News Column

Victoria Theatre Association holds annual meeting

August 9, 2014

By Meredith Moss, Dayton Daily News, Ohio

Aug. 09--Board members, staff and volunteers gathered at the Schuster Center on Wednesday afternoon for the annual meeting of the Victoria Theatre Association (VTA) and the Arts Center Foundation (ACF).

The combined organizations reported a preliminary and unaudited operational profit of $231,000 on revenues of $12.9 million for fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. According to board chair Neil Freund, the overall revenue of $12.9 million created an estimated $23.9 million economic impact for the Dayton Metro area based on a formula developed by the Americans for the Arts.

According to president and CEO Ken Neufeld, more than 40,000 tickets were sold to new patrons during the 2013-14 Season and more than 18,000 students from 72 counties were introduced to live theater.

Neufeld said he has been especially pleased with the success and growth of the "National Geographic Live" series presented in partnership with Five Rivers MetroParks. He said emphasis is being placed on developing partnerships and relationships with Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and Cassie Barlow, who has just retired as Base commander, will join the VTA board.

The Gala of The Royal Horses comes to Nutter Center

A world-famous equestrian tour will come to Wright State University's Nutter Center on Sunday, Sept. 7.

The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American tour will bring to town a show that combines beautiful horses with live performers. The Royal Horses of Europe are some of the most celebrated in history, favored by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters.

The Gala of the Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and will include flamenco dancers.

Tickets start at $20.00 and are available at the WSU Nutter Center Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets. To charge by phone, call: (800) 745-3000. Additional facility fees, service charges and/or taxes may be included in (or added) to ticket prices.

Historic cast iron pot now at Underground Railroad

A large cast iron pot that helps tell the story of slavery in America is now on display at Cincinnati'sUnderground Railroad Museum.

The pot was excavated from the Gaines plantation in northern Kentucky where Margaret Garner and her family were slaves. Garner's heartbreaking story was the inspiration for author Toni Morrison's famous novel, "Beloved."

When Garner and her family were about to be captured and returned to slavery, she killed her two-year-old daughter and was subdued by marshals before she could kill her other children.

Visitors to the Cincinnati museum can experience Margaret Garner's story " A Mother's Heart," a play in three acts performed by Novella Nimmo, a historical re-enactor at the Freedom Center. The play was developed using historical documents, images and narratives and is performed at 11:15 a.m., 1:15 and 3:15 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

Shakespeare on tap

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" will be performed on Saturday, Aug. 16, by The Arts Alliance and Deerfield Twp.

The free 7 p.m. performance will be held at Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road with a themed family art-making activity at 6 p.m. Guests are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and picnics.

For more information visit, call (513) 309-8585 or email,

Not Your Pretty Portrait Show

The Fairborn Art Association is seeking portraits, self portraits, and/or caricatures that are not the "normal pretty painting or drawing."

Area artists are invited to enter their two or three dimensional works for $5 each by bringing them to the Fairborn Art Association Gallery, 221 N. Central Ave., Fairborn from 3-7 p.m. on Aug. 20 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Aug. 21.

The show will not be judged and no prizes will be awarded so that the creativity of each work can be appreciated. Participating artists are invited to tell about their work at the group's September meeting.

Show dates at the Gallery are Tuesday, Sept. 2, 6:30-9 p.m. and Sundays Sept. 7, 14, and 21, from 1-4. The Gallery is located in the rear of the Fairborn Senior Apartments. For information:


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