Summer Performing Arts Events

Brooke Bower

While summer is quickly approaching and the semester is coming to a close, the performing arts events are not.

Porthouse Theatre

Porthouse Theatre Summer events

“Chicago” June 16-July 2

“The Sunshine Boys” July 7-23

“Hello, Dolly” July 28-August 14

Where: Blossom Music Center

Terri Kent, artistic director for Porthouse Theatre, said the theatre has been putting on productions since 1969. This year they will be performing three plays, “Chicago,” “The Sunshine Boys” and “Hello, Dolly!”

Kent said the company is comprised of professional actors and designers from across the country, faculty, staff and students from Kent State as well as other universities.

“Company members either audition or interview for positions,” Kent said. “The auditions and interviews take place across the country, as well as on Kent State campus.”

She said they have been doing casting, hiring and having design meetings since early January. The group will start rehearsing for the productions May 31.

The summer season will start with “Chicago” followed by “The Sunshine Boys” and end with “Hello, Dolly!” Kent State alumni, students, faculty and staff can receive discounted tickets.

Kent/Blossom Music

Kent/Blossom Music Summer events

Student Concerts July 8-10, July 22-24

Faculty Concerts June 29, July 6, 11, 20, 27

Where: Ludwig Recital Hall

Keith Robinson, artistic coordinator of Kent/Blossom Music, said that about 40 students from all over the world are chosen to spend the summer in Kent learning chamber music.

He said the students will be coached by members of The Cleveland Orchestra, The Miami String Quartet and Kent State School of Music faculty members Donna Lee and Jerry Wong.

He said it is their 44th season of collaborating with The Cleveland Orchestra.

“The students will work on two pieces of chamber music every two weeks and then perform those works,” Robinson said.

The students and faculty will perform concerts throughout the summer that are open to the public. Student concerts are free and faculty concerts costs students $15.

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