Calendar – Theater, stage & major events for April 2014

Arsenic & Old Lace. Youngstown Playhouse. 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. By Joseph Kesseiring and directed by David El’ Hatton. Spinster sisters Abby and Martha Brewster are devoted to charity and family. But they have taken on another project as well – befriending lonely older gentlemen and then poisoning them with arsenic-laced elderberry wine. March 28-April 6.

Pre-Passover Seder Dinner. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-259-0555. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Guests will experience a traditional Passover meal and ceremony, conducted by Rabbi Joseph P. Schonberger of Temple El Emeth and the Rev. George Balasko. In addition, Sophia Brooks will perform sacred music at the ceremony. 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 2.

Belles. Stage Left Players, Outreach Center. 234 E. Lincoln, Lisbon; 330-424-5093. stageleftplayers.org. Told in two acts and 45 phone calls, Belles visits six southern sisters, who, over the course of an autumn weekend, seek to bridge the physical and emotional distance between them via the telephone. In the process, they hope to come to terms with their shattered family history. 7:30 p.m., April 4-5, 11-12 at 2 p.m., April 13.

The Fox on the Fairway. Salem Community Theatre. 490 E. State, Salem; 330-332-9688. http://www.salemcommunitytheatre.com. A tribute to the great English farces of the 1930s and 1940s. Features mistaken identities, slamming doors, and over-the-top romantic entanglements. 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. on Sundays. April 4-13.

John Waite. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-743-2717. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. The legacy of this British born rock star began more than 35 years ago, when Waite was tapped as bassist and lead vocalist for the Babys. He also had hits in the 1980s as a soloist. 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5.

Phil Keaggy At The Ford. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264. Voted #1 free-style guitarist and six-time Dove Award winner, Phil Keaggy returns to his hometown and the Ford Family Recital Hall for two performances. Fans range from those who aspire to play the instrument, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don’t play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies. 8 p.m., Saturday, April 5 and 2:30 p.m., Sunday, April 6.

  1. D. Packard Band. W.D. Packard Music Hall.1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-841-2619. http://www.packardmusichall.com. The W.D, Packard Band will perform its monthly concert. 3 p.m., Sunday, April 6.

Stambaugh Youth Concert Band. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. The Stambaugh Youth Concert Band will hold their annual spring concert, which features two senior soloists. Alex Stojkov, Mathews High School, is the principal clarinetist and will perform Artie Shaw’s “Concerto for Clarinet” and Alisha Moore, LaBrae High School, is the principal horn, and her solo piece is “Morceau de Concert, Op. 94 for Horn” by Camile Saint-Saens. Both musicians have been members of Stambaugh Youth Concert Band for four years. 7:30 p.m., Monday, April 7.

Steven Hartman: Assignment America. W.D.. Packard Music Hall.1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-841-2619. http://www.packardmusichall.com. Trumbull Town Hall will present Steven Hartman as part of its 2013-14 season. 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, April 9.

Collin Raye. W.D.. Packard Music Hall.1703 Mahoning Ave., Warren; 330-841-2619. Warren Civic Music will present Colin Raye as part of its 2013-14 series. Country artist Colin Raye has had 16 number one songs, 24 Top 10, and has sold over 7 million records. In addition, has been nominated 10 times as country music’s Male Vocalist of the Year. 7:30 p.m., April 10. $35, $5.

Annual: YSU Dance Ensemble. Ford Theater. Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105. The April performance marks the 24th annual concert that the Ensemble has produced under the direction of Christine Cobb. She is professor of dance at YSU, and serves as artistic director and adviser to the Dance Ensemble. The concert features choreographed works by visiting artists, students and faculty and is inclusive, but not limited to, the dance styles and genres of modern, ballet, jazz, Hip Hop and world dance forms. 7:30 p.m., April 10-12. $10, $5.

Young People’s Concert: Bach To The Future. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264. The rise of the symphony and the parallel development in science and technology is the theme for this season’s Young People’s Concert. Repertoire for the program begins in the high Baroque era (Vivaldi) and continues through modern living composers (John Adams). 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 10.

The Earth Trembled. Top Hat/Fairview Arts and Outreach Center. 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. tophatproductions.org. “The Earth Trembled” is a musical Passion Play, depicting the crucifixion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. All ages are welcome, however some scenes are graphic. Keep this in mind if you are considering bringing young children. There are no reservations, seating is open and free of charge. Call 330-518 2034 with questions. 7:30 p.m., April 11-13; 7:30 p.m., April 18-19. Free.

Annual: YSU Greek Sing, Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. YSU’s fraternities and sororities perform in this musical competition, which features serious and humorous performances. Each year, the Greek Life Committee and its co-chairs pick a theme for the night. 6:30 p.m., Saturday, April 12. Free.

Premier: Rollin – Four Symphonic Lyrics for Soprano and Orchestra on an Ancient Greek Poem by Anacreo. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264. The concert is underwritten, in part, by John and Denise DeBartolo York and The DeBartolo Corp. 8 p.m., Saturday, April 12.

America’s Music: Swing Jazz. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Features a film history of popular music from blues to bluegrass to Broadway swing jazz. Consisting 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, April 16. Free.

Transition. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264. 319 Entertainment presents the stage play “Transition” in Ford Recital Hall. 7 p.m., Saturday, April 19.

Broadway In Concert – Concert Version. New Castle Playhouse, Augustine Auditorium. 212 E. Long, New Castle; 724-654-3437. http://www.newcastleplayhouse.org. A A concert staging of Meredith Wilson’s classic Broadway musical. Conman Harold Hill travels to River City, Iowa to convince the town that a boys’ band will save their youth from corruption. The show includes such wonderful songs as “Ya Got Trouble,” “Seventy-Six Trombones,” and the lovely “Till There Was You.” 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday matinees are 2 p.m., April 24-27. $16, $13, $12, 11.

YSU University & Concert Band. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. Youngstown State University’s Dana School of Music University Band and Concert Band perform their last concert of the school year with conductors Dr. Brandt Payne and Dr. Stephen Gage. 8 p.m., Thursday, April 24. $4 -$5.

American Theater Arts for Youth. Stambaugh Auditorium. 1000 Fifth, Youngstown; 330-747-5175. http://www.stambaughauditorium.com. American Theater Arts for Youth will present “The Wizard of Oz.” Tickets available at ATAFY.org or by calling 1-800-523-4540. 10 a.m., Thursday, April 24. $13.50.

Empowering Women In The Mahoning Valley with Dianna Kokoszka. De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264. This program features Dianna Kokoszka, CEO of MAPS and KWU at Keller Williams International. 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24.

Ringling Bros. & Barnum And Bailey Circus Legends. Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com. April 25-28.

Good People. Youngstown Playhouse. 600 Playhouse Lane, Youngstown; 330-788-8739. By David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Matthew Mazuroski. Southie is a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo and a few rounds of beer. Margie Walsh has just been let go from her dollar store job. Scrambling to make ends meet, she looks up an old flame who’s made it out of Southie and might just be the break she’s been seeking. This new play was nominated for a 2011 Tony Award for “Best Play.” April 25- May 4.

PERFORMANCE VENUES

34 West Theate., Das Dutch Village Inn, Columbiana; 1-866-482-5050. http://www.34west.org.

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

Calvin Center, Calvin Center. 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown. Facebook: calvin.ctr@facebook.com

Covelli Centre. 229 E. Front St., Youngstown; 330-746-5600. http://www.covellicentre.com.

De Yor Center/Symphony Center/Ford Theater. 260 W. Federal St., Youngstown; 330-744-0264. http://www.youngstownsymphony.com.

Ford Theater. Bliss Hall, YSU, Wick Avenue at Spring Street, Youngstown; 330-941-3105.

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. Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-507-2358.

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

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

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

Theatre Westminster. Beeghly Theater, Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa.; 724-946-6238. http://www.westminster.edu/drama

Top Hat/Fairview Arts and Outreach Center. 4220 Youngstown-Poland Road, Struthers; 330-750-0513. tophatproductions.org

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

Victorian Players. 702 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown; 330-746-5455. http://www.victorianplayers.org

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

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