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November 06, 2011

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Northeast Ohio's Favorite Holiday Tradition Returns to the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare

CLEVELAND, OH - The stage of the Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare will glow with good spirits and time-honored tradition when Great Lakes Theater (GLT) presents its annual production of Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol, running December 2 - 23, 2011. The production has delighted more than 570,000 people in its history, making it one of northeast Ohio’s most-loved and best-attended holiday events.

Great Lakes Theater’s twenty-third annual production of A Christmas Carol is sponsored by The John P. Murphy Foundation. The company’s 2011-12 season is presented with support from The Cleveland Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council.  GLT is also generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. A Christmas Carol’s media sponsors are The Plain Dealer and...

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October 20, 2011

National Arts Strategies Names Great Lakes Theater Executive Director Bob Taylor to List of 100 Leaders in New Chief Executive Program

Author: Todd Krispinsky

Taylor is one of only two leaders from northeast Ohio
that were selected to participate in the national program.


CLEVELAND, OH – After an extensive search and interview process, National Arts Strategies (NAS), recently announced a list of 100 leaders chosen to participate in its new Chief Executive Program. Great Lakes Theater’s (GLT) Executive Director, Bob Taylor, who also serves as the Executive Director of GLT’s partner company, the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, was selected for the prestigious program.

The Chief Executive Program is a multi-faceted, two-year initiative designed to unleash the collective power of 100 of the top executive leaders in the cultural sector to solve problems facing the industry. These leaders will re-imagine what cultural institutions will be and how...

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October 10, 2011

Cleveland's Classic Company Commences 50th Anniversary Season with A Tony Award-Winning Musical & 1980s-Infused Battle of the Sexes

CLEVELAND, OH (September 1, 2011) - Great Lakes Theater (GLT) will commence its 50th anniversary season at the Hanna Theatre, PlayhouseSquare, with a Fall Repertory that features the Tony Award-winning musical, Cabaret and William Shakespeare’s uproarious battle of the sexes, The Taming of the Shrew. The productions will be performed in rotating repertory September 23 – October 30, 2011. The Fall Repertory features GLT’s resident artistic company of actors performing two alternating plays on the same stage over six weeks. Victoria Bussert will direct Cabaret and Tracy Young will direct The Taming of the Shrew. (Cabaret was adapted from the book written by Joe Masteroff, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood. The music was written by John Kander...

Related Shows:
Cabaret
The Taming of the Shrew 12

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July 25, 2011

Great Lakes Theater Honors 50 Stars to Commemorate 50th Anniversary Season

CLEVELAND, OH In honor of its fiftieth anniversary season in 2011-12, Great Lakes Theater (GLT), Cleveland’s professional classic company, will honor “Fifty Stars” - individuals and organizations whose contributions to the theater have shone the brightest over the company’s five-decade history. The list of honorees was developed through an extensive nomination process and finalized by a panel of community leaders, GLT trustees and key staff members.

To commemorate the contributions of its “Fifty Stars,” the company will feature the name of each honoree on the marquee of its Hanna Theatre home for a full week beginning in July and continuing throughout its fiftieth anniversary season. Completing the fifty-two week calendar, the names of William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens have also been included to recognize...

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July 18, 2011

Great Lakes Theater Festival is now GREAT LAKES THEATER

CLEVELAND, OH Great Lakes Theater Festival, Cleveland’s professional classic theater company, will streamline its name to Great Lakes Theater (GLT) beginning this summer. The company’s move to eliminate the word Festival from its name is designed to establish a succinct moniker for the regional theater that accurately reflects its current seasonal structure and artistic programming

Originally founded in 1962 as the Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival, the theater’s name was changed to Great Lakes Theater Festival in 1985 to reflect the company’s interest in diversifying production offerings beyond the work of Shakespeare. The company transitioned from a festival-style producing model to a seasonal structure in 1991.

“While we absolutely remain committed to producing the work of William Shakespeare and the classics, we no longer present...

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