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Press Release: Chagrin Arts Celebrates 10 Years of Arts & Culture with 2017 Performing Arts Series

This is one of many press releases I have written for Chagrin Arts. I average 12+ press releases per year, and have also written press releases for the Bay View Music Festival in northern Michigan. I have been praised by journalists because of the thoroughness of my press releases.



Date: November 30, 2016

Primary Contacts: Lindsey Walsh, Director of Marketing,

Karen Lazar, Executive Director,

Chagrin Arts Office 440.247.9700

CHAGRIN FALLS, OHIO – Chagrin Arts announces its 2017 Performing Arts Series “Sharing the Dream”—as part of its 10th anniversary celebration—presenting a diverse selection of artistic programs to entertain and inspire all ages. The theme, “Sharing the Dream” celebrates those who dream big and will utilize the language of the performing arts to share the dreams of composers, musicians, theatre directors, and even children.

The series will kick off with “Jack and the Beanstalk” performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre on February 12, with an acting workshop presented by Talespinner Children’s Theatre, followed by “Schubert’s Last Dream” featuring Paul Kushious of the Cleveland Orchestra and colleagues on March 10, and “Behind the Musical: Annie” co- presented with The Musical Theater Project on April 30. Additionally, the fourth annual Chagrin Arts “Music Crawl” will take place on June 10; a comedy event will be held in October with more details to be announced soon.

Tickets for events may be purchased by phone at (440)247-9700 or online at Tickets for the April 30 program are available through The Musical Theater Project Box Office by calling 216-245-TMTP (8687) or online at Additionally, group discounts will be available for parties of 10 or more; call (440) 247-9700 for details.

“2017 is an exciting year for Chagrin Arts as we celebrate our 10th Anniversary,” said Karen Lazar, Executive Director of Chagrin Arts. “We are grateful for the dreams of so many who have been involved with the evolution of Chagrin Arts. This year’s Performing Arts Series provides a window into the dreams of others and the realization that the journey to making those dreams come true is just as exciting as the dream itself.”

All 2017 Performing Arts Series artists are excited for the opportunity to inspire and entertain audiences from all over Northeast Ohio in the charming village of Chagrin Falls.

Promotional photo for "Behind the Musical: Annie"


“Jack and the Beanstalk” Performed by Columbus Children’s Theatre

Sunday, February 12 at 3:00pm

Philomethian Auditorium at Chagrin Falls Intermediate School – 38 Philomethian St., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Columbus Children’s Theatre brings this classic fairy tale to life! Lonely Jack is forced to sell his cow so he and his family can have money to buy food. A mysterious old man convinces little Jack to give up his cow in exchange for magic beans. Appalled by this trade, Jack’s mother throws the beans outside and sends the boy to bed without supper. Overnight, the beans grow into a giant stalk which leads to a kingdom above the clouds. A large, but aloof, giant lives in the kingdom, and provides the perfect opportunity for Jack to get into trouble.

Join us after the performance for an acting workshop geared for the entire family, presented by Talespinner Children’s Theatre. The workshop will focus on themes from the play and provide an introduction to the “actor tools” of “mind, body, and voice.”

“Schubert’s Last Dream” Featuring Paul Kushious of the Cleveland Orchestra and Colleagues

Friday, March 10 at 7:30pm

United Methodist Church – 20 S. Franklin Street., Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Listen as distinguished Cleveland Orchestra cellist Paul Kushious and colleagues reveal Franz Schubert’s “last dream” and perform his sublime masterpiece String Quintet in C major. Unpublished for 25 years, it was only after Schubert’s passing that his musical genius received the recognition it deserved, with this final work being regarded as one of the greatest chamber music compositions of all time.

Featuring cellists Paul Kushious and Tanya Ell, violinists Yun-Ting Lee and Isabel Trautwein, and violist Yu Jin.

A dessert reception with the performers will follow the concert.

“Behind the Musical: Annie” Co-Presented with The Musical Theater Project

Sunday, April 30 at 3:00pm

Performing Arts Center, Chagrin Falls High School – 400 E. Washington Street Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Leapin’ Lizards! Hard to believe it’s been 40 years since the darling red-headed orphan debuted on Broadway, and that she took so many hard knocks along the way. It was lyricist and director Martin Charnin’s idea to make a family musical based on the famous comic strip—just about everyone on Broadway thought he was crazy. Only when Mike Nichols stepped in as producer was the show saved, and the trials and tribulations paid off in a Tony Award-winning bonanza. We’ll include all of the songs from Charnin and Charles Strouse’s terrific score including the iconic “Tomorrow,” “Maybe,” “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” “Easy Street” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Annie’s story—and our back story of this feel-good musical’s creation—is filled with hope that the “sun’ll come out tomorrow.”

Co-hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier | Featuring Sheri Gross, Gilgamesh Taggett and Lexi Cowan. Co-Presented with The Musical Theater Project.

Chagrin Arts Music Crawl – Saturday, June 10 from 6:00 to 10:00pm

Chagrin Falls, OH 44022

Utilizing restaurants, shops and outdoor venues, Chagrin Falls will be the stage to highlight the talents of local musicians, and will feature a diverse assortment of genres. List of performers and schedule to be announced.

Comedy Program–Sunday in October

Event details to be announced.


Tickets may be purchased by phone at (440) 247-9700 or online at

Tickets to the April 30 “Behind the Musical: Annie” program may be purchased via The Musical Theater Project Box Office at 216-245-TMTP (8687) or online at


presentation of inspiring performances and stimulating conversations. The organization's most visible programs are its Chautauqua-in-Chagrin lecture series and Performing Arts Series.

The Chagrin Arts 2017 Performing Arts Series receives public support with local tax dollars from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, to preserve and enrich our region’s artistic and cultural heritage. Additional sponsorship provided by the Ohio Arts Council, Huntington Bank, Chagrin Valley Times, and The Inamori Center for Ethics and Excellence at CWRU.


For more information about Chagrin Arts, or the 2017 Performing Arts Series, call Chagrin Arts at (440) 247-9700.


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