Youngstown State University Theater presents A STEAMPUNK CHRISTMAS CAROL, a twist on the classic story, on Friday, December 5th at 7:30 pm, and Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 & 7:30 pm in the Ford Theater in Bliss Hall. Tickets available at 330-941-3105 or ysu.tix.com.
WYSU presents comedian Paula Poundstone, on Friday, February 27 at 8:00 pm, at the Ford Recital Hall in the DeYor Performing Arts Center in downtown Youngstown. Poundstone is frequently a panelist on NPR's comedy program Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me! Tickets are available at the De Yor Box Office at 330-744-4269 or at youngstownsymphony.com.
The Rust Belt Theater Company, in the Calvin Center, at 755 Mahoning Avenue, just outside of downtown Youngstown, presents the 9th-annual production of How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas, on Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6, and December 12 and 13, beginning at 8:00 pm each evening. An off-the-wall retelling of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas is the story of Starrlet O'Hara, a tyrant drag queen who is visited by three ghostly divas on Christmas Eve. Reservation information is available at 330-507-2358.
The Salem Community Theatre presents the musical comedy Nuncrackers (The Nunsense Christmas Musical), weekends from December 5th through the 14th. The evening performances are at 7:00 pm and the Sunday Matinees are at 2:00 pm. The lovable and hilarious "Sisters of Mount Saint Helen's Convent" are taping their first TV special for Cable Access for the Christmas Season, including a spoof on Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Tickets and reservations are available at the Theatre Box Office at 330-332-9688.
The 54th annual Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival at St. John’s Episcopal Church, on Wick Avenue, in Youngstown, will take place January 4, at 1:30 and 4:30 pm. The festival is one of the longest running such festivals in the country. It features the Boar’s Head & Yule Log Festival Choir & Brass, bagpipers, drummers, and a cast of approximately 100 St. John’s parishioners dressed in medieval costume. Tickets may be purchased in the church office from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and until noon on Fridays.
The Stage Left Players present Almost, Maine , a romantic comedy by David Cariani on Friday and Saturday, November 21, and 22 at 7 PM and Sunday, November 23, at 2 pm at the Historic Trinity Playhouse located on Lincoln Way in downtown Lisbon. The play is set in the mythical town of Almost, Maine whose residents find themselves falling in and out love in unexpected and often hilarious ways on a single clear, moonless night in the middle of winter. Reservations can be made online at StageLeftPlayers.org.
Ballet Western Reserve, under the direction of Artistic Director Stas Kmiec (Stahsh kay-myech), presents A YOUNGSTOWN NUTCRACKER, Peter Tchaikovsky's famous ballet, on Saturday, December 6 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at Powers Auditorium in downtown Youngstown. Tickets are available at the Powers Auditorium Box Office at 330-744-0264 and youngstownsymphony.com.
Youngstown Sate University Theater presents the musical The Spitfire Grill, running this final weekend in Bliss Hall's Ford Theater. Evening performances are at 7:30 pm and the Sunday matinee is at 2:00 pm. Tickets for The Spitfire Grill may be reserved at the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105, online to www.ysu.tix.com, or purchased in person in Bliss Hall at the door.
Salem Community Theater presents the classic musical-comedy A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum, with music and lyrics by Steven Sondheim, this final weekend. Evening performances are at 8:00, the Sunday matinees begin at 2:00. Reservations and more information are available from the Theater box office at 330-332-9688.