Appell Center Adds To Schedule September 18, 2018
The Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York, has added new programming to its 2018-19 season. The additions include nine big stage performances, four new CapLive shows, the return of CapComedy, two film festivals, and more.
Memberships are tax-deductible and provide the opportunity to get choice seats, plus new benefits, including free tickets to film and comedy in the Capitol. To see a full schedule or to purchase tickets or Appell Center memberships, readers may visit www.appellcenter.org or call the box office at 717-846-1111.
Susquehanna Chorale Slates Concerts September 18, 2018
The Susquehanna Chorale has announced its 2018-19 concert season, titled "The Susquehanna Chorale: Make It Your Tradition." The chorale is a nationally acclaimed adult chamber ensemble of 36 auditioned singers. It was founded in 1981 by artistic director and conductor Linda L. Tedford.
The Youth Choral Festival will kick off the new season with a concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. at the High Center at Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Grantham. The intergenerational event will feature performances by the 160 voices of the chorale's educational choirs for children, youths, and young women, as well as the Susquehanna Chorale.
The Candlelight Christmas concerts will feature guest brass and percussion instrumentalists from Messiah College. The concerts will feature Lara Hoggaard's "Personent Hodie" ("On This Day"), Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria," Glenn Rudolph's "The Dream Isaiah Saw," Dan Forrest's "Festive First Noel" and "The Work of Christmas," and "A Musicological Journey Through the 12 Days of Christmas." The concerts will conclude with the chorale's traditional finale, "Silent Night," sung in the round by candlelight. Performances will take place on Friday, Dec. 14, at 8 p.m. at the High Center; Saturday, Dec. 15, at 8 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown; and Sunday, Dec. 16, at 4 p.m. at Market Square Presbyterian Church, 20 S. Second St., Harrisburg. A 15-minute prelude will be presented by the Messiah College Faculty Brass prior to each concert.
"Singing the Dance of Life" will be the theme of the spring concert series. The repertoire ranges from chant and other selections from the Renaissance and Baroque eras to a mix of works by modern and classic composers, including standards from the American Songbook. Guest artist Dr. Todd Goranson will accompany the chorale on saxophone. Performances will take place on Friday, May 10, 2019, at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, and Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the High Center. Both concerts will start at 8 p.m. A pre-concert recital will be presented by Goranson beginning 15 minutes prior to each concert.
Also this season, the chorale will join the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, the Messiah College Concert Choir, and the Messiah College Choral Arts Society for two performances of "Gloria" by Francis Poulenc on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, 2019, at the Forum in Harrisburg.
To purchase tickets or subscriptions, readers may visit www.susquehannachorale.org or call the Messiah College box office at 717-691-6036. Subscriptions may be purchased through Wednesday, Oct. 31. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people.
Prima Announces New Location September 13, 2018
Since its genesis in 2010, Prima, a contemporary theater organization in Lancaster, has performed at more than a dozen venues across Lancaster County. Being nomadic has limited performance dates, consumed nearly one-third of the organization's annual budget, and depleted nearly 40 percent of staff time, while also inconveniencing audiences.
To address this challenge, Carol Culliton of the Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, as well as Sequinox, has made visionary investments toward Prima acquiring a home in the western part of Lancaster city. Formerly known as the Hamilton Ballroom, the new Prima venue, located at 941 Wheatland Ave. in Lancaster, offers 125 free parking spaces with a 200-person capacity. The space will offer flexible seating and staging arrangements, including in-the-round, thrust, and proscenium setups. With the design and construction leadership of TONO Group, Prima's new home is undergoing a transformation to become a contemporary destination for theater, music, film, and special events. Prima will be situated for complete hospitality services with a full kitchen. Illuminated Integration is installing state-of-the-art audio, video, and lighting equipment. Total improvements include an initial investment of over $500,000.
Prima plans to offer multiple series of events, including MainStage and Altro (concert) Series, as well as musically focused film. In addition to Prima programming, the venue will also be a unique venue for business and personal special events. With a grand opening concert production of Piano Men, which will run from Friday, Dec. 7, to Saturday, Dec. 15, Prima will begin offering more performance dates and variety in programming in a well-equipped venue.
In order to utilize this new community resource to its fullest potential, a three-year, $3.2 million effort has begun called FWD, launching forward Prima's new home. Nearly half of the funds to be raised ($1.57 million) have been committed thus far for renovations, lease, and operational growth. Contributions are now being sought for investments in furthering the Prima experience for the Lancaster community. Gifts to FWD will expand artistic programming and support artists, including student internships and local performers. Prima launched the announcement of the new venue with a music video. To view the video or to donate, readers may visit www.primaFWD.org.
Local Student To Perform In National Production September 13, 2018
Eighth-grader Seth Erdley played the title role of Oliver Twist in the production of "Oliver!" at Northeastern Middle School in February. Seth is now in New York City rehearsing for his role as one of the brothers in the national tour of "Finding Neverland," which is the tale behind the creation of the story of "Peter Pan."
Local residents may see Seth in the 2018-19 tour when it opens on Tuesday through Sunday, Oct. 2 to 7, at Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey. Northeastern High School Dramatics recommends that students and staff attend the show on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., as this is the Family Night on Broadway showing with special entertainment prior to the show and reduced rates for tickets, which are limited. Attendees will travel independently, but car pooling is being arranged. Also, assistance will be offered to students with financial difficulty to offset the ticket price.
Tickets are available at www.hersheyentertainment.com/hershey-theatre/events/family-night-on-broadway-finding-neverland.
Additionally, readers may follow Seth's adventures at the Instagram handle @seth_in_neverland. To view the show's official program, readers may visit www.findingneverlandthemusical.com.
Singers Sought For Christmas Concert September 13, 2018
Southern Lancaster County (SLC) Community Choirs will host a community Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. While readers are welcome to put the event on their calendars, director Rebecca Hess is announcing the performance several months in advance because she is recruiting vocalists to be part of the choirs that will perform that night.
"Singers are invited from the Solanco community and beyond," Hess said. "The mass choir will include singers in grade nine through adult, while a children's choir will involve students in grades four through eight."
Hess noted that interested singers should be able to read music or learn parts on their own with the assistance of rehearsal tracks, which will be provided. There will be a number of rehearsals, the dates of which are being confirmed. There is a cost to participate, but part of the fee will be refunded after the sheet music is returned following the concert. The deadline to register to participate in one of the choirs is Monday, Oct. 1.
The SLC Community Choirs groups will be joined in the concert by the Solanco High School jazz band and chorale. Tickets for admission will go on sale closer to the event. All proceeds from the event will support the Solanco Education Foundation (SEF), which funds numerous teacher grants and student scholarships each year. Hess related that her children attend fifth grade and kindergarten at Solanco schools, and she teaches private piano and voice lessons to families in the district. As a result, she is aware of the foundation and the work it does.
Hess noted that the choirs have hosted community events to fund two $2,000 scholarships, but the logistics are challenging. "We decided, why reinvent the wheel?" she said. "SEF is funding and awarding lots of grants and scholarships, so let's combine our efforts with theirs. If our concert can help a few additional teachers and/or graduating seniors, it (will be) well worth the effort."
For more information about the community Christmas concert or to register for one of the choirs, readers may email Hess at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Annual "Play It Forward" Campaign Set September 13, 2018
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra has launched its annual Play It Forward campaign. Through the campaign, donations help LSO to purchase necessary instrument accessories to give to music teachers in the School District of Lancaster to distribute to students who cannot afford them.
Donations may be made at Menchey Music Service Inc., 1555 Manheim Pike, Lancaster. Monetary donations may also be made at www.lancastersymphony.org under the Support tab; individuals should type "Play It Forward" in the comments box online to earmark the tax-deductible gift.
Performances Of "Treasure Island" Set September 13, 2018
The musical adventure "Treasure Island" will open at the Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Thursday, Sept. 20. Previews were planned for Sept. 18 amd 19.
The show, based on the book by Robert Louis Stevenson, was written and directed by Marc Robin and Curt Dale Clark, with music by Robin, who is celebrating 10 years as the Fulton's artistic director. The Fulton's performances will feature a cast of 36 and a 17-piece orchestra.
The show also features orchestrations by David Siegel, lighting design by Paul Black and Colin Riebel, scenic design by Thomas M. Ryan, costume design by Ryan J. Moller, wig and makeup designs by Anthony Lascoskie Jr., prop designs by Katelin Walsko, sound designs by Jacob Mishler, music direction by Ray Fellman, and casting by Bob Cline.
The story tells of young Jim Hawkins, who is left orphaned and inherits a treasure map that interests swashbuckler Long John Silver. The cast is led by Michael Nigro as Jim Hawkins and Jeremiah James as Long John Silver and features James Patterson, Michael Iannucci, James Michael Reilly, and David Girolmo.
Performances will take place from Sept. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 14. For a complete schedule, readers may visit https://thefulton.org/shows/treasure-island/.
College Posts Cultural Events September 12, 2018
Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Grantham, has scheduled its 2018-19 cultural season events. The programs will take place in the Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts.
Engage the arts and humanities through a special yearlong series of lectures, concerts, and theatrical and dance productions featuring Messiah's talented student and faculty performers, as well as distinguished guest lecturers and visiting performing artists.
Thomas Friedman will present "The Big Trends Shaping the World Today: Economics, Technology and Geopolitics" on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Friedman is a New York Times foreign affairs columnist and the author of "The World is Flat."
Shakespeare's "The Tempest" will be performed at select times from Thursday to Sunday, Nov. 8 to 11, and Friday to Sunday, Nov. 16 to 18.
The Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia will perform on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, at 7 p.m. Terell Stafford, artistic director and world-renowned trumpet player, and the Jazz Orchestra of Philadelphia (JOP) will present a concert celebrating the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Joining JOP will be Rutha Harris, one of the original Freedom Singers, and Messiah College's gospel choir, United Voices of Praise.
Marian Wright Edelman will present "Towards the Common Good: Ending Child Poverty in America" on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m. Edelman, founder and president of the Children's Defense Fund, has been an advocate for disadvantaged Americans for her entire professional life.
To view the full list of events in this year's cultural season, readers may visit www.messiah.edu/highcenter.
Band Celebrates Anniversary, Honors Member September 12, 2018
The Brodbeck's Band celebrated its 140th anniversary this year and honored bass drummer Dale Gladfelter for his 70th year in the band. Gladfelter was recognized during the band concert at the St. Paul's (Zeigler's) Lutheran Church's picnic near Seven Valleys.
Dale represents the fourth generation of Gladfelters to play in the band's drum section. In 1878, when the band was founded, Ephraim Gladfelter played in the drum section. He was followed by his son, Luther, and Luther's son, Danny. Dale is the son of Danny; both of them played in the drum section for many years.
WYPA Posts Auditions September 11, 2018
The Workshop for Young Performing Artists (WYPA) is inviting new members to audition for the 2018-19 performance season. WYPA was founded by the Musical Art Society, a member of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Its purpose is to provide opportunities for serious young musicians to develop performance experience, stage presence, concert demeanor, and verbal and musical presentation.
By recommendation of their teacher or one of the WYPA counselors, membership is extended to qualified students between the ages of 10 and 19. Monthly meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. in September, October, November, January, February, and March, with public recitals in December and April. Students will perform works they are studying and receive helpful critique from counselors and students.
Meetings are held at The Bachman Center, on the property of Homestead Village, 633 Community Drive, Lancaster. The first meeting of the 2018-19 year will take place on Sunday, Sept. 21. For more information, readers may contact Margaret Marsch at email@example.com or 717-293-1725.
Duo To Play At Cafe September 11, 2018
Maggie Spike, consisting of Maggie and Eric Gernerd, will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Maggie Spike is a husband-and-wife singer-songwriter duo from rural eastern Pennsylvania. Known for its mixture of folk originals, the duo's songwriting combines folk, rock 'n' roll, jazz, acoustic pop, Celtic, psychedelic, reggae, Americana, and world rhythm influences.
After spending six years as the principal songwriters in the acoustic world fusion band Fieldstone, Maggie and Eric released Maggie Spike's first album, "Passenger Station," in the spring of 2005. Maggie and Eric continued with their multi-style approach to songwriting, releasing the album "Sol Paradise" in the summer of 2009. The album was produced by Eric. Both albums have garnered radio air play, and "Sol Paradise" is currently being distributed worldwide.
Admission to the event is free. Coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods will be available for sale. For more details, readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 717-478-3672. To learn more about Maggie Spike, readers may visit http://maggiespike.com/.
Gretna Music Slates Concerts September 11, 2018
Gretna Music will continue its summer season with several concerts. All performances will take place at the Mount Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna, at 7:30 p.m.
Early music ensembles TENET and the Sebastians will perform on Sunday, Aug. 26. Canadian Brass will perform on Saturday, Sept. 1, and return on Sunday, Sept. 2, at 11 a.m. for a free jazz worship service led by the Rev. John Overman. Jazz pianists Fred Hersch and Aaron Diehl will play together on Sept. 2. Verona Quartet will close out the season on Saturday, Sept. 8.
For more information, readers may visit www.gretnamusic.org or www.facebook.com/gretnamusic.
Movie Series Scheduled September 10, 2018
The Appell Center for the Performing Arts and York College of Pennsylvania's Center for Community Engagement will team up to co-host the 2018-19 Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation's On Screen/In Person Program. The On Screen/In Person program will feature six independent American films and their respective filmmakers from across the Mid-Atlantic region for public film screenings and question-and-answer sessions.
A panel discussion at 6:30 p.m. will precede the film screenings, which will begin at 7 p.m. The series will run from September 2018 through April 2019, and all ticket prices have been set.
The program will feature the following movies: "Break the Chain," directed by Laura E. Swanson, on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Hall, 441 Country Club Road, York; "Holden On," directed by Tamlin Hall, on Friday, Oct. 12, at York College of Pennsylvania, DeMeester Hall; "Tyrus," directed by Pamela Tom, on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York.
Also, "Man on Fire," directed by Joel Fendelman, on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at the Capitol Theatre; "From the Second Wave to the Tidal Wave," directed by Pamela Tom, on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the Capitol Theatre; and "Chavela," directed by Daresha Kyi on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, at the Capitol Theatre.
For tickets, readers may visit www.AppellCenter.org, call 717-846-1111 or visit the Appell Center for the Performing Arts box office at 50 N. George St., York.
For more information, readers may contact Rebecca Fellin at 717-825-2231 or email@example.com.
Cavod To Offer New Dance Program September 6, 2018
Classes Designed For Students With Developmental Disabilities
Julie Haney, dance teacher with Cavod Academy, is excited to be instructing students in a new program the academy is developing for students with special needs. "Intro to Dance is for (students) age 13 and up," said Haney, who has experience teaching students with developmental disabilities. Two classes, which are being held weekly, will explore a variety of types of dance. Students who take the class will have the opportunity to perform in Cavod's annual recital.
Intro to Dance classes are held on Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. and on Thursdays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Cavod, 665 W. Main St., New Holland. Savannah Huyard is teaching one of the classes, and Haney teaches the other class.
According to Connie Dienner, executive director with Cavod, the idea for the program grew out of caregiver Deb Bacon's requests for a class. "(Bacon) brings her clients to Cavod, and she has asked us to (hold dance classes)," explained Dienner, who added that seeing the value in each person is a foundational concept at the academy. "Cavod is a perfect place for (this) program because of the loving and accepting atmosphere here," said Dienner. "No one will be treated differently. It's about who you are as a person and not what you can or cannot do."
Twenty-two-year-old Lydia Leibee of New Holland has taken private dance lessons at Cavod for some time, but this fall as a member of the Intro to Dance program, she will take a class at Cavod for the first time. Lydia, who has taken worship dance with lyrical dance mixed in, shared that she loved taking lessons at the academy. "My teacher is awesome," said Lydia, who noted that Huyard has been reassuring and always takes time to pray with her when she asks.
Lydia's mother, Helen, said that Lydia likes dancing because it gives her exercise and energy, but she added that the benefits are more than physical. "It has opened a window (for Lydia)," said Helen, who added that Lydia had always dreamed of becoming an Olympic gymnast. "Even though (Lydia) recognizes she can't do gymnastics, her (dance) recitals have been amazing." Helen also spoke glowingly of Lydia's experience meeting other students at Cavod. "She hasn't had a lot of contact with other students, but when she has (met them), they have been welcoming and kind," said Helen. "That doesn't always come naturally, (so) that speaks highly of the academy, (and) it means so much to (Lydia)."
Intro to Dance will delve into a number of types of dance, including jazz, modern, and hip-hop, but Haney said she plans to start with a focus on ballet. "Students will come in, stretch, work at the bar practicing positions and steps, (perform) some technical work, and then do across-the-floor progression type steps," said Haney, who added that she plans to end each class with some imaginative guided dance to reinforce freedom and joy of movement.
Dienner noted that the students with developmental disabilities taking private lessons have enjoyed their accomplishments. "The students ... here have just blossomed," she said. "We thought, 'Let's start a program where they can learn to dance at a (comfortable) pace, with a goal of transitioning students into another class as their capabilities improve.'"
Dienner noted that a limited number of scholarships are available to cover half of the cost of a class. Classes began the week of Aug. 27, but it is not too late to register. Readers who would like to sign up or apply for a scholarship may visit www.cavodacademy.com. Individuals who have questions about the new class may call 717-354-3355.
MCCL Appoints Directors September 6, 2018
The Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster (MCCL) has appointed Jonathan Shoff as interim director of Prelude Music and Kit Baker as director of Choristers I and II. Prelude Music and Choristers are nonauditioned programs with opportunities for children in kindergarten through grade eight.
In the MCCL community, Shoff serves as director for Men's Ensemble and accompanist for Chamber Choir and in the past has served as interim director for Choristers. He earned his bachelor's degree in music education from Millersville University with a concentration in piano and a minor in voice, as well as a Master of Music from West Chester University. Shoff teaches elementary school music in the School District of Lancaster. He teaches private instrumental and voice lessons and serves as artistic director for the Music for Everyone Lancaster Community Chorus.
Baker served as interim director of Choristers last year. She holds a bachelor's degree in music education from Messiah College and completed a master's degree in music education from Kent State University. Baker teaches general music and chorus for elementary grades in the Lampeter-Strasburg School District. She is a former singer with the Susquehanna Chorale. Her husband, Dan, is an MCCL alumnus.
MCCL serves more than 170 singers in its two nonauditioned classes and three auditioned performing choirs. The performing choirs involve singers in Carol Choir, grades two through five; Concert Choir, grades six through eight; and Chamber Choir, grades nine through 12. They practice weekly throughout the school year in preparation for a concert series in early December and in the spring. The nonauditioned classes meet on Tuesday nights for 10 sessions each semester and join with the performing choirs to participate in one spring concert.
To register for Prelude Music or Choristers I and II, readers may contact 717-455-7025 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mission of MCCL is to prepare youths to glorify Jesus Christ through excellent choral singing. MCCL, a program of Lancaster Mennonite School, is open to the community. For more information, readers may visit www.mennonitechildrenschoir.org.
LSO To Launch 72nd Season September 6, 2018
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will celebrate the launch of its 72nd season with an organ program at First Presbyterian Church, 140 E. Orange St., Lancaster, on Friday, Sept. 28, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 29, at 3 and 8 p.m. The program will feature Zachary Hemenway on the Aeolian-Skinner organ.
The program will include Richard Strauss' "Don Juan," Joseph Haydn's Organ Concerto, and Camille Saint-Saëns' Organ Symphony.
Hemenway is the newly appointed director of music at Epiphany Parish of Seattle. Prior to this appointment, he served as director of music at Saint Paul's Episcopal Church in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, where he led a choral program for adults and youths. He is active as a choral clinician and has also served on staff of several Royal School of Church Music summer courses.
As an organ recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States and Europe. He received a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y., and earned a Master of Music in organ at the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. Prior to his appointment at Saint Paul's, Zach served as director of music at Christ Church in Guilford, Conn., and at the Episcopal Church at Yale. Other positions held include those at Christ Church, Rochester, N.Y.; the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, Mo.; and Saint Peter's Episcopal Church in Saint Louis, Mo.
Tickets may be purchased by calling the LSO box office at 717-291-4420 or visiting www.lancastersymphony.org.
Womack, Echterling To Play At Cafe September 6, 2018
Janie Womack and Jody Echterling will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 15. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Womack and Echterling have both been playing music since they were children. Both are self-taught, accomplished musicians who have been performing in the central Pennsylvania area for many years in various groups, Echterling as a rock drummer and vocalist and Womack as a vocalist and guitarist. Together they play acoustic music from the 1950s to the present, including country, popular, alternative, and blues music, as well as old standards and ballads.
Admission to the event is free. Coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods will be available for sale. For more details, readers may email email@example.com, call 717-478-3672, or visit www.emmausroadcafe.org or www.facebook.com/EmmausRoadCafe. To learn more about Womack and Echterling, readers may visit http://janiewomack.com/.
Piano Students Will Present Festival September 6, 2018
A Creative Music Festival will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., at 16535 Susquehanna Trail South, New Freedom. The event is free and open to the public.
The festival will feature compositions, transcriptions, arrangements, and orchestrations created this summer by piano students of Karen Vatral. Some students have transcribed favorite songs by ear, while others have created original musical orchestrations and chiptune music. Students have learned to transcribe music by hand and to use various music notation software programs.
Food will be available for purchase. Musical items, scented candles, and more will be available from vendors.
For more information, readers may call 717-309-8723.
Choral Society Plans Rehearsals August 30, 2018
The Lebanon County Choral Society will resume its rehearsals on Monday, Sept. 10, at Hebron United Methodist Church, 451 E. Walnut St., Lebanon. The Youth Chorus, consisting of children in grades three to eight, will rehearse from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., and the Adult Chorus will rehearse from 7:30 to 6:15 p.m. Karen Umberger is the director of the Youth Chorus, and Sean Hackett directs the Adult Chorus. The first two weekly rehearsals will be open rehearsals, and there is no obligation to join.
The fall season will conclude with a concert on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Lebanon. The theme will be "Angels in the Architecture: Angelic Carols of the Season." The choral society also has an abbreviated Valentine's season and will rehearse and perform Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana" in the spring.
For more information, readers may visit www.lccsmusic.org.
Playhouse Slates Auditions August 30, 2018
Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will hold auditions for the final show of its 2018 season, "A Christmas Story," directed by John Mallonee, on Friday, Sept. 14, starting at 6:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Sept. 15, starting at 2 p.m. Callbacks will be held on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m. if necessary.
Auditioners will be asked to read director-selected scenes from the play individually and in small groups. The parts being cast will include two to five men, two women, five boys, and two girls. Additional walk-on and speaking roles may be available.
The characters are as follows: Ralph as an adult, Ralphie Parker, Mother, The Old Man, Randy, Miss Shields, Flick, Schwartz, Esther Jane Alberry, Helen Weathers, and Scut Farkas.
Small adult speaking parts may be available depending on those auditioning. Otherwise, these parts will be filled by the actor playing Ralph as an adult.
Performances of "A Christmas Story" will be held at select times from Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 6 to 9, and Thursday to Sunday, Dec. 13 to 16, at Hershey Area Playhouse. Additional audition information is available at www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com.