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Youngstown Playhouse announces 2021 season, online fall classes

The 2021 season will include “The Color Purple,” “Marjorie Prime,” “The Producers,” “The Gone Away Place” and “Elf: The Musical.”
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Director Trevail Maurice (“Dreamgirls,” 2019) will return to helm “The Color Purple” in May 2021. (Photo courtesy of The Youngstown Playhouse)

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Playhouse, 600 Playhouse Lane, has announced its 2021 season and virtual fall theater classes.

“I believe adversity can create opportunity. Although our stages are dark during the COVID-19 public health crisis, there is an incredible amount of work occurring behind the scenes,” John Cox, board president, said in a news release. “We are using this time to improve all aspects of the theater and to position the organization for long-term, sustainable growth as we anticipate our forthcoming 100th anniversary season in 2024.”

Flex Pass memberships will be valid for four performances during the 2021 season. Memberships start at $50 and are available here. Discounts are available for seniors, students and military personnel.

Tentatively scheduled to start in May, specific production dates for the 97th season will be announced at a later date pending government and scientific recommendations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the release states. 

The 2021 season will include “The Color Purple,” “Marjorie Prime,” “The Producers,” “The Gone Away Place” and “Elf: The Musical.”

Online classes

The Youngstown Playhouse Youth Theatre has transitioned to remote programming to educate and engage virtually until it can safely resume in-person classes and public performances. The online classes are suitable for youths age 5 to 18 and will examine all aspects of theater, including performing, directing and design. 

The six-week fall sessions will take place on Zoom on Saturday mornings from Sept. 19 to Oct. 24. Class size is limited and will be issued on a first come, first served basis. To register by Friday (Sept. 18), click here.

The classes are:

  • Imagination Creation: Kindergarten through third grade (age 5 to 8), with AnnMarie Lowerre at 10 a.m. The introductory class will explore all aspects of the theater world. Each week, students will learn about a new avenue of theater to inspire their creative pursuits and a broad interest in the performing arts. Participants will write, design and perform short plays at the culmination of the session.
  • Creating On and Off Stage: Fourth through seventh grade (age 9 to 12), with Mackenzie Leskovec at 11 a.m. The class will provide a comprehensive look at all aspects of theater, including acting, directing and technical design (such as costumes and scenery). Students will develop a well-rounded understanding of theater by sharing their creativity in each area on a weekly basis.
  • The World of a Play: Eighth through 12 grade (age 13 to 18), with Jeanine Rees at noon. The class is discussion and creation based and will help bring understanding of theater to the next level. Students will acquire the tools necessary to build the world of a play via collaboration, critical thinking and script/character analysis.