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.
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.
‘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.
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.
THE MUSICAL BOX: Returns to the State Theatre at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland on Nov. 14 at 8 p.m. to perform Genesis’ ‘Selling England By The Pound.’ This performance will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Genesis album. The Musical Box is the only band in the world to acquire from Peter Gabriel and Genesis the performing rights and access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow for Selling England By The Pound. For tickets: Visit playhousesquare.org or call (216) 241-6000. More information: Visit themusicalbox.net.
‘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.