The folks at the Zoot Theatre Company will be expanding their programming to include a summer series entitled “A Box, Bottle & Play.”
Three outdoor productions will be staged in the newly renovated Hale cloister at the Dayton Art Institute. Those of us who grew up in Dayton have fond memories of summer concerts under the stars in the Cloister.
Leo Bistro will be catering a boxed meal for each event and you can also purchase a bottle of wine while watching the show. Productions include “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (June 19 - 30), “Dr. Faustus” (July 10 - July 21) and “The Tempest” (July 31 - Aug. 11).
A subscription ticket is $51; individual shows are $20 for the play; $10 for a box dinner; and $15 for the bottle of wine.
For tickets: http://zoottheatrecompany.org/buy-tickets/ or call (937) 223.4ART!
Free lunchtime entertainment now at Courthouse Square
The Square Is Where,” Dayton’s free lunchtime entertainment program at Courthouse Square, has kicked off a summer of games, activities and scheduled performers.
For specifics, go to the Downtown Dayton Partnership’s website www.downtowndayton.org
Games will be available every day, and other special events and activities will take place throughout the season. The Square Is Where … runs weekdays through late September.
Time to volunteer for the Cityfolk Festival
It takes thousands of volunteer hours to make the Cityfolk Festival a success, and it’s one of the most entertaining volunteer jobs in town. The festival returns to RiverScape Metro Park on June 28-30.
The three-day celebration of music, dance, and culture also includes the City of Dayton Fireworks display on June 30. Organizers are looking to sign up volunteers for three- or four-hour shifts during the festival as well as during set-up and tear-down. People interested in helping out can visit the Cityfolk website, http://www.cityfolk.org or call (937) 223-3655, ext. 3001.
Volunteer opportunities for the festival range from helping to serve soda and beer, to selling T-shirts and CDs, to helping monitor stage areas for handicap accessibility to helping out with gate admission this year. A full list of positions is listed at www.cityfolk.org.
To sign up for your shift, visit http://www.cityfolk.org or call (937) 223-3655 x 3001. The performance schedule is now available on the website, if you want to schedule your volunteer shifts around your favorite performers.
Call for artists in Hamilton
The Fitton Center for Creative Arts in Hamilton is now accepting proposals in all media for solo and group exhibitions for the 2014-2015 schedule. The aim is to present “high quality exhibitions in the widest possible variety of media and content and to give gallery visitors different ways to participate and experience the art.”
Proposals, selected by a committee of experienced artists and others with knowledge and enthusiasm for visual arts and the community, are judged on the quality of the work and how it contributes to the diversity of style, media and content for the year.
The deadline to submit a proposal is July 1. For specifics, contact Cathy Mayhugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (513) 863-8873 ext. 122 or visit www.fittoncenter.org for an exhibition proposal form.
Centerville student wins DPO Competition
Matthew Shin, a student at Centerville High School, is the winner of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra David L. Pierson Young Musicians’ Concerto Competition. The event was held on Saturday, May 11 at Sinclair Community College and judged by DPO Music Director and Conductor Neal Gittleman. The $500 cash prize is provided by the Dayton Philharmonic Volunteer Association.
Matthew, a 17-year-old high school junior, will perform with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra at a Young People’s concert during the upcoming season. He plans to pursue a bachelor of music degree in cello performance in the fall of 2014.
Currently, Matthew is principal cellist of the Starling Chamber Orchestra at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. In 2011 and 2012, he attended the Meadowmount School of Music and will return to Meadowmount this year. In 2010, he attended Interlochen Arts Camp. He has played with the Ohio Music Education Association’s All-State Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Washington Metropolitan Youth Orchestra.
Matthew has been featured on WDPR-FM Classical 88.1 as a winner of the 2012 Young Talent Search. He was the first place national winner of the 2013 National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC) Joyce Walsh Award and the 2nd place winner of the 2013 NFMC Mary Alice Cox Award
Matthew lives in Centerville with parents Kent and Kelley Shin, younger sister Rosemary and labradoodle Moxie Jay. Older brother Darren is a performer with the Disney Dream cruise ship.
Hillel students work with Bing Davis
Artist Bing Davis has been working with students of Hillel Academy in Oakwood, helping them add their own interpretations to one of his colorful murals. The theme of the work is “nurturing nature and culture.”
Each of the 28 students worked on a specific portion of the mural in cooperation with their fellow students. The mural — completed and presented at the Cultural Works Art exhibit on Thursday May 2 — is being framed and will be on permanent display at the school
Englewood call for artists
Applications from artists and craftspeople for the 40th annual Englewood Art Festival, August 10-11, are being accepted by the Englewood Festival and Arts Commission.
The festival will be held at Centennial Park. All work must be of original design and produced by hand. Artists are invited to submit photos of their work. Applications can be found on the city’s website at www.englewood.oh.us/events_festival.php or by calling Barb at (937) 836-4175 or Kathleen at (937) 836-1258.