Main Stage

All shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.


Big Fish: The Musical
Big Fish:
The Musical

Book by John August
Music & Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia Motion Picture written by John August
October 16-November 1, 2015

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Perhaps you’ve read the novel or seen the film, but you haven’t experienced Big Fish until you’ve seen the musical onstage! The relationship between Will and his father, Edward, is strained as Edward nears the end of his battle with cancer, and Will struggles to find the truth behind the larger than life tales he was told as a young boy. When the fiction begins to fade and the facts of his father’s life then and now become clear, Will must make peace with whom both he and his father truly are. Infused with magic and heart, Big Fish is the kind of production that reminds audiences how amazing live theatre can be!

White Christmas: The Musical
White Christmas:
The Musical

Music & Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Based upon the Paramount Pictures Film written for the screen by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama and Melvin Frank
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
December 4-20, 2015

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Featuring songs and a story that will warm even the most frigid winter night, White Christmas is a present for all this holiday season! Bob and Phil team up to form a song-and-dance duo following their service in the army, but no training has prepared them for the amorous battle of wits they encounter when they pursue a pair of singing sisters to a picturesque Vermont Inn. Chocked to the brim with classic comedy, sweeping romance and a bevy of Irving Berlin tunes including the standard “White Christmas,” this glowing adaptation of the 1954 film is the coziest way to keep out the cold!

The Odd Couple
The Odd Couple

By Neil Simon
January 15-31, 2016

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Since its Broadway premiere in 1965, The Odd Couple has left millions of audience members rolling in the aisles with its hilarious clash of personalities! When his wife kicks him out of the house, neat freak Felix Ungar is persuaded to move in with his poker playing, cigar smoking pal, Oscar Madison. As the two bachelors spend more and more time in close quarters, Felix’s fastidiousness and Oscar’s boorishness lead to a conflict of epic and uproarious proportions! Considered Neil Simon’s magnum opus, don’t miss out as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of this legendary show!

Godspell
Godspell

Book by John Michael Tebelak
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Conceived and Originally Directed by John Tebelak
Based on The Gospel according to St. Matthew
February 26-March 13, 2016

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Artfully blending lessons from the gospels with an unforgettable soundtrack of pop-inspired songs, it’s no surprise Godspell is still a favorite of theatres and audiences alike all over the world. The parables of The Good Samaritan, The Prodigal Son and a score of others are communicated through mime, clowning and vaudeville-style entertainment while the life of Jesus is played out against renowned hits like “All for the Best,” “By My Side” and “Day by Day.” With its combination of wisdom, humor and energetic music, Godspell is truly a treat for all ages!

Next To Normal
Next To Normal

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
May 6-22, 2016

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Emotionally charged and unabashed, this 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner for Drama will leave audiences breathless. Diana, her husband Dan and their two children enjoy the idyllic, suburban lifestyle despite one major problem: Diana’s manic depression. When their ordinary, day-to-day routine comes crashing down due to Diana’s unpredictable mood swings, they embark on a journey to keep their intertwined lives from careening off and apart forever. Injected with a rocking score and complex characters, this unflinching musical will resonate with anyone who’s ever dealt with mental illness.

South Pacific
South Pacific

Music by Richard Rogers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel
July 15-31, 2016

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Its themes on war and race as relevant today as they were when it first premiered in 1949, South Pacific strikes a deep chord with its socially conscious story set to some of the most memorable songs ever written for the stage. On an island in the South Pacific, two love stories run parallel as WWII rages in the background: Navy nurse Nellie Forbush falls for French expatriate Emile de Becque, and Marine Lieutenant Joe Cable is enamored by native islander Liat. Can their affections penetrate their ingrained prejudices? Be swept away to “Bali Ha’i” this summer, and set sail to South Pacific!

 


Family Life Series

All shows are Fridays & Saturdays at 7:00 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.


Knuffle Bunny
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical

MUSICAL - All Ages

Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Michael Silversher
Based on the book Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems
September 25-October 4, 2015

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From the mind of Caldecott-winning picture book author Mo Willems comes the story of a father and daughter’s trip to the laundromat that proves life’s greatest adventures can happen anytime! When young Trixie accidentally loses her beloved Knuffle Bunny, retrieving the stuffed rabbit becomes priority number one even if slightly inept Dad doesn’t quite understand her cries of distress. With music, comedy and spectacle that will entertain kids and adults alike, we “caution” you not to miss this show!

A Midsummer Night's Dream
A Midsummer Night's Dream

PLAY - Ages 10+

By William Shakespeare
November 6-15, 2015

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Shakespeare’s comedic masterpiece comes to life for the first time on a TrueNorth stage! The classic tale of reckless romance, mistaken identity and magic spells is one of Shakespeare’s most celebrated works, and this abridged version is the perfect introduction to the Bard! Mischief and hilarity reign supreme when four young lovers get tangled up with disapproving parents, royal fairies and amateur actors! As winter fast approaches, warm up one last time with A Midsummer Night’s Dream!

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

MUSICAL - All Ages

Music by Bret Simmons
Book & Lyrics by David Howard
Based on the Book The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas
February 5-14, 2016

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Turning the familiar story upside down, this fun, musical version envisions a world where the pig huffs & puffs and the wolves are perpetually rebuilding their houses. Featuring a new, colorful cast of characters that includes a wheelbarrow-pushing flamingo and a kangaroo concrete salesman, this imaginative production is inspired by Eugene Trivizas’ internationally bestselling picture book of the same title. With a new twist on the traditional ending, it’s like seeing the fairytale for the first time…again!

Falling
Falling

PLAY - Ages 12+

By Deanna Jent
April 15-24, 2016

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Nominated for the 2013 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play, Falling takes an unflinching look at how a family affected by autism lives, suffers and loves. The Martin’s desperately try to navigate their wants, needs and dreams while providing unceasing care for their 18-year-old son and brother. The fragile balance they struggle to maintain daily is upheaved when grandma pays a visit. Tender, moving and bold, Falling asks audiences, “How do you love when it demands absolutely everything?”

Really Rosie
Really Rosie

MUSICAL - All Ages

Book and Lyrics by Maurice Sendak
Music by Carole King
June 3-12, 2016

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With music by songwriter Carole King and book & lyrics by children’s author Maurice Sendak, Really Rosie unites two of the finest artists of the past 50 years to remind audiences how magical, silly and joyful childhood is! Rosie’s friends on Avenue P audition to be in a movie about her life, but can their friendship withstand the pressures of fame and stardom? Bringing together characters from Sendak’s Nutshell Library and set to songs with King’s signature sound, treat your family to Really Rosie!

 


Theatre Camp Production


Bye Bye Birdie
Bye Bye Birdie

MUSICAL - All Ages

Book by Michael Stewart
Music by Charles Strouse
Lyrics by Lee Adams
Originally Produced by Edward Padula
August 12-14, 2016

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Mixing youthfulness with a healthy dose of nostalgia, Bye, Bye Birdie remains one of the most cherished musicals of all time. When a hip shaking, narcissistic musician invades the quiet Midwestern suburb of Sweet Apple, OH, a clash of generations erupts as the town’s parents fight to keep their teenage children safe from the sinister influences of rock ‘n’ roll. Given new life by the students of Center Stage Camp, audiences won’t be able to resist the rip-roaring music and beguiling story of Bye, Bye Birdie.

 


Concerts


FireFish Festival Concert*

Saturday, September 26, 2015
7:00 pm
Broadway Avenue, Lorain

 

An Evening of Disney, Once Upon a Dream

TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra and Chorale
Saturday, October 10, 2015
7:30 pm
Elyria High School, Performing Arts Center

Come experience the magic of Disney brought to life through The TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra and Friends including TrueNorth actors and singers. Families will be taken through “a magic carpet ride” with songs from Musicals such as Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, Snow White and the Seven Dwarf s, The Lion King, Aladdin, Mary Poppins, Frozen, Fantasia and many more! The live music of Disney will bring you and your family to “A Whole New World”!

 

A Day on Broadway, A Night at the Opera

TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra with Great Lakes Light Opera
Saturday, November 14, 2015
7:30 pm
Bay Presbyterian Church

 

TrueNorth Big Band Concert

Sunday, November 22, 2015
3:00 pm
Elyria High School, Performing Arts Center

 

The Nutcracker: A Youth Musical

TrueNorth Children's Choirs
Peter Iloch Tchaikovsky, Ruth Artman; Mary Beall; Bob Lowden; E T A Hoffman
Saturday, December 5, 2015
4:30 pm
Elyria High School, Performing Arts Center

TrueNorth Cultural Arts is proud to present The Nutcracker, A Youth Musical. This delightful adaptation of the timeless ballet features songs, dances, and a script that are created especially for the young performer. This production provided an opportunity for young people to experience the magical kingdom of the Nutcracker firsthand.

For years, Avon Lake Schools performed this production annually under the leadership of Mrs. Susan Vance-Koch. “Now, having the show through TrueNorth, we have opened doors for the community, enabling children from all area schools to be involved and enjoy what was once an Avon Lake tradition!”

Following his defeat of the Mouse King, the Nutcracker escorts Marie on a journey through the Kingdom of Sweets, where they meet many interesting beings.

The miniature overture captures the enchantment of the holiday season as the curtain opens on a Christmas Eve party at the home of Fritz and Marie. The gift of a tiny nutcracker from their Godfather causes a bit of a family disturbance. But, it is that very gift that starts us on our magical journey to the land of “sweet” dreams. At the stroke of midnight, the Nutcracker is transformed. He leads his army in a victorious encounter with the evil Mouse King after which he escorts Marie on an enchanted journey to Candy Meadow, Cookie County, and the Kingdom of Sweets. They meet all sorts of interesting people on their travels: the Sugar Plum Fairy, Russian Bakers, the Candy Flutes, Chinese Tea Dancers, beautiful Arabian Dancers and wonderful Waltzing Flowers.

This production of The Nutcracker was adapted from “The Nutcracker Suite” by Peter I. Tchaikovsky and “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by E. T. A. Hoffman. Lyrics and Script by Mary Kay Beall; Music Arranged by Ruth Artman; Orchestrated by Bob Lowden.

TrueNorth is proud to host this very special event; we applaud Mrs. Susan Vance-Koch and Mrs. Kelsey Geran for continuing Christmas traditions and for supplying today’s youth with yet another artistic opportunity.

 

TrueNorth Big Band Holiday Concert

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
The Bop Stop at the Music Settlement, Cleveland

 

TrueNorth Christmas Concert

TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, December 19, 2015
7:30 pm
Avon Lake United Church of Christ

Sunday, December 20, 2015
3:00 pm
St. Peter Parish, Lorain

 

Holocaust Cantana*

TrueNorth Chorale
International Holocaust Remembrance Day, international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
7:30 pm
The Emerald Event Center, Avon Marriott

 

Big Band Brunch*

Sunday, January 31, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Emerald Event Center, Avon Marriott

 

MasterWorks Concert*

TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra
Sunday, February 7, 2016
3:00 pm
Lorain Palace Theatre

 

TrueNorth Chamber "Electric Light" Orchestra Concert

Modern rock and pop songs with classical overtones
Saturday, February 20, 2016
7:30 pm
Elyria High School, Performing Arts Center

 

Big Band Brunch*

Sunday, February 28, 2016
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
The Emerald Event Center, Avon Marriott

 

TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra Major Work

Saturday, March 19, 2015
7:30 pm
Bay Presbyterian Church

Sunday, March 20, 2015
3:00 pm
St. Peter Parish, Lorain

 

A Night of Sinatra*

TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra and Big Band
Saturday, April 30, 2015
7:30 pm

Sunday, May 1, 2015
3:00 pm
The Emerald Event Center, Avon Marriott

TrueNorth Chamber Orchestra and Big Band share the stage with TrueNorth singers as they share Sinatra’s greatest hits.

 

TrueNorth Patriotic Concert*

TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, June 25, 2015
7:30 pm
Linwood Park, Vermilion

Thursday, June 30, 2015
7:30 pm
The Emerald Event Center, Avon Marriott

TrueNorth Cultural Arts is presenting its annual Patriotic Concert this summer. Each evening will be filled with red, white and blue favorites like Battle Hymn of the Republic, When the Saints Go Marching In, America the Beautiful, Washington Post March, Stars and Stripes Forever, and God Bless America led by the TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra.

The TrueNorth Chorale and Chamber Orchestra have presented this event every year since 2000. Along with the Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, we will be joined by members of the scouts, color guard, police officers and firefighters, as well as representatives from each branch of the armed forces. Thousands have celebrated Independence Day with TrueNorth in previous years, and with your help the tradition will continue.

 

*Not included with season ticket packages*

 

 


 

2015-2016 Theatre Pricing


MAIN STAGE
Side Section $16
Center Section $18
Student/Youth Rate (under 18) $10
FAMILY LIFE SERIES
Adults $15
Kids/Youth (under 18) $10
SEASON TICKET OPTIONS
7 Performances/Concerts $98, up to 23% discount ($14/ticket)
10 Performances/Concerts $130, up to 28% discount ($13/ticket)
15 Performances/Concerts $180, up to 33% discount ($12/ticket)

 

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