YSU theater announces 2017-18 season schedule

Season tickets are on sale now for the 2017-18 season of Youngstown State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance.

The season will include three stage productions, including one world premiere; an opera and a spring dance concert.

The schedule is:

l Sept. 29-Oct. 1 and 6-8 — “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” a comedy by Sarah Ruhl about how we memorialize the dead, and how that remembering changes us.

l Nov. 10-12, 17-19 — “Spring Awakening,” winner of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik adapted Frank Wedekind’s 19th century German play about the challenges of the journey from adolescence to adulthood.

l Feb. 16-18, 23-25, 2018 — “Mr. Wheeler’s,” a world premiere play set in Youngstown and written by Rob Zellers. Last season YSU Theatre and the Youngstown Playhouse collaborated on a production of “Harry’s Friendly Service,” which also was written by the Boardman native. “Mr. Wheeler’s” focuses on a group of fast food employees who find a bag of money at work.

l April 5-7, 2018 — YSU Dance Ensemble. The ensemble, directed by Christine Cobb, will present its 27th annual dance concert featuring a variety of styles, including ballet, tap, contemporary jazz and modern.

l April 20-22, 2018 — “Cendrillon,” an opera by Jules Massenet and Henri Cain that is based on Perrault’s 1698 version of the story of Cinderella.

“Dead Man’s Cell Phone” and “Mr. Wheeler’s” will be staged in Bliss Hall’s Spotlight Theater. The other productions will be in Ford Theater. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

Season tickets good for admission to all five shows are $60 and can be ordered by calling the University Theatre Box Office at 330-941-3105 or emailing lafactor@ysu.edu. Discounts are available for members of the YSU Alumni Society, Penguin Club and Regional Chamber; YSU faculty and staff and retirees; and non-YSU students. Current YSU students are admitted free.