Musicals, mysteries and more make their way to the Valentine Theatre in the month of March. The Toledo Jazz Orchestra, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, and the Toledo Ballet are all local groups which will display their talents this month within the beautiful walls of the Valentine Theatre in downtown Toledo.
The month begins on Sunday, March 1 with Battle of the Bands “Basie” vs. “Ellington”. The Toledo Jazz Orchestra will perform music from William ‘Count’ Basie and Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Both men founded their own jazz orchestras and were major contributors to the jazz movement during the 20th century. Vocalist Ramona Collins will add to the Toledo Jazz Orchestra’s performance with her smooth singing voice. The Battle of Jazz Royalty, the Count versus the Duke, takes place at 3:00 p.m. at the Valentine Theatre, and tickets may still be purchased on the Valentine’s website or on the TJO website.
The following weekend, the Valentine plays host to three different events. During the weekend of March 6, 7, and 8, “The Hound of the Baskervilles” begins its month long run at the Valentine. Based on the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel of the same name, this play features Sherlock Holmes. Holmes battles a mystery hell hound who may have killed Sir Charles Baskerville and now threatens the life of Sir Henry Baskerville, the younger heir to the Baskerville estate. Set in contemporary times, the play will be performed in Studio A of the Valentine Theatre, and will run the weekends of March 6-8, 13-15 and 27-29 Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances begin at 2 p.m. The Valentine’s website has tickets for purchase, or you may call the box office at 419.242.2787.
Also during the weekend of March 7 and 8, “Curious George” and “Memphis the Musical!” will be performed at the theatre. As part of the theatre’s ongoing Children Series, children of all ages will delight in the adventure of “Curious George” at 2 p.m. on March 7. George wishes to help his friend Chef Pisghetti make meatballs and serve them to a hungry crowd who enjoy these special meatballs once every year. George’s adventure begins when he and the chef discover the crowd has disappeared. What has happened? George must find out!
“Memphis the Musical!” plays for one performance only on March 8. This special engagement is part of the theatre’s Broadway Series, and this award winning show presents the struggle of a young man to get a beautiful club singer onto the airwaves of America. While promoting the singer, he falls in love with her and faces the cultural taboos for such a love during the 1950’s. Winning four Tony Awards in 2010 including Best Musical, this Broadway national touring group will perform once on March 8 at 7 p.m.
On Friday, March 13 at 7:30, the Valentine Theatre closes it Silver Screen Classic series with the film “Caddyshack”. Starring Chevy Chase and Bill Murray, this comedy classic takes place on the rolling fairways of a golf course where caddy Billy Noonan must find his future career after graduating high school. The late Ted Knight and Rodney Dangerfield add their comedic talents to this hilarious coming of age story. As usual, the theatre will have food and drinks available, so bring an appetite and be ready to laugh.
One week later, The Toledo Repertoire Theatre players will perform the powerful drama “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot” on March 20 and 21 at 8 p.m. both evenings. Containing strong language and disturbing content, the play examines what would happen if Judas was put on trial for his crime of betrayal. The late Phillip Seymour Hoffman first directed this thought provoking play back in 2005. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at The Rep’s website.
To conclude the month, members of the Toledo Ballet will perform “Alice in Wonderland” on March 28 and 29. This raucous romp through Wonderland will keep the audience on its toes as well as the ballet dancers. Director / Choreographer Michael Lang has been spending a lot of time way down in the “rabbit hole” lately adapting Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland into a full length ballet. Two dancers have been selected from the company to dance and portray Alice. McKenzie Beaverson and Semira Warrick will each get one performance.
Check the Valentine’s website for other events taking place this month. Tickets, specific times for performances and even directions to the theatre may be found on the website.