The Update | Recognition for Fellows Gardens; Auditions at Selah, Salem Theaters

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Fellows Riverside Gardens has been ranked No. 3 in a list of the most stunning botanical gardens in the country.

The list was compiled by the pergola and pavilion designers at Pergola Kits USA. It is based on the number of Tripadvisor reviews of public gardens that contained positive descriptors, such as “stunning,” “breathtaking” and “gorgeous,” according to a press release from the company.

“This free public garden is a 12-acre display of magnificent roses of all classes, seasonal arrangements, flowering bulbs and a diverse abundance of vibrant plants,” the press release states.

Pergola Kits’ study encompassed 260 botanical gardens in the United States.

Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park in Tallahassee, Florida, was ranked No. 1, and Blue Spring Heritage Center in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, was ranked No. 2.

Rounding out the top five are Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut; and Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

Hershey Gardens in Hershey, Pa., was ranked No. 6.

Auditions for ‘Irreverent Mr. Lehrer’ at Selah

STRUTHERS, Ohio – Auditions for Selah Dessert Theater’s production of “The Irreverent Mr. Lehrer” will take place Jan. 11 (5 to 8 p.m.) and Jan. 13 (1 to 4 p.m.). Selah is on the second floor of Selah Restaurant, 130 S. Bridge St.

Auditions are by appointment only; contact Mary R. Lynn, director, by text message at 330 554 2648 or by Facebook Messenger.

Performance dates are May 9-11, 17-18 and 24-25.

The show is a musical revue that features some of Tom Lehrer’s best-known satirical songs. 

Lehrer, a college professor during the 1950s, left academia to perform his music in clubs and concerts around the country. Although written over 70 years ago, during what is known as the beatnik period, his songs are as relevant today as they were then. His ability to use humor to address important issues of his (and our times) stands at the top of using the arts as a form of expression for real-life situations. The book was written by local author/actor Terry Shears, with music by Lehrer. Music director is Anthony Ruggiero.

The cast calls for an announcer; and two male and two female singers able to do simple movement (20s and older).

Male auditionees will be asked to sing “The Hunting Song”; female singers will be asked to sing “My Hometown” or “Pollution.” Memorization is not required.

For sheet music and soundtracks (at no charge), click HERE.

Auditions for ‘Mary Poppins’ at Salem

SALEM, Ohio – Auditions for Salem Community Theatre’s production of “Mary Poppins, the Musical,” directed by Justin Steele, will take place Thursday, Jan. 4, and Friday, Jan. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. both days.

Auditionees must be at least 9 years old and will be asked to sing a short section of a song of their choice from the genre of the show (songs from the show are allowed). Accompaniment will not be provided; auditionees can use a phone for backing track or sing a capella. Auditionees will also be asked to read from the script.

Show dates are Mach 21-24.

Local Historians to Speak

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Local historians Sean Posey of Canfield and Roslyn Torella of Lowellville will be the guests at Lit Youngstown’s readers series at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 3, in the Trophy Room at Westside Bowl, 2617 Mahoning Ave. The room is downstairs and is accessible only by stairs.

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