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Fulton Theatre Posts Upcoming Season July 18, 2018

Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, has announced its 2018-19 season.

The Mainstage Series will consist of the following shows: "Treasure Island: A Musical Adventure" from Tuesday, Sept. 18, to Sunday, Oct. 14; "42nd Street" from Tuesday, Nov. 13, to Sunday, Dec. 30; "Chicago" from Tuesday, Jan. 22, to Sunday, Feb. 17; "Once: The Musical" from Tuesday, March 19, to Sunday, April 14, 2019; "Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Ladies" from Tuesday, April 30, to Saturday, May 25, 2019; and "Mamma Mia!" from Tuesday, June 4, to Sunday, July 14, 2019.

In the Eichmann Family Series, Fulton Theatre will present "A Christmas Carol" from Saturday, Dec. 1, to Saturday, Dec. 29; "Pinocchio" from Saturday, March 30, to Saturday, April 13, 2019; "Princess and the Pea" from Saturday, May 11, to Saturday, May 25, 2019; and "Madagascar" from Saturday, June 15, to Saturday, July 6, 2019.

The Ellen Arnold Groff Series will consist of "The Mystery of Irma Vep" from Tuesday, Oct. 16, to Sunday, Nov. 4; "The Glass Menagerie" from Tuesday, Feb. 12, to Sunday, March 3, 2019; "I Am My Own Wife" from Tuesday, April 2, to Sunday, April 28, 2019; and "Next to Normal" from Tuesday, May 14, to Sunday, June 2, 2019.

To purchase tickets and for more information, readers may call 717-397-7425 or visit


Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts July 18, 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.


"Little Mermaid" Auditions Planned July 16, 2018

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave., York, will hold auditions for "The Little Mermaid." Auditions will take place on Monday, Aug. 6, and Tuesday, Aug. 7. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9.

Auditions are open to individuals age 7 and up. The show will feature a double cast and crew with many opportunities for people on stage or behind the scenes. No prior experience is necessary.

Audition preparation materials and information on the process can be found at DreamWrights members are welcome to schedule audition appointments now and will be open to the general public on Monday, July 23.


Sunnyside To Perform Concert July 13, 2018

As part of its 70th anniversary season, Fivepointville Bible Conference will host Sunnyside, a bluegrass gospel band, on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine in the enclosed tabernacle, located in the grove to the rear of the Fivepointville Fire Company at 528 Chapel Lane, Denver.

Sunnyside, featuring Ken Cox and friends, has been singing bluegrass gospel for more than 40 years and has appeared numerous times in Fivepointville. The band performs three- and four-part harmonies to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more.

Future events will include the Hagans Family on Saturday, July 28, and a hymn sing plus the speaking ministry of Dr. Bill Finnigan on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Fivepointville Bible Conference is a 501(c)3 ministry that has served the community with Christian family music, drama performances, Bible teaching, and more since 1948.

A freewill offering will be received, and food will be available. For directions or more information, readers may call 717-445-4789.


Theater Plans Open Auditions July 12, 2018

Gamut Theatre Group recently announced its 2018-19 season will now open with William Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." This production will run from Saturday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 25, on the Select Medical Mainstage at Gamut Theatre, 15 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg.

Auditions for "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" and Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" will be held at Gamut Theatre from Tuesday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 5. All are encouraged to audition.

Readers may contact 717-238-4111 or to schedule an audition.


True Heart To Present Concert July 12, 2018

Woodcrest Retreat, 225 Woodcrest Road, Ephrata, will present "A Night of Christian Country Music" with the group True Heart on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. The outdoor concert will take place on the ballfield at Woodcrest, so attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the case of inclement weather, it will be held indoors at Alive Church Ephrata, 510 Stevens Road, Ephrata.

True Heart is a Christian country music ministry from central Pennsylvania. Members Scott Bordner and Joe Kantz have been sharing gospel-infused music for more than 22 years. They have won numerous awards over the years and had the No. 1 song in inspirational country music in 2016.

A freewill offering will be received to help support Woodcrest's summer camp ministry fund, which helps keep camp fees manageable for families.

Additionally, a chicken barbecue meal will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. in the retreat dining hall. To reserve a meal, readers may call 717-738-2233 up until one week before the event.


Beauty and the BEast" July 11, 2018

A family favorite is coming to the stage locally, as ACT Players will present the popular musical "Beauty and the Beast." Performances will take place at the Ware Theater on the Lincoln University campus, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University.

Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will run on Thursdays through Saturdays, July 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, at 7 p.m. There will also be two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays, July 22 and 29.

The presentation follows the full Broadway production, which differs somewhat from the animated movie. The show is appropriate for audience members of all ages and will particularly appeal to young fans.

"Little girls are always going to love princesses. It's a fairy tale, there's no question about it," ACT board president Karen Weaver said. "It's a wonderful evening to enjoy in a safe, fun environment."

Elaborate costuming fits the show, with the purpose of catching the interest of the audience, while the well-known music and timeless story are dear to adults as well as children.

"We have an extraordinary costumer who has costumed for us for years," Weaver said. She noted that some of the outfits for this production are very unusual, such as those of the clock and the teapot.

Weaver is co-directing with Mala Marcano, while Lisa Patrick is music director. The cast includes ACT veterans and newcomers.

"The role of the Beast was double-cast due to the demands of the character," Weaver reported. "Bobby Hamilton is portraying him for four shows, and Joseph Brown for the other four."

Staring in the role of Belle is Erin Murphy. "I love Disney. I love 'Beauty and the Beast,' but also I was looking for theater opportunities in the area," she said. Murphy is a recent college graduate with a degree in musical theater. "Any chance to do musical theater is good by me," she said.

Murphy worked with ACT several years ago when she was a high school student in a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

"This is the first time I've ever played the lead for them, so it's exciting," she said. "I love the family-oriented vibe of it. I also love that it is loved by so many people. It's really fun to get to play a character that is known by so many people but do it my way and put my spin on it.

"Also, Belle is a super strong female character," she added. "It's nice to have something like that."

Playing Gaston is Ethan Knettler. "I have always loved 'Beauty and the Beast.' It's one of my favorite Disney shows. I have been in it once before, and I really wanted to go for the role of Gaston," he said. "He's the big guy, and I'm 6 foot 9 inches and 240 pounds-plus. He's got a big old deep voice like me. The music fits me very well."

Knettler has a strong performing background, but this is his first time with ACT. "I love doing community theater shows. It's a way to meet new friends, to get involved in the community, and do something fun," he said. "It gives me a break from the day-to-day grind. It's something that's not the same old thing."

The Ware Theater seats 178 people, with a section of seats taken by the live orchestra. "We anticipate these shows selling out," Weaver said.

A new ticketing system offers general admission seating in advance. Tickets can be purchased at They may also be purchased at the door if available. To check for ticket status, readers may visit the website or


Concert Band Will Perform July 11, 2018

The Ephrata Concert Band will perform in concert on Sunday, July 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the band shell at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

Selections will include John Enck's "Festival Parade," Rehrer's "Hampden Firemen," and John Philip Sousa's "Boy Scouts of America" and "Hands Across the Sea."

Hinkley's brother Brian will perform as solo trombonist on the Concerto for Trombone and Military Band, composed by Nikola Rimsky-Korsakov. The band's trombone section will be featured on the novelty tune "Slim Trombone."

Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.


Concerts Set In New Holland July 11, 2018

The New Holland Summer Arts Program will present a concert by Polka Whoo on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, July 22, the Rampart Street Ramblers will perform traditional jazz at 7 p.m., and on Wednesday, July 25, the country duo of Conley and Watson will play at 7 p.m.

The concerts will take place at New Holland Community Park in the 400 block of Jackson Street, New Holland. The public is invited to attend.


Susquehanna Stage Company To Bring Back "The Music Man" July 6, 2018

Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" was the very first show produced by the Susquehanna Stage Company (SSC) in the summer of 2009. In honor of the theater company's 10th season, it will be presenting the beloved musical once again. "It was a good show to start the company, and we're repeating some of the famous things we did in the past," noted director Jim Johnson.

Eight cast members will repeat their roles from the first SSC production of "The Music Man," including Mount Joy resident Sharon Boyer, who will portray Mrs. Paroo. "It was a lot easier to learn my lines. Remembering how I did it the last time is helping me now," Sharon said. Playing Mrs. Paroo again is a welcome task for Sharon, who described her character as a fun and opinionated person.

Mrs. Paroo's daughter, Marian, will be played by Stacia Smith of Harrisburg. Marian, a librarian, is among the town members who do not quite believe the story that is told by smooth-talking con man Harold Hill when he arrives in tightknit River City, Iowa, and attempts to convince them he is a talented bandleader. He sets out to recruit folks to form a band - only to pocket the cash he receives for instruments and uniforms. Harold Hill - the Music Man himself - will be portrayed by Nick Smith of Harrisburg. Harold's problems escalate as he finds himself becoming attached to the townspeople and falling in love with bombshell Marian, and he must decide whether to skip town or tell the truth.

Stacia, who is married to Nick in real life, said that she feels lucky to have the chance to play across from her husband in the production. Tackling the role of Harold has been fun for Nick, who said that his character's tendency to be a big dreamer is easy to relate to, but the con man aspect, not so much.

"We have a large cast filled with a lot of good talent, and it's a really good community show," Nick shared. "It's really special to be a part of." Sharon echoed those thoughts, noting that the music throughout the duration of the production will have audiences captivated. "It's just one of the best all-American shows. All of the music is good, and the leads are spectacular," commented Sharon.

"The Music Man" cast will also include Dale Boyer, Josh Kulp, Kevin Allen, Jim Herrick, Steve Sturgis, John Zimmerman, Tom Felgen, Jason Spickler, Jered Mackison, Paige Fairbanks, Hayden Bires, Linda Boozer, Charis Alkinburgh, Emma Antonacci, Darlene Hein, Janet Josephson, Ali Fleming, Lorraine Ford, Ray Antonelli, Sandy Shurina, Dave Anderson, Greta Fairbanks, Al Hein, Barb Nicholas, Rob Hein, Colleen Mackison, Nick Baker, Jackie Wein Roberts, Jim Stricker, Beth Steele, Kate Hein, Cynthia Hassinger, Sylvia Garner, Ryan Kimbark, Lydia Alkinburgh, Ricky Fitts, Grayson Marz, Brayton Alkinburgh, Jessica Robinson, Zac Snyder, Lily Chow, Kendall Winters, Stefanie Good, Teddy Best, Molly Kitchen, and Harper Kitchen.

Performances are scheduled for Friday to Sunday, July 20 to 22; Thursday to Sunday, July 26 to 29; and Thursday to Sunday, Aug. 2 to 5, at SSC, located at the rear of 264 W. Market St., Marietta. All performances will begin at 8 p.m., with the exception of the Sunday shows, which will be at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the show may be purchased in advance at or by calling 717-426-1277. The box office is open from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Separate ticket prices have been set for adults and for students.


First Listen Concerts Posted July 5, 2018

Gretna Music's First Listen program will showcase the talent of local aspiring musicians before Gretna Music's 7:30 p.m. mainstage concerts performed by world-renowned artists. All First Listen performances will take place at the Mount Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna, and are free to the public. For those who wish to remain for the mainstage concerts, ticket prices will vary.

First Listen concerts will begin at 6:45 p.m. Angelina Phillips was slated to perform on July 8. Manheim Township Middle School eighth-grader Kevin Zhang will perform on piano on Sunday, July 22. Dawson Freeman, a home-schooled 12th-grader, will perform on Sunday, Aug. 26. Harpist Michael Rublesky, a home-schooled 12th-grader, will perform on Saturday, Sept. 8. Performers are to be determined for Sundays, Aug. 12 and Sept. 2.

More information is available at and


Playhouse Sets "Once Upon A Mattress" July 5, 2018

Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will present "Once Upon a Mattress" on Thursdays through Sundays, July 19 to 22 and 26 to 29. Performances on Thursdays through Saturdays will begin at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday performances will begin at 2 p.m.

The musical comedy, an adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea," features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller, and Marshall Barer. The original production opened on May 11, 1959, off-Broadway before moving to Broadway later that year. The show marked the Broadway debut of Carol Burnett, who originated the role of Princess Winnifred. Nominated for two Tony Awards, one for Best Musical and one for Burnett as Best Leading Actress, the show ran for a total of 244 performances.

Cast members for the upcoming performances include Anton Aluquin as Ensemble and First Knight; Amy Jo Brixius as Princess Winnifred; Jasmine Bucher as Third Lady in Waiting - Lucille; Natalie DeSantis as The Minstrel; Gene Ellis as The Wizard; Kate Foley as Ensemble; Kristi Foster as Second Lady in Waiting - Merrill; Patrick Gavazzi as Sir Studley and Shadow Jester; Jilly Harris as Ensemble, Lady H, Pantomime Character, and Wench 1; Roxanne Hennessy as The Jester; Sydney Hover as Ensemble and Lady; Brandon Laventure as Ensemble, Second Knight, and Sir Luce; Eric Mansilla as Prince Dauntless; John Mallonee as King Sextimus the Silent; Colleen Milliken as Princess 12 and Ensemble; Jacob Porter as Ensemble; Stephi Preston as Lady in Waiting 1 - Rowena; Sherri Roland as Ensemble, Lady Mabelle, and Nightingale; Deborah Santiago as Ensemble, Pantomime Character, and Wench 2; Rebecca Schlegel as Lady Larken; Ian Wallace as Sir Harry; and Sara Zentmeyer as Queen Aggravain.

Director Jeff Cartwright appeared in the show when he was in high school. Production staff members include Lisa Greene, producer; Lindy Mack, orchestra director; Laurie Miller Petersen, choreographer; Patt Roth, stage manager; Becky Jenkins, assistant stage manager; JoAnn Wallace, lead costumer; Linda Pagliarulo and Kaye Wallace, costumers; Carlton Hoke and Jeff Miller, set designers, builders, and painters; Dave Rowland, sound; Dave Ebright, lighting designer; Cameron Ebright, assistant lighting designer; Mike Toth, light board operator; Monica Von Dobeneck and Jonathan Weschler, set design and properties; and Michele Pecho, technical assistant.

Separate ticket costs have been set for teenagers and adults and for children age 12 and under. To purchase tickets, readers may visit or call the box office at 717-533-8525.


Kim Wins Music Competition July 3, 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


YSO Announces 2018-19 Season July 3, 2018

The York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) has announced that its 2018-19 season is themed "HEROES!" It will feature performances - including six Classical Series concerts, four Pops Series concerts, and the annual Young Person's Concert - inspired by musical heroes, national heroes, heroes from olden times, sports heroes, and superheroes. Concerts will take place at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York.

Season subscriptions and Pick 5 Packages, as well as single tickets, with separate costs set for students and for adults, may be purchased by calling 717-846-1111 or visiting

Concerts in the Classical Series will take place at 7:30 p.m. on select Saturdays. On Oct. 6, "The Eroica" (Heroic Symphony) by Beethoven will feature the Egmont Overture portraying the life and heroism of the 16th-century Count of Egmont, with YSO principal trumpeter Nathan Clark performing the Hummel Trumpet Concerto. "Musical Heroes," set for Nov. 3, will pay homage to Leonard Bernstein in celebration of his 100th birthday in 2018 with concertmaster Denise Dillenbeck performing his "Serenade" inspired by Plato; it will conclude with Johannes Brahms' first symphony. On Jan. 19, 2019, "National Heroes," featuring guest pianist Natasha Paremski, will highlight composers who were considered heroes in their homelands, including Dmitri Shostakovich in Russia and Jean Sibelius in Finland, and it will commemorate the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"Knights in Shining Armor," set for March 9, 2019, will feature Beethoven's "Overture to Leonore" and will conclude with Bruckner's fourth symphony, which is subtitled "The Romantic." On April 6, 2019, "Heroes From Olden Times" will feature guest vocalists and will showcase the York Symphony Chorus' rendition of the Lord Nelson Mass. "Ein Heldenleben" (A Hero's Life) by Richard Strauss will be presented on June 1, 2019, with the grand finale also featuring Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" and a concerto showcasing guest artist Christopher Rex, former principal cellist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Pops Series concerts will include "Heroes and Superheroes" on Sunday, Sept. 23, at 2 p.m., which will share the music of America's TV and film caped crusaders. Families and children are encouraged to dress as their favorite hero or superhero.

"Holiday Pops," the YSO's annual holiday concert, will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and will feature the York Symphony Chorus and Greater York Dance. "Tribute to David Bowie" on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., will showcase Bowie's hits and will feature guest artist Jeans 'n Classics and guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II. On Saturday, May 4, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., "Sports Orchestrated" will highlight well-known sports music, from "Rocky" and "Chariots of Fire" to pieces from the Olympic Games and professional football, with surprise celebrities slated to attend.

The annual Young Person's Concert, "Mozart's Magnificent Voyage," will take place at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. The family-friendly performance will feature assistant conductor Stephen Czarkowski.

Lawrence Golan is the music director of the YSO. To learn more, readers may visit or


Promise Players Post Auditions July 2, 2018

Promise Players have scheduled auditions for the fall show "The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase." Auditions will take place on Sunday, Aug. 19, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Willow Street.

There are roles for three men and five women. To schedule an audition, contact director Tim Strawser at 717-490-1675 or


Marching To The Beat Of A Different Drum June 28, 2018

Regional Drum & Bugle Corps Event Set For July 7

Top drum and bugle corps bands from Pennsylvania and New Jersey will participate in the Buccaneer Classic - A Drum & Bugle Corps Competition - at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, in the Georgelis Law Firm Stadium of Hempfield High School, 340 Mumma Drive, Landisville.

"We are bringing drum corps back to Lancaster," said event co-chair Rick Thomson. "A rich heritage of drum corps activity in Lancaster stretches back to the 1970s. Corps such as Blue Rock, Garfield, Black Watch, Crossmen, Belvederes, Sacred Heart, and many more brought people to their feet year after year with strong brass, percussion, and color guard performances."

The Buccaneer Classic will be hosted by the Reading Buccaneers Drum & Bugle Corps in partnership with the Hempfield Band Booster Club. The Reading Buccaneers group was founded in 1957 and aims to provide people of all ages a unique and enriching educational experience in the performing arts in which they develop as individuals and as performers. The Buccaneers were founding members of Drum Corps Associates (DCA) and won the first-ever DCA World Championships in 1965.

The event will feature some of the world's finest competing all-age drum and bugle corps as well as legendary alumni corps in exhibition. In competition will be the six-time DCA world champion Bushwackers from Princeton, N.J.; the 2016 DCA world champion Cadets2 from Allentown; perennial fan favorite Fusion Core from Morris County, N.J.; and the hosts, the reigning and 15-time DCA world champion Buccaneers. Performing in exhibition will be Encorps from New Brunswick, N.J.; the Hawthorne Caballeros Alumni of Hawthorne, N.J.; and the Skyliners Alumni from Englewood, N.J.

Tickets are required for admission to the event, and reserved and general admission tickets may be purchased in advance at Handicapped-accessible seating will be available.

Sponsors for the event are still being accepted, and interested individuals may contact Thomson at or Bill Powers at


Ephrata Concert Band To Perform June 27, 2018

The Ephrata Concert Band will perform in concert on Sunday, July 8, at 7:15 p.m. in the band shell at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.

The public is encouraged to bring folding chairs to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

Selections will include the national anthem, James Henry Fillmore Jr.'s "Klaxon March," King's "Ponderosa," selections from the musical based on Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," the hymn "The Church's One Foundation," and more.

Admission is free, though donations to will be accepted.


Concert Will Benefit Center June 27, 2018

Arch Street Center will benefit from a concert featuring The Willie Marble Xperience, set for Thursday, July 12, at Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Also helping to organize the concert is Music For Everyone.

The event is for people age 21 and up, and admission will be by a set suggested donation.

For more information, readers may visit


Senior Center Plans Schedule June 26, 2018

Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will offer a schedule of activities during the week. The center will be closed on Wednesday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. For more details, readers may call 717-993-3488.

On Thursday, July 5, activities will include aerobics in the Community Building, blood pressure and weight checks, Kings in the Corner at 9:30 a.m., Chair Yoga at 10:30 a.m., Wii games in the morning, an art class at noon, and Hand and Foot games at noon. Activities on Friday, July 6, will include aerobics in the Community Building, Senior Shape Up class, bocce ball at 10:30 a.m., and bingo after lunch.

On Monday, July 9, the activity schedule will feature breakfast at a local restaurant at 8 a.m., aerobics in the Community Building, craft class at 9:30 a.m., table games, and Wii. Activities on Tuesday, July 10, include aerobics in the Community Building, a picnic with the Red Hat Ladies, computer assistance, and pinochle at noon.


Yost To Take Part In Symposium June 25, 2018

Broadway Break Thru (BBT) has announced that Manheim Township ninth-grader Sophie Yost is one of 75 high school participants across the nation selected to attend the first-ever College Break Thru in Chicago. Scheduled to take place from Monday, June 25, through Friday, June 29, at the University Center Chicago, the summer symposium will give performing arts students the opportunity to receive the tools needed to excel in their auditions and performances while also providing more than $250,000 in college scholarships.

Sophie has been performing in school shows since age 6. Her most recent role was Mrs. Paroo in the Manheim Township Middle School production of "The Music Man." She is a vocal student of Jessica Dey and studies piano under Nate Petley. She also sings the national anthem at local events such as Franklin & Marshall College men's lacrosse games, and she has performed at Lancaster Barnstormers' home games.

Founded in 2009 by David Petro, a Disney, Nickelodeon, and Broadway casting director and former Broadway performer, Broadway Break Thru provides nationwide opportunities to young, aspiring artists through performing arts summer camps, pre-college programs, after-school programs, and weekend workshops.

College Break Thru is the newest program and features five-day intensives designed for incoming high school freshmen to seniors who have a strong interest in musical theater, dance, voice, and acting. University faculty members from across the country will be involved, including American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA), The Boston Conservatory at Berklee, CAP 21, Carnegie Mellon, The Juilliard School, Yale School of Drama, Stewart Talent Agency, and Second City Chicago.

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