Stage notes: Poe performance at Magical Theatre

By Kerry Clawson
Beacon Journal staff writer

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Deb Lemire, Adam Hoffman and Eric Lualdi appear in the Magical Theatre Company production of Quoth the Raven. The Edgar Allan Poe tale has been adapted by Adam Hoffman.

Magical Theatre Company will spook audiences on Halloween again with Quoth the Raven, adapted last year from Edgar Allan Poe’s most macabre and mysterious works by company member Adam Hoffman.

The one-time performance is at 7:30 tonight at the theater, 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave., Barberton. Cost is $9-$11. The play is suggested for audience members age 12 and up.

In this original play, news of Poe’s death prompts retellings of The Tell-Tale Heart, Masque of the Red Death, The Fall of the House of Usher, Annabel Lee and The Raven. Directed by Dennis O’Connell, this “adventure into the underground passages of the human soul’’ features professional actors Hoffman, Deb Lemire, and Eric Lualdi.

For tickets, call 330-848-3708 or see www.magical
theatre.org.

Dancing Wheels manual

Kudos to the Dancing Wheels Company of Cleveland, which last week unveiled what it calls the nation’s first comprehensive training manual and DVD for wheelchair dancers and their instructors. The step-by-step manual, co-authored by Mark Tomasic and Dancing Wheels founder and artistic director Mary Verdi-Fletcher, was introduced Friday at Cleveland City Hall during a program recognizing Disability Awareness Month.

The manual breaks down the company’s methodologies for physically integrated dance between stand-up and sit-down (wheelchair) dancers. For more than 30 years, Dancing Wheels has adapted and translated teaching in ballet, modern and other genres of dance for wheelchair dancers.

The goal in creating the manual is to open the doors to more training and teaching programs for wheelchair dancers.

“Until now, university and college dance departments around the world have not offered degrees in dance to wheelchair dancers because they did not have a source by which to measure their capabilities and achievements. This manual and DVD will be the first step to an accreditation program,’’ Verdi-Fletcher said in a statement.

Sponsors are Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, Cleveland Foundation, Kulas Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the John P. Murphy Foundation, Ohio Arts Council, MetLife Foundation, Rehabilitation Services Commission, Career Transitions for Dancers and Dance Masters of America. For more information, call Verdi-Fletcher at 216-432-0306.

Rome to Cleveland

Italian contemporary ballet company Spellbound will perform one show at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare, presented by DanceCleveland. Cleveland will be the first stop on the Rome company’s inaugural five-week American tour.

The company will perform two works by founder and artistic director Mauro Astolfi — Lost for Words and Downshifting. Astolfi founded Spellbound in 1994 after training and dancing in the United States, Italy and London. His work is known for pure, gestural expressiveness structured by classical technique.

Tickets cost $25 to $45. Call 216-241-6000 or see www.playhousesquare.com. For more information on the company, see www.spellboundance.com.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com.


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