Upcoming Events and Series

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

  • 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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Saturday October 4, 2014 - 10:30am

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

Rated PG

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Saturday October 11, 2014 - 7:30pm

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

The Mission
John Williams (1932-)

The Fountains of Rome
Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936)

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Paul Dukas (1865-1935)

Piano Concerto #2
Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Stanislav Khristenko Bio

Ukrainian-born Stanislav Khristenko has earned the applause of audiences and critics alike since his first solo recital at the age of 11. AKhristenko pic keyboard “poet” and “an architect of great forms” (LeSoir of Belgium), the 30-year-old virtuoso has been praised by cultural media around the globe.

As winner of the 2013 Cleveland International Piano Competition, Khristenko had the opportunity to perform in Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall; New York Times reviewer Zachary Woolfe wrote that in “an impressive recital,… (he) plays with thoughtful lucidity and restraint.” Spanish El Pais has noted his “precise technique, powerful sound and fingers of steel.” The Washington Post wrote, “It was clear that Khristenko knows how to spin a story; his pacing was mature and unhurried, the dynamic range wide, and his fingers exhibited power and sensitivity.”

Khristenko has appeared as a soloist with the National Symphony Orchestra of Belgium, the Cleveland Orchestra, Phoenix Symphony, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, Berliner Musikfreunde Orchestra, Takamatsu Symphony Orchestra, Arkansas Symphony, Northwest Florida Symphony and Moscow Conservatory Orchestra, among others. His performance highlights include solo recitals in Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, Schubertsaal in Vienna, Phillips Collection in Washington; and performances with orchestras in Grosser Hall of Berlin Philharmonie, Severance Hall in Cleveland, Moscow Conservatory’s Great Hall and Hong Kong City Hall.

The winner of more than 25 international piano competitions, Khristenko has scored top prizes in Italy, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greece, Slovakia, Kazakhstan, Russia, the United States and his native Ukraine. In 2013 alone, he won the Cleveland International Piano Competition, took first prize at the Maria Canals International Music Competition and was named fourth laureate at the Queen Elisabeth Competition. He also received the Emil Gilels Award of the Mstislav Rostropovich Foundation and a Russian Performance Art Foundation Award.

Following Khristenko’s performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 with The Cleveland Orchestra in the final round of the Cleveland competition, Zachary Lewis praised his performance for its, “shimmering filigree and phrases of exquisite tenderness, in which every note mattered.”

Principal Benefactors
The Randolph J. & Estelle M. Dorn Foundation
The Frost-Parker Foundation

Join the Conversation with the Conductor and Vermilion Art Guild in the State Room at 6:30 pm.

Click here to learn about FSO Sponsorship


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Tuesday October 14, 2014 - 7:30pm

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

“Freakin’ awesome!” “Bloody hilarious!” “A demented delight!” “What the F@#k Was That?!

Splatter Zone $45

Zone 2 $35

Zone 3 $30

Those are just some of the comments from critics and audiences all over the world after seeing Evil Dead-The Musical… the only musical in theGPM_3217 world where audiences can sit in the “Splatter Zone.”

The musical comedy sensation takes all the elements of the cult classic horror films, “Evil Dead,” “Evil Dead 2” and “Army of Darkness,” then combines them to make one of the craziest theatrical experiences of all time.

Five college students go to an abandoned cabin in the woods, and accidentally unleash an evil force that turns them all into demons. It’s all up to Ash (a housewares employee, turned demon-killing hero), and his trusty chainsaw to save the day. Blood flies. Limbs are dismembered. Demons tell bad jokes… and all set to a galvanic score of rock ‘n’ roll, pastiche tunes, and get down in the aisles and boogey music.

The songs in the show are completely off the wall: titles like “All the Men in My Life Keep Getting Killed by Candarian Demons,” “Look Who’s Evil Now” and “What the F@#k Was That” will have your audiences rolling in their seats and screaming for more and more blood.
Audiences don’t need to be a fan of the “Evil Dead” franchise to love this show. They don’t need to be a fan of horror to love this show. They don’t even need to be a fan of musicals to love this show. As long as the audience is seeking a fun night out….this is the show for them.
Traditional theatre critics have praised this show with media as diverse as The New York Times to Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, MTV , Entertainment Weekly and Maxim Magazine giving it top marks.
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