The Update | ‘Little Shop’ Puppet Is Subject of YSU Exhibit; Symphony Concert Rescheduled

YOUNGSTOWN – An exhibit on the giant man-eating plant puppet that was created for University Theatre’s 2021 production of “Little Shop of Horrors” will open Monday, Feb. 28, in Solomon Gallery and run through March 5.

The gallery is in Bliss Hall on the Youngstown State University campus and is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Entitled “The Various Stages of Audrey II,” the exhibit sheds light the puppetry process brought the creation to life in musical. Former YSU Theatre properties designer Wendy Akers created the puppet for Ian Silverman, who directed the show. 

Planning for the project from initial concept to construction spanned eight months, and included student assistance. Akers combined traditional mechanisms for the stationary puppets and a costume for a human actor to perform within it on stage. In all, three puppets were constructed for the production.

The exhibition will display all three of the phases of Audrey II used in the production. The three depict the various stages of its growth.

Symphony Reschedules Pops Concert

YOUNGSTOWN – The Youngstown Symphony Orchestra has announced the rescheduled date for its Feb. 4 concert, which was postponed because of inclement weather.

The pops concert will take place May 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Powers Auditorium. Titled “Broadway and Beyond,” it will feature guest conductor Carl Topilow of The Cleveland Pops, with guest singer Connor Bogart.

Tickets range from $42 to $62 (all fees included) and are available at the box office, by phone at 330 259 9651, and at Tickets purchased for the original date will be honored.

Muse Concert Series Continues at McDonough

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The next concert in the McDonough Museum of Art’s Muse Series will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, Admission is free.

Entitled “An Homage to Robert Casadesus on the 50th Anniversary of his Passing,” the concert ensemble will include Alice Wang, clarinet; Cicilia Yudha, piano; Wendy Case, violin; Yejee Kim, violin; Michael Strauss, viola; and Kivie Cahn-Lipman, cello.

Casadesus, the renowned French concert pianist, was also a prolific composer but he did not promote his own compositions in public until the 1940s. Thus, his music is still rarely performed today.

Pictured: Student puppeteers Milenna Dischert, Meredith Pallo and Mallory Ehrhart with the Audrey II puppet.

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