax, let go, let fly. So someone tell me why can’t I?…”

A testimonial is offered in poetry, perhaps “Untitled NWT Poem” by Darius Stubbs, with lines delivered by various actors. Darius’s poem is a beautiful expression of the Near West Theatre experience; I’ll share it in the next edition of the “Chronicles.”

A SOLOIST begins to sing a familiar musical number about welcome, freely and expressively. The CAST builds a trust mountain. One by one, actors share their experience of trusting others and having others rely on them.

THEATER MAKING SOCIAL CHANGE HAPPEN

This huge section highlights NWT’s activism through shows, original oral histories, etc.: Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope; The Me Nobody Knows; Peoples of Cleveland; Breaking Through; Harvesting My Dreams; Coffee and the Arts; Ragtime; and more. It is built around a songs from these productions.

BATTLE OF THE NWT DIVAS

A big, splashy, comic dance number with various NWT stars battling for the spotlight. Possible actors include Kelcie Dugger, Lindsay Pier, Maggie Stahl, Patrick Ciamacco, Joe Kenderes, Kevin Kelly, Jordan (“Edna”) Cooper, Eric Fancher, Perren Hedderson, Carolos Cruz, Cory Markowitz and more … you know, the divaaaaaaahs! Their number: “Buenos Aires,” from Evita.

“…Stand back, you oughta know whatcha gonna get in me: Just a little touch of star quality …”

NWT’S TOP 10 NUMBERS FROM THE PAST

This list is in progress. Cast will weigh in and it will be finalized during rehearsals. Songs under consideration include “Thank You Very Much” from A Christmas Carol; “Morning Glow” and “Corner of the Sky” from Pippin; “Fighting for Pharoah” from Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope; “O Bless the Lord My Soul” from Godspell (the Tina Turner version); “Nobody’s on Nobody’s Side” from Chess; “Everybody Rejoice” from The Wiz; and the title song from Children of Eden.

IN MEMORIAM: A PHOTO COLLAGE

CAST sings a slow, reflective version of “We Go Together” from Grease, accompanied by projected photos of beloved actors, volunteers, staff and members of the NWT community who have passed away.

“We go together … Remembered forever … That’s the way it should be … You’re one of a kind … Our names are signed … We’ll always be like one …”

The list of those remembered — a list, of course, still in progress — will include names such as Stephanie Taylor-Ayers, Anthony Ayers, Vicky Karnafel, Natalie Graham, Alvin Slivka, Dan Morris, Stu Persons, Ken Gordon, Mary Caldwell, Theresa Navis, Ryan Smith, Jeanne Maile, Terri Gelzer, Laura and John Kish, Chuck Schwinn, Carol Stringer, Roy Legg, Pat Dolan, Ray, Mr. Ellington, Steve Cafini and more.

REFLECTIONS ON THIS SPACE

Numbers may include “That’s Near West Theatre,” “This House” from I Do! I Do!, Move On from Sunday in the Park with George, and testimonials in spoken word, such as “These Four Walls” by Chris Byrom.

FINAL SECTION: MOVING ON

Possible numbers:  “What I Did for Love” from A Chorus Line, with STEPHANIE and BOB at the acoustic piano downstage; “So Long, Farewell” from The Sound of Music; “In the Beginning” from Children of Eden; and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from The Sound of Music. On this last number, the CAST, dressed and equipped for travel, exits up the middle aisle and eventually leaves the theater.

A reunion party will follow every performance, with food and drink, music, and an hour for the audience and cast to get together, reminisce, view 36 years of history on the “scrapbook walls” – and party!

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Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts CouncilCuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.


‘Move On! Chronicles’ No. 2: Auditions are 1 week away!

This is the second edition of the “Move On! Chronicles” – messages of invitation and inspiration sent to you from me, Bob Navis Jr.

Moving through the past eight weeks and allowing ideas and memories to flow from the past decades at St. Pat’s, I have been on a wild emotional ride of feeling blessed, overwhelmed, misty, thankful, awed and continually surprised at the staggering wealth of people, goodness, outrageous fun, art and music and – well, so, so much. A lifetime of art and heart!

Capturing all that in a show that does justice to all those years, all that sweat, all that creativity, all those friendships … well, it cannot be done!  Yet, it has to be done. And we’re going to need the actors who lived it to bring it with all the force and truth we can gather onto the stage for this one final farewell to the third floor. And I’m encouraging you to be a part of it and hope you can.

Auditions, for NWT veterans only (meaning you have to have appeared in the cast of one of our productions), are next week. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – April 14, 15 and 16. Kids at 6 p.m.; teens and adults at 7:30 p.m., at the theater, 3606 Bridge Ave.! Detailed audition can be found below or at this location at the NWT website.

"Rent School Edition" 2010Let’s circle up and tell the stories of NWT … our stories … your story.

By the way: if you are among those who want to be considered in the casting of Move On!  but cannot come to any of the auditions, call me at 216-281-6879 or e-mail me at rnavisjr@aol.com. We will put you on a list that already includes Eric Fancher, CoCo Smith, Kristy Cruz and others, and we’ll definitely consider you in the casting process.

Many of you have asked what the show will be like. In the next edition of the Chronicles, I’ll throw my writer’s caution to the wind and share the script in progress!

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Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts CouncilCuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.


City, suburban kids prepare April show about crossing cultural lines

Boys and girls in Near West Theatre’s “Kids Loud and Musical Organic Revue” program are rehearsing a lively, mystical musical about two young people who cross lines of class, culture and race and how the communities around them reaOOTI Jr imagect.

Caribbean-themed song and dance are featured in Once On This Island Jr., on stage Thursday, April 10, Friday, April 11, and Saturday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. Performances will be at the theater’s longtime home in the St. Patrick’s Club Building, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland. It will be the next-to-last production in that location before Near West makes a transition to its new home, now under construction in the Gordon Square Arts District.

Like the original Once On This Island, which received nine 1991 Tony nominations on Broadway, this “junior” version — shortened and modified for young actors — follows the orphan girl Ti Moune and the wealthy boy Daniel through journeys of beauty and struggle as they challenge boundaries that separate two cultures on a Caribbean island. The cast includes 17 girls and 14 boys, ages 9 to 15. They are directed of Kelcie Nicole Dugger, who grew up on the Near West Theatre stage and now directs NWT’s KLAMOR program, which concentrates on building ensemble and self-esteem among its diverse particpants. Cast members are African American, Euro-American, Hispanic American, and of multiracial heritage. Seventeen are from Cleveland; the rest are from the nearby communities of Avon, Avon Lake, Berea, Euclid, Lakewood, Mayfield Heights, Olmsted Township, Sheffield and Westlake. Rehearsals, conducted off site since March 2, will move to the St. Pat’s performance space next week.

Tickets can be purchased at www.nearwesttheatre.org, or by calling the box office at 216-961-6391 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. Reserved Star Seats with special benefits are $20 and give special support to the theater’s art and mission; general admission is $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.

Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, Greater Cleveland Community Shares and the Ohio Arts Council. – Hans Holznagel

Cast of Once On This Island Jr.

Felix Albino (Papa Ge), Tatiana Ally, Kylie Colvin, Cole Emerine, Abby Golden, Lindsay Hajostek, Mary Halm, Corinne Howery (Asaka), Rakim Huff, Rachel Johanek, Louis Johnson II (Tonton Julian), Bryen Kilbane, Sabrina Kim, Jonas Kukelhan, Christine Larson, Elliot Lockshine, Madelyn Lockshine, Finn O’Malia, Phil Pantalone, Joceyln Perkins (Ti Moune), Diana Popa, Stellina Scacco (Mama Euralie), Grace Schumann, Cole Tarantowski (Daniel), Christian Toth, Nora Van Lier, Rafael Velez III, Colin Wheeler (Agwe), Elijah Whitt, Morgan Williams (Erzulie), Allison Yellets (Andrea).

Production Staff

Director: Kelcie Nicole Dugger. Musical Director: Evie Morris. Assistant Director: Anthony Williams. Choreographer: Andrea Belser. Technical Director and Production Manager: Josh Padgett. Assistant Technical Director: Perren Hedderson. Scenic, Properties and Costume Designer: Laura Carlson Tarantowski. Stage Manager and Assistant Production Manager: Ryan Wolf. Assistant Stage Manager: Anthony Williams. Lighting Designer: Tobias Peltier. Sound Designer: Joshua Caraballo. Properties Master: Jessica Rosenlieb. Artistic Director, NWT: Bob Navis Jr. Executive Director, NWT: Stephanie Morrison-Hrbek.

Once On This Island Jr.

Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Based upon the novel “My Love, My Love” by Rosa Guy

Originally directed and choreographed on Broadway by Graciela Daniele

Playwrights Horizons, Inc. produced “Once On This Island” Off-Broadway in 1990

 Originally produced on Broadway by The Schubert Organization, Capital Cities/ABC, Inc., Suntory International Corporation and James Walsh, in association with Playwrights Horizons


‘Move On! Chronicles’ No. 1: Our last show at St. Pat’s

This is the first of the “Move On! Chronicles” – messages of invitation and motivation sent to you from me, Bob Navis Jr., to hopefully inspire you make the time and find the way to audition for our last glorious production at St. Pat’s. It will be a festival of memory, honor, song, circle and one huge opportunity to find the gift in the problem of leaving our home at West 38th Street and Bridge Avenue.

SunsetIt is the sunset of Near West Theatre’s life-and-times at the St. Patrick’s Club Building – the place, the home, that brought so many of us together. So many of our friendships began here, and in a few short months it will be part of our history. We will never again climb those stairs, hear the floorboards creak, sneak moments on the fire escape, run back to the concession area to pick up our pumpkin pal gift or stand in that dusty, too-hot or too-cold space to sing, circle, cry and feel the power of our art and our love.

Auditions for Move On! are only one month away: April 14, 15 and 16 (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings) at the theater on Bridge Avenue. Ages, times and details can be found at our website and at the end of this edition of the “Chronicle.”

Here are some things that you may want to know, or understand:

  • To be eligible to audition, you need to have appeared in at least one of our full-length, main-stage productions. Also, having been in the cast of any KLAMOR show or any road show or oral history production of NWT, such as Breaking Through, Harvesting My Dreams, or Peoples of Cleveland, makes you eligible to audition.
  • This is indeed an audition. For reasons of space and cast size, not everyone who auditions will be cast. I wish we could do that, but it is not feasible, practically or economically.
  • We will make every effort to include people who have moved out of Cleveland and wish to audition and be considered. Those who are cast must be prepared to work with others who may have limited time and ability to rehearse.  Think THE BENEFIT.

More “Move On! Chronicles” coming every few days or so. I’ll be sharing with you the concepts of the show that is being planned, songs that are being considered, etc., etc. Very exciting stuff! Wait for it … wait for it … Love, – Bob.

P.S.:  If you have any questions, suggestions, etc., please, please, please e-mail me at rnavisjr@aol.com or call me at 216-281-6879. I’d love to hear from you.

Move On! Audition Information

  • Actors eligible: Anyone who has been cast and performed in a Near West Theatre show
  • Ages eligible: 7 and up
  • Dates (choose one): Monday, April 14; Tuesday, April 15; Wednesday, April 16
  • Times: Ages 7 to 13 – 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  Ages 14 through adult – 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Place: St. Pat’s Club Building, 3rd floor, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland OH 44113
  • Details: Arrive 15 minutes early to register. Friendly, group-oriented audition process. Dress for movement. No preparation necessary. Plan to stay for the entire time specified for your age group.

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Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts CouncilCuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.

 


Party with us Sat., Feb. 15, downtown!

2014 Benefit imageIt’s been called one of Cleveland’s best parties of the year. The Annual Benefit for Near West Theatre’s art and mission is Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Featuring a carnival theme and the title “Love Makes the World Go ‘Round,” this year’s event honors Cleveland attorney Jan Roller, a longtime Near West Theatre Trustee and supporter and a model of professional and civic involvement for the public good.

Jan Roller

Jan Roller

As always, the centerpiece will be a high-energy, 20-minute musical performance at 7 p.m. by NWT cast members of all ages. But Benefit-goers enjoy much more all evening:  buffets of hearty hors d’oeuvres and desserts, open bars with beer, wine and soft drinks, a silent auction, “key” and sideboard raffles, a photo booth, a DJ dance floor and other surprises — all under the gothic stone arches of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, which is transformed into a grand party venue for the evening.

Tickets are $85 ($50 tax deductible) or 10 for $800 ($450 tax deductible). Buy them at the door starting at 6 p.m. Saturday, or in advance through Thursday, Feb. 13, online or by phone, 216-961-6391. Trinity Cathedral is at 2230 Euclid Ave., Cleveland. Use the Trinity Commons entrance on Prospect Avenue just east of East 22nd Street.

The lead sponsor of the event is the Majic Family Foundation. Other major sponsors include American Limousine Service, Euro USA, Mr. and Mrs. Richard Pogue, RPM International, Char and Chuck Fowler, Rita and Charles Maimbourg, Mansour, Gavin, Gerlack & Manos L.P.P., Panzica Construction Co., PNC, and Tucker Ellis LLP.

Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing program support from the Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.


Ticket tips & info for ‘A Christmas Story, the Musical’

Tickets sales are brisk for A Christmas Story, the Musical, running Nov. 15 through Dec. 8, so here’s a refresher on Near West Theatre’s ticketing system: how to get a seat, what happens if there’s a sellout, what to do if you buy a ticket and then can’t come, and other helpful tidbits.

There are 220 seats for each of the 13 performances. As of the end of the business day on Thursday, Nov. 14, a day before opening weekend, it was clear that you shouldn’t wait till the last minute. For more than half the shows, at least two-thirds of the seats were already gone. Our leading sellers at that moment, in order,  were Fri., Nov. 29 (180 tickets sold); Sun., Dec. 8 (161), Sun., Nov. 17 (157); Sat., Nov. 23 (155); Sat., Dec. 7 (150); Sat., Nov. 30 (147) and Fri., Nov. 15 (142), with several other dates close behind. [UPDATE, Nov. 24, 2013 -- All performances are now sold out.]

Lots of people want tickets, as these did for Children of Eden (2012). Call if you're not coming! Photo by Terry Schordock

Lots of people want tickets, as these did for Children of Eden (2012). Call if you’re not coming! Photo by Terry Schordock

Advance sales and walk-ins will only heat up further with the show now being listed in every “Friday!” section of The Plain Dealer and news coverage increasing. So far we’ve seen stories in the The Plain Dealer,  Cleveland.com and FreshWaterCleveland.com. A “Sound of Applause” segment is due Nov. 21 on 90.3 FM, and a “Reel Cleveland” feature is coming in a couple of weeks on Time Warner TV20.

And now, the tips:

Basic ticket info. You can buy: (1) online anytime; (2) by phone, 216-961-6391, weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; (3) in person during those same hours at our business office in Cleveland’s Gordon Square Arts District, 6516 Detroit Ave., Suite 9; or (4) – if you want to take your chances — at the theater ticket table, 3606 Bridge Ave. in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood, starting one hour before show time.  Prices are $20 for a reserved Star Seat (described below), $10 for adult general admission, and $8 for child general admission (12 years of age and younger). Tickets purchased in advance will be waiting for you at the theater ticket table. You can arrive up to one hour before show time, and please arrive no later than 10 minutes before show time so that everyone can get situated for an on-time start. If you arrive 30 minutes or more before the show starts, you’ll line up with all other ticket holders in order of your arrival at the theater. When the house opens, 30 minutes before show time, general-admission ticket holders are free to choose any seat that is not marked as reserved. For forms of payment and other information, click here.

How to find out if tickets are still available. [UPDATE, Nov. 24, 2013 -- All performances are now sold out.] Calling 216-961-6391 during the designated hours above, or going online and trying to buy tickets, are two ways to know if seats are still available for the show you want to see. Whenever possible, we also use Facebook and Twitter (@NearWestTheatre) to let the world know when there’s a sellout.

What happens if there’s a sellout. If a show is sold out (see above about how to find out), you can come to the theater, 3606 Bridge Ave., as early as one hour before show time, speak to the people at the ticket table and get on a waiting list to see if any tickets become available. The only way we can release seats that have already been reserved is if the people who bought them tell us they aren’t coming and give us permission to re-sell their tickets. So…ACSTMproductionimage

If you can’t come, please tell us! We can’t offer you a refund, but with you’re permission we’ll free up the seats you won’t be using and sell them to patrons who can come to the show. You can let us know by calling 216-961-6391 weekdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; sending an e-mail to Kelcie Dugger (kdugger at nearwesttheatre.org); telling us in person at the theater as early as one hour before any show; or calling 440-665-1796 after 4 p.m. weekdays or anytime on the weekend.

What’s a Star Seat? Your $20 ticket is first and foremost a wonderful way to support Near West Theatre’s art and mission and help keep our general prices affordable. Thank you! It also gets you a reserved seat of your choice, a free item at our gift shop (window cling, button, or wrist band), a gift shop discount and a free soft drink at our concession stand. To choose your seating location, just call 216-961-6391 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on any weekday before the performance you’re attending and tell us whether you want to sit in a front, middle or back row, and to the left, center or right as you face the stage. On the night of the show, you’ll find your chair marked with your name (or the name of the party you’re with).

See you at the theater! – Hans Holznagel

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Supporters of this production of A Christmas Story, the Musical, include the City of Cleveland, Department of Community Development, and a presenting sponsor, Hinkley Lighting. Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts CouncilCuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares.

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A Christmas Story, the Musical

Musical by Joseph Robinette, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul,

 based upon A Christmas Story © 1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown and Bob Clark, and on the book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash by Jean Shepherd.

A Christmas Story, the Musical, is produced by special arrangement with THE DRAMATIC PUBLISHING COMPANY, INC., of Woodstock, Illinois. Produced with permission of Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Inc.


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