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The Update | Premiere of ‘King Lear’ Virtual Play Is Delayed; Downtown Movie Series Is Canceled

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The release of Mahoning Valley Players’ online production of “King Lear” has been moved back by several weeks.

The Shakespeare tragedy could be posted as early as late July but probably more like mid-August, according to director Michael Dempsey.

Dempsey is creating the drama online as a reaction to the social distancing measures put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The play was originally scheduled to be posted on July 10 but has taken longer than anticipated. Actors are shooting their scenes at their homes and sending the clips to Dempsey, who will then splice them into the performance. He has called it “a weird amalgamation of theater, film acting and video teleconferencing.”

The production will feature Tom Fulton, a Cleveland-based professional actor, in the title role.

“We’ll be finished shooting the scenes in another day or so and then I start editing, which is no small feat considering the volume of footage and material and the fact that it’s all green screened,” said Dempsey.

The large cast includes actors from several states and the United Kingdom. Local cast members include John Cox, Liz Conrad, Carla Gipson and a few others.

The play will be posted on Mahoning Valley Players’ YouTube and Facebook platforms.

Downtown Film Series is Canceled

YOUNGSTOWN – The annual downtown movie series at the Youngstown Foundation Amphitheater has been canceled due to the state’s prohibition against mass gatherings prompted by the pandemic.

Aspasia Lyras Bernacki, organizer, said her group tried to find a safe way to screen the free movies but could not.

“We thought we could pull it off, but with the rising cases we feel it is in the best interest of our community to postpone it until next year,” she said in a Facebook post.

MVHS Online Videos Programs Debut This Week

YOUNGSTOWN – Mahoning Valley Historical Society will present two new online video presentations this week.

The latest video challenge for the Hands On History At Your House summer series will debut at 1 p.m. July 15 and the next Bites and Bits of History program video will be shown at noon July 16. Both video presentations can be accessed on the MVHS YouTube channel or on its Facebook page.

In the Hands On History “Create a Newscast” video challenge, Traci Manning, MVHS curator of education, will instruct viewers about the different facets of putting together a program that delivers local stories on famous events in the Mahoning Valley.

In the Bites and Bits “Lowellville, Ohio: Murders, Mayhem, and More” video presentation, Roslyn Torella, local history author, will share her research and family stories about the infamous events that happened to the village in the pre-Prohibition era. Her book, by the same title, can now be purchased at the Tyler History Center Gift Shop.

The upcoming programs for the Hands On History At Your House series are:

  • July 22: “Create a History Presentation”
  • July 29: “Create a Historic Newspaper”
  • Aug. 5: “Historian’s Choice”

The upcoming programs for Bites and Bits of History are:

  • Aug. 20: “Shall Not Be Denied: History of the Women’s Suffrage Movement” by Traci Manning.
  • Sept. 17: “MVHS & Good Humor Anniversary Special” by Bill Lawson, MVHS executive director.

Historian to Discuss World War II in Akron

LIBERTY – The William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society’s Memories of a Lifetime speaker series will resume July 18 and run through Dec. 19.

Reservations are suggested. Admission is $6 ($5 for WHMHS members. Because of social distancing, seating is limited. For reservations or information, call Richard S. Scarsella, chairman, at 330-726-8277

Here is the schedule:

July 18: Timothy Carroll of Akron, historian and author, will share excerpts from his book “World War II Akron.” Highlights include the war-time importance of Goodyear blimp technology and rubber.

Aug. 15: A representative of the 910th Airlift Wing Reserve Base will discuss the history, development and continuing importance of the installation.

Sept. 19: Tim Sokoloff, founder of the Youngstown Sheet and Tube Housing salvage efforts, through Iron Soup Historical Preservation Company in Campbell, will recall the heritage of this pioneering workers’ planned community and the ongoing rehabilitation of the complex.

Oct. 17: Bill Shilling of the Dulcimer Society of Trumbull County will detail the creation of the group. Members are expected to perform rarely heard selections.

Nov. 21: Justin Rogers, Mill Creek Metroparks’ planning and operations director, will explain the MCMP 2020 Plan and discuss the founding, development and future, of the “green cathedral.”

Dec. 19: Fred Saluga, bigfoot, UFO, Cryptid and Humanoid researcher, will share his life’s work and findings of the Center for Unexplained Events and Mutual UFO Network, both of which he directs.

Baroque String Band to Release Album

YOUNGSTOWN – ACRONYM, a baroque string band founded by Kivie Cahn-Lipman, a professor in the Dana School of Music, will release its tenth album, “Cantica Obsoleta,” on July 24.

ACRONYM is dedicated to giving modern premieres to the wild instrumental music of the 17th century. The group last performed at Youngstown State University in 2018. The group updates its named acronym for each project; for the new CD, it stands for Archive Crawlers; Researchers Of Niche Yellowed Manuscripts.

“Cantica Obsoleta” features the music from the Düben Collection, which consists of approximately 2,300 music manuscripts, assembled by and named after a family of composers who served in succession as Kapellmeister (“chapel master” or director of music) to the Royal Swedish Court in Stockholm.

This disc comprises the first recording of twelve compositions from the collection, all of which Cahn-Lipman rediscovered and typed up from manuscript.

Cahn-Lipman said, “For this recording, we searched this treasure trove of seventeenth-century music for the most beautiful and fascinating works available. It is likely the first time any of these ‘forgotten songs’ have been heard in hundreds of years.”

Personnel performing on the CD include soprano, Hélène Brunet; alto, Reginald Mobley; tenor, Brian Giebler; bass, Jonathan Woody; violin and viola, Beth Wenstrom, Edwin Huizinga, Adriane Post, Johanna Novom, and Chloe Fedor; viola, Kyle Miller; treble viol and bass viol, Loren Ludwig, Zoe Weiss; tenor viol and violoncello, Kivie Cahn-Lipman; violone, Doug Balliett; harpsichord and organ, Elliot Figg; and theorbo and guitar, John Lenti;

The CD can be purchased at acronymensemble.com.

Judas Priest Concert at Covelli Centre Is Postponed

YOUNGSTOWN – Due to the pandemic, Judas Priest has postponed its upcoming North American tour, which included a Sept. 24 show at Covelli Centre.

The Covelli concert will now take Sept. 17, 2021. Tickets range from $48.75 to $102.75 at Ticketmaster.com.

All tickets purchased for the original date will be honored on the new date. Ticket holders will receive an email notification from the ticketing company soon that includes information on how to request a refund if you are unable to attend the rescheduled date.

PHOTO: Tom Fulton in a past production of ‘King Lear.’ Fulton will again play the title role in Mahoning Valley Players’ virtual production, which will be posted online in July. Also pictured is director Michael Dempsey.

Posted July 13, 2020.

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