CORTLAND -- "All Hands On Deck," SCOPE of Trumbull County's Senior Follies 2005 will be presented at 7 p.m. April 30 and 2 p.m. May 1 at Lakeview High School. The original musical review was written, directed and produced by Jason Burgermyer and features the Senior Sensations from Warren SCOPE, the Happy Hoofers from Howland SCOPE, the Studio Tappers, Warren SCOPE Rhythm Band and Deb's Divas. Special acts include Toast of the Town Tappers, Lana VanAucker, Bill Lisby, Teen Dancers and Amber Toler. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the Warren SCOPE center. For more information, call the center at (330) 399-8846.
Playhouse season set
YOUNGSTOWN -- The Youngstown Playhouse will open its 81st season with "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" Sept. 16 to Oct. 2; and continue with "Nunsense" Oct. 21 to Nov. 6; "White Christmas" Nov. 25 to Dec. 18; "I Hate Hamlet" Jan. 20 to Feb. 5; "Lend Me a Tenor" March 3-19; and "Chicago" April 28 to May 21, 2006. Season tickets are $60, or $50 for seniors and students, and entitle the holder to a choice of five of the six shows. Those who wish to see all six shows will be admitted to the final production for $5. Season ticket-holders also receive early notices and publications. Those making an additional contribution to The Playhouse will have their names listed in programs. Call The Playhouse at (330) 788-8739 for reservations or more information.
Chyatte wins Murrow
YOUNGSTOWN -- WKSU reporter/producer Michelle Chyatte has been awarded a 2005 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in journalism for her documentary, "Her Husband, His Wife, Their Kidney." The award, from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, recognizes Chyatte's year-long reporting of the kidney transplant experience of WKSU Development Associate Marti Ring, who took time off work to donate a kidney to her ailing husband, Billy Ring. The documentary was selected from among the 2,899 regional entries received. Regional winners go on to compete at the national level; those awards will be given Oct. 17. WKSU competes with large market stations in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois. Chyatte joined WKSU in September 2001. She is the first recipient of a broadcast residency fellowship from NPR, where she works for "Weekend Edition" and "Weekend All Things Considered."
Jazz organist to play
YOUNGSTOWN -- Organist/vocalist Joey DeFrancesco will perform with the YSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. April 10 at Stambaugh Auditorium as part of the Monday Musical Club season. The 32-year-old DeFrancesco started playing the Hammond B-3 organ at the age of 4 and is credited with rekindling the public's love for the instrument through his recordings from the late 1980s and early 1990s. He was landing professional dates by age 10, and was the first recipient of the Philadelphia Jazz Society's McCoy Tyner Scholarship and a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. He performed with Miles Davis as a teenager and released his Columbia Records Debut, "All of Me," at the age of 17. Tickets are available by calling the Monday Musical office at (330) 743-2717.
MERCER, Pa. -- The Chamber Players Spring Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. April 10 at the Helen Black Miller Memorial Chapel. The concert will feature music from baroque to modern, and a cookie and punch reception will follow. The audience will have an opportunity to meet performers at the reception. The public is invited. Admission is free. The event is sponsored by the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Grant, the Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission, public donations and the Mercer County Historical Society.
Food Bank hosts concert
YOUNGSTOWN -- Second Harvest Food Bank and the Stambaugh Pillars will present "Divas With Dessert" in concert, featuring local singers Ellen Wakeford-Banks, Martha Brogan, Rita Busin and Illa Willis on April 15 at the Stambaugh Auditorium Ballroom. Wakeford-Banks has entertained locally with the Angelo Lacivita Orchestra, Brogan has performed at The Youngstown Playhouse and has a special act called "Legends." Busin is a local voice performer and teacher, and Willis has appeared with Easy Street Productions and has her own local cabaret show. Cash bar will open at 6 p.m., followed by the concert and dessert at 7. Tickets are $25. Reservation deadline is Tuesday. Call Second Harvest at (330) 792-5522, ext. 13, or Stambaugh at (330) 747-5175.