Registration will open this week for an annual free dinner and night at the theater for local senior citizens.

For the sixth straight year, the Upper Arlington Civic Association is bringing back UA Stage, which features a free catered dinner and performance by Upper Arlington High School's vocal music program.

This year, UA Stage will take place Feb. 21, at UAHS, 1650 Ridgeview Road, with dinner from 5 to 6 p.m., and a presentation of "Anything Goes" from 6 to 9 p.m.

The event is free and open to anyone age 60 and older who lives in Upper Arlington, as well as to any member of the Upper Arlington Senior Center.

But space is limited to 400. Online registration opens Friday, Jan. 12, at parks.uaoh.net.

Reservations also can be made by calling 614-583-5300 or 614-583-5320 beginning Tuesday, Jan. 16, or by visiting the Upper Arlington Parks and Recreation Department office at 3600 Tremont Road, also beginning Jan. 16.

"UACA is committed to providing service to the Upper Arlington community through a number of events each year," said Wendy Golembiewski, second-year director in charge of UA Stage for the UACA. "Many of the events are centered on young children and families.

"UA Stage is an opportunity to provide a fun event specifically for members of our community who are 60 years or better."

Throughout the year, the 85-year-old UACA presents a range of events for the community, including the annual July Fourth Parade and Celebration, Labor Neighbor Day and Christmas in the Park.

UA Stage is funded in part by donations from Upper Arlington residents and by the contribution of the dinner from First Community Village.

"The Upper Arlington (High School) vocal music program is also a fantastic partner with UACA, allowing our audience to see the final dress rehearsal of the (annual spring) musical," Golembiewski said. "This year's musical, 'Anything Goes,' should be a real hit."

Golembiewski said that in addition to local residents age 60 and older and current UA Senior Center members, UA Stage annually hosts large groups of seniors from First Community Village.

With that in mind, she encouraged early registration for those who hope to attend.

"Local seniors should attend UA Stage for an opportunity to see UA High School kids and educators in action," she said. "We are so blessed in UA to have an amazing school system loaded with talent on both sides of the desk.

"The spring musical is one way to see how well the students and educators work together to bring the musical to life."

"Anything Goes" tells the story of madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.

Among those who will perform Feb. 21 will be UAHS student Jimmy Contakis, who will play the lead role of Billy Crocker, a stowaway in love with an heiress who is engaged to someone else.

Contakis is a junior director for UACA.

"As a junior director, Jimmy helps run UACA events with his fellow JDs and the members of UACA," Golembiewski said. "We are especially excited to see him perform for UA Stage this year."

UA Stage attendees must provide their own transportation to the event, but when they arrive, they will be treated to a meal of pasta, salad and breadsticks prior to the performance.

Golembiewski said cookies, water and decaffeinated coffee also will be served.

"UA Stage is able to bring teens and seniors together for a fun night of food, music and song," she said. "UA Stage is another way we build community and foster ties between citizens in UA.

"We are also happy to provide three scholarships to one UAHS senior member of 'Anything Goes' in each category: cast, crew and pit orchestra."

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