Bay Village Community Theater Updates, June 2017


It’s definitely time to update our website! We have been quite busy in the past few months and, as you will see, will continue to be very busy in the months to come.


Following the initial success of our inaugural production of Almost, Maine in March, 2017, Bay Village Community Theater is proud to announce its second production. The Dining Room by A.R. Gurney will be performed at St. Barnabas’ Parish Hall for five performances running two weekends, opening on Friday, September 22 and closing on Sunday, October 1. Friday and Saturday performances will begin at 8 PM; the Sunday matinee on October 1 will begin at 3 PM. Tickets are $12; seniors (60+) and students (up to age 18) will get a $2 discount.

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household, the place where the family assembled daily for breakfast and dinner and for any and all special occasions. The action is comprised of a mosaic of interrelated scenes – some funny, some touching, some rueful – which taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species: the upper-middle-class WASP. A brilliantly conceived and richly humorous theatrical tour de force in which six (or more) performers portray a wide array of diverse characters as they delineate the dying lifestyle of wealthy WASPdom and the now neglected room which was once a vital center of family life.
For further information, please consult our Facebook page, Bay Village Community Theater. Also watch for updates on our website.



BVCT’s “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” Series continues in July.  After successful performances in March (Murphy’s Wedding, by local playwright Greg Lavelle) and June (The Twelve Pound Look by J.M. Barrie), we can now announce the remainder of the Staged Reading Series for 2017.

July: Excerpts from Inherit the Wind
Performances: Saturday, July 15 at 2 PM at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village Main LoungeSunday, July 16 at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and More, Bay Village

Based on the famous Scopes Monkey Trial, Inherit the Wind is a riveting battle between lawyers Drummond and Brady with the right to teach evolution in schools hanging in the balance.

Performers: Paul Runevitch, Bob Kenderes, Michael Strama, Jessica C. Williams

Director: Tim Peebles

Both performances are open to the public; free admission; donations graciously accepted

September: “Guilty Pleasures” – The Chocolate Affair, 10,000 Cigarettes and more

Performances: Saturday, September 16 at 2 PM at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village Main Lounge; Sunday, September 17 at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and More, Bay Village

Director: Judith Mazur

November: How He Lied to her Husband by George Bernard Shaw

Performances: Saturday, November 18 at 2 PM at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village Main Lounge; Sunday, November 19 at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and More, Bay Village

Director: Tim Jones

December: Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol adapted and directed by Preston Postle.  Performances to be announced.

Join us for these readings. It is truly theater for the ear. Free admission!!



BVCT is teaming up with Clague Playhouse on a Joint Fundraiser on Saturday, October 22! Clague Playhouse is bringing back the popular “2 Mediums at Large”. There will be an afternoon and an evening performance that day. Tickets will be $25 with proceeds to be split between BVCT and Clague. Come out and be entertained by 2 Mediums at Large. Tickets will soon be available on the Clague Playhouse website.



We are looking into doing a staged reading/play using the radio script broadcast of The War of the Worlds. That’s right, it’s the story that spread panic through the radio listeners of the 1938 Halloween episode of The Mercury Theatre on the Air and cemented Orson Welles’ place in history.

We are in negotiations for a possible two location event for two weekends, either in late October or early November (in keeping with the timeliness of the radio version of the story.

Keep a lookout on this website or on our Facebook page for future developments on this project!

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Tickets for Almost Maine, Bay Village Community Theater is Seeking Donations and Sponsors


Discount tickets for “Almost, Maine” available now through January 31. Save $2 off each Adult ticket.

Chosen as the first full production of the Bay Village Community Theater, Almost, Maine offers a lot for our organization to be excited about. It consistently sells out and in 2014 was the most-produced play in North American High Schools for the third time in the last five years.

The New York Times called Almost, Maine“A beautifully structured play, with nifty surprise endings (most but not all of them happy)… [and] a touch of good-natured magic realism.”



Welcome to Almost, Maine. A town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist.

One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost, found, and confounded. And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.

Almost, Maine: It’s love. But not quite.

Discount tickets for “Almost, Maine” available now through January 31. Save $2 off each Adult ticket.

You can help our production by making a tax deductible donation, purchasing an ad in our program or by becoming a sponsor of the show.

Annual Contributors will be listed in our program at the following levels

Visionary $1,000+

Benefactor $500-$999

Sustaining member $250-$499

Patron $100-$249

Friend $50-$99

Donor $25-$49

Member $10-$24

Sponsorships range from $750 – $1000

Ads prices range from $100 – $500

Donations can be made at our website or sent to:

Bay Village Community Theater

PO Box 40451

Bay Village OH 44140

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Reading Series Holiday Show, and Auditions for Our First Full-Length Production!


FREE Tickets for Bay Village Community Theater’s presentation of “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas & “A Christmas Memory” by Truman Capote in their “All the World’s A Stage[d] Reading” Series performed at Mojo’s Coffee & More. 600 Dover Center Road. Bay Village, OH 44140. Sunday December 11 at 5:00pm. Click the button below to get your tickets!

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Bay Village Community Theater auditions for our first full length show. 

ALMOST, MAINE” by John Cariani will be Directed by Chris Bizub. It’s a story about a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada. And it almost doesn’t exist. One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways. The production is set for March 2017.

Auditions will take place at O’Neill Healthcare in the main lounge beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, and Monday, Dec. 12.

Performance dates March 3, 4, 10, 11 at 8pm and March 12 at 3pm.

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Staged Readings Continue in Success, Second Location Added

Trifles audience

The audience filling Mojo’s Coffee and More for our reading of ‘Trifles’

We have just finished our third production of our “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series at Mojo’s Coffee.  Attendance for our second show, “Trifles”, performed on July 10th saw a full capacity crowd enjoying the production.  “Trifles” was written by Susan Glaspell in 1916 loosely based on accounts of a murder in Iowa.

Many thanks to director Lisa Ortenzi and actors Bernice Cernoch, Ruth Ann Havasi, Peter Toomey, Max Glenn, and Tim Jones for their work on “Trifles.”


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‘Wife for a Life’ drew a large audience as well!

Our third production, “A Wife for A Life” written by Eugene O’Neill in 1913 concerning two gold miners in the Arizona desert who are in love with the same woman, was performed on August 14th to a near capacity crowd.  Preston Postle, Colin McCauley, Patrick Meehan, and Leigh Ann Miller Spratt gave performances that left the audience quite pleased.  John Hnat directed.


Bay Village Community Theater and O’Neill’s Healthcare in Bay Village have joined together to present a second location for the staged reading series.  “A Wife for A Life” will be performed in the Main Lobby of O’Neill’s Healthcare on Saturday August 27th at 2 PM and 6 PM.  The public is invited to both performances.

We are looking forward to our partnership with O’Neill’s in the coming months.  It gives us the ability to put on more performances of our one-acts and helps us reach out to the community.


“The Proposal”, a farce written by Anton Chekhov (1890), has been cast.  Directed by Neil Donnelly the cast includes Terry Smith, John Hnat and Margaret Hnat.  How can a marriage proposal go wrong?  Come and find out!  Performance dates are September 11th at 6 PM at Mojo’s Coffee and September 17th at 2 & 6 PM at O’Neill’s Healthcare.


Bay Village Community Theater meets in the Large Meeting Room at the Bay Village Branch Library on Cahoon Road, typically on the last Wednesday of the month.

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“All the World’s a Stage[d Reading] Series off to a great start!


The first audience members arrive to get coffee and a snack before the reading.

There were smiles all around at our inaugural staged reading, beginning the series that will continue every second Sunday through December.  We began the series with “Overruled” by George Bernard Shaw, and the laughter that filled the room during the performance proved the evening to be a great success.  Come see our next reading, “Trifles” on July 10th at 5:30p.m. at Mojo’s Coffee and More in Bay Village.

A tip of the hat to Mojo’s Coffee and More for allowing us to use their space for our performances.

Kudos to John Hnat, Dave Hopkins, Margaret Hnat, Jenny Erbs, and Neil Donnelly for sharing their talents.

See the flyer below for our future performance dates!



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Summer Meeting Times

Bay Village Community Theater meets in the Large Meeting Room of the Bay Village Branch Library, typically on the last Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming Meeting times and dates are:

  1. Wednesday, June 29 @ 7pm
  2. Wednesday, July 27 @ 7pm
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Spring Meeting Times

Bay Village Community Theater meets in the Large Meeting Room at the Bay Village Branch Library on Cahoon Road.

Here are the dates and times of our upcoming meetings:

  1. Wednesday, March 16 @ 7 (3rd Wednesday of month)
  2. Wednesday, April 20 @ 7 (3rd Wednesday of month)
  3. Wednesday, May 18 @ 7 (3rd Wednesday of month)
  4. Wednesday, June 29 @ 7 (last Wednesday of month)
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Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater at Cahoon Community Christmas

The Bay Village Community Theater Singers performed at the Cahoon Community Christmas Event on December 6th.  The joyful chorus listed in order of Christmas Stocking size included…


  • William “No Nickname” Thornton
  • John “El Presidente” Hnat
  • Eileen “Pat Made Me” Meehan
  • Preston “Santa” Postle
  • Margaret “Elf” Sabol-Hnat
  • Jenny “Just Jenny” Erbs
  • Bernie “Festive Sweater” Enochian
  • Margaret “Jingle Bell” Watterson
  • Patrick “Leaping Lord” Meehan
  • Greg “Pitchpipe” Dziama
  • Neil “Witness Protection” Donnelly (Sorry no photo available)



Meanwhile, Cait Chiou staffed our information table where we offered two lovely holiday planters.




John Hnat shares the story of our progress with community members:






Jessica Breslin, branch manager of our own library picks the winners of our Festive Holiday Basket drawing.  Congratulations to our winners!





And a good time was had by all.


Cait Chiou, John Hnat, Bill Thornton, & Pat Meehan

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Welcome to our website!

Who are we, what are we trying to accomplish, and how do we intend to accomplish our goals?

The Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater was formed to preserve community theater in Bay Village after the Cleveland Metroparks announced it was ending its relationship with Huntington Theater, Inc. Our initial informational meeting was held at the Bay Village Library in September 2015. The meeting was set to gauge interest in keeping community theater in Bay Village. From the response, we determined there was and we are moving forward.

Our Mission Statement:

To Continue to Provide Quality Community Theater and Theater Education for the City of Bay Village.

Summary Plan:

Our first order of business has already been successfully completed! We attained non-profit 501(c)(3) status and are now accepting donations that are tax deductible to the donor.

Our next step, secure a permanent home for our group. Our first choice is to return to the Huntington Playhouse, which is property of the Metroparks. We have had several conversations with Metroparks to show our interest. We have written a letter describing how the facility could be utilized by our group and how we would approach funding our efforts. Our goal to secure the current Huntington Playhouse facilities is our present first choice for many reasons.

A formal Business Plan is presently being finalized to present to the Metroparks for consideration. We wish to become a welcomed affiliate of the Metroparks using the current Huntington Playhouse.

We feel we are the best choice to be considered as the next occupant of that location. If the Metroparks decides to use the building for a different purpose, we will then attempt to secure another location in the City of Bay Village.


First, become an active part of our effort by:

Sharing/Volunteering your talents: we need willing people with many different talents to fulfill our goal. We need fundraisers, grant writers, set designers, lighting designers, people to help make our future facility a gem to the community. In short, we need willing hands across the board; please let us know of your interest and talents and we will be more than happy to welcome you.

Attend meetings: to be up-to-date on what is happening with our organization, I encourage you to attend our regularly scheduled meetings and become a member of the organization.

Donate: your time, your efforts, and now even your money. Did I mention that we are a 501(c)(3) organization? Any money you donate is tax-deductible. December 31 is approaching; we would love for you to consider our organization and its goals as a worthy beneficiary of your charity.

Visit this site often for updates: we will be using this site to update everyone.

Tell your friends: if you wish to have community theater continue in Bay Village, please spread the word about our organization. If we all pull in one direction, amazing things can happen! Many hands make a challenging task much easier.


John J. Hnat
Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater

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