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Creating Holiday Magic On Stage

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Holly Barkdoll

Holly Barkdoll, who attended Kent State Stark and credits a professor there for mentoring her career, has been the co-Keeper of All Things Magical at Magical Theatre Company in Barberton, Ohio, for 29 years. That means she and her husband/co-Keeper have had to come up with that many Holiday shows! What’s it like to have to produce one every year? She talks with Dean Amy Reynolds about her love of it.


After a degree in broadcasting and theater from BGSU, Joe’s professional radio world commenced in Archbold, Ohio, in 1979, where he was the overnight deejay. In 1980 he transitioned to one of Ohio’s original radio stations, WSPD in Toledo. There he became a bone fide, mulit-award winning production director, and began paying serious attention to voice. In 1984 he came back to his hometown of Cleveland and became a full-time freelance voice artist, doing work heard all over the country. It was during this time that he was hired as an actor once a month on the WKSU production, “Standing Rock Access,” which ran from 1984-85. The freelance voice work has continued for over 30 years now. In addition to the voice work, in 1986 Joe joined, as production director, the highly successful team at Lite Rock 106.5 WLTF-FM/WRMR-AM in Cleveland, which through ownership change became WLTF-FM/WWWE-AM in 1990.