Calendar – Theater, stage & major events for March 2014

Strange Snow. Youngstown Playhouse. 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. http://www.theyoungstownplayhouse.com. Play by Stephen Metcalfe. Directed by Christopher Fidram. Feb. 28-March 9.

Once On This Island. Salem Community Theatre. 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. This Caribbean adaption of “The Little Mermaid ”the show tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a wealthy boy from the other side of her island. When Daniel is returned to his people, the fantastical gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death.  Book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Music by Stephen Flaherty. Friday and Saturday shows are 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Feb. 28-March 9.

Seussical. New Castle Playhouse. 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. “The Cat in the Hat” tells the story of Horton, the elephant who is challenged to protect the Whos and guard Mayzie LaBird’s abandoned egg.  Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping, and a trial, but Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family, and community are challenged and emerge triumphant. 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday matinee occurs at 2 p.m. March 7-9, 14-16.

Sundays at Stambaugh; The Impressario. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. The Young Artists of Opera Western Reserve will present “The Impresario,” directed and adapted by Robert Pierce with musical direction by Jan Crews. In this one-act comic opera with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and others), a harried opera director contends with egocentric divas in an effort to cast his next production.  The event will be catered by Saratoga. The menu is chicken with brie and cheese with plum sauce, rice pilaf, vegetable medley, tossed salad, dessert. 12:30 p.m., Sunday, March 9.

Dance Xplosion Competition. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. March 15-16.

Celtic Glory. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.  http://www.youngstownsymphony.com. 8 p.m., Saturday, March 15.

Hunter Hayes. Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com.  The “We’re Not Invisible Tour” comes to the Covelli Centre. 7 p.m., Saturday, March 22. $46.50, $32.

Symphony In Step. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264.  http://www.youngstownsymphony.com. Step Afrika is a Washington, D.C.-based dance ensemble that explores the traditions of South African stepping dance styles and songs as well as tap and slam poetry. Created by Maestro Randall Craig Fleischer and Step Afrika, “Symphony in Step” is a merger of stepping and classical music. Concert support provided by Eastern Gateway Community College, Home Savings Charitable Foundation and Youngstown State University Student Diversity Programs. 8 p.m., Saturday, March 22.

America’s Music: Latin Rhythms from Mambo to Hip-Hop. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. This ongoing program features a film history of popular music from blues and bluegrass to Broadway swing jazz. Consists of a lecture, film and discussion. Presented by YSU Dana School of Music, The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County, and Stambaugh Auditorium. 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 19. Free.

YSU Lecture: Dr. Michio Kaku. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist, best-selling author, and popularizer of science. He’s the co-founder of String Field Theory, and continues Einstein’s search to unite the four fundamental forces of nature into one unified theory. Kaku graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. He attended the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, receiving a Ph.D.  For more information and tickets call 330-941-3497. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 20. Free.

Ed Moore and Nathan Carterette. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Dr. Edward Alan Moore, native of Girard, and Nathan Carterette will present a concert-featuring organ and piano. The performance will include organ and piano solo works as well as duet pieces. Moore is the organist and music director at East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh and has been on the organ faculty at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He will be joined by pianist Carterette, who has performed around the United States as well as Germany. Together, Edward and Nathan will present organ and piano duet pieces including George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Call for tickets. 4 p.m., Sunday, March 30.

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