"Little Mermaid" Auditions Planned July 16, 2018
DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave., York, will hold auditions for "The Little Mermaid." Auditions will take place on Monday, Aug. 6, and Tuesday, Aug. 7. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9.
Auditions are open to individuals age 7 and up. The show will feature a double cast and crew with many opportunities for people on stage or behind the scenes. No prior experience is necessary.
Audition preparation materials and information on the process can be found at www.dreamwrights.org. DreamWrights members are welcome to schedule audition appointments now and will be open to the general public on Monday, July 23.
Gallery To Feature Artwork July 13, 2018
The Art Gallery at United Zion Retirement Community, 722 Furnace Hills Pike, Lititz, is featuring Melanie Glass as July's Artist of the Month.
Glass currently resides in Fresno, Calif., but is a native of Harrisburg. She honed her talent through art classes taken at Harrisburg Area Community College. She uses paper or canvas and a combination of techniques including watercolor, acrylics, oils, and collaging with the goal of capturing an emotion or a memory or sharing an experience.
Glass has shared her artwork at a number of programs and venues. She has also volunteered and taught art classes at the Susquehanna Arts Museum in downtown Harrisburg.
Her artwork will be on display and available for purchase throughout the month of July. The Art Gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information on the Art Gallery, readers may contact Alyssa Wojcik at email@example.com.
United Zion Retirement Community is located 1.5 miles north of the square in Lititz. For other news and events, readers may find the retirement community's Facebook page.
Historical Society To Host Program July 13, 2018
The Solanco Historical Society will present "Health Impacts of Unconventional Gas Development (Fracking)" on Saturday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Solanco Historical Society Archives Building, 1932 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville.
Presenter Dr. Alan S. Peterson will speak about how fracking may affect Lancaster County residents and future generations. Peterson is the director emeritus of environmental and community medicine for Lancaster General Health.
The program is free and open to the public. The venue is located 6 miles south of Quarryville across from the Robert Fulton Birthplace.
Tours To Highlight Chester County Sites July 13, 2018
For the 24th consecutive summer, free walking tours are being offered throughout Chester County as part of the Town Tours and Village Walks program. The tours began in West Chester on June 14 and will continue to run on Thursday evenings through Aug. 30.
Tours usually last 50 minutes and begin at 5:30 p.m. The last tour is generally held at 7 p.m. All tours are free of charge and include light refreshments.
The tours are sponsored by Chester County's Board of Commissioners through the Chester County Planning Commission, the Chester County Historical Society, Westtown Township, the Chester County Historic Preservation Network and the Chester County Conference and Visitors Bureau.
The scheduled tour on July 26 will feature the Mill at Anselma. The mill, located at 1730 Conestoga Road (Route 401), Chester Springs, is a Colonial-era custom grist mill that served its local agricultural community for around 250 years.
The site features a 16-foot steel water wheel, which is powered by Colonial-era wooden gears and was used to produce cornmeal and flour. The site was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 2005 and is maintained by the Mill at Anselma Preservation and Educational Trust, a nonprofit organization that formed in 1998.
The mill was constructed in 1747 by Samuel Lightfoot. It changed ownership through the years, and its last owner through 1982, Oliver Collins, ran a grist mill, a saw mill, a cider press, a metal working shop, a barbershop and a lawnmower repair shop at the location, all powered by the same water wheel. The family also operated the Anselma Post Office.
At one time, the Reading Railroad ran through the property on its way to Philadelphia. "The railroad was put in in 1871," said Dave Rollenhagen, who is the site's miller. "It opened up this area significantly. Farmers had a market for their products (by selling goods to city residents). Plus, they could bring freight, like coal and lumber, out here, and there was passenger service. It was a busy area at one time."
On Aug. 2, the tour will take place at the Phoenix Iron Company, 2 N. Main St., Phoenixville. Attendees will be able to learn about the Phoenix Column, which was used in the construction of bridges throughout the world.
The Maple Lawn Farm, 380 Forest Manor Road, Cochranville, will be the featured tour stop on Aug. 9. There will be a display of farm equipment from the late 1800s and early 1900s, as well as some of the modern combines and tractors used today. A blacksmith will be on hand to demonstrate the forging of farm implements and horseshoes.
On Aug. 16, the tour will be held at Fricks Lock Historic District in East Coventry Township, and on Aug. 30, visitors will be able tour the Bondsville Mill in East Brandywine Township.
New this year as part of the series will be a supper and lecture at Historic Yellow Springs, 1685 Art School Road, Chester Springs, on Aug. 23 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Preservation architect Dan Campbell will speak about the history of milling in southeastern Pennsylvania. Advance reservations are required, and the fee includes the lecture, a box supper and refreshments, as well as a guided tour of the grounds after dinner, weather permitting. For reservations, readers may call 610-344-6923 or email Karen Marshall, heritage preservation coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited.
For more information about the Town Tours and Village Walks, including maps and directions to the tour sites, readers may visit www.chesco.org/planning/towntours or contact Marshall to obtain an event brochure.
Landis Valley Posts Summer Options July 13, 2018
Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will offer options for group outings during the summer.
Landis Valley's interactive options include short craft classes or wagon rides, with light refreshment add-on options available, as well.
Tour possibilities include a Pennsylvania German Foodways Tour, which includes food tastings. Make-and-Take Traditional Crafts Tours offer a simple introduction to a craft and a sample-size project. Options for the Make-and-Take tours include weaving, penny rugs, tin punching, scherenschnitte (Pennsylvania German scissor cutting), and paper stars.
The Wagon Ride tour of Landis Valley provides visitors with the opportunity to see its farm fields, historic breed animals, and parts of the site not seen on the regular tours. The Behind the Scenes tour of the collections gallery offers visitors a peek at the museum artifacts accompanied by a Landis Valley curator. The Heirloom Seed Project tour of the production greenhouses and gardens in season is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
A Character Interaction program gives visitors the chance to learn about different aspects of Pennsylvania German life. During the holiday season, the Belsnickel tour is a holiday treat featuring the cranky cousin of Santa Claus. The Farm Woman tour presents an 18th-century clothing demonstration in a fun and immersive way.
Tours require a minimum of 10 people, and all tours include the introductory movie and highlight tour of Landis Valley with a costumed guide. Interested visitors may add a lunch, dinner, or Victorian tea in the Landis Valley House Hotel for an additional fee; however, a minimum of 20 tour guests is required for meals. For pricing and availability, readers may contact Jamie Schuring at 717-581-0590 or Terry Kreider at 717-569-0401, ext. 276.
In the summer, many children visit Landis Valley as part of their summer camp field trips. Activity options for summer campers include three hands-on workshops appropriate for children ages 5 to 11. Children may visit the one-room schoolhouse, take part in the farm child sampler, and learn about wool-to-weaving techniques.
Camp group tours are available through August. Landis Valley features amenities for camping groups such as a large parking lot; a large, a shaded picnic grove area; two large, air-conditioned buildings; a 13-minute orientation video; and a site-wide scavenger hunt.
Campers and staff will receive discounted admission rates; however, a minimum of 10 campers is required. Groups will receive one free adult admission per 10 campers. For more information about summer camp options or to register, readers may contact Sheri Brown at 717-569-0401, ext. 228.
Tibbels Named To Board July 12, 2018
Steam Into History, based in New Freeom, has welcomed Jeff Tibbels as a member of its board of directors.
Tibbels is a senior legal executive, strategist, adviser and business leader currently serving the P.H. Glatfelter Company in York as assistant general counsel. His career includes a diverse legal background in multicultural, multilingual and international environments.
Tibbels holds a Juris Doctorate and Master of Arts in international affairs from American University in Washington, D.C., as well as a Bachelor of Arts in modern European history and Slavic studies from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.
Tibbels is also an active volunteer and community leader. He is currently a coach for the Baltimore Youth Hockey Club in Reisterstown, Md., and formerly served as a team leader with Search for the Cure, a fundraising team for pediatric leukemia research.
For more information about Steam Into History, readers may visit www.steamintohistory.com, search for "Steam Into History Inc." on Facebook or call 717-942-2370.
Museum To Exhibit Thunderbird July 12, 2018
AACA Museum Inc., 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, has announced the arrival of a new Thunderbird in its Williams-Clyne Gateway Gallery, courtesy of the International Thunderbird Club (ITC). A 1965 Ford Thunderbird has arrived and is on loan from Susan Sganga of New Jersey. The exhibit is guest curated by the president of the International Thunderbird Club, Gerard "Bart" Bartasavich.
The 1965 Thunderbird, a two-door hardtop Landau, was built at the Wixom, Mich., assembly plant. The vehicle was then delivered to Country Side Motors located in Springfield where it was sold. Since then, the Thunderbird has been restored to its original exterior color, diamond blue with its original blue vinyl Landau top.
The 1965 Thunderbird body, glass and trim, and chrome are in great condition for the age of the car. Its original interior is finished in turquoise blue. It also has a unique slide-away steering wheel. It is powered by the original 390 CID with more than 300 horsepower mated to a three-speed dual range automatic transmission and a 3:00:1 Rear Axle Gear Ratio.
A total of 20,974 Landaus No. 63B were produced in 1965. According to the Thunderbird Registry, this is one of only 1,126 registered Thunderbird Landaus remaining and documented in the world.
This 1965 Thunderbird is replacing the 1963 Principality of Monaco Thunderbird in the rotating exhibit. Other featured exhibits include Mustangs: Six Generations of America's Favorite Pony Car, and a 1985 Modena Spyder better known as the Ferris Bueller "Ferrari" in the Historic Vehicle Association Display.
For more information on exhibits at the AACA museum, readers may visit www.aacamuseum.org.
LCAA To Host Festive Exhibit Kickoff July 12, 2018
Vintage vehicles, artists painting outdoors, oldies music, and more will create a festive atmosphere to kick off the "Roadside Attractions" art exhibit at the Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA), 149 Precision Ave., Strasburg. The opening day affair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.
There will be lots to see and do both indoors and out during the celebration. Oldies music will be broadcast in the neighboring Strasburg Community Park pavilion, and vintage cars will be parked in the lot for visitors to examine. Artists may be observed as they work "en plein air," and children may participate in games and activities. Food - including homemade baked goods - will available for purchase. Artwork may be acquired for set prices, and bids may be placed in a silent auction of quality items donated by local businesses. Guests are invited to wear vintage clothing to the event, and they may bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy the afternoon.
The "Roadside Attractions" art exhibit will be on display in the LCAA's Kauffman Gallery from July 22 to Thursday, Aug. 16. Summer is traditionally the time for road trips and vacations, so this themed membership show will focus on things on and off the road. Members of the art association have depicted their interpretation of roadside attractions in a variety of mediums and techniques.
Additionally, Joanne Mark's artwork will be displayed in the LCAA's Steinmetz Gallery from July 22 to Aug. 16 in an exhibit titled "Figures: Ancient and Contemporary." Recently, Mark has been using a limited palette to create subtly toned figures on soft backgrounds. She studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Arts and is an award-winning artist.
The LCAA is a nonprofit organization that welcomes new members who have an interest in exhibiting artwork or promoting the arts. Classes are available throughout the year and are open to members and nonmembers alike. The LCAA's gallery is open year-round on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.
For more information, readers may contact the gallery at 717-687-7061 or email@example.com or visit www.lcaaonline.org.
Theater Plans Open Auditions July 12, 2018
Gamut Theatre Group recently announced its 2018-19 season will now open with William Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." This production will run from Saturday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 25, on the Select Medical Mainstage at Gamut Theatre, 15 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg.
Auditions for "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" and Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" will be held at Gamut Theatre from Tuesday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 5. All are encouraged to audition.
Readers may contact 717-238-4111 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an audition.
Beauty and the BEast" July 11, 2018
A family favorite is coming to the stage locally, as ACT Players will present the popular musical "Beauty and the Beast." Performances will take place at the Ware Theater on the Lincoln University campus, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University.
Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will run on Thursdays through Saturdays, July 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, at 7 p.m. There will also be two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays, July 22 and 29.
The presentation follows the full Broadway production, which differs somewhat from the animated movie. The show is appropriate for audience members of all ages and will particularly appeal to young fans.
"Little girls are always going to love princesses. It's a fairy tale, there's no question about it," ACT board president Karen Weaver said. "It's a wonderful evening to enjoy in a safe, fun environment."
Elaborate costuming fits the show, with the purpose of catching the interest of the audience, while the well-known music and timeless story are dear to adults as well as children.
"We have an extraordinary costumer who has costumed for us for years," Weaver said. She noted that some of the outfits for this production are very unusual, such as those of the clock and the teapot.
Weaver is co-directing with Mala Marcano, while Lisa Patrick is music director. The cast includes ACT veterans and newcomers.
"The role of the Beast was double-cast due to the demands of the character," Weaver reported. "Bobby Hamilton is portraying him for four shows, and Joseph Brown for the other four."
Staring in the role of Belle is Erin Murphy. "I love Disney. I love 'Beauty and the Beast,' but also I was looking for theater opportunities in the area," she said. Murphy is a recent college graduate with a degree in musical theater. "Any chance to do musical theater is good by me," she said.
Murphy worked with ACT several years ago when she was a high school student in a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."
"This is the first time I've ever played the lead for them, so it's exciting," she said. "I love the family-oriented vibe of it. I also love that it is loved by so many people. It's really fun to get to play a character that is known by so many people but do it my way and put my spin on it.
"Also, Belle is a super strong female character," she added. "It's nice to have something like that."
Playing Gaston is Ethan Knettler. "I have always loved 'Beauty and the Beast.' It's one of my favorite Disney shows. I have been in it once before, and I really wanted to go for the role of Gaston," he said. "He's the big guy, and I'm 6 foot 9 inches and 240 pounds-plus. He's got a big old deep voice like me. The music fits me very well."
Knettler has a strong performing background, but this is his first time with ACT. "I love doing community theater shows. It's a way to meet new friends, to get involved in the community, and do something fun," he said. "It gives me a break from the day-to-day grind. It's something that's not the same old thing."
The Ware Theater seats 178 people, with a section of seats taken by the live orchestra. "We anticipate these shows selling out," Weaver said.
A new ticketing system offers general admission seating in advance. Tickets can be purchased at www.actheater.org. They may also be purchased at the door if available. To check for ticket status, readers may visit the website or www.facebook.com/ACTPlayers.
Concert Band Will Perform July 11, 2018
The Ephrata Concert Band will perform in concert on Sunday, July 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the band shell at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.
The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.
Selections will include John Enck's "Festival Parade," Rehrer's "Hampden Firemen," and John Philip Sousa's "Boy Scouts of America" and "Hands Across the Sea."
Hinkley's brother Brian will perform as solo trombonist on the Concerto for Trombone and Military Band, composed by Nikola Rimsky-Korsakov. The band's trombone section will be featured on the novelty tune "Slim Trombone."
Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.
Storm Drain Art Contest Posted July 11, 2018
The Master Watershed Stewards in York are partnering with the City of York, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the Lower Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association and the Watershed Alliance of York to launch the Street 2 Creek Project, a project to raise awareness about stormwater runoff and the negative impacts it can have on waterways.
The project will help raise water pollution awareness using street art. A contest will invite artists to paint environmentally themed murals around storm drains in downtown York. Each storm drain will tell a story so people stop and think about where the water flows after it enters the storm drain. Each participant must submit their original design to email@example.com by Friday, July 20. Individuals must include their name, address, phone number, and email address with the submitted artwork.
Artists will then be selected by a panel of local artists and community leaders. Cash prizes will be awarded for first, second, and third place. The goal is to have three storm drains painted by Friday, Aug. 24, so they can be seen during Yorkfest on Aug. 25 and 26. Artists must currently reside in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, must be able to paint their submitted design at a designated storm drain and must read and follow the Memorandum of Agreement found on the project website.
For more information, readers may visit www.street2creek.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Jodi Sulpizio at 717-840-7408 or email email@example.com. More information about the Master Watershed Steward Program is available at www.extension.psu.edu/york.
Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" was the very first show produced by the Susquehanna Stage Company (SSC) in the summer of 2009. In honor of the theater company's 10th season, it will be presenting the beloved musical once again. "It was a good show to start the company, and we're repeating some of the famous things we did in the past," noted director Jim Johnson.
Eight cast members will repeat their roles from the first SSC production of "The Music Man," including Mount Joy resident Sharon Boyer, who will portray Mrs. Paroo. "It was a lot easier to learn my lines. Remembering how I did it the last time is helping me now," Sharon said. Playing Mrs. Paroo again is a welcome task for Sharon, who described her character as a fun and opinionated person.
Mrs. Paroo's daughter, Marian, will be played by Stacia Smith of Harrisburg. Marian, a librarian, is among the town members who do not quite believe the story that is told by smooth-talking con man Harold Hill when he arrives in tightknit River City, Iowa, and attempts to convince them he is a talented bandleader. He sets out to recruit folks to form a band - only to pocket the cash he receives for instruments and uniforms. Harold Hill - the Music Man himself - will be portrayed by Nick Smith of Harrisburg. Harold's problems escalate as he finds himself becoming attached to the townspeople and falling in love with bombshell Marian, and he must decide whether to skip town or tell the truth.
Stacia, who is married to Nick in real life, said that she feels lucky to have the chance to play across from her husband in the production. Tackling the role of Harold has been fun for Nick, who said that his character's tendency to be a big dreamer is easy to relate to, but the con man aspect, not so much.
"We have a large cast filled with a lot of good talent, and it's a really good community show," Nick shared. "It's really special to be a part of." Sharon echoed those thoughts, noting that the music throughout the duration of the production will have audiences captivated. "It's just one of the best all-American shows. All of the music is good, and the leads are spectacular," commented Sharon.
"The Music Man" cast will also include Dale Boyer, Josh Kulp, Kevin Allen, Jim Herrick, Steve Sturgis, John Zimmerman, Tom Felgen, Jason Spickler, Jered Mackison, Paige Fairbanks, Hayden Bires, Linda Boozer, Charis Alkinburgh, Emma Antonacci, Darlene Hein, Janet Josephson, Ali Fleming, Lorraine Ford, Ray Antonelli, Sandy Shurina, Dave Anderson, Greta Fairbanks, Al Hein, Barb Nicholas, Rob Hein, Colleen Mackison, Nick Baker, Jackie Wein Roberts, Jim Stricker, Beth Steele, Kate Hein, Cynthia Hassinger, Sylvia Garner, Ryan Kimbark, Lydia Alkinburgh, Ricky Fitts, Grayson Marz, Brayton Alkinburgh, Jessica Robinson, Zac Snyder, Lily Chow, Kendall Winters, Stefanie Good, Teddy Best, Molly Kitchen, and Harper Kitchen.
Performances are scheduled for Friday to Sunday, July 20 to 22; Thursday to Sunday, July 26 to 29; and Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 2 to 5, at SSC, located at the rear of 264 W. Market St., Marietta. All performances will begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.
Tickets for the show may be purchased in advance at www.susquehannastageco.com or by calling 717-426-1277. The box office is open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Separate ticket prices have been set for adults and for students.
First Listen Concerts Posted July 5, 2018
Gretna Music's First Listen program will showcase the talent of local aspiring musicians before Gretna Music's 7:30 p.m. mainstage concerts performed by world-renowned artists. All First Listen performances will take place at the Mount Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna, and are free to the public. For those who wish to remain for the mainstage concerts, ticket prices will vary.
First Listen concerts will begin at 6:45 p.m. Angelina Phillips was slated to perform on July 8. Manheim Township Middle School eighth-grader Kevin Zhang will perform on piano on Sunday, July 22. Dawson Freeman, a home-schooled 12th-grader, will perform on Sunday, Aug. 26. Harpist Michael Rublesky, a home-schooled 12th-grader, will perform on Saturday, Sept. 8. Performers are to be determined for Sundays, Aug. 12 and Sept. 2.
More information is available at www.gretnamusic.org and www.facebook.com/gretnamusic.
Playhouse Sets "Once Upon A Mattress" July 5, 2018
Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will present "Once Upon a Mattress" on Thursdays through Sundays, July 19 to 22 and 26 to 29. Performances on Thursdays through Saturdays will begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m.
The musical comedy, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea," features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The original production opened on May 11, 1959, off-Broadway before moving to Broadway later that year. The show marked the Broadway debut of Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. Nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Best Musical and one for Burnett as Best Leading Actress, the show ran for a total of 244 performances.
Cast members for the upcoming performances include Anton Aluquin as Ensemble and First Knight; Amy Jo Brixius as Princess Winnifred; Jasmine Bucher as Third Lady in Waiting - Lucille; Natalie DeSantis as The Minstrel; Gene Ellis as The Wizard; Kate Foley as Ensemble; Kristi Foster as Second Lady in Waiting - Merrill; Patrick Gavazzi as Sir Studley and Shadow Jester; Jilly Harris as Ensemble, Lady H, Pantomime Character, and Wench 1; Roxanne Hennessy as The Jester; Sydney Hover as Ensemble and Lady; Brandon Laventure as Ensemble, Second Knight, and Sir Luce; Eric Mansilla as Prince Dauntless; John Mallonee as King Sextimus the Silent; Colleen Milliken as Princess 12 and Ensemble; Jacob Porter as Ensemble; Stephi Preston as Lady in Waiting 1 - Rowena; Sherri Roland as Ensemble, Lady Mabelle, and Nightingale; Deborah Santiago as Ensemble, Pantomime Character, and Wench 2; Rebecca Schlegel as Lady Larken; Ian Wallace as Sir Harry; and Sara Zentmeyer as Queen Aggravain.
Director Jeff Cartwright appeared in the show when he was in high school. Production staff members include Lisa Greene, producer; Lindy Mack, orchestra director; Laurie Miller Petersen, choreographer; Patt Roth, stage manager; Becky Jenkins, assistant stage manager; JoAnn Wallace, lead costumer; Linda Pagliarulo and Kaye Wallace, costumers; Carlton Hoke and Jeff Miller, set designers, builders, and painters; Dave Rowland, sound; Dave Ebright, lighting designer; Cameron Ebright, assistant lighting designer; Mike Toth, light board operator; Monica Von Dobeneck and Jonathan Weschler, set design and properties; and Michele Pecho, technical assistant.
Separate ticket costs have been set for teenagers and adults and for children age 12 and under. To purchase tickets, readers may visit www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com or call the box office at 717-533-8525.