Looney Pop Up Exhibit
at the ToonSeum
PITTSBURGH - In celebration of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's upcoming Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II April 10-13, the museum has opened a pop-up Looney Tunes exhibit presented by Schell Games. The exhibit opens Sunday and features original artwork and even rare musical scores from Warner Brothers' animated films.
The music scores on display were mapped out line by line using the cartoon's storyboards and animators' notes. These "bar sheets" were innovated by Carl Stalling, who worked as a composer for Disney and Warner Brothers. He spent his career writing cartoon scores until retiring in 1958. Stalling's music was dynamic and still considered a model for animation music today, as it interweaves classical pieces with dissonant sound effects and musical cues used to convey emotional reactions to the audience.
In addition to the sheet music, the installation has original sketches, film cels and a greeting card by the legendary Chuck Jones. Working alongside great cartoon directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett, and Robert McKimson, Jones created several iconic characters, such as Michigan J. Frog, Pepe Le Pew, Wile E. Coyote and Roadrunner.
Throughout his career, the four-time Oscar winner created more than 300 animated films, including some of the most memorable shorts "What's Opera Doc?," "One Froggy Evening" and "Duck Amuck."
Other cartoon art includes comic and coloring book roughs and animation cels from the boys of "Termite Terrace" - a nickname given to the animators' studio space. This team of animators were corralled by Warner Brothers Cartoons producer Leon Schlesinger. Under Schlessinger's guidance, the team created some of the most memorable cartoon characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd and Tweety Bird.
The pop-up exhibit opens Saturday and runs in tandem with the Gertie the Dinosaur: a Century of Animation," which celebrates the 100th birthday of Gertie, the first animated cartoon character.
The Toonseum is at 945 Liberty Ave. For information, call (412) 232-0199 or visit www.toonseum.org.
Rockstar Mayhem festival
coming to Burgettstown
BURGETTSTOWN - The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival planned July 26 at the First Niagara Pavilion will feature Avenged Sevenfold, Korn, Asking Alexandria, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse, Body Count featuring Ice-T, Suicide Silence, Emmure, Miss May I, Mushroomhead and more. Tickets go on sale Friday at www.ticketmaster.com and www.livenation.com.
by Pittsburgh Public Theater
PITTSBURGH -Pittsburgh Public Theater's Masterpiece Season continues with George Bernard Shaw's sparkling comedy, "Candida," directed by Ted Pappas.
"Candida" runs April 17 through May 18 at the O'Reilly Theater, Pittsburgh Public Theater's home in the heart of Downtown's Cultural District. For tickets, call (412) 316-1600 or visit www.ppt.org.
"Candida" features three accomplished actors who are returning to Pittsburgh Public Theater to be part of the Masterpiece Season. Playing the passionate poet, Eugene Marchbanks, is Jared McGuire, who appeared in last season's popular production of Clybourne Park. Playing the practical parson, the Rev. James Morell, is David Whalen, who is back at the public theater for the seventh time and was seen most recently in "Good People."
In the title role of Candida is the dazzling Gretchen Egolf, the radiant Rosalind in the Public's hit "As You Like It," and the elegant Jackie Kennedy in "The Secret Letters of Jackie and Marilyn."
A stroll down memory lane with the Opera Guild
STEUBENVILLE - Hold on to your hats as the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild stages a stroll down memory lane April 13 at the Steubenville Country Club.
From a version of the Andrews Sisters, featuring Laura Jurasko-Mason, Katherine Moore and Nicole Prichard, with songs that bring back or reflect on memorable times, this event promises to take patrons back to a different era.
The event will feature brother-and-sister duo Jusasko-Mason and Joseph Jurasko and Moore of Catholic Central High School and Prichard of Steubenville High School. The backup band is made up of Teresa Jurasko and friends. They will play a number of tunes made famous by the Andrew Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and others from the World War II era.
Tickets for this event are $35 per person, and special student prices are $25. This includes a buffet dinner. There will be a cash bar, and valet parking is available.
For tickets or information, call Kathy Antinone at (740) 264-9012; Liz Morelli at (740) 264-1299; or Lil Ferguson at (740) 264-2232. Tickets also may be purchased at the Center of Music and Art, 236 Main St., Wintersville, or from any UOVOG board member.
International Children's Theater
series will perform in?Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the area premiere of a musical for younger audiences, presented as part the Pittsburgh International Children's Theater's Family Series.
"Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch" will be performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada. Four performances will be at the Byham Theater - 11 a.m. April 11, , a students-only matinee, and 7 p.m.; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 12.
Tickets can be ordered online at www.TrustArts.org/kids; by calling (412) 456-6666; or in person at the box office at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave.
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings
on stage April 13 at the Byham
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will perform at 8 p.m. April 13 at the Byham Theater.
This concert is presented by WYEP-FM and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in celebration of WYEP's 40th anniversary. Tickets range from $32.25 to $42.25 and are on sale now. For information and tickets, visit www.TrustArts.org; call (412) 456-6666; or in person at the Theater Square box office, at 655 Penn Ave.
MARTINS FERRY - Holy Grounds Cafe will host the Uncle Eddie and Robin Trio today.
The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. An open mic session will run for the first hour, so any musicians looking to perform a couple of songs in front of a live audience should come early to sign up. The Uncle Eddie and Robin Trio will take the stage shortly after 8 p.m. for a 90-minute set.
Uncle Eddie and Robin are well established in the Ohio Valley, performing as a duo or with a variety of other musicians. With banjo, guitar and mandolin and vocals by Eddie and Robin Mahonen and Greg Pawlack, the eclectic mix is a sure-fire good time.
David and Lisa Buckingham run Holy Grounds Cafe as an outreach ministry of Grace Church in Martins Ferry. At Holy Grounds, hot and cold drinks and a variety of snacks are available for a minimal donation. There is also a pool table and free WiFi. Holy Grounds Cafe is at 410 Hanover St.
For information, call (740) 633-2699 or (740) 633-2699.
New exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery
features digital possibilities
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of the visual art exhibition Digital Hand.
On view April 25 to May 25 at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery, the exhibition features works created by students participating in a course exploring the sculptural possibilities of digital fabrication taught by Tom Lauerman, assistant professor of art at the Penn State School of Visual Arts. The exhibition, which is made possible by the Penn State Center Pittsburgh, opens during the Trust's Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 25.
A sculpture course offered annually, Digital Hand seeks to examine digital fabrication techniques and embed them within more established methods of producing and experiencing objects and installations.
The gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. For information, visit www.TrustArts.org.
Fleetwood Mac on tour
again after 16 years; Consol show set
PITTSBURGH - After a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks as they launch the On With The Show Tour.
The band comes to the Consol Energy Center Oct. 14. For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Interactive exhibit will be
on display April 25-June 22
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of the interactive art exhibition the Occasional Market by local artist Tom Sarver.
On view April 25 through June 22 at the Trust's 707 Penn Gallery, the exhibition plays with the idea of a traditional art gallery show by blending it with the experience of shopping. The exhibition opens during Gallery Crawl in the Cultural District from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. April 25.
Throughout the run of the show, Sarver appears in the gallery at posted times to interact with the art on display - drawings, collages, sculptural assemblages and collections of objects-by making alterations, playing records, performing puppet shows and pawning his wares. Many of the artworks on display are made available for trade or purchase, and as the works sell, Sarver restocks the shelves and announces new deals. Visitors may also be surprised by unscheduled activities and performances by the artist-and his friends.
The gallery is at 707 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District. For information, go to www.trustarts.org.
Magic, food, wine April 25
to Oglebay's Stifel Center
WHEELING - A unique evening of magic, food and wine continues at 6:30 p.m. April 25 during Oglebay's Art of Wine series with a performance by magician John Slicer.
The evening begins in the beautiful Stifel Fine Arts Center with a tasting of six wines from Estancia Winery. As guests mingle throughout the historic and elegant Stifel mansion, Slicer will entertain with his wit and wizardry, engaging small groups with his captivating close-up magic and mind reading, which are performed within arms length of the guests' unbelieving eyes.
With ambiance, delicious wine and tasty hors d'oeuvres, the fun is just beginning. At 8 p.m., guests will venture into the Stifel living room where the lights will dim, and Slicer will take the stage for a performance of astonishing magic, laughter and audience participation guaranteed to entertain and amaze.
Tickets are $33 per person and includes everything wine, heavy hors d' oeuvres from Ye Olde Alpha and the show.
For reservations, call (304) 242-7700.
CLO show run extended
for 'Judge Jackie Justice'
PITTSBURGH - Due to popular demand, "Judge Jackie Justice - the Trials of Love" has been extended at the Civic Light Opera Cabaret through May 11.
The show was previously scheduled to close on April 27.
Tickets range from $34.75-$44.75 and will be available online at www.CLOCabaret.com; by calling (412) 456-6666; or at the box office at Theater Square.
'Taming of the Shrew'
at Franciscan University
STEUBENVILLE - Franciscan University of Steubenville's spring drama production will show that even the most wicked tempers can be calmed, in Shakespeare's comedy, "Taming of the Shrew" in Anathan Theatre.
One of Shakespeare's earliest comedies, "Taming of the Shrew" differs from his other lighthearted plays because it focuses on both courtship and married life after the wedding, which was particularly relevant to English audiences of the Renaissance period.
When Petruchio, a brash young man, arrives in Padua to find a wife, he agrees to marry the wealthy Katherine before meeting her. However, when he encounters her foul temper and insulting nature, he sees that she will need to be tamed.
The play is directed by Shawn Dougherty, Franciscan University drama professor.
Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in Anathan Theatre on the ground floor of Egan Hall.
Tickets cost $4 for adults and $2 for students and seniors. Admission is free for clergy and religious and children ages 12 and under.
Tickets are available now through Franciscan University's faculty secretary at (740) 283-6245; by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org; and at the door on a first-come, first-served basis.
'Beauty and the Beast' planned
WEIRTON - The Weirton Madonna High School Drama Club will present the musical "Beauty and the Beast" at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Sunday in the high school's gymnasium theater.
Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
For information or to purchase tickets, call the school office at (304) 723-0545.
theater fundraiser set
WEIRTON - Follansbee Baseball Association Inc. will hold the second-annual murder-mystery dinner theater fundraiser April 12 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center located at 1000 Colliers Way.
Doors open at 6 p.m., and the show begins at 7 p.m.
The Brooke Hills Mystery Players will present "Three Strikes and You're Dead." A cash bar will be available, and a Chinese auction will be held.
All tickets are $25, which includes dinner and the show. No tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase a ticket, call (304) 871-3308 or (304) 794-9929.
Proceeds benefit the baseball association.
Hope Players seeking actors
for 'Spoon River Anthology'
HOPEDALE - The Hope Players have made a change in its May production and need more actors for the new show.
Instead of Walter Blake's comedy, "The Nutt Family," the players will present Charles Aidman's adaptation of Edgar Lee Masters' classic poetry cycle, "Spoon River Anthology." The show examines the lives of people in a small town shortly after the turn of the 20th century.
"Spoon River Anthology" will be presented at Harrison East Elementary School in Hopedale at 7:30 p.m. May 2-3 and 2 p.m. May 4.
According to Hope Players Executive Director Andrew Pelegreen III, who is directing the production, the change of plays was made after auditions were held for "The Nutt Family."
"After we saw the level of talented people trying out for 'The Nutt Family' we decided to offer them the opportunity perform a more challenging play."
But Pelegreen noted "Spoon River Anthology" presents an additional challenge - it requires more actors than tried out for "The Nutt Family."
"Because of the need for more actors, we're inviting all available area actors to come to our rehearsal at noon Saturday at Harrison East Elementary, to audition," Pelegreen said. "Because actors will be playing multiple characters, we can be flexible with rehearsals, and we'll be able to work around scheduling conflicts."
Rehearsals are held 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday evenings and noon Saturdays at the school.
Pelegreen also noted anyone interested in working on the technical aspects of "Spoon River Anthology" should come to the rehearsal Saturday at noon to volunteer their services.
Anyone with questions about participating in "Spoon River Anthology," and those unable to attend Saturday's rehearsal, should contact Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629, prior to the rehearsal.
The Hope Players are dedicated to presenting family-friendly community theater for area residents. For information, go to www.hopeplayers.org.
Bethany theater to present rock opera
BETHANY - Bethany College's theater program will make history as it debuts the world premiere of the rock opera "The Interstellar Healer."
The musical, written and composed by Nashville-based composer-musician-singer-actor Tim Zimmerman, takes place at the dawn of time.
The production will be performed at 8 p.m. April 10-12 and 2p.m. April 13. It will also be streamed live on the Internet through the Bethany Broadcast Network at www.bethanywv.edu.
Tickets are $5 each. For reservations, call (304) 829-7124.
In the play, angelic beings, played by Alanna Hunter-Crump, Ashlee Bex and Kvanna Diaz, are delighted by the original "creators:" a painter (Octavia Holton); a dancer (Grace Beck); an architect (Lilianna Hardt); and a writer, Bartholomew (Zimmerman).
Their assistants (John Vucich, Jordan Jones, William Cazares, Dan Harry, Rich Oliver) overthrow them by removing their hearts and turning them into a powerful new breed: the Numbersmen. Their attempt to do this with Bartholomew is only partially successful, as he begins to turn their own violence against them.
The Angel, Michaela (Hunter-Crump), hopes Bartholomew will recover his loving, creative nature. When this hope is fulfilled, Bartholomew is yet again partially transformed into The Interstellar Healer. Now with the power to heal, he travels time and the universe aboard the starship True Fortune until his journey brings him to Earth in the year 2184.
"For our program to be the first in the world to stage this rock opera is literally making history," said Luke Hardt, director of the Bethany College Theatre.
He added that it's a big risk in theater to take on something unfamiliar to audiences.
The production was brought to Hardt's attention by Amanda McCoy, a 2009 Bethany alumna who majored in music. After graduation, she began working in Nashville, where she met Zimmerman and learned of his rock opera.
Hardt is directing the production, and Pandel Collaros, assistant professor of music, is the musical director. Oliver is the assistant director.
The cast also includes Keith Hardt as the Golden Child. Crew members include Ladria Turner, Floyd Alexander, Aidan Garvey, Robert Seman, Jeremy Starr, Anthony Smith, Tyrell Scott and Adam Atwell. Stage managers are Jayson Canter, David Camacho and Hunter-Crump.
Class series explores U.S.
WHEELING -Beginning April 8, Oglebay Institute's Mansion Museum will offer a four-part introduction to popular American decorative styles.
Classes examine the social history, lifestyles, furniture and decorative arts over three influential time periods and concludes with a special look at how the Oglebay Family lived. Participants will have the opportunity to go into the mansion's period rooms. One-and-one-half hour sessions beginning at 7 p.m. are led by Glass Museum curator Holly McCluskey and will meet from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 8, federal (1790-1810); 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 15, Empire (1810-1840); 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. April 22, Victorian (1840-1900); and 7-8:30 p.m. April 22,
how the Oglebays lived (1901-1926), 7-8:30 p.m. April 22.
The cost is $15 per class. Mix and match or attending all four sessions are available.
Register by calling (304) 242-7272. Space is limited.
Three Rivers Arts festival upcoming
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces a distinguished list of music headliners to be presented at the 55th-annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
The 10-day celebration of the arts is unlike any other in the nation. The world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and is open to the public.
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival strives to deliver top-notch performing and visual art from the Pittsburgh region's thriving arts community and from around the globe including music, theater, dance, public art installations, gallery exhibitions, a renowned visual artists' market presented by Peoples Gas, creative activities, food and more. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury process emphasizing quality, craftsmanship and presentation in a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. Each day of the 10-day festival includes a performance by distinguished music headliners.
All headline concerts will be performed on the Dollar Bank Stage beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Point State Park, with the exception of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra performance, which will begin at 7 p.m. Opening acts will perform at 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and at 6:30 p.m. on weekdays.
Those performing include Jeff Tweedy, June 6; Sam Bush, June 7; Trampled By Turtles, June 8; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, June 9; Amos Lee June 11; the Smithereens, June 12; Curtis Harding, June 13; Lucinda Williams, June 14; Jake Bugg, June 15.
Pittsburgh CLO to stage 'Dixie's Tupperware Party'
PITTSBURGH -The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera announces the return of the off-Broadway sensation, Dixie's Tupperware Party to the CLO Cabaret Sept. 4 to Oct. 12.
Tickets can be purchased online, at www.pittsburghCLO.org; by calling (412) 456-6666; or at the box office at Theater Square.
Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, packed up her catalogues, left her children in an Alabama trailer park and took Pittsburgh by storm in 2012. Now, join Dixie as she returns to Pittsburgh to throw a good ol' fashioned Tupperware Party filled with outrageously funny tales, heartfelt accounts, free giveaways, audience participation and the most fabulous assortment of Tupperware ever sold on a theater stage.
Recording artists to perform in Wellsburg
WELLSBURG - Nationally known recording artists Aaron Shust and MIKESCHAIR will appear at 7 p.m. April 11 at Brooke Hills Free Methodist Church.
The concert, which also includes Johnny Diaz and Lauren Daigle, is part of Shust's The Morning Rises Tour. It will be held in the 440-seat sanctuary of the church, which is at 1340 Washington Pike (state Route 27) about five miles from Wellsburg.
The sanctuary was part of a $1.9 million addition to the church completed in 2012.
General seating tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at iTickets.com or by calling (800) 965-9324. Special VIP tickets, which include center seating in the first four rows, a special parking pass and a question and answer session with the bands at 5:30 p.m., are $40 each.
Doors will open for all others at 6 p.m.
Shust's current tour is promoting his new album of the same name, which features the songs, "God of Brilliant Lights," "No One Higher" and "Cornerstone."
A native of Chicago, Shust received three Dove Awards (given by the Gospel Music Association for Christian music in various genres) for Song of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and New Artist of the Year in 2007.
His first album, "Anything Worth Saying," included "My Savior, My God," rose to No. 1 on six Contemporary Christian charts in 2006. "My Hope Is In You," from his third compact disc, topped the Adult Contemporary Monitor chart for 14 weeks.
The band MIKESCHAIR was formed at Belmont University in Nashville. Its hits include "Let the Waters Rise," "All I Can Do (Thank You)", "Someone Worth Dying For" and "All for You."
They have received several Dove nominations, including Pop Contemporary Album of the Year for their self-titled debut album in 2010 and Group of the Year in 2011.
In addition to touring various parts of the U.S., the group has traveled to Peru, Guatemala and Honduras for mission work.
Johnny Diaz' began his music career as a youth group worship leader in Lakeland, Fla. His first nationally released compact disc, "More Beautiful You" topped Billboard's Adult Contemporary Indicator chart in 2009 and reached number 2 on the Hot Christian Songs chart.
He has appeared with MercyMe, Steven Curtis Chapman and others.
A native of Lafayette, La., singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle is set to release her debut album this year. A former "American Idol" contestant, she advanced to Hollywood in 2010 and 2012.
After the second attempt, she returned to Louisiana State University, where she was asked to sing for a CD a local band was making and that was heard by Centricity Music, which later signed her to record for them.
She has provided backup vocals on Jason Gray's hit single, "Nothing is Wasted."
Avril Lavigne coming
to First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - The Backstreet Boys with special guest Avril Lavigne will perform at the First Niagara Pavilion on June 14.
For tickets, go to www.livenation.com.
Pittsburgh CLO to stage 'Ring of Fire'
PITTSBURGH The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera announced the musical hit "Ring of Fire" will run May 22 through Aug. 17 at the CLO Cabaret.
Tickets begin at $34.75 and are available at www.CLOCabaret.com; by calling (412) 456-6666; or visiting the box office at Theater Square.
"Ring of Fire" is a journey into the heart of America, courtesy of one of our most beloved musical poets - Johnny Cash. In "Ring of Fire," a remarkable cast of performers and musicians will pay homage to his music with the strength, humor and honesty that made Cash one of the greatest songwriters and most revered storytellers in American music. It features more than 30 of the music legend's songs such as "Country Boy," "A Thing Called Love," "Five Feet High and Rising," "Daddy Sang Bass," "I Walk the Line," "I've Been Everywhere," "The Man in Black" and his final hit, "Hurt."
Summer CLO season
to open May 30
PITTSBURGH - The 2014 Civic Light Opera summer season opens May 30 at the Benedum Center with the classic musical "Singin' in the Rain," which will run through June 8.
The musical is based on the classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film.
Other shows include:
"Legally Blonde - The Musical," June 13-22. With music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin, the musical is based on the novel by Amanda Brown and the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer motion picture.
"Footloose," June 24-29. The is stage adaptation of the classic film includes music by Tom Snow adapted for the stage by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie. The musical includes additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
"Evita," July 8-13. This timeless musical includes lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and is the true story of Eva Peron's using her beauty and charisma to rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as first lady.
"Cats," July 18-27. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber this classic musical is based on "Old Possum's Book Of Practical Cats" by author T. S. Eliott.
"Monty Python's Spamalot," July 29 through Aug. 3. Winner of the Tony Award for best musical, Monty Python's "Spamalot" is the outrageous musical comedy lovingly ripped off from the film classic "Monty Python and The Holy Grail."
For tickets, go to www.pittsburghCLO.org or call (412-) 281-2822.
Upcoming events at Historic Fort Steuben
STEUBENVILLE - Upcoming events at the Historic Fort Steuben include:
April 25-26 - "Murder in the Roaring '20s," features an original mystery set in Steubenville during that very colorful era. Guests should dress for the period and be prepared to solve the crime. The dinner and drama at Froehlich's Classic Corner Banquet Room begins at 6 p.m., and advance reservations are required. Tickets are $30 for sale at the visitor center. For information and reservations, call (740) 283-1787.
April 7-26 Spring quilt show at the Visitors Center. The event is free.
April 16 - Harlem Ambassadors Basketball Event, an evening of fun and action at Steubenville High School beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 to $10 at the door and in advance at the visitors center.
Upcoming season at Brooke Hills Playhouse
WELLSBURG -The Brooke Hills Playhouse has announced an "award-winning season" to mark the playhouse's 43rd summer of operation, according to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the Brooke County Arts Council, the playhouse's parent organization.
The season will open with Beth Henley's 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award-winning comedy, "Crimes of the Heart," the story of the three Magrath sisters and their lovingly dysfunctional family, including a dying family patriarch and one of the sisters' arrest for attempted murder. "Crimes of the Heart" will be presented May 30, June 1 and June 6-8.
The second show of the season, scheduled for June 20-22 and 27-29, will be Christopher Durang's comedy, "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play.
The playhouse's annual musical comedy will be presented next, as the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic, "Chicago," takes to the stage July 11-13 and 18-20.
The season continues Aug. 1-3 and 8-10 with the annual production for younger actors, "Curiosity Cat" by Chris Grabenstein, based on the Grabenstein's award-winning novel for middle school readers, "The Hanging Hill." The title character is an adventurous animal who is homeless, but uses his new status to help other cats, while avoiding an evil cat-catcher.
The Playhouse's 43rd main stage season concludes Aug. 22-24 and 29-31 with superstar playwright Ken Ludwig's comedy, "The Game's Afoot or, Holmes for the Holidays," a comedy-mystery that won the 2012 Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allan Poe award for best play.
As was the case last season, all Friday and Saturday performances will be at 8 p.m., and all Sunday performances will be 2 p.m. matinees.
Barnhart noted playhouse patrons can see all five main stage productions this summer for the price of four, if they order 2014 season discount coupons by May 29.
"We call it our Super Star Package, at $44 for adults, $36 for senior citizens and students and $28 for children younger than 12," she said.
Once the season begins, ticket prices at the box office will be $10.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors and students and $6.50 for children for non-musicals, and $12.50 for adults, $10.50 for seniors and students and $8.50 for children for the musical.
Patrons may order the advance discount Super Star package by sending a check or money order payable to the Brooke County Arts Council at P.O. Box 186, Wellsburg, WV 26070. Patrons are asked to specify how many packages they are ordering. All pre-season orders must be received by May 29.
For information, go to www.brookehillsplayhouse.com.
Camp Broadway EXP
coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced that nationally acclaimed Camp Broadway EXP will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 26 at the Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Ave. in the Pittsburgh Cultural District.
For information, visit trustarts.org/campbroadway or call (412) 325-2024.
The one-day camp is open to children ages 10-13 of all skill levels, and no previous experience is necessary to enroll. Advance registration is required and registration closes on April 11. The cost to participant in the camp is $125 per participant and $100 per additional student in a household. The camp will conclude with a featured performance at 4:30 p.m. for family and friends, presented by student participants.
Bret Michaels coming
to Mountaineer April 26
CHESTER - Multi-platinum powerhouse Bret Michaels will once again rock the stage at the Harv at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort at 8 p.m. April 26.
Mountaineer now offers a limited number of prime reserved seats for sale in the Harv in the first four center rows. The remainder of Harv seating is general admission by section.
Tickets can be purchased at www.MOREatMountaineer.com; www.etix.com; at Mountaineer's players club; or by calling (800) 80-40-HOT, extension 8297. Tickets in Section A through bleachers are general admission by section and start at $20 plus taxes and fees.
Reserved seating is also available and is located in the first four center rows.
Park offering discount
WELLSBURG - Brooke Hills Park is offering a 15 percent discount on all golf passes for the 2014 season.
For information, call (304) 737-1236.
Blaine Siegel coming to 709 Penn gallery, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has announced the opening of Dream Body, a video installation by local artist Blaine Siegel.
The exhibition is on view at the Trust's 709 Penn Gallery in the Cultural District through April 13.
The exhibition consists of two video projections with sculptural components. The first video is influenced by the infamous "the Hanged Man" tarot card. Hanging upside down from a tree, the man on the card has been abused and left alone. It is at this point of physical, mental and emotional exhaustion that the hanged man gains a fresh perspective and is able to see the world and his place in it. The first video, depicting a man's face slowly transitioning from sadness to awe, hangs from an apparatus referencing the hanging crook from the hangman children's game and is projected upside-down upon the wall.
The gallery is at 709 Penn Ave. in downtown Pittsburgh's Cultural District.
The Secret Life of Robots at SPACE gallery, Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH-The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of "The Secret Life of Robots," a visual art installation by local artist Toby Atticus Fraley.
The exhibition includes a dozen scenes of robots in domestic vignettes, presenting an unpolished look into the unseen, and often mundane, lives of robots. The exhibition is on view at the Trust's SPACE gallery in the Cultural District through April 27. The 4- to 5-foot-tall robots are constructed from vintage thermoses, picnic coolers and various found objects. Some robots include animatronics and custom built electro