Sixteen performing arts centers and venues from around the state of Ohio, including the Peoples Bank Theatre, are joining forces to survey the consumer confidence of their audiences amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Venues designed to bring together large gatherings of people to experience a live performance are being hit especially hard by the pandemic. Their doors were among the first to close and will most likely be the last to reopen as bans on large gatherings are still in place throughout the state.

“We know now is not the right time to reopen our doors and get back to business as usual,” explains David Mitchell, general manager of the Performing Arts Center at Kent State University at Tuscarawas who initiated the state-wide survey. “Our industry is making decisions in the interest of public health and safety to remain closed for now and we’re working our way through strategies for how and when we move forward. Surveying our audiences will assist us in formulating those strategies.”

The survey is designed to gauge when audiences will be comfortable coming back to theatres and venues to enjoy live entertainment again, whether it be a concert, Broadway show or family entertainment. According to Nancy Anderson, executive director of the Midland Theater, “While several studies have been done on a national level, we know that every state and community is reacting differently to the pandemic and it’s important that we understand how Ohioans and our local audience are reacting.”

“While nothing beats the visceral feeling of attending a live performance surrounded by hundreds of people for a shared experience, we will have to improvise for a bit longer,” shares Hunt Brawley, executive director of the Peoples Bank Theatre. “Peoples Bank Theatre has a handful of live-stream acts scheduled for the summer, so that we may continue to provide entertainment to our community and help fund theatre operations during these troubling times. A survey will go a long way in telling us how long it might be before our audience will be comfortable returning, even after bans on large gatherings are lifted.”

Mitchell sums it up by saying, “Live entertainment and the arts will never go away. It’s what makes us human to create and experience the joys that it brings. When times are tough, people seek out the arts and crave the feeling of unity. We need the healing power of the arts more than ever now and we’ll be ready to provide those in-person experiences once again when the time is right.”

Participating venues whose seating capacities range from 901 to 2,592 include:

  • Akron Civic Theater (Akron)
  • Canton Palace Theatre (Canton)
  • Clark State Performing Arts Center (Springfield)
  • Marathon Center for the Performing Arts (Findlay)
  • Marion Palace Theatre (Marion)
  • The Midland Theater (Newark)
  • Oberlin College and Conservatory (Oberlin)
  • Peoples Bank Theatre (Marietta)
  • Performing Arts Center at Kent State Tuscarawas (New Philadelphia)
  • The Ritz Theatre (Tiffin)
  • Sandusky State Theatre (Sandusky)
  • Stocker Arts Center (Elyria)
  • Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium (Athens)
  • Valentine Theatre (Toledo)
  • Van Wert Live at the Niswonger (Van Wert)
  • The Veterans Memorial Civic and Convention Center (Lima)

Surveys are being distributed via email and social media. The survey can also be found here.


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The Peoples Bank Theatre has been a fixture of Marietta and the MOV

for 100 years.

And we have big plans

for the next 100 years.

 It’s the next

100 DAYS that are tricky.

We have a full and diverse schedule of events well into 2021. We can’t wait to see everyone in person again — on the stage, and in the seats. Until then, we will be providing “LiveStream Concerts from the PBT Stage.”

We have set a goal of $100,000 for our live streaming campaign to keep the theatre operational in these troubled times.

As part of our PBT community, please consider any size donation to allow us to weather the storm and re-open our doors so we can all enjoy an evening or afternoon at the PBT once again.

All funds raised go directly to paying utilities and other fixed costs, as well as expenses related to re-starting in compliance with safe opening guidelines.

And spread the word! Yell it, scream it, clap your hands, and pound your feet like you’re calling the band back for an encore! Please help us thrive by using your voice now (and tell a friend or 100 friends!). #100Daysfor100Years

Thank you for supporting PBT with a tax-deductible donation!


Two Ways to Donate!

Via PayPal

Or, call 740-371-5152 to make a donation by phone.


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Big Thanks To Our Virtual Series Event Sponsor! To become an event sponsor, contact Hunt Brawley, Executive Director at 740-706-9023 or email























In memory of T. P. O’Maille M.D.



PBT Events Currently Affected (updated as of July 31, 2020)

For rescheduled shows, patrons should hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled performance date. If patrons can not attend the rescheduled date, they may contact the office at as we will be monitoring email during the closure.

Patrons who wish to purchase tickets for future shows should do so online at For questions or inquiries, please email

*As things are changing rapidly, please visit the website often for up-to-date information.

In response to the “Stay at Home Order” issued by the Ohio Department of Health Director and in an effort to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are temporarily closed. Peoples Bank Theatre always prioritizes the safety and security of its audiences, artists, and staff, and this includes health safety.

The age-old adage that “The show must go on” has been overtaken by COVID-19. On behalf of everyone at Peoples Bank Theatre, our hearts go out to all those suffering.

Nearly all businesses, events, and activities around the world (including the arts), have been impacted, cancelled, or rescheduled. Utilizing social media in a whole new way, art organizations and artists are responding with creativity. Musicians are broadcasting video concerts from their living rooms on Facebook and Instagram.

Our community is lucky to have the support of organizations like the Marietta Community Foundation, which supports the arts at Peoples Bank Theatre and many other nonprofits and groups in need in the Washington County area. If there were ever a time to give to the MCF, it is now. Many businesses in the area that you love and support will benefit, including Peoples Bank Theatre.

We are continuing to monitor the overall situation, paying close attention to the guidelines of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Ohio Department of Health, and the Washington County Health Department. We will remain in communication with the Washington County Health Department and abide by recommendations or mandates as they advise that may affect the re-opening of the Theatre.

We are extremely proud of the place that Peoples Bank Theatre holds within this community and look forward to re-opening.

The show will go on! In the meantime, hold your loved ones close and keep all others at least six feet away.

Thank you for your on-going support of Peoples Bank Theatre,

PBT Staff


PBT Events Currently Affected (updated 6/2/20)

For rescheduled shows, patrons should hold on to their tickets as they will be valid for the rescheduled performance date. If patrons can not attend the rescheduled date, they may contact the office at as we will be monitoring email during the closure.

Patrons who wish to purchase tickets for future shows should do so online at For questions or inquiries, please email

In light of concerns about Coronavirus –

Peoples Bank Theatre always prioritizes the safety and security of its audiences, artists and staff, and this includes health safety.  In the wake of concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting many parts of the U.S., we are continuing to monitor, evaluate, and update our procedures according to the guidelines of the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Washington County Health Department.

Based on yesterday’s (3/12/2020) announcement by Governor Dewine:

Current tickets will be honored for these shows.

As a precautionary measure, heightened daily sanitation practices have been implemented for all areas of our venue including:

  • Disinfecting of theatre seats, restrooms, door handles, handrails and countertops
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes are available at the front of house, restrooms, and backstage
  • Staff and Volunteers are required to stay home if they are not feeling well and we request that patrons who are ill stay home as well

We’re extremely proud of the place that Peoples Bank Theatre holds within this community and our first priority will always be the health and safety of our staff, customers, artists, and volunteers.

As a non-profit organization, please consider making a gift to help support our mission of bringing the arts to our community through these challenging times.

Thank you for your ongoing support of Peoples Bank Theatre.


PBT Staff

Peoples Bank Theatre always prioritizes the safety and security of its audiences, artists and staff, and this includes health safety.  In the wake of concerns around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) affecting many parts of the U.S., we are continuing to monitor, evaluate, and update our procedures according to the guidelines of the CDC, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Washington County Health Department.

As with any illness or health concern, we ask that you minimize risks for everyone and be mindful of the following:

  • Do not come to Peoples Bank Theatre if you are not feeling well and/or exhibiting symptoms such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath
  • Be sure to wash your hands frequently and for the recommended length of at least 20 seconds and use hand sanitizer when hand washing is not possible
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve at your elbow, when coughing and/or sneezing

Until further notice, all of Peoples Bank Theatre events are taking place as scheduled and standard ticketing policies are still in effect. We have implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting practices throughout the venue and are encouraging all full- and part-time staff to engage in preventative self-care.

We will continue to monitor and assess the situation as we move forward and abide by the artist or government if directed to postpone/cancel any events.

Click here for more information from the Ohio Department of Health on the area’s response plans and preparations.

Click here to visit the Centers for Disease Control’s website for comprehensive information about COVID-19, including:

Click here to visit the World Health Organization’s website for comprehensive information about COVID-19.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at 740-371-5152.

Follow the yellow brick road to Peoples Bank Theatre this Fall and relive the classic tale of four unlikely friends on the adventure of a lifetime!

THE WIZARD OF OZ, A Hipp Stage Production, will remind you that there really is “no place like home.”

Stay tuned for more information.


This year, Manhattan Short received 1250 entries from 70 countries from which 10 finalists were selected. These 10 short films will screen more than 1000 times in over 400 cities on six continents! The judges of these films are you, the audience. On entry to each venue, you will be handed a ballot card that allows you to vote for the best short film and actor. Your vote will then be sent to Manhattan Short’s headquarters, and the winner will be announced at on Monday, October 7 at 10 am EST.


NEFTA Football Club

Director: Yves Piat

Country: France

Running Time: 17:00

Synopsis: In Tunisia, two football-loving, young brothers find a donkey lost in the middle of the desert on the boarder with Algeria. But why is the animal wearing headphones over its ears?



Director: Julio Ramos

Country: USA

Running Time: 14:00

Synopsis: After a disastrous event on his construction site, Armando acts quickly to save his crew, but instead stumbles upon an unspeakable truth. Debris is an intense and visceral glimpse of the grim world of human labor trafficking.


Driving Lessons

Directed by: Marziyeh Riahi

Country: Iran

Time: 12:48

Synopsis: Local laws say Bahareh’s husband must accompany her to driving lessons so she and her instructor will not be alone, a task made more complicated when the two men don’t get along.



Directed by: Alysse Leite-Rogers

Country: Canada

Time: 13:48

Synopsis: A waitress at an upscale restaurant reaches her tipping point with a table of difficult customers and concocts a special dish of revenge.



Directed by: Richard Prendergast

Country: United Kingdom

Time: 16:53

Synopsis: Our love affair with the automobile means that a car can feel like it is part of the family. Sometimes it’s more than that.


The Match

Directed by: Pia Andell

Country: Finland

Time: 15:38

Synopsis: Two middle-aged women turn a friendly game of tennis into an intense competition but stand united at the end of the match when they discover one thing in common.


This Time Away

Directed by: Magali Barbe

Country: United Kingdom

Time: 14:00

Synopsis: An elderly man lives as a recluse, haunted by his past and memory of the family he once had, until a non-human visitor arrives and disrupts his isolation.



Directed by: Adi Wojaczek

Country: Germany

Time: 14:00

Synopsis: Rejected by a famed dance school, Malou gets a chance to prove that she’s destined for a career as a dancer despite the odds seemingly stacked against her.


A Family Affair

Directed by: Florence Keith-Roach

Country: United Kingdom

Time: 13:08

Synopsis: When Annabelle wakes up alone in a stranger’s bedroom on her 30th birthday, she thinks the day cannot get any worse. But then Bernard walks in and he is not the man of her dreams.


At The End Of The World

Directed by: Fon Davis

Country: USA

Time: 13:08

Synopsis: In an apocalyptic future, a lonely government worker finds solace with a soldier during the last World War. But their future together is threatened when the soldier is sent back into battle.


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David McCullough is one of us now. “The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West” was published in early May after years of anticipation in Marietta, where McCullough’s examination of the Revolutionary War veterans and other characters who settled what was then the U.S. frontier is centered.

The Hipp-Stage Production Company of Peoples Bank Theatre is no longer producing the Marietta Summer Theatre Festival; Shakespeare by the River (2014-2018), and the Summer Musical (Oklahoma, Cabaret, Guys and Dolls).  The Theatre Department of Marietta College has assumed the responsibility for providing the Marietta Community with Summer Theatre beginning in 2019.

The historic Peoples Bank Theatre announces its 2019 Summer-Fall Spotlight Series. This latest lineup of eight national touring artists comes just as the theatre celebrates its 100th Anniversary. From Grammy Award-winning musicians, to stand-up comedy and trapeze artists the Summer-Fall series continues the theatre’s century-long history of live entertainment.

This style guide for our 1919 Speakeasy Party on February 2 is a guest post from our friends at Teri Ann’s. The era of the roaring twenties personified women pushing boundaries through fashion and style. No longer were women willing to trade their mobility for the old stodgy customs of the Victorian era. Society was evolving and fashion changed along with it.

GRAMMY award winner Keb’ Mo’ opens 2018-19 season at 7:30 p.m., Sept. 16

Talented musicians and dancers will highlight the 38th season of the Esbenshade Series at Marietta College, which features four performances that are free and open to the public at the Peoples Bank Theatre starting on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Each of the four performers this season are unique from each other and are sure to appeal to a wide-ranging audience.

“The 2018-19 Esbenshade Series has an outstanding slate of programs and continues our tradition of bringing diverse and eclectic top-tier performers and musicians to Marietta College and the community,” said Tanya Wilder, Director of the Esbenshade Series. “Generous support from the Esbenshade family makes it possible to experience concerts and performances at the Peoples Bank Theatre that complement ongoing initiatives in the arts in our area. It’s an honor to work with everyone involved in the Esbenshade Series as we stage some of the country’s finest talent each year.”

All performances are free and open to the public. You can reserve up to four seats per performance about a month before the show. You can reserve them at or call the Peoples Bank Theatre Box Office at (740) 371-5152

The season opens with Keb’ Mo’, a four-time GRAMMY winner, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 16.

Keb’ Mo’s career took off in 1994 with the self-titled release under his newly coined Keb’ Mo’ moniker, and over the years, he has proven that he is a musical force that defies typical genre labels.

Album after album, 14 in total, garnered him 11 GRAMMY nominations and a producer/engineer/artist GRAMMY Certificate for his track on the 2001 Country Album of the Year, Hank Williams Tribute – Timeless. One of his GRAMMY nominations was for the Country Song of the Year for “I Hope,” co-written with The Dixie Chicks, and three alone for his 2014 self-produced release, BLUESAmericana including Americana Album of the Year. Keb’ Mo’ has also been awarded 11 Blues Foundation Awards and six BMI Awards for his work in TV & Film.

Tickets may be reserved starting on Aug. 6.

Up next is ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11. Shimabukuro’s unique approach to the ukulele started early. As a youngster growing up in Honolulu, Hawaii, Shimabukuro started playing the instrument at 4, learning the basics from his mother, Carol, and then developing his craft further by studying the likes of musical masters such as Eddie Kamae, Ohta-San and Peter Moon.

As he matured, Shimabukuro also found inspiration from guitar players, drummers, pianists, and singers. Even athletes helped fuel the intensity of his artistic fire. Shimabukuro’s records have topped the Billboard World Music Charts on numerous occasions, and as a live performer he has become one of the hottest tickets around. His new album, The Greatest Day, will be released on Aug. 31.

Tickets may be reserved starting on Oct. 1.

The final two performances of the Esbenshade season will take place in the spring semester, beginning with MOMIX: Opus Cactus at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 17.

After a 10-year rest period, Opus Cactus is back again with a new look, fresh energy, and fun surprises. MOMIX’s dancers take audiences on a dynamic journey where their bodies become towering cacti, slithering lizards and fire dancers as they bring the landscape of the American Southwest to life through the illusionistic style of Opus Cactus. Originally created as a 20-minute piece in 2001 for the Ballet Arizona, Opus Cactus was then brought back into the MOMIX retort and a full-evening work was created.

Tickets may be reserved starting on Jan. 7.

The final performance of the 2018-19 Esbenshade Series features Havana Cuba All-Stars at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 10.

The Havana Cuba All-Stars are some of Cuba’s greatest musicians. The All-Stars will be performing “Nights in Old Havana” with Banda “Asere” and Bailes de Salsa. With rhythms and melodies from the cha-cha to the rumba, from “Son Cubano” style to the salsa, the All-Stars will showcase a wide variety of Cuban beats.

The group is inspired by and dedicated to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban music through a fresh, contemporary lens. With the greatest dancers and musicians of Cuba working in tandem, the American encore of the Havana Cuba All-Stars’ tour will be a spirited spectacle of song and dance, exemplifying Cuba’s greatest musical traditions.

Ticket reservations begin January 28.

These events have been funded by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund, which provides annual income for the purpose of bringing lectures, performing artists or programs of diverse nature to the campus for public appearances. The endowed fund was established in 1980 by Harry H. Esbenshade, Sr. and Harry H. Esbenshade, Jr., husband and son, respectively, of the late Mrs. Esbenshade of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. All events are free and open to the public.

During First Friday: Downtown Art Walk, on July 6 stop in between 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. and join us for the opening reception of  our latest Auditorium Gallery exhibit by watercolor artist Karol Goldstein, featuring beloved sights and iconic landmarks from historic downtown Marietta.

In Karol’s words…“As a photographer paints a picture with a camera, I hopefully do so with my brushes. I love the freedom, freshness, and looseness of watercolor, along with pen and ink. Combine that with my appreciation for old architecture and also the beauty of nature, it gives me the perfect canvas on which to express myself and a wonderful creative outlet for me.”

Karol taught art in the public school system for 22 years. She has received continuous workshops from nationally renowned watercolor artists. Her work has been purchased not only for homes and offices, but also for commissions and can be viewed at Riverside Artists Gallery in Marietta where she is a member.

Karol is originally from Ohio, being born and raised in Cleveland. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art and fortunate enough to have three of her art works displayed at the Cleveland Museum of Art May Show.  She met and married her husband in Cleveland and soon moved to Parkersburg, West Virginia, where they raised three wonderful children.

Peoples Bank Theatre is excited to welcome Missoula Children’s Theatre for a summer production of Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs. Performances are scheduled for Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m. and 5:30.

A young princess named Show White finds herself in peril when her step-mother, the Queen, is told by her Magic Mirror that the princess is fairer than she! Aided by her two Henchmen and a band of evil Bats, the Queen plots to get rid of Snow White. Snow White escapes from the Queen and from the Black Forest Creatures with help from Witless the Woodsman, and finds a home with the Seven Dwarfs. When the Queen learns of Snow White’s whereabouts, she attempts to poison Snow White. But, the Queen’s evil plans are thwarted when Snow White’s fearless Forest Friends, her father King Backwards, the Seven Dwarfs and the Prince come to her rescue. Experience the unique twist the Missoula Children’s Theatre puts on this classic fairy tale!

Auditions for Snow White will be Monday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Students entering 1st grade through 12th grade are encouraged to audition. Approximately 50-60 local students will be cast to appear in the show. (Please note: There is no guarantee that everyone who auditions will be cast in the play.) Students wishing to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins approximately 15-30 minutes after the audition.

Due to time constraints, late-comers and anyone missing the initial audition may not be considered in the casting of the show.

Most students in the production will rehearse daily 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday. Although not all cast members will be needed at every session, those auditioning must have a clear schedule for the entire week and if selected, be able to attend all rehearsals required for their role. A detailed rehearsal schedule will be distributed at the conclusion of the audition. Cast members scheduled for the full 4½ hours of rehearsal will be asked to bring a sack lunch or snack.

Performances will be Saturday, July 28 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. on the stage of Peoples Bank Theatre. Tickets: Adults $12 / Children $8. Admission proceeds directly support this program.

The Missoula Children’s Theatre is a non-profit organization based in Missoula, Montana. This coming year more than 65,000 cast members across the globe will take to the stage to the delight and applause of their families, friends, community, neighbors and teachers!

Participation is FREE. No preparation or prior experience is necessary for the audition. (But a smile never hurts!) For more info call Peoples Bank Theatre at 740-373-0894.

  • Auditions: Mon., July 23, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Rehearsals: Tues. – Fri., 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
  • Performance: Sat., July 29, 3:00 p.m. & 5:30 p.m.