The Update | Ballet School Spring Gala; Disney Jr. Live at Packard

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Ballet Western Reserve will present its annual spring gala, featuring excerpts from “Cinderella,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, in Ford Family Recital Hall at Deyor Performing Arts Center, downtown.

The ballet school is celebrating over 60 years with a student performance featuring the classical Prokofiev score. The family-friendly event will also include a variety of dance performances.

Tickets are $25 ($19 for students and seniors, $14 for children under 12) and can be purchased in advance through the box office at 330 259 9651 or at

Disney Jr. Live Coming to Packard Music Hall

WARREN, Ohio – Disney Jr. Live on Tour: Let’s Play will come to Packard Music Hall on Oct. 25.

Tickets range from $29.75 to $65 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, at (fees apply) and the Packard box office.

An online-only presale will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday; use the password goofy.

Music on Main in Downtown Columbiana

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – Music on Main, a celebration of community spirit, music and art, will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 17, in Columbiana Plaza on Main Street, downtown.

Local musicians will perform from 4 to 5:30 p.m. A new mural on Main Street will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m., and the Conkle Brothers will perform from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event will also include vendors, food trucks and a bounce house for children, and the specialty shops will be open for shopping.

Artists of the Rust Belt to Present Benefit Show

CANFIELD, Ohio – The Artists of the Rust Belt will present Crafters for a Cause, with sales benefiting Angels for Animals, on Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Andrews Hall, 4750 South Range Road.

Available to purchase will be everything from rustic décor to fancy jewelry, plus homemade breads and chocolates, knitted and crocheted items and repurposed goods. There will also be a basket raffle with art.

Admission is free.

PBS Western Reserve Gets 5 Emmy Nods

KENT, Ohio – PBS Western Reserve has received five 2024 regional Emmy nominations from the Central Great Lakes Region of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Its “City Centric” series received one nomination, and “The Master Craftsman” and “The World According to Polka” – independent productions with broadcast premieres on PBS Western Reserve – each received two nominations.

Award winners will be announced June 22 at the Great Lakes Emmy Awards ceremony in Cleveland.

The productions, which are part of PBS Western Reserve’s LuminUS: Stories About Us collection, tell stories that are focused on northeastern Ohio.

“City Centric” is a six-part series that explores six cities in our region, including Youngstown, Alliance and Sharon, Pa., through interviews.

“The Master Craftsman” is a 30-minute show that provides a close-up view of local artist Richard Grell.

“The World According to Polka” is a six-part series that follows Ohio’s Chardon Polka Band as it explores the history and culture of the musical genre polka.

Porthouse Theatre Unveils Summer Season

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio – Porthouse Theatre, Kent State University’s outdoor summer theater located on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, will present “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Nunsense” and “Annie” this year.

“Jesus Christ Superstar” opens June 14 and runs through June 29. The preview performance will take place June 14.

“Nunsense” opens July 5 and runs through July 13. A preview performance will take place July 5.

“Annie” will run July 19 through Aug. 4, with a preview performance July 19.

Subscriptions, single and group tickets are on sale now at, by phone at 330 672 3884 and at the box office at the Center for the Performing Arts, 1325 Theatre Drive, Kent, between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Hoyt Artists Display Work at The Confluence

NEW CASTLE, Pa. – More than 50 works by artists and members of Arts & Education at the Hoyt are on display at The Confluence, 214 E. Washington St., downtown, through June 27.  

The eclectic group of paintings, drawings, photography, ceramics and sculpture was created by 30 regional artists. Admission is free.

Pictured at top: Ballet Western Reserve senior dancers are, in front, Rachel Theis and Addie Kelley; and in back, Alexandra Popovich and Riley Wilson.(Photo by Every Angle Photography)

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