First Annual Cleveland to Youngstown “How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas” Road Trip

Oh you know you know you want to go!


From Brooke Slanina:

the Oakland has added a midnight show to this Saturday, Decem,ber 13, due to extreme demand for tickets. We sold out all three shows last Thursday, which is unprecendented in recent Oakland history. Due to such high demand, we’ve extended our run for one more very special midnight show.
Call for reservations for the new show – and if you are lucky enough to get them arrive on time. Here is the low down on the up and up.

Start you holiday season off with a well appointed bang at the Youngstown’s Oakland Center for the Arts.

How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas

How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas

Youngstown, OH — The Oakland Center for the Arts, 220 W. Boardman Street, will host their 3rd Annual Holiday Fundraiser, How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas, on December 5, 6, and 13. All performances begin at 8 pm with a wine and cheese reception preceding each show at 7 pm.

A twisted retelling of a mixture of many beloved holiday stories, How The Drag Queen Stole Christmas follows Starrlet O’Hara as she discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Robert Dennick Joki writes, directs, and stars in the production. Cast includes Christopher Barzak, Kage Coven, Heidi Davis, Maxine Factor, Beth Farrow, Joyce Jones, Nikita Jones, Jennifer Kuczek, Rick Morrow, Ric Panning, Kerri Rickard, Murad G. Shorrab, Suzanne Shorrab, Brooke Slanina and BJ Wilkes.

The traditional Fabulous Chinese Auction will return with tickets available for purchase every night up to December 13, when the final drawing will be held after the show. Persons interested in making a donation to the Chinese Auction should contact Brooke Slanina at 330.718.5515

Patrons may also drop off gently used coats, which will be cleaned courtesy of LaFrance Cleaners and distributed to families in need throughout the Valley courtesy of Help Hotline’s Button Up Program. This is the second year How the Drag Queen Stole Christmas and the Oakland will be participating in the event.

Patrick Hyland will be the featured Star Gallery artist. A Youngstown-based photographer, Hyland is renowned for his Giclee prints of local nature scenes, which will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $15.00 with all proceeds benefiting the Oakland Center for the Arts. No discounts or complimentary tickets will be honored for this event as it is a fundraiser. Reservations are strongly encouraged and may be placed by leaving a message at the Oakland Reservation line, 330.746.0404. Any reserved tickets not claimed by 8:00 showtime will be released to the public. For more information, go to or


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. neal
    Dec 02, 2008 @ 19:47:48

    A CHEESE reception beforehand.

    How appropriate!

    Oh. Wine and cheese.

    Well, we’re off to another season of humbuggery!

    Oh come on, you know you want to see it – Chris Barzak is in it and you have to love a novelist with a sense of humor.


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