Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts May 24, 2018
Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19
The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.
The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.
Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.
The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.
No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.
Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.
Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.
Kim Wins Music Competition May 24, 2018
The Hershey Symphony Orchestra has announced pianist Ethan Kim as the winner of the 18th Annual Young Artist Competition. Kim received the $1,000 William and Ruth Cagnoli Music Award and will perform with the Hershey Symphony Orchestra at the Hershey Theatre during the orchestra's 2018-19 50th season, which will commence in the fall 2018.
Kim, a rising junior at Manheim Township High School, played the first movement of Grieg's Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16. He was selected from nine young area musicians by a panel of music professionals including, Dr. Sandra Dackow, Hershey Symphony musical director and conductor; Dr. Douglas Bomberger, professor of music at Elizabethtown College; and Gretchen Decker, performer and music professor at York College.
The late William and Ruth Cagnoli of Hershey played an important role in the lives of local musicians for more than three decades. Their business, Cagnoli Music, served musicians of all ages in central Pennsylvania. The Cagnolis also owned and operated Marty's Music in Lebanon for many years. A professional woodwind player in the region, William was one of the early founders of the Hershey Symphony Orchestra and conducted the musicians on several occasions. He also spent nearly 20 years at the Lebanon Veterans Hospital as a registered music therapist. Allan Cagnoli, William and Ruth's son, provides the annual award to the Hershey Symphony Orchestra Young Artist Competition winner in memory of his parents, who loved music, education, and their community.
The purpose of the competition is to encourage and foster the best young classical musicians in grades seven through 11 from Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lancaster, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.
For more information about the Hershey Symphony Orchestra, readers may visit www.HersheySymphony.org.
Sounds Of Strasburg To Launch June 9 May 23, 2018
Big Boy Brass will perform during the first of five concerts in the Sounds of Strasburg series to be held at the Strasburg Community Park this summer season. The band's eight players will make a big sound at the park's outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
The group, which made its debut in 2016, is a mix of Millersville University music education, music business, and music performance students and alumni. Known for a sound that fuses New Orleans brass band music with popular hits, rhythm and blues, funk, and jazz, the band will share its talents during this family-friendly show. A local favorite in Lancaster, the group has become well-known through performances at local venues, street corner fests, and fundraisers.
The band includes Connor Devlin on sousaphone; Ben Ewing, Jose Johnson, and Vincent Shickora on trumpet; Nick Franks on saxophone; Matt Woodson on drums; and Sam Yoder and Tim Zettlemoyer on trombone.
"We anticipate that (the musicians) will create a loud and brassy sound that results in an infectious party atmosphere. We hope to have many guests on hand for this energetic and gifted group's performance," said Dale Kaufman, president of the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of the summer concert season than with their upbeat brassy sound. Our guests will be sure to enjoy their original songs as well as unique arrangements of other artists' songs. I expect we will hear some selections from their recently released album, 'Live @ Tellus 360.'"
Concert attendees are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating at this open-air event that will be held in the park's amphitheater. Coolers and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. Those who wish to eat a pre-show picnic meal are welcome to use picnic tables inside and beside the park's pavilion. Food vendors will be on-site.
"We encourage our visitors to patronize our food vendors, as they serve a delicious selection of food items, cold beverages, and refreshing Italian water ices," Kaufman remarked.
The Sounds of Strasburg concert series will continue on Saturdays, July 14, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1. Admission is open to the general public and is free of charge due to financial support from local sponsors. All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. The park's main parking lot at 151 Precision Ave., Strasburg, is reserved for handicapped-accessible parking, and a golf cart shuttle transport service is available for disabled guests. Ample off-street parking can be found along Precision Avenue.
For more information about the Big Boy Brass concert, the 2018 Sounds of Strasburg concert series, concert updates, and the Strasburg Community Park, readers may visit www.strasburgpark.org, find Strasburg Community Park on Facebook, or call Barb Rathbone-Frank at 717-572-6830.
Theater To Present Broadway Series May 23, 2018
Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, will present four Broadway productions that will take the stage at the historic venue as part of its 2018-19 season. The Broadway Series programming will open with "Finding Neverland" from Tuesday, Oct. 2, through Sunday, Oct. 7. "Spamalot" will take the stage in January 2019, followed by "On Your Feet!" in April and "Cats" in August.
Subscription packages for the shows are available now. Tickets for all Broadway shows will go on sale to the public on Monday, July 30, at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Hershey Theatre Box Office, by visiting www.hersheytheatre.com, or by calling 717-534-3405.
Summer Theater Camps Scheduled May 22, 2018
Theatre Arts For Everyone (TAFE) will offer summer theater camps for students. For additional information, readers may visit www.tafepa.org or call 717-884-8233.
Story to Stage day camps will be offered from Monday, July 9, to Friday, July 13. Children ages 5 and 6 will attend from 9 a.m. to noon, and children ages 7 to 9 will attend from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Everything Theatre Camp will be offered to youths ages 10 to 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, and from Monday, July 16, to Friday, July 20. Participants will experience all of the non-technical theater arts, including being a playwright, acting, directing, and stage management.
Step Back in Time, designed for youths ages 11 to 19, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday, July 30, to Friday, Aug. 3. Campers will spend a week immersed in King Henry's England and then attend the Pennsylvania Renaissance Fair's Youth Day on Thursday, Aug. 2, and share all they learned on Friday.
There is a cost to participate. Some work and financial need scholarships are available. The summer camps will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 700 E. Market St., York.
White Rose Chorus Receives Awards May 22, 2018
In a multi-state regional competition in Virginia, the White Rose Chorus won two honors. First, the chorus was awarded the 2018 Central Division Plateau A Chorus Champion plaque. The group also went on to win the plaque for the 2018 Central Division Most Improved Chorus.
The White Rose Chorus of York is affiliated with the global Barbershop Harmony Society. The group rehearses on Thursday evenings at Senior Commons on Powder Mill Road in York. New choir members are welcome.
MPACT To Perform "Peter Pan" May 17, 2018
Manheim Performing Arts Community Theatre (MPACT) will present performances of "Peter Pan" at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, May 31 and June 1, as well as at 2 and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, at Manheim Central Middle School, 261 White Oak Road, Manheim.
Tickets for general admission will be available for a nominal fee at the door.
Many roles have been double-cast. The cast list includes Abigail Miller and Ava Fackler as Peter Pan, Elise Deppen and Savannah Heisey as Wendy, Annika Shull and Zoe Faulkner as John, Jenna Bachman and Alexis Martin as Liza, Jack Packer and Aubrey Metzler as Michael, Audrey Cressler as Nana, Tyler Shull and Maxim Foley as Mr. Darling, Lily Montgomery and Katie Copeland as Mrs. Darling, Lauren Huber and Anderson Pilsner as Nibs, Julia Rohrer and Sydney Heisey as Slightly, Margot Shearn and Camryn Heth as Curly, Meg Deppen and Nyah Hankins as Twin 1, Caroline Hondru and John Laube as Twin 2, Kaitlyn Beachy and Emilie Heinsey as Tootles, Tyler Shull and Kate Foley as Captain Hook, Luke Weaver and TJ Faulkner as Smee, Jon Miller and Carson Smith as Noodler, Dominick Bonanno and Mason Bard as Jukes, Camryn Burkholder and Olivia Faulhaber as Starkey, Aiden Deppen and Abigayle Renicky as Cecco, Nina Bonanno and Trinitee Hoffman as Tiger Lily, Madden Adair and Bailey Friel as Small Brave Girl, Trinitee Hoffman and Nina Bonanno as Brave Girl 1, Megan Stitzel as Brave Girl 2, and Francesca McClure as Crocodile.
Portraying Lost Boys will be Belle Bonanno, Julia Stitzel, Madeline LaFrance, Hallie Miller, Faith Wenger, Leah McMurry, and Gabrielle Valdez. Pirates will be Lucas Campbell, Leo Bonanno, Emersen Weaver, Ellie McClure, Avarie Bryan, and Annalucia Valdez. Cast as Brave Girls are Katelyn Pilsner, Irene Turner, Reagan Ibach, Ava Graff, LaNaiyah Rowe, Maddie Copeland, and Lucy Taylor.
MPACT is a community organization focused on providing children and youths in grades three to 12 with a theatrical experience through performing a junior musical. More information is available by searching for "Manheim Performing Arts Community Theatre" on Facebook.
Group To Host Kidsfest May 17, 2018
Gamut Theatre Group's Popcorn Hat Players will host Kidsfest, the children's section of Artsfest of greater Harrisburg. The festival will be held in Riverfront Park on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as on Monday, May 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kidsfest will be located at the far end of Artsfest near the Market Street walking bridge.
Kidsfest will feature vendors selling items such as food, toys, games, and arts that have a child-friendly focus. Festival attendees will be able to enjoy live performances by the Popcorn Hat Players, who will present "Aesop's Fables" at noon and 3 p.m. each day. There will also be performances by a magician, along with yoga workshops.
Admission to Kidsfest and Artsfest is free. For more information on Kidsfest, readers may call 717-238-4111 or visit www.GamutTheatre.org.
Theater Begins Renovation Plan May 16, 2018
The Appell Center for the Performing Arts announced that the Capitol Theatre renovation project has officially begun. As announced in January, the historic Capitol Theatre is undergoing a $1.6 million full-scale interior renovation made possible by the success of two community fundraising campaigns and a match program from a Pennsylvania First Grant.
The Capitol Theatre, originally built in 1906, is a 450-seat historic theater located in the heart of downtown York city, next to the Strand Theatre on the corner of Philadelphia and George streets. The theater is home to a variety of entertainment and performing arts events each year including film, comedy, concerts, and other community gatherings.
The renovation plans for the Capitol Theatre will preserve the unique charm and rich history of the facility while also enhancing the patron experience with modern amenities such as new seats, new restrooms, improved sightlines, expanded lobby and concessions areas, and a new wall to eliminate light and noise disruptions. Additionally, the recent purchase of a dCinema projector will arm the Capitol Theatre with the technology required to screen films in the highest available picture quality. Audio enhancements will also accompany the visual upgrades.
The Capitol Theatre renovation project is a collective community effort by Kinsley Construction, Warehaus design firm, and Capital Construction Management. The Capitol Theatre officially closed its doors the evening of April 21 after a successful CapLive performance. All theater seats have been removed and interior demolition is officially underway.
Plans are already in development for a grand reopening week of events in October 2018 to welcome the entire York community back to the newly renovated theater. For more information, readers may contact Rebecca Fellin at 717-825-2231.
LSO To Perform Outdoor Concert May 16, 2018
The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will perform in the band shell at Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., Lititz, on Saturday, May 26, at 8 p.m. Admission is free, and attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the event of inclement weather, the performance will be relocated to Warwick High School, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz.
The evening will include popular selections such as music from the movies "Rocky," "Chicago," and "Wicked," along with familiar patriotic tunes. The concert will also feature the "1812 Overture" and a pyrotechnics show.
For more information on the park, readers may visit www.lititzspringspark.org.
The LSO 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 LSO has evolved from a community orchestra into an organization of professional musicians serving 32,000 music enthusiasts with 12 yearly subscription concerts. To learn more, readers may visit www.lancastersymphony.org.
Celebrating Ability In Disability May 15, 2018
The A-Team To Present Talent Show
Singing, dancing, comedic skits, and illusion will be part of the entertainment during the annual A-Team talent show that will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville. At least 15 group members are slated to perform individually, in groups of two or three, or in the ensemble.
The A-Team - the "A" is for "awesome" - is a haven for children, youths, and adults who have intellectual or physical disabilities. The group meets at Wesley Church twice a month on Thursday evenings and every Sunday morning.
"If we're early (to Sunday school), we can play," said 13-year-old A-Team member Lucas Yost. "We have a Bible lesson, a craft, and a snack."
The A-Team also gets together on other days so caregivers can take a respite. At those times, the group usually goes somewhere fun. Recent events have included an Easter egg hunt and a Kids Cookie Break party.
The A-Team has also been preparing for the talent show. Rather than emphasizing what disabled people cannot do, the talent show gives A-Team members an opportunity to celebrate their abilities with the community.
"We're really talented," Lucas said. He will be performing sleight of hand and illusion tricks that he has learned by watching YouTube videos.
Olivia Martin, age 13, takes voice lessons, and she will show off her progress by singing a pop song. "I like music," Olivia said, adding, "I like all my friends (in the A-Team)."
Kimmie Gaus has a greater purpose behind her participation in the talent show. The 23-year-old will be singing a heartfelt version of "Amazing Grace."
"I believe in God," she said, adding, "(I'm singing) to get people to know God."
From sacred to secular and from serious to silly, the talent show promises to be an uplifting occasion for performers and audience members. Following the show, the A-Team members will sign autographs. There is no cost for admission.
For more information about the A-Team or the talent show, readers may call Wesley Church at 717-786-8322.
Harmonia Plans Concert May 11, 2018
Harmonia Music Association will present the Lebanon Mannerchor Chorus, the final event of the National Music Week celebration, on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 22 S. Sixth St., Lebanon.
Separate costs have been set for adults and for students, with children age 6 and under admitted for free. Funds raised will support the Harmonia Scholarship Fund.
Arts Center Reschedules Concert May 9, 2018
The Eicher Arts Center Inc. has announced that a musical performance by Mitch and the Moodswings has been rescheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. The performance will take place at the Eicher House in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park.
The event was originally slated to occur on Sunday, May 20.
On May 4, supporters of the Susquehanna Stage Company (SSC) gathered to applaud the announcement of a $500,000 grant awarded to the nonprofit community theater organization for the restoration and renovation of the Historic Marietta Theater, located at 130 W. Market St.
The Eater Family Foundation, a charitable trust established in honor of Gene Eater Herchelroth, presented the grant to SSC, which plans to turn the Historic Marietta Theater into a state-of-the-art facility for cinema, stage, and community gatherings.
Marietta Theater committee chair Tyler Hoffman thanked Miriam Fletcher, trustee of the Eater Family Foundation, for making the project possible. The Eater Family Foundation is a charitable trust created to contribute to projects of nonprofit organizations in Marietta Borough that promote historic preservation and social and artistic endeavors.
According to Hoffman, SSC bought the Marietta Theater in 2016, and its mission is to continue to utilize the space it currently leases at the rear of the Marietta Community House, 264 W. Market St., as well as to expand into the Marietta Theater. Hoffman said the plan is to bring back classic movie showings and to further utilize the stage in the space for SSC performances and more.
Aside from the grant, SSC has the chance to petition for $1 million in Capital Budget Request funding from the state in cooperation with state senators and representatives. State Rep. Dave Hickernell, a Marietta native, was in attendance at the May 4 presentation and praised the project. Hickernell recounted memories from his own time spent at the Marietta Theater as a child - riding his bicycle to the theater and paying a quarter to see a movie.
SSC artistic director Jim Johnson recalled seeing "Titanic" at the theater with his wife in 1997. It was the final film shown at the Marietta Theater prior to its closing the same year, and Johnson said the theater by that point was a far cry from its glory days in his own youth.
The theater was originally built in 1913 by Samuel Acri - the uncle of current Marietta Mayor Harold Kulman - and opened to the public in 1914 as a motion picture theater. It is on the National Register of Historic Places. SSC aspires to keep the classic style of the front façade of the brick building while adding touches to enhance the theater. The lobby, which will be named in honor of Gene Eater Herchelroth, will eventually be renovated to include an upgraded snack bar. Goals for phase one of the theater redevelopment project involve creating design and construction drawings. SSC administrative director Sylvia Garner said that total project costs are currently estimated at $4 million.
SSC is currently in its 10th season and has presented more than 45 productions. Johnson shared the mission of SSC with the crowd gathered: "As a nonprofit community organization, our mission is to celebrate, through theatrical performances, the common humanity binding us all together. We seek to create extraordinary theater experiences that educate, challenge, inspire, and serve the community and to be a community gathering place for active exchange about culture and the power of creativity. Our aim is to engage audiences of diverse ages, cultures, and economic backgrounds through educational, intercultural, and outreach programs."
Hosting benefit performances, holding blood drives, donating portions of ticket sales to other community organizations, and helping to clean up the river trail are a few examples Johnson listed of the ways SSC has tried to fulfill its mission of giving back to the community. "We've always strived to make a difference," Johnson shared with the crowd.
To learn more about SSC, readers may visit www.susquehannastageco.com.
Cafe To Host Singer-Songwriter May 9, 2018
Singer-songwriter Matt Miskie will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m.
Miskie's repertoire consists largely of classic singer-songwriter tunes, folk rock, and classic rock of the '60s and '70s intermixed with familiar traditional American and Celtic ballads. A typical performance may include selections from John Denver, James Taylor, Simon and Garfunkel, Credence Clearwater Revival, Joni Mitchell, The Beatles, and others.
Miskie's performance credits include support concerts for Tom Rush, Tom Chapin, Dave Mason, and more. Over the years, he has been a featured performer at many major arts festivals and has performed at venues and events from North Carolina to Wisconsin.
Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee drinks, Italian sodas and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may email email@example.com or call 717-478-3672.
Auditions For "Newsies" Posted May 9, 2018
ACTS of Kindness Theatre Company (AOK) has announced auditions for AOK's production of the musical "Newsies." Auditions will take place at Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, 195 Stock St., Hanover, in the main theater. Vocal and dance auditions will be held on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, May 20, at 6 p.m.
Participants may enter through the west entrance and take the elevator to the second floor, then turn left and follow signs to the registration table.
Actors and actresses ages 10 to 65 are invited to audition. AOK will cast both males and females, but females will be costumed as males. Jazz and tap dance experience is a plus, but it is not necessary for all characters.
Those interested in any solo singing in the show must attend either May 19 or May 20 for a full vocal audition. They should prepare a brief musical theater song of 16 to 32 bars from the show or in the style of the show, as well as sheet music in the correct key, as an accompanist will be provided. Technical dancers should bring tap shoes.
Readers may email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate what day they plan to audition and include their name, age, gender, and what character(s) they prefer, as well as any questions they have.
Performances will take place on Fridays, July 27 and Aug. 3; Saturdays, July 28 and Aug. 4; and Sundays, July 29 and Aug. 5.