One of the ways in which we can express our own creativity is through artistic floral arranging.
You can learn from the pros when the members of the Dayton Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi sponsor their 10th annual Floral Fantasy on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 6430 Far Hills Ave. in Centerville. The event, which begins at 7 p.m., has raised nearly $50,000 for scholarship money for University of Dayton women.
“It certainly is “floral art,” says Marty Ebeling, who works on the special event. “Eighteen gorgeous arrangements are designed by three florists as they describe the flowers and techniques they use.”
Participating again this year will be floral designers Michael Bryan from Furst Florist, Mark Brueninghaus from the Flower Shoppe and Jessie Wright from Sherwood Florist.
The trio will share suggestions and techniques as each creates a floral arrangement for six “Times of Your Life” occasions: weddings, births, anniversaries and holidays. The arrangements, as well as other floral items, are then raffled.
Tickets for the event are $20 and those who attend are asked to donate a new children’s book.
For reservations, call the Floral Fantasy ticket line at (937) 234-7866. For more information, see www.facebook.com/FloralFantasy.
War Horse gallops into town
There was only one sure way to tell the real horses from the puppets Tuesday afternoon and that was to check the sidewalks in front of the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.
The special noontime event was designed to welcome the cast and crew of “War Horse,” the popular musical that opened Tuesday night as the kick-off to the Victoria Theatre Association’s Broadway series. In addition to meeting Joey — the star of the show — those gathered with cameras in hand also were introduced to two real horses and riders from Miami Valley Mounted Search and Rescue.
“When he gallops and snorts, you think he’s real,” said an amazed Sheila Gamble of Dayton, one of an estimated 200 people gathered in front of the Schuster to learn more about the puppets created by the Handspring Puppet Company. Standing with her was her granddaughter, Lily.
“We believe Joey is a beautiful work of art, but our job is to make him appear alive,” explained puppeteer Dayna Tietzen who was putting the horse through his paces.
Judging from the crowd’s reaction, that goal was accomplished. “I started to tell my granddaughter not to get to close because he might kick,” Gamble said.
Opening night audiences oohed and aahed as Joey was transformed from a foal to a life-sized horse. Joey weighs 120 pounds and is handmade by 14 people.
“I think there’s a great blend of puppetry and storytelling, and I like the way it follows the story of World War I from the horse’s perspective,” said Bill Richey of Xenia. “I like the creative aspects of the show.”
On Thursday afternoon, puppeteers from “War Horse” conducted a puppetry master class for students and adults at the Schuster Center.
War Horse continues today with performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 to $96 plus service feeds and available at the box office or by phone. Call (937) 228-3630 or www.ticketcenterstage.com
Flashdance the Musical opens
The stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film, “Flashdance,” opens at the Aronoff Center in Cincinnati today and will run through November 10.
The story revolves around the story of a Pittsburgh steel mill welder who dancers in a bar at night and dreams of becoming a professional dancer. You’ll remember songs like “Flashdance — What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” and “I Love Rock and Roll.” Sixteen new songs that have been written for the stage version.
The national touring company includes Cincinnati native Shane Ohmer, who plays the role of a ballet dancer in and is a member of the ensemble. He’s a graduate of Cincinnati’s School for Creative and Performing Arts and has performed as the Lead in Rasta Thomas’ “Rock the Ballet” for two years around the world, Les Grand Ballet Canadiens, River North Chicago Dance Company and Pacific Northwest Ballet.
Ticket prices start at $28 and are available at the Aronoff Center Box Office at 650 Walnut St., online at CincinnatiArts.org or by phone at (513) 621-ARTS.
First Annual DrumDayton slated for Nov. 2
A diverse group of drummers will entertain audiences from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.2 at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. Following their performances, a public drum circle will conclude the first annual DrumDayton.
The unique event is being sponsored by The Collaboratory at Courthouse Square and is designed to celebrate diversity as well as downtown. Among the groups performing are the University of Dayton Drumline, Dakota Center Drum Corps, TRSS Drumline, the DPO Percussion Trio, Joseph Glenn’s Steel Pan Duo, Dayton Young & Gifted Drum Corps, Chaske Hotain Native American Drummers and Michael Bashaw’s Bamboo Stick Orchestra.
Organizer Peter Benkendorf is encouraging those planning to attend to bring along a hand drum, tambourine, shaker, cow bell or percussive instrument. Some instruments will also be available.
Food trucks will be on Courthouse Square for the event.
Tipp City Plans Twain production
The Tipp City A Players fall production of “Twain’s Tales” by David Landon Taylor includes five short stories by master American storyteller, Mark Twain. The show will be held at the Tipp Roller Mill , 223 E. Main St., at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 and 2.
Included tales are “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “Science vs. Luck,” “The Joke That Made Ed’s Fortune,” “The Belated Russian Passport” and “Is He Living or Is He Dead?” as well as the fence-painting chapter from “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”
It’s all brought to life as five locals sit on the front porch of the general store and take turns spinning yarns to entertain one another.
Tickets are $10 each. Call (937) 667-7469 for reservations.
Wright State seeks children for Les Mis
Wright State University Theatre is holding auditions for the children’s roles in Les Miserables at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov.5 in room T109 of the Creative Arts Center.
The roles being cast are Young Cosette (singing role), age 8-10 years; Young Eponine (non-singing), age 8-12 years; Gavroche (singing role), age 9-13 years. Youngsters are asked to prepare up to a one-minute cutting of a song from Les Miserables or a song in a similar style for the singing auditions.
Those who audition should bring a current resume and a recent 8-by-10 headshot or good photo of any size. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition. Performances are March 20 through April 6.
For tickets and theater information, call the Box Office at (937) 775-2500.
Every week, arts writer Meredith Moss highlights some of the accomplishments of arts groups and arts leaders throughout our region and shares arts-related news items. If you have news you’d like to share, send it to: Meredith.Moss@coxinc.com. Please include a daytime phone number.