MADISON, OH – “Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo JR” opens July 13 at Rabbit Run Theater as this year’s youth production at the theater.
With music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez and book adapted by Lindsay Anderson, “Finding Nemo JR” is a family-friendly musical.
The show follows the adventures of Marlin, an overprotective clownfish and his young clownfish son, Nemo in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
Curious about the world, Nemo strays from the reef only to be captured by fishermen. Marlin must face his greatest fears as he sets off on an epic adventure across the ocean to find Nemo.
For the second year running, Molly Lorek is directing and musically directing the youth production at Rabbit Run. Lorek has performed and worked backstage for numerous productions at theaters across Northeast Ohio, and served for several years as the drama director at Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School.
Performing the role of Nemo is fifth grader Charlie Halapy. While this is the first time Halapy has appeared in a show at Rabbit Run, he has performed in several productions at the Fine Arts Association in Willoughby.
Nemo’s father, Marlin, is played by 13-year-old Xavier Squires, and high school sophomore Makenna Hagan is appearing as Marlin’s side kick, the forgetful Dory. Hagan performed in Rabbit Run’s youth production “Junie B. Jones, Jr., the Musical” last summer.
Tickets for all performances are available by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or on line at www.rabbitrun.org. Tickets are $17, adult; $15, senior and student; and $13 for youth 12 and under.
The show is rated for general audiences.
All evening performances for “Disney and Pixar’s Finding Nemo JR” begin at 7:30 p.m. The matinee on July 15 begins at 2 p.m. Rabbit Run Theater is located at 5648 W. Chapel Rd., Madison, OH.
Guests are welcome to bring a picnic meal to enjoy on the grounds of the theater prior to a show in the picnic pavilion or courtyards.
While at the theater patrons have the opportunity to purchase a raffle ticket for Bunny Bucks Cash Raffle, RRCAA’s annual fundraiser.
The Grand Prize is $10,000; second place prize is $4,000, and the third place prize is $1,000. Additional Bonus Prizes, each with a value of at least $100, are being awarded weekly through Aug. 21.
Only 1,000 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $50 each. The cash prizes will be announced Aug. 26. Tickets may be purchased by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, the RRCAA office at 440-428-5913 or online at rabbitrun.org.
Rabbit Run receives partial funding from the Ohio Arts Council, Dworken & Bernstein, Hearn Plumbing, Heating & Air, Huffman-Mayer-Paolo Wealth Management Group.
Rabbit Run Theater also appreciates the support from the Remarkable Lake County and their Arts & Culture Grant program.
Rabbit Run Theater is one of the few barn theaters still in operation and operates under the auspices of RRCAA, a non-profit organization offering year-round instruction in all the major disciplines of the fine and performing arts.
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Main post photo credit: Kathy Sandham.
Pictured (left) Makenna Hagan as Dory and (right) Xavier Squires as Marlin.
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2023 Rabbit Run Theater Productions
MY OHIO FUN ROAD TRIP NOTES:
Before you go:
Purchase tickets ahead of time by calling the box office at 440-428-7092, Wednesday through Sunday, 3 to 7 p.m. or online at www.rabbitrun.org.
Dress for the weather. On beautiful days the doors are opened during the productions.
Picnic tables are available.
Limited refreshments are also available.
Parking is free.
Where to enjoy dinner before the show:
Brennan’s Fish House (14 miles)
Crosswinds Grille – Geneva-on-the-Lake (10 miles)
Grand River Cellars Winery – Madison (10 miles)
Pickle Bill’s Lobster House – Grand River (14 miles)
Silvestro’s Depot Cafe – Painesville (12 miles)
4th largest Amish Country – Geauga County
Covered Bridges (19) – Ashtabula County
Geneva-on-the-Lake – Ashtabula County
The Holden Arboretum – Kirtland
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – Mentor
Lake County Captains – Mentor
Lake County History Center – Mentor
Lake Metroparks Farmpark – Kirtland
Where to stay:
There are two hotels located just off the freeway in Madison. The Hampton Inn- Madison and the Holiday Inn Express. Other options available are the Hampton Inn – Ashtabula, Punderson Manor Lodge in Newbury, the Comfort Inn Painesville, Hampton Inn & Suites Mentor and/or Lawnfield Inn & Suites Mentor. For those who also want to spend time in Ohio’s Wine Country, we would suggest The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake or The Lakehouse Inn.
Local Visitor Information:
Akron – 75 miles
Ashtabula – 19 miles
Canton – 87 miles
Cleveland – 45 miles
Columbus – 215 miles
Erie, PA – 65 miles
Medina – 70 miles
Pittsburgh – 140 miles
Youngstown – 70 miles