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  • Area entertainment events beginning Jan. 18

  • "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” Gavin Cushman and more on presented this week.

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    The Players Guild is presenting a Family Theatre production of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” tonight through Feb. 3 in the William G. Fry Theatre, Cultural Center for the Arts, 1001 Market Ave. N, Canton. Cast members include Jared Six, Bella Gill, Morgan Brown, Elden Mortensen, Drake Spina and E.J. Dubinsky. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets, $15 for adults, $12 for ages 17 and younger, may be ordered at www.playersguildtheatre.com or 330-453-7617.
    An unlikely friendship develops between two boys on opposite sides of the fence at a Polish concentration camp in “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas,” which will be presented next weekend by the Magical Theatre Company at 565 W. Tuscarawas Ave. in Barberton. The cast includes, Matthew Taylor and Zachary Charlick, both students at Strausser School in Jackson Township. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and 26, and 2 p.m. Jan. 27. Tickets, $11 and $13, may be ordered at www.magicaltheatre.org and 330-848-3708.
    Gavin Cushman will celebrate the release of his new dynamic, rocking EP, “Gavin the Third,” with a concert Jan. 25 at Musica in downtown Akron. The show will start at 7 p.m. with opening bands The Knickers and Decade of Disaster, with Cushman scheduled for 8:45. Admission, $10, includes a copy of the EP.
    Internationally celebrated pianist Andre Watts will appear in concert with the Canton Symphony Orchestra at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. Watts will perform Franck’s “Symphonic Voices” and Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto in A Minor. Conducted by Gerhardt Zimmermann, the concert also will include works by Debussy and Ravel. Tickets are $25, $35 and $45, with a $5 discount for seniors and students. To order, call 330-452-2094 or visit www.cantonsymphony.org.
    Morgan Lippert has the title role in “The Snow Maiden,” which the University of Akron Dance Institute will present at 7 p.m. Jan. 26 and 1 p.m. Jan. 27 at E.J. Thomas Hall. The production will feature more than 90 costumed performers, and a haunting score by Tchaikovsky and Glazunov. Tickets, $20 for adults and
    $10 for students, may be ordered at 330-972-7570.
    The Akron Civic Theatre will host a concert by the University of Akron Steel Band at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27, along with a pre-show beach party in the lobby with the Summit Academy Steel Dragons Band, snow cones, beach balls and face painting. Advance tickets, $8 for adults and $5 for kids 3 to 12, may be ordered at 330-253-2488.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Atlantic City, Four Women” by John W. Mosley is included in “Posing Beauty in African-American Culture,” an exhibition through March 3 at the College of Wooster Art Museum. The show explores the ways in which African and African-American beauty has been represented through photography, video, fashion and advertising. Artists represented in the more than 85 works include Eve Arnold, Edward Curtis, Bruce Davidson, Lee Friedlander, Carrie Mae Weems and Charles “Teenie” Harris. Located in the Ebert Art Center at 1220 Beall Ave. in Wooster, the museum is open from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.

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