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Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre Prepares for Razzle-Dazzle 2011 Summer Season

Kent State's Porthouse Theatre will open the
season with the Broadway sensation Chicago.

Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, is preparing for a razzle-dazzle 2011 season. The professional theatre, celebrating its 43rd year, opens the season with the Broadway sensation Chicago, with book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb. It is based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins.

The show will be directed by Porthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Terri Kent. Kent is a professor of theatre at Kent State and also serves as director of the musical theatre program for the university’s School of Theatre and Dance. Chicago will run June 16 - 18, June 21 - 25, June 28 - 30 and July 1 and 2 at 8 p.m.; and June 19 and 26 at 2 p.m.

The second production of the season is The Sunshine Boys by Neil Simon. The show will be directed by Rohn Thomas, who won Best Comedy of 2010 for his “perfectly balanced” direction of The Foreigner last summer, according to local theatre critic Bob Abelman. The Sunshine Boys will run July 7- 9, July 12 - 16 and July 19 - 23 at 8 p.m.; and July 10 and July 17 at 2 p.m.

The Porthouse Theatre season closes with the iconic musical Hello, Dolly! Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart, the show will be directed by returning guest artist Victoria Bussert. A nationally acclaimed director, Bussert has been involved in directing and acting in international tours, and in Broadway and off-Broadway productions. She serves as the resident director for Cleveland’s Great Lakes Theater Festival and as the head of the musical theatre program at Baldwin-Wallace College. Hello Dolly! will run July 28 - 30, Aug. 2 - 6 and Aug. 9 - 14 at 8 p.m.; and July 31, Aug. 7 and Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

One of the highlights of the season will be Terri Kent’s return to stage after a 13-year hiatus, as she alters roles and steps into the part of Dolly Levy. John Crawford, dean of Kent State’s College of the Arts, will choreograph the play. Crawford’s work for last season’s Bye Bye Birdie garnered him the city’s “Best Choreography of a Musical” award by Abelman.

Subscriptions and single tickets are currently on sale. Prices for Tuesday through Friday evening performances are $60 for adults and $51 for seniors; Saturday nights are $66 for adults and seniors; and Sunday matinees are $57 for adults and $51 for seniors. Gift subscriptions are also available. Special rates are available for students and groups of 20 or more.

Single ticket prices range from $25 - $33 for adults and seniors and $17 - $20 for students. The box office is located in the Music and Speech Center on the corner of Main Street and Horning Road on the Kent Campus. For more information, call 330-672-3884 or visit

Posted June 6, 2011

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Kent State Men’s Basketball Individual Camp Registration Deadline June 9

New men’s basketball head coach Rob Senderoff, his staff and the Golden Flashes invite boys entering grades 2 through 11 to sign up for the Kent State Men's Basketball Team 2011 Individual Day camp.

This summer's camp will take place from June 13 to 17. Boys entering grades 2-11 are invited to be a part of Kent State’s winning tradition. The day camp is structured to give attendees a place to have fun and improve their basketball skills. Instruction at the camp will be provided by Kent State’s players and coaching staff.

There are two sessions: Boys entering grades 2 through 6 will meet from 9 a.m. to noon, and boys entering grades 7 through 11 will meet from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The registration deadline is June 9, and special group and sibling rates are available. For more information and to register online, visit

Posted June 6, 2011

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Football Coaches to Host Women’s Clinic June 29

Football Clinic
Women’s football clinic will be held June 29 at Dix Stadium
and the Kent State Field House.

Kent State University head football coach Darrell Hazell and the university’s football coaching staff will be hosting an “A” Ladies Must Get “A’s” women’s football clinic June 29 at Dix Stadium and the Kent State Field House. Kent State coaches will be sharing inside knowledge from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., giving women the opportunity to participate in drills on offense, defense and special teams.

Admission is $25 and includes dinner, a Kent State T-shirt, a football playbook and door prizes. A portion of registrations will go to support two charitable causes – children with cancer and the Heroes’ Day ticket fund to honor and recognize all local and military heroes at the Sept. 10 home football game. Parking for the 2011 Kent State Women’s Football Clinic will be free in the east lot of Dix Stadium.

For the mail-in registration form, visit

Online registration coming soon.

For more information on Kent State Athletics, visit

Posted June 6, 2011 | Intercollegiate Athletics

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Kent State Police Department Holds Benefit Dinner for Emergency Services Dispatcher Sara Anweiler, June 11

The Kent State University Police Department is hosting “Dine And Dance For Sara,” a benefit dinner dance for Kent State and Brimfield Township emergency services dispatcher Sara Anweiler.

Anweiler was diagnosed with breast cancer in early 2009 and promptly started her treatments. During the early stages of her treatments, she was diagnosed clear from any cancer. As she finished her treatments, the cancer returned. After seven rounds of chemotherapy, three surgeries and 36 rounds of radiation, she was clear of cancer again in 2010. In February of 2011, Sara was diagnosed with cancer for the third time. She is currently undergoing treatment and awaiting further information from her doctors.

The benefit event will be held Saturday, June 11, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the NEOUCOM Banquet and Conference Center, 4209 State Route 44, Rootstown OH 44272. Tickets are $30 each, pre-sale only, and include hors d’oeuvres, pasta dinner buffet (pasta, salad, veggie, bread, dessert, coffee, water, hot and iced tea), cash bar, dancing, silent auction, Chinese raffle, and 50/50 raffle. A portion of the ticket sales, a portion of the bar sales, and all monies from the raffles and auctions will go to the Anweiler family.

Please contact any member of the Kent State Police Department at 330-672-3070 or to purchase tickets and for any other details. Information is also available at

Posted June 6, 2011

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Join the Kent State Golden Flashes for the Kent State Athletics Community Caravan

Darrell Hazell
Meet Kent State Univeristy head football
coach Darrell Hazell at the Kent State
Athletics Community Caravan.

Kent State University head coaches and administrators will be appearing at various Giant Eagle locations throughout the summer. Meet head football coach Darrell Hazell and head men’s basketball coach Rob Senderoff as well as other Kent State Golden Flashes staff members at the Kent State Athletics Community Caravan.

Fans can pick up a hot dog and Coke for just $1, with all proceeds going to benefit Akron Children’s Hospital. In addition, there will be free Kent State cookies, interactive games and the opportunity to get autographs.

Here is the schedule for upcoming Kent State Athletics Community Caravan visits:

Saturday, June 11, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Cuyahoga Falls Giant Eagle
75 Graham Rd.
Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio 44223
Featured Coach: Darrell Hazell

Saturday, June 18, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Strip Giant Eagle
6493 Strip Ave. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
Featured Coaches: Darrell Hazell and Rob Senderoff

Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Lakewood Giant Eagle
14100 Detroit Rd.
Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Featured Coaches: Darrell Hazell and Rob Senderoff

For more information on Kent State Athletics, visit

Posted June 6, 2011

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