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Park Concert Series To Conclude August 23, 2017

The Huffnagle Park Concert Series will conclude with a concert by Temple Avenue, a local swing and jazz band, on Saturday, Sept. 2. The event will take place at 7 p.m. in Huffnagle Park, Oak Lane, Quarryville. In the case of rain, the concert will move to Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 S. Hess St., Quarryville.

The concert is free and open to the public. For details, readers may visit


Church To Host Musical Duo August 23, 2017

St. Paul United Church of Christ, 161 S. Main St., Shrewsbury, will host a performance by Ron and Eileen Druck on Sunday, Sept. 3, at 10:15 a.m. The Drucks share the Gospel through Southern and country gospel music.

For more information, call pastor Martha Boyer at 717-858-2991.


Playhouse Unveils 2018 Schedule August 23, 2017

Thought-provoking dramas, inspirational stories, heartwarming tales, and comedies will all be a part of Hershey Area Playhouse's 2018 season. The Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will kick off its 18th season in February 2018 with "The Secret Garden," a musical about Mary Lennox, who is sent to live in England after her parents die in India. "Italian American Reconciliation" will follow in April, with "Once Upon a Mattress" as the playhouse's summer show in July 2018.

October will bring the production of "Inherit the Wind." Rounding out the playhouse's 2018 season will be the Christmas show, "A Christmas Story," which will run from Thursday, Dec. 6, to Sunday, Dec. 16.

All performances will take place at Hershey Area Playhouse. Discounted season tickets are available by purchasing at least four shows. Individual tickets are also available. For tickets and more information, readers may visit


Choir Sets Auditions August 23, 2017

Concordia Voices, the mixed choir of Concordia Choral Arts, is holding auditions for its winter concert. Auditions began on Aug. 20 and will be held through Sunday, Sept. 3, by appointment only. Email to sign up for a time slot.

Rehearsals will be held on Sundays in Paoli from 3 to 5 p.m. beginning on Sunday, Sept. 10. The concert will be on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018.

For more information or to listen to the group's past recordings, visit or


Center Seeks Senior Actors August 22, 2017

Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, and Theatre Arts for Everyone is looking for seniors interested in attending an acting workshop. Interested seniors may attend a session on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 11 a.m. for more details.

Workshops may include theater games, improvisation, play reading, group writing, acting training, and rehearsals. The workshops will run consecutively for six to 10 weeks. Each session will last 90 minutes. There is a nominal cost per person per session.

All seniors are invited to attend. Classes will be based on the amount of interested shown. For more details, readers may call the center at 717-993-3488.


Duo Plans Concert At Cafe August 22, 2017

Janie Womack and Jody Echterling will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 2. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Womack and Echterling have both been making music since they were children. Both are self-taught and 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. They play acoustic music from the 1950s to the present, with selections including country, pop, blues, ballads, and alternative music.

Formerly a member of the Central Pennsylvania Womyn's Chorus, Womack performed for the last 10 years in local duo Womack and Lowery. In 2012, she released her first full-length CD of original music, "Songs in the Key of J." Womack plays at coffeehouses, festivals and private events, and she donates her time and talents to nonprofit organizations in the area. She performs original songs, old standards, and a variety of other music, including blues, country, ballads, folk, and Americana.

Echterling is currently a member of Fierce, a local rock band, and Free Reign, an area rock/blues band, both of which play venues in the greater central Pennsylvania area.

Admission to the upcoming concert is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672 or email


Community Chorus Seeks Members August 18, 2017

The Elizabethtown Community Chorus is seeking new members. People age 15 and up of all voice parts and singing abilities are welcome. Rehearsals will begin on Tuesday, Aug. 29, and the last day to join is Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The chorus rehearses on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. in Leffler Chapel/Musser Auditorium on the campus of Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Concert performances are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21, and Sunday, Dec. 3.

Readers with questions may contact Matthew Fritz at or 717-361-1112.


Church Posts Auditions For Cabaret August 17, 2017

Elizabethtown Church of the Brethren, 777 S. Mount Joy St., Elizabethtown, will hold auditions for its first Community Cabaret on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 2 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visitors are asked to use the carport entrance.

People of all ages are welcome. Duets, trios, and group performances are welcome, and musical acts should bring either sheet music for the piano accompanist or an accompaniment CD. Non-musical scenes from a public domain play or musical with one or more performers will be accepted, and comedy scenes are preferred. Pop songs, profanity, and suggestive lines or lyrics are prohibited.

Rehearsals will occur on Sunday afternoons and Wednesday evenings, with performances at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 20 and 21, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22. The event will be free and open to the public, with a freewill offering received to benefit a local charity. For details, call Deborah Santiago at 717-917-4378.


Women's Chorus Plans Open Houses August 17, 2017

Women of all ages who are interested in singing a cappella are invited to attend open houses hosted by Red Rose City Chorus. Visitors are welcome to attend any or all of three rehearsals, set for Mondays, Aug. 28, Sept. 11, and Sept. 18, from 7 to 10 p.m. at Lititz United Methodist Church, 201 Market St., Lititz.

Red Rose City Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a worldwide women's barbershop organization. The chorus performs songs in both the barbershop and a cappella styles.

Those who attend the open house will learn a song and will be welcome to perform with the chorus at its annual show at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 23. All learning materials will be provided. Reading music is not necessary. Melody and harmony singers of all voice parts are needed.

The open house is free. Registration is encouraged but not necessary. To register, readers may call Cheryl at 717-627-1587.


Choral Group Seeks Singers August 17, 2017

The Voices of Palmyra is looking for singers who enjoy singing and putting on concerts. Registration to sing in the chorus's Christmas concert will begin Tuesdays, Sept. 5 and 12, at 7 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer United Church of Christ, 500 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey. Chorus rehearsal will follow registration.

During rehearsal on Sept. 12, the chorus will hold a meet-and-greet for those who are thinking about joining but would like to sing with the chorus for a week before making a decision to join. Light refreshments will be served.

The Christmas concert is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 10.

Rehearsals are held weekly from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Church of the Redeemer. No auditions are required, though there is a registration fee. For more information, readers may call 717-473-8019.


Duo To Perform At Cafe August 16, 2017

Singer-songwriter duo Ben Hallowell and Joe Navin will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Aug. 26. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

The duo started playing in the beginning of 2013, joining several open microphone communities and starting several others. They play covers and original songs.

Admission to the upcoming concert is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672, email, or visit or


Riffe Named To DreamWrights Post August 15, 2017

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts has hired Laurie Riffe as director of artistic programming. Riffe has 23 years of professional experience as a director, teacher, mentor, coach, and performer. During her career, she has worked with youths and adults, built programs, and expanded opportunities.

Riffe has worked for Shakespeare and Company, American Shakespeare Center, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The Young Actor's Ensemble, and Westridge School. A member of Actor's Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Riffe holds a Master of Fine Arts in Shakespeare and performance from Mary Baldwin University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

She has directed 70 productions and performed in more than 100. Highlights of Riffe's career include involvement with the opening of ImaginOn, a partnership between Children's Theatre of Charlotte and Charlotte Mecklenburg Library System, and directing for the Shakespeare in the Courts program, a partnership between Shakespeare and Company and The Berkshire Juvenile Court.

Riffe will be in attendance on Thursday, Sept. 28, when DreamWrights celebrates its 20th anniversary with the greater York community. During the events, DreamWrights will also show off its new studio space and upgraded facilities. The event is free and open to the public. For more information about DreamWrights, 100 Carlisle Ave., York, readers may visit


CPYB Posts Season Lineup August 15, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (CPYB) has announced its 2017-18 performance season.

The season will open with "Hansel and Gretel," the Alan Hineline adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22.

CPYB will present George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker" for the 25th year in the Sunoco Theater at Whitaker Center on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 9 and 10, and at the Hershey Theatre on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 16 and 17. The show will include choreography, elaborate stage elements, enhanced lighting, and visual effects. The Hershey performances will feature the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Stuart Malina.

The world premiere of Hineline's new adaptation of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" will be presented on Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, 2018.

The season will conclude with the June Series, CPYB's mixed repertory production featuring five programs displaying new works by contemporary choreographers, classic works, and more. The June Series will take place from Wednesday to Saturday, June 20 to 23, 2018.

Single tickets will be available for purchase beginning on Friday, Sept. 1. To purchase tickets, readers may call the Whitaker Center at 717-214-ARTS (2787), visit, or stop by the Whitaker Box Office at Whitaker Center, 222 N. Market St., Harrisburg. Tickets for the Hershey performances of "The Nutcracker" may be purchased by calling Hershey Theatre at 717-534-3405, visiting or stopping by the box office at the theater, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey.


Bible Festival Programs Posted August 15, 2017

The 2017 Mount Gretna Bible Festival will continue with several events, all of which will take place at the Mount Gretna Tabernacle, located on the Campmeeting grounds at Third Street and Otterbein Avenue. The Mount Gretna Campmeeting grounds are on the south side of Route 117. Admission is free for all the programs. A freewill offering will be received. Parking is available at the lot behind the fire hall on Boulevard. On Aug. 6, attendees may also park at the Mount Gretna Roller Rink.

The National Christian Choir, headquartered in the nation's capital, will perform on Sunday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. The choir sang its first concert in 1984 in Constitution Hall and has since performed at many venues across the nation, including two appearances in California's Crystal Cathedral. The choir's mission, which reflects Psalm 95, is to glorify God through a ministry of music.

The Brothers in Grace quartet will perform on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. Bobby Gernert will make a special appearance with the group, which has performed Southern gospel music throughout the Mid-Atlantic region since Brothers in Grace's founding in 1994.

Dave Stahl and the Sacred Orchestra will lead a worship service on Sunday, Aug. 13, at 10:30 a.m. The group will offer familiar hymns played in a new style, along with personal witness testimonies. At 7 p.m., the Rev. Tom Long will provide a message.

Long last spoke at the Tabernacle 20 years ago. Since then, he has preached and offered guidance for pastors at the start of their careers. Long is the director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. His career at Emory University has focused on the history and practice of preaching.


Chorus Plans Registration August 11, 2017

The Hummelstown Community Singers will begin rehearsals for the fall season with registration on Mondays, Aug. 21 and 28 and Sept. 11, at 7:15 p.m. Registration will take place in the sanctuary of Hummelstown United Church of Christ, 104 E. Main St.

The Hummelstown Community Singers group performs two concerts each year, as well as performances at area retirement and life care communities and local events. Practices are held on Mondays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The only requirement for membership is a registration fee to cover the cost of the music. The group is open to people age 16 and up, and no audition is required.

For more information, readers may contact Valerie at 717-566-9312 or Barbara at 717-566-6601. Information is also available by searching for "Hummelstown Community Singers" on Facebook.


Pianist To Perform Concert August 10, 2017

Yong Murray, an award-winning pianist, will perform on Monday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. in the chapel at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. The performance is free and open to the public.

Yong is a recent graduate of Columbia University. He was recently accepted into a master's program for piano at Manhattan School of Music.


Across The Pond To Perform August 9, 2017

The Huffnagle Park Concert Series will present Across the Pond, a Celtic trio, on Saturday, Aug. 19, at 7 p.m. in Huffnagle Park, Oak Lane, Quarryville. In the event of rain, the concert will move to Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 S. Hess St., Quarryville.

The concert is free and open to the public. For details, visit


Dancer Reaches Milestone August 9, 2017

Manasvi "Manu" Pannala of Chester Springs completed her Arangetram of the art form Bharathanatyam on July 29 at Duffy Arts Center. Manu is the daughter of Dr. Neetu Reddy and Sudhir Pannala and the sister of Rohit. Manu has graduated from Lionville Middle School in Downingtown School District.

Arangetram is a performance marking the completion of a person's initial training in Bharathanatyam over several years. During the Arangetram, the dancer showcases what she has learned in front of an audience. The Arangetram is similar to a high school graduation, as it is a milestone in the student's education, and the student may choose to continue studying afterward.

At her Arangetram, Manu danced eight different dances for a total of more than three hours. Manu started learing Bharathanatyam at age 5 and practiced for more than eight years at Natyaswara, an Indian arts school, where she was taught by guru Sangeetha Balachandar.

The event was attended by nearly 600 people. The attendees included members of Congress, state representatives, a police chief, community leaders and friends and family members.

Bharathanatyam is a 2,000-year-old classical dance created and developed in the temples of southern India. The word Bharathanatyam is derived from several words, including bha, representing bhava, meaning expression; ra, representing raga, meaning music; and ta, representing tala, meaning rhythmic cycles. Therefore Bha-ra-ta Natyam is the dance of expression, melody and rhythm.


DreamWrights Plans Auditions August 9, 2017

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts will hold auditions for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 15 and 16, at 6 p.m. Guest director Matthew Ballistreri intends to cast between 80 and 120 people for the production.

No prior experience is necessary. Those auditioning must only attend one audition night. Those who plan to audition should be prepared to perform a small portion of two specific songs; more information is available at People auditioning should also come prepared to disclose their September and October conflicts. Crew positions will be filled from those auditioning.

Shows will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Friday, Oct. 6, to Saturday, Oct. 21, and at 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 7 to 22. Tickets may be purchased by visiting the aforementioned website or by calling 717-848-8623. Tickets will also be available at the door.


Playhouse Sets Play Auditions August 3, 2017

Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will hold auditions for its 2017 fall productions, "The Curious Savage," "A Christmas Carol," and "A Charlie Brown Christmas." All auditions will take place at the playhouse. Additional audition information for all three shows, including role descriptions, are available under the Get Involved drop-down menu at

Auditions for "The Curious Savage" will take place at the playhouse from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 21. Roles for six women and five men are available. Those auditioning will be asked to do cold readings from the script.

Auditions will take place for "A Christmas Carol"on Friday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Sept. 23, from 4 to 9 p.m. There are eight to 12 roles for young children, four to six roles for young adults, and at least 10 roles for adults available. Those auditioning will be asked to read from the script at auditions, sing a Christmas carol, and participate in an improvisational exercise.

Auditions for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" will also be held on Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. and on Sept. 23 from 4 to 9 p.m. Those auditioning must be between the ages of 8 and 12, and they will be asked to read from a script that will be posted to the website by mid-August, sing a Christmas carol, and participate in an improvisational exercise.

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