University Theater opens 2012-13 season

A scene from "Dark Matters," the first theater production at Youngstown State University for the 2012-13 season.

Cast members of “Dark Matters,” the first production in the 2012-13 University Theater season.

Comedy, opera, comic drama, dance and a musical highlight University Theater’s 2012-13 season, which opens on Thursday, Sept. 6 with the student-directed BLACKBOX production “Dark Matters” in Spotlight Arena Theater on the campus of Youngstown State University.

This season marks the 49th consecutive year of University Theater’s existence as a co-curricular theater producing agency on the YSU campus. YSU is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Theatre.

Season subscriptions for 2012-13 are $40 for adults and are available by calling the University Theater Box Office at 330-941-3105 or emailing A season subscription represents a $30 savings over the per-show individual ticket price. Discounts are also available for members of the YSU Alumni Society, Penguin Club and Regional Chamber; YSU faculty and staff and retirees; and non-YSU students. Most University Theater performances are free for YSU students.

“Our season subscription is one of the best entertainment values in the area with five plays, a musical, a dance concert, and an opera all for under $50,” said Dr. Scott Irelan, chair of the Department of Theater and Dance.

The 2012-13 University Theater season includes:

“Dark Matters,” a thriller (Second Stage BLACKBOX Production), Spotlight Arena Theater, Sept. 6-8, 7:30 p.m., and Sept. 9, 3 p.m.

“The Cherry Orchard,” a comedy/drama, by Anton Chekhov, Spotlight Arena Theater, Oct. 4-6, 12-13, 7:30 p.m., and Oct. 7 and 14, 3 p.m.

“RENT,” a musical, Ford Theater, Nov. 8-10, 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m., and Nov. 11 and 18, 3 p.m.

“Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead,” a comedy/drama, (Second Stage BLACKBOX Production), Spotlight Arena Theater, Jan. 24-26, 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 27, 3:00 p.m.

“Broke-Ology,” a drama, Ford Theater, Feb. 21-23 and March 1-2, 7:30p.m., and Feb. 24 and March 3, 3 p.m.

“Gemini,” a comedy/drama, Spotlight Arena Theater, April 4-6 and 12-13, 7:30 p.m., and April 7 and 14, 3 p.m.

“Hansel and Gretel,” an opera, Ford Theater, April 18-20, 7:30 p.m., and April 21, 3 p.m.

YSU Dance Ensemble, Ford Theater, May 2–4, 7:30 p.m.