The Dream Show teams world-famous figure skaters with reality-show dance stars for an evening of crowd-wowing spins, jumps, and flips. Guests can wave as skating champs such as Richard Dornbush and Parker Pennington glide past, turning triple Axels and jumbo pancakes on the tips of their bladed toes. Switching between dancing and skating thanks to an on-rink dance floor, the graceful showcase performs double duty. During the dance portion, Jessica King, a top-10 finalist from Fox's So You Think You Can Dance and a former backup dancer for Lady Gaga, will amaze onlookers with her newest moves. Meanwhile, fellow finalist Gev Manoukian will breakdance on dance floors, ice sheets, and the backs of skating mountain lions. After the show, the arena will host a free open skate, letting kids release pent-up enthusiasm by racing around the rink.
Earning a nod as Best Art Gallery in the Akron-Canton area from Fox 8’s Hot List in 2009 and a nomination for the Wooster 2010 Small Business Award, the custom framers at Gallery in the Vault apply an artist’s eye and an aesthetician’s touch to every project, spiffing up everything from reality-TV-star posters to their specialty, illuminated manuscripts. Employing local artists and visiting talent from around the world, Gallery in the Vault has earned a reputation for framing illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages, dating as far back as 1200 AD. Their artisans developed a unique technique to make both sides of the hand-calligraphied pages visible and capable of lively conversation. Print-owners with other framing needs can choose from an array of techniques, materials, and artist accents. Prices vary based on print sizes and customer preferences. For example, the Vault’s technicians can enhance an 11"x14" print of a ferret in a floppy hat with a 17"x20" gold frame ($150), gold fillet molding ($45), and a green cotton mat ($25). Along with the glass front ($22), fitting ($20), and other mounting materials ($10), the project would run about $272.
For three decades, the Ohio Light Opera (OLO) has produced premier opera culled from around the world. The OLO attracts 22,000 aria-aficionados annually, to the chagrin of staffers saddled with sweeping up shattered monocles. In recent years, the company has expanded its repertoire to include Broadway staples such as Camelot, Loewe and Lerner’s rumination on the more musical moments of King Arthur’s reign paired with the more dramatic patches of his relationship with the Lancelot-lusting Guinevere. Alternately, Gilbert and Sullivan’s comic opera The Pirates of Penzance illuminates the classic tale of a pirate-turned-police-officer’s quest to vanquish vandals of the high seas while winning the unbridled affection of the major-general’s daughter.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. The Wooster Curves comes fully equipped with CurvesSmart technology, a computerized personal-training system that gives custom minute-by-minute exercise feedback and enlightens users with a postworkout progress report measuring strength gains and calories burned.
Acres of Fun rewards guests with a wide range of family-friendly activities. Grab a slice of pizza pie with one hand, secure a soda with the other, and use your spare to send a grapefruit-sized bowling ball rolling down Highway 66's 35-foot alleyways. Two games in the Laser Zone allow plenty of time for James Bond daydreams to merge with futuristic fantasies in the minds of kids or adults with deathless imaginations. The paired laser tag or mini-bowling sessions can be used separately or during a single two-person admission with your favorite fellow human. With two dozen tokens in hand, gamers can embark on an arcade spree and hop Frogger-like between 50 different video games and redemption games that reward players with tickets, which can then be exchanged for prizes or the instructions for a secret blizzard dance.
Dustin Oliver has served as the choir and drama director at Akron North High School and the fine-arts director at Celebration Church, so he knows a thing or two about putting on a performance. Add to that nearly 15 years practicing the guitar, nearly 20 years honing his piano and voice skills, and at least a few minutes humming the theme to M.A.S.H., and it becomes obvious that this artist is a multi-talented whiz. An accomplished musician and composer with a Bachelor’s degree in music from Southeastern University, Dustin is earning his Master’s in theatre from the University of Akron, making him a veritable double threat and a valuable resource for aspiring musicians and actors. When not adding to his own skill set, he leads private and group music lessons in guitar, piano, bass, and voice for students ages 5 and older—as well as private and group acting lessions—following well-established curricula.