'Egg-cellent Egg Hunt' slated for April 19
PITTSBURGH -The Carnegie Museum of Natural History will hold the annual "Egg-cellent Egg Hunt" from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the museum located at 4400 Forbes Ave.
Children age 12 and under are invited to participate in a free scavenger hunt, using it to visit hands-on exploration stations throughout the museum and find touchable natural history specimens, interact with nature experts, answer egg-related riddles and earn stamps and small prizes.
The "Egg-cellent Egg Hunt" is free with museum admission; no registration is required. Maps and prizes will be available to the first 500 children.
Easter weekend hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. April 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 18-19 and 21. The museum will be closed April 20. For information, call (412) 622-3131 or visit www.carnegiemnh.org.
'Wade in the Water' event set
PITTSBURGH - The Kelly Strayhorn Theater will present work-in-progress "Wade in the Water" by Mukwae Wabei Siyolwe and Daniel Bernard Roumain, featuring performances by Chen Lo and Anqwenique Wingfield at 8 p.m. on April 25-26 at the Alloy Studios located at 5530 Penn Ave.
"Wabei and Daniel are incredible artists who fuse contemporary with tradition," said Janera Solomon, Strayhorn executive director. "Their multimedia work has been seen around the world. We're excited to host this residency and share this work-in-progress."
"Wade in the Water" explores modern revolutions through the Kuomboka ceremony on the Bartose Floodplain, where an annual flood forces the population to higher ground.
For information, call (412) 363-3000.
Dinner-dance to benefit Brooke Place
WEIRTON - Family Connections' Fund Development Auxiliary will hold its seventh annual dinner-dance to benefit Brooke Place, May 3 at the Serbian-American Cultural Center.
Doors will open at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. The event also will include a live auction, drawings and a cash bar. Disc jockey Mr. Mike and the Music Machine will provide music.
Its theme is "No Place Like Home," because staff with Family Connections and the group home strive to make it as much like a real home as possible for the girls who live there.
Tri-State Pharmacy has signed on as a sponsor for the event and the group welcomes additional sponsors, who will be recognized in the event's program.
For information or to purchase tickets, call Jean Bartholow at (304) 527-3303.
Brooke House Playhouse
WELLSBURG - The Brooke Hills Playhouse has scheduled auditions for the first two plays of its 43rd summer season for Saturday, according to Julia Barnhart of Wellsburg, president of the playhouse's parent organization, the Brooke County Arts Council.
Auditions for Beth Henley's "Crimes of the Heart" and Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" will be held at the Playhouse's downtown Wellsburg offices, 636 Charles St.
Tryouts for "Crimes of the Heart," to be directed by Rob DeSantis of Follansbee, will begin at 10 a.m. The characters include four women and two men, all in their twenties and thirties. "Crimes of the Heart" tells 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. The comedy will be presented May 30-June 1 and June 6-8.
Auditions for "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," to be directed by Diana Mendel of Wellsburg, will begin at 11:30 a.m. The script calls for four women and two men of various ages. The show centers around siblings Vanya and Sonia, their movie star sister, Masha, and her latest boy-toy, Spike. Matters are complicated by a maid with psychic powers and a pretty young actress. Durang's comedy will be performed June 20-22 and 27-29.
Actors will be required to read excerpts from the script at auditions and to fill out an audition form listing past experience and any scheduling conflicts. Anyone unable to audition at the scheduled times must contact the Playhouse at (304) 737-3344 by Friday to arrange for an alternate date and time.
"Crimes of the Heart," which won the 1981 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," which received the 2013 Tony Award for best play, are part of the playhouse's "award-winning season," in which all five main stage productions were the recipients of major awards.
The rest of the main stage season includes the playhouse's annual musical comedy, the John Kander-Fred Ebb-Bob Fosse classic, "Chicago," which takes to the stage July 11-13 and 18-20. The musical will be directed by Nick Taylor of Wellsburg, who will conduct auditions for the production 7 p.m. May 5-6 at the Brooke High Auditorium. Those trying out for the show may choose either May 5 or 6 for their audition.
Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins, "Chicago" focuses on chorus girl Roxie Hart and flapper Velma Kelly, both accused of murders and both vying for the spotlight from an eager press corps. "Chicago" is the recipient of six Tony awards and six Drama Desk awards, including best revival of a musical from both presenters. 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 set in the home of legendary actor William Gillette, best known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes.
When one of his holiday guests is stabbed to death, Gillette takes on the character of the great detective to solve the mystery. "The Game's Afoot" 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 under 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; $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.
Vintage Pittsburgh at
Heinz History Center
PITTSBURGH - Visitors can celebrate Pittsburgh history in style at the Senator John Heinz History Center's second-annual Vintage Pittsburgh event, presented in partnership with the Pittsburgh Vintage Mixer, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
As part of the event, visitors can shop at the Vintage Pittsburgh vendor fair, which will feature more than 30 local merchants selling genuine vintage fashion, accessories, housewares, vinyl, home decor, artwork, books, toys, small furniture and collectibles.
Visitors can then check out the History Center's six floors of exhibition space, including the new Poptastic! The Art of Burton Morris exhibit, to explore how the past influences the present.
The Vintage Pittsburgh event will feature music throughout the day and a cash bar with cocktails for the early risers from 10 a.m. to noon.
Disc jockeys will spin vintage-inspired tunes on the History Center's fifth floor throughout the day, including Matthew Buchholz, Jay Malls, the Garment District/Bad Seed and Michael Lutz. Live performances on the first floor will include Jody Perigo from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Dan Baker from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The History Center will offer a special Vintage Pittsburgh discounted admission rate to all museum visitors on Saturday. Admission is $10 for general admission and $6 for students.
A Vintage Pittsburgh VIP preview from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. will feature special perks such as first access to vendors' collections, one drink ticket, a gift bag and all the benefits of regular museum admission. A limited amount of tickets to the VIP preview are still available and can be purchased for $15 at www.showclix.com/event/vintagepittsburgh.
The Senator John Heinz History Center is at 1212 Smallman St.
John Wayne film 'Stagecoach' coming to
WHEELING - Known for being John Wayne's vehicle to super-stardom, area residents can see John Ford's spectacular Western "Stagecoach" free on the big screen at 7 p.m. April 25 at Oglebay Institute's Towngate Cinema.
Presented by the Wheeling Film Society, "Stagecoach" is considered by many critics to be one of the greatest westerns ever made. Not only did it make Wayne a mainstream star but it also revived and elevated the Western, a genre that had been enormously popular in the silent era but had gone stale.
A conversation about the film takes place during Lunch with Books noon April 29 at the Ohio County Public Library. Both events are free and open to the public.
Big Sam's Funky Nation part of Pittsburgh Jazzlive
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announced today that it will partner with Grey Area Productions to present Big Sam's Funky Nation 9 p.m. June 21 at the Rex Theater as part of the fourth-annual Pittsburgh JazzLive International Festival.
Tickets are available at www.greyareaprod.com; Culture Shop; Dave's Music Mine; 720 Records; and Soundcat Records. Tickets are $15 in advance, and $17 day-of-show.
Wayne McGregor coming to Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH -Pittsburgh Dance Council, a division of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, presents Wayne McGregor Random Dance at 8 p.m. April 26 at the Byham Theater.
Award-winning, anatomy-defying British choreographer Wayne McGregor has crafted a stunning piece for the 10 dancers from Wayne McGregor Random Dance that will present the evening length work, FAR.
For tickets, go to www.TrustArts.org; in person at the box office at Theater Square; or by calling (412) 456-6666. Subscribe to the Pittsburgh Dance Council season by calling (412) 456-1390; or online at www.TrustArts.org/Dance.
Toby Keith coming to
First Niagara Pavilion
BURGETTSTOWN - Toby Keith's Shut Up and Hold On Tour with special guests Colt Ford and Krystal Keith will visit the First Niagara Pavilion on Aug. 9.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at www.livenation.com.
Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Series exhibit opens at Heinz History Center
PITTSBURGH - As the Pittsburgh Pirates are opening their most anticipated season in more than 20 years, the Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum at the Senator John Heinz History Center unveiled artifacts from one of the greatest moments in sports history - Bill Mazeroski's ninth inning home run that beat the New York Yankees in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series.
On loan from the Tull Family Collection, Mazeroski's iconic Game 7 uniform and bat, which have never been on display locally with the exception of a short stint at PNC Park last September, will be on view at the Sports Museum throughout the first month of the Pirates' season, currently running through May 1.
The Senator John Heinz History Center, an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and the largest history museum in Pennsylvania, presents American history with a Western Pennsylvania connection. The Western Pennsylvania Sports Museum is a museum within a museum, comprehensively presenting the region's remarkable sports story through hundreds of artifacts and interactive experiences for visitors of all ages. The History Center and Sports Museum are at 1212 Smallman St. in the city's Strip District and are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The History Center's museum system includes the Sports Museum; the Fort Pitt Museum in historic Point State Park; and Meadowcroft Rockshelter & Historic Village, a National Historic Landmark located in Avella, in Washington County. For information, go to www.heinzhistorycenter.org.
Looney Pop Up Exhibit
at the ToonSeum
PITTSBURGH - In celebration of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's upcoming Bugs Bunny at the Symphony II today through Sunday, the museum has opened a pop-up Looney Tunes exhibit presented by Schell Games. The exhibit is currently running 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.
'Candida' staged by Pittsburgh
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."
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.
Take stroll down memory lane with the Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild
STEUBENVILLE - Hold on to your hats as Upper Ohio Valley Opera Guild stages a stroll down memory lane Sunday at the Steubenville Country Club.
From a version of the Andrew 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.
Holy Grounds Cafe in Martins Ferry will host
MARTINS FERRY - The Holy Grounds Cafe will host a variety of local musicians today for their once-per-term benefit event. The coffeehouse is open from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.. There is no cover charge for this event; instead, donations will be taken to benefit Faith in Action Caregivers, an organization that provides care to area senior citizens and those who are homebound. Our goal is to raise $200, which will provide twenty hours of care right here in the Valley.
Several local musicians have donated their time and talent to this event. The lineup includes the Grace Church Praise Band under the direction of David Buckingham, Gary Roesser, Carl and Patty Shafer, and the Mayhughs & the Forlorn River Band. All of these musicians have played before at Holy Grounds Cafe.
Holy Grounds Cafe is run by husband and wife team David and Lisa Buckingham as a ministry of Grace Church. Lisa Buckingham notes, "These benefit events are a highlight of our term. We enjoy being able to use our venue to help the entire community, and this particular event will have a direct impact on several families here in the Valley." Beverages and snacks will be available for a minimum donation and there will be two theme baskets given away in a drawing. Holy Grounds Cafe is located at 410 Hanover St.
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. Friday, a students-only matinee, and 7 p.m.; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.
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.
and the Dap-Kings coming to
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings will perform at 8 p.m. Sunday 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.
New exhibit at 709 Penn Gallery
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 coming to Pittsburgh
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.
Occasional Market exhibit
to open on April 25
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 coming 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.
theater fundraiser set
WEIRTON - Follansbee Baseball Association Inc. will hold the second-annual murder-mystery dinner theater fundraiser Saturday 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.
CLO show run extended
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.
Hope Players seeking actors
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. today through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 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.
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. Friday 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.