Thursday, November 30, 2017  
ArtsX wrapped up in a world of make believe | BGSU students provide global good cheer
Madcap Puppet Theatre performs “The Firebird” with shadow puppets

“Make. Believe.” is the theme of the 13th annual ArtsX, a free, family-fun event that showcases the art, music and acting talents of Bowling Green State University students, faculty, alumni and staff. The event runs from 5-9 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 2) in the Wolfe Center for the Arts and the Fine Arts Center.

This year’s event features a shadow puppet production of Russian composer Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” presented by Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre, based in Cincinnati. Madcap’s associate artistic director is BGSU alumna Mel Hatch Douglas, who, with three of her colleagues, will present shows at 5:30 and 7 p.m. in the Thomas B. and Kathleen M. Donnell Theatre in the Wolfe Center.

“Madcap’s style is unique and fun for everyone,” Douglas said. “Firebird uses a combination of actors and puppets in a colorful rendition of Stravinsky’s 28-minute piece.”


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BGSU international and education abroad students gave global good cheer to the annual holiday tree in downtown Bowling Green this year. They decorated the tree with ornaments they’d made reflecting their countries’ styles and traditions, topping it with a crest of flags. The evening of Nov. 17, three students helped Bowling Green Mayor Richard Edwards turn on the twinkling lights.


Diane Pretzer, 87, associate professor emerita of romance languages, died Nov. 18 in Bowling Green. She was a faculty member from 1962-90. Memorial contributions may be given to the Pretzer International Travel Fund through the BGSU Foundation Inc.

Mark Kelly, 91, professor emeritus of music education and Director of Bands emeritus, died Nov. 20 in Bowling Green. Known affectionately as “the Chief,” he served in the College of Musical Arts from 1966-94. A well-known figure in the music education and band fields for more than 50 years, he led the BGSU Symphonic Band to prominence on local, regional and national conference stages. Upon his retirement, the BGSU Board of Trustees, by way of student nomination, voted to name the instrumental rehearsal room in Moore Musical Arts Center the Mark S. Kelly Instrumental Rehearsal Hall.

His obituary can be found online. Memorial donations can be given to the Mark S. Kelly Scholarship or the Helen Kelly Service Above Self Award. A memorial service will be held next summer; details will be shared when they become available.


Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s Teen Board presents “Cinderella’s Fairytale Ball,” a family-friendly holiday party afternoon on Saturday (Dec. 2) in the McBride Theatre at BGSU Firelands.

Dr. Charles Coletta, popular culture, will host a brown bag talk on “Popular Culture and Christmas: ‘A Christmas Story’” about the holiday classic movie, Dec. 7 in Findlay.

The BGSU Planetarium greets the holiday season with two shows: “The Alien Who Stole Christmas” and “Secret of the Star: A Show for Christmastime.”

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