Easy Street founders to share memories

Staff report


Todd Hancock and Maureen Collins, founders of Easy Street Productions, will share memories of their lives in theater at 10 a.m. Saturday in the meeting room of Kravitz Deli, 3135 Belmont Ave.

Their appearance is part of the William Holmes McGuffey Historical Society speakers series. Admission is $5, and light refreshments will be served. The event will include entertainment by Dolores DePietro and a raffle to benefit the society’s education mission.

Reservations are suggested; call society president Richard Scarsella at 330-726-8277. Walk-ins are welcome. Society memberships and the McGuffey Anniversary DVD will be sold at the event.

For 29 years, Easy Street Productions has produced professional performances of family musicals in the Youngstown area. Hancock and Collins will share their vision and experiences in an informal conversational format, and also sing a few songs.

A question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

As director and co-founder of Easy Street Productions, Hancock has starred in some of the area’s most successful musicals. From the two-year run of "Pump Boys and Dinettes” at the old Uptown Theatre to last May’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Powers Auditorium, he and Collins have produced and starred in dozens of shows.

Easy Street recently moved into the Adler Arts Academy space in the DeYor Performing Arts Center to expand its theater workshops for children.

Hancock and Collins also stage cabaret shows at the DeYor.

Collins’ duties as co-founder of Easy Street Productions include training talented young people in musical theater.

She has performed alongside her youth troupe in several musicals.

Collins also performed recently in the Valley Divas show at Powers with Maureen McGovern.

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