Press Release
Posted August 30, 2018

Tickets are on sale now for the new season of the Stocker Arts Center’s Student Matinee Series in the Hoke Theatre at Lorain County Community College. The Student Matinee Series is made up of weekday performances designed with students in mind.

The Student Matinee Series for the season includes:

Giggle, Giggle, Quack
Monday, October 8, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Lifeline Theatre

Running a farm is hard work, especially with cows that type, hens on strike, and a duck who’s always causing trouble. So Farmer Brown takes off for a well-deserved vacation, leaving his brother Bob, an accountant from the city, in charge. Soon it’s no work and all play (and cake, pizza, movies, and bubble baths) as the animals run wild, taking advantage of Bob’s lack of experience. Will the animals come clean about their devious tricks, or is there more to Brother Bob than meets the eye? Take a break from the grind with the gang from Farmer Brown’s farm with Lifeline Theatre’s hit musical adaptation of the 2002 New York Times bestselling book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Charlotte’s Web
Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

This performance is based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman — she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

The Crucible
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10 a.m.
National Players
By Arthur Miller

No one is safe as a reign of terror rips through 1692 Salem. Led by Abigail Williams, a group of girls who claim to have seen the Devil, hurl out charges of witchcraft, sending those who won’t confess to the noose. When the accusing finger points to his wife, John Proctor is forced to confront his past and determine his future. Arthur Miller’s searing drama, inspired by the McCarthy era, comes to vivid new life in the National Players’ bare-knuckle staging. A piercing look at what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience, The Crucible is a powerful story for our time.

Mysteries of Ancient Egypt
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Virginia Rep on Tour

Inside a tiny case, two children find an ancient amulet in a neighbor’s attic. Before her disappearance, Gama Harriet had been a famed Egyptologist. But what is the meaning of the hieroglyphs inscribed on the amulet, or the scribbled warnings found in Harriet’s journal? Before they know it, the children are magically transported back to ancient Egypt in 620 BC where they meet Sema-tawy-tefnakht, a scribe to King Psamtik I. With his guidance, our two heroes unravel their mystery while we learn fascinating facts about one of the world’s most amazing cultures. They meet princess Shepenwepet, the pharaoh’s daughter, and travel with her on a fateful sea journey to Thebes where, with our contemporary heroes’ help, she must establish a base of power to protect her father’s kingdom. And guess who is waiting for them there. Thrills, dazzling beauty and historic fact combine in this novel melding of child-friendly mystery and accurate cultural exploration.

The One and Only Ivan
Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Lifeline Theatre
Based on the bestseller by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao.

For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan’s ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events. The book is a a Newbery Medal award-winner.

Your Alien
Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. (sensory friendly performance)
Based on the book, Your Alien, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita.

ArtsPower’s newest musical touches down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with a boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together. As evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime.

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon
Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. (sensory friendly performance)
Based on the book, Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, written by Paula Danziger.

Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now, Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about. ArtsPower’s uniquely funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. Amber learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness.

Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.

Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all! Unfortunately there are way too many to do them all in one show. The solution: The Wheel of Science! Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more! At least a dozen fantastic demonstrations ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that’s what’s next! Will we turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? No two shows will be the same. So, step right up, and let’s spin that wheel!

Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith “Songwriting Made Simple”
Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10 a.m.
Cirigliano Studio Theatre

With their diverse musical styles, connection to the audience and the songwriters of all ages they write with here at LCCC, this concert will be all about great songs. These Nashville transplants have had long and successful careers as singer/songwriters.

Jonathan Kingham must be doing something right. In his first few years on the scene, he quickly developed into a seasoned performer while sharing the stage with the likes of Shawn Colvin, Joan Osborne, Michael McDonald, Doug Stone, Vanessa Carlton, and Jonatha Brooke. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and currently plays keyboard and guitar for the rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket. But it’s not only his live performances that are winning him fans and accolades. He took first place honors in the National Telluride Troubadour Songwriting Contest, The Unisong International Song Contest, as well as placing two years in a row in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest. He brought home the First Place Award in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk Category as well as the Overall Grand Prize out of a worldwide field of 33,000 entries and was awarded First Place in the Gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording, producing and conducting songwriting residencies. With a smooth blend of folk, pop, country and jazz, Kingham comes armed with a quick freestyle wit, and has become a favorite on the circuit.

Seattle-native, award-winning singer/songwriter and world class performer, Ryan Shea Smith, serves up soul-stirring lyrics while highlighting his rich, sophisticated voice. His appeal is authentic songwriting craftsmanship with jazz and blues sensibilities. Ryan has a feel and vibe that conveys excitement and spontaneity displaying his confidence and dexterity. Ryan is a veteran songwriter and recipient of multiple songwriting awards, including his sophomore release “Stay Awhile,” which was a John Lennon song contest winner. He honed his musical skills at the University of Washington and through a steady touring schedule and is known for his incomparable singing voice and his command of keyboard and guitar.

This concert, in the intimate Cirigliano Studio Theatre, will also feature our area songwriters who the duo will work with all week on campus. Those interested in participating in the songwriting workshops, please contact Janet Herman Barlow at (440) 366-7105.

Tickets for the Stocker Arts Center Student Matinee Series events are $5 each (except for “Songwriting Made Simple”) and are available for schools and the general public. For more information about the Stocker Student Matinee Series, click here.

To purchase tickets or request a season calendar, call the box office at (440) 366-4040. Hours are Monday through Friday from noon to 6 p.m. The box office is also open 90 minutes before ticketed events (60 minutes before Student Matinees). Guests may also purchase tickets online at
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