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The Update | Julia Cooper in Show at Royal Docks Brewpub; Bob Hannon to Discuss United Way, Career

MASSILLON, Ohio – Julia Cooper, the Poland, Ohio, native who competed on the past season of NBC’s singing competition show “The Voice,” will perform at the Royal Docks Brewhouse, 5646 Wales Ave. NW, at 8 p.m. June 26. Opening act will be Anya Vanrose.

The show is free to attend.

Cooper is currently working on writing and producing an album in Los Angeles. A release date has not yet been set.

United Way Chief Hannon in Presentation

LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Bob Hannon, president of the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley and a former television broadcaster, will speak on the history of the United Way and also share his broadcasting memories in a presentation at 10 a.m. June 19 in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Bob Hannon

Admission to his address, which is sponsored by the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society, is $6 ($5 for society members). For a reservation, call Richard Scarsella at 330 726 8277.

Hannon has been with the local United Way since 2008, and leads a team that raises more than $3 million annually.

Best known as the sports director for Youngstown’s WYTV from 1989 to 2008, where he anchored both evening sportscasts, Hannon has also been the play by play announcer for Youngstown State University football from 1989 to the present.

He grew up in New Castle, Pa., graduated from Slippery Rock University, and now lives in Poland, Ohio. He is active in many community events and organizations.

Saturday’s event will include refreshments, entertainment, and a raffle to benefit the society. Reservations are suggested.

Artists Sought to Paint Historical Trumbull Figures

WARREN, Ohio – Artists are being sought to participate in a public art project that will showcase historic figures of Trumbull County.

The Trumbull County Historical Society and the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County are seeking artists to paint historical figures from Warren or Trumbull County. The paintings will be made on salvaged doors from Trumbull County buildings, and displayed on the campus of the historical society’s new Morgan History Center in downtown Warren.

The doors will be pre-primed and will be sealed after painting.

Ten artists will be selected and will each receive $500. Exterior paint must be used. Artists are encouraged to select a historical figure of their choosing, to be approved by the society before the project begins.

Artists must send name, contact information, and examples of previous work (via Google Drive, Drop Box, or emailed images) to meghan@trumbullcountyhistory.org.

The deadline is July 9.

Hopewell Theatre Sets Auditions for Drama

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Hopewell Theatre is preparing its first production since it closed in March 2020 because of the pandemic.

It will present “20th Century Blues,” a play written by Susan Miller and directed by Matthew Mazuroski, Sept. 3-4 and 10-12. The theater is at 702 Mahoning Ave.

Auditions will take place June 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. at the theater. Callbacks will be June 23. Auditonees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 and bring their vaccination card.

“20th Century Blues” is set in New York City in 2016, where four women meet once a year for a photo shoot in an effort to chronicle their changing selves. But when these photographs are about to go public, relationships are tested.

The four main characters are women in their 60s, though they can be played by women of any age. The characters are funny, passionate and complicated, and the dialog is fast-paced.

There are two additional roles: the mother of one of the women, and the son of another.

Auditionees should be prepared to read from the script.

Kidz on Broadway Theater Classes

LISBON, Ohio – Stage Left Youth Players will hold its 20th summer of Kidz on Broadway during the last three weeks of July.

Children who love music, dancing and acting and have just completed grades kindergarten through 8 can learn more and try the camp out through a one-hour, no obligation reception on June 19 at New Lisbon Presbyterian Church, 111 E. Chestnut St.

Returning campers and newcomers will jump into theater games, singing, dancing and design.

Camp participants will develop performance and design skills through a musical theatre repertoire that includes songs from “Hairspray,” “Footloose,” “Les Miserables,” “Godspell,” “Little Shop of Horrors”and more. Special guest artist Jonny Yurco will teach stage combat and Christine Martin will teach musical theater dance basics.

The camp will culminate in a Broadway Review on July 30 and 31, 2021 at 7 p.m. at United Local High School.

Registration forms can be completed at StageLeftPlayers.org/kidz-on-broadway. Email StageLeftSeats@gmail.com for information.

Stambaugh Arts Camp for Children

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The Stambaugh Auditorium Children’s Summer Arts Camp will take place June 28 through July 2.

The camp will culminate with a full-scale musical production of “Sleeping Beauty.”

The camp will feature the renowned Missoula Children’s Theatre and local arts organizations, including Ballet Western Reserve, Opera Western Reserve, the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, the Jewish Community Center and the Youngstown Playhouse. 

With the support of sponsors and underwriters, Stambaugh Auditorium’s goal is to provide the camp at no cost to the children who participate. Go to stambaughauditorium.com to register.

The camp is being underwritten in part by Denise and John York and The DeBartolo Corporation, The United Way of Youngstown and Mahoning Valley, The Walter and Caroline Watson Foundation, and The Youngstown Foundation. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. Contact JoAnn Stock at 330 747 5175 or jstock@stambaughauditorium.com. 

Motorcycle Ride for Autism Society

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – The 9th annual Mike Hull Memorial Motorcycle Ride for Autism will take place June 19.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. at the Dash Inn, 2716 Mahoning Ave., and the run will begin at noon.

Stops will include Styx bar in Austintown, Redneck Riviera in Berlin Center, Etched in Stone Tavern in Leetonia, Castaway Craig’s in Lake Milton.

The run will end at the Dash Inn, where there will be live music, food and a raffle starting at 5 p.m. The cost is $20 per rider, which includes a food ticket. Non-riders can attend the post-run party for $10 ($5 for children 5 and under).

All proceeds benefit the Autism Society of Mahoning Valley.

For information, call Melissa at 330 770 6978 or Nancy at 330 622 1709.


Pictured: Julia Cooper, accompanied by Ethan Lyon, in a performance earlier this year at Birdfish Brewing in Columbiana.

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Posted June 16, 2021.

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