Theater & performance for May

GREASE, New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. Web site: http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. This popular musical takes the audience back to Rydell High in 1959. Although the film version was lighter, the stage version deals withe the trials of love, plus gangs, teen pregnancy and high-school friendships. Of course, there’s comedy and some familiar tunes, too. Brent Rodgers directs. Call for tickets. April 27 through May 13. 7:30 p.m., April 27-28, May 4-5, 11-12. 2 p.m.on Sunday, April 29, May 6, 13.

AN EVENING OF ONE-ACT PLAYS, Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. The Victorian Players will present a series of one-act plays May 4-20. Plays include: “The Marriage Proposal” by Anton Chekhov; “The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter” by Muriel and Richard Eldridge; and “Box and Cox” by John M. Morton. Performances: 7:30 p.m., May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 6, 13, 20. $10 (adults), $8 (students and seniors).

RED, WHITE & TUNA, Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. http://www.trumbullnewtheatre.com.Directed by Patricia Latham. The third installment in the ”Tuna” series takes the audience back to Texas’ third smallest town. 8 p.m., May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and 3 p.m., Sunday, May 20.

429 MILES OFF BROADWAY – KIDS!, Ford Family Recital Hall, DeYor Performing Arts Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-743-8555. Features an all-new original musical salute to the Great White Way with talent from Easy Street’s Little Rascal Workshops. Performers ranging from 4 years old through the teen years will sing and dance to some of Broadway’s greatest songs for young people. Selections include songs from “Annie,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Sound of Music,” “Mary Poppins” and more. Don Yallech is musical director for the production and Megan Cleland returns as the show’s choreographer. Sunday’s performance features a Mother’s Day brunch provided by Jeff Chrystal in the DeYor’s Overture Restaurant before or after the show (for an additional fee). Reservations are recommended. Performances: 7 p.m., Friday, May 11, 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, and 2 p.m. on Sunday May 13. $12 adults, $10 seniors and students and $8 for children 12 and under.

MAN IN THE IRON MASK, Main Street Theater, 5 N. Main St., Columbiana; 330-482-9915. Crown Theater Productions will stage “Man in the Iron Mask” 8 p.m., May 11-12, 18-19 and 2 p.m., May 13 and 20. $13 (adults), $10 (children under 10).

THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT, Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. http://www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com. A Youth Theatre Main Stage production. Directed by Candace DiLullo and Johnny Pecano. Daytime school performances are May 15-17. Public performances will be 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 18 and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19. An adaptation of Roald Dahl’s modern fairy tale where an orphan (Sophie) befriends a friendly giant.

FOOTLOOSE: THE MUSICAL, Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. A stage adaptation of the 1980s movie musical. Includes the hits “Footloose,” “Almost Paradise,” and “Let’s Hear It for the Boy.” July 27-Aug. 5.

Performance venues

• Boardman Performing Arts Center, 7777 Glenwood Ave., Boardman; 330-758-7511.

• DeYor Center, 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.  http://www.youngstownsymphony.com

• Fairview Arts and Outreach Center, 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513.

• Ford Theatre, Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. http://fpa.ysu.edu/calendar.shtml.

• Kent Trumbull Theatre, 4314 Mahoning Ave., NW; 330-675-8887. http://www.trumbull.kent.edu.

• New Castle Playhouse, 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org.

• Oakland Centre for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman St., Youngstown; 330-746-0404. http://www.oaklandcenter.com.

• W.D. Packard Music Hall, 1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-841-2619. http://www.packardmusichall.com.

• Rust Belt Theater Company, Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358.

• Salem Community Theatre, 490 E. State St., Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com

• Stage Left Players, Outreach Center, 234 E. Lincoln Way, Lisbon; 330-424-5093.  stageleftplayers.org.

• Stambaugh Auditorium, 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com.

• Trumbull New Theatre, 5883 Youngstown Road, Niles; 330-652-1103. http://www.trumbullnewtheatre.com.

• Victorian Players, 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455.

• Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. http://www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com.

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