Parkersburg, Marietta theaters ready performances


PARKERSBURG — As the month of March continues, several performances will be featured in the latter half of the month at Peoples Bank Theatre in downtown Marietta and the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

* At Peoples Bank Theatre, RUNA will perform at 8 p.m. March 16. Tickets are $22-$38.

Quickly gaining recognition as one of Irish music’s new “super-groups,” RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music formats since their formation in 2008.

* Country legend Ricky Skaggs will perform at 8 p.m. March 23. Tickets range from $58-$78 with pit tickets for $156.

A 15-time Grammy winner, Skaggs returns to Peoples Bank Theatre after recently being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His album “Bluegrass Rules!” swept major music awards, topped the charts, and cemented his reputation for bringing the genre to the masses.

Ricky Skaggs

* On March 31, the Columbus Symphony will perform at 3 p.m. at Peoples Bank Theatre.

Tickets are $15-$29 for adults and $7.50-$14.50 for students and youth.

The show will mark the symphony’s first performance on the Peoples Bank Theatre stage. The Columbus Symphony is teaming up with Peoples Bank Theatre to present an orchestral concert along with educational outreach events in and around Marietta.

The performance will be conducted by the acclaimed Music Director of the Columbus Symphony, Rossen Milanov, and will feature an orchestra of 42 including strings, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, trumpets, and timpani. The program will be a combination of light classics and pops, creating an approachable event for all members of the community, including works from Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Strauss, and Copland.

The event is sponsored in part by Ohio Arts Council.

Ronnie McDowell

In Parkersburg, the Smoot will feature two musical performances at the end of March. Tickets can be ordered online at or by calling 304-422-PLAY (7529).

* Country star Ronnie McDowell will perform at 8 p.m. March 29 on the Smoot stage. Tickets are $30.

McDowell has a long string of hits songs, including “The King is Gone,” “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You,” “Older Women,” “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made a Wanted Man of Me,” “All Tied Up,” “In a New York Minute” and others.

* The Smoot will also feature The Broadway Tenors at 8 p.m. March 30, featuring Brent Barrett, David Burnham and John Cudia.

Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for students.

The show features a repertoire of 30-plus Broadway favorites including: “Something’s Coming from “West Side Story“; “Mack the Knife” from “Three Penny Opera“; “Some Enchanted Evening” from “South Pacific“; “Music of the Night” from “Phantom of the Opera” and many more, including medleys written expressly for The Broadway Tenors featuring the music of Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein and more.