Norwalk Reflector: Weathervane Playhouse launches its 50th anniversary season with a New Year’s Eve gala

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Weathervane Playhouse launches its 50th anniversary season with a New Year’s Eve gala

• Dec 11, 2017 at 5:49 PM

NEWARK — Weathervane Playhouse will celebrate its 50th anniversary season in 2018.

For 50 years Weathervane Playhouse has produced professional productions serving Licking County and central Ohio, all while transforming lives through quality theatre. To honor this very special occasion, Weathervane Playhouse will launch the year of celebrations with a New Year’s Eve gala.

The New Year’s Eve Gala, which will be held at Weathervane Playhouse (100 Price Road Newark), will begin at 8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. The event will start off with a welcome reception to include fine food catered by Paulmbo’s Italian Market, cash bar, and music from the renowned Peter Larson Jazz Quintet.

At 9 p.m. on the main stage, there will be a festive concert with the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra and Weathervane singers. Led by the Newark Granville Symphony Orchestra’s Music Director, Russel C. Mikkelson, and Weathervane’s Resident Music Director, Kevin N. Wines, members of Weathervane’s “Meet Me in St. Louis,” which runs December 21-29, cast will perform alongside Weathervane Playhouse alumni and guest artists from central Ohio and New York City. These artists include company members from this past summer’s productions, like Whitney Noelle, who played Nellie in “South Pacific” and Bradley Johnson, who played Princeton in “Avenue Q.” The concert repertoire will consist of musical theatre pieces, representing shows from both Weathervane’s past and future productions.

After the concert, the celebrations will continue with cabaret style performances, DJ and dancing, and a midnight light buffet and champagne toast to ring in Weathervane’s 50th year and 2018.

Tickets are on sale now. Cocktail attire. Tickets cost $150 for Center section seats, $100 for left and right section seats. Ticket price includes a welcome reception, musical theatre selections by the Newark-Granville Symphony Orchestra and Weathervane singers, with an after-concert party including jazz standards, DJ and dancing, light buffet, and midnight toast. All tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the box office at 740-366-4616.

With amenities such as plush seating, climate-controlled theatre, Hearing Assistance Devices, wheelchair accommodations and free on-site parking, Weathervane Playhouse is a welcoming theatre experience for all. Weathervane Playhouse is Ohio’s longest running professional summer stock theatre and is located at 100 Price Road, Newark, Ohio 43055. For more information about Weathervane Playhouse, visit or call 740-366-4616.

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