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The Suburbanite
  • ‘Spring Awakening,’ ‘Chicago’ and ‘Titanic’ heading to area stages

  • The North Canton Playhouse, which has presented the challenging musical likes of “Rent” and “Sweeney Todd” at the Palace Theatre, has obtained the rights to “Spring Awakening,” the groundbreaking pop-rock musical about teenage frustration (sexual, parental, academic and otherwise)  that won the 2007 Tony Award for best musical.

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  • I’m excited about this one. The North Canton Playhouse, which has presented the challenging musical likes of “Rent” and “Sweeney Todd” at the Palace Theatre, has obtained the rights to “Spring Awakening,” the groundbreaking pop-rock musical about teenage frustration (sexual, parental, academic and otherwise)  that won the 2007 Tony Award for best musical. There will be eight performances April 21 through 29 at The Auricle, the rock club in downtown Canton.
    “Awakening” auditions will be Jan. 21 from noon to 5 p.m. on the North Canton Playhouse stage at Hoover High School. Actors 16 and older are eligible; minors must be accompanied by a parent. (The show contains mature content.) To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, contact director Marci Saling at marci@northcantonplayhouse.com or 330-814-1661.
    Saling also will direct a North Canton Playhouse production of “Chicago” July 20 and 21 at the Palace Theatre.
    SINKING SHIP
    Speaking of theatrical endeavors, Canton’s Craig Joseph will direct a single staged performance of “Titanic: The Musical” by the Akron Symphony commemorating the 100th anniversary of the ship’s fateful voyage. The 55-piece orchestra, conducted by Christopher Wilkins,  will be joined onstage by a 45-member cast at the Akron Civic Theatre on April 14 at 8 p.m. While there won’t be full scenery, there will be costumes and choreography.
    “The talent in the group is amazing,” promises Joseph, who recently directed local productions of “Hairspray,” “The Elephant Man” and “The Wizard of Oz” at the Players Guild. Tickets, $20, $30. $40 and $50, may be ordered at 330-535-8131.
    BARRY’S WEB SERIES
    Barry DeBois, a talented local stage actor now based in Manhattan, stars as Tyler, “the only straight singing waiter in New York City,” in a new musical-comedy web series titled “Rock-Star Cafe.” Available for web viewing at www.rock-starcafe.com, the first 25-minute episode, is fast paced with snappy sitcom-style humor and musical interludes.
    MCKINLEY ROCKS
    Student musical talent from McKinley High School will be showcased from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday in a concert titled “McKinley High Rocks”  at The Auricle at 601 Cleveland Ave. NW in downtown Canton. Featured will be original songs in a variety of genres, from rock to rap to folk to funk. Schedule performers are Flow Kingdom Family; J.J. Johnson; Polo King and Ace Millionz; Fire Escape; Adrian Brown & Chris Daniels; Adam "Encore" Bryant; Converse Clique, and So Hold On. Admission is $5 for students and $10 for adults, with proceeds to benefit McKinley’s Impact School of the Arts. All ages are welcome and no alcohol will be served. Henna artists will be on hand for temporary tattooing.
    BATTLE RETURNS!
    In related news, The Repository’s Battle of the Bands will return for its ninth big year on March 3 at 7:30 p.m. at downtown Canton’s Palace Theatre. The deadline for entries will be Feb. 13. Official entry information will appear in Ticket next month. In the meantime, teen bands, be practicing and writing songs!
    Page 2 of 2 - BROADWAY AND VEGAS
    Ryan Remark, a 2000 Sandy Valley High School grad and Las Vegas entertainer, will perform songs from his favorite musicals in a benefit show titled “Broadway: My Way,” at 2 p.m. Sunday in his alma mater’s Performing Arts Hall. Remark, who was active in theater at Sandy Valley, has logged nearly 3,000 performances as a cast member of “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. His Sunday show will include selections from “Anything Goes,” “Les Miserables,” “Annie,” “Guys and Dolls” and other shows. Admission is $10, with proceeds to benefit Sandy Valley’s March production of “Beauty & the Beast.” A dessert reception will follow Remark’s performance.
    Check out Dan Kane’s entertainment blog, “Dig On This,” at www.cantonrep.com/community/blog/dig