‘WIZARD OF OZ’: French Creek Community Theater presents ‘Wizard of Oz,’ the classic family musical, Nov. 7 to 9 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. at the Academy Theatre. Tickets: Visit theacademytheatre.org or at the door of the show.
KING’S KIDS: The children’s branch of King’s Company Theater and sponsored by High Street Community Church, Conneaut Lake, has begun rehearsals for the Christmas musical “An Out-of-the-Box Christmas” created by Celeste Clydesdale. A mix-up has occurred and the story is told with pirates, cowboys and cheerleaders. Children in grades kindergarten to sixth are invited to participate. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. and include crafts, games, rehearsal and snacks. The performance is scheduled for Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. The deadline to join in rehearsing is Oct. 16. More information: Call 382.2874, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit highstreetcommunitychurch.org.
‘THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW’: The Ashtabula Arts Center will open the 2013–14 G. B. Community Theatre season with the favorite cult classic, ‘The Rocky Horror Show.’ Performances are Oct. 11 through 13 and 18 and 19. Friday and Saturday shows begin at 8 p.m.; Sunday shows begin at 2. Tickets or more information: Call (440) 964-3396 or visit the Ashtabula Arts Center’s box office during regular business hours.
EDINBORO PERFORMING ARTS SERIES: The fall 2013 semester’s Performing Arts Series is free to Edinboro University students. There is a fee for all others. The following is the schedule for the performing arts series: Oct. 23 to 27, ‘Avenue Q’ by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty. Performances by Green and Redbone begin at 7:30 p.m. in Louis C. Cole Auditorium, Memorial Hall. ‘Avenue Q’ will be staged in Diebold Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. nightly with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Oct. 27. More information: Visit edinboro.edu/events/performingartsseries.
‘CARRIE: The MUSICAL’: Stephen King’s bestselling novel takes center stage at the Erie Playhouse on Oct. 11 and 12, 17 through 20 and 23 through 27. Wednesday through Saturday showtimes are 7:30 p.m. and Sunday showtimes are at 2. Set in the small town of Chamberlain, Maine, Carrie White, a misfit, is bullied at school by the popular crowd and is at the mercy of her loving, but over-protective mother. As the bullying escalates, Carrie discovers her special telekinetic powers and if pushed too far is not afraid to use them. More information: Visit the playhouse at 13 W. 10th St., Erie, or erieplayhouse.org online; or call (814) 454-2852, extension 0.
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The Saegertown Area Community Choir is looking for area singers to join rehearsals for the sixth annual Christmas concert on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 19682 Hill Road, Saegertown. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church. This year the choir will present an array of music, including Handel’s ‘Hallelujah Chorus.’ More information: Call (814) 763-2934 or visit christefca.org.
‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’: PlayhouseSquare will present the Cleveland premiere of Matthew Bourne’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ through Oct. 13 at the Palace Theatre. Bourne’s production sees Britain’s most famed choreographer return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of the composer’s ballet masterworks that started in 1992 with ‘Nutcracker!’ and continued in 1995 with the international hit ‘Swan Lake.’ The show is a gothic romance for all ages: the traditional tale of good vs. evil and rebirth is turned upside-down, creating a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder. Tickets can be purchased online at PlayhouseSquare.org, by calling (216) 241-6000 or in person at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office at 1519 Euclid Ave., Cleveland.
SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE TOUR: The hit Fox TV show is live on tour and visits the PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. So You Think You Can Dance’s top 10 finalists Aaron Turner, Amy Yakima, ‘Fik-Shun,’ Hayley Erbert, Jasmine Harper, Jenna Johnson, Makenzie Dustman, Nico Greetham, Paul Karmiryan and Tucker Knox will be on tour. Tickets are on sale now at the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office, via phone at (216) 241-6000 or online at playhousesquare.org.
AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE TOUR: Fans of America’s Got Talent TV show have an opportunity to experience their favorite Season 8 acts when the America’s Got Talent Live tour comes to PlayhouseSquare’s State Theatre on Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Scheduled to appear in more than 30 cities across the country, the show will bring the acts that wowed America to Cleveland, allowing fans to experience the very best talent from the TV show up close and personal. Tickets: Visit playhousesquare.org, call (216) 241-6000 or visit the PlayhouseSquare Ticket Office.
CHILDREN’S THEATER SERIES: Taking place at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, with a season ticket price of $40 for four shows to introduce children to live theater. The 2013-14 Children’s Theater Series includes ‘Me and My Shadow,’ on Nov. 2; ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites’ on Jan. 18, 2014; ‘DiNO-Light’ on Feb. 8, 2014; and ‘Pinocchio’ on May 10, 2014. Families that purchase season tickets for the series can choose to participate in workshops held on the same days as the performances. These interactive workshops are led by professional teaching artists and feature opportunities to learn songs and dance steps, create performances and music and much more. Admission to each workshop is $5 per child. Tickets: Call (216) 664-6044 or visit playhousesquare.org/childrenstheater.
‘WICKED’: One of Cleveland’s most popular musicals, ‘Wicked,’ returns to PlayhouseSquare Dec. 4 to Jan. 5, 2014, as part of the KeyBank Broadway Series at PlayhouseSquare. The untold story of the witches of Oz, ‘Wicked’ is based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. Performances will be Tuesdays through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Due to the holidays there will be no performances on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Additional performances are Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., Dec. 23 at 8 and Dec. 30 at 8. Tickets may be purchased in person at the PlayhouseSquare ticket office (1519 Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland), online at playhousesquare.org or by calling (216) 241-6000.
Organizers ready to stimulate Meadville with next weekend's Thunder in the City
Started six years ago by Dave Stone, owner of Mickey’s Central Station, as an event to “increase commerce and stimulate the economy,” the annual Thunder in the City Classic Car and Motorcycle Show in Meadville has done that — and lots more.
Conneautville celebrating 200 years
Thursday was a relaxed opening day at the Conneautville Bicentennial Celebration, but things will get hopping today — literally. A frog jumping contest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Weekend festival at Pymatuning takes you back in time
Want to party like it’s 1799? This weekend’s Pymatuning Pioneer and Art Festival on the shore of scenic Pymatuning Lake is the place to do it.
Emmy nominations: 8 snub shockers
A lot of beloved shows and stars got Emmy nominations on Thursday morning but there were definitely some snub shockers.
Once-small Townville Old Home Days now a summertime staple
Frog jumping, outhouse racing and beauty queens are just a few of the events in store for participants of what has become a Crawford County summertime tradition: Townville Old Home Days.
Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment set to take you back in time this weekend
Coordinators of the ninth annual Custaloga Town French and Indian War Encampment believe this year’s event will have all the historical thrill of its predecessors and more with the addition of an exciting new feature — visitation from members of the New York-based Seneca Nation of Indians.
Thurston Classic memorabilia purchases assure event remains in Meadville annually
Buying a Thurston Classic shirt or hat helps keep hot air balloons flying over Meadville at no cost to the public, according to officials of the Classic.
Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday night in Meadville
Meadville Council on the Arts' Regional Juried Photo Exhibit opens Friday the Heeschen Gallery (second floor of the Market House) and runs through May 24. The photography show features photographs from artists living with 250 miles of Meadville. The public is invited to a reception on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. when the awards will be announced.
Robo-repeat: Cochranton tops at RoboBOTS
As the final metal-grinding match of RoboBOTS 2014 sent the last sparks of battle into the plexiglass arena, Cochranton High School made history by becoming the only school to take home the first place trophy in two consecutive years.
Hunter Hayes headlines Crawford County Fair 2014 on Aug. 16
Country music performer Hunter Hayes, accompanied by guest stars, will be the first concert act to hit the stage at the Crawford County Fairgrounds on Aug. 16 at 7 p.m., as announced Friday morning by the Fair Board.
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