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August 25, 2011
The Herald-Star

Hope Players schedules auditions for 'Fools'

HOPEDALE - The Hope Players will hold auditions for a different kind of Neil Simon play from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale.

"Fools" will be presented at Harrison East at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4-5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 6.

Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale said "Fools,' doesn't have a single, neurotic or cynical New Yorker among the characters, and it's more of a fairy tale or a romantic comedy than any of Simon's other works."

"One reason we chose 'Fools' for our major fall production is its appeal across all ages and cultures," Pelegreen said. "For children, it's simply a charming fairytale about a small Ukrainian village under a curse of stupidity for 200 years, and the efforts of an idealistic young teacher to break the curse.

"For grown-ups, it's also a romantic comedy, with love as the teacher's motivation," Pelegreen continued. "We hope it's a relief from the endless mean-spirited political debates that have polarized our country. In 'Fools,' there's no meanness or cynicism, and even the bad guy isn't all bad."

Rehearsals for "Fools" will be scheduled for Monday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings leading up to the production weekend of the play.

While seven of the 10 characters in the comedy are listed as males, several parts can be played by actors of either gender. Actors should check their schedules prior to auditions and be prepared to list any conflicts on their audition sheet.

No other preparation is necessary to audition for "Fools." Pelegreen explained that "actors will be given the opportunity to read various parts of the script with other actors." Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times should contact Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629 prior to the audition dates to make other arrangements.

Anyone with other questions about the upcoming production should contact Pelegreen or Hope Players President Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208. Those interested in working behind the scenes on sets, costumes, lights or sound also should contact Pelegreen or Runt.

The Hope Players is a member of the Ohio Community Theatre Association whose members are dedicated to presenting family-friendly community theater for area residents. For information, go to www.hopeplayers.org.

Joe Zelek Band

performing in Maynard

MAYNARD, Ohio -The Joe Zelek band will be performing at the Maynard Outdoor Pavilion at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

The gates open at 5:30 p.m., and no coolers or bottles are allowed. Lawn chairs are welcome, and tickets are available at the gate for $15. Tickets are non-refundable. For information, call (740) 605-0640.

Author Lynn Wiles

book signing event

WHEELING -Wheeling Coffee Shoppe, 101 Washington Ave., will host Lynn Wiles, a resident of Shadyside, as he signs copies "Nathaniel," his juvenile fiction book from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The plot of the book includes a forest land, where animals live and play and a little squirrel character named Nathaniel there.

Composting on shoe string budget at Brooke Hills Park

WELLSBURG - Composting on a shoe-string budget will be the focus of a workshop at the Bald Eagle Shelter from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Brooke Hills Park.

The workshop will be hosted by Norm Schwertfeger and the Brooke County Extension Office.

Those attending can learn the benefits of composting for home vegetable and flower gardens as well as speeding up the decomposition process of a compost pile. The focus will be on inexpensive compost techniques that can be done at home. Brooke Hills Park is collecting a $5 donation to cover shelter space for the workshop attendees. Food and drink will be available for purchase. For information and to register, call (304) 737-3666 or (304) 737-1236.

Vendors sought for St. Aloysius School fall festival

EAST LIVERPOOL - St. Aloysius School is seeking vendors, including those specializing in crafts, farmers' market, antiques, housewares, jewelry, cosmetics and more for its fall festival, scheduled from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16.

A table and two chairs are available for $20, while a table, two chairs and electric are available for $25.

To register, call Chris Bell at (330) 385-7962 or send an e-mail to bellc15@comcast.net. The deadline to register is Oct. 2.

Upcoming events at

Raccoon Creek State Park

HOOKSTOWN - Upcoming events at Raccoon Creek State Park include:

Saturday - Native Pollinator Workshop, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 400 species of bees call Pennsylvania home. Visitors can learn how to help the native pollinators at this workshop. Attendees will learn about the importance of pollinators, different kinds of pollinating bees and build a bee condo. Registration is required by Aug. 25. To register, visit www.friendsofraccoon.org under park events; www.dcnr.state.pa.us/Calendar and select Raccoon Creek State Park; or call (724) 899-3611. The cost is $5.

Sunday - Native Plant Gardening, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Visitors can discover the possibilities of using native plants in landscaping. This program will discuss how to grow native plants, proper site selection and the benefits of using native plants.

Following the program at 3:30 p.m. those attending have the option of staying to help park staff and volunteers clean up native plant gardens. Extra native plants will be given from the garden to volunteers. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30. The program is free.

Sunday - Weeding Party Volunteer Event, 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Those interested in flowers, gardening, native plants or just wanting to meet some people in the area are invited to keep native plant gardens looking good for visitors, butterflies and hummingbirds. Those attending should bring gloves and appropriate dress. Weeding parties will not be held in the rain. Those interested should meet at the Wildflower Reserve Interpretive Center on state Route 30.

Monday - Raccoon Lake Evening Nature Paddle, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitors can join park naturalists for a guided evening nature paddle exploring the shoreline and wetlands area of Raccoon Lake. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the Raccoon Creek boat concession at (724) 513-6740. Those attending should meet at the boat launch by the concession at 6:15 p.m. For information, call (724) 899-3611.

A Touch of Thai event

at Oglebay Institute

WHEELING - Upcoming exhibits at Oglebay Institute include:

Friday -A Touch of Thai will feature a buffet of authentic Thai dishes from noon to 4 p.m. at the Stifel Fine Arts Center. Guests also will enjoy traditional dances, martial arts demonstrations and more, creating the atmosphere of this southeast Asian country.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the Stifel Center or at Golden Chopsticks on Wheeling Island. For information, call (304) 242-7700.

Celebrate the Constitution

at Historic

Fort Steuben

STEUBENVILLE - In September, the Historic Fort Steuben will celebrate the Constitution with videos and an exhibit in conjunction with the Fort Steuben Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution on Sept. 5-17.

On Sept. 11, the annual memorial concert will be held at 2 p.m. in the Louis and Sandra Berkman Amphitheater. Organized by the Council of Christian Churches of Steubenville and Vicinity and partnering with Jefferson County RSVP, the event will recognize those who died and those who served in the rescue and recovery efforts of that day 10 years ago. Music will be performed by the Tri-State Community Band.

Pittsburgh Public Theater begins new season in

September

PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Public Theater's 37th season includes a six-play subscription series and a special event, led by Producing Artistic Director Ted Pappas.

Those include:

Sept. 29 through Oct. 30, "Electra" by Sophocles, adapted by Frank McGuinness and directed by Ted Pappas.

New stagings of ancient Greek plays are Pappas' signature. After productions of "Medea" and "Oedipus the King," he now will stage "Electra," the story of a family torn apart by adultery, assassination and revenge.

Nov. 10 through Dec. 11, "Red," by John Logan and directed by Pamela Berlin.

First produced by London's Donmar Warehouse, "Red" jumped to Broadway and won the 2010 Tony Award for best play. The setting is the studio of temperamental abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, who, in 1958, accepted a commission to create paintings for the Four Seasons restaurant in New York. As he works with his young assistant, this rare commercial project leads to discussions about the purpose of art. "Red" author John Logan is the screenwriter of "Gladiator" and "The Aviator."

Jan. 5-7, the Second City's Laugh Out Loud.

The Second City comes back by popular demand with its Laugh Out Loud tour. From the company that launched the careers of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Gilda Radner and Bill Murray comes the next generation in an evening of sketch comedy and improvisation.

Jan. 19 through Feb. 19, "As You Like It" by William Shakespeare and directed by Pappas.

At the palace, Rosalind and Orlando fall for each other at first sight, but their courtship is cut short when she is banished by the duke. Disguised as a boy, Rosalind flees into the Forest of Arden, only to meet Orlando once again.

March 1 through April 1, "Freud's Last Session," by Mark St. Germain and directed by Mary Robinson.

Psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud pioneered the id, the ego and the superego. Writer C.S. Lewis created "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Two men, both brilliant, yet vastly different - Freud the atheist and Lewis the believer. In this play, they meet in 1939 as England goes to war against the Nazis for an evening of conversation about God, love, sex and the meaning of life.

April 12 through May 13, "Around the World in 80 Days," by Mark Brown, based on the novel by Jules Vernes and directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge.

The year is 1872 and Phileas Fogg has accepted a bet to travel around the globe in record time in this classic novel brought to theatrical life. With his eccentric French manservant, the unflappable Fogg encounters a monsoon at sea, boards a runaway train and rescues an Indian princess.

May 24 through June 24, "Private Lives," by Noel Coward and directed by Pappas.

After a tempestuous marriage, Amanda and Elyot got divorced. Just a few years later, however, each goes to the altar again - Amanda with Victor, and Elyot with Sibyl. Honeymooning at the same seaside hotel, the newlyweds discover they have rooms next to each other.

Subscriptions are available at www.ppt.org or by calling the box office at (412) 316-1600. Single tickets go on sale in September. The Public's home is the O'Reilly Theater at 621 Penn Ave.

 
 

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