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How We Got to Top Hat’s Stage:

We are excited to finally be bringing students from three different communities in our area together for a joint event. Students from Campbell, Lowellville, and Struthers high schools comprise Top Hat’s new Tri-City Drama Club. Due to staffing and funding, two of the three school districts, Campbell and Struthers, currently lack school-sponsored theatre programs for high school students. Top Hat is happy to offer this opportunity at no cost to students or their school districts. Top Hat’s geographically-central location enables students from these three districts to join together on a common stage.

Tri-City’s goals are to provide theatre instruction in onstage acting, as well as mentor students in the technical aspects of theatre production, such as stage management, costuming, sound and lighting, and marketing. In addition to providing performing arts opportunities for the students, participation in Tri-City Drama Club helps to promote creativity and imagination, hone public speaking skills, and strengthen critical thinking, collaboration, communication and leadership abilities. 

Exposure to and appreciation for the performing arts are needed now more than ever. Tri-City strives to provide theatre education and opportunities for the next generation of performers, supporters, community leaders, and citizens in our local area. 



Welcome to opening night of the Cornley University Drama Society’s newest production, The Murder at Haversham Manor, where things are quickly going from bad to utterly disastrous. This 1920s whodunit has everything you never wanted in a show—an unconscious leading lady, a corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything (including their lines). Nevertheless, the accident-prone thespians battle against all odds to make it through to their final curtain call, with hilarious consequences! Part Monty Python, part Sherlock Holmes, this Olivier Award–winning comedy is a global phenomenon that’s guaranteed to leave you aching with laughter!

Friday, February 23 - March 3, 2024


Participating Schools: Campbell Memorial High School, Lowellville High School, Struthers High School

Play by Henry Lewis, Henry Shields, and Jonathan Sayer

Directed by Mia DiRienzo Olson & Valerie Dill

Technical oversight by Top Hat:  Jeff Chann, Christina Kopscos, Derek Stoner

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Who shows up to an Italian woman's rehearsal dinner with her own sauce and meatballs? Camilla does. As you would suspect this was the start of war between Camilla and Irma. Ten years later the women agree to call it truce for the evening to create a meal in commemoration of their children's ten year wedding anniversary. Although the women agreed on a simple menu, food and temperaments gain momentum as the evening progresses.


Mangia is a dinner theater experience that promises to keep the food and the laughs abundant. Even if you are not Italian this theatrical experience will leave you claiming to be.


Dinner will start with antipasti, followed by pasta. The third course will be chicken parmesan, followed by a salad and ending with something sweet. 


Guests will be served a traditional Italian meal, no substitutions!  Eat Italian, everyone else does!

May 2022

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Join us for this special Warm Up for the Holidays celebration of friends, gratitude, gatherings, and harvest! The Smallest Show in Town, a family friendly variety show that invites you to share in their music and laughter, returns to Youngstown for one night only. Hosted by Youngstown native Chris Leone, and featuring his father, Carmen Leone and brother Nick, along with a spirited cast of musicians and performers from Pittsburgh, PA. Bring the whole family to join in the fun and ring in the start of the holiday season with us!

November 2022


Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, who has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair find that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discover that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

Book by Harvey Fierstein.  Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper.  2013 Tony Award Winner Best Musical and Best Score.

October 2022

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