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Porthouse Theatre continues 2014 season with ‘Starmites’

Eleanor (Lucy Anders) marvels over her favorite comic book Starmites as the not so fictional characters of Spacepunk (Daniel Lindenberger) and Diva (Colleen Longshaw) look on.
Eleanor (Lucy Anders) marvels over her favorite comic book Starmites as the not so fictional characters of Spacepunk (Daniel Lindenberger) and Diva (Colleen Longshaw) look on.
Porthouse Theatre

Critically-acclaimed production features strong female leads and high energy entertainment

Porthouse Theatre is Kent State University’s renowned outdoor summer theater that performs on the grounds of Blossom Music Center. This year marks the 46th season. After a spectacular opening with the musical “My Fair Lady”, Porthouse Theatre continues its 2014 season with the opening on July 4th, 2014 of “Starmites”. The performances will run through July 19th with a preview performance to take place on Jul 3, 2014. “Starmites” is directed by Michael McIntosh.

Eleanor is really into comic books, so much so that she finds herself escaping into a fantasy world of high energy adventure where humans and heroes discover love, loyalty, inner strength all to a pulsing doo-wop beat. It is in her fantasy world of “Innerspace” that Eleanor discovers that there may be more to the stories than just the stories themselves.

“Starmites” was nominated for six Tony Awards following its debut on Broadway in 1989. The show was written by Barry Keating and Stuart Ross. Performances for “Starmites” are set for July 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 15, 16, 17, 18, and 19 at 8:00 p.m. with the Sundays, July 6 and 13 performances scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

The show’s cast consists of Actors’ Equity Association member Colleen Longshaw as Diva/Eleanor’s Mother as well as members of Porthouse Theatre’s Young Professional Company that is composed of Lucy Anders, Jessica Nicole Benson, Mackenzie Duan, Grace Falasco, Miriam Henkel-Moellmann, Daniel Lindenberger, Elliott Litherland, Darian Lunsford, Dylan Ratell, and Christopher D. Tuck.

Starmites is choreographed by Amy Fritsche and music directed by Jennifer Korecki. Costume design is by Susan Williams, lighting design is by Carly Shiner, scene design is by Steve Pauna, sound design is by Brian Chismar and technical direction is by Ryan T. Patterson. Stage Manager is Joshua Brown. Actors Equity Production Stage Manager is Derric Nolte.

Tickets and subscriptions are available by calling (330) 672-3884 or may be purchased online at or in person at the Porthouse Box Office located in the Roe Green Center lobby of the Center for the Performing Arts at 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, OH 44242. The box office is open Monday – Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The box office accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover, checks, and cash.

Gold Center tickets refer to the best seats, senior pricing applies to individuals age 60+ and student pricing applies to those 18 and under or with valid college ID.

Flex Tix subscriptions, which allow guests to select one ticket per show for any performance to fit any schedule, are $90; Gift Flex Tix gift cards are $93.

Thursday Preview Performance Series prices are as follows: Gold Center $63, Left and Right Center $57. Opening Night performances (includes a free reception): Gold Center $90, adults and seniors $81, students $60. Saturday Weekend Series (choose one of three sets of Saturday show dates): Gold Center $87, adults $78, seniors $72 and students $51.

Sunday Weekend Series (choose one of two sets of Sunday show dates): Gold Center $75, adults $66, seniors $60, and students $48. Weekday Series (choose one of two sets of show dates on either Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday): Gold Center $78, adults $69, seniors $63 and students $48.

Special rates for groups of 20 or more are available, as are student rates. Single tickets, ranging from $28 - $37 for adults and seniors and $16 - $24 for students, are on sale now.

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