'Hoot in the Park'
returns for area children
Seneca County Opportunity Center is bringing back the Halloween "Hoot in the Park" 5-7 p.m. Oct. 18. This non-scary event is for children ages 10 and younger.
Children can come in costume to meet and hear stories from costumed storybook characters along the Trick or Treat Trail, enjoy refreshments and participate in activities.
The arts and crafts studio has constructed and painted wood character cutouts for the celebration in the park area behind the center.
In the event of bad weather, the activities are to take place indoors.
Tiffin Developmental Center has set its 46th annual Halloween Parade for 2 p.m. Oct. 21.
Parade participants can sign up by calling (419) 443-3116.
The Fostoria Halloween parade is at 5 p.m. Oct. 28.
Entry fee for parade units is $20. Prizes are to be awarded for floats, bands and other units. A costume contest begins at 4 p.m. in the Family Video parking lot.
There is no cost to enter the contest, which is open to people of all ages and pets.
To learn more, call (419) 435-8282.
Fort Findlay to stage 'Rhodes Manor' mystery
FINDLAY - Fort Findlay Playhouse has changed its October production to "The Ghost of Rhodes Manor" by Jean Lee Latham, a family-friendly mystery directed by Jim Toth.
Performances are at 8 p.m. today through Saturday and Oct. 11-13 and 5 p.m. Sunday.
The story is set at Rhodes Manor, a strange old house rumored to be haunted. Mrs. Rhodes (Alicia Creger), the owner has long been absent and a forbidding housekeeper, Deborah Cass (Linda England), is the sole tenant. A letter from "an unknown friend" brings Helen Underwood (Samantha Henry), a mystery writer, to the manor in search of first-hand material.
Tickets are $12 and may be purchased by calling the Arts Partnership at (419) 422-4624.
Comedy night Saturday
FREMONT - The Strand Concert Theater, 220 S. Front St., Fremont, is having a comedy night with Jack Vale at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Doors are to open at 7 p.m. Patrons, age 21 and older only, can bring coolers.
Admission is $10.
Visit www.thestrandconcerttheater.com or call (419) 355-8548 for more information.
Cast needed for
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Society for the Arts is having signups for its upcoming Christmas program, "Home (Again) for the Holidays," at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hirt Theatre at 205 Maple St., Bellevue.
No auditions are necessary. All ages are encouraged to sign up.
Production dates for "Home (Again) for the Holidays" are Nov. 30, Dec. 1 and 2.
For more information, visit bellevuearts.net.
Wine tasting on tap
CAREY - Carey Chamber of Commerce is to have a wine tasting and networking event 4:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Moreno's Casual Dining, 109 W. Findlay St., Carey.
Area author Gene Logsdon is the featured guest. He is to speak about his friend and artist, the late Andrew Wyeth, whose work is featured on the walls of Moreno's.
Appetizers are to be provided, and wine vendor Heidelberg Distributing is to make samples available in exchange for donations to Wyandot County Relay for Life.
For more details, call the chamber at (419) 396-7856.
'Jekyll and Hyde'
getting staged at BLT
BUCYRUS - Tickets are on sale for Bucyrus Little Theatre's production of "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." This version is adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, from the novella "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" by Robert Louis Stevenson, and is directed by Jonny Price.
Shows are slated for 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 19 and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 21.
The show contains mature themes that are not appropriate for younger audience members. A unique aspect of this show is that four of its six cast members portray a version of Hyde.
The cast includes Beth Campbell of Marion; Michael Schoeppner of Bucyrus; Jim Hunter of Shelby; Matt Johnson of Bucyrus; Mandy Wolber of Findlay; and Jason Chandler of Bucyrus.
Adult tickets are $15 and students are $10. Call (419) 562-0731 for reservations.
'Lion in Winter' comedy coming to Bellevue
BELLEVUE - Bellevue Society for the Arts is to present "The Lion in Winter," a comedy in two acts by James Goldman, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19 and 20 in Hirt Theatre, 205 Maple St., Bellevue.
Set during Christmas 1183 at the castle of King Henry II of England, the play opens with the arrival of Henry's wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, whom he has had imprisoned since 1173. Henry has three sons by Eleanor: Richard, Geoffrey and John. He wants the kingdom to stay united after his death, but all three sons want to rule, and the kingdom likely is to be torn apart by revolution.
Henry favors the youngest, John, while Eleanor favors the eldest, Richard. Middle son Geoffrey hopes to play both ends against each other and come out on top. Henry would like to have another heir by his mistress Alais, but that would only add to the confusion.
The cast includes King Henry II of England, Ron Abbott, Port Clinton; Eleanor of Aquitaine, Jennifer Wertz, Sandusky; Richard Lionheart, David Ailing, Bellevue; Geoffrey, the middle son, Jonah Webb, Bellevue; John, the youngest son, Brandon Hayward, Bellevue; Alais, a French princess, Monica Siesel, Bellevue; and Philip II, king of France, Jesse Jacobs, Bellevue.
"The Lion in Winter" is directed by David Ailing. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for ages 60 and older and $6 for students.
Call (419) 484-2787 for reservations.