Area theaters plan revue to benefit autism group

Staff report


The Mahoning Valley chapter of the Autism Society of Ohio will present “Acting for Autism,” a musical revue featuring the area’s theater groups.

The event will be at 2 p.m. April 13 at the Youngstown Playhouse on Glenwood Avenue. Proceeds will benefit the local Autism Society’s arts summer camp.

Tickets are $35 and include an appetizer buffet. There will also be door prizes, a basket raffle and a cash bar. Call 330-788-8739 to order tickets or go to

The showcase — a first for the area — is a joint effort by eight theater companies. They are: the Youngstown Playhouse, Victorian Players, Top Hat Productions, Rust Belt Theater Company, Oakland Center for the Arts, Spotlight Players, the Garage Theater and Liz Rubino Studios. John Cox will direct the show.

Each theater will present a piece that represents its style of theater. Songs, dances, soliloquies and humorous skits from past shows and upcoming seasons are planned, and a group of young autistic actors and singers will get a chance to participate.

The evening will culminate in a finale that will involve more than 100 performers.

The autism society’s summer arts camp offers children with an autism spectrum disorder a week of fun and friendship, but it is expensive.

Supplies, staff pay, insurance, facility fees, transportation, training materials and equipment must be purchased.

The society’s goal is to raise enough money so that the fee is $150 per child, with grants available to the neediest. To learn more, go to

The local autism society is also offering a raffle with the winner receiving two tickets to six shows at Mahoning Valley theaters, a $150 value.

The raffle tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling 330-743-9184.

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