'Hudson Madness' supports Field House

The second annual "Hudson Madness" fundraiser benefiting Field House development at Hudson Memorial Stadium will take place March 9 at 7 p.m. at The Country Club of Hudson. The 2012 Hudson Madness event raised $12,500.

This year's event will include an opportunity to win $5,000 in the "Big-Madness Bracket," live entertainment featuring the Half-Tight Band with special guest Shane Didow, and an event raffle including several sports, entertainment and travel prize packages. Admission is free, with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar.

Only 64 "Big Madness Bracket" entries will be sold. The purchase of a $250 bracket ticket secures a randomly designated slot in the NCAA basketball tournament bracket, which will correspond to a specific team after selection Sunday. The team picked for that slot will become the ticket-holder's team for the tournament. The person with the winning team will win $5,000. Entry also includes 10 raffle tickets and two beverage tickets.

To purchase a "Big Madness Bracket" entry before the event, or for more information, contact Tom Murphy at tom.murphy13@aol.com or Mike Orazen at


WRA to serve Madrigal Feaste Feb. 15-16

Western Reserve Academy's Fine and Performing Arts Department will present its 18th annual Madrigal Feaste Feb. 15 and 16 at 6:15 p.m. The event will feature the Academy Choir in full Renaissance costume, as well as strolling musicians, jugglers, trumpeters, harpsichord players, singers, the royal court and, of course, the court jester.

The evening will begin with a traditional mulled wine and cider reception at 6:15 p.m., followed by a festive procession into the medieval McCuskey Manor, located in the Ellsworth Dining Hall. That is followed by a boar's head procession and dinner, prepared in a style befitting a royal Renaissance banquet, couple with the entrance of the flaming pudding, entertainment from the jester's masque, and serenading by members of the performing troupes.

Tickets are $45 per person, and include dinner, wassail toast, wine and entertainment, along with free parking. Feel free to come dressed in costume or festive best.

Seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 330-650-4400 ext. 3005, or by visiting www.wra.net/madrigal-feaste-2013. For more information, email Judy Israelson at israelsonj@wra.net.

The Madrigal Feaste benefits WRA's Music Travel Fund.

Walsh Jesuit to stage 'Les Miserables'

The CenterStage Theater Department at Walsh Jesuit High School will present its spring musical production of "Les Miserables, School Edition," March 7 and 14 at 7 p.m.; March 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m.; and March 9, 10, 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. in the Walsh Jesuit High School Theater, 4550 Wyoga Lake Road in Cuyahoga Falls. There will be two preview performances at 7 p.m. March 5 and 6, and a special Student Price Performance March 13 at 7 p.m. where any students can get in for $6.

The musical has been one of the all-time biggest hits on Broadway and the unforgettable characters bring its powerful message of redemption to the stage with this all sung, award winning show production. It was written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, and was based upon the novel by Victor Hugo. The music is by Claude-Michel Schonberg with lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. The show is put on through the cooperation of Music Theatre International and Cameron Mackintosh. "Les Miserables" is also experiencing a huge rebirth as a major motion picture starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, and Anne Hathaway, and there is also a national tour of the Broadway show currently running. Director David Banks says,

"This is probably the most intense production we have put on at CenterStage as well as one of the largest," said David Banks, director of Walsh Jesuit's performance. "We have custom made costumes, sets and special effects, a professional live orchestra, 25-member crew, and a 55-member cast all teaming together to make for an unforgettable theatrical experience."

Kyle Glascott of Hudson plays Marius. Ellie Finkenthal of Hudson plays Young Cosette.

The cast also includes Casey Liptak and Katie Valenziano from Hudson.

Senior citizens and preschool children can take in a special priced $6 ticket for the matinee showing on March 10 and 11 at 2 p.m. Group discounts can be arranged for any night by calling 330-929-4205 ext. 167. Ticket prices for "Les Miserables School Edition" are $12 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens. The price for the preview shows are $6.

For more information on the upcoming production, or to reserve seats and buy tickets, go to www.walshjesuit.org call 330-929-4205 or email wjcenterstage@gmail.com.

Goddard Schools begin fundraising effort

To celebrate 25 years of service to their communities, Goddard Schools are kicking off the national organization's 25th anniversary festivities with a fundraising campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities, with the hopes of helping reach a national goal of $250,000 by Feb. 15.

The majority of the money raised locally will stay in each school's community.

In addition to each school's fundraising efforts, children will create birthday cards to support children served by their local RMHC Chapter. The birthday cards will be distributed throughout the year by RMHC directors to pediatric patients or family members. For every card that Goddard Schools collect, Goddard Systems Inc. will donate $1 to RMHC (up to $25,000).

For more information, contact The Goddard School in Hudson at 330-653-3766 or HudsonOH@goddardschools.com.