University Theater opens season with comedy, “Vanya, Sonia, Masha, Spike”

The cast of University Theater performance of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" includes: (bottom row) Quincy Carrier and Jessica Joerndt and (top row) Theresa Leonard, Molly Galano, James McClellan and Mia Colón.

The cast of University Theater performance of “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” includes: (bottom row) Quincy Carrier and Jessica Joerndt and (top row) Theresa Leonard, Molly Galano, James McClellan and Mia Colón.

Youngstown State University Theater opens its 2016-17 season this week with the comedy “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” in Bliss Hall’s Spotlight Theater on campus.

The show runs is scheduled Sept. 30, Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8 and 9. Friday and Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m. while Sunday matinee performances are at 2 p.m. Guest director is Lisa Ann Goldsmith.

Adult tickets are $16. Special rate tickets are $8 for non-YSU students, YSU faculty and staff with valid ID, senior citizens, Penguin Club members and groups of eight or more. YSU student tickets are free with valid ID.

The cast includes two veteran community theater actors, James McClellan and Molly Galano; YSU students Mia Colón, sophomore, BFA Musical Theater, Youngstown, Ohio; Theresa Leonard, senior, BFA Theater, Youngstown, Ohio; Quincy Carrier, senior, Theater/Telecommunications, Cleveland, Ohio; Jessica Joerndt, junior, Communication/Media; Boardman, Ohio.

In addition, Department of Theater and Dance professional staff includes Scenic/Lighting Designer, Ellen E. Jones; Production Manager, Todd Dicken; Costume Designer, Katherine Garlick; and Costume Shop Supervisor, Rebel Mickelson.

Goldsmith, a member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), and the Screen Actors’ Guild, is a professional actor with many New York and regional credits, most recently as Charlotte Hay in “Moon Over Buffalo” (Saint Vincent Summer Theatre). Goldsmith is accomplished in radio plays and Foley sound effects, having worked as a performer with Bricolage’s Midnight Radio Series since 2008. She earned an MFA in Acting from Point Park Conservatory and has taught at Carnegie Mellon University, Point Park Conservatory, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh CLO, and is the Resident Teaching Artist at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Season tickets are available in advance of the show and will be available for purchase during the run of the show. Call 330-941-3105 or go to www.ysu.tix.com to purchase show tickets.

Parking is available in the M30 Wick Avenue deck for a nominal fee.