First Friday in downtown Canton
In May, downtown Canton kicks off a new outdoor season on First Friday.
Opening times are 5pm to 9pm
The show originally scheduled for Centennial Plaza by Fool House, a ’90s party band, has been cancelled.
Performances by a trio from the Canton Symphony Orchestra and Vox Audio, part of Sing Stark!, have been moved to the Auricles due to the weather forecast; These performances were scheduled outside of the auricles on the Kempthorn stage.
The earpiece is located at 201 Cleveland Ave. NW.
The orchestra trio with flute, viola and trombone will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. A cappella vox audio singing group performs at 7:15 p.m
Led by staff from the Canton Symphony Orchestra, visitors can touch and play orchestral instruments. Demonstrations of the instruments take place at 5 p.m. and 6:15 p.m
No other activities on the first Friday will be affected by the weather in terms of the schedule. Sales stands and food trucks are still planned.
Other attractions include family-friendly activities and oversized games. Make-and-take crafts are on offer in the Arts District.
New gathering areas, including specially designed tables, will also be part of First Friday, according to a press release from ArtsinStark, which is coordinating the event.
Sale of the Canton Ceramic Artists Guild
The Canton Ceramic Artists Guild is holding its annual spring sale on Friday from 10am to 8pm and Saturday from 10am to 2pm at the Canton Museum of Art.
The event will feature works by 13 master potters and ceramic artists, as well as functional stoneware, sculpture, wall pieces and raku.
A portion of the proceeds from sales will benefit the museum’s ceramics education program, which helps buy additional pottery equipment and sponsors workshops for local artists, while also purchasing ceramic artwork for the museum’s permanent collection, according to a press release.
Each participating potter will donate six or more handcrafted bowls to the Empty Bowls for Hunger project, with all proceeds going to the Stark County Hunger Task Force.
Entry to the auction is free, and entry to the Canton Museum of Art’s spring/summer exhibitions is also free on Fridays from 10am to 8pm.
Peter Pan Jr at the Palace Theatre
St. Paul Catholic School in North Canton presents “Peter Pan Jr.” Thursday and Friday at 7pm at the Canton Palace Theatre.
“Peter Pan Jr.” Directed by Lisa Knight and Taylor Bond. The show is performed by the St. Paul Theater Company.
This production follows a two-year hiatus for the program with a cast of more than 50 students.
Indiana-based “Flying by Troy” was hired to coach and help some of the kids incorporate flying scenes into the play.
Doors open at 6pm and each performance begins at 7pm. Admission is $10 per person. Tickets can be purchased in advance at https://www.etix.com/ticket/o/9073/stpaulschool or at the box office on Thursdays and Fridays from 6 p.m.
The Palace Theater is located at 605 Market Ave. N in downtown Canton.
The musical Ghost opens in Canton this weekend
The Players Guild Theater presents the stage version of Ghost this weekend.
Ghost: The Musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Single tickets are $34. Children 17 and under are USD 27 and seniors are USD 31.
Tickets can be purchased online through the theater www.playersguildtheatre.com/ghost. The box office can be reached at 330-453-7617.
Subsequent performances are on May 13, 14, 15, and May 20, 21, and 22 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
The cast includes Jordan Potter as Sam Wheat; Kayla Lehman as Molly Jensen; Ashley Kendall as Oda Mae Brown; and Mike Burke as Carl Bruner.
The hit 1990 film starred Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg and Patrick Swayze.
Set in modern-day New York City, the musical “is a poignant romance that builds comedy, suspense and heartfelt emotion while celebrating the supernatural power of love,” said the Players Guild Theater in advertising for the performances.
Spring Fling fundraiser for Montessori
The Canton Montessori School is hosting a “Spring Fling Fundraiser: Trivia Night” on Saturday from 7pm to 10pm at the Canton Palace Theater.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit https://cbo.io/bidapp/index.php?slug=cantonmontessori.
New art exhibitions at Strauss Studios
New art exhibitions open Friday at 6 p.m. at Strauss Studios in downtown Canton featuring textile works and nature-inspired oil paintings.
The work of Stephen Tornero and Leanna Marie Cosgrove will be on display at the Upstairs Gallery at Strauss Studios, 236 Walnut Ave. NE, issued.
Tornero has previously exhibited his work at the Massillon Museum and elsewhere. This will be Cosgrove’s first exhibition.
Tornero works with textiles and weaves his work on a digital loom. Cosgrove’s canvas prints are inspired by her love of nature.
Tornero was named Stark County’s 2022 Art Educator of the Year by the Canton Symphony Orchestra. Tornero is a fine arts teacher at Oakwood Middle School, which is part of the Plain Local Schools.
Cosgrove received a degree in digital media and design from Baldwin Wallace University in 2020. In addition to her work as a graphic designer, she is a self-taught oil painter.
‘Golden Girls’ tribute show in Massillon
Spotlight Entertainment will present a “Golden Girls” tribute show on May 14th at 7:30pm at the Lions Lincoln Theater in downtown Massillon.
Actors will portray the iconic characters of Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia. Denise Robb, Melissa Day, Kathy Lewis and Jenny Shaw Kessler will play the title roles in the comedy show, which includes footage based on three of the most iconic episodes of the popular television series.
The show ends with a crime twist.
VIP tickets are $30; Ground floor tickets are $25; and balcony and wheelchair-accessible seating is $20.
Tickets can be purchased online at www.lionslincolntheatre.org/. To purchase tickets over the phone, call 330-481-9105.