The Update | Rust Belt Presents ‘Living Dead’; Billy Joel, Elvis Presley Cabaret Show

YOUNGSTOWN – The Rust Belt Theater Company will present the 11th annual production of “Living Dead: The Musical” at 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29.

Written by Robert Dennick Joki and Josh Taylor, “Living Dead” is a musical parody of classic horror films, based on the 1968 George A. Romero classic “Night of the Living Dead.”

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Kage Coven, Camilla Keener, Vicci Sfikas, Dean LaSalandra, Jojo Garcia, James Hain, Martin Davis, Holly Anne, Caitlyn Murphy, Corey Ensell, Sarah Whitlach, Celena Coven, Heather Powell, Alicia Wormley, and Lisa Torrence.

Tickets are $15 general admission. To reserve seats, call 330 507 2358.

The Rust Belt Theater Company is located in Club Switch, 221 Belmont Ave., Youngstown.

Cabaret to Feature Songs by Billy Joel, Elvis Presley

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Music at Madison cabaret will present an evening of the music of Billy Joel and Elvis Presley at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Full Circle Event Center, 319 Goldie Road.

The evening will also feature vocalists Rodd Coonce, Colleen Chance and Patsy Sullivan.

Now in its 20th year, Music at Madison is the area’s longest running cabaret. It was founded by Rodd Coonce and Jack Peterson.

The audience sits at linen covered tables with candles and fresh flowers and mood lighting and sings along. There is a 7 p.m. potluck dinner (not required), with the show at 8 p.m.

Admission is $20. The event is BYOB; stemware and bottled water are provided. Call 330 720 4597 for reservations; all major credit cards accepted.

The remaining Music at Madison events this year are as follows:

  • “Songs of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s,” Nov. 19.
  • Annual Christmas show, Dec. 17.
  • New Year’s Eve party, Dec. 31.

Cultural Alliance Plans Event

YOUNGSTOWN —The Cultural Alliance of Youngstown is joining arts organizations across the nation in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month throughout October.

The local group will present a day of conversations with regional and national leaders on Monday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McDonough Museum of Art.

Speakers will include Jim Tressel, president of Youngstown State University; Reagan Nevels; and Angela Meleca, executive director of Ohio Citizens for the Arts.

The day will include exhibitions, performances by local and regional artists and more.

Rotary Clubs Collaborate for Ukraine

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Rotary District 6650 clubs are collaborating to present A Night for Ukraine, an evening of authentic Ukrainian food, entertainment, and prizes, at 3 p.m.  Saturday, Nov. 6, at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 5305 Massillon Road, North Canton. Tickets are $60 per person. Proceeds benefit the efforts of Rotary Clubs on the ground in Ukraine and The Rotary Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund.

Event Chair Scott Schulick of the Rotary Club of Youngstown is enthusiastic about the event, which will include 46 clubs.

“The best club projects are the ones developed organically by members that result in full adoption by the clubs,” he said. “Members have a great sense of what is needed and a strong desire to help.”

Rotary International past president Barry Rassin will be the keynote speaker at the event.

Ohio’s Rotary District 6650 aims to raise more than $100,000 to support the war-torn nation.  A Night for Ukraine will feature regional ethnic food, including Slavic charcuterie trays with pickled vegetables, pig’s feet, authentic sausages, borscht, stuffed cabbage, chicken Kyiv, pierogi and more.

The Ukrainian Cultural Arts Association of Greater Cleveland, including the Harmonia Band, will perform folk music and the Kashtan Ukrainian Dancers will also perform.

There will also be a live prize auction.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, go to  Checks can be made out to Rotary District 6650.

Poetry Reading at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – Sam Killmeyer will read from her new book of poetry, “Again the Grass Again the Wind,” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the Cultural Center located in McKelvey Campus Center at Westminster College. 

Her appearance is part of the Bleasby Colloquia Series, presented by the Westminster College Department of English.

Killmeyer’s poems have appeared in several journals. A graduate of Westminster, she was part of the Westminster College Honors Program. She earned an M.A. in creative writing and literature at Kansas State University, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing at Colorado State University.

Pictured at top: Nicole Zayas is the mistress of ceremonies for Rust Belt Theater’s “Living Dead: The Musical.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.