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'La Cage' benefits local PFLAG unit



Published: Sun, June 10, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



'La Cage' benefitslocal PFLAG unit

YOUNGSTOWN -- "La Cage Aux Folles," the winner of six Tony awards, will open at 8 p.m. July 12 at Youngstown Playhouse main stage. Adapted for the screen as "The Bird Cage," the musical comedy focuses on love, life and an unconventional family.

Opening night will benefit Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays and community education. There will be a reception and art exhibit after the performance.

Other show dates are 8 p.m. July 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 and 2:30 p.m. July 15.

For ticket information call (330) 746-4963, or contact any PFLAG member, or email PFLAG at pflagy@gay.com Tickets are $20 a person and a portion of the purchase price is tax deductible. The playhouse box office number is (330) 788-8739.

Family Fun Days

NILES -- Stage shows, gymnastics, demonstrations, dances, appearances by wrestlers and displays of classic cars and reptiles will be featured at the Family Fun Days to be sponsored by Mahoning Valley Parent magazine June 16 and 17 at Cafaro Field in conjunction with the Mahoning Valley Rib Burnoff. There will also be a play area for children. From 1 to 3 each day tickets will be sold for chances to win tickets to Scrappers games and dinner for four. Kids are admitted free and admission is $4 for adults.

Play for childrenslated in Warren

WARREN -- "One Who Falls: An American Indian Legend," the first of three plays to be presented this season by Summer Stock 2001, will be performed at noon June 22 and 25-29 and at 7 p.m. June 22 and 29 at Kent State University, Trumbull Campus. Directed by Paul Kimpel and geared toward children 4 to 10 the production includes a magic show by Gary Morton and a light snack during noon performances. Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $5 for children 11 and under. For more information or reservations call (330) 847-8700.

Band search

Aspiring country musicians can shoot for stardom in the ninth annual Jim Beam Country Band Search. Contestants must provide recorded versions of two previously-unpublished songs that they have written and performed. Send official entry forms (available at www.jimbeam.com), tapes, biography and photos to P.O. Box 50239, Nashville, Tenn. 37205 by Aug. 21. Five finalists will perform Nov. 10 at Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville. The winner will receive equipment and perform privately for some high-level record label executives.

Among those judging applications will be Troy Gentry of the duo Montgomery Gentry. He won the talent search in 1994.

Mercer concerts

MERCER -- The Mercer Community Band begins its 24th season of free concerts June 22. The concerts will take place weekly on Friday nights through Aug. 10 on the Mercer County Courthouse Square. Music begins at 6:15 p.m. A weekly ice cream social will be from 6 until 9 p.m. Concerts will feature the community bands from Mercer, Canfield and Youngstown, as well as chorales, orchestras, steel drum bands, jazz music, accordians and gospel music. Concert-goers may bring lawnchairs and blankets. The performances will take place in the Mercer High School auditorium if weather is poor.

UJune 22: Greenville Steel Drum Band and Mercer Community Band.

UJune 29: Johnny Oakes, accordian, and Mercer Community Jazz Band.

UJuly 6: County Mayo and Mercer Community Band.

UJuly 13: Ellwood City Civic Chorale and Canfield Community Band.

UJuly 27: Frank Gallo Orchestra and Mercer Community Band.

UAug. 3: Dan Schall, gospel music and Youngstown Community Band.

UAug. 10: "Mercer County Jamboree" featuring bluegrass, folk and gospel musicians.




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