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Welcome to Fall 2017 in Beautiful Southern Ohio

Wow it seems like just last month that we opened the 2017 Season. What a great year it has been so far! Thank you for your support!

The Paxton Theatre Foundation is focused on four areas of performing arts education; Live Theatre, Speaker Series, Live and Local Concerts and The Paint Valley Jamboree.

Now in it’s 53rd season, the Paint Valley Jamboree, Presented by The Rockhold, Brown & Company Bank, continues to grow and looks to be a staple at the Paxton for years to come. The fall lineup includes both veteran and new performers and will continue to bring the best of live country music entertainment to the region. The Jamboree enjoys the distinction of being the Longest Running Country Music Show in the State of Ohio. Our Jamboree Sings competition in the spring each year provides a unique educational opportunity for aspiring singers and musicians to work live with a professional band on a stage that hosted the likes of Loretta Lynn and Waylon Jennings.

The Live and Local Series, Presented by WVNU Radio 97.5 FM is off to a great start in its inaugural year bringing the best of other venues including Bluegrass, Rock & R&B to The Paxton. McGuffey Lane, Phil Dirt and The Dozers, Terry Lee and His Rockaboogie Band, Joe Mullins, 7 Mile Bluegrass and The Kenny Valentine Band highlight the Live and Local Series.

We are especially pleased to have been selected by The RFD Network television series Best Of America By Horseback show as the host theatre for filming their two 2017 Christmas Shows, Saturday November 4th and Sunday November 5th to honor our Military and Veterans. It will be a special weekend with dignitaries, military pageantry, carriage rides and other activities in the community supported by Bainbridge Connection and The Highland & Ross County Visitors Bureaus.

Our speaker series supports our key objective of bringing community based educational programs to the region. Many thanks to The Arc Of Appalachia for holding their Wild Flower and Firefly presentations at The Paxton. Each were world class educational presentations supported by activities in the field with teaching points relative to our unique environment.

The Paxton Theatre Foundation Children’s Summer Theatre Camp and production of Shrek The Musical Jr. was a success beyond measure. Driving forces behind this wonderful endeavor are director’s Jeff & Jenna Horick. Jeff and Jenna, both Hillsboro educators, selflessly dedicate the majority of their summer vacation to make this theatre camp and production available for area youth.

This year forty-seven children from five surrounding counties carried out fifty-four stage and support roles at the theatre camp and or in the production of Shrek The Musical Jr.

Bainbridge Mural Artist Pam Kellough painted an exquisite mural across the back wall of the stage to bring Shrek’s forest to life inside the Paxton. The painting is styled after Southern Ohio’s native temperate deciduous forest and will remain on the wall to serve as a backdrop for varied events for years to come.

Twenty-six additional community members stepped in to help with the production in various ways, including: set building, music, costuming, choreography, lighting, sound, ticketing, promotion, concessions and more. It truly takes a village to make the summer youth theatre program a success and the village responded.

As arts programs continue to lose footing in school systems across the country, community programs like this one, and the dedicated volunteers who make them happen, are more important than ever. Thank you!

The Paxton Youth Theatre production of Dreamwork’s Shrek the Musical Jr. was sponsored in part by Ohio Asphaltic Limestone Company, Kirk Law Offices, Bainbridge Dairy Queen, Paint Valley Hardware, Batter Up Bakery, Rockhold Brown & Co. Bank, Dr. Larry Dukes, and Anna’s Army.

We close by recognizing Paxton Theatre Foundation Board of members David Scott, facilities director for Ohio University-Chillicothe, Bob Brown, theatre major, producer and director, Stephanie McDonald, secretary for the foundation board. Thank you for your hard work and support.

How can you Help? Thanks for asking! Here’s how:

▪ Volunteer! Go HERE and fill out the volunteer questionnaire.

▪ Rent the beautiful Paxton Theatre for your upcoming community or private event by clicking HERE.

▪ Audition for Jamboree Sings, plays, musicals and other live events HERE.

▪ Sponsor a show and or activity of your choice to advertise your company by contacting us HERE.

▪ Donate to the Paxton Theatre 501c3 Foundation or sponsor a child at our youth theatre camp HERE.

Regarding Tax Information; The Paxton Theatre Foundation, EIN 47-2936846, “is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code”.

No benefit can be bestowed upon any donor in exchange for this contribution…other than the joy of giving to an organization that supports community based performing arts.