The Update | ‘Steel Magnolias,’ ‘Big Fish,’ ‘Other Side of Me’ on Local Stages

SALEM, Ohio – “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Jack Scheets, opens Friday at The Salem Community Theatre for one weekend only.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. 

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased in advance HERE or at the door.

‘Big Fish, the Musical’ at Stage Left Players

LISBON, Ohio – Stage Left Players will finish its 30th season this Thursday-Sunday, June 22-25, with “Big Fish, the Musical.”

The cast includes Jacob Ward, Grace Beil and Zachery Johnson. Kandace Cleland is the director.

Curtain times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. The theater is at 234 E. Lincoln Way. Admission is $15 (12 for senior citizens and students) and can be purchased in advance HERE and at the door.

Theater Presents New Play ‘Other Side of Me’

Adam Dominick

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – “The Other Side of Me,” a musical written by Adam Dominick and Maxwell Franko, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. June 23 and 24, and 2 p.m. June 25, at Hopewell Theatre, 702 Mahoning Ave.

Millennial Theatre Company is producing the play. Dominick is the director, and Alex Kluchar is the music director.

Dominick wrote the book, lyrics and music; Franko handled orchestration and voicing.

“The message of the show is to be brave and willing to take a chance, even if it scares you,” Dominick said. “The show is thrilling, moving and, in the end, feel-good.”

Maxwell Franko

The cast includes Ben Bogen, Sydney Campbell, Jenny Layfield, Kluchar, David Leach, Geena Badalamenti, Madison Hall, Frank Carsone, Brooke Jonas, Sarah Robles and Zora Hunter.

The musical follows the story of carnival act Jason Day, who is known as “the Bravest Boy in the World,” as he rekindles an old friendship and learns to live his life to the fullest.

Jason is content until his lost childhood friend, Ava, re-enters his life and they shift each other’s perspectives. The two escape from their oppressive guardians and embark on a journey full of change, deception, second chances and seeing what the other side of life is like.

The play is rated PG-13 for language and themes.

Tickets are $20 and available in advance HERE and at the door.

Cirque Dreams Holidaze Coming to Powers

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Cirque Dreams Holidaze will come to Powers Auditorium on Nov. 19 for a 7 p.m. performance. 

Tickets will go on sale HERE on Friday, June 23.

As the lights dim and the music swells, a fantastical cast of holiday storybook characters will come to life. The family-friendly, Broadway-style production infuses contemporary circus arts. The show features an ensemble of aerial circus acts, sleight-of-hand jugglers, acrobatics and more.

Carillon Concert Series at Westminster

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. – The Carillon Summer Concert Series at Westminster College will welcome four guest carillonneurs to perform on the college’s 42-bell Duff-Armington Memorial Carillon throughout the month of July.

All concerts will begin at noon and are free and open to the public. Seating is on the quad outside Old Main. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and lunch to enjoy during the concerts. In the event of inclement weather, seating will be in Wallace Memorial Chapel.

One of only 55 college carillons nationwide, Westminster’s bells – 42 in all – are an integral part of campus life. In addition to ringing the “Westminster Chime” every quarter-hour throughout the day, the carillon is regularly played by Paula Kubik, Westminster organist.

The series will open Friday, July 7, with a performance by New York City-based Simone Brown.

Annie Gao, a carillonneur and software engineer from California, will be the featured carillonneur Friday, July 14. 

Janet Tebbel, carillonneur of two carillons in the historic Germantown section of Philadelphia, will perform Friday, July 21.

Kayla Gunderson, a recent graduate of the University of Rochester, will be the final featured carillonneur Friday, July 28. 

For information about the concert series, contact Diane Gabriel in the Office of Faith and Spirituality at or 724 946 7117. 

Harry Stevens Day Festival at Eastwood Field

NILES, Ohio – The Mahoning Valley Scrappers and The Avenue and Main will present the annual Harry Stevens Day Festival at Eastwood Field on Sunday, July 2, starting at 10 a.m.

It will feature food and drinks, craft and business vendors, hot dog races, kids’ activities and cornhole tournaments. The Scrappers will also play the State College Spikes at 2:05 p.m. Those coming to the festival can stay to enjoy the Scrappers game for free. Additionally, parking will be free for those attending the events at Eastwood Field.

Following the game, a post-game concert will take place featuring the popular Vegas Band in the Penguin City Picnic Garden.

Information on sponsorship, vendor space and general event inquiries can be directed to Richard Hale with The Avenue and Main at or

Disco Inferno at Robins

WARREN, Ohio – Disco Inferno, a ’70s disco tribute band, will come to the Robins Theatre on Friday, Nov. 24, for an 8 p.m. show.

Tickets range from $20 to $15 and will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday HERE and the box office, 160 E. Market St.

Firestone Dog Park Opens

COLUMBIANA, Ohio –The Firestone Dog Park at Harvey S. Firestone Recreational Park is now open.

Firestone Dog Park is open to the community (no fees); rules are posted at the gate and applicable to both dogs and their handlers to ensure the safety, well-being and enjoyment of all guests.

It is part of the park beautification committee’s ongoing work at the park.

Pictured at top: The cast of “Steel Magnolias” at Salem Community Theatre includes, seated, Carly Ellis, Karen E. Hauck Losito and Ali Catania; and standing, Loretta Sparks, Julie Benner and Jennifer Zamarelli.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.