The Update | Lisa Torrence in Show at Rust Belt Theater; Rockapella at Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN – Rust Belt Theater Company will present “Enter, Lisa Torrence” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Aug. 12-13, in the return of its one-person showcase series.

Torrence’s singing and writing talents will be on display as she wanders through her timeline and wonders about life, love and how she managed to make it this far.

Rust Belt was forced to cancel the annual shows for the past two years because of the pandemic.

Robert Dennick Joki, director of the theater, described the program’s purpose.

“Each theater season we choose a VIP, someone who has gone above and beyond and is ready to take their performances to the next level,” he said. “A one-person show is a huge undertaking that can really challenge a performer. It gives them a chance to explore their talent.”

Tickets are $15 regular admission. For reservations, call 330 507 2358. 

Rust Belt Theater Company is located inside Club Switch, 221 Belmont Ave., downtown. 

Rockapella Coming to Stambaugh

YOUNGSTOWN – Rockapella will return to Stambaugh Auditorium on Dec. 2 for a 7:30 p.m. holiday concert featuring a blend of classic holiday covers and the band’s hits.

The a capella vocal act was founded in 1986 in New York by Sean Altman, Elliott Kerman, Steve Keyes and David Stix. It has since released 19 albums and received national television fame for the theme song of PBS’s “Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?”

The current Rockapella vocalist lineup consists of Scott Leonard, high tenor; Jeff Thacher, vocal percussionist; Calvin Jones, tenor; Bryant Vance, bass; and Jose Rodriguez, tenor.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at, by phone at 330 744 0264 and at the DeYor Performing Arts Center box office, downtown.

An exclusive pre-sale for email subscribers will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday. Ticket prices range from $19 to $49 (plus a $6 per ticket fee).

Auditions for ‘Excalibur High’ at Playhouse

YOUNGSTOWN – Auditions for the Youngstown Playhouse’s youth production of “Excalibur High” will take place Sept. 7 and 8 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Adler Arts Academy, second floor of the DeYor Performing Arts Center.

The medieval fantasy play takes place at an academy after the loss of the headmaster. Three young scholars must put aside their own destinies and summon their collective strength to prevent the dark power that threatens Logres.

Needed are actors 10 to 18 years old. Auditionees should come prepared to read from the script.

The creative team is under the direction of Jim Canacci. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 19 with a script read-through and will run Monday to Thursday evenings. Technical rehearsals will take place the week of Oct. 24. Performances will be Oct. 28-30.

Pictured at top: Lisa Torrence will be in the spotlight for a one-woman show at Rust Belt Theater.

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