This is the time of year when the thoughts of many turn to other-worldly things. Every community, it seems, has those places which have earned the reputation for being haunted, be it a cemetery, an old hospital, an empty school house or a Victorian mansion.
A sparkling jewel of downtown Canton, the Palace Theatre has one foot in history and the other very much in the present. Built in 1926 as an ornate movie palace, the theater is steeped in vintage charm, from its red velvet stage curtain to the Kilgen pipe organ that rises from the orchestra pit, from the vibrantly colored neon signage and beckoning marquee to the projected clouds on the auditorium ceiling.
The mission of the Canton area’s foremost dance company is tri-fold in nature. The role of Canton Ballet in the community is to train young ballet performers, encourage the many talented dancers to perform in front of audiences and to inform members of the public about dancing through a variety of educational and entertaining outreach programs. In that, it has achieved commendable success.
Under the guidance of Max Barton, executive director of the Canton Museum of Art since September 2014, the museum has steadily increased its public profile through programming designed to attract new visitors from all corners of the community and beyond.
The Priests held a benefit concert at the Palace Theatre in March. The event brought together people from all 21 parishes in Stark County, with more than 1,000 attendees. All proceeds from the concert benefit Holy Cross Academy Catholic Schools.
There is nothing typical about a typical day in the life of James Waters, director of the Canton Film Festival. His day is spent writing scripts, creating concepts for marketing clients and filming music videos.
Jay Spencer has been playing the Palace Theatre’s mighty Kilgen pipe organ since the early ’90s — and it still gives him tingles. When he begins playing, filling the ornate theater with vibrant sound, and the organ begins rising from the Palace orchestra pit, “it’s just an amazing feeling,” Spencer said.
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