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Posted 4/17/2014 / Labels:

Join us for the "Dining for the Arts Cocktail Party Fundraiser"

Save the Date!
Dining for the Arts 
Cocktail Party Fundraiser 
for the Ashtabula Arts Center
will be held
Saturday, April 26 at 6 p.m.
at The Estate at Coffee Creek 
1591 State Route 45, Austinburg

$60 per person
Reservations required

Call the arts center at
(440) 964-3396 
for reservations or information
you can purchase tickets online at 

What is "Dining for the Arts?"
    Fabulous foods and conversations can be enjoyed
at the Ashtabula Arts Center's "Dining for the Arts" fundraising dinners.  Patrons and friends of the arts center serve as volunteer hosts of individual dinner parties which are held throughout the year. These hosts generously provide a delicious meal, paying all the costs for the event for a limited number of guests.  Past dinners have ranged from Italian dinner parties to Indian cuisine, from fish fries to grilled delicacies, from dockside boating fare to tapas and wild game, from a classic steak dinner to perfect pairings with wine.
    Each guest pays a per person fee (prices vary) to attend the dinner party of their choice with the proceeds benefiting the Ashtabula Arts Center.  These events are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to sign up as a guest.  Registration is required for all dining events.

    At our April 26 cocktail party, guests have the opportunity to enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres while looking over all of the 
dinner events and menus scheduled for the coming year. Guests can then register for the dinner(s) of their choice.  Payment is due at the time of registration. Those who do not attend the cocktail party can register for any dinners that are not sold out beginning Monday, April 28 by calling the arts center.

    For more information, contact the Ashtabula Arts Center 
at (440) 964-3396.

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Posted 4/17/2014 / Labels:

Ballet Theatre Ashtabula opens "The Edges Between..." on May 9

 Ballet Theatre Ashtabula presents     

 The Edges Between...

On stage... 
May 9 - 11, 16 - 18
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.

Tickets: (440) 964-3396
The Edges Between...
Adults $14                 Senior/Student $12
Child age 12 and under $11

OR save $2 per ticket when you purchase in advance. 
Advance sale tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. 
for Friday performances or by noon on Saturday 
for Saturday and Sunday shows.

Ballet Theatre Ashtabula invites you to experience a fresh and innovative mix of ballet and contemporary dance when this year’s spring dance concert takes the stage.
    The Edges Between... features new works by Clover Robinson, Meghann Stell, and Shelagh Dubsky. Each piece reflects the passion and vitality of our dancers and spans from the abstract to the traditional.
    Clover Robinson has set her fresh and innovative new work Sail to music by Awolnation.  The piece explores the energies that exist in the mind and the universe and the edges between them. Clover’s work explores the unusual, with a resounding beat and unique stylized movement that pushes the dancers to reach new depths.
    Meghann Stell’s newest work Feel Again is set to music by One Republic. It examines the joy of finding the people in your life that spiritually lift you at every turn.  Her other work, Woven Apart in Unison, is set to music by Kai King and symbolizes a group of separate individuals who through time and circumstances, become whole.
    Other works include duets and full ensemble pieces including Diamonds, a neoclassical ballet set to the exquisite mathmatical harmony of Karl Jenkin’s famous music that was adapted and used for DeBeer’s diamond advertisement campaign.
    One of the more unusual duets, Emotional Equilibrium, choreographed by Shelagh Dubsky, features interesting lifts, balances, and counter-balances that challenge the way audiences think about dance.
    For sheer fun, Mango Tango showcases the company with a cool Latin groove.  Inspired by the
passion of tango and the flirtatious sound of the mandolin, a full cast brings you a taste of exotic fun.
    Other works on the program include a romantic Cinderella pas de deux, a joyful romp to the uplifting music of Vivaldi, and other comtemporary pieces representing the grace and beauty of dance.  
    Come and join us for an unforgettable experience celebrating the poetry and power of dance that the entire family will enjoy!

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Posted 4/17/2014 / Labels:

Director's Desk for April 2014

never arrive!  A couple of things are on my mind, and the first is our wonderful cadre of volunteers.  After a few months on the job, it’s my belief that we at the arts center might organize ourselves a little better in terms of how we communicate with our volunteer corps and use their time.  I’m always looking for ways we might best utilize technological tools like e-mail and social media to communicate with our many friends, while still using a print newsletter to convey key information about upcoming events.  Sadly, a recent computer virus wiped out a good bit of our data, including several volunteer lists with contact
information, which we are in the process of reconstructing.  By the time you read this, we will have held at least two volunteer meetings to get suggestions and talk a little bit about how the arts center can be a better partner.

If you are a volunteer here at the arts center or want to become one—whether working onstage or backstage; assisting with box office, ushering, and concessions; making and serving food for receptions and dinners; lending a hand with with costumes, sets, lights, or props; keeping our facilities and grounds in good condition; or delivering jack-of-all-trades whatever-needs-to-be done-services—please make sure that we have your current contact information.  And if you are unable to make our meetings, please feel free to call Pam Hammond or me at any point with any comments you may have.  We value your advice as well as your time commitment.

Because of our aforementioned computer virus, our membership campaign is starting a few weeks later than usual, so I’m hoping our current members have received their renewal letters, and that the rest of you will get your invitation letters shortly.  There are so many wonderful stories I’ve heard about the arts center over the years, from the students who have studied here and then gotten college scholarships to the economic value we provide in the recruitment and retention of employees throughout the county.

I urge any of you who are reading this who are not yet members to strongly consider joining us.  We try very hard to keep our classes and performances affordable, which means we need to raise more than half of our yearly operating costs.  Your membership gift is a very important part of helping us to do just that.

--Lori Robishaw

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Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels:

Welcome to the Ashtabula Arts Center!

A part of the community for sixty years, The Ashtabula Arts Center is a multi-arts facility featuring dance, theater, music and visual arts. From summer kid's camp to ballroom dancing class, the Ashtabula Arts Center offers performances, activities, classes and other programing for all ages and all levels of artistic talents from the beginner to the advanced student.  Spend your free time at the Arts Center.  It's Ashtabula County's family place!

The Theater department offers a variety of classes throughout the year for both children and adults.  Straw Hat Theatre and G.B. Community Theatre offer year-round opportunities for amateur actors of all ages. Everyone, both young and old, is encouraged to join in and audition for a show or volunteer for one of our back stage crews. Productions play on our indoor and outdoor stages throughout the year and always includes comedies, dramas, musicals and more. 

Our summer theater season opened on June 7th with a hilarious comedy "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." 

Following will be "Disney's The Little Mermaid Jr." on June 28, 29, 30, July 4, 5, 6.  "Legally Blonde the Musical" on July 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 25, 26, 27 and "The Wiz" on August 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17.  All shows are at 8 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Arts Center at (440) 964-3396 or stopping in at our box office.  Tickets are Adults: $14, Seniors/Students $12, Children age 12 and under $11.Or save $2 per ticket by purchasing in advance! Advance sale tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. on the day of the show or by 1 p.m. Saturday for Saturday and Sunday performances.

The Dance department offers classes in classical ballet,  jazz, modern, ballroom, tap and more.  Through its resident performing company, Ballet Theatre Ashtabula, performances of "The Nutcracker" are produced annually.  A spring dance concert is also held, showcasing different styles of dance. Fitness classes such as Zumba are offered at different times throughout the year.

 The Music department offers a variety of programs, classes and recitals as well as individual instruction in clarinet, saxophone, piano, guitar, percussion, trumpet, French horn, trombone, violin and cello.  We also offer voice lessons.  “The Good Life,” a community vocal group consisting of area singers, performs annually during the holiday season and in the spring.  “The Show-Offs” and “The Starlights” are the Arts Center’s young adult and youth choirs.  Each is available for performing in outside venues such as festivals, weddings, parties and more.

The focus of the Visual Arts department is to encourage creative stimulation and thought while providing an opportunity to experience the joy and satisfaction of creating works of art.  A wide variety of classes and workshops are offered including pottery, oil painting, sculpture, woodworking, drawing, knitting, screenprinting and many more.  Rotating gallery exhibits  feature the works of local, regional and national artists.  The gallery is open to the public during regular business hours.  Admission to the gallery is free.

Financial aid is available to those in need for classes and workshops.

Take a stroll around our website.  We're sure you'll find something fun for you and your family to do! And once you join us, we know you'll never want to leave!


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Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels:

A New Partnership with Ava Anderson Non-Toxic

 Featuring products for skin and hair care, baby, SPF, make-up, cleaning, deodorant, and more!

~ Gluten Free ~
~ Biodegradable ~
~ Made in the USA ~
~ Non Toxic ~

Allison Anderson, Ava Anderson Consultant                                     440.474.3774
Contact her to order, host, or for business opportunity.

Arts Center Begins New Partnership
with Ava Anderson Non-Toxic
(Allison Raymond Anderson, Consultant)

While I'm a big believer in the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," I've grown a bit alarmed about the toxins that have come to surround us in all aspects of our lives.  I was diagnosed with celiac disease several years ago and need to live a gluten-free life, which means not just in the food I ingest, but the products I put on my skin.  So I've become a big label-reader, and I've had my eyes opened to the toxic ingredients in conventional products such as soap, shampoo, deodorant, body lotion, and cleaning supplies that have been linked to all kinds of ailments like cancer.  I've also learned from a number of friends with kids and grandkids that they have become increasingly concerned with the allergies and sensitivities afflicting their young ones.

In a response to recent data concerning potential health risks from antibacterial soaps, and in an effort to provide a healthy environment for families at the arts center, Allison Anderson will supply organic hand soap and hand sanitizer to be used by all who learn, play, visit, and work here. The organic hand soap is free of triclosan, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, parabens, and synthetic dyes and fragrances, and the hand sanitizer contains a blend of organic essential oils, including neem oil and tea tree oil, both lauded for their antibacterial properties. These products are biodegradable, so not only are they safe for people, but they're safe for the environment, too.  Allison is passionate about educating the community on the dangers of toxic chemicals, and we look forward to using these safe products under our roof.  Please see her ad for contact information if you'd like to learn more about it.

--Lori Robishaw
executive director

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Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels:

Upcoming Volunteer Activities

Calling all volunteers!

Our next volunteer meetings will be held
Monday, April 21 from 7 - 9 p.m.
Thursday, May 29 from 5-6:30 p.m.
Thanks to all of you who took the time to come out to our volunteer meetings and give us your comments and suggestions. They were much appreciated. If you missed our April meetings, you will have another opportunity to join one as we plan to add more to our calendar. In the meantime, we have numerous volunteer opportunities this spring and summer. Please check our website for a complete list or phone the front desk at (440) 964-3396 and one will be mailed to you. We deeply appreciate all of your efforts. We couldn’t do all of the many different things that we do without you!
Earlier this spring, a computer virus destroyed some of our data including our volunteer lists. So, whether you’ve volunteered in the past or have never volunteered but would like to give it a try, please send us your contact information. You can phone the front desk or e-mail Pam Hammond at with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail address.
Thank you!

We will be needing help with the following activities and events.  
Please call the front desk at (440) 964-3396 to sign up.

May 9-11, 16-18: Ballet Theatre Ashtabula presents The Edges Between...
    ~We will need ushers, concessions workers, raffle ticket sellers for each performance.

May 10: Straw Hat Clean-Up Day:
      ~We will need helpers to sweep, rake, clean chairs, etc.  Please bring rakes, brooms and other cleaning              items you might have.

May 31: Rummage Sale for the Arts in Straw Hat Theatre: 
     ~ We will need sales floor workers and concessions stand workers.  Sign up in 2 1/2 hour shifts or                     work all day if you wish.

Art Opening Receptions:
June 13: Kimberly Pyle Rood
July 18:  Mardi Snyder
August 8: Don Tiitto
    ~We will need donations of hors doeuvres, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, etc. for each of these events.

Straw Hat Theatre:
June 13-15, 19-22, 26-28: Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.
July 5 and; 6: A Dream is a Wish in Concert plus Princess Tea
July 5 and 6, 10-13, 17-20, 24-26: High School Musical 2
August 1-3, 7-10, 14-16: Once Upon a Mattress
     ~We will need ushers, concessions workers, raffle ticket sellers for each performance.
      ~We will need set builders and painters and artistic painters for various projects throughout the summer.
       ~ We will need costume sewers throughout the summer.

June 13, July 5 and August 1: Straw Hat Theatre Opening Night Soiree
      ~We will need donations of hors doeuvres, fruit trays, cheese and crackers, cookies and other finger food desserts for each of these events.

June 23-July 11: Multi-Arts Day Camp Session #1
July 21-August 8: Multi-Arts Day Camp Session #2
      ~We will need helpers to work with the children and help them with music, dancing and craft projects.

Concerts on the Lawn:
June 25: featuring “Broadway Babies to Broadway Ladies” with Kimberly Godfrey and Caitlin Woerner accompanied by Debra Fleming
July 9: featuring singer-songwriter Alex Bevin
July 23: featuring “Remember Then” tunes from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
August 6: featuring Irish Tenor John Hoyle
      ~We will need workers for our concession stand.

Thank you!

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Posted 4/16/2014 / Labels:

Spring cleaning? Donate your items to our Ashtabula Arts Center Rummage Sale!

Ashtabula Arts Center
Rummage Sale

When: Saturday, May 31      
 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
In our Straw Hat Theatre

Spring Cleaning?  Bring your unwanted items to the arts center beginning May 10 and then come back to browse our rummage sale and see what new treasures you can find!

We are especially looking for donations of dance shoes, leotards, fabric and decorative sewing trims, art supplies, household goods, small appliances, gently worn clothing.

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Posted 4/15/2014 / Labels:

New! Children's Theater Production Class II

New this summer!
The Children’s Theater Production Class II
Each child receives a role and will learn all about the theater as they take part in our back-to-school production

Presented on stage September 19 - 21
Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m.

Auditions will be held July 14 & 16 from 6-8 p.m. “Cattle call” auditions are first come, first served. All children who enroll will participate in the production.  Auditions are held to allow children to experience the whole process of participating in a theatrical production and also to give the director an idea of your child’s level of ability at the beginning of the class.  You may attend one audition date of your choice.  Classes/rehearsals will begin on July 21 and will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 6-8 p.m. plus “tech week” rehearsals daily from  Septembrer 14-18. Children must be able to attend all classes/rehearsals and all show times.

$85 session fee/$76.50 member rate. Registration and prepayment required. (440) 964-3396

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Posted 4/15/2014 / Labels:

New this summer! "Concerts on the Lawn"

New this summer!
~Concerts on the Lawn~
Bring your lawn chair or a blanket and join us outside our Straw Hat Theatre for this new music series that will feature a variety of artists you’re sure to enjoy!  Bring a picnic supper and dine on our lawn, or pick up a snack from our concessions stand. Admission is free. All concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. 

Wednesday, June 25: “Broadway Babies to Broadway Ladies” with Kimberly Godfrey and Caitlin Woerner 
accompanied by Debra Fleming

Wednesday, July 9: Singer-songwriter Alex Bevin

Wednesday, July 23: “Remember Then” 
tunes from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s

Wednesday, August 6: Irish Tenor John Hoyle 

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Posted 4/13/2014 / Labels:

Class and Workshop Registration Information


All classes must be paid at the time of registration unless otherwise noted, and can be made by cash, check, or Visa/ Mastercard (a $2 service fee will be applied to all credit card payments). Members receive a 10% discount on class fees. Lab, materials and/or model fees are excluded from this discount. Any additional fees are noted. When registering make your membership known.


Registration prior to the first day of class is required in order to obtain an accurate number of students with which to hold a class. A minimum number of students is needed to hold a class. When necessary, a class will be canceled 24 hours prior to the starting day of the class. Classes and lessons are open to all people regardless of race, sex, religion, age, disability or national origin.

Refund Policy

If a class must be canceled, registered persons will receive appropriate refunds. Persons desiring to withdraw from a class must do so before the first class session. If you drop a class after the first class has met, but before the second class meets, you will receive a refund for 75% of your tuition. There will be no refunds after the second class has met.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Scholarships and financial aid are available to help defray the cost of classes for eligible students. Applications may be obtained at the Ashtabula Arts Center front desk during business hours or from the appropriate class coordinator. Applications are due one week before classes begin.

Participant Waiver

Please Note: By registering yourself or your child for a class/workshop at the Arts Center, you hereby waive and release all rights and claims for damages you or your child may have against the Arts Center and its employees. The Arts Center will not be responsible for injuries suffered by yourself or your children during classes, workshops or activities sponsored by the Arts Center. In addition, you also give the Arts Center and its employees the right to use you or your child’s photograph with or without you or your child’s name, for purposes such as advertising, publicity, and public presentations.

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Posted 4/07/2014 / Labels:

The Kiwanis Art Scholarship Competition

April Exhibit
“The 2014 Kiwanis
Art Scholarship Competition”

On display
April 11 - May 2

 The Ashtabula Arts Center gallery will be filled from wall to wall with the inspiring artworks of area students during April’s annual Kiwanis Competition which has become a favorite with visitors to the Arts Center.

The competition is open to students in grades 7 - 12 in the Ashtabula Area City School District and Buckeye School District, including private and home schooled students. Any work produced during the 2013 - 2014 school year is eligible. Students should submit their entries through their teacher or directly to the Arts center. Entries should be delivered to the arts center on April 7 and 8 from 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. All entries will be displayed in the arts center gallery thoughout the month of April.

The competition was  established over 20 years ago by the Ashtabula Kiwanis Club as a way to encourage and recognize outstanding talent and achievement in the visual arts.  Entries are judged and scholarships are awarded, which allow winners to register for a class of their choice at the arts center.  The cost of the class is paid for by a grant from the Kiwanis Club of Ashtabula.  More than 300 scholarships have been awarded in the history of this competition. 

Contact Visual Arts Coordinator Meeghan Humphrey at (440) 964-3396 for more information.

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Posted 4/07/2014 / Labels:

Volunteer News and Notes: April 5, 2014

The Arts Center has been lucky.  We have a group of long-time, hardworking, volunteers who have always been willing to come out and lend a hand whenever needed.  We hope you will now bear with us as we look at updating our volunteer program. Our staff has been meeting together to brainstorm and discuss our current volunteer program and ideas we have for changes.  We'd like to get your input as well.  What is working?  What isn't?

In addition to our morning meeting on April 14 from 10:30 a.m. - noon, we have, as promised, now set a date for an evening meeting-- Monday, April 21 from 7 - 9 p.m.  With all of the rehearsals, lessons, and classes that go on during the evening hours, it is difficult to find a time when we can bring another activity into the building, especially one that may attract a large number of people. The April 21 date is during a rare "quiet spell" before Straw Hat rehearsals begin. Hopefully, it's also far enough into the future to both give us time to get the word out to as many people as possible, and give you time to plan for it.  We hope you will be able to attend at least one of our meetings and, if possible, both.

Please RSVP by replying to this email or dropping a note  if you plan to attend. It will help us to determine how much space we need to accommodate everyone comfortably.

And if you'd like to remain on our volunteer list but have not yet sent in your updated contact information, please do so.

Thank you!  

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Posted 4/04/2014 / Labels: ,

New this spring - get in shape with Piloxing

New this spring!               
 Piloxing with Lynn West on Tuesdays, 7 - 8 p.m. for 4 weeks beginning April 1and/or 4 weeks beginning April 29.  $28 class fee /$25.20 members

PILOXING® is an exciting fitness program that blends the best of Pilates, Boxing and Dance into a high-energy interval workout. Using the most current science, PILOXING® incorporates formats such as interval and barefoot training to burn maximum calories and increase stamina. In addition to Pilates and boxing movements, the exercise incorporates the use of weighted gloves (if desired), which add to the workout by toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health. PILOXING® uniquely blends the power, speed and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates, which combines to provide a muscle-toning workout.

PILOXING® is the brainchild of Swedish dancer and celebrity trainer Viveca Jensen and the culmination of her mission to physically and mentally empower women through fitness. At the core of PILOXING® is the principle that women are powerful and that they can attain a sleek, sexy and powerful self-image by taking charge of their own heath.

Lynn West is an ACE ® (American Council on Exercise) Group Fitness certified instructor and earned the Piloxing ® Certification in October 2013.  Lynn has been teaching Zumba® for more than 3 years and has earned numerous Zumba® certifications including Zumba Gold® and Zumba Kids®.  Lynn truly enjoys helping people to find and stick with an exercise program they enjoy and believes that doing what you enjoy is the key to good health.  It is her goal to make everyone feel comfortable, and empowered when attending one of her classes regardless of their current fitness level.  Lynn has had students in her class of all fitness levels and ages and everyone is welcome to come join in the fun.  There are no prerequisites to attend the classes and anyone and everyone is welcome.  If you enjoy good music, fun choreography and want to be healthier in 2014 and in preparation for the summer season, this class is for you.  

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Posted 4/03/2014 / Labels:

Our business hours and driving directions

Ashtabula Arts Center Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sunday: Closed


The Arts Center will be closed
for the Easter holiday on April 18 - 20.

We will reopen April 21at 9:00 a.m.

Happy Holidays!

Driving Directions to the Ashtabula Arts Center

Directions from the WEST (Mentor, Painesville, Cleveland)

I-90 or Rt. 20 to Rt. 45. Turn left; follow Rt. 45 until it ends at Rt. 531. Turn Right. Proceed approximately .9 miles to Martini’s. Veer right onto Atlantic Street - this turns into West 13th Street just before Kent State University. Kent State is on the left. The Arts Center is two blocks past Kent State on the right hand side of the street.


Directions from the EAST & SOUTH (PA, Conneaut, Youngstown)

I-90 to Rt. 11 North, follow until it ends. Turn left onto Rt. 531. Follow 531over the lift bridge to top of the hill. At the traffic light, turn left onto Lake Avenue. Continue past the McDonald’s on the left. Pass the Shell Gas station on your right. The next street is West 13th Street. Turn right. The Arts Center is past the third stop sign on the left.

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Posted 4/03/2014 / Labels:

Join our e-mail list!

Want to be the first to receive information about upcoming shows, auditions and more? Sign up for our e-mail mailing list by sending your name and email address to:

and keep up to date on all the latest Arts Center news!

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Posted 4/02/2014 / Labels:

Straw Hat Theatre 2014

Announcing our season line-up!
Straw Hat Theatre 2014

Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. 
New this year!  Thursdays and Sundays at  7 p.m. 
For tickets or subscriptions : (440) 964-3396 

13 - 15
19 - 22
26 - 28

Directed by MaryAnn Kline
Based on the play by J.M. Barrie

A Dream is a Wish in Concert
Sat. & Sun., July 5 and 6 at 2 p.m.
in conjunction with
Castle on a Cloud Entertainment
Kids can meet and greet their favorite princesses!
Join us early for Princess Storytime and Tea both days at noon. $8 ea.
Reservations required.

July 5 and 6
10 - 13
17 - 20
24 - 26

Directed by Kimberly Godfrey
Based on a Disney Channel Original Movie by  
Peter Barsocchini

1 - 3
7 - 10
14 - 16

Directed by Stephen Rhodes

Music by Mary Rodgers
Lyrics by Marshall Barer
Book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller,
and Marshall Barer

For Tickets: (440) 964-3396
Adult $ 16
Senior/Student $14
Child age 12 and under $11
Or save $2 per ticket when you purchase tickets in advance. Advance sale tickets must be purchased by 4 p.m. for Thursday and Friday performances or by noon on Saturday for Saturday and Sunday shows. All ticket sales are final.

Join us for opening night Soirées!
Join us for “late night” appetizers, desserts, and musical entertainment following opening night performances of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. on June 13; Disney’s High School Musical 2 on July 5; and Once Upon a Mattress on August 1. $8 per guest.  Please purchase your tickets in advance.

Straw Hat 2014 season subscriptions 
are now on sale

A subscription to Straw Hat Theatre gives you four discount admissions to this season's spectacular shows.  Use one admission at each of our four shows or use all four admissions at one performance.  The choice is yours!  Compare our prices with those of  neighboring theaters.  You won't find a better entertainment bargain anywhere.  And as always, AAC members save 10% off of our already low prices. 
On sale through June 15.
 How many of each would you like?

Adult  _____ @ $50 ea.
Adult member rate _____ @ $45 ea. 

Senior _____ @ $42 ea.
Senior member rate  _____ @ $37.50 ea. 

Student _____ @ $42 ea.
Student member rate _____ @ $37.50 ea. 

Child _____ @ $30 ea. 
Child member rate _____ @ $27 ea.

Subscription(s) Total ________

Grand Total ________

Payment type: Cash___ Check___ Credit___
Visa, Mastercard, or Discover

Credit Card #_____________________________

Expiration date ____________ V-code_______


Cut out and mail to:
Ashtabula Arts Center

2928 W. 13 St., Ashtabula, OH 44004




State_________________________ Zip_________



Arts Center Block Logo

2928 W. 13th Street
Ashtabula OH 44004
(440) 964-3396


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Posted 4/02/2014 / Labels:

The Ashtabula Arts Center Foundation

The Foundation was founded by two brothers, Lawrence L. and Willard T. Hill. They believed a plan should be established for the welfare of the Ashtabula Arts Center and its expansions through a means of perpetuating gifts of money and securities. It was established on April 25, 1974, and is operated by a Board of Supervisors. Supervisors meet quarterly to review the program and determine how income should be used. Monetary gifts are permanently recorded along with your name, or memorialized name(s). The supervisors invest gifts prudently. In this way, income is earned, thereby adding to the resources of the Foundation. The supervisors, board, and staff of the Arts Center are most grateful for gifts to the Foundation.

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Donation List --

The Arts Center is in need of donations of the following:

White copy paper
Colored copy paper
Card stock (white or colored)
Tea Bags
Bottled water
Postage stamps
Blank DVD’s
Blank CD-R’s or RW’s
DVD/CD cases
Sharpie markers
Rubber bands
2" Masking tape
Paint brushes
Transparent tape
Binder clips 
File folders
Packing tape
Large paper clips
Paper towels
Pink Pearl Erasers
Paint brushes
Paint rollers 
Clear plastic storage bins for our costume loft

Please do not bring
toilet paper, ball point pens or  pencils.

Our Tech Department's Wish List

bolts of fabric
cuts of fabric (3 yards or more)
12" chop saw
20 gal. or larger shop compresser
cordless screwdrivers
cordless drills
shop drillpress
laptop for the theater
desktop computer
digital tv's - any size
new or gently used furniture especially sofas or antiques
paintings/artwork/tapestries/knick knacks
any kind of unique item

Thank you!

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Individual Music Instruction

The Ashtabula Arts Center offers individual music instruction in a number of different areas. Lesson times are scheduled at the convienience of the student and the teacher.

Price per 1/2 hour lesson

Natella Askerova.......................................$16
Lyn Rocco..................................................$14
Sherry Martin.............................................$14
Violin and Cello
Carol Linsenmeier.....................................$16
 John Linsenmeier.....................................$14

Randy Coutts............................................$14

Dave Black................................................$14

Kim Godfrey..............................................$14

Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone
James Fuller.............................................$14

Clarinet and Saxophone
Geoffrey Wands........................................$14
A Note About Suzuki Violin for Children Age 4 and up
Instruction in violin, viola, & cello is offered by Dr. Carol Linsenmeier using the nurturing teaching method developed by Dr. Shinichi Suzuki. Students may begin to study on child-sized instruments as young as 4 years of age. Teaching methods especially adapted to young children are used. Parents are an essential part of the process as they attend their child's private lessons and practice with the child at home. Students also attend a weekly group class. Cost of the group lesson is $5 per week in addition to the private instruction fee. Group lesson for this session is on Thursdays at 6 p.m.

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Calling all volunteers...Straw Hat clean-up day is May 10

Volunteers are needed for our annual Straw Hat clean-up day on Saturday, May 10 beginning at 10 a.m. We will need people to rake leaves, put up the tent sides, put out the picnic tables, sweep the theater and more! If can volunteer, call the arts center at (440) 964-3396 and sign up! Wear work gloves and work clothes.

We need volunteers to bring any of the following: rakes, buckets, cleaning rags, scrub brushes, brooms, dust pans, tarps for hauling leaves, sticks, etc.

Thank you!

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