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Human Race opens new season

The theatrical chestnut “Lend Me a Tenor” by Ken Ludwig will open the Human Race Theatre 2009-10 season at the Loft Theatre on Thursday, Sept 10 at 8 p.m.

Set at the Cleveland Opera Company, the two-act musical focuses on an opera that follows the Murphy Law -- whatever can go wrong, does go wrong. What follows is a zany chain-reaction of mistaken identity, double entendres and innuendoes.

“Lend Me a Tenor” won tow Tony Awards and four Drama Desk Awards when it ran on Broaday in 1994. A popular show nationwide, several local theatrical groups have mounted area productions -- at colleges and community theaters. At the Loft Theatre, the upcoming show will open Sept. 10 and continue through Sunday, Sept. 27.

Marsha Hanna, the artistic director of the Human Race, and Kevin Moore, the executive director, have eyed the new season as one that offers a balance of music, comedy and drama.

“We want to reach all kinds of people,” said Hanna, who hopes to see a rise in season subscriptions.

Other shows for the Human Race’s 2009-10 calendar include the classic” Man of La Mancha,” the return of “A Christmas Carol,” and the local premieres of Davis Hare’s “The Vertical Hour,” Richard Dresser’s “Rounding Third” and Adam Gwon’s “Ordinary Days.”

The Human Race Theatre was founded in 1986 under the leadership of Suzy Bassani, a former Oakwood resident. It’s original home was located at the old Biltmore Hotel in downtown Dayton. In 1990, the company moved into the Loft Theatre, next door to the historic Victoria Theatre. With seating for 220 patrons, the Loft Theatre offers shows in an arena staging.

For more information about the season of shows or the Human Race Theatre, call 461-3823.

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Dayton Ballet II open auditions Sept. 11

Dayton Ballet II, Dayton Ballet’s pre-professional training company, will hold open auditions on Friday, Sept. 11. The auditions will be held in Dayton Ballet’s 4th floor studios (Victoria Theatre, 140 N. Main St., Dayton, Ohio 45402). Boys and girls, 10 to 14 years of age, audition for DBII Junior at 4:30 p.m. Young men and women, age 14 through college, audition for DB II Senior at 6 p.m. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the audition time. Young women auditioning for DB II Senior should bring pointe shoes. There is no fee to audition or to participate. If selected, the only cost involved will be the cost of classes.

DB II consists of a Junior Company (ages 10-14) and a Senior Company (ages 14 and older). DB II Junior students are expected to take three ballet classes each week as well as a once-a-week scholarship conditioning/fitness class. DBII Senior students take three ballet classes and two pointe classes per week as well as scholarship classes, (valued at over $1,000 per member) including two ballet classes with the professional company per week and two conditioning/fitness classes per week. Many DBII Senior members have been fortunate enough to be accepted into summer programs at the Joffrey Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and Virginia School of the Arts.

Members of DB II receive opportunities for performances throughout the school year. Performances include; Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra Program, the annual Wright State University Dance Concert series, lecture demonstrations for the Dayton Foundation and Dayton Ballet School’s annual workshop. A limited number of scholarship opportunities are available for advanced students and require an audition. Additionally, DB II company members may have the chance to participate in Dayton Ballet’s professional productions of The Nutcracker at the Benjamin and Marian Schuster Performing Arts Center.

For additional information about Dayton Ballet II auditions, please contact the official school of Dayton Ballet, the Dayton Ballet School, at 223-1542.

Dayton Ballet School classes starting

The official school of Dayton Ballet continues founder Josephine Schwarz’s tradition of “offering the highest quality dance training to professionals and non-professionals alike.” Dayton Ballet School, celebrating 83 years of excellence, begins classes on Sept. 9. With two convenient locations, Dayton Ballet School offers professional instruction in creative movement, ballet, pointe, tap, modern, and jazz for young students and adults. Classes are offered at two locations: Centerville (Susan S. Kettering branch) and at Downtown Dayton Ballet Studios.

Dayton Ballet School offers the following classes: Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Ballet I – V, Pointe/Variations/Partnering, Boys Classes, Lyrical Jazz, Modern, Tap, Hip Hop, Teen Ballet and Zumba dance.

For class schedules, rates and other additional information or for a free brochure, contact Dayton Ballet School Director, Carol Jean Heller, at 937/223-1542 or or visit Dayton Ballet’s website at

New Sunday hours for Dayton Art Institute

The Dayton Art Institute has announced new Sunday hours, noon – 4 p.m. beginning this fall. All other museum hours remain the same. The new Sunday hours go into effect Sept. 13.

Regular museum hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursday, and Sunday noon – 4 p.m. The Dayton Art Institute is closed the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.


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