A company dedicated to the education of future dancers, the Toledo Ballet has performed classic masterpieces and original works for more than 72 years. In the company's 71st year, The Nutcracker ranks among the country's longest-running productions of the holiday favorite. As the Toledo Symphony Orchestra plays Tchaikovsky's beloved score and ignores the conductor’s attempts at swatting mosquitoes, Clara's enchanted Nutcracker Prince battles a nefarious Mouse King before whisking the dreamer away to the Sugar Plum Fairy's land. Festive staging includes an all-new Land of Sweets set, which, unlike Grandpa’s cigars, isn’t made out of chocolate.
Adapted from the popular animated film, Madagascar Live! brings to life the furry adventures of the familiar cast of on-the-lam zoo animals as they journey back to the African isle of Madagascar. The toe-tapping theatrics follow these well-organized and upwardly mobile critters as they break out of New York's Central Park Zoo and return to their ancestral homeland. The frenetic fusion of music and dance celebrates friendship with original songs, imaginative sets, and vivid costumes, and it will leave audience members clamoring to stage their own inspired midmorning escapes from the carpool lane. Sit back and take in the touring show's visual tapestry of music and movement amid the dramaturgical surroundings of the Stranahan Theater's 2,424-seat space.
It started when Gerald Kubach became enamored with standup comedy. Looking to invest in the humor business, he and cofounder Mitch Kutash opened the very first Funny Bone Comedy Club in Pittsburg in 1982. Over 25 years later, the little club that could has turned into a national comedy institution, with branches in nearly every metropolitan city. While household names such as Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Roseanne Barr, and Tim Allen have cut their teeth on the clubs' stages, The Funny Bone continues to offer the first big breaks to up-and-coming local talent. All Funny Bones sport full-service bars to lubricate laughter – the Toledo location serves up a bouillabaisse of spicy Louisiana flavor at its adjoining restaurant Fat Fish Blue.
Certified instructor Nicole Losie-Rife shares her passion for yoga practice through healing Hatha classes suitable for yogis of all levels. Novices can master the basics in the 75-minute gentle class, where they practice foundational poses and guided breathing exercises, which can develop stamina, endurance, and bestow A students with Sting-like powers of endurance. Students of all levels can escape the workday cube during 50-minute lunchtime classes that explore standing poses, sun salutations, and balancing sequences. Well-decorated yoga warriors can sweat through 90-minute Vinyasa flows, which focuses on core work, hip openers, and backbends to help students build strength, as well as inversions and arm balances to help impress guests at dinner parties. Each session at Presence culminates with a thorough cooldown and a period of deep relaxation called savasana. Nicole can provide students with modifications and props to ease injuries, accommodate physical limitations, and support students if their joints and muscles feel more Tin Man than unstuffed Scarecrow.
Voted Best Local Theatre Group for two consecutive years by the readers of the Toledo City Paper, The Village Players Theatre engages audiences in its 48th season of intimate, immersive stage productions. Drama fans delight during True West, Sam Shepard’s celebrated examination of the duality of man and scruples among scribes. Like dangling a dripping porterhouse over the head of hungry actors, the juicy lead roles of True West have been relished for more than 30 years by famed thespians such as Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Malkovich, and Erik Estrada. Set in a side of California where the Beach Boys fear to tread, the tale pits Austin, a successful screenwriter, against Lee, his thieving ne’er-do-well brother, in a verbose battle of high stakes and grit. Loaded with leathery dialogue, singing subtext, and dismantled deus ex machinas, the Village Players’ production grips viewers like a gunfighter squeezing a fistful of dental epoxy.