Entertainment briefs

Hope Players present ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Friday through Sunday

HOPEDALE — The Hope Players will present “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Harrison East Elementary School located at 410 Normal St.

Director Andrew Pelegreen III of Hopedale promises a show for all ages. Judith Kuryn of Hopedale is the musical director.

“The Wizard of Oz” features music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, with background music by Herbert Stothart. The book was adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Co., based on the MGM movie musical and L. Frank Baum’s series of children’s books.

The costumes were provided by some parents, and some of the scenery was borrowed from Catholic Central High School’s recent production.

Patrons can save $2 off the price at the box office for “The Wizard of Oz” by purchasing tickets in advance. Advance tickets are $5 for students and $7 for adults. Prices at the box office will be $7 for students and $9 for adults.

Advance tickets are available from any cast member or at the Hopedale Village Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. Tickets also may be purchased by calling Hope Players President Donna Runt at (740) 937-2208 or Pelegreen at (740) 937-2629.

Striplight Theatre presents ‘Nine’ Friday through Sunday

WEIRTON — Striplight Theatre presents “Nine,” by Arthur Kopit and Maury Yeston, at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Ashley Marie Theater located at 3383 Main St.

Based on Italian director Federico Fellini’ biographical film, “8 1/2,” the musical follows the life of world-famous film director Guido Contini as he prepares his latest picture and balances the women in his life.

Contini also, after recent box-office failures, is drifting toward a nervous breakdown, from which he is held back only by the support of his wife, Luisa. As his sanity disintegrates, he drifts into nostalgic reverie, eventually focusing on the formative sexual encounter of his life, which occurred at the age of 9.

Because of the small house size, patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Visit ninemusical.bpt.me or call (800) 838.3006 to purchase tickets. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on performance days and may be purchased with cash or credit. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors.

Music of John Williams to be performed by PSO

PITTSBURGH –Soar to new heights with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and the music from legendary composer John Williams’ well-known movie scores, including “Superman,” “Indiana Jones,” “Harry Potter” and “Star Wars,” plus music from the new blockbuster “The Force Awakens.”

Showtimes are 8 p.m. July 14-15 and 2:30 p.m. July 16 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 110 E. Lincoln Ave.

Arguably the most famous cinematic composer of all time, Williams has been nominated for 50 Academy Awards and has won five Oscars. Experience the excitement and adventure captured in his compositions to the fullest. This concert promises to be a thrilling ride through the unmistakable melodies of Williams’ masterful movie music.

For ticket information, call (412) 392-4900.

In Honor of Service — An Americana Concert slated June 30

PITTSBURGH — In collaboration with Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will present a performance in honor of servicemen and women at 7 p.m. on June 30 at Soldiers and Saliors Memorial Hall and Museum in Oakland.

This concert welcomes family attendance and participation in sing-alongs, marches and tributes to military personnel, including the favorite Armed Services Salute.

PSO cellist Charlie Powers will perform Bragato’s “Graciela y Buenos Aires” and singing Police officer Ricky Manning will lead “God Bless America.”

This concert is part of the In Honor of Service Program, an initiative to reach more military personnel and families.

Arrive at 6 p.m. for a pre-concert performance of The Brass Roots. The concert is free of charge, but reservations are required.

EQT Children’s Theater Festival set

PITTSBURGH — The 31st-annual EQT Children’s Theater Festival will be held May 18-21 in the Cultural District.

Ticketed performances will be presented by six award-winning theater companies from Australia, Mexico, the United States, Denmark and Northern Ireland. It features a mix of teen-focused performances, like “Simple Gifts,” and child-centric shows such as “The Way Back Home.” The schedule includes the United States premier of “Pulse,” a theater experience designed for the youngest of theatergoers using texture and games to invite infants and toddlers into a creative space.

More than 35 free activities designed to complement featured performances, including hands-on activities, public art and music at numerous indoor and outdoor spaces will take place throughout the Cultural District.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the 31st EQT Children’s Theater Festival with wonderful international performances and expanded programming for all ages,” Pamela Komar, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust Theater, Music and Youth Programming director and Children’s Theater Series and Festival executive director, said. “Once again, we are excited to invite performers from around the globe to foster cultural exchange and wonder through the performing arts. From popular stories coming to life to interactive outdoor theater performances, festival activities are created to inspire and engage all ages. We look forward to creating memories at this year’s festival.”

The festival serves as a gateway for children of all ages to experience professional performing arts programming.

All ticketed performances will take place in the Cultural District. Single tickets for the featured performances are on sale. For tickets and information, visit TrustArts.org/PGHKids, call (412) 456-6666, or visit the Theater Square Box Office located at 655 Penn Ave. Groups of 10 or more should call (412) 471-6930 or visit pghkids.trustarts.org/kids/groups.

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