Youngstown Playhouse gears up for show opener

The Youngstown Playhouse is featuring Stephen Sodenheim's "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"

The Youngstown Playhouse is gearing up for a show opener.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A popular community theater opens its doors Friday for a new show. The Youngstown Playhouse is featuring Stephen Sodenheim’s “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”

Opening back in 1926, the Youngstown Playhouse is one of the oldest on-going community theaters in the country. Playhouse Operations Manager Bernie Appugliese said the show has something for everyone.

“It’s zany, old-fashioned, burlesque comedy, farce told in traditional musical theater style,” Appugliese said.

As the week leading up to the play, often called Tech Week, is coming to an end, volunteers and workers are putting the last-minute touches on sets and costumes while actors prepare for the last rehearsal before opening night. A packed house means 400 people in the audience.

“We’ve been packing the place all year. You are giving of yourself from way down deep. Emotions run high,” Appugliese said.

Friday’s opening night will also be Donor Appreciation Night. The playhouse will thank volunteers and donors who give their time to make the plays possible.

Show times are May 13,14, 19, 21, 21 at 7:30 p.m. and May 15 and 22 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults and $14 for seniors and students. Tickets are still available at the box office or online at the

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