The Update | ‘Arsenic & Old Lace’ at Stage Left; Youth Art Exhibit at YSU Gallery

LISBON, Ohio – “Arsenic & Old Lace,” presented by Stage Left Players, opens tonight at Trinity Playhouse, 234 E Lincoln Way, and runs through March 3.

Curtain time is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Reserve tickets HERE. Season ticket holders should email to reserve their seats. 

The classic comedy shares the tale of spinsters Abby (Lynne Peterson of Salem) and Martha Brewster (Annie Moore of Canfield) who have a room for rent, a bottle of elderberry wine to share, a nephew who thinks he’s Teddy Roosevelt (John Diddle of Leetonia) and a dead body in the window seat. 

Youth Art Exhibit at YSU Gallery

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Cliffe College of Creative Arts at Youngstown State University will celebrate Youth Art Month with an exhibition that opens Monday in the Judith Rae Solomon Gallery, inside Bliss Hall.

Titled “The Postcard Exhibition,” it will feature artworks made by high school students from Mahoning and Trumbull counties. Each participating student created a work of art on a postcard-size piece of paper.

An opening reception will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at the gallery, which is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

The college will present several events next week. Here is the schedule:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 27: The YSU Partnership Performance Concert with Stambaugh Youth Concert Band and YSU’s Concert Band, 7:30 p.m. at Stambaugh Auditorium. Tickets are available at and at the door.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: This week’s Music at Noon Series at The Butler Institute of American Art will feature the Dana School of Music voice studio at 12:15 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 28: An artist performance by Morgan Bukovec at 5:30 p.m. Bukovec will honor the “share your story” interactive wall responses from the viewing audience, thus symbolizing an affirmation of “I hear you; I see you” and reinforcing a connectivity of shared experience.
  • Thursday, Feb. 29: The YSU Jazz Quintets, led by Dave Morgan and Dave Kana, at 7:30 p.m. in Spotlight Theater, inside Bliss Hall.

Egg Hunt for Children at Eastwood Field

NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers will present an egg hunt for children Tuesday, March 26, at Eastwood Field.

Gates open at 5 p.m., with egg hunts starting at 6 p.m. for children divided into three age groups: 1-4, 5-8 and 9-12. Other activities will include photos with the Easter Bunny and Scrappy, face painting and inflatable games. 

Tickets are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Children and adults will require a ticket. Tickets are $5 each for children and $1 for adults and will be available starting Monday at the Scrappers office located at Eastwood Field and at

An Egg-stra package is also available for $20. It includes a season membership to the Scrappers Kid’s Club, baseball themed candy, baseball cards and a 2024 Scrappers general admission ticket voucher. 

The Scrappers are looking for area businesses to participate in this year’s egg hunt. Businesses will receive table space at Eastwood Field to pass out candy and promote their business. To reserve a space, click HERE.

For information, contact Kendra Bard at 330 505 0000 or

Butler Accepting Entries for Midyear Exhibition

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Butler Institute of American Art is accepting entries for its National Midyear Exhibition, which will open June 23 and run through Aug. 11.

The deadline for entries and fees is April 11. Works can be submitted online at

Works that have been accepted for the exhibition must be delivered to the museum by May 31.

The exhibition is open to any artist age 18 and older living in the United States or its territories. Audrey Flack, an internationally known painter and sculptor and a pioneer of photorealism, will be the juror for the National Midyear, which is now in its 88th year.

For information, call the museum at 330 743 1107.

Scrappers Seeking Host Families for Players

NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are looking for families interested in hosting a player during the 2024 baseball season. 

Host families receive the following benefits:

  • Complimentary season tickets.
  • Season parking pass.
  • Use of a suite for a game.
  • Discounts on concessions and merchandise.
  • On-field recognition at a game.
  • Monthly Eastwood Mall gift card.

Families that are interested are invited to attend a host family info session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 29, at the Scrappers Clubhouse at Eastwood Field. To RSVP, email Roxanne Polichetti at

Pictured at top: Lynne Peterson and Ann Moore star in Stage Left’s production of “Arsenic & Old Lace.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.