Upcoming Events and Series

Saturday April 29, 2017 - 7:30pm

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

Sphinx Soloists

We are honored to present winners of the prestigious Sphinx Competition, whose mission is to offer opportunity to minority string players. Experience the talent o these young musicians as they perform pieces from the Romantic era of music.

“Rising Stars” is made possible by the
generous sponsorship of our principal benefactors:

The Frost-Parker Foundation
The Randolph J. and Estelle M. Dorn Foundation


Season Sponsors:
Patricia and Giovanni Bignoli  and Bignoli Enterprises

Guest Artists Sponsor


Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

LataStefano Logo Concepts 3.0

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Tuesday May 2, 2017 - 10:00am

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

Grades: K-5

Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, we tell the story of a down-trodden duckling who believes he is ugly and worthless because of his distinct appearance. Through his family and friends, he realizes his self-worth as he transforms into a beautiful swan. This timeless story offers a wonderful lesson in overcoming adversity and accepting our differences.

Thematic Connections

Courage, Critical Thinking, Exploring Differences in Others, Exploring Differences Within, Fairy Tales, Friendship, Growth and Change, Kindness, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Literature, Music, Possibilities, Strength of Character
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Friday May 5, 2017 - 8:00pm

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

Dalys comedy logo


State of Comedy

Bob LauverAfter seeing a lot of the world in the U.S. Navy, Bob Lauver found a career in the hospitality industry including owning a country night club/restaurant.

All these things led him to a comedy stage with plenty to talk about.  He has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, like Louie Anderson, Tom Arnold, Steve-O, John Witherspoon, and many, many more.  Traveling all over the country and making people laugh is what he was meant to do.



Grandma LeeGrandma Lee is America’s funniest and most outrageous grandmother who is no where close to being ready for the rocking chair.

Grandma Lee electrifies the stage from the moment she bursts from the starting gate until she crosses the finish line. She is a pro at entertaining audiences of all ages with her unorthodox views of family, television, and life in general. Grandma Lee has been popular with TV audiences since she was a finalist on America’s Got Talent.

She has been a special guest on three different seasons including Top Ten Favorite Comics of Last Comic Standing and won the Las Vegas Comedy Festival at the MGM Grand Hotel. This sassy senior has mastered the art of entertaining her audience.

Room accommodations provided by
Quality Inn & Rain Water Park

Brought to you by

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Friday May 12, 2017 - 7:30pm

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

Season Sponsor
The Dorn Foundation

Music & Narrative 
by Composer

John Mock

John Mock is an artist, and the ocean and its coasts are his muse. From his native New England to the shores of Ireland and Scotland, John captures in music and stories the heritage of the sea.

John shares this heritage through captivating concert presentations which include both traditional and original instrumental compositions performed on guitar, concertina, mandolin, and tin whistle. Audiences are charmed not only by John’s music, but also by his narration and storytelling which brings to life the characters and places upon which the music is based. In his multimedia concerts, John’s own photography is projected, providing a beautiful backdrop for the music.

Widely sought after as a composer, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist, John has worked with such notable artists as the Dixie Chicks, James Taylor, Dolly Parton, Nanci Griffith, Maura O’Connell, Sylvia, Kathy Mattea, and Mark O’Connor. John’s credits as composer and featured soloist include performances with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra, the Nexus Chamber Orchestra, the Nashville Philharmonic, the Southwest Michigan Symphony Orchestra, and the National Orchestra of Ireland. He has also worked extensively across the country as a solo performer.

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Saturday May 13, 2017 - 8:00pm

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

Tickets will make a great
Mother’s Day gift!

Opening Act
Emily Keener

Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour.  His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music, McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.

Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; Edwin McCain Promo“American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike (just ask last season’s winner, Nick Fradiani).  Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts.

Earlier this year, McCain suddenly found himself with a whole new crop of fans when his “Flipping Ships” television show debuted on Animal Planet.  “Flipping Ships” took him from the chart tops to the boat shop – his very own Boats Have Souls (www.BoatsHaveSouls.com), a restoration outfit dedicated to bringing life back to vessels and customizing them to perfectly fit their new owners.  “We started the business to put good boats into good families’ hands by restoring them in ways that might otherwise be financially out of reach,” Edwin explains.  Viewers were fascinated by the blood, sweat and the occasional tear that he poured into his renovations while rehabbed boats found new life and new owners, including a few non-profit organizations in his home state of South Carolina.  Just like his songs, Edwin’s boats all have a story to tell; about the people who built them, Edwin’s team who defies all odds to reconstruct them, and the families who take them home.

But his heart remains on the road.  Once the “Flipping Ships” season ended, Edwin picked up his guitar once again and returned to the stage.  Whenever he can, he likes to drop by favorite club haunts, a comfortable return to his early days that delights both his fans and himself.  “The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 41-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this.”

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