Westerville News & Public Opinion

City's August to mostly focus on music


Westerville Parks & Recreation Department and Otterbein University are excited to present their first joint community theater production of The Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2; 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Westerville Central High School.

The production is co-directed by Otterbein Theatre graduates Matt Wolfe (class of '03) and Luke Bovenizer ('06). Wolfe, a local actor, director and former English teacher, states: "We are so excited to bring this story to life in Westerville. Community Theater is a great way to bring people together, and with literature as timeless as The Wizard of Oz, it is sure to entertain the entire family."

The Westerville production is truly a community family production with actors ranging from 5 to 75, including an entire family and various sibling groups, and if you look hard you might just spot a local teacher or two up on stage.

When asked what was their motivation for becoming a part of the production, many participants replied that they found the idea of being part of a "community" production very appealing and have enjoyed the opportunity to interact with young children, teens and adults with varied theatrical backgrounds.

Tickets for The Wizard of Oz are $10 and are available at the Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave.


Rock the 'Ville

Uptown Westerville will turn into a rockin' venue from noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 10, featuring music, dance, fashion, local authors and poets.

Chalk art will also grace the Uptown sidewalks and streets with professional artists showcasing their talents as they compete for cash prizes. Families and young children will also have an opportunity purchase an open space and create their own masterpiece with all chalk supplies being provided.

Music throughout the day will be provided by The Inner Circle with jazz and blues; RU Bound with country and bluegrass and TENK with '60s rock.

"Art the Experience" will be on hand in the Union Savings parking lot to design, sculpt and impress viewers with a unique sand sculpture crafted from two tons of sand.

T-shirts supporting Rock the 'Ville are available at A Gal Named Cinda Lou located in Uptown Westerville. Rock the 'Ville is sponsored by the Uptown merchants Association and the 2013 Year of Arts Committee.


August arts events

The Westerville ArtsLine column and calendar is provided by the Arts Council of Westerville and printed as a public service by the ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion. Email listings to artscouncilwesterville@yahoo.com.

Aug. 2-4 -- Westerville Community Theater's The Wizard of Oz, Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

Aug. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 -- Live Music at Java Central, 7 to 10 p.m., 20 S. State St. For information go to java-central.com or call 614-839-0698.

Aug. 4 -- Sounds of Summer Concert, the Ohio State Alumni Band, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Park Amphitheater. 221 N. Main St.

Aug. 7 -- Family Concert Series, No Strings Attached, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Park Amphitheater, 221 N. Main St.

Aug. 10 -- Rock the 'Ville, Noon to 9 p.m. Uptown Westerville.

Aug. 11 -- Sounds of Summer Concert, Westerville Symphony, 6:30 p.m., Alum Creek Park Amphitheater, 221 N. Main St.

Aug. 16 -- Classic Movie Series, The Goonies, Dusk, Everal Barn, 60 N. Cleveland Ave.

Aug. 23 -- Film Festival, 3 p.m., Westerville Public Library, 126 S. State St.

Aug. 23 -- Fourth Friday, Arts Alley, 6 to 9 p.m., Uptown Westerville.


Phyllis Self, recreation operations superintendent for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department, is a member of the Arts Council of Westerville.