The Lancaster Community Concert Association celebrates 75 years of enriching Fairfield County culture with the Andalusian sounds and spectacle of the Chris Burton Jácome Flamenco Ensemble. A hypnotic guitarist, television composer, and winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Award for world music, Chris Burton Jácome stokes flamenco’s eternal flame with his restless talent and invisible extra fingers. A rousing rhythm section and troupe of dancers, vocalists, and floorboard repairmen join Chris in a mission of mass enchantment, showering audiences in gorgeous melodies and choreographed energy. The lively performance invites audiences to interact, giving giddy limbs and inner megaphones the chance to stomp, clap, and shout “Olé!” or “Someone put out my burning pants leg!”
A member of the Ohio Community Theatre Association, the Pickerington Community Theatre is the community's outlet to watch and partake in all types of live-action comedy and drama. Ticket-wielding theater enthusiasts can enjoy watching talented thespians put on a variety of family-friendly performances. A smile-inducing tale of a wealthy widow whose kindness and generosity pays off in the end, The Curious Savage is sure to warm even the iciest of lionhearts during the merciless month of March. During June, the family-friendly Disney's Aladdin Jr. will tell the classic chronicle of a star-crossed romance between a young man from the streets and the ethereal princess Jasmine, luckily without the dangerous man-sized flapping pages that come with seeing live animation. In September, George M. Cohan's beloved show tunes will come to life in Give My Regards to Broadway, a musical that shows the story of an entrepreneur struggling to open a Broadway show who falls victim to the alluring aura of an aspiring actress. All tickets are subject to availability, so make sure to call ahead and reserve a sitting surface.
The oldest surviving theater in central Ohio, the fin de siècle elegance of the Southern Theatre's jewel-box auditorium transports audiences back to the days of vaudeville antics and silver-screen spectacle. Built in 1896 to state-of-the-art standards, the theater's bandshellesque proscenium bucked architectural norms to funnel sound into the seats. Its 204 light bulbs required that the theater generate its own electricity for years, until scientists figured out that nobody needed to worry about that stuff.
You can hear heels click-clicking in time with the music during each group lesson at Fred Astaire studio. The same wood floor here transforms into a gathering place for the school’s dancers when the studio hosts its regular dance parties. On those nights, students come to practice the moves they learned in class, be they social or ballroom dancers. Instructors also teach private dance classes so you can brush up on moves before a wedding or perform jury duty as a mime.
Whichever date you choose, you get a spot in the upper-level seating-area sections 301–314 or 326–328, above the rodeo and superb for spotting man and beast locked in violent embrace. Bull riding distinguishes itself from shark surfing and surgical-laser tag as one of the most dangerous sports in existence. Professional riders employ little more than tight-fitting chaps, a hard leather strap, and incredibly beefy thigh muscles in their attempt to stay fixed for at least eight seconds on nearly one ton of mammalian muscle and ruminant rage.
A treat for horror-movie buffs and fans of sing-along slapstick mutilation, Evil Dead: The Musical lovingly mutates Sam Raimi's goofy and gory ‘80s splatterfest into a gut-busting cult classic that the New York Times has heralded as "the next Rocky Horror Picture Show." Packed with pratfalls, a jaunty score, and gallons of old-fashioned gore, Evil Dead trebuchets audiences into a spooky remote cabin, where doomed college students succumb to possessive demonic forces more pesky and sinister than a pebble-filled sock. Limbs fly and heads roll as our hero, Ash, armed with his signature moxie and chainsaw, battles the undead while the cast is giddily eviscerated to showstopping numbers such as "Do the Necronomicon" and "Look Who's Evil Now." Cheeky, campy, and catchier than an appendix removal, Evil Dead: The Musical rewards fans of the horror franchise while recruiting new generations into the cult. The front rows at Evil Dead shows are typically covered in plastic to catch the crimson corn-syrup shrapnel from the stage geysers, much to the delight of contemporary artists who tote around blank canvases.