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Notre Dame College Performing Arts Programs are joining with neighbor organizations to present the College’s new Community Series for summer 2022 with multiple music and theatre programs, including several events taking place outdoors.

The College continues its connections with the City of South Euclid Ray Rhode Series of concerts and The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival outdoor performances—and announces two new partnerships one each with Heights Youth Theatre and Ensemble Theatre.

All events in the Community Series are free and open to the public, with the Heights Youth Theatre program yet to announce whether it will charge. Visitors are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and refreshments for outdoor concerts and theatre. Parking is free. Enter campus at 1875 S. Green Road.

The Notre Dame Community Series is expected to open and close with performances on the steps of the College’s historic Administration Building: A pop band concert from The Pop Tarts on Sunday, June 5, and a Hillcrest Concert Band performance on Sunday, July 31.

The College is scheduled to host the Akron Symphonic Winds on Sunday, July 3, with a special Independence Day program. That holiday weekend opens with the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival scheduled for Friday, July 1. Both are on the Administration Building lawn.

A Heights Youth Theatre production is slated for June. An Ensemble Theatre performance is set for June with their free summer camp for youth of all ages and performance in July. All three are in Regina Auditorium on the College campus.

Heights Youth Theatre is a non-profit organization committed to providing quality children’s theatre on the East Side of Cleveland. The group counts comedian and actor Molly Shannon and musician and singer Jim Brickman among its alumni. Ensemble Theatre serves greater Cleveland and the Midwest region with their productions and support of new works in modern American classic theatre, as well as their free summer camp for youth.

The free Notre Dame Community Series for Summer 2022:

  • City of South Euclid Ray Rhode Series presents The Pop Tarts, a Cleveland-are 1960s girl cover band: Sunday, June 5, at 7 p.m. on the Administration Building lawn. The College’s Falcon Café will be open during this concert.
  • Heights Youth Theatre Production yet to be announced: Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, both at 7:30 p.m. in Regina Auditorium.
  • Ensemble Theatre offers an intimate reading of “Light Post:” Saturday, June 18, at 7 p.m. in Regina Auditorium. Donations are encouraged.
  • Cleveland Shakespeare Festival performs “Hamlet:” Friday, July 1, at 7 p.m. on the Administration Building lawn. The campus café will be open during this event.
  • City of South Euclid Ray Rhode Series features Akron Symphonic Winds: Sunday, July 3, at 7 p.m. on the Administration Building lawn. The Falcon Café will be open.
  • Ensemble Theatre Summer Camp: weekdays from Monday, July 11, through Friday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Regina Auditorium, culminating with a performance on Saturday, July 23, at 3 p.m., also in the auditorium.
  • City of South Euclid Ray Rhode Series sponsors the Hillcrest Concert Band: Sunday, July 31, at 7 p.m. on the Administration Building lawn. The Falcon Café will be open.

The Hillcrest Concert Band is considered one of the best adult community bands in the country. Hillcrest represents seven cities on the east side of Cleveland. The band plays a full complement of instruments and performs music of the masters, overtures, Broadway show music, swing and ragtime, solo and ensembles, patriotic music and a variety of American and international marches.

The City of South Euclid Ray Rhode Series at Notre Dame College is sponsored by One South Euclid, a nonprofit community development corporation, in collaboration with the city. The series is named for the former city concert organizer who helped establish the program.

The Cleveland Shakespeare Festival encourages community by performing Shakespeare’s works outside in numerous locations throughout Greater Cleveland each summer to reach audiences that may be unable to attend or less comfortable in a traditional theatre setting.

Additional information about Notre Dame’s performing arts programs, which include academic degrees in music and theatre entrepreneurship, academic minors, and performing ensembles, is available online.

As part of the College’s dedication to arts education, performing arts scholarships are available to students, regardless of their academic interests or athletic involvement. All students are welcomed! Auditions are required for acceptance into majors, minors, and performing ensembles. Auditions can occur in person or virtually.

May 2022

About Notre Dame College

Notre Dame College is a private, Catholic, liberal arts college in South Euclid, Ohio, committed to teaching students how to make a good living and live a good life. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master’s degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. For more information, visit NotreDameCollege.edu.