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Baron Stage To Present "Shrek The Musical" February 23, 2018

Max Hunsicker, director of the Manheim Central High School (MCHS) spring musical, said that the students performing "Shrek the Musical" are doing an incredible job adapting to their roles. "Their characters seem to fit them really well," said Hunsicker. "Shows like 'Shrek' that are created from cartoons are a lot different from ones originally written for the stage, so that can mean making some adjustments, but it's all coming together."

"Shrek the Musical" will be presented in the auditorium at MCHS, 400 E. Adele Ave., Manheim, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, March 8 to 10. A 2 p.m. matinee has been set for Sunday, March 11.

A special preview show and "swamp party" from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, at MCHS will be geared toward children in grade four and under. The event will include games, a craft, a coloring contest, and a photo booth, as well as a meet-and-greet with the characters. Attendees are welcome to dress up as a favorite character. Reservations are requested but not required and may be made by contacting or 717-664-7403.

The stage version of "Shrek the Musical," which is based on the Dreamworks Animation motion picture and the book by William Steig, tells the story of a hulking green ogre who has retreated to an ugly swamp to exist contentedly in isolation after a lifetime of being mocked and feared. When Shrek, who is played by Jordan McKey in the MCHS production, finds that his swamp has been overtaken by fairytale creatures, he goes to Lord Farquaad, played by Tyler Shull, to reclaim his territory. As part of a deal with Lord Farquaad, Shrek then sets out with Donkey, played by Tristan Klopp, to rescue Princess Fiona, played by Gretchen Enterline.

"Every girl wants to be a princess, so I was excited to be Fiona," Gretchen remarked. "She's really comedic, and you get to play around with a lot of different acting styles, so that's fun, too."

For Gretchen and a few other cast members, this will be their second time performing "Shrek the Musical," as they participated in the local iStage Performing Arts production of the show a few years ago. "I still had a lot of the lines memorized," said Tyler.

Besides comedy and music, the cast members agreed the show also bears an important and simple message for audiences. "It's the classic love story between someone who's not (considered) attractive and someone who is. It might sound cliche, but the message is that beauty is not always on the outside," Tyler said. "Love is not based on appearances."

Additional cast members include Nina Bonanno, Elise Deppen, Jonny Brown, Cassandra Forry, Abby Miller, Olivia Walters, Andrew Kerdeman, Savannah Heisey, Larissa Stern, Ligeia Stern, Nickea Metzler, Tenaya Metzler, Brooke Barnes, Jaiden Neff, Carissa Stief, Linsey Catherson, Rebecca Mylin, TJ Faulkner, Laura Forwood, Julianna Gingrich, Branden Rounds, Luke Weaver, Alexis Deck, Chris Lynes, Camryn Burkholder, Karissa Wenger, Mason Bard, Benjamin Gingrich, Nate Gerhart, Adrian Ryan, Amy Dombach, Khalea Kincaid, Francesca McClure, Alysa Merkey, Eva Noll, Sarah Rhoades, Jasmine Shirk, and Marissa Wolf.

Advance tickets will be available for purchase on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the MCHS lobby. Tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to each performance. Separate prices have been set for standard and premium tickets.


Fundraiser To Benefit Local Families February 23, 2018

Last September, within the span of two weeks, two Mountville youths were diagnosed with brain cancer.

Isaiah Shorter, 15, son of Tim and Nancy Shorter, and Angelica Zander, 8, daughter of John and Kim Zander, are both receiving treatment at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and have been in and out of the Children's Hospital over the past several months.

Both have endured chemotherapy, radiation and surgeries, with treatment also taking place at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Isaiah also underwent surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City.

When pediatric cancer upends the lives of a family in a small town like Mountville, community members are quick to rally to help in whatever way possible. When two families are affected, support tends to pour in even more.

The families, both involved with the Mountville Youth Athletic Association, have benefited from various fundraisers, such as a pasta dinner and sub and soup sales, organized by different people and groups.

But as the treatments continue, so will expenses. Thus, a group of residents formed a committee called Unity in the Community of Central PA to consolidate and keep up the support.

The group's first fundraiser will be a "Footloose and Fighting Cancer" dance and auction, to be held on Saturday, March 17, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Susquehanna Fire Company, 726 Manor St., Columbia.

The event, for people age 21 and older, will feature disc jockey Stan D Man Patton spinning an eclectic assortment of tunes. The set donation fee will include snacks and beverages.

There will also be theme basket giveaway drawings and a silent auction of items donated by local businesses, groups and individuals, including gift cards and various goods and services.

"All proceeds go directly to both families," said committee member Diane Falcon.

"(They are) two families that would give the shirt off their back for you," said another member, Dave Haldeman. "I just think it's something that we can do that's good, and we're just hoping for a big turnout, a good night. We appreciate all the donations we've received, and we just hope people come out."

Said member Dani Marin, "We all are coming together for two families to help them with anything they need help with."

Committee member Travis McCarty, whose aunt is Angelica's mother, says the two youths have a long road ahead of them, but the families have drawn support from each other, especially when both are at the Children's Hospital at the same time. "They have each other to lean on," said McCarty.

The group hopes to hold additional fundraisers in the near future. There are also plans to become incorporated as a nonprofit and help other families in need.

Tickets for the March 17 dance can be purchased through the group's website, More information can also be found on the group's Facebook page.

School News

Youth Art Exhibition

The York Art Association will host the fourth annual York County Youth Art Exhibition through Saturday, March 24, at its Nancy M. Woodward Gallery, 220 S. Marshall St., York.

Artwork by students in kindergarten through grade 12 is featured. An opening reception was held on Feb. 25 to celebrate the artists.

The public can view the students' art during the gallery's regular hours on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Additional information is available at

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Lancaster Dramatists' Platform

The Lancaster Dramatists' Platform will present "Street Poet," on Sunday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. on the second floor of Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster.

"Street Poet," a new play by Caleb Corkery, is directed by Kelsey Pollard and will be performed as a reading, with scripts in hand, by local actors.

Corkery is a Lancaster playwright whose work has been performed by Creative Works of Lancaster as part of The 24 Hour Plays: Lancaster, Play Grounds: Theater on Site, Yule Laugh Again More Too, and most recently Two Days of New Plays. Corkery is associate professor of English, writing studies and African-American literature at Millersville University.

The Lancaster Dramatists' Platform has presented many plays by various members, several of which have been developed into fully staged productions. The group meets twice a month to read and discuss new work, as well as to plan and rehearse public readings, giving playwrights a chance to hear their words performed by actors in front of an audience.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. For more information, readers may email or search for "Lancaster Dramatists' Platform" on Facebook.

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