Porthouse Theatre. School of Theatre and Dance

On a morning in early June, the Costume Shop at Kent State University’s Center for the Performing Arts was filled with sounds—sewing machines buzzing, radio blasting, women chattering and laughing.

With less than a week to go before Kent State’s Porthouse Theatre opened its 49th season with the musical “9 to 5”—based on the hit 1980 movie starring Dolly Parton, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda—members of the costume crew were working way more hours than 9 to 5 to meet their deadline.

Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theatre located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will continue its 48th season with “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.” The production is presented in collaboration between CATCO and Porthouse Theatre.

Kent, OH ­– Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor, summer theater on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, was recently honored by the Cleveland Critics Circle with several awards for accomplishments during the 2013 season. The Cleveland Critics Circle Awards recognize outstanding Cleveland area productions, performers, directors and designers who contribute to the professional theatre scene.

Porthouse’s production of Fiddler on the Roof was honored with awards in six categories and South Pacific was recognized in one category: