The Ritz Theatre Announces 2012-2013 Season

Posted Jul 11th, 2012 by Bruce Hannam  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Ritz Theatre is proud to announce another outstanding season of events for 2012-2013 consisting of music, comedy, dance, community theatre and family entertainment. The season includes celebrated artists such as Clint Black, Michael W. Smith, Chicago, Kellie Pickler and so much more.

Subscriptions for all events on The Ritz Theatre’s 2012-2013 season go on sale beginning July 16 and individual event ticket sales begin August 6. For ticket and subscription information contact The Ritz Theatre Box Office at 30 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH, by phone at 419.448.8544 or email info@ritztheatre.org. Information is also available online at www.ritztheatre.org.

2012-2013 Ritz Theatre Season

Nobodies of Comedy
FALL – Saturday, September 8, 2012 – 7:30 PM
WINTER – Saturday, January 26, 2013 – 7:30 PM
We now have more “Nobodies” and in this case, that’s a good thing. Due to popular demand, we have added a second night of Nobodies of Comedy. TWO new great shows, TWO completely separate line-ups of comedians and TWO nights of “laugh ’til you cry” hilarity. We have scoured the country for the funniest, most side-splitting “rising stars in the funny business” we’ve ever seen, and guess what…you’ve never even heard of them! But all that’s about to change! We have carefully selected some of the best “unknown” comedians, and rolled them into two hilarious shows. NO over-hyped stars, NO outrageous salaries, NO high ticket prices…just hilarious comics and a great night out with guaranteed laughs that will give you NO time to breathe!! Don’t miss this chance to see tomorrow’s stars of comedy today. (Intended for mature audiences only)
$25, $15, $10 – EV(Both), MS(Both), SP(Fall)
Sponsored by Mix 96.7
Findlay NOW
Reineke Family Dealerships

Read It – See It Films
Sept. 23 – Where the Wild Things Are
Oct. 28 – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nov. 18 – Murder on the Orient Express
Dec. 16 – The Hunger Games
Jan. 20 – Charlotte’s Web
Feb. 17 – Moneyball
Mar. 17 – The Indian in the Cupboard
Apr. 28 – Hugo
May 26 – How to Train your Dragon (Sundays – 2:00 PM)
Great stories often jump off the page. With The Ritz Film Series they are catapulted to the big screen. In partnership with the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library, The Ritz will present great books, beloved narratives and recent bestsellers that have been turned into hit movies. The books will be available at the library, offering ample opportunity to “read the movie” preceding the film screening. If you love books and watching movies, then you’ll love our Read It – See It Films. Present any valid library card and get free popcorn!
$3 – EV(all 9), SP(1), RS

Clint Black
Friday, September 28, 2012 – 7:30 PM
Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of country music’s brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in the music industry. Black’s continued success can be attributed in part to his deep sense of country music history and his humble gratitude in being an important part of it. Black has had nearly two dozen #1 hit singles and almost as many Top 5 and Top 10 hits, all of them his original compositions. #1 hits include “A Better Man,” “Killin’ Time” and “Desperado.” Without a doubt, Clint Black has earned his place as one of the most successful artists in the history of American music.
$75, $65, $50, $35 – EV, MS, SP
Sponsored by Republic Lumber

Michael W. Smith
Saturday, September 29, 2012 – 7:30 PM
More than any other mainstream Christian artist, Michael W. Smith has certainly broadened his own genre’s listening ear. Smitty, as he is often called, allows the music to speak for itself, by and large remaining open to a listener’s personal interpretation of each grand selection. His music is more than just that; it is a spiritual experience and a reminder that music is its own prayer to God, much like his transformational hit “Place In This World.” With dozens of #1 hits, Michael W. Smith’s music has not only awakened the Christian music genre but has impacted a worldwide audience.
$75, $65, $50, $35 – EV, MS
Sponsored by Tong’s Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing / Carrier

Friday Night Live
Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7 – 2012
Jan. 4, Feb. 1, Mar. 1, Apr. 5, May 3 – 2013 (Fridays – 7:30 PM)
Looking for something to do on a Friday night? The National Theatre at The Ritz will host an eclectic selection of artists in an unplugged performance environment. Each Friday Night Live will feature two or three regional entertainers that may include a folk singer, a jazz musician, an aspiring singer/songwriter or some other style of artist who is passionate about the opportunity to showcase their talents. Join us for a glass of wine or cup of coffee in this casual, intimate setting…a perfect way to jump-start your weekend!
$10 – EV, SP(1)
Sponsored by Meyer & Kerschner, Ltd.

Beatlemania Now!
Saturday, October 27, 2012 – 7:30 PM
Recapture the excitement of the 1960s as Beatlemania Now! performs live-on-stage against a backdrop of stunning and evoking images of one of the most turbulent decades of modern times. A live musical tribute to the Beatles, Beatlemania Now! meticulously performs incredible note-for-note renditions of Beatles’ classics from their entire career, including songs the Beatles themselves never performed outside the recording studios. Flash back to historic moments of space exploration, protests in the streets, “Flower Power” and “Peace and Love.” Travel back in time and experience the ‘60s with Beatlemania Now!
$35, $25, $15, $10 – EV, MS, SP
Sponsored by Laminate Technologies
Bridge Home Health & Hospice
Reineke Family Dealerships

Ritz Teen Thespian Guild presents
Auntie Mame
A play by Jerome Lawrence & Robert E. Lee
November 9 & 10, 2012 – 7:30 PM
November 11, 2012 – 2:00 PM
In their 5th year as a part of The Ritz Theatre, the Ritz Teen Thespian Guild is a group of young performers from area high schools dedicated to exploring theatre beyond the high school musical. Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis, Auntie Mame chronicles the madcap adventures of a boy growing up as the ward of his deceased father’s eccentric sister, Mame.
Adult $10, Student $5 – EV (Audition dates: Sept. 24 & 25, 2012)
Sponsored by Croghan Colonial Bank

Thursday, November 15, 2012 – 7:30 PM
With dozens of instantly identifiable hits the legendary American “rock band with horns” have contributed to making Chicago one of the longest running and most successful pop/rock groups of all-time. Hits include “Saturday in the Park,” “Baby What a Big Surprise,” “You’re the Inspiration,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” “25 or 6 to 4” and so many more.
$101, $86, $76, $51 – EV, MS
Sponsored by National Machinery Foundation
First Federal Bank of the Midwest
Laminate Technologies
Clouse Construction
Corporate One
PT Services
James C. Wilson, DDS

The Osmonds Christmas Show
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 – 7:30 PM
Merrill, Jay and Jimmy come together to create Osmond Brother memories as they spread Holiday cheer with the classic songs you all know and love. The Osmond Brothers have been performing in front of world-wide audiences for almost 50 years, breaking records for sell-out performances once held by the Beatles and Elvis. Their close harmonies cannot be matched by any other group. Their smooth voices will have you entertained and surely singing right along with them. Don’t miss this fantastic way to be filled with the Christmas spirit!
$65, $50, $35, $20 – EV, MS, SP
Sponsored by Old Fort Banking Company

Happy Holidays with
Toledo Symphony Orchestra
Saturday, December 22, 2012 – 7:30 PM
In their 68th season, the Toledo Symphony continues to grow in artistic quality and relevance. ‘Tis the season to fill your heart with medleys of familiar tunes, unfamiliar but expressive selections, stand alone works of unsurpassing beauty and sing-along holiday classics. Conductor Jeffrey Pollock is known internationally for the musicality of his performances, his innovative concert programming and his ability to make connections with audiences. Join the celebration of the season and be filled with the spirit of Christmas.
$50, $35, $25, $15 – EV, MS
Sponsored by Mercy Tiffin Hospital
Distinctive Building Elements

Nelson Illusions
Saturday, January 12, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Nelson Illusions is a one-of-a-kind theatrical spectacle that combines rare and original illusions with award winning, jaw-dropping magic. The Nelson family trio are master magicians with an exciting, engaging and original style. The show is a thoroughly entertaining blend of mystery, music, drama, romance and comedy. It features the most beautiful and astonishing stage magic in existence today. They have been seen in 32 countries and over 40 television shows and films. The full show carries over 15,000 pounds of equipment, effects and illusions including an elegant floating woman. Experience these master magicians in the largest touring illusion show in the USA.
All tickets $10 – EV, MS, SP
Sponsored by yellowbook
Reineke Family Dealerships

Neil Berg’s
100 Years of Broadway
Friday, March 22, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Direct from the Big Apple, Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway presents a dazzling cast of five Broadway stars, accompanied by an all-star New York band. Praised composer and lyricist Neil Berg presents brilliantly revived arrangements of Broadway classics as well as thrilling numbers from Broadway’s newest hit shows. This acclaimed musical revue recreates the greatest moments from the finest Broadway shows of the century, featuring the actual stars of musicals such as Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, CATS, Jesus Christ Superstar and Jekyll & Hyde. These amazing performers light up the stage with songs from Broadway classics and the latest hit shows in which they’ve starred.
$50, $40, $30, $20 – EV, MS, SP
Sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships
Bridge Home Health & Hospice
Croghan Colonial Bank

The International Rolling Stones Show
Saturday, April 6, 2013 – 7:30 PM
Satisfaction is an international touring show dedicated to the “World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band,” the Rolling Stones. This glamorous show has been in production and touring since 2001 with over 1,600 performance dates to its credit. It is the only full time touring show of its kind in the world. This highly acclaimed production showcases the most authentic cast and costuming audiences have ever witnessed. The likes of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and supporting cast bring a colorful tribute to over 50 years of classic hits. Experience this spot-on portrayal of rock legends, the Rolling Stones!
$25, $15, $10, $10 – EV, MS
Sponsored by Reineke Family Dealerships

Saturday, April 20, 2013 – 7:30 PM
trideaDANCE, the resident contemporary dance company of The Ritz Theatre, will return for its seventh annual spring performance. The all new program will feature an assortment of must-see performers from throughout Ohio, including young dancers from Tiffin and the surrounding area. trideaDANCE seeks to promote dance education and awareness in Northwest Ohio. Through its eclectic movement style, trideaDANCE explores the quirks and intricacies of everyday life, and strives to make dance accessible and enjoyable to a variety of audiences. These diverse works will broaden your definition of dance, enlighten and delight!
Adult $15, Student $10 – EV, MS, SP

Kellie Pickler
Saturday, April 27, 2013 – 7:30 PM
This young woman is first and foremost a force of nature, known for following her restless small-town dream to the upper reaches of the music world. Kellie Pickler was first recognized as one of the six finalists in the fifth season of the popular reality TV show American Idol. While on tour with Idol, Pickler recorded her first album, which firmly established her in the country music industry. Her breath-of-fresh-air personality took her to the top with hits including “Red High Heels,” “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” and “I Wonder.” Pickler combines beauty, wit, humor and guilelessness in a way that has attracted fans from her first days in the spotlight. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to share in one of country music’s best!
$75, $65, $50, $40 – EV, MS, SP
Sponsored by Roppe Corporation

2012-2013 Ritz Players Season

Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett, Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
October 12, 13 & 20, 2012 – 7:30 PM
October 21, 2012 – 2:00 PM
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, first published in 1947 and translated into over fifty languages, is one of the most widely read books documenting the Holocaust. It is the still, small voice of an adolescent girl living under extraordinary conditions that speaks above the clamorous cruelty of war. With an endearing style and a remarkably strong spirit, Anne records in her diary the events and personalities within her secret hiding place for nearly two years. With vivid clarity, playwrights Goodrich and Hackett bring to life the horrors of the war and the optimism and faith of one young girl who continues to believe that “people are really good at heart.”
Adult $11, Student $7 – EV, MS, RP (Audition dates: August 26 & 27, 2012)
Sponsored by Bridge Home Health & Hospice

Man of La Mancha
Written by Dale Wasserman, Music by Mitch Leigh, Lyrics by Joe Darion
February 15, 16 & 23, 2013 – 7:30 PM
February 24, 2013 – 2:00 PM
Man of La Mancha is a remarkable show and one of the great theatre successes of our time. This is a play-within-a-play based on Cervantes’ Don Quixote. It’s a poignant story of a dying old man whose impossible dream takes over his mind. “It’s All the Same,” “Dulcinea,” “I’m Only Thinking of Him,” “The Impossible Dream,” “I Really Like Him” and “Little Bird” remain in your thoughts and in your soul well after you see the show. His dream is everyman’s dream. His tilting at windmills is everyman’s great adventure. Somehow, the footlights disappear, time is telescoped and the “Man of La Mancha” speaks for humankind.
Adult $15, Student $10 – EV, SP, RP (Audition dates: December 16 & 17, 2012)

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
By Alan Ball
May 10, 11 & 18, 2013 – 7:30 PM
May 19, 2013 – 2:00 PM (An Event in The National Theatre at The Ritz)
During an ostentatious wedding reception at a Knoxville, Tennessee estate, five reluctant, identically clad bridesmaids hide out in an upstairs bedroom, each with her own reason to avoid the proceedings below. They are Frances, a painfully sweet but sheltered fundamentalist; Mindy, the cheerful, wise-cracking lesbian sister of the groom; Georgeanne, whose heartbreak over her own failed marriage triggers outrageous behavior; Meredith, the bride’s younger sister whose precocious rebelliousness masks a dark secret; and Trisha, a jaded beauty whose die-hard cynicism about men is called into question when she meets Tripp,
a charming, bad-boy usher to whom there is more than meets the eye. As the afternoon wears on, these five very different women joyously discover a common bond in this wickedly funny, irreverent and touching celebration of the women’s spirit.
Adult $11, Student $7 – EV, RP (Audition dates: March 24 & 25, 2013)

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Book by Rachel Sheinkin, Music & Lyrics by William Finn
July 12, 13 & 20, 2013 – 7:30 PM
July 21, 2013 – 2:00 PM
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a hilarious tale of overachievers’ angst chronicling the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The show’s Tony Award winning creative team has created the unlikeliest of hit musicals about the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky yet charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out and fit in at the same time. Six young people in the throes of puberty, overseen by grown-ups who barely managed to escape childhood themselves, learn that winning isn’t everything and that losing doesn’t necessarily make you a loser.
Adult $15, Student $10 – EV, RP (Audition dates: May 19 & 20, 2013)
Sponsored by Bridge Home Health & Hospice

2012-2013 Discovery Series – Arts in Education
Sponsored by Tiffin Metal Products

Diary of Anne Frank
By Frances Goodrich & Albert Hackett
Adapted from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
The Ritz Players
Friday, October 12, 2012 – 10:00 AM
Grades: 8-12
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, first published in 1947 and translated into over fifty languages, is one of the most widely read books documenting the Holocaust. It is the still, small voice of an adolescent girl living under extraordinary conditions that speaks above clamorous cruelty of war. With an endearing style and a remarkably strong spirit, Anne records in her diary the events and personalities within her secret hiding place for nearly two years. With vivid clarity, playwrights Goodrich and Hackett bring to life the horrors of the war and the optimism and faith of one young girl who continues to believe that, “people are really good at heart.” The Diary of Anne Frank was chosen expressly for the 2012-13 Discovery Series. The experience for the students in the audience becomes even more exciting and memorable as they watch members from their community and their peers acting on stage in this one hour excerpt.
Connections: History, Literature, English, Theatre, Creative Writing, Storytelling

Thursday, October 25, 2012 – 10:00 AM
Grades: 4-8
ArcATTACK!, founded in 2005, is a multimedia performance art troupe that created the original singing Tesla Coils and were among the 2010 Top Ten finalists on TV’s America’s Got Talent. While seeking new possibilities between the union of scientific and musical concepts, members of the group discovered that beyond entertaining audiences there was a natural tendency to stimulate curiosity about science and technology. This presentation explores scientific facts and theories though audience participation and focuses on the key historical figures that have changed the way science and music are understood. ArcATTACK! helps young people discover the way these two disciplines intersect by using high-tech wizardry to generate a truly “electrifying” performance. The Study Guide provided by The Ritz will offer experiments to illustrate principles tied to the technology featured on the stage.
This performance is co-sponsored by a grant from Time-Warner Cable
Connections: Science, Technology, Music, History, Theatre, Art, Creative Thinking, Problem-Solving
Sponsored by Time Warner Cable

Velveteen Rabbit
Based on the book by Margery Williams
Adapted by Leslie Reidel, Jennifer Blatchley Smith and Landis Smith
Music by Don Sebesky
Lyrics by Gloria Nissenson
Enchantment Theatre Company
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 -1:00 PM
Grades K-4
“Only love can make you real . . .” So says the old Skin Horse to the Velveteen Rabbit in Margery Williams’ famous and much-loved literary classic. A plush rabbit, given as a gift to a young boy, yearns for the day that he becomes the “special” playmate. For “when a child loves you for a long, long time . . . then you become real.” The rabbit stands as a symbol of unqualified love and the innocence of childhood.
Based in Philadelphia, Enchantment Theatre Company is known throughout the world for high quality imaginative productions. With large-scale puppets, masks, magic and an original musical score, the company brings to life this charming tale of love and devotion, creating an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Connections: Literature, Music, Creative Thinking, Theatre, Storytelling, Relationships

Ugly Duckling and Tortoise and the Hare
Based on the tale by Hans Christian Anderson and Aesop Fable
CORBiAN and Lightwire Theater
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 – 1:00 PM
Grades K-3
Bigger and paler than the others to hatch in Mother Duck’s nest, The Ugly Duckling is treated as an outsider. Knowing only rejection, he goes out into the wild alone on a search for others who will love him for who he is. Anderson’s tale teaches students the lesson of accepting others. The second offering is the famous story of the race between the Tortoise and the Hare best known for the moral that “slow and steady wins the race.” In this delightfully modern version, the overly confident Hare becomes distracted by texting, video games and the paparazzi!
Praised for its cutting edge blend of electroluminescent puppetry, technology and dance, CORBiAN and Lightwire Theater from Austin, Texas bring these familiar stories to life in a visually dazzling display accompanied by classic and contemporary music. Young students will be mesmerized.
Connections: Literature, Language Arts, Music, Physical Science, Technology, Theatre, Storytelling, Tolerance

In addition to the sponsors for events in our 2012-2013 season The Ritz Theatre would like to thank the following organizations for their continued support:
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
Tiffin Metal Products
Time Warner Cable

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Subscription Renewals – begin July 16, 2012
EV (Everything Subscription), MS (Mainstage Subscription), SP (Sampler Subscription), RP (Ritz Players Subscription), RS (Read It – See It Film Subscription)
Flex Packages (Three or more shows) – begin July 30, 2012
Single Event Ticket Sales – begin August 6, 2012

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