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Porthouse Theatre Continues 2014 Season With Starmites

Posted Jul. 14, 2014

Critically acclaimed production features strong female leads and high-energy entertainment

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Kent State University’s Porthouse Theatre, located on the
grounds of Blossom Music Center, continues its 46th
season with Starmites.

Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, continues its 46th season with Starmites. Performances run through July 19.

Directed by Michael McIntosh, Starmites is a high-energy adventure fantasy in which humans and heroes discover love, loyalty, inner strength and a great doo-wop beat as they conquer the sinister inhabitants of Innerspace. Follow teenager Eleanor as she escapes into the world of her beloved comic books and discovers that the stories she loves may not just be stories after all. Critically acclaimed and nominated for six Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1989, Starmites was written by Barry Keating and Stuart Ross. Performances are July 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m.

The production stars Actors Equity Association member Colleen Longshaw as Diva/Eleanor’s Mother. The cast is comprised of Porthouse Theatre’s Young Professional Company: Lucy Anders, Jessica Nicole Benson, Mackenzie Duan, Grace Falasco, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann, Daniel Lindenberger, Elliott Litherland, Darian Lunsford, Dylan Ratell, and Christopher D. Tuck.

Starmites is choreographed by Amy Fritsche and music directed by Jennifer Korecki. Costume design is by Susan Williams, lighting design is by Carly Shiner, scene design is by Steve Pauna, sound design is by Brian Chismar and technical direction is by Ryan T. Patterson. Stage manager is Joshua Brown. Actors Equity Production stage manager is Derric Nolte.

For subscriptions and tickets, call 330-672-3884; purchase online at; or in person at the Porthouse Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive in Kent. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks and cash.

Note: Gold Center tickets refer to the best seats, senior pricing applies to individuals age 60+ and student pricing applies to those 18 and under or with valid college ID. Flex Tix subscriptions, which allow guests to select one ticket per show for any performance to fit any schedule, are $90; Gift Flex Tix gift cards are $93.

Thursday Preview Performance Series prices are as follows: Gold Center $63, Left and Right Center $57. Opening Night performances (includes a free reception): Gold Center $90, adults and seniors $81, students $60. Saturday Weekend Series (choose one of three sets of Saturday show dates): Gold Center $87, adults $78, seniors $72 and students $51.

Sunday Weekend Series (choose one of two sets of Sunday show dates): Gold Center $75, adults $66, seniors $60, and students $48. Weekday Series (choose one of two sets of show dates on either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday): Gold Center $78, adults $69, seniors $63 and students $48.

Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates. Single tickets, ranging from $28 - $37 for adults and seniors and $16 - $24 for students, are on sale now.