The inaugural Summit StageFest was such fun last year, organizers are doing it again, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in Akron’s Highland Square, rain or shine.

Twenty theaters and performance groups will perform mainly on six outdoor stages on West Market Street between Portage Path and Casterton Avenue. They include everything from the sword fighting of Ohio Shakespeare Festival to a Nepali-American variety show by Gum-Dip Theatre to a piece called Colo(u)rs about the emotions of middle school students, performed by Miller South students.

Classic theater will include The Tempest by Miller South and The Crucible by Rubber City Theatre. Opera offerings will include highlights from Haunted Manor by the Cleveland Opera, and operatic favorites, light opera and golden-age musical theater by Cleveland Opera Theater.

Adding to the variety on stage will be scenes from Into the Woods by Weathervane Playhouse, the cabaret show There’s no Business Like Show Business by Theatre on the Spectrum and Tell Tail storytelling by Wandering Aesthetics.

For a uniquely Akron show, Art X Love will premiere Rebranding the City: A Humanizing Tour of Akron, based on interviews from people in Akron’s diverse neighborhoods.

Other performance groups will be Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre, Improv Comedy, Western Reserve Playhouse, Part of Their World princesses, sideshow performer the Indestructible Popeye, Derbytown Men’s Chorus, ETC show choir and ArtSparks/TNT Dancers.

Indoor, New World Performance Lab will offer a free performance of Don Quijote at 4 p.m. at Balch Street Theatre, close to Highland Square. In Highland Square, the Nairobi Trio will perform inside Square Nightclub (adult content), and make and take crafts for kids will be a new offering inside the Highland Square Branch Library.

The festival is free. For a complete schedule, see www.StageFest.org.

The purpose of the event, presented by the nonprofit Partners for Theater, is to support the performing arts in Northeast Ohio and expose community members to Akron-area theaters and performance groups that they may not have seen before.

“Live theater has an excitement almost like an electrical charge,’’ Jane Bond, the event’s executive director, said in a release. “There is a connection between the performer and the audience unlike any other art form.”

Piano-a-thon

Kids love to give back to their community, especially when it helps other kids.

Akron Children’s Hospital will host its 18th annual Piano-a-thon, Kids are the Key, Thursday and Friday as well as Monday through June 8 in the hospital lobby. Students will be playing the piano each day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The young musicians come from piano teachers in Summit, Stark, Medina, Wayne, Portage and Carroll counties. Many have a close connection to the hospital, either personally or through a sibling or other family member.

Last year, 18 teachers and more than 200 students raised more than $15,000. All proceeds benefit the John C. and Elaine Thompson Piano-a-thon Endowment for Music Therapy. The endowment supports the hospital’s Music Therapy Department, which is part of the Palliative Care Unit.

This year’s goal is to reach at least $15,000. As of Tuesday, the event had reached 30 percent of its goal.

The Thompsons are chairing the event. It is supported by Steinway Piano Gallery Cleveland, which provides use of its pianos. To donate to the Piano-a-thon, see giving.akronchildrens.org/piano-a-thon.

Arts writer Kerry Clawson may be reached at 330-996-3527 or kclawson@thebeaconjournal.com. Follow her at @KerryClawsonABJ or www.facebook.com/kclawsonabj.