The Meadville Tribune
‘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.
‘LOBBY HERO’: Meadville Community Theatre holds auditions for its upcoming production of ‘Lobby Hero’ by Kenneth Lonergan and directed by Dan Authier on Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. and Oct. 29 from 6 to 9 p.m. When a young security guard is drawn into a local murder investigation, loyalties are strained to the breaking point. When his uptight supervisor is forced to testify against his brother and an attractive rookie cop is forced to stand up to her seasoned partner, truth becomes elusive and justice proves costly. The theater is looking for three men in their 20s through 40s and one woman in her late teens through mid 30s. The production’s show dates are Jan. 10 and 11, 17 to 19, 24 and 25. More information: Visit mctbackstage.com or check them out on Facebook.
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.
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. 24 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. 24 through 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 27 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.
‘LES MISERABLES’: Grove City College presents the musical from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2 in Ketler Auditorium of the Pew Fine Arts Center on campus. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. The musical is free and open to the public. The Nov. 1 and 2 performances are already sold out via on-campus reservations. Tickets for the Oct. 29 through 31 performances must be reserved in advance at gcc.edu/theater. Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets only reserve seats until 7:15 p.m., at which time all empty seats are released to walk-ins. More information: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (724) 458-3331.
‘WITCHES BREW’: This family friendly musical is a Halloween adventure that is performed on Oct. 30 at 7:30 pm. at the Barrow-Civic Theatre in Franklin. Set in the land of midnight shadows and starry skies comes the story of the Witch of Halloween. The Witch, determined to complete her brew that would turn all days into Halloween, decides to summon three lost souls to aide in her sorcery. Can she claim her destiny with the elite of the sisterhood, or will good prevail over the darkness of evil? Come find out as secret mysteries and hidden agendas unfold before your eyes. This show comes fully loaded with more than 20 showtune, standard and original works. Tickets are $10 for kids, $14 for seniors and $16 for adults and can be purchased by calling the 437-3440 or (800) 537-7769 or by visit barrowtheatre.com online.
‘PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE’: The fall production of the Studio Theatre at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, is Nov. 1, 2, 7 through 9 at 8 p.m. and Nov. 3 and 10 at 2 p.m. The stakes could not be higher. The contestants, saddled with adolescence, absent parents and schedules that allow just three hours of sleep, have been cast out, and they know it. Most see a ‘Putnam’ win as their only hope. The show, with music and lyrics by William Finn and book by Rachel Sheinkin, is a comedy that doesn’t dumb down. At each performance, four members of the audience are invited to join the cast. They are given their own words to spell, forcing the rest of the cast to ad-lib. That adds unexpected comic moments. More information or for tickets: Call (814) 898-6242.
‘FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY: THE MUSICAL’: The Erie Playhouse Youtheatre brings the beloved best-selling book by Julianne Moore, Freckleface Strawberry, to the stage in a musical production Nov. 8 to 17. Freckleface Strawberry (Sydney Rudd) will do anything to get rid of her freckles — from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school. Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including an amazingly talented ballerina (Hannah Steiner), a cutie jock (Brandon Hayes), a charming ditz (Jenna Halasz) and a totally kooky teacher (Susan Lechner), Freckleface learns that everyone is different — and that’s what makes everyone special. For tickets: Call (814) 454-2852, extension 0, or visit the playhouse at 13 W. 10 St., Erie, or erieplayhouse.org online.
‘POTTER POTTER, THE UNAUTHORIZED HARRY EXPERIENCE’: A Harry Potter parody returns to the PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland on Oct. 25 through 27 as part of the U.S. Bank Star Performance Series. ‘Potted Potter’ takes on the challenge of condensing, or “potting,” all seven Harry Potter books into 70 madcap minutes, aided only by multiple costume changes, songs and props. The show also invites audiences to engage with a real life game of Quidditch. Performance times are 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 25, 1:30 and 7:30 on Oct. 26 and 1:30 on Oct. 27. For tickets: Visit playhousesquare.org, call (216) 241-6000.
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.