By L. CROW
The Oakland Center will be a busy place this August, with classes, auditions and a big fund-raiser.
The big show event will be "Wicked Broadway! A Musical Review Tribute to the Villains and Vamps of Musical Theater," produced by Liz Rubino's company, Center Stage Performance and Productions. It is the annual Oakland benefit, and will play three nights only, Aug. 26, 27 and 28. The 27th is the benefit night, and all proceeds will go to the Oakland. That night will also be fully catered by Angelina's in Girard. There will be a wine-and-cheese reception for the other performances.
Rubino is directing the show, and Anthony Ruggiero is the musical director. He and Michael Moritz will provide piano accompaniment. Rubino and Anne Marie Dull are the choreographers.
"I got the idea for the title from the popular show "Wicked" now playing on Broadway," said Rubino. "We are doing about 25 songs, including music from "Wicked."
Other well-known musicals represented in the show include "Sweeney Todd," "Evita," "Assassins," "Sweet Charity," "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Grease" and many more. It will be a variety show, with solos, duets and group numbers, and some dancing.
The Youth Triple Play classes will be held at The Oakland on Aug. 8 and 15. Triple means acting, taught by James McClellan, singing, taught by Bill Ambert, and dancing, by Susan Miracle. Kathleen Gabriel is program coordinator.
"It is geared toward high-school-age kids," said Rubino. "They are looking for seriously interested students, those who might be planning to major in theater." The focus of the workshop will be on the musical "Carousel." On Aug. 14-15, the Oakland will hold auditions for the first show of the new season, "The Sisters Rosensweig." It is an open call for cast members.
Tickets go on sale for "Wicked Broadway" on Aug. 1. Prices vary, but benefit night tickets are all $40. Show times are 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday, all preceded by a social hour. For information on Oakland programs, call (330) 746-0404, or visit www.oaklandcenter.com.