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All are invited to a free vocal concert held Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Anselm in Chesterland.…

Free Vocal Concert

All are invited to a free vocal concert held Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Anselm in Chesterland. Current and former students of Fairmount vocal instructor David Fuller will perform selected works ranging from classical, to pop, to Broadway. Daniel Parvin will be the accompanist for the evening.

A reception will follow the concert. Fairmount Center for the Arts is located at 8400 Fairmount Road in Novelty.

Holiday Season at GLTG

The Geauga Lyric Theater Guild (GLTG) will be offering affordable family fun throughout the month of December.

The holiday season main stage production, sponsored by Chardon Smile Center, is the heart-warming classic Miracle on 34th Street directed by Patty Osredkar and produced in association with Dramatic Publishing Co of Woodstock, Ill. Running three weekends, beginning Dec. 6 through Dec. 22, the production is based on the 20th Century Fox Motion picture and adapted by Mountain Community Theater from the novel by Valentine Davies.

Santa Claus will be hearing the wishes of young believers at the annual Santa at the Theater event on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The free community program will include crafts, games and refreshments. The newly formed GLTG show choir, The Geauga Gems, will perform for the first time ever on the Geauga Theater stage.

There will be three childrens holiday performances and a special holiday youth art class offering In December. The family favorite, A Charlie Brown Christmas will be taking the stage on Dec. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m.

Then, on Dec. 17, audiences are sure to laugh while watching Best Christmas Pageant Ever. With a modern and amusing twist, GLTG presents the Christmas Carol story, Humbug, on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. Held at the GLTG Arts Center, the second annual clay ornament workshop taught by Katie Arnold returns Dec. 7 and 14.

For more information on productions and classes, to register or purchase tickets, visit or call the box office at 440-286-2255. Special group ticket rates are available through the box office.

The historic Geauga Theater is located at 101 Water St. in Chardon.

Fairmount Art Auction

Tickets are still available for Fairmount Center for the Arts annual art auction taking place Nov. 9 from 7-9:30 p.m. Seventy-five amazing pieces ranging from one of a kind sculptures and paintings to watercolors and stained glass windows will be a part of the live and silent auctions held throughout the event.

The evening will also feature wine, food, soft drinks, music, a 50/50 raffle and free valet parking. Posters will also be available for purchase.

Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased by calling 440-338-3171 or stopping by the center located at 8400 Fairmount Road in Novelty.

Area High School Productions

Local high schools are offering fall play productions in November. Tickets for the following productions may be purchased at the door or ahead of time by contacting each school.

• Chardon High School presents The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7-9. Directed by Brandon Lichtinger, tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.

A Pulitzer Prize winner in 1942, this play is a three-part allegory about the life of mankind, centering on the Antrobus family of the fictional town of Excelior, N.J. The play’s action takes place in a modern setting, but is full of anachronisms reaching back to prehistoric times. The characters are archetypes that are emphasized by their identification with both Biblical and classical personalities. There are important themes about history repeating itself, ever-increasing global interaction and a growing human capacity for both good and evil.

• Kenston High School presents Acts of God by Mark Rigney Nov. 15 and 16 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 2 p.m. Directed by Steven Hoffman, tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door.

A storm-tossed swirl of a play, it tracks 12 high school students through the year following a devastating tornado strike. As the students grieve, assist in the recovery efforts and tackle the basics of getting on with life, they must also cope with the storm’s emotional detritus. Friendships and allegiances shift, beliefs and faith are tested, and the threat of a new storm forces each character to relive the once-in-a-lifetime terror they thought they’d put behind them.

• Newbury High School presents The Case of the Missing Gobbler by Megan Orr on Nov. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. Directed by Pat Cataldo, tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens.

With nine kids running around, the Parkers are already expert chefs when it comes to the recipe for insanity. Just mix together Eden, the bossy mother of all; William, the strong, silent type; Madeline, with a phone surgically attached to her ear; Ian, the self-proclaimed Sherlock Holmes; Dani and Derek, the eternally arguing twins; accident-prone Justin; Kara, the animal rights activist who refuses to participate in the “cruel and unusual” tradition of eating turkey; and Lily, the sweetest little marshmallow of all. Then, sprinkle it with a crazy grandfather on the lam and a missing turkey. The result is a Thanksgiving that the Parker family will never forget. But in the midst of the wild goose chase, the Parker kids realize that despite the teasing and occasional trying moments, they would not trade their family for the world.

• Notre Dame-Cathedral Latin presents Here Come the Brides by William D. Fisher Nov. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m. Directed by Shirley Ivancic Stall, tickets are $8.

Jimmy Took’s only living relative is Uncle Dan. Uncle Dan is very wealthy, very generous and very mistaken when he assumes that Jimmy is married. Just when Jimmy finds himself in a position where he needs to borrow money, Jimmy finds out that Uncle Dan will be arriving soon to meet the bride. Afraid that Uncle Dan will think he deliberately lied to him, Jimmy frantically tries to find somebody, anybody to be his wife. After several refusals from other candidates, Jimmy’s roommate Bill, against his better judgment, gets dressed up as a girl. Laugh tops laugh when the previously unwilling participants arrive, and Jimmy ends up with not one, but three wives. A simple set and hilarious characters make this play a must-see.

Information provided by Geauga Council for Arts and Culture.

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