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Published: Thursday, 6/14/2007

Osmond to kick off varied season at Ritz

TIFFIN - The Ritz Theatre's upcoming season of events for 2007-2008 will showcase a wide variety of acts, including a number of oldies but goodies.

Donny Osmond, who's been a singing sensation since he was 5, will kick things off in September. He'll be followed by other classic musical performers, such as The Association ("Never My Love") and Tommy James and the Shondells ("Crystal Blue Persuasion").

On stage, theatergoers will have a chance to see favorites such as The Nutcracker, Grease, and Oscar Wilde's comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Subscription sales begin Monday and individual event ticket sales start July 16. Ticket and other information is available from the Ritz Theatre box office at 30 South Washington St. in Tiffin, by phone at 419-448-8544, or online at www.ritztheatre.org.

Here is the full Ritz Theatre 2007-2008 season schedule:

•Donny Osmond, Sept. 8, 7:30 p.m.

•Jo Dee Messina, Sept. 19, 7:30 p.m.

•Family and Classic Films: Family Fun Films - Sept. 22, Nov. 24, Jan. 19, March 15, and May 10, 2:00 p.m. Matinee Classics - Oct. 25, Dec. 12, Feb. 6, April 16, and June 25, 2008, 2 p.m.

•First Friday series of performers, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 7, April 11, May 2, June 6, 7:30 p.m.

•Stella Parton, with special guest Lost State of Franklin, Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m.

•The Importance of Being Earnest, presented by the Ritz Players, Oct. 19, 20, and 27, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 28, 2 p.m.

•Draw The Line, an Aerosmith tribute band, Nov. 3, 7:30 p.m.

•The Association, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m.

•Rally at The Ritz, pep rally prior to the Ohio State/Michigan football game followed by the game, Nov. 17, 10:30 a.m.

•Heidelberg College/Tiffin University Holiday Concert, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m.

•The Nutcracker, performed by Von Heidecke's Chicago Festival Ballet, Dec. 15, 7:30 p.m.

•Arthur, Live! presents Arthur Tricks the Tooth Fairy, Jan. 21, 3 and 7 p.m.

•Tommy James and the Shondells, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m.

•Alon Goldstein, pianist, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m.

•Grease, presented by the Ritz Players, Feb. 22, 23, and March 1, 7:30 p.m., and March 2, 2 p.m.

•Nobodies of Comedy, March 8, 7:30 p.m.

•Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, featuring Peter Madcat Ruth and Joel Brown, musical ensemble, April 4, 7:30 p.m.

•Rehearsal for Murder, presented by the Ritz Players, April 25, 26, and May 3, 7:30 p.m., and May 4, 2 p.m.

•Toledo Symphony Orchestra presents Broadway's Best, April 27, 3 p.m.

•Amy Grant, May 8, 7:30 p.m.

•trideaDANCE, May 17, 7:30 p.m.

•Stepping Out, presented by the Ritz Players, July 11, 12, and 19, 2008, 7:30 p.m., and July 20, 2008, 2 p.m.

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