Random Acts Series

2014-2015 "Random Acts" Series (RAS)

A variety of events and rentals. Many of the performers are up-and-comers who might not be familiar to you. We present them at very affordable ticket prices to encourage you to come and bring family and friends! 

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 7pm

Guitars for Girls
with Thompson Square, Ashley Monroe and Olivia Lane

Tickets on sale as of Tuesday, August 25 - $35/each

WGAR 99.5 and Lorain County Community College team-up to present this annual benefit for Susan G. Komen for the Cure. 


Thompson Square is husband and wife duo Keifer and Shawna Thompson. They are a multi-platinum-selling country act who have earned #1 singles in three countries: the United States, Canada and Australia (“Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not” “If I Didn’t Have You” and “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About). Thompson Square’s “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About” was a Top 5 hit on U.S. country radio and a #1 hit on country radio in Australia in Spring 2014. The song marks the duo’s second consecutive smash hit from its sophomore album, “Just Feels Good,” which is an autobiographical account of the duo’s life together and rise to fame. “If I Didn’t Have You,” was a #1 radio hit, the music video reached #1 on both CMT and GAC’s Top 20 Country Countdowns and it was nominated for a 2013 CMT Music Award.

Thompson Square is a two-time ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year” winner (2012 and 2013) and a four-time nominee. They won three fan-voted American Country Awards (ACAs), as well as the 2012 CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year.” Both of their wins made Country Music History: T2 was the first new duo in 20 years to win ACM “Vocal Duo of the Year,” and then followed the ACM win in November 2012 to make history as the only established married duo act to win the CMA “Vocal Duo of the Year” Award, since the creation of the award. Additionally, the duo has been recognized by the GRAMMYs, American Music Awards, CMA Awards, ACM Awards, CMT Awards, Teen Choice Awards and American Country Awards. Keifer Thompson was crowned SESAC’s 2013 AND 2014 Songwriter of the Year for the duo’s #1 smash “If I Didn’t Have You” and the Top 5 U.S. hit “Everything I Shouldn’t Be Thinking About.”  

Thompson Square has graced the stages of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Conan, CBS This Morning, The Queen Latifah Show, Fox & Friends, The Arsenio Hall Show, FOX’s All American Concert Series, the 45th Annual CMA Awards, FOX’s American Country Awards, and CMT’s Artists of the Year special. T2 has appeared in the pages of Rolling Stone, USA Weekend, Entertainment Weekly, ELLE, People Country, the Associated Press, Country Weekly, Southwest Spirit Magazine, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, Glamour, Ladies Home Journal, Pollstar and Billboard. They collaborated on two songs with GRAMMY-winning band Blues Traveler that are featured on the band’s “Blow Up The Moon” and are now a multi-media entity, having co-authored the recent young adult novel, “Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not,” which is inspired by their double platinum Grammy nominated song. Thompson Square’s new album is on Stoney Creek Records. www.thompsonsquare.com


Ashley Monroe was discovered by Vince Gill at 15, Jack White at 18, and at 28, she's poised to eclipse them both. Already a seasoned show business veteran, she released her first self-titled album in 2007 at age 19. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, she developed a passion for music at an early age, beginning piano lessons when she was only seven. At age 11, she won a talent contest in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and brought home a $100 prize. Her world was turned upside down when her father died in 2000, and 13-year-old Ashley began writing songs to help her deal with the tragedy. A few years later she began making trips to Nashville to perform her music in clubs and before long she moved to Music City where she worked behind the scenes as both a songwriter and singer, having tunes appear on albums by Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert, while often singing sessions at Jack White's Third Man Records.

Miranda Lambert turned out to be a pivotal connection for Ashley Monroe. The two became friends and, along with Angaleena Presley, formed Pistol Annies. Pistol Annies have sold over 500,000 albums and have had multiple CMA, ACM and CMT Award nominations. The success of Pistol Annies revived Monroe’s solo career. She signed with Warner, teamed with producer Vince Gill, and released the album “Like a Rose” in March of 2013. It was met with widespread critical acclaim including being named the top country record of 2013 by Billboard, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. She was featured prominently on Pistol Annies' second album “Annie Up,” released in May 2013 and had a hand in writing 10 of the 12 songs. She kept the hits coming when her duet with Blake Shelton on Shelton's "Lonely Tonight" hit number two the following year. The video was nominated for a 2015 CMT Award. Her third album, “The Blade,” on Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville, with Vince Gill returning to produce along with Justin Niebank, immediately shot to No. 1 on the iTunes Country Chart. She was on the road this past summer and fall on select dates with Rascal Flatts, Little Big Town and Miranda Lambert and will be headlining a fall tour beginning on October 1st. She has performed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The View and Conan, and is currently featured on a Women In Country special running across AT&T Uverse's "country deep" channel. She has been featured on the hit single "Bruises" with superstar act Train as well as recording collaborations with Hunter Hayes, Jack White and The Racontuers.


Houston native Olivia Lane is one of the most buzzed about up-and-coming artists to hit the scene this year. In her early teens she picked up the guitar and has never put it down. Her mother, a singer, was the ultimate role model, encouraging her daughter by playing the greats and making sure she could express herself in any way possible. At sixteen, Olivia convinced her parents to let her move to Los Angeles so she could be in an environment that challenged her to push forward. She went to college at USC and did theater, started songwriting and decided she could probably do it for a living. It was her love of country music and song craft that pushed her to go to Nashville after graduation. Now, she is often found collaborating with producer partner Ilya Toshinsky or spending time in the Nashville writing rooms, composing songs like “Steal Me Away” (written with Lee Thomas Miller and Toshinsky) from her “Love Thing” EP, that introduced the world to who Olivia Lane is: a bold, brave, positive force ready to shake up the country music scene with her songs.

Now at home in Nashville, Lane’s been focusing on her next phase: co-writing more songs, touring (she’s opened for Wynonna and Frankie Ballard) and hosting a local music series called Diva Jam at listening rooms around town. Ever the open book, she shares every minute with her fans through YouTube videos and social media and she is always collecting stories. From her adventures on the road, to life in Nashville, to writing songs with the city’s best, she’s always on the lookout for life experiences to fuel a lyric, or just make her smile. If there’s one thing that stands out about Olivia Lane, it’s her pure, unbridled energy. It’s reflected in her big, dynamic voice; in her performance, which bursts with passion and levity; and by her simple presence, which can dissolve you in laughter and make you grin from ear to ear. Not every day does an artist come around able to so effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational songs and an irrepressible drive, but Olivia Lane is one of them. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015 at Noon
Tickets on sale for the St. Jude Jam (Wednesday, December 9) at the Stocker Box Office and online.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at 7:00pm – FREE!

The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra

A free concert by these talented young musicians, who toured China playing music this past summer. The Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra is one of the premiere pre-professional symphonic orchestras in the United States. High school students come from all over Northeast Ohio each weekend to learn from members of The Cleveland Orchestra and rehearse and perform at the historic Severance Hall. http://www.clevelandorchestrayouthorchestra.com/; Short documentary about the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra at: http://vimeo.com/61842374

The Youth Orchestra is supported by grants from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, Surdna Foundation and Nord Family Foundation, and by gifts from many other generous donors. Endowment support is provided by the George Gund Foundation, the Estate of Jules and Ruth Vinney, and Christine Gitlin Miles.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 7pm

St. Jude Jam

Tickets on sale as of Thursday, October 8 - $30/each. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100/each, which includes the concert and artist Meet and Greet. Limit 4 VIP tickets per purchaser. VIP tickets are available through the Stocker Box Office only.

WGAR 99.5 and Lorain County Community College team-up to present this annual benefit for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The artists will be announced at Guitars for Girls on Wednesday, October 7.

Saturday, December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm

*Patriots Symphonic Band Christmas Concert

  Save the date! More information coming closer to the event date.


Friday & Saturday, December 18 & 19, 2015 at 7:30pm
& Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 2pm

Ohio Dance Theatre in collaboration with Verb Ballets 

*"The Nutcracker"

Tickets range from $28-$38. Call the Stocker Box Office at 440-366-4040 for more information.

A holiday tradition returns, when Ohio Dance Theatre presents Denise Gula’s full-length The Nutcracker in collaboration with Verb Ballets. This holiday favorite is the wondrous story of a magical journey through a young girl’s imagination. Complete with a tree that grows, battling mice and extraordinary dancers this visual and musical production should become part of everyone’s holiday tradition. Ohio Dance Theatre’s colorful and fanciful production is a special treat for all ages, and is especially appealing to ballet lovers who cherish the company’s breathtaking performance.  http://www.ohiodancetheatre.org; http://www.verbballets.org  


Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 7:00pm

The Musical Theater Project

Behind the Musical: "The Fantasticks"

Tickets - $15/Adults; $10/LCCC Students with Valid ID and children 18 and under

“Try to Remember” a time when this musical about a girl, a boy and a wall wasn’t part of the American landscape. You’d have to go back to before 1960, when Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt’s tiny show opened Off Broadway with the young Jerry Orbach in the leading role. With only a few brief interruptions, The Fantasticks has been playing in New York ever since, and has been produced more than 20,000 times around the world. This show will chart the 56-year saga of the little musical that could from five frustrating years of creation and a near-disastrous tryout to cultural phenomenon. You’ll hear all the songs including “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” “I Can See It” and that one about September. And we’ll get you ready for Great Lakes Theater’s full production of the musical in May. This event will be co-hosted by Bill Rudman and Nancy Maier.  http://www.musicaltheaterproject.org

Friday, May 22, 2015 at 7:00pm

Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith in Concert

Tickets - $15/Adults; $10/LCCC Students with Valid ID and children 18 and under

You may remember Jonathan and Ryan from last year or from our 2010-2011 or 2013-2014 season. On all of their visits they have performed with area students who have written amazing new songs with them. We’re bringing them back again by popular demand to write more new songs with students who will perform with them at this concert.

With diverse musical styles ranging from folk, pop and jazz to R & B, a Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Shea Smith concert is all about great songs! Jonathan wrote his first song in 1996 – “A Place Called Home.” Since then, he won 1st place in The Unisong International Song Contest, has twice placed in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest, won 1st Place in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk Category as well as the Overall Grand Prize out of 33,000 entries, and was awarded First Place in the Gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and on the hit show “Felicity.” Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording and producing. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket. In addition to his own singing career, Jonathan also tours Toad the Wet Sprocket with playing keyboard and steel guitar in their band. www.jonathankingham.com

Seattle native Ryan Shea Smith is also a veteran songwriter and recipient of multiple songwriting awards. His musical skill has been honed through jazz studies at the University of Washington and a steady touring schedule. He is known for his incomparable singing voice and has an impressive command of keyboard and guitar. Ryan’s sophomore release “Stay Awhile” is a John Lennon song contest winner. www.ryansheasmith.com


* - Denotes Rental Events

All events are in the Hoke Theatre of Stocker Arts Center unless otherwise noted.

TO ORDER TICKETS FOR STOCKER EVENTS - Call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Mondays through Fridays at (440) 366-4040, or click on the “Buy Tickets” icon to place your order. 

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If you have comments about any Stocker events, please feel free to share them with Janet Herman Barlow, Director at: jbarlow@lorainccc.edu 

Please check back often for any "Random Acts" events and rentals that may be added to our schedule!


Sorry you missed these great events:

Friday, July 10 at 7pm & Saturday, July 11 at 2pm
Lorain County Children's Pioneer Theatre
"Twinderella - the Musical"

Friday & Saturday, July 17 & 18 at 7:30pm; Sunday, July 19 at 2pm; Friday & Saturday, July 24 & 25 at 7:30pm; and Sunday, July 26 at 2pm
Lorain Community Music Theater
"Mary Poppins"





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