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Theater Invites Firefighters December 15, 2017

The Resident Theatre Company invites the volunteer firefighters who responded to the Nov. 16 five-alarm fire at Barclay Friends Senior Living Center to see "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" free of charge on Christmas Eve, Sunday, Dec. 24. The invitation is extended to local fire companies, including Fame Fire Company, First Fire Company of West Chester, and Goodwill Fire Company, as well as the dozens of other regional fire companies who responded to the fire. The families of the firefighters are also invited to attend free of charge.

Firefighters may contact the box office at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center, 226 N. High St., West Chester, to reserve tickets for the matinee performance of "A Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play" at 3 p.m. The performance will run 90 minutes, without intermission.

To reserve tickets, firefighters may call 610-356-2787.

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Chamber Singers Open Auditions December 13, 2017

The Lancaster Chamber Singers (LCS) will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a gala concert. In addition, new member auditions are slated for early January.

The celebratory anniversary performance will feature Mozart's "Coronation Mass," with local soloists and orchestra. The concert's program also will include a mixture of favorite pieces from the ensemble's history of performances.

Anyone interested in auditioning to join the ensemble may contact Patti Hartman by Wednesday, Dec. 27, at lancasterchambersingers@gmail.com. For more information about the ensemble, readers may visit www.lancasterchambersingers.org.

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LAPA Offers Performing Arts Opportunities December 11, 2017

The Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts (LAPA) has posted its upcoming events.

LAPA offers a variety of classes for students in first through 12th grades. There are five choral classes, including Primary Choir, Junior Choir, Concert Choir, Academy Children's Choir (ACC) for performance, and Academy Choir Ensemble (ACE) for performance. In addition, there are several instrumental opportunities, such as Orchestra, Beginner Band/Strings, Percussion Ensemble, Hand Bell Ensemble and Junior Hand Bells, Guitar Ensemble and Beginner Guitar Ensemble. The class "What Instrument Is for Me?" for beginners offers basic instruction in violin, cello, flute, clarinet, and trumpet.

Beyond music, LAPA offers fine art classes including Primary Art, Junior Art, and Fine Arts, and four theater classes including Primary Theatre, Junior Theatre, Theatre, and Advanced Theatre.

Performance and other special opportunities are available through concerts, trips and tours, Broadway, Jr.! summer camps, and full-scale musicals and plays. This past April, LAPA produced "The Wizard of Oz."

On Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m., the choir will present a concert at the First Assembly of God Church in Lancaster. The orchestra and instrumentalists will present a concert at the same location on Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m.

LAPA offers additional social opportunities for children through workshops, picnics, dances, rollerskating nights, and parties. To find out more about opportunities offered at LAPA, readers may contact admin@lancasteracademy.org.

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Penn Manor Student Earns Theater Award December 6, 2017

Penn Manor High School senior Lauren Elledge has been named a recipient of this year's Beth Bash Award for Excellence in Theatre. Lauren is one of two Lancaster County student actors honored with the award; the other is Austin Nedrow of Conestoga Valley High School.

A panel of judges comprised of Fulton Theatre artists and educators selects the Beth Bash Award winner or winners each school season based on the individual's communication and focus, characterization, understanding of text, and purpose and professionalism. Past recipients include Jonathan Groff, who went on to portray King George in the original cast of "Hamilton" on Broadway and was the voice of Kristoff in "Frozen."

Lauren also received the Robert Fulton Award for Best Actress in the Fulton's Family Series Productions for the 2016-17 season for her portrayal of Alice in "Alice in Wonderland." Fulton season ticket subscribers vote for their favorites in each category, and Lauren was up against adult professional performers for the award.

Additionally, earlier in the year, Lauren was named Distinguished Young Woman of Pennsylvania for 2017.

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EPAC Announces 2018 Season December 6, 2017

Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC), 320 Cocalico St., Ephrata, recently announced its 2018 season of plays and musicals. The season will open with "Willy Wonka Jr." from Friday, Feb. 2, through Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018.

The season will also feature "Peter and the Starcatcher" in March, followed by "Fun Home," "Hand to God," "West Side Story," "Picnic," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

For more details about the 2018 productions or to purchase tickets, readers may visit www.ephrataperformingartscenter.com or call 717-733-7966, ext. 1.

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Promise Players Set Auditions December 6, 2017

The Promise Players will hold auditions for its spring musical comedy, at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster, on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The show will be "I Do X 2!" It is based on the biblical story of Jacob, Leah and Rachel.

No monologue is necessary for the auditions. All participants will be asked to read from a provided script and come prepared to sing a one-minute song section of their choice or to sing the first verse of "Amazing Grace." People not singing "Amazing Grace" should bring their own accompanist.

Roles are available for eight men and eight women. All singers must be age 18 and up. The show will be performed from Friday to Sunday, March 9 to 11, and Thursday to Sunday, March 15 to 18, 2018.

For more information or to make an audition appointment, contact director Doreen Creighton at dcreightn@epix.net.

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Band To Perform Holiday Concerts December 6, 2017

The Twin Rose Community Band will present two concerts in December. The concerts will include familiar songs and a Christmas sing-along. The public is invited to attend.

On Sunday, Dec. 10, the band will perform in the parish hall at Chapel Church United Methodist Church, 3050 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion, at 3 p.m. The band will also present a concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 243 Hellam St., Wrightsville, on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m.

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Singing Group Performs At Conference December 6, 2017

Lower Dauphin High School's Chamber Singers recently performed at the state conference of the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania.

The Chamber Singers performed as part of the conference's undergraduate conducting competition. The competition allows undergraduate college students to conduct a choir and be judged on their abilities. Using one choir for all the conductors allows for a standard to fairly assess the director's abilities.

The Lower Dauphin vocalists included Annie Dickinson and Emma McQuinn, soprano 1; Gillian Miller, soprano 2; Kelly Barr and Corrine Shirk, alto 1; Shontonel Dillon and Chiara Meyers, alto 2; Tristan McQuiddy and Tanner Kennedy, tenor 1; Ian Bruce and Aidan Ferguson, tenor 2; Benjamin Sierer and Larry Fausnight, bass 1; and Ashton Brojakowski and Colby Stiffler, bass 2. At Lower Dauphin, the Chamber Singers are conducted by Elizabeth Colpo.

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Marching Band Wins Championship December 5, 2017

In celebration of their Pennsylvania Group 4A State Championship win, the 96 Avon Grove High School marching band members, under the direction of Michael Davino, stopped by each of Avon Grove's schools to parade through the halls. The procession was led by students carrying a five-foot trophy, followed by a rallying drumline to draw students out of classrooms for cheering, high fives and dancing.

In preparation for the competition, the marching band students began rehearsals in April, meeting throughout the summer and then at least twice per week during the school year. The group has amassed a long list of competition wins throughout the state. The band swept every category, including Best Music, Best Visual, Best Overall Effect, Best Color Guard and Best Percussion.

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Appell Center Posts Fundraiser December 5, 2017

The Appell Center for the Performing Arts will sell tickets for the opportunity to win tickets to the sold-out, one-man show "Springsteen on Broadway." One winner will enjoy the performance by the music storytelles, plus an overnight stay in a New York City hotel suite. All proceeds will benefit the Appell Center for the Performing Arts.

Only 700 tickets will be available. Tickets can be purchased by stopping by the Appell Center Box Office, 50 N. George St., York, or by calling the box office at 717-846-1111. The box office is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. The winning ticket will be drawn on Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. Ticketholders do not need to be present to win.

The winner will receive two tickets to "Springsteen on Broadway" at the Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., New York, N.Y., at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. The winner will also receive a one-night stay on Jan. 24 in an Executive Suite at the Sofitel New York Hotel, 45 W. 44th St., New York, N.Y.

For more information, including official rules, readers may visit www.appellcenter.org/Springsteen. For more details, readers may also contact Rebecca Fellin at 717-825-2231 or rfellin@appellcenter.org.

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Gladfelters Make Bequest December 1, 2017

Dorothy and Armand Gladfelter enjoyed the cultural offerings of York College, and they were impressed with the positive impact it had on the lives of many of their York County friends. Through a bequest following their deaths, the couple has provided more than $3.2 million to fund scholarships for York County students to attend the college.

The Gladfelters shared a love of music that led them to the York College Candlelight Concert Series in the 1970s, where they enjoyed performances by students, some of whom were students of Dorothy.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University's Peabody Conservatory of Music, Dorothy (Henry) taught piano for 72 years. She was a member of the National Music Teachers Association and the Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association, serving two terms as president, as well as of the York Matinee Musical Club and the York Historical Society. As a young girl, she sang with the Monk Kauffman and Roy Gibbons orchestras and also had a program of songs on the radio station WORK in the 1930s. For years, she was organist and choir director of Trinity Lutheran Church in Seven Valleys, where she founded a Junior Choir in the 1940s.

Her husband, Armand, attended the University of Maryland and Ames Institute of Poultry Technology. He enjoyed a 40-year career managing a livestock feed business, A.C. Henry Inc., serving as president for 17 years. Armand was very active in the community as a member of the North Codorus Township Planning Commission, vice president of Spring Grove school board, as well as official historian for the Susquecentennial of North Codorus Township. He was also a member of the board for York County Academy, a predecessor to York College, the Casper Glattfelter Association of America, and a former Scout master. He played baseball locally, with a semi-pro team, and with a farm team of the Washington Senators. An author and historian, Armand wrote several books on the southern York County borough of Seven Valleys.

Armand Gladfelter passed away in 1998 at age 83. Dorothy died at the age of 98 in 2016. They are survived by nieces and nephews.

Through their appreciation of the cultural offerings of York College and the integral role it plays in York County, as well as a friendship with former presidents Ray Miller and Bob Iosue, they developed a fondness for the College that led to their generous bequest.

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Music Students Perform December 1, 2017

The residents of Juniper Retirement Village in Mount Joy were entertained by the music students of Carole A. Bubacz on Nov. 12.

Students performed on piano and flute, presenting a range of material written by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mancini, and Joplin. Participating students included Alayna Brubaker, Stefanie Good, Benjamin Heinz, Sarah Heinz, Luke Hershey, Abigail Rickabaugh, Daniel Rivera, Ian Rivera, Rachel Snyder, Lilly Stehman, and Timmy Stehman.

Sarah, Ian, and Timmy performed a piano trio, and Benjamin, Katie, Lilly, and Timmy played a double duet using a grand piano and two keyboards.

The students enjoyed refreshments after the program.

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School District Sets Concerts November 30, 2017

Penn Manor students will present free holiday concerts and choral performances throughout the school district in December. All performances are open to the public.

On Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m. to noon, the High School String Ensemble and the Manor Singers will perform at Darrenkamp's, 106 Willow Valley Square, Lancaster. Sara Masten and Lauren Ciemiewicz will direct. The Manor Singers will also perform from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the Candlelight Tour at Conestoga Historical Society, 51 Kendig Road, Conestoga.

Letort Elementary School will present its Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m. The event will feature the band, strings and chorus directed by Jill Almoney and Allan Dutton.

Eshleman Elementary School will present its band and chorus performance on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 9:30 a.m. The students will be directed by Kailey Brennan and Almoney.

The Conestoga Elementary School chorus and band, directed by Brennan and Almoney, will perform on Wednesday, Dec. 13, at 9:30 a.m.

Also on Dec. 13, the Hambright Elementary School Holiday Concert, directed by Ashley Brubaker, will take place at 5:30 p.m.

On Dec. 13 at 7 p.m., the Penn Manor High School Holiday Concert will occur. Directed by Ciemiewicz, Andrew Johnson and Masten, it will feature the band, strings, chorus and Manor Singers.

Martic Elementary School will present its Winter Assembly, featuring the band, strings, and chorus, on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 2 p.m. The concert will be directed by Almoney, Sue Hamer and Dutton.

Also on Dec. 14 at 2 p.m., Penn Manor High School's String Ensemble will perform at Willow Valley Communities, directed by Masten.

On Dec. 14 at 6 p.m., Martic Elementary School will present its Winter Concert, featuring the band, strings and chorus, directed by Almoney, Hamer and Dutton.

On Friday, Dec. 22, at 11 a.m., the Manor Singers will perform at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville, led by Ciemiewicz.

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Elizabethtown College Symphonic Band Concert

Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown, has scheduled its Fine and Performing Arts Holiday Concert will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 6, in the recital hall of Zug Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, readers may contact Amy Reynolds at 717-361-1212 or reynoldsa@etown.edu.

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Maggie Spike Will Perform November 28, 2017

Maggie Spike will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

Maggie Spike, consisting of Maggie and Eric Gernerd, is a husband and wife singer-songwriter duo from rural eastern Pennsylvania. Both members' songwriting styles combine folk, rock, jazz, acoustic pop, Celtic, psychedelic, reggae, Americana, and world rhythm influences.

After spending six years as the principal song writers in the acoustic world fusion band Fieldstone, Maggie Spike released its first album, "Passenger Station" in the spring of 2005. The duo released the album "Sol Paradise" in the summer of 2009. Produced by Eric, "Sol Paradise" brought together the many musical influences that helped shape the duo's diverse writing styles into a cohesive sound. Both of Maggie Spike's albums have garnered air play on various radio stations.

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas and baked goods for sale. The cafe may be contacted at emmausroadcafe@gmail.com or at 717-478-3672.

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DreamWrights To Present Holiday Classic November 27, 2017

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave., York, will continue its performances of the classic "It's a Wonderful Life" at 6:30 p.m. on Fridays, Dec. 8 and 15; at 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 9 and 16; and at 2:30 p.m. on Sundays, Dec. 10 and 17.

The story tells the tale of George Bailey, who once dreamed of leaving small-town life and changing the world. When he becomes disenchanted with his achievements in life, George's guardian angel, Clarence, steps in to reveal what life would be like in that small town without him.

The production will feature York College chemistry professor Bill Steel as George Bailey and Pat Hart as Clarence. Jaci Keagy is the show's guest director.

Separate fees have been set for tickets purchased in advance for general and for reserved seating. Tickets may be purchased at www.dreamwrights.org or by calling 717-848-8623. General admission seats will be available at the door for a higher cost.

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Servant Stage To Present Show November 24, 2017

The Adult Senior Ministry of Hempfield United Methodist Church, 3050 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will host the Servant Stage production "Old-Time Gospel Radio Hour" on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary. The high-energy Christmas music show will feature classic favorites and new arrangements.

The Servant Stage Company aims to produce quality, family-friendly shows with professional and local performers.

Last year, Servant Stage presented more than 120 shows to more than 25,000 people at parks, schools, retirement communities, nursing homes, churches, and community events throughout the area.

A freewill offering will be received for Servant Stage at the Dec. 6 event.

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Orchestra Slates Holiday Concert November 22, 2017

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will perform its annual holiday concert, Sounds of the Season: "And All That Jazz," on Friday, Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 3 p.m. at the Barshinger Center for Musical Arts at Franklin & Marshall College, 620 College Ave., Lancaster. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the inception of the Sounds of the Season concert, a collaboration of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and Lancaster Symphony Chorus.

The Lancaster Symphony Chorus will perform alongside the LSO for two performances featuring popular holiday sounds with a jazz twist, including a carol sing-along. Other highlights will include Duke Ellington's arrangement of "The Nutcracker Suite," John Kander's "Chicago" medley, and Kirby Shaw's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree." Listeners will also hear a collection of Leroy Anderson hits, including "Jazz Legato," "Jazz Pizzicato," and "The Typewriter." The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Chorus will be under the direction of Dr. William Wright, chorusmaster.

Tickets may be purchased by calling the LSO Box Office at 717-291-4420 or visiting www.lancastersymphony.org.

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra that was founded in 1947 by Frederick S. Klein and John H. Peifer Jr. from Franklin & Marshall College. Now in its 71st season, the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra serves 32,000 music enthusiasts with 12 yearly subscription concerts and two holiday concerts, Sounds of the Season and New Year's Eve Celebration.

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Penn Manor Posts Concerts November 22, 2017

Penn Manor students will present free holiday concerts and choral performances throughout the school district in December. All performances are open to the public.

On Friday, Dec. 1, at 2:30 p.m., Pequea Elementary, 802 Millwood Road, Willow Street, will present its All School Holiday Assembly, featuring the fifth- and sixth-grade chorus and strings. The director will be Sue Hamer.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m., the Manor Singers will perform at Candylane at Hersheypark, directed by Lauren Ciemiewicz.

The Central Manor Elementary School Holiday Concert, featuring third-grade band, chorus and strings, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. The students will be directed by Sarah Repkoe and Jill Almoney. The school is located at 3717 Blue Rock Road, Washington Boro.

On Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m., Pequea Elementary School will present its Holiday Concert, featuring the band, chorus and strings, directed by Hamer.

The Manor and Marticville Middle School Combined Holiday Concert will occur on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. at Penn Manor High School, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville. The band, strings and chorus will perform, directed by Ciemiewicz, Sara Masten and Skip Reddig.

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Young Thespians To Stage "Peter Pan Jr." November 22, 2017

Martin Meylin Middle School actors will bring to life J.M. Barrie's beloved story of a boy who refused to grow up during performances of "Peter Pan Jr." on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 7, 8, and 9. The show will be staged in the Performing Arts Center at Lampeter-Strasburg High School, 1600 Book Road, Lancaster. The doors and the box office will open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7 p.m.

Director Memory D'Agostino chose to use the classic Broadway version of "Peter Pan" rather than the Disney version. This edition was scored by Morris "Moose" Charlap and Jule Styne, with lyrics by Carolyn Leigh, Betty Comden, and Adolph Green. It is performed with permission from Music Theatre International.

"I really liked the Mary Martin version," D'Agostino said, referring to the Broadway and 1955 television productions starring Martin as Peter. "(The character of) Peter Pan was always going to be (played by) a girl (in our production)."

Eighth-grader Maya Bowman was cast as the title role. Her classmate Paul Baker portrays Peter's nemesis, Captain Hook.

"My friend Paul and I predicted we'd get these roles, and we're glad we did," Maya remarked.

Maya has had minor roles in other Martin Meylin shows. She is excited to have a major part this time.

"I've always enjoyed all the musicals we've done at the middle school," Maya said. She noted that playing a lead role offers freedom to be expressive in her body language, whereas the ensemble parts required her to blend with a group. "Sometimes it's hard," Maya admitted, pointing out that there are a lot more lines and choreography for her to remember as Peter Pan.

"I was surprised most by the script," Maya commented. "Peter Pan doesn't know many things. (For example), he doesn't know what a kiss is. And I thought he would just be part of the group, but he has more of a leader position in the Lost Boys."

In addition to Paul, Maya is joined by Cassie Meck as Wendy Darling, Terry Stinson as John Darling, Adam Miller as Michael Darling, and Mariah Beiler as Tiger Lily, as well as nearly 90 other actors.

"The cast list started with 102 (students), and a few left (due to scheduling conflicts)," D'Agostino said. This cast list surpasses last year's "Bah Humbug Jr." by almost 15. "(Participation) has increased a little every year," D'Agostino remarked. "As Mr. (Jamie) Raum said (to me), 'You must be doing something right.'"

The strong middle school drama program has had a positive impact on the high school program, as students gain a foundation in theater from D'Agostino and are excited to continue acting after they matriculate.

"It's fun to watch (students grow up in theater)," D'Agostino remarked. "It was a proud moment to see the progression of Steven Greenwood, who played Towns Guy in 'Robin Hood,' (which was performed by the high school earlier this month). His first musical (in middle school), he wasn't sure he wanted to sing, so we gave him a little part." D'Agostino also mentioned Maddie Buck, who was a stand-out actress at Martin Meylin and at the high school and is now a cast member at a local professional theater. "It's really neat to know we were part of that."

D'Agostino is aided in producing the show by assistant director and drama program alumnus David Griffith, choreographer Amy Meehan, technical director Ethan Moore, and numerous high school students. Jane Geiger is the costumer.

Tickets for the shows may be purchased at the middle school office beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 29, and they may bought at the box office before each performance. D'Agostino expects that a portion of the proceeds will be given to charitable organizations, which will be announced.

For more information, readers may call D'Agostino at 717-464-3311.

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