With our future home almost under construction, we now know most details of Near West Theatre’s final season at St. Patrick’s Club Building, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland, our home since 1978.
Our construction project in the Gordon Square Arts District will start shortly, meaning we should be able to stage our first show in our new theater in late 2014. What comes between now and then is listed below. A few dates and facts remain to be solidified, but we’re delighted to share what we know so you can make plans to join us.
Fall intergenerational show: A Christmas Story, the Musical – A cast of 55, including 30 teens and kids, presents this peppy retelling of the classic 1983 movie. Filled with song and dance, it follows the desperate determination of 10-year-old Ralphie Parker to make his Christmas dreams come true. With a diverse mix of kids, teens and adults, Near West will put its own, high-quality stamp on this family blockbuster as part of an entire season of A Christmas Story anniversary celebrations throughout Cleveland. Performances: Nov. 15 – Dec. 8, 2013. Performance dates: Nov. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 29, 30, & Dec. 1, 5, 6, 7, 8
Annual Benefit. – A carnival atmosphere evoking the feel of our 2013 productions of Jacques Brel and Side Show will be featured at Near West Theatre’s Annual Benefit on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Trinity Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. Guests will enjoy food and drink, a raffle and silent auction, and a big, moving performance by a special cast of NWT actors of all ages. Coocleveland.com has called our Benefit “one of the best parties of the year” and “a near perfect synthesis of a fun event that also manage[s] to showcase artistic expression and the social issues that Near West is grounded in.” Watch for ticket information at nearwesttheatre.org. Corporate sponsorships are available now! Benefit date: Feb. 15, 2014
Winter children’s workshop: “Kids Loud and Musical Organic Revue” (KLAMOR). – Our six-week program for ages 9 through 13 moves to winter/spring this season. Meeting after school four days a week, participants will develop awareness of their strengths, fears, dreams and struggles through the theater arts: music, movement, improvisation, scenic arts, story development and more. Diverse in their backgrounds and skill levels, they’ll build confidence and trust as a performing troupe and showcase their work in three workshop-highlight presentations. St. Pat’s is not available to us that time of year, so this program will be at the site of one of our West Side partner organizations; details to come. Auditions: January 2014 (watch for dates at nearwesttheatre.org). Ages eligible: 9 to 13 (grade- and middle-schoolers). Participants’ program: Jan. 27-March 9, 2014 (tentative dates. Performances: March 7, 8, 9, 2014 (tentative dates)
Spring intergenerational show, and farewell production: Move On! – The St. Pat’s ballroom will return to a very simple setting for a very passionate revue by a diverse cast of recent performers and returning alumni. This final production will feature some of the most meaningful scenes and musical numbers that have graced this hall for more than 35 years. Cast and audience will be surrounded by sets and equipment literally in the process of being packed up. Don’t miss this emotional, dramatic, musical farewell to a place that will forever contain our memories and the spirits of those who have performed here. Tickets will be gobbled up fast. Buy early. Bring Kleenex. Auditions: March or April; dates to be announced soon at nearwesttheatre.org. Ages eligible: 7 and up. Performances: June 13-29, 2014. Performance dates: June 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 2014
…The summer of 2014 will be Near West Theatre’s time of transition from St. Pat’s to the Gordon Square Arts District. We’re planning some fun theatrical and community-building surprises, and we want you involved. Watch for details in the coming weeks and months!
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.