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Lakeside Chautauqua season opens with Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group

Beginning this weekend, Lakeside Chautauqua’s Hoover Auditorium hosts a variety of musicians, comedians, illusionists, dancers and bands nightly. Visit www.lakesideohio.com for a list of 2013 entertainers. 

Purchasing a Daily or Season Chautauqua Pass grants access to all evening shows in Hoover Auditorium. Just present the Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

A Daily Chautauqua Pass is $19 for adults and $13.25 for youth (ages 12-18) per day. Children under age 12 and guests over the age of 90 are free. Chautauqua Passes may be purchased in advance at www.lakesideohio.com or upon entering the gates of Lakeside Chautauqua. To park on the grounds, a Daily Auto Pass is required for $8 per day (shuttle available). Free, limited parking is available at Danbury High School (no shuttle). This week’s Hoover Auditorium entertainment will include:

Saturday, June 22
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: Two Man Group

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood, stars of the Emmy-nominated TV show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” return to Hoover Auditorium for a live performance at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, June 22. The two comedians will entertain and provide interactive improvisation in a performance called “Two Man Group.”

Mochrie and Sherwood’s live show includes variations on many of the games showcased on “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” which in turn largely derive from traditional improv games played by high school, college, semi-pro and professional improv players. Some of these sketches include “Sound FX” and “One Word Expert.” As Mochrie and Sherwood take caution to point out at the beginning of each show, the scenes that make up the act are entirely unscripted.

Throughout the evening, the show becomes interactive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. The performance will be amusing and appropriate for all ages, with extraordinary improvisational comedy that includes contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes – just like a live version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”

Before making comedy history on the show, Mochrie starred in a variety of commercials, TV shows and movies. He was the recipient of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Improviser in 2000 and the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Male Performance on the Canadian version of “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” the following year.

Mochrie’s co-star, Sherwood, has also appeared on various TV sitcoms, including VH1’s “I Love the 70s, 80s and 90s.” He has also headlined in Las Vegas with Drew Carey as a member of the comedy show, “Improv All-Stars.”

Now the duo tours the country, performing at corporations, universities and theatres throughout the year. They have also released their “Two Man Group” show on DVD, claiming it to be a “live and dangerous comedy.”

Sunday, June 23
6 p.m. Steele Memorial Bandstand (Central Park Gazebo)
Bob Ford & the Ragamuffins

Bob Ford & the Ragamuffins (BF&R) is a folklore group that engages the audience with songs about history and American heritage. Playing music from the 1570s to the 1970s, including many Celtic songs, BR&R will take the audience back to days when friends and families shared songs and stories. 

Performing for various festivals and institutions, BF&R has enlivened many gatherings. The group’s CDs include Changes (Irish All Year Round) and Traveler’s Tales (Fireside Songs of the Old West). 

Ford has opened for groups including Gregory Hines and the Makem Brothers. He has also produced several solo CDs and is the main vocalist of the group. The Ragamuffins portion of the band includes Ford’s daughter, Beth Ford, and Jan Finkle. Beth continues the family tradition and joins her father on vocals, cello and electric bass. Finkle performs on flute, whistle and guitar. 

Monday, June 24
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
“The Muppet Movie” (Rated G)

On select Mondays during the summer season, guests are invited to Hoover Auditorium to view a classic movie. This week, Hoover Movie Night features "The Muppet Movie". Released in 1979, “The Muppet Movie” is the first in a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Henson’s Muppets (95 mins).

Tuesday, June 25
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
The Patriots Symphonic Band

As the largest and most active non-profit, all-volunteer musical ensemble, The Patriots Symphonic Band tours year-round across northern Ohio. The band demonstrates through their music that playing a classical instrument is a satisfying activity that can be carried out for a lifetime.  

The Patriots Symphonic Band is headquartered in Lorain County, and strives to preserve "Americana" by performing music in the form of an American-style hometown concert band. The 75 musicians are drawn from 23 local communities, and range in age from 15-90.

Performing a wide repertoire including patriotic selections, Broadway show tunes and original compositions by some of its very own members, The Patriots Symphonic Band concert is family-oriented and has something for all ages to enjoy. 

Wednesday, June 26
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
Cardinal Chorale

The Cardinal Chorale is a special ensemble of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and has been delighting audiences at the Ohio State Fair, as well as those at several conferences, conventions and institutions for more than 15 years. 

Thursday, June 27
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
David Pendleton – Ventriloquist 

David Pendleton is one of the nation’s premiere ventriloquists, with the ability to make audiences believe that anything can talk. Through Pendleton’s stellar technique and humor, he will supply tips and truths about life.  

Pendleton has been involved with ventriloquism from the time he was 6 years old. Since 1990, He has performed as a full-time ventriloquist. Through his career, he has been able to travel around the world as a performer. 

Pendleton brings a wide range of comedic characters, including Aunt Tilly, a 94 year-old spinster; troublemaker Mack Elroy and his sidekick Buford the Beagle; and Vern, a slightly misguided Albino. 

Friday, June 28
8:15 p.m. Hoover Auditorium (115 Third Street)
New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players “I’ve Got a Little Twist”

Now in its fourth decade of operation, New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players (NYGASP) has become America’s pre-eminent Gilbert & Sullivan repertory company. 

At Lakeside, the NYGASP will stage a one-of-a-kind show, “I’ve Got a Little Twist.” This show combines other Gilbert & Sullivan shows, such as “Mikado,” “The Music Man” and “The Pirates of Penzance,” for a comical performance that is quite unique.

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