Mychal's Message Slates Two Performances November 16, 2018
Due to popular demand in its previous four years, consistently selling out the theater for its one-night engagements, the fifth annual "Wish" production hosted by nonprofit organization Mychal's Message has added a second performance. Dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the show will start at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 9, and Monday, Dec. 10, at Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, 510 Centerville Road, Lancaster.
This year's show has been conceived, written, choreographed, and performed entirely by volunteer youths. It features 36 performers from kindergarten to college who have been rehearsing since September. Past audience members have remarked about the professional quality of the production by these children and teenagers whose collective experience includes performances at American Music Theatre, Sight & Sound, Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre, and the Fulton Theatre, among many others.
"Wish" is far more than just dinner and a show. As the performers relate, the production is a chance to bring Christmas wishes to children who might not otherwise have them.
"It helps poor people by giving them hope and love from Jesus," said 8-year-old Allegra Essis, a student at Saint Leo the Great School, noting that Jesus' birth is celebrated on Christmas.
"Being part of the 'Wish' program has made me want to reach out to those who are less fortunate," said Cate Chadwick, 14, a student at Conestoga Valley High School and one of eight lead dancers in this year's show. "(It also gives) me more opportunity to do what I love - dance and perform with friends."
Everly Foster, 13, a student at Camp Hill Middle School, travels a moderate distance to be part of "Wish" but said she would not miss it. "Being part of 'Wish' means celebrating the true meaning of Christmas," she said. In the upcoming presentation, Everly has a solo in "The Little Drummer Boy," as well as a duet, "Isle of Hope," that she predicted will be a tear-jerker for the audience. Everly said she enjoys being at "Wish" rehearsals. "When I'm with my 'Wish' family, it reminds me of what is important in life," she remarked.
Working in partnership with the Lancaster Office for Displaced Families, Mychal's Message selects local families to receive a full-course Christmas dinner and gifts for their children on the morning of Christmas Eve. Each child receives one item they have said they would most like to receive on Christmas. At the top of this year's wish list are Nerf toys, Lego sets, board games, and jewelry-making kits. All funds raised from "Wish'" ticket sales directly benefit the selected families and children.
Tickets are required to attend the dinner and the show and may be purchased by calling the box office at 717-898-1900 or visiting www.dutchapple.com and clicking on "Special Events."
Mychal's Message was founded by Shannon Hickey Lapp in 2002 when she was 11 years old. Her simple idea to collect socks for the homeless grew into a ministry that aims to meet the needs of the homeless and poor. To date, Mychal's Message has distributed more than 500,000 new items to men, women, and children including coats and blankets, diapers and toiletries, sleeping mats and pillows, hats and gloves, toys and teddy bears, underwear and socks, and more. For more information, readers may find Mychal's Message on Facebook or visit www.mychalsmessage.org.
Students Of The Quarter Honored November 16, 2018
Landisville Middle School has announced its Students of the Quarter for the fourth quarter.
The eighth-grade Patriots Team honorees were Haley Thompson, daughter of Ann and Jim Thompson of Lancaster, and Gavin Chamberlain, son of Vanessa and Marc Chamberlain of Lancaster. The eighth-grade Pioneers Team honorees were Maya Garcia, daughter of Lisa and Joaquin Garcia of Landisville, and Will Mahoney, son of Natalie and Steve Mahoney of Lancaster.
The seventh-grade Knights Team honorees were Leah Schmitz, daughter of Karen Slivovsky and Jeffrey Schmitz of Lancaster, and Jack Sanchez, son of Dr. Kimberly and Victor Sanchez of Landisville. The seventh-grade Nobles Team honorees were Kylie Delp, daughter of Stephanie and Greg Delp of Landisville, and Logan Harelson, son of Tami and Steve Harelson of Lancaster.