Looking for something to do this weekend, other than sitting home on the couch? Following are three suggestions which, hopefully, will relieve the boredom:
1. OPENING NIGHT AT LITTLE THEATRE
Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County's spring production, the Broadway classic "The Man Who Came to Dinner" opens its eight-performance run at 8 p.m. tonight. The comedy, which is being presented under the direction of Don Irven, will through May 6.
"The Man Who Came to Dinner" is a witty and fun-filled comedy that centers around Sheridan Whiteside, a popular radio host who, while on a lecture tour, is invited to dine in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Stanley of Mesalia, Ohio. When Whiteside slips on their doorstep, injuring his hip, he is confined to their home while he recovers.
Soon ex-convicts invited to meals, and strange gifts from Whiteside's friends - among them penguins, octopi, and cockroaches - begin to affect the Stanley household. Whiteside's fabulous, sophisticated, and very quirky friends (thinly-veiled portrayals of 1930s celebrities) do nothing to help the situation.
In addition to tonight's opening, the show will be performed Saturday and Sunday, April 28-30 and May 5-6. All shows start at 8 p.m., with matinee performances April 23 and 30 beginning at 2:30 p.m. All tickets are $13. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Kent State University at Tuscarawas Performing Arts Center box office at 330-308-6400 or in perso from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.
Tickets will also be available on show dates at the Little Theatre box office from 6 to 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Sundays, in person or by calling 330-343-4012 or anytime online at the theater website www.thelittletheatreonline.org.
Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County is located at 466 Carrie Ave., New Philadelphia.
2. TAKE A HIKE
Camp Tuscazoar will sponsor another in its series of 2017 Heritage Trail Hikes beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Those participating should meet at the W.C. Moorhead Museum. The hike, which will be led by volunteer guide Mike Bernhardt and is designed for people of all ages, will take guests on a guided tour of Camp Tuscazoar's historic sites. Information on the area's rich history will also be provided.
The hikes are historic in nature and link the camp to area sites that date to before the Revolutionary War.
Hikes are also planned for May 20, June 24, July 15, Aug. 26, Sept. 23, and Oct. 14.
3. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic will welcome pianist Orion Weiss Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. concert in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Kent State University at Tuscarawas in New Philadelphia. Theme of the concert, which also will feature the High School Honors Band, an annual gathering of talented young area musicians, is "Rhapsody in Blue!"
The Philharmonic will open the concert with "Overture to William Tell" by Gioachino Rossini. Weiss will join the orchestra to perform Franz Liszt’s dramatic "After a Reading of Dante: Fantasia quasi Sonata" and George Gershwin’s jazzy "Rhapsody in Blue."
The High School Honors Band will perform great classic and contemporary band literature, including Percy Grainger’s “Irish Tune from County Derry” and Henry Fillmore’s “The President’s March.”
The Tuscarawas Philharmonic Children’s Chorus will perform in the lobby beginning at 6:45 p.m. under the direction of Laura Barkett, with Jennifer Basnett accompanying.
Tickets for the concert are available at www.TuscarawasPhilharmonic.org or by calling the Performing Arts Center box office at 330-308-6400. Tickets range from $24 to $36 with student and senior discounts available.