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‘pARTy’ in our tent, Sat., June 8

Performances by Near West Theatre kids who are no longer kids — plus your chance at live Broadway karaoke — will be among the featured attractions on our stage at the pARTy in Gordon Square street festival Saturday, June 8, from 2 to 8 p.m.  Join us under the tent at West 67th Street and Detroit Avenue, Cleveland, for performances on the half-hour from 2 to 6 p.m. Then, from 6 to 8 p.m., have fun on stage (or just listening ) during Broadway Open Mike, led and accompanied by Artistic Director Bob Navis Jr.  Popcorn and NWT balloons will be available.  It’s all free!  (We’ll have a donation jar on hand to help cover the snacks and balloons.)

Our stage is part of a wider neighborhood bash that brings thousands of people to the Gordon Square Arts District the first Saturday each June for live entertainment, art exhibits, vendors, food trucks, a beer garden and the built-in fun that already exists: restaurants, pubs, the Capitol Theatre at West 65th and Detroit (for movies) and Cleveland Public Theatre, on Detroit just east of West 65th, where there’ll be another whole outdoor stage of fun.  pARTy in Gordon Square is deliberately held the same day as University Circle’s annual “Parade the Circle” on the East Side; shuttle transportation is available between the two.

Featured in the afternoon are performers who were children or teens when they first joined casts at Near West Theatre and have remained connected as adult volunteers, staff, supporters, etc.: Mariah Burks, Trinidad Snider, Mo Eutazia, Kelcie Dugger, Sarah Hess, Shekinah (CoCo) Smith, and Patrick Ciamacco, who will bring actors from his own Blank Canvas Theatre. Also joining us are Kevin Marr, who helped choreograph our recent production of Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, and Ryann Angelotti, seen in our 2012 productions of Ragtime and Children of Eden. Jordan Cooper will accompany many of the acts on the keyboard. The NWT Stage schedule is below. Hope to see you there! — Hans Holznagel

Time segment Near West Theatre Stage Schedule, 6/8/13
2:00 to 2:20 Kevin Marr – Movement & dance. Watch or join in!
2:20 to 2:30 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
2:30 to 2:50 Mariah Burks – Broadway/popular songbook (Jordan Cooper, accompanist)
2:50 to 3:00 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
3:00 to 3:20 Trinidad Snider – Broadway/popular songbook (Jordan Cooper, accompanist)
3:20 to 3:30 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
3:30 to 3:50 Blank Canvas Theatre – Selections from recent Blank Canvas Theatre productions
3:50 to 4:00 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
4:00 to 4:20 Mo Eutazia and Kelcie Dugger – Guitar & vocals
4:20 to 4:30 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
4:30 to 4:50 Ryann Angelotti – Broadway/popular songbook (Jordan Cooper, accompanist)
4:50 to 5:00 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
5:00 to 5:20 Sarah Hess – Music and fun (Jordan Cooper, accompanist)
5:20 to 5:30 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
5:30 to 5:50 Shekinah (CoCo) SmithBroadway/popular songbook (Jordan Cooper, accompanist)
5:50 to 6:00 Dance break with DJ Karluis / stage transition
6:00 to 8:00 “Broadway Open Mike” with Bob Navis Jr. at the keyboard. Pick a song!
Stop by or stay a long time, as people did variously for our 2012 performances.

Stop by or stay a long time, as people did variously for our 2012 performances.

Our corner is near the center of street-festival action along Detroit Ave.

Our corner is near the center of street-festival action along Detroit Ave.

"Get up, stand up" during  DJ dance breaks between acts.

“Get up, stand up” during DJ dance breaks between acts.

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‘Ragtime,’ its mothers and Mother’s Day

Skipper Rankin (Little Boy) and Ryann Angelotti (Mother) in Near West Theatre’s May 2012 production of Ragtime. (Photo by Laura Carlson Tarantowski)

Theirs are beautiful, poignant stories, two of many that intertwine in Ragtime. One character, known simply as Mother, is part of the wealthy, white establishment in New Rochelle, N.Y., 100 years ago. As her husband goes to sea she wishes for a journey of her own. A jarring circumstance arises in her own backyard, she makes a courageous choice, and we see her engage a changing world with grace, anxiety, good humor and resolve. By the time of Mother’s Act II solo, actor Ryann Angelotti has literally let her hair down to sing “We Can Never Go Back to Before.” The other character, Sarah, from Harlem’s African American community, faces more severe challenges, including a crisis pregnancy. She too musters courage as she comes to terms with her role as a mother and discerns whether to reunite with her child’s father. Actor Nicole Sumlin gives bittersweet voice to Sarah’s struggle in her Act I solo, “Your Daddy’s Son.” And there are others: Harry Houdini’s mother (played by Sarah Michalski) appears briefly, but lives on mystically in her famous son’s mind. Immigrant mothers appear and move on, babies in arms.

Join us on Mother’s Day for the 3 p.m. performance of Ragtime on Sunday, May 13. It’s only $8. Tickets are available weekdays at 216-961-6391 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Or you can order online here. Our advance-sales box office is closed weekends, but any remaining tickets are available at the door starting one hour before show time at our performance space, 3606 Bridge Ave., Cleveland. There are also six other performances between May 10 and 20:  see all the dates here.

Nicole Sumlin (Sarah) in Near West Theatre’s May 2012 production of Ragtime. (Photo by Terry Schordock)