The Théâtre Jeune Public shines a light on children and families: Talk of the Towns

BROADVIEW HEIGHTS, Ohio – Theatre-for-Young-Audiences USA is the leading national organization for the professional field of children’s and family theater, representing more than 1,000 member theaters, organizations and individual artists in 47 states. Dedicated to ensuring that all young people have access to high-quality theater experiences, TYA/USA offers diverse programming and provides a network for exchange that connects professionals working across the industry.

monster in the closet, by Angela D. Stewart, is a TYA production to be performed at the Broadview Heights Spotlights Theatre, 9543 Broadview Rd. Show dates are Saturdays and Sundays, October 8-16, Saturdays at 2 and 6 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. All tickets are $10 and can be purchased at There will be pre-show activities as well as opportunities to meet the cast.

monster in the closet tells the story of Emily, who has a big problem. Not only is she sent to bed just as she reaches the highest level of her new video game, but there’s a monster in her closet. It’s not just his imagination. Her friend Stephanie saw it too. Being teased by her brother and his friends, Emily and Stephanie recruit some of their own friends to help capture the monster.

The cast includes Julia Ziel, Car Reitz, Lisa Mortensen, Sophia Wapp, Alexis Curtin, Elise Miller, Lillian Kasik, Avery Pyo, Maya Poveki, Raegan Kazy, Jake Thomas, Julie Onderak, Mark Hilan, Greg Moore, Fox Lugo, Bella Mortensen , Kaz Chaplain and Charley Carmichael. The show is directed by Brenton Cochran and Kayleigh Joyce, and produced by Jean Brennan.

National Merit Semi-Finalist: Akshita Kannan, a senior from North Royalton Secondary School, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2023 National Excellence Scholarship Scheme.

The 2021 PSAT/NMSQT served as the initial selection of applicants for the 2023 National Merit Scholarship Program. 000 semi-finalists based on state allocation.

Akshita Kannan, a senior from North Royalton Secondary School, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2023 National Excellence Scholarship Scheme.

The semifinalists are the top scorers in each of the 50 states and represent less than one percent of high school students in each state. Although semi-finalist qualifying scores vary from state to state, the scores of all semi-finalists are extremely high.

Before Semifinalists can be considered for Merit Scholarships, Semifinalists must qualify as Finalists by completing the National Merit Scholarship Application using the NMSC Online Scholarship Application and fulfilling several other conditions. The finalists will be announced in February.

“Akshita is an engaged student who positively represents NoRoNation in the classroom and in many other ways,” said Principal Sean Osborne, North Royalton City Schools. “She will no doubt be able to successfully pursue any career field that interests her after high school.”

Kannan is the Vice President of Key Club, a Spanish club leader, member of the National Honor Society, Link Crew, Letterman’s Club, Mock Trial, Model UN, and Yearbook Club. She is also a varsity tennis player for the school’s women’s team. After graduation, Kannan hopes to major in economics.

Seed pods: Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, along with many other Soil & Water Conservation Districts across Ohio, is collecting common milkweed pods through Nov. 15. The seed pods will be processed by the Ohio Pollinator Habitat Initiative to establish new plantings and create additional monarch butterfly habitat throughout Ohio. Common milkweed seed pods can be dropped off at the office of Cuyahoga SWCD, 3311 Perkins Ave., Suite 100, Cleveland, OH 44114 at any time in the collection bin located on the west side of the building near the garage door. Contact the office for more information at 216-524-6580, ext. 1005 or email [email protected]

When collecting pods from a common milkweed plant, it is best to pick them when they are dry and gray or brown in color. If the seam jumps with light pressure, it may be plucked. Picked pods are best stored in a paper bag, avoid using plastic bags as they tend to collect and retain moisture. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place until you are available to drop them off. Label your bags with the county in which they were picked up. Go to for more information.

Milkweed is the only plant that the monarch butterfly uses for egg laying and caterpillar rearing. It also serves as a food source for monarch butterflies as well as many other pollinator species. The disappearance of milkweed in the United States has contributed to an 80% decline in the eastern monarch butterfly population over the past 20 years. Cuyahoga SWCD is working hard to change that and you can help. Cuyahoga SWCD’s mission is to implement programs and practices that protect and restore healthy soil and water resources.

Garden Club: Pat Cotsman and Nathalie Petri, two local gardeners with proven expertise in saving tropical plants such as canna, elephant ears, caladiums and dahlias from year to year will share tips at the Emerald Necklace meeting Garden Club on Thursday, October 13 on how these favorites can be brought indoors and enjoyed over winter as houseplants. The meeting is held at Christ the Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9201 Brecksville Rd.

The business meeting is at 9:15 a.m. and the presentation of the speakers begins at 10:00 a.m. The presentation also includes information on overwintering geraniums, begonias and coleus as well as more unusual tropical plants, such as brugmansia. Guests are welcome but must register for the meeting with Julie at [email protected] or 330-807-9050. Additional information is available at

Follow ENGC on Facebook at Emerald Necklace Garden Club for a variety of interesting garden news.

University evening: College Night will be sponsored by the Cuyahoga Valley College Night Consortium on Thursday, October 6, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, 8001 Brecksville Rd. A Kent State University financial aid presentation will be held from 6 p.m. 15 to 19 p.m.

More than eighty colleges and universities will participate. This event is in coordination with the Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling.

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