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WRITER: Andy Gray

OWR showcases local talent with 'Macbeth'

Opera Western Reserve production director David Vosburgh sees the primary role of the opera company as educational. "We take opera to the schools," he said. "We use students at YSU (Youngstown State University) in the chorus and in small roles. We give singers an opportunity to sing these roles for the first time and add these parts to their resume." Those elements will be on display next week when OWR ...

Vosburgh ends OWR tenure with 'Macbeth'

For David Vosburgh, directing Opera Western Reserve's production of "Macbeth" is his gold watch. Vosburgh, who founded the opera company 15 years ago, will retire after next week's production. "It's time. After 75, you can't kid yourself, you're not 25 anymore," the 81-year-old production director said. He's going out with one of his favorite operas, Giuseppe Verdi's adaptation of William Shakespeare's ...

Vigil brings Denver's music to Packard

WARREN — His future wife's mother was the first one to mention the resemblance. "I got out of high school, was growing my hair out a little longer, and she said, 'Yeah, he looks like John Denver," Ted Vigil said. That would have been in the early, mid-1980s. But it wasn't until 20 years later that the 55-year-old Vigil decided to turn that resemblance into a John Denver tribute, the show he will bring to ...

'Drawer Boy' opens at Playhouse

Like any director, Christopher Fidram always keeps an eye out for new projects. About a decade ago while doing research, he kept seeing a title he didn't recognize showing up on lists of the most produced plays — a Canadian comedy-drama called "The Drawer Boy." He ordered the script and found Michael Healey's writing funny and the characters instantly likable. Still, it took 10 years for the show to make ...

Canfield native dazzled in 'South Pacific'

I spent the weekend going to see many of the events I previewed in last week's Ticket. Trumbull New Theatre's production of "The Mousetrap" got a full review in Sunday's paper, so I won't rehash it here, but the Agatha Christie mystery is very well done and runs for two more weekends. Don't miss it. Easy Street Productions and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra replicated the formula they established last ...

Calendar

* ON SALE THIS WEEK * Newsboys, which played Packard Music Hall in 2018, is coming to Stambaugh Auditorium on March 12 as part of its Greatness of Our God tour. Tickets range from $30 to $50 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday through Stambaugh. * Country singer and occasional actor Trace Adkins is booked at Packard Music Hall on April 16. Tickets range from $42 to $88 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the ...

Gray Areas: Canfield native dazzled in ‘South Pacific’

I spent the weekend going to see many of the events I previewed in last week’s Ticket. Trumbull New Theatre’s production of “The Mousetrap” got a full review in Sunday’s paper, so I won’t rehash it here, but the Agatha Christie mystery is very well done and runs for two more weekends. Don’t miss it. Easy Street Productions and the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra replicated the formula they ...

‘Drawer Boy’ opens at Playhouse

Like any director, Christopher Fidram always keeps an eye out for new projects. About a decade ago while doing research, he kept seeing a title he didn’t recognize showing up on lists of the most produced plays — a Canadian comedy-drama called “The Drawer Boy.” He ordered the script and found Michael Healey’s writing funny and the characters instantly likable. Still, it took 10 years for the show ...

Opera Western Reserve production showcases local talent

Opera Western Reserve production director David Vosburgh sees the primary role of the opera company as educational. “We take opera to the schools,” he said. “We use students at YSU (Youngstown State University) in the chorus and in small roles. We give singers an opportunity to sing these roles for the first time and add these parts to their resume.” Those elements will be on display next week when ...

Vosburgh ends OWR tenure with ‘Macbeth’

For David Vosburgh, directing Opera Western Reserve’s production of “Macbeth” is his gold watch. Vosburgh, who founded the opera company 15 years ago, will retire after next week’s production. “It’s time. After 75, you can’t kid yourself, you’re not 25 anymore,” the 81-year-old production director said. He’s going out with one of his favorite operas, Giuseppe Verdi’s adaptation of ...