Category Archives: Xenia

Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” Coming Xenia Theater June 15


Go to the X-ACT’s website for tickets and additional information about the play.

This June 15-24 production is being sponsored by Tiffany Jewelers located at 179 W. Main Street and the opening Gala fundraiser is sponsored by The Cafe Ole located at 131 N. Allison Avenue.

“The Fantasticks” Still Playing April 20-22

“The Fantasticks,” the long-running comedic musical, opened its two-week run at the Kettering Health Network Theater on April 13. X*ACT (Xenia Area Community Theater located at 45 E. Second St.,) is producing this well known show, written by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt. The timeless musical fable, filled with romantic excitement, adventurous abductions, singing, and dancing boasted almost 17,000 performances during its epic run off- Broadway from 1960 through 2000.

Linda Troy directs this rendition, with choreography by Daryl Copeland and music provided by Sheri Snell. The story tells of two teen neighbors who have fallen in love, unbeknownst to their parents, who are hatching a matchmaking plan to get the two young lovers together – complicating a situation already in the making. The twists and confusion of this setup by the characters causes a must-see show for the entire family. This production gave us such classic tunes as “Try to Remember” and “Soon Its Gonna Rain.”


The cast is from Yellow Springs, Spring Valley, Xenia, Miamisburg and Dayton. The Asst. Director is N. Lynn Brown, lighting and sound is provided by technical director Harry Woosley with Mike Frazier at Sound and Steve Edwards and Ron Goble providing set construction for this riddling romp.

Performances run on April 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm and April 22 matinees at 3 pm. Tickets are $15 for general admission: $12 for students and seniors.

For further information or reservations, contact X*ACT at (937)372-0516 or get tickets early at

Xenia Republican Women’s Club Meeting March 12

The Xenia Republican Women’s Club will hold its first regular meeting of the year on Monday, March 12, 7 p.m. at The Oaks Commons. The speaker will be Elaine Herrick who is a local political activist. She will discuss the importance of volunteerism between now and this fall election.

For more information, contact Pauline Clark ar

X*ACT Presents the Celebrity Old Time Radio Show


Comedy! Drama! Old Fashioned Commercials! The Xenia Area Community Theater, Inc. is proud to present it’s third Old Time Radio Show with Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless, various educators, county and city officials, community leaders and X*ACT actors portraying Jack Benny, Helen Trent, The Bickersons and Father Knows Best. Also presented will be two one-act Reader’s Theater productions. Epistles: Letters From Beyond, an original play by Rick Sivers and Fourteen by Alice Gerstenberg will both be performed by Jim Harworth, a local businessman and Hollywood actress Julia Nickson who has appeared in many movies and television series.

An Opening Night Gala will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres and a chance to mingle with the actors. The Gala is sponsored by Elmcroft with the food by Nick’s Restaurant. Tickets for Opening Night, March 9th at 7:30pm are $20 each or $35 per couple. Performances of March 10th at 7:30pm and March 11th at 3:00pm are $10 for X*ACT members and $12 general admission. For more information and reservations, call 937-372-0516 or for online ticketing. X*ACT is located at 45 East Second Street in downtown Xenia OH.

Coming to Xenia Theater: Precious Heart

Xenia Downtown Revitalization Committee (XDRC) Invites Participation in the Next Community Meeting

The Xenia Downtown Revitalization Committee (XDRC) – a group of dedicated community volun­teers, business owners, nonprofit organizations, and City personnel working together for the fu­ture of downtown – is hosting a Community meet­ing to update the public on accomplishments of 2011 and seek input and volunteers for 2012.

Over the past year, XDRC has been working closely with the City of Xenia to im­prove our downtown. Among the accomplishments of this Public/Private partner­ship:

1. Adding the popular Historic Walking Tour to First Fridays

2. Increasing participation in Xenia’s Hometown Christmas with a new Window Decorating Contest

3. Installing new signs and maps downtown to help the public locate businesses, parking, and attractions

4. Creating a new marketing plan for downtown, to be rolled out in 2012

5. Engaging building owners in a discussion about affordable ways to make im­provements in downtown properties

6. Encouraging new businesses to locate downtown and working to retain existing businesses.
If you think these achievements are a good start, show your support and help keep the momentum going by attending this community meeting on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 6:00 —7:30 p.m. in thr First Floor Community Room at the Xenia Community Library (76 E. Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385).

“Run For Your Wife” Coming to Xenia Theater

“Run For Your Wife” is the story of London cab driver John Smith, with two wives, two lives and a very precise schedule for juggling them both.

Trouble brews when Smith is mugged and ends up in the hospital, where both of his addresses surface, causing the police to investigate.

Having upset his schedule, Smith becomes hopelessly entangled in his attempts to explain himself to his wives and two suspicious police officers.

Run For Your Wives was written by Ray Cooney and directed by Jennifer Sivers-Shrader.

The first show opens on Jan. 13 at 7:30PM and continues showing for two weeks. For all show times, go to

Tickets are available online at the X-ACT box office or by calling 937-372-0516.

General admission is $15 and Senior/Student admission is $12.

Velveteen Rabbit Comes to X-ACT December 8-10

“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams is a classic story for children. Some have called it “How Toys Become Real”. All of us can connect with the passionate connection we had as children with a favorite stuffed animal. In the production at X*ACT the toys enjoy the love of the child and the love of the audience.

Xenia Area Community Theater, located at 45 E. Second St. in downtown Xenia, has been sponsoring children’s productions for over 5 years. This production is for the family with some strong actors returning from main stage productions and summer workshops. Olivia Hampton, Doug McKinley, and Macey and Haven Bradem have participated in many plays. Maria Smith, Hunter and Macie Sparks also have been on the X-Act stage previously.

Directed by Jennifer Sparks, herself an X*ACT veteran, “The Velveteen Rabbit” opens Thursday night, December 8th, with shows on Friday the 9th, also at 7:30 PM. Saturday the show will provide a wonderful ending to the “Hometown Christmas” in Xenia with a 6 PM show. Sunday’s Matinee is at 3 PM.

For ticket information, click on the above picture or go to

Annual Wreath Making Workshop

Next X-Plan Citizen Workshop November 30

Xenia citizens are invited to attend an upcoming public workshop on November 30th and/or participate in a new online discussion forum to voice their opinions and help the City determine goals and priorities for future growth and community improvement.

This will be the second workshop for citizen participation in planning Xenia’s future. It will begin at 6:30 PM and end at 8:30 PM Wednesday night. The focus of the second workshop will be to continue developing a comprehensive vision for the Xenia Community and prioritize obtainable goals. The worshop will be held in the Media Room of the Greene County Jobs and Family Services Building, which is located at 541 Ledbetter Road.

The worshop will begin with a brief presentation about X-Plan and the November 16th workshop results, which will be followed by small-group discussions about strategies to achieve your vision for Xenia’s future.

For more information about X-Plan, go the