Upcoming Events and Series

Friday September 19, 2014 - 8:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

The Sandusky State Theatre’s JAZZ @ EIGHT presents “Michael Shirtz & Trio Not.” Featuring Michael Shirtz with jazz guitarist/bassist, Doug Neel, this new collaboration provides Shirtz a new performance base for presenting jazz standards from the American Songbook, Singer/Songwriters, and his own jazz and contemporary compositions.

“Strong musicianship and spontaneous substantive musical ideas flow effortlessly from Mike’s performances.” – Pete Ford, jazz pianist

Michale Shirtz performances reach out to jazz lovers and non-jazz audiences alike. His vocal style captures the warmth and lyricism of a Mel
Torme on  smooth ballads, and diverse, instrumental-like scat-singing energy, drive, and a hint of blues, on up-tempo songs. As a pianist, Shirtz has remained deeply influenced by the innovative keyboard styles of Brubeck, McCoy Tyner, and more modern pianists which are infused into Michael’s groups. After a concert, an audience member once remarked that an evening with Shirtz is, “like listening to Mel Torme meets Brubeck!” Michael Shirtz and TrioNot features Michael Shirtz (vocal/piano), Doug Neel (guitar/bass), Kyle Turner (Keyboards/organ/piano), and Nelson Overtone (drums).

“Michael Shirtz is one of my favorite musicians, both to work with and to watch. As a performer and bandleader, Michael clearly demonstrates a high command of hte repertoire of the modern improvising musician, both as a pianist and vocalist. Additionally, Michael has a gift for engaging his audience, not only through his music, but by way of his openness and storytelling during the show. He possesses the ability to draw both his audience and band mates into a shared experience that transcends the more common “concert event.” – Doug Neel, Benedetto Guitarist

A noted jazz and scat singer, Shirtz will be performing a program that tributes the music that has influenced our American Songbook, from Ella to Frank, and the singers and songwriters that defined the music of the second half of the 20th century. A jazz night that goes beyond jazz so there is something here for everyone!

For more information go to www.michaelshirtz.com. Shirtz is managed by Organized Chaos Music Productions.
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Saturday September 20, 2014 - 7:30pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

Tickets for the event are $5 and
can be purchased at the door.

Experience theater at its most chaotic and unpredictable with the Bowling Green State University’s Firelands College Theatre production of All in a Day’s Work: The 2nd Annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival!

On Saturday, Sept. 20 at 7:30 pm, Firelands College Theatre will present the 24 Hour Theatre Festival – a series of short plays which are all written, rehearsed, and performed within a 24-hour period. Featuring the writing, directing, and acting of BGSU students, faculty, and staff, as well as local North Coast area talent, The 24-Hour Theatre Festival is live theatre at its most chaotic and unpredictable!  Playwrights are provided three similarly themed elements and they each have 12 hours to write one 10-15 minute play. Directors randomly select the plays and actors are also randomly assigned to each performance.
By curtain time on Saturday evening, the plays are staged, props and costumes are gathered, lines are memorized, and the show goes on. Come join us for a night of original theatre where anything can, and probably will happen!

The Firelands College Theatre production of All in a Day’s Work: The 2nd Annual 24-Hour Theatre Festival will be performed at the BGSU Firelands McBride Auditorium, One University Drive, Huron, Ohio. Tickets for the event are $5 and can be purchased at the door. For additional information contact Grechen Wingerter at 419.372.0868

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Saturday September 20, 2014 - 8:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

Men are from Mars – Women are from Venus LIVE! is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up starring Peter Story and based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

After beginning in Paris in 2007, Men are From Mars–Women are From Venus LIVE! has been seen by more than one million people around Europe. It debuted in the United States in February 2013 in Raleigh, North Carolina and will be playing to audiences around the United States and Canada throughout the year. This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids!

Starring in this theatrical comedy is PETER STORY. Peter has appeared on CSI, Without a Trace, Ugly Betty and recurring roles on The Tonight Show and Rob Lowe’s The Lyon’s Den. He is a proud alum of the New Harmony Project and an avid storyteller with The Moth on NPR.

Men are from Mars Women are from Venus YouTube
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Friday September 26, 2014 - 5:00pm

Saturday September 27, 2014 - 12:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

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3rd Annual North Coast Oktoberfest

Fri., Sept. 26th ~ 5 – 11 pm

Sat., Sept. 27th ~ Noon – 11 pm

FREE to the public in downtown Sandusky

With the success of last year’s event, we are expanding to a 2-day festival this year. Once again, the Sandusky State Theatre will partner with North Coast Young Professionals, and the Sandusky Main Street Association to host an exciting and fun filled community event.

A great addition this year is the Saturday night 1st Annual Lighted Boat Parade sponsored by VacationLand Federal Credit Union. We are the only Oktoberfest to offer this activity to the list of attractions which makes our festival very unique.

Boat Parade Flyer Registration Form

Traditional activities will include:

  • 5K Run with beautiful view of Sandusky Bay
  • Two stages featuring live traditional German music and dancing as well as contemporary entertainment
  • German cuisine provided by local restaurants
  • Commemorative beer steins, boots, and merchandise available for purchase
  • Brat Eating Contest
  • Traditional Oktoberfest Games
  • The Ohio State Buckeyes vs Cincinnati Bearcats for your viewing pleasure
  • Games and activities for all ages

Sponsorship Opportunities

So, get out your lederhosen and dirndls and join our community in celebrating by becoming a 2014 North Coast Oktoberfest sponsor!

Fundraiser for: The Sandusky State Theatre, North Coast Young Professionals, and Sandusky Main Street
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Friday October 3, 2014 - 8:00pm

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

This is a Fryman Entertainment Production

Oct featured Sheila Lovely picFeaturing Sheila Loveley – HBO 1999 Comedy Fest semi-finalist Sheila Loveley has performed in virtually every club in and around Michigan. Sheila was invited to perform in Motor city Women of Comedy in 95, 96, & 97 at Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle.

She has performed her music on various stages; Xheido’s, The Centaur, Bert’s Marketplace and won third place in the Michigan Songwriters Contest for her jazz composition “The Only Medicine.” Her CD is presently being aired on A3radio.com


Headliner Dennis Ross—The Jersey Comic
Master comedian Dennis Ross brings his observations about everyday life into his unique and refreshing comedy show. Dennis considers Dennis Rossi Oct headlinerhimself a “spectator to everyday insanity.” Defying the caricature of the typical, manic comedian; Dennis conducts his performance sitting on a stool speaking to the audience as if they were old friends. Dennis’ distinctive world-view brings his audiences material that is both extremely clever and hilariously truthful.

A New Jersey native currently living in Barnegat, NJ, Dennis has performed throughout North America, as well as for the troops in Japan, Korea, and Iraq. He has had numerous appearances on TV, including half a dozen appearances on Canada’s Comedy Network. A 20 year comedy veteran, Dennis has worked with everyone from Lewis Black to Chris Rock and has opened for the Beach Boys.

Dennis’s unique brand of comedy is not to be missed!
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