The Update | ‘Oklahoma!’ at Salem Theater; Dokken Coming to Robins Theatre

SALEM, Ohio – The Salem Community Theatre will present “Oklahoma!” this weekend, with performances at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-5; and 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6.

The musical is directed by Melissa Kuttler, and the musical director is Holly Hannah.

The cast includes Emily Huber, Lucas Mitchell, Kat Durham, Tyler Alexander, Nicholas McGoogan, Adriana Traficante, Connon Thompson, Kate Congo and Scott Sparks.

A tale of romance and adventure in the Oklahoma territory at the turn of the century, “Oklahoma!” follows the blossoming love between Curly McLain and Laurey Williams. With songs like “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” and “People Will Say We’re in Love,” the musical offers a blend of drama, humor and heart.

A live musical ensemble from the Samel Music Centre will be used for this production.

Tickets are on sale at

Hard Rockers Dokken Coming to Robins Theatre

WARREN, Ohio – Hard rock band Dokken, with The Bullet Boys, will come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Nov. 10, for an 8 p.m. concert.

Tickets range from $30 to $65 (plus applicable fees) and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 4, at and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

A presale for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Dokken achieved success in the early 1980s with its “Breaking the Chains” album. The band would later produce three platinum albums, “Tooth and Nail,” “Under Lock and Key” and “Back for the Attack.”

The band today consists of Don Dokken, Mick Brown, Jon Levin and Chris McCarvill.

Freedom Sings Event Seeks Sponsors, Donors

WARREN, Ohio – Second Baptist Church will present Freedom Sings, a free community event commemorating the 60th anniversary of the March on Washington at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 at Warren Community Amphitheatre.

The historic March on Washington, led by various civil rights organizations, took place Aug. 28, 1963, and featured Martin Luther King Jr.’s famed “I Have A Dream” speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. It was a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement.

The goal of Freedom Sings is to honor the sacrifices, triumphs and legacy of the civil rights movement. The event will feature inspirational speakers and live musical performances and will highlight local figures that embody the spirit of freedom, equality and justice.

Sponsorship packages are available that provide various levels of recognition and benefits.

In addition, a special souvenir booklet will be produced, for which ads can be purchased, and commemorative T-shirts will be sold. Information on sponsorships can be found HERE or by calling the church office at 330 393 0802. Donations are welcome via the church giving portal on the website, via CashApp or PayPal.

Second Baptist Church, 1510 Main Ave. SW, is led by Pastor Todd Johnson.

Pictured at top: The cast of “Oklahoma!” at Salem Community Theatre.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.