Dayspring To Present "My Fair Lady" March 21, 2019
Dayspring Christian Academy, 120 College Ave., Mountville, will present a pilot school edition of Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady" as its 2019 upper school spring musical. The show will be performed on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 6, at 2 and 7 p.m. in the school's auditorium. The show is being presented through arrangement with Music Theatre International.
Lerner and Loewe's "My Fair Lady," based on George Bernard Shaw's play "Pygmalion," centers around a Cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle. Due to her poor accent, Eliza enlists the help of a phonetics professor, Henry Higgins, who believes he can teach any woman to speak so properly she could be mistaken for a duchess. Eliza hopes she will sound more like a lady in order to work in a flower shop. The musical highlights the comedic yet complex relationship between Eliza and Henry as they form an unlikely friendship.
According to the school, "My Fair Lady" offers insight on the struggle of finding one's identity, the power of words, and transformation.
"It is a musical about words," noted director Joanne Kroll. "They have power - what we say, how we say it, and what actions are behind them. Words can bring life or death.
"It is also about transformation," Kroll continued. "If the characters in the show can be transformed, there is grace and hope for us all to be transformed by God when we allow Him."
"My Fair Lady" features a cast of 28 students from sixth through 12th grades, including Spencer Esh as Henry Higgins, Areanna Kroll as Eliza Doolittle, Cameron MacKilligan as Col. Pickering, Noah Sierocinski as Alfred Doolittle, Zoe Martin as Mrs. Pearce, and Jackson Stone as Freddy Eynsford-Hill.
Tickets for the musical are available at www.DayspringChristian.com or by calling 717-285-2000.
Choir To Present Concerts March 20, 2019
The Brandywine Area Community Choir (BACC), under the direction of Steve McFalls, will present encore performances of "America: A Pilgrim's Prayer, A Patriot's Dream" at several venues this spring.
Concerts will be held at the Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, in the Stonecroft Center for Worship and Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27; at St. Joseph Parish, 332 Manor Ave., Downingtown, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 31; and at Freedom Village at Brandywine, 15 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.
Featured will be patriotic offerings, including a salute to past and present members of the armed forces, well-known anthems of faith, a tribute to volunteers and more.
The group will be accompanied by Jane Hall. She is the former organist at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Coatesville and at St. Joseph's Parish in Downingtown, and she was an accompanist at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown and with the renowned Chester County Voices Abroad.
McFalls, who led BACC for more than 45 years, retired from the group in 2013 but decided to return for the choir's signature "America" piece. McFalls also directed the Coatesville Choraliers for more than a decade and was choir director at the Forks of the Brandywine Evangelical Presbyterian Church for 46 years.
BACC has performed musical cantatas for more than 45 years in the greater Chester County area and beyond. Members consist of men and women representing various church choirs in the area, as well as those who have a love of singing. This year's choir is made up of nearly 70 singers.
Although the concerts are free and open to the public, BACC has in the past received freewill offerings for various charities. Offerings received this spring will be for the benefit of David's Drive 831, which was created in memory of David Turner Jr., who died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 20 of a suspected heart arrhythmia. David worked at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and had a tremendous respect for the veterans he served, many of whom were homeless, were in early stages of recovery or came to the hospital without essential items.
David's Drive 831 is committed to improving the quality of life for hospitalized and homeless veterans and people in need in the community. More information about the charity can be found at www.davidsdrive831org.
The "America" cantata was first performed in 2001 before the events of 9/11, and the group came together again following that tragic day for the benefit of the New York fire and rescue personnel. Forming again in 2007, the group performed "America" for the benefit of Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA), established in 2004 by Kristen Holloway, whose parents sing with the group. At that time, through numerous performances, the group raised more than $20,000 for OTA, which provides wish list items for troops deployed around the world, as well as home essentials for returning veterans.
BACC has also presented "America" for the benefit of the Travis Manion Foundation, whose namesake is a young Marine who was killed while serving America in Iraq in 2007. The foundation's mission is to empower returning veterans and families of the fallen in character development. BACC last sang the cantata on the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 for the benefit of Downingtown-area fire and emergency personnel.
For more information about BACC and the upcoming concerts, readers may search for "Brandywine Area Community Choir" on Facebook.
LBC To Host Energetic Band March 20, 2019
Lancaster Bible College (LBC), 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, will host Ranky Tanky, a high-energy band offering a blend of blues, jazz, and rhythm and blues, on Friday, March 22, at 7 p.m.
The band's name comes from the West African language of Gullah. Loosely, the phrase translates to "work it" or "get funky," a sentiment that is embodied in the band's blend of music. Based in Charleston, S.C., the band released its debut album in October 2017. LBC students will also have the chance to perform with the musicians of Ranky Tanky, as the college's 50-voice chorale will provide backup vocals for the award-winning ensemble.
Tickets are available for a range of prices, and group, senior, and student prices are available. For tickets and more information, readers may visit www.lbc.edu/events or call 717-560-8241.
Playhouse Slates "The Glass Menagerie" March 20, 2019
Hershey Area Playhouse will present "The Glass Menagerie" by Tennessee Williams as part of the Playhouse's 20th anniversary season. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays to Saturdays, April 4 to 6 and April 11 to 13, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sundays, April 7 and 14.
"The Glass Menagerie," Williams' autobiographical "memory play," opened in Chicago in 1944 and went to Broadway in 1955. It won the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award.
The play is directed by Lew Silverman. The cast consists of Nancy Parson as Amanda Wingfield, Kim Greenawalt as Laura Wingfield, Tyler Chick as Tom Wingfield, and Adam Estep as Jim O'Connor.
In addition to Silverman, the production team for "The Glass Menagerie" includes Jeff Miller, producer; Patt Roth, stage manager; Carlton Hoke, scenic designer; JoEllen Myers, costume designer; Stephen Hensel, lighting designer; and Renee Swayne-Howard, property mistress.
Separate fees have been set for teenagers and adults and for children age 12 and under. Tickets are available by visiting www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com or by calling the Playhouse's box office at 717-533-8525.
Choir To Participate In Local Tour March 20, 2019
Each spring, the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster (MCCL) participates in a one-day local tour, singing at schools, retirement homes, and community centers. The singers learn about and build connections with the local community as well as share music with those who may not otherwise have an opportunity to hear MCCL.
On Friday, March 29, the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir, both consisting of students in grades six through 12, will sing at the Water Street Mission, Calvary Homes, and Faith Mennonite High School.
On Friday, April 5, the Carol Choir, consisting of children in grades two through five, will share music at Fairmount Homes Retirement Community, Hinkletown Mennonite School, and Ten Thousand Villages. The choirs are directed by Sarah Wingard and Rosemary Blessing.
The repertoire of each choir within MCCL reflects the musical diversity of the church around the world and through time.
In addition to the choirs that will go on local tour days, MCCL offers a Men's Ensemble directed by Jonathan Shoff; Prelude Music, for children in kindergarten through grade one, led by Shoff, interim director; and Choristers, for children in grades two through seven, directed by Kit Baker.
The mission of MCCL is training children and youths to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing. The choirs and the Prelude Music and Choristers programs are open to children from all church backgrounds and are sponsored by Lancaster Mennonite School as a service to the community.
YSO Announces 2019-20 Season March 19, 2019
The York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) recently announced the 2019-20 season, featuring performances of a variety of classical and popular pieces from the past and present. The 2019-20 season will offer audiences nine performances, including six Classical Series concerts and three Pops Series concerts.
Season subscriptions and Pick 5 packages for the 2019-20 York Symphony Orchestra season are now available. This year, guests can select Pick 5 packages during the season subscription presale. With the Pick 5 package, guests may create a custom season experience by mixing and matching five performances (Classical or Pops). Season subscription guests have the option of subscribing to the complete Classical and Pops season or selecting the Classical or Pops series individually.
Single tickets will be available for purchase in the summer. Season subscriptions, Pick 5 Packages, and single tickets may be purchased, when available, by calling the Appell Center Box Office at 717-846-1111 or visiting www.yorksymphony.org. Details on all performances are also available on the website.
Dancers Honored At International Competition March 19, 2019
Dancers from the Midstate Ballet of Greater York Dance traveled to Pittsburgh in January to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix international ballet competition.
Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) is a global network of dancers. It fulfills its mission of dance education through scholarship auditions, master classes, alumni services, educational and outreach activities, performances, and films. It focuses on the support and development of dancers ages 9 to 19 and identifies promising young dance talent. In 2010, YAGP was the subject of a documentary film, "First Position," which followed six YAGP participants on their journey to YAGP's finals in New York City.
Greater York Dance has announced that this year Ashlynd Talbert received Top 12 honors in her age division and Katie Dietz received a Top 24 in her age division. Each season, Greater York Dance's artistic director and ballet mistress identify dancers who have shown an intensive study in ballet and contemporary dance and invite them to begin work on a variation in the spring through private weekly lessons. This preparation gives the dancers several months of technical polishing and stamina improvement before competing on the stage at YAGP.
For additional information about Greater York Dance, readers may call 717-755-MOVE (6683) or visit www.gydance.org.
Piano Festival Set In West Chester March 19, 2019
James Anemone, a recent graduate of West Chester University (WCU) and a current graduate student at Temple University who operates a classical piano studio in Exton, has created a piano festival for this spring. Jacobs Music, 1572 Wilmington Pike, West Chester, will host all festival events in its recital hall.
The performances will include two masterclasses taught by classical pianists. Timothy Blair, former dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at WCU, will perform on Saturday, April 6, at 3 p.m., and Vincent Craig, current associate professor of piano at WCU, will perform on Saturday, April 27, at 3 p.m. Anemone will give a solo piano recital by mostly lesser-known composers on Saturday, May 4, at 4 p.m., and students from his studio will give a spring recital on Saturday, June 15, at 4 p.m.
Admission to all events will be free and open to the public. For more information, readers may contact Anemone at firstname.lastname@example.org or 516-281-5320 or visit www.jamesanemone.com.
Fulton Will Offer Two Shows March 15, 2019
"Once, The Musical" is slated to open at the Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Thursday, March 21, with previews having been set for March 19 and 20.
The book is by Enda Walsh, with music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglová. It is based on the motion picture written and directed by John Carney, telling of two people with music in their souls who meet on the streets of Dublin. The actors serve as their own orchestra, playing 16 instruments, a mixture of Celtic and traditional.
The cast includes Ken Allen Neely, Katherine Fried, Jon Patrick Penick, Lauren Wright, Christopher Seiler, Kelly Kennedy, Trevor Lindley Craft, Lennon Hu, Andrew Nielson, Hilary Alexa Caldwell, Will Hart, J. Michael Zygo, Alice Dillon, and Caleb Hartsfield.
The creative team includes Marc Robin, executive artistic producer; Nathaniel Shaw, director and choreographer; J. Michael Zygo, musical director; William James Mohney, scenic designer; Joe Doran, lighting designer; Weston Corey, assistant lighting designer; Ruth Hedberg, costume designer; Derek Dumais, sound designer; Corbin White, assistant sound designer; Chelsea Kuehnel, props designer; Amanda Durst, dialect coach; Katrinah Carol Lewis, associate director; Bob Cline, casting director; Timothy Markus, production stage manager; and Rebekah Church, assistant stage manager.
Performances will take place from March 21 through Sunday, April 14. For a complete schedule, readers may visit https://thefulton.org/shows/once.
"Pinocchio" will be performed from Saturday, March 30, through Saturday, April 13.
The book and lyrics are by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, with music by Marc Robin. The show is based on "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carl Collodi. The children's story follows Pinocchio, a marionette, as he is brought to life by a special wish made by Geppetto, a toy maker, who longs for a son of his own.
The cast includes Joey Abramowicz, Will Stephan Connell, Samantha Hewes Cramer, Randall Frizado, Andrew Kindig, Katie Sina, Cody D. Smith, and StephanieJo Wise.
The creative team for the production includes Marc Robin, executive artistic producer; Randall Frizado, director; Buddy Reeder, choreographer; Jonathan Lefever, musical director; Sean Cox, scenic designer; Katie Pollard-Knudson, lighting designer; Anthony Lascoskie Jr., costume and wig designer; Connor Sherrill, sound designer; Katelin Walsko, props designer; and Rebekah Church, production stage manager.
A complete list of dates and times is available at https://thefulton.org/shows/pinocchio.
Theater Group Posts Auditions March 14, 2019
Popovsky Performing Arts has announced it will present "Carrie, the Musical" as its mainstage production this summer. Auditions for "Carrie, the Musical" will be held on Saturday, March 30, and Sunday, March 31, at Popovsky Performing Arts Studio, 245 Butler Ave., lower level, Lancaster.
Auditions are open to adults and teenagers age 14 and up. Interested actors can register for an audition time at www.popovskyperformingarts.com/classes/event-auditions/.
Rehearsals will begin during the week of Monday, June 17, and continue in the evenings throughout the summer. Cast members will only be called to rehearsal when needed.
Based on the Stephen King novel "Carrie," the musical is the creation of Academy Award-winning composer Michael Gore, Academy Award-winning lyricist Dean Pitchford and book writer Lawrence D. Cohen. Cohen adapted Stephen King's novel for the original 1976 Brian De Palma film, and he co-wrote the 2013 remake.
Local resident Cody Page will make his directing debut in musical theater as director of "Carrie, the Musical." Page is currently working toward his doctorate in directing at Bowling Green University in Ohio, and he holds a master's degree in educational theater from New York University.
Page will be joined on this production by choreographer Devon Groff, musical and pit directors Juliana Alfano and Holly Serio, technical director Andrew Green and production manager Barb Green.
"Carrie, the Musical" will be presented at the Steinman Theater at Lancaster Country Day School, 725 Hamilton Road, Lancaster, on Friday to Sunday, Aug. 9 to 11.
For more information, readers may contact Barb or Christyn at 717-517-8543 or email email@example.com.
Dance Group Sets Children's Courses March 14, 2019
Greater York Dance will hold "Spring Into Sparkle Day" starting on Thursday, March 21, and continuing on Thursdays, March 28 and April 4 and 11. During the four-week nonperforming courses, children ages 2 to 6 will be able to try the Twinkle Star and ShowStars dance programs. The annual membership registration fee will be waived.
Twinkle Babies for 2- to 4-year-olds will be offered from 1 to 1:30 p.m., with Twinkle Star Dance Level 2 for children ages 3 and 4 from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. Mini ShowStars Hippity Hop 2/3 for 3- to 6-year-olds has been set for 2:15 to 3 p.m.
The nationally recognized programs will be led by certified instructors who will begin teaching these programs this school year. The programs are intended to help children learn spatial awareness, develop motor skills, and improve upon their balance, stamina, coordination, and strength. The four pillars of Twinkle Star Dance that make up the Twinkle Star Method include Skill Building, Creative Movement, Just for Fun, and Showtime.
To sign up, readers may visit www.gydance.org, select the Student Center tab, click on Enroll Here, and select Privates/Audition/Specialty from the drop-down menu. The classes are listed under March 21.
For additional information about Greater York Dance, readers may call 717-755-MOVE (6683) or visit the website.
Community Band Sets Rehearsals March 14, 2019
The Lititz Community Band is about to begin its 2019 season. The band is made up of approximately 60 people, and those in sixth grade and up are welcome to join. This season, the band is particularly looking to expand its low brass sections.
Rehearsals will be held in the Lititz Moravian Church fellowship hall on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. from April through June, except May 27, and the concert season will run from late May through July. The band has a varied repertoire. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belmont Theatre To Stage Comedy March 13, 2019
"Moon Over Buffalo," a comedy written by York native Ken Ludwig, will be produced by The Belmont Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St., York, from Friday, March 29, through Sunday, March 31, and Thursday, April 4, through Sunday, April 7. Thursday, Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday shows at 3 p.m.
The show is being directed by Jacklyn Keagy, and the stage manager is Peg Rhodes. The cast includes Jack Hartman, Christine Kolosky, Ernesto Rosas, Kelly Warren, Charlie Heller, Sheryl Rade, Paul Lajkowicz and Ashley Defoe.
Readers may visit www.thebelmont.org or call 717-854-5715 to purchase tickets or for more information.
LSO Announces Concert Season March 7, 2019
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has announced its 2019-2020 concert season. Unless otherwise noted, Classic Series concerts will take place at the Fulton Opera House, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Music director Stephen Gunzenhauser is celebrating his 40th anniversary with the LSO.
The Classic Series will open on Saturday, Sept. 7, with a concert including Paganini's Violin Concerto No. 1, featuring violinist Elisso Gogibedaschwili; Verdi's "Nabucco Overture"; and Dvorak's Symphony No. 7.
A Saturday, Oct. 26, concert will feature the LSO together with the Lancaster Symphony Chorus, performing Dan Forrest's "Requiem for the Living." The concert will also include Beethoven's Symphony No. 8.
The series will continue on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. A trio of musicians from around the world will perform tango works by Astor Piazzolla. The concert will feature Laszlo Fenyö, cello; Marcelo Nisinman, bandoneon; and Diana Ketler, piano. The concert will be held in Clair Performance Hall in the Winter Center, 60 W. Cottage Ave., Millersville.
A concert on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, will include a suite from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," featuring violinist Asi Matathias; Barber's Violin Concerto; and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 1, "Winter Dreams."
Concerts on Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2020, will include Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5, "Emperor," featuring pianist Dr. Christopher Shih of Lancaster. The program will also include Haydn's Symphony No. 44, "Trauer," and Mendelssohn's Sinfonia No. 5. The concert will be performed at the Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities, 900 Willow Valley Lakes Drive, Willow Street.
The final Classic Series concert, set for Saturday, May 16, 2020, will include Mahler's Symphony No. 5. The concert will be held in Clair Performance Hall.
All Saturday Classic Series concerts will be offered at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. A free "Meet the Music" pre-concert talk will be held one hour before each performance. A "Meet the Musicians" reception in the lobby will follow each 8 p.m. concert.
Subscriptions to the 2019-20 Classic Concert Series will go on sale in mid-March and may be purchased by calling the LSO at 717-291-4420.
Promise Players To Present "Mobile Home Sweet Home" March 7, 2019
"When I picked up the script (for a read-through), I laughed multiple times," Promise Players community Christian theater group director Doreen Creighton said of choosing this spring's play, "Mobile Home Sweet Home" by Pat Cook. "There's a lot of sarcasm, and Tim (Strawser) pulls it off very well."
At the center of it all is Strawser's character, Loff DuVall, who has run the Hampton Court trailer park with his wife, May June (Linda Ross), for more years than he can count. Loff is hoping to take May June on a vacation to escape the zaniness of the residents. Vonell Rafferty (Laura Scott-Wise) tries multiple income schemes, the latest of which is searching for treasure with a metal detector. Lydia Spagway (Melody Risser) needs help removing her grandchild's hand from where it is stuck in a toilet. Rhonda DeFalco (Wanda Jenkins) just wants to gossip, and Goose Halford (Ken Hess) tells long stories, such as how his grandpa has a metal plate in his head. "The kids used to catch him asleep and put 'frigerator magnets on his forehead," Goose relates to Loff.
Compounding the stress is a request from Loff's future daughter-in-law, Anne (Christine Tedesco), who wants to film a reality television show in Hampton Court. And, to add insult to injury, Etta Frobisher (Creighton) has it in for Hampton Court. "She's being nitpicky and trying to find anything to get this shut down," Creighton said of her character. "She's bossy and hungry for power. She's just a bully."
Frobisher is not any kinder to her younger sister, Edith Maxwell, who is played by Creighton's real-life older sister, Karen Ungemach. Ungemach is also a volunteer at the organization that will be benefited by the proceeds from the show's performances. Formed in 2016 in response to a need to go beyond offering emergency shelter, Elizabethtown Community Housing & Outreach Services (ECHOS) provides services to end the cycle of poverty while transforming the lives of families and individuals. Using the Housing First model, ECHOS assists individuals and families experiencing homelessness, at-risk of homelessness, or in need of services who are already connected with the Elizabethtown area, including Elizabethtown, Rheems, Bainbridge, Mount Joy, Marietta, and Maytown.
"You have to be sympathetic (to the people we serve)," Ungemach commented. "I'm so fortunate to have a home, but in other circumstances I could be there (where our clients are)."
Compassion is key when interacting with folks in need, as well as with anyone in general, and that is a message that comes through in "Mobile Home Sweet Home."
"It's about relationships and not judging people," said musical director Nancy Snyder, who will also appear in the show as Jennifer Crown.
"Mobile Home Sweet Home" will be presented at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 28; Fridays, March 22 and 29; Saturdays, March 23 and 30; and Sunday, March 24. Matinees will start at 2:30 p.m. on March 23 and 30 and on Sunday, March 31. The doors will open one hour prior to show time. Child care for preschoolers will be offered during the shows. Ordering tickets in advance is recommended, and readers may do so at www.promiseplayers.org. To learn more about ECHOS, folks may visit www.echoslancaster.org.
EPAC Slates Production March 6, 2019
Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC), 320 Cocalico St., Ephrata, will stage the play "The Humans" from Thursday, March 14, through Saturday, March 23. This play won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2016.
EPAC's production is directed by Bob Breen. The cast includes Elizabeth Pattey, Tim Spiese, Megan Riggs, Brian Viera, Kathleen Godwin and EPAC newcomer Julia Elberfeld.
Tickets may be purchased at www.ephrataperformingartscenter.com or by calling 717-733-7966, ext. 1. Thursday shows will be at 7:30 p.m, with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m.
Roe, The Choir Will Perform February 28, 2019
Michael Roe and The Choir will perform alternative Christian music on Saturday, March 16, at East Petersburg Mennonite Church, 6279 Main St. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m., with the show to begin at 7 p.m.
Roe is a solo artist as well as frontman for the 77s and the Lost Dogs. The Choir is a Dove Award-winning and Grammy Award-nominated band touring in support of its latest studio album, "Kissers and Killers."
Tickets may purchased in advance for a set price, with a higher price at the door. For more information, readers may call Jeff McLain at 717-569-9931.