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Kent State Tuscarawas Announces 2015-16 Performing Arts Center Season

Twenty extraordinary performances compose the sixth season of the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas. The 2015-16 season includes concerts, dance, touring Broadway shows, comedians and family entertainment.

“This year’s all-star line-up definitely offers something for everyone,” said Dr. Brad Bielski, dean and chief administrative officer of Kent State Tuscarawas. “Highlighting this season’s concerts is the multi-platinum selling country singer and songwriter, Sara Evans. We expect a great demand for tickets to her concert. Also on our stage this year will be the beloved Broadway musicals Annie and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

Returning to the Performing Arts Center stage, due to overwhelming demand, will be MAMMA MIA! and the iconic Oak Ridge Boys, both back for their third performances. Also, on stage for a second time will be Franc D’Ambrosio.

“Response to Franc D’Ambrosio’s June concert was so overwhelmingly positive that we added his Christmas in New York show to our upcoming season,” added Bielski. “He is famed as the longest running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award winning musical, Phantom of the Opera. Christmas in New York incorporates favorite holiday songs. A unique and interesting point about D’Ambrosio’s performance is that he will record his Christmas in New York album in our theatre in September. The album will then be ready for sale at his December performance here. We are honored that he has chosen our world-class venue for his recording.

“We are excited about a second holiday show – An Irish Christmas which will feature phenomenal Irish music, song and dance. The performers are from the Kerry Dance Troupe led by Scott Doherty from Riverdance and Lord of the Dance, the Kerry Records voice squad and Irish actor Sheelagh Cullen.”

The cabaret series features Joan Ellison in Love Finds Judy Garland; the “human jukebox” Mike Petrone; blues-rock musician from Massillon, Patrick Sweany; and blues musician, Wallace Coleman. Tickets for each of the four events are $45 and include dinner.  

Family programming includes Cirque Zíva performed by The Golden Dragon Acrobats, KamiKaze FireFlies and the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes.  The KamiKaze FireFlies skillfully combine juggling, hula hoops, german wheel, whip cracking and many tricks never seen anywhere else for a comedic show with a circus feel.  The Cashore Marionettes is a humorous production that features artistry, grace and refinement of movement, redefining the art of puppetry.

There are three popular, stand-up comedians - Jeff Allen, Ralphie May and Craig Ferguson. Jeff Allen’s rapid-fire routine centers on marriage and living with teenagers. He frequently performs at churches and has been seen on many cable comedy shows. May and Ferguson are well-known for their uncensored remarks containing mature language and content. Both of these performances are for adult audiences only.

Rounding out the season is Guitar Phenom Shaun Hopper, The Australian Bee Gees Show - A Tribute to the Bee Gees and Late Nite Catechism, a long-running play about a fictitious nun. It is a hilarious, interactive comedy.

“We are fortunate to have three major sponsors this year,” stated Bielski. “As we previously announced, Michael Taylor Insurance & Financial, Inc. is the first Season Sponsor for the Performing Arts Center. Additional new sponsors include AquaBlue Inc., the Cabaret Series sponsor, and the Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, sponsor of our Broadway Series. We are fortunate to have the support of these major businesses. Their partnerships with the Performing Arts Center enable us to keep our ticket prices affordable.”

According to Bielski, programming for this sixth season was developed through the use of a community survey and four active focus groups which successfully programmed events for the Broadway, music, comedy and family/variety genres.

Tickets for the 2015-2016 season go on sale Aug. 10. Performing Arts Center members can take advantage of presale opportunities beginning Aug. 3. A complete list of performances and ticket prices are online at Tickets can be purchased by mail, in person at the Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 330-308-6400 or online at The box office is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Free parking is available for all shows. The Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas is located at 330 University Dr. N.E. in New Philadelphia.

-Press release courtesy of Kent State University at Tuscarawas

Shirley Bridges is Decked by WJER

And the winner is...Shirley Bridges of New Philadelphia! Shirley's name was selected as the grand prize winner in our Deck Ya 2015 contest, and as the winner she'll receive an amazing prize package that includes a deck package ($1,000 value) from Keim Lumber Company, deck construction by Reiger Improvements & Construction, a $500 landscaping certificate from Stutzman's Lawn Landscaping, a Cub Cadet LT 42 lawn tractor from Krocker's Lawn & Garden, a Stihl string trimmer ($220 value) from ACE Hardware, a $100 bird feeder package from Agland Country Store, a Weber grill ($399 value) from Buehler's, a $250 gift certificate to Sugar Valley Meats, and a knife set and $250 gift certificate to Warther Cutlery.

To see Shirley's reaction when we surprised her with the announcement, click here.

 the prize package of the summer, and it all goes to Shirley Bridges of New Philadelphia! Congratulations, Shirley!

Advance Auto Parts Wins Subway Tray

Advance Auto Parts in Uhrichsville is this week's winner of the Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway! WJER's Hannah Hubbard and Valerie Slabaugh delivered the goodies to the staff.


Here's what they got: two Subway party trays each with 15 portions of mouthwatering sub sandwiches, a box of Subway cookies, Coca Cola and Diet Coke, balloons from the Balloonatique, WJER T-shirts, Radiograms, and more all delivered just in time for a fabulous lunch!


If you'd like your office to win this awesome prize package, visit our Subway Hump Day Party Tray Giveaway page under "Contests" for details.


Pictured: WJER’s Hannah Hubbard, Ed Lones, Mary Crabbin, and Jeff Watson

1450 WJER and New Towne Mall's Back-to-School Spirit Rally

Join WJER Radio as we show our school spirit at the New Towne Mall Back-to-School Spirit Rally on Tuesday, August 4th beginning at 5:00 p.m. Come to the New Towne Mall parking lot to show YOUR school spirit as cheerleaders from area high schools get the crowd pumped up for the upcoming school year!

Participating schools at this year's Spirit Rally include:
-Claymont Mustan
on Valley Rockets
-Coshocton Redskins
-Dover Tornadoes
-Garaway Pirates
-Indian Valley Braves
-Newcomerstown Trojans
-New Philadelp
hia Quakers
ood Generals

-Strasburg Tigers
-Tuscarawas Central Catholic Saints
-Tusky Valley Trojans

See you there!

Hot Job of the Week

Tune in to 1450 WJER every Monday during the afternoon show as we chat with Amy Miller of OhioMeansJobs about the “Hot Job of the Week.” Not only will Amy give details about a specific job each week, but she'll also discuss tips, strategies, and helpful hints for job seekers.

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Nickel Day Coming Soon

Bust open your piggy bank and collect the nickels because Nickel Day is coming to Tuscora Park in New Philadelphia on Wednesday, August 5th! Join your friends from WJER Radio as we broadcast live from the park to tell you about all the great activities you and your entire family can enjoy for a VERY affordable price!

s, swimming, and the first 1,000 bags of popcorn will be available for just a nickel. The pool will be open to swimmers from 11:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., and the rides will be open from noon to 9:00 p.m. Be sure to stop by the WJER table to play nickel games and enter for a chance to win tickets to Cedar Point! It's going to be LOTS of fun, so mark your calendars and join us at Tuscora Park on August 5th!

Cedar Point Means Summer Fun for the Whole Family

Planning a trip to Cedar Point before the kids go back to scho
ol? Click here for all the information you'll need to plan your visit to America's Roller Coast!

Upcoming Shows at the Kent State Performing Arts Center

The Kent State Performing Arts Center is nearing the end of another great season, but that means a new one is just around the corner! Check out the remaining performances for this season, and get a taste of what's to come:

Scheduled performances include:
Saturday, August 29th at 7:30 p.m.: Michael Stanley and the Resonators

Grand Slam Contest

It's time once again for the Grand Slam contest! For each Cleveland Indians game, we will choose one contestant. If the Tribe hits a grand slam during the game, our contestant for that day will be entered into a drawing to win $500 courtesy of First Federal Community Bank. Even if the Indians don't hit a grand slam, our contestant will still receive four FREE small Peach & Passion Fruit Iced Fruit Smoothies from any McDonald's in Tuscarawas County. At the end of the season, we will draw one name from all the contestants who had grand slams during "their" games and award the $500!

Be sure to register at any First Federal Community Bank location, any of the Parkway Auto Dealerships on Commercial Parkway in Dover, or right here at WJER Radio for your chance to win. Tune in to 1450 WJER to catch all the Cleveland Indians action this season!

Click "Read More" for official rules and details.


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