The tour of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY is coming to Northwest Ohio.  Presented by Nature's Green, WEST SIDE STORY will open at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Mother's Day, May 11 at 2:00 and 7:30 PM.  Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction is recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life). 

WEST SIDE STORY tells the story of star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria as they struggle to rise above the hatred and intolerance that surrounds them. WEST SIDE STORY soars as the greatest love story of all time and remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The Bernstein and Sondheim score is considered to be one of Broadway’s finest and features such classics of the American musical theatre as “Something’s Coming,” “Tonight,” “America,” “I Feel Pretty” and “Somewhere.”

The Associated Press says WEST SIDE STORY “remains Broadway’s best dance-driven musical. Five decades have not dimmed the extraordinary choreography or the score that pulsates throughout.” Variety says, “The true stars of WEST SIDE STORY are Jerome Robbins' graceful, endlessly expressive choreography and Leonard Bernstein's score, which still sounds bracingly modern a half-century after it was first heard. The music is a primal force.”

WEST SIDE STORY is written by three theatrical luminaries: two-time Tony Award winner Arthur Laurents (book) and multiple Tony and Grammy Award winners Leonard Bernstein (music) and Stephen Sondheim (lyrics) in his Broadway debut.  

WEST SIDE STORY features scenic designs by James Youmans, costumes by Tony Award nominee David C. Woolard, lighting by Tony Award winner Howell Binkley and sound design by Peter McBoyle.  

BOX OFFICE LINK: Tickets range from $27-$52 and are available now.

West Side Story is presented by Nature's Green Landscaping, Greenhouse & Nursery of Fort Recovery, Ohio. Supporting Sponsors are Van Wert Manor, US BANK, The Hubbard Company, Adams Memorial Hospital, Adams Woodcrest, The Lima News, and Willow Bend Country Club.



Bob Eubanks Brings The Laughter on Feb. 15


Interactive Valentines Fun at the Niswonger
Saturday, Feb. 15 @ 7:30 PM


Be entertained AND have a chance to win $100,000! Join the fun on February 15 at 7:30 PM at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert for a night full of laughs, prizes, and love with The Not-So Newlywed Game. This interactive Game Show event, straight from California,  is hosted by the legendary and 8-time Emmy Award winner, Bob Eubanks. The game will be played with  eight couples competing for a valuable grand prize. Any ticketed guest can be chosen to join local guest couples, Thad and Deb Lichtensteiger and Jay and Kim Fleming on stage. Even those not selected will still have a chance to win $100,000 by answering Bob’s interactive questions posed to members of the audience. Parting gifts for chosen contestants will be provided by Slusher's Jewelry of Van Wert & Collins Fine Foods of Van Wert. All this along with Bob narrating hilarious clips from his well-known show, TheNewlywed Game, will be the perfect blend of romantic comedy worthy of a couples or friends night out.

TICKETS: Tickets for this interactive Valentines Weekend adventure are priced from $17 and selling fast. The Niswonger box office is open from Noon-4pm Monday-Friday. Visit in person at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert; Call 419-238-6722; Buy Online www.NPACVW.org.

Voices Of Unity Concert Ticket Release

The concluding concert of the 2013-14 Community Concert Series at the Niswonger on April 26 has just released for sale. “You’ve been hit by you’ve been struck by” the Voices of Unity Youth Choir! Moonwalk right into the Niswonger Performing Arts Center for a powerful performance by this World Champion Choir on April 26 at 7:30pm. This young and soulful group, straight from Fort Wayne, will present a moving tribute to the late Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. The VOUYC is filled with talent ranging in age from 7 to 19The members, who represent various backgroundsare being equipped, educated, and empowered for the world before them. The unique and exciting group was founded in 2000 by Marshall White and haperformed The National Anthem for several NFL Indianapolis Colts’ events and had the opportunity to work with artists like Josh Groban, Livingston Taylor, and Keyshia Cole, just to name a few. The performance will include dance routines made popular by the King of Pop Music and musical selections from Whitney Houston's vast library of hits. The program will also include songs from Voices of Unity's Praise Celebration 2014.  

The region is honored to experience the music of the Voices Of Unity Youth Choir who will be embarking upon national and international travels. They are scheduled to perform at the 2014 Choirs of America event in New York City at Carnegie Hall on June 19-22And they will once again be competing at the 2014 World Choir Games, this time in Riga, Latvia on July 9-19. Learn more about their Gold City Campaign 2014 at www.UPAF.com.
The Niswonger Community Concert Series 2014-15 Season will be unveiled as a part of the Voices Of Unity Concert Event. Artist and ticket information will be shared.
TICKETS: Tickets for the “Thriller” of the Community Concert Series are $20 for adults and $10 for students. The Niswonger box office is open from Noon-4pm Monday-Friday. Visit in person at 10700 SR 118 S, Van Wert; Call 419-238-6722; Buy Online www.NPACVW.org.

Into the Wild on April 5


Get ready for an adventure! Lee Kinstle GM invites you to experience a day with Jack Hanna at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Van Wert on Saturday, April 5 at 3:00 PM. Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild takes viewers on excursions around the world through the eyes of America’s most beloved animal adventurer and his family. More than just a collection of animal escapades, Into the Wild provides insight into the protection and conservation of some of our planet’s most precious and endangered species. Into the Wild is unscripted and action packed – it takes you on a raucous ride, leaving you with a renewed appreciation for all creatures, great and small.

"Jungle Jack"  will amaze all ages with animal friends he brings to the Niswonger stage: a young cheetah, wallaby, fennec fox, kangaroo, python, lynx, penguin, alligator, and many more.

Event entertainment provided by The Atomic Sharks in the Niswonger Lobby before the show at 2:00 PM. Bring the children early and be entertained by the island sounds of this Kid-Friendly Jimmy Buffet style musical sensation. Sponsored by Dr. Thomas V. Wilkin DVM of The Animal Clinic of Van Wert and First Federal of Van Wert, The Atomic Sharks will be playing their own music and will also provide a mini-workshop on playing the Ukelele! Prepare to be amazed before even entering the auditorium for the show! All ticketed patrons are invited to come early and take part in the fun. Listen to The Atomic Sharks. The Atomic Sharks are proud endorsers of Kala Brand ukuleles.  

Tickets for this day of adventure start at just $17. The Box Office is open Mon-Fri, Noon - 4 PM. The ONLINE Box Office is open 24 hours a daywww.NPACVW.org. With only 350 tickets remaining, tickets will not be available for long.

Jungle Jack Hanna is presented by Lee Kinstle GM Sales & Service. Supporting Sponsors are Dark Horse Productions, Mohr Smiles Dentistry, Inc, Your Lima Hometown Stations, and grants from The Paulding-Putnam Electric Cooperative, Walmart, and Midwest Electric, Inc.


Page 1 of 11