Beck Center for the Arts

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Beck Center for the Arts
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The Beck Center
Formation 1931
Type Theatre group
Location
  • 17801 Detroit Avenue Lakewood, Ohio 44107
Website beckcenter.org

Beck Center for the Arts in Lakewood, Ohio, is a non-profit, performing arts and arts education organization. It is the largest theater and arts center on Cleveland's West Shore, educating and entertaining over 65,000 people per year. On its 3½ acre campus, Beck Center houses two stages producing live theater for children, teens and adults; two gallery spaces, and over thirty classrooms for educational programming for children and adults. It offers classes in visual arts, music, theater and dance.

The Beck Center was originally named the “Guild of the Masques” when it was founded by Richard Kay in 1929; formally incorporating as the Lakewood Little Theatre in 1933. The group moved onto its current site in Lakewood, Ohio in a theater originally designed for the movies, the Lucier, in 1938. They redesigned the interior space for live plays and purchased the building in 1943. In the following decades, the group bought up contiguous land, and, in 1972 began a capital campaign to build a new center. They were successful in raising $600,000 which was matched by ad exec Kenneth C. Beck and the current Beck Center was built in 1975.[1]

Beck Center for the Arts hosts the longest running youth theater program in the United States, running for nearly sixty years.

Productions[edit]

2015-2016 Season Professional Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
The Spitfire Grill September 18 - October 18 Mackey Main Stage
Mothers and Sons October 9 - November 15 Studio Theater
Mary Poppins December 4 - January 3 Mackey Main Stage
In the Heights February 12 - February 28 Mackey Main Stage
Shining city April 1 - May 1 Studio Theater
Heathers May 27 - July 2 Studio Theater
Billy Elliot July 8 - August 14 Mackey Main Stage

2015-2016 Season Youth Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
A Little Princess November 5 - November 8 Mackey Main Stage
Happily Forever After December 11 - December 20 Studio Theater
Bright Ideas February 2 - March 6 Studio Theater
Big the Musical May 13 - May 22 Mackey Main Stage

2014-2015 Season Professional Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
Forever Plaid September 12 - October 12 Mackey Main Stage
[Title of Show] October 10 - November 16 Studio Theater
Mary Poppins December 5 - January 4 Mackey Main Stage
Dogfight February 6 - March 15 Studio Theater
Lend Me a Tenor March 27 - April 26 Mackey Main Stage
The Young Man From Atlanta May 29 - June 28 Studio Theater
American Idiot July 10 - August 16 Mackey Main Stage

2014-2015 Season Youth Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
Mr. Toad's Mad Adventures November 6 - November 9 Mackey Main Stage
Hillbilly Holiday December 12 - December 21 Studio Theater
Chicago February 20 - March 1 Mackey Main Stage
Oliver! May 15 - May 24 Mackey Main Stage

2013-2014 Season Professional Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
She Loves Me September 20 - October 20 Mackey Main Stage
33 Variations October 11 - November 17 Studio Theater
Annie December 6 - January 5 Mackey Main Stage
Carrie the Musical February 7 - March 9 Mackey Main Stage
'night, Mother March 21 - May 4 Studio Theater
Seminar: A Comedy May 30 - June 29 Studio Theater
Young Frankenstein July 11 - August 17 Mackey Main Stage

2013-2014 Season Youth Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
The Pied Piper pf Hamelin November 7 - November 10 Mackey Main Stage
Law and Order: Fairy Tale Unit December 13 - December 22 Studio Theater
The Children's Hour February 21 - March 2 Mackey Main Stage
The Wizard of Oz May 9 - May 18 Mackey Main Stage

2009-2010 Season Youth Theater[edit]

Show Date Location
The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe November 5 - November 8 Mackey Main Stage
All Greek to Me December 11 - December 20 Studio Theater
Twelve Angry Jurors February 19 - February 28 Studio Theater
Seussical The Musical! May 14 - May 22 Mackey Main Stage

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lakewood Little Theatre/Beck Center". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. 19 July 1997. Retrieved 22 December 2015. 

External links[edit]

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