The Update | Selah Theater Presents ‘Spoon River’; Globetrotters Returning to Covelli

STRUTHERS, Ohio – Selah Dessert Theater will open its season with “Spoon River Anthology.”

The play, adapted for the stage by Charles Aidman from the book of the same name by Edgar Lee Masters, introduces audiences to over 50 citizens from the fictional town of Spoon River, Ill. Rising from the grave, their spirits share their life stories and the secrets that were buried with them.

The graveyard denizens include teachers, lawyers, ladies of the evening, preachers, fathers and mothers, dreamers, lovers and even a gentleman buried in the wrong cemetery.

The share their dreams, failures, successes, tragedies and unforeseen life experiences, all expressed through the poetry of Masters.

The cast includes Brandon Donaldson, Tom O’Donnell, Samuel Perry, Susan Prosser and Dawn Rogers. Musical artists Mike Miller, Bruce Spratling, Rosie Bresson and Connie Cassidy lend their talents to the traditional folk music that weaves the evening together.

Directed by Mary Ruth Lynn, with music director Anthony Ruggiero, assistant director Kevan Sullivan and the creative visions of Brian Palumbo and Jeffrey Chann, “Spoon River Anthology” opens Thursday, Oct. 27, and runs for three consecutive weekends Oct. 27-29, Nov. 4-5 and Nov. 11-12). All shows start at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $19.50 and include dessert and coffee at intermission. Tickets are available a An opening night dinner package is also available. For dinner reservations for all other nights, call 330 755 2759. The theater is accessible by stairs only. Assistive listening devices are available upon request.

Globetrotters Coming to Covelli

YOUNGSTOWN – The Harlem Globetrotters will return to Covelli Centre on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023, for a 2 p.m. show.

Tickets range from $98 to $28 and are on sale at and the Covelli box office. 

The Globetrotters have showcased their brand of basketball in more than a hundred countries since 1926.

Pink Floyd Tribute Show at The Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Wish You Were Here: The Sight & Sound of Pink Floyd will bring its “The Dark Side of The Moon – 50th and Beyond” concert tour to The Robins Theater at 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023.

Tickets range from $15 to $35 (plus applicable fees) and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 28 at and at the box office, 160 E. Market St.

A presale exclusively for members of Friends of the Robins Theatre will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. To join, go to the website or the box office.

The 10-piece band recreates music from the entire Pink Floyd canon, including “Dark Side Of The Moon,” “Wish You Were Here,” “Animals” and “The Wall,” with a multimedia stage.

Dinner-theater Choir Contest at New Venue

PULASKI, Pa. – River Valley Community Resource Center will present “Sing the Song of Christmas,” a dinner-theater vocal choir competition, on Nov. 19. The center is at 320 Shenango St.

Tickets are $35 (or $5 for just the concert).

All local singers and choral groups are invited to compete. The contest will be judged by professionals and the winners will receive a monetary prize. 

River Valley Community Resource Center is the former Pulaski Elementary School. Owners Joe and Zenia Goodge transformed it into an events space.

To enter the competition as a musician or for information on dinner tickets, contact Zenia Goodge at or 724 762 6183.

Beerfest Tickets Are on Sale

YOUNGSTOWN ­– Tickets are not on sale for the Rotary Club of Youngstown’s fifth annual Groundhog Craft Beerfest, which will take place  Saturday, Feb. 4, 2023, at Stambaugh Auditorium. The Beerfest will consist of two sessions: 1-4 p.m. and 5-9 p.m., with an optional half-hour VIP tasting preceding each session.

Tickets are $45 (VIP $65) and available in advance at the Stambaugh box office, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and at

Rotary Club of Youngstown is seeking sponsors to help support this event. Sponsors will receive varying numbers of VIP tickets and other benefits, depending on sponsorship level. Call Shannon Tirone, sponsorship co-chair, at 330 720 2056 or email

Susan Prosser and Dawn Rogers in Selah Dessert Theater’s production of “Spoon River.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.