In Brief: April 19

Workshop To Explore Aspects of Social Trust

“Social Trust” is the theme for the eighth annual Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy, to be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 20-21 in Mileti Alumni Center.

BGSU will host visiting scholars from around the United States and internationally to present sessions on such topics as “Distrust and Diversity,” “A Better Foundation for Public Trust in Science” and “Personal Trust, Public Accountability and the Justification of Whistleblowing.”

All sessions are free and open to the public, including the keynote presentation, “The Risks and Rewards of Resting Assured,” by Dr. Edward Hinchman of the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

The complete schedule of presentations can be found online.

The workshop is sponsored by the BGSU Department of Philosophy. For more information, contact Dr. Michael Weber at

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Announces Open Auditions

Caryl Crane Youth Theatre is holding open auditions for actors, singers and dancers ages 10 and up for the 2018-2019 CCYT Competition Team, featuring the musical “Finian's Rainbow.”

Thirty-two students will be chosen from an open audition beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday (April 22) in McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands College in Huron, Ohio.

The Competition Team will defend its Outstanding Production title when it returns to the Junior Theater Festival Jan. 18-21, 2019, in Atlanta, presenting “Finian's Rainbow.” The show will then be presented in its entirety Feb. 1-3 in McBride Auditorium. All actors cast in the competition team must also participate in the February production.

In mid-December 2018, the team will rehearse a 15-minute selection of “Finian's Rainbow” to present during the festival weekend, when CCYT will compete with more than 125 other youth theatres and school drama teams from around the world.

The Junior Theater Festival is dedicated to showcasing the talents of our best young musical theatre performers. It is produced by iTheatrics and consists of adjudication by Broadway directors and choreographers, workshops and master classes, a new-works showcase and more.

'Blood Brothers' Drama Comes to Caryl Crane Youth Theatre Stage

The international hit drama “Blood Brothers” closes out the 2017-18 Caryl Crane Youth Theatre season at BGSU Firelands April 26-28.

Led by two-time Junior Theatre Festival Best Actress-award winner Gracie Keener, “Blood Brothers” tells the moving story of twin boys separated at birth, only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. The memorable score includes “A Bright New Day,” “Marilyn Monroe” and the emotionally charged hit “Tell Me It’s Not True.”

When Mrs. Johnstone, a young mother deserted by her husband and left to provide for seven hungry children, takes a job as a housekeeper in order to make ends meet, it is not long before her brittle world crashes around her. She discovers herself to be pregnant – this time with twins. In a moment of weakness and desperation, she enters a secret pact with her employer, which leads inexorably to the show’s shattering climax.

“Blood Brothers” is directed by Brian Marshall and features members of Caryl Crane Youth Theatre’s award-winning Competition Team, which won the Best Production award at iTheatrics’ 2018 Junior Theater Festival (JTF) in Atlanta.

Keener, a high school senior and seven-year CCYT member, received back-to-back Best Actress Awards at the festival for the roles of Ida in “Honk!” in 2017 and Rafiki in Disney’s “The Lion King” in 2018. She has also been selected by the 2018 JTF to record two new Broadway Jr. cast albums as part of Music Theatre International’s Choreography DVD program. She will attend the State University of New York at Albany, where she will study musical theater. “Blood Brothers” will be her final show with Caryl Crane.

The three performances are at 7 p.m. April 26, and at 7:30 p.m. April 27 and 28 in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands. Tickets prices are $6-$12. Tickets for BGSU faculty and staff cost $8, and for BGSU students $6. They may be purchased by calling 419-626-1950 or online

This production is rated PG-13 for some language and violent subject matter.

Updated: 04/18/2018 03:23PM