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The Update | Rust Belt Theater Returns with Live ‘Forbidden Youngstown’

YOUNGSTOWN – The Rust Belt Theater Co. will reopen for live audiences this weekend, when it brings back its comedy favorite, ‘Forbidden Youngstown.”

Performances will be at 8 p.m. July 23, 24, and 30; and Aug. 6, and 7. The theater is in Calvin Center, 755 Mahoning Ave., just west of downtown.

“Forbidden Youngstown” is a bawdy musical revue that spoofs theater culture, on the community level. The show, now in its eighth year, was written by Rust Belt founder Robert Dennick Joki, who also directs.

“We premiered this show in 2013, and it’s always been a big hit for us,” Joki said. “It’s the kind of production that is really a laugh-a-minute, so we are hoping it will set the pace as we attempt to open the theater after over a year of going dark due to COVID.”

The cast includes Nicole Zayas, Lisa Torrence, Kage Coven, Celena Coven, Lynn Sabeh, Jessica Patoray, Janelle Yohman, Jash Yohman, Jeremy Grimes and PK Lankford.

Tickets are $15 regular admission.  For reservations, call 330 507 2358.

All performers in the show have been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rabbi Comedian to Give Show at JCC

YOUNGSTOWN – A comedy show featuring Rabbi Dan Roberts will be presented at 6:30 p.m. July 27 at the Jewish Community Center, 505 Gypsy Lane, as part of the Newman Levy lecture series.  The show, titled “Laughin’ Thru the Night,” is for all ages. Admission is free but registration is required; go to jccyoungstown.org.

Rabbi Roberts has performed as a standup comic at various independent and assisted living centers in the Denver area. He is a confirmand of Congregation Rodef Sholom and is rabbi emeritus of Temple Emanu El in Cleveland, where he served for over 35 years.

Newman Levy was a fan of sports and Jewish culture. The Newman Levy Series introduces participants to Jewish-related sports and culture programs.

Brian Wilson Coming to Goodyear Theater

AKRON, Ohio – Brian Wilson, the co-founder and chief songwriter of The Beach Boys, will come to the Goodyear Theater with special guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin on Oct. 20 for a 7:30 p.m. concert.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. July 23 at Ticketmaster.com.

The Killers to Play Petersen, Wolstein

The Killers will release their seventh studio album, “Pressure Machine,” on Aug. 13 and will back it up with a tour that will make stops in the region.

The band will play Petersen Events Center in Pittsburgh Oct. 6, and Wolstein Center in Cleveland Oct. 7. Tickets go on sale Friday at Livenation.com.

Opera Sets Auditions for ‘Romeo + Juliet’

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Opera Western Reserve is seeking local actors for its production of “Romeo + Juliet.”

The show combines text from Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” and orchestral and vocal music from Gounod’s opera, “Roméo et Juliette,” with the leads singing in French.

OWR is holding auditions for the roles of: Paris and Abram (stage combat experience preferred for consideration for these roles); Capulet, Lady Capulet, Montague, Lady Montague, Nurse and Friar, which will perform Shakespeare monologue and dialogue in English.

Auditions will take place Aug. 9 from 7-9 p.m., and Aug. 10 from 4-6 p.m., at Stambaugh Auditorium. Contracts are paid.  The production will be performed with a reduced orchestra at Stambaugh Auditorium on Nov.12.

Rehearsals begin in October. Appointments not necessary for auditions.

Actors should prepare a short Shakespearian monologue and be prepared to read an excerpt from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Julie” in English, and should dress appropriately for movement.

OWR is casting performers of all ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, ages, abilities and body types for mainstage, spoken roles.

This fully-staged production with costumes, lighting, and digital scene design will feature sword fights choreographed by Jason Paul Tate, a New York-based director, choreographer and performer. The opera is being directed by Scott Skiba. Guest conductor is Dean Buck.

To schedule an audition time or request more information, contact Lynn Sabeh-Ohle: admasst@operawesternreserve.org or call 330 480 0693.


Pictured: The cast of Rust Belt Theater Company’s “Forbidden Youngstown.”

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Posted July 19 2021.

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