The Update | Theater Offers ‘Little Women’; Opera Plans a ‘Soiree’; Stunt Show at Mall

SALEM, Ohio – Indigo Family Theater will present “Little Women” at Salem Community Theatre on May 11-13.

The classic Louisa May Alcott play follows the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the Civil War. 

Caleb Pieplow is directing the Indigo production.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. May 11, 12 and 13, and 2 p.m. May 14.

General admission tickets are $15 ($10 for children 12 and under), and can be purchased before the show or in advance HERE.

Dinner, Film on the Stambaugh Promenade

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Opera Western Reserve will present “Bizet to Belafonte: A Southern Soiree on the Promenade” at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, outdoors on the promenade of Stambaugh Auditorium.

The evening will begin with a southern-style buffet dinner and will include a screening of the film “Carmen Jones.” There will also be a cash bar, and raffle items and movie concessions will be sold.

“Carmen Jones” is Oscar Hammerstein II’s 1943 adaptation of Bizet’s opera “Carmen.” It is set in 1950s North Carolina.

In November, OWR will present a live production of Bizet’s “Carmen” at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Tickets are $60 (inclusive), or $30 for just the film portion of the evening, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. To purchase, call 330 259 9651, go to, or go to the box office at the DeYor Performing Arts Center, downtown.

Stunt Show at Southern Park Mall Parking Lot

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Nitro Extreme motorcycle, car and monster truck stunt show will come to the Southern Park Mall parking lot Thursday through Sunday, May 11-14.

Performances will take place in the area between the JCPenney and Macy’s entrances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Each show is nearly two hours long.

Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased in advance at Children’s tickets are available for free at the mall’s food court.

Family Friendly Jewish Comedian at JCC

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Comedian Robert Cait will perform at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, at 5:30 p.m. May 17.

Cait has been hailed for his “clean” Jewish stand-up comedy. He has appeared in many films, television series and recognizable commercials such as the voice of Duke the Dog for Bush’s Baked Beans, Boris Badenov for DreamWorks’ “Bullwinkle” cartoons, Norm the Genie for Nickelodeon’s “Fairly Odd Parents,” Colossus from “X-Men” and more.

This event is free, but registration is required by May 10. Go to to register.

Lecture on the War in Ukraine

BOARDMAN, Ohio – Howard Mettee will give a free lecture on the roots of the war in Ukraine at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 13, at St. James Meeting House, 375 Boardman-Poland Road.

A question-and-answer period will follow the 45-minute lecture.

Mettee is a retired Youngstown State University chemistry professor.

The program is sponsored by the Boardman Historical Society. For information, contact Dona Hammond at 330 726 0651.

Pictured at top: The cast of Indigo Theater’s production of “Little Women” includes Emilina Pappalardo, Melissa Kuttler, Morgan Boley, Adriana Trafficante and Anysa Campbell. (Photo by Steven Dray Photography)

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.