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Music Association Announces Events April 28, 2017

Harmonia Music Association has announced National Music Week events.

On Sunday, May 7, at 7 p.m., the annual Festival of Choirs with eight participating groups will be held at Kochenderfer's United Methodist Church, 1105 Kochenderfer Road, Lebanon.

On Monday, May 8, at 6 p.m., the annual banquet will be held at Hebron Banquet Hall, 701 E. Walnut St., Lebanon. Banquet reservations were due by May 1. At 7:30 p.m., the Lebanon County Musicians Hall of Fame 2017 induction will be free and open to the public. The inductees are Mary Beazley, James H. Garrett Jr., Russell C. Hatz, David Lazorcik, Bonita Luciotti, and Patricia Walter. For information on the induction, readers may call Pat Walter at 273-0915.

On Sunday, May 14, at 7 p.m., National Federation of Music Clubs scholarship winners William Hume, piano, and Paul Bergeron, cello, who are both Eastman School of Music students, will perform a fundraiser concert at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 22 S. Sixth St., Lebanon. Separate admission fees have been set for adults and students.

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Hempfield Sets Dance Theatre April 28, 2017

Hempfield High School, 200 Stanley Ave., Landisville, will present "A Night in the Museum" as the 33rd annual Dance Theatre production, created and directed by Cody Smith. Performances will take place in the high school's Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 12, and Saturday, May 13, with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Sunday, May 14.

A senior citizen preview performance of "A Night in the Museum" is slated for Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. The dress rehearsal is free to all residents of Hempfield School District who are age 65 and older. Tickets and preregistration are not necessary for the preview.

In the 2017 production, iconic works of art will come to life with the use of multimedia technology and the language of dance. Degas' ballerinas will dance off of the canvas, and audience members will be able to feel the movement of Monet's "Water Lilies" and Van Gogh's "Starry Night," and the haunting quality of Munch's "The Scream." The production will also explore the rise of various art movements, including graffiti art, abstract art, and surrealism. Sculpture and a natural history exhibit, along with the planetarium and the well-known space race, will also be part of the production.

Dance Theatre has a cast of more than 100 student dancers. Senior principal dancers include Bethany Joyce and Rachel Smith, with junior principal dancers including Audrey Kepple, Grace Bruckner, Jordan Hooks, and Emily Young. Sophomore principal dancers include Megan Kosmela, Rachel Male, Alaina Simmons, and Katie White.

All seating is reserved, and separate costs have been set for adults and for students, children, and seniors age 65 and up. Tickets may be purchased at www.hempfieldsd.org/tickets or at the box office on Wednesday, May 10, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The box office will also open 45 minutes prior to show time for ticket sales.

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School District Plans Concerts April 20, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg School District will host a series of spring concerts showcasing the talents of student instrumentalists and singers. All concerts are free and open to community members.

The concerts will be as follows: Thursday, April 27, jazz band; Tuesday, May 2, high school band; Thursday, May 11, high school chorus and orchestra; Tuesday, May 23, grades four and five chorus, orchestra, and band concert; Thursday, May 25, grades six through eight band, chorus, Madrigals, and orchestra.

All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at the high school, 1600 Book Road, Lampeter. The high school and Martin Meylin Middle School marching bands also will perform in the Strasburg Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 29, at 9 a.m.

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Theater Performances Slated April 20, 2017

Spring theater performances have been set at Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive. Productions will take place in the college's Tempest Theatre. Separate ticket costs have been set for each production.

"Getting Out," a play written by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman and performed by Elizabethtown College Theatre, will be performed at 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, and Friday, April 28, as well as at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 30. Performances were also held on April 20 to 22.

Arlene, known as Arlie in her rebellious youth, wants to start a new life as she emerges from prison. However, Arlene and Arlie, played by two different actresses, fight for control. Michael Swanson is the director of the production, Richard Wolf-Spencer is the scenic and lighting designer, and Teresa Wolf-Spencer is the costume designer. The sound designer is Tyler Rossi, the makeup designer is Jason Mountain, and the stage manager is Emily Leister.

Additionally, the one-woman play "My Brilliant Divorce" will be performed as Kierra Swisher's senior theater project at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, and at 7 p.m. on Sunday, May 7. The play, written by Geraldine Aron, focuses on main character Angela's journey back to happiness.

Readers may reserve tickets by calling 361-1170 or emailing boxoffice@etown.edu.

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Dayspring Will Stage "Anne Of Green Gables" April 19, 2017

Dayspring Christian Academy will present a musical adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery's beloved novel "Anne of Green Gables" at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 28, and at 1:30 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 29, in the school's auditorium at 120 College Ave., Mountville. The show was written by Wayne Scott and is an original LifeHouse production.

"Anne of Green Gables" is the story of a young orphan girl's quest for a place to call home. The touching tale about the hopes and dreams of a girl with a big imagination is filled with heartwarming drama and hilarious mishaps as the precocious Anne Shirley learns to find her way in the world and eventually into the hearts of the people of Avonlea.

"'Anne of Green Gables' is a wonderful classic that appeals to all ages," said faculty adviser Angela Adams. "Many of us can probably remember the first time we read the book and fell in love with the characters. Such a lively musical is a great way to introduce the flamboyant character of Anne to our own children."

The main character, Anne (Areanna Kroll, with Callie Smucker as understudy), has a heart for adventure, which she carries with her to her adoptive home with siblings Marilla Cuthbert (Marissa Rabold, with Lindsey Fair as understudy) and Matthew Cuthbert (Spencer Esh, understudied by Cameron MacKilligan). Not everyone in the town of Avonlea is happy with Anne's knack of getting into trouble, but Matthew understands Anne's value and works to show the rest of the town the unique, kind-hearted girl that he sees.

Adams noted that biblical principles can be found in the story. "Anne is judged based upon her appearance, especially her red hair, and sometimes her overenthusiastic imagination," she said. Adams pointed to 1 Samuel 16:7, which states that God does not pay attention to outward appearance but looks only at the heart. She noted that "Anne of Green Gables" invites its viewers to see others from God's point of view. "At Dayspring, we like to emphasize classics for their elevated language and for the glimpses of truth we find within their pages," Adams noted.

The musical will be fun and entertaining, since, as Adams mentioned, "Anne certainly does a great job of getting herself into some hilarious predicaments." People of all ages will enjoy laughing at the humorous scenarios throughout the musical and will appreciate the redemptive story woven throughout. "Anne is a wonderful example of a young girl moving toward maturity, and (the play tells the story of) the people that she influences and that influence her along the way," Adams said. "It's a very appealing story."

The people Anne encounters in Avonlea include her new best friend Diana Berry (Emma Hasting), an antagonizing classmate named Gilbert Blythe (Spencer Esh, understudied by Jackson Stone), and Marilla's persnickety friend, Rachel Lynde (Bryanna Still, with Kate Myers as understudy). Dayspring students who will play additional characters include Aiden Diffenderfer, Molly Bruner, Yowel Ali Bakhsh, Ali Bruner, Callie Smucker, Cole Ployd, Felicia Russo, Kate Warfel, Goldfinger Johnsons, Carly Groff, Alyssa Longenecker, Actura Diffenderfer, Eriyona Weaver, Hannah Armstrong, Mikayla Stoltzfus, Ohnika Celotto, and Sophia Arsel. Additional students will work backstage, and Alyssa Shuman will run the spotlight.

Tickets for the musical may be purchased at www.dayspringchristian.com or by calling 285-2000.

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Robinson To Perform At Cafe April 19, 2017

Rob Robinson will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, April 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Robinson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, teacher and clinician. Over the years, he has performed pop, rock, country, folk, blues, classical and jazz. From the age of 9 into his early twenties Rob was immersed in Drum Corps International (DCI) activity, becoming the first three-time DCI national snare-drumming champion. He went on to teach and write for several university band programs and drum corps.

During his teenage years, Robinson became interested in performing popular music. He became involved with several bands and original music projects in the Philadelphia area, and he eventually toured and recorded with roots-based artist Ben Vaughn.

Robinson released his first solo album, "Catchin' A Ride," in the fall of 2013, and in 2014, he signed on with Lou DeMarco and the Momentary Love Management Group. Since then he has taken his music on the road to many U.S. cities and has been a featured guest on NPR's "Acoustic Highway." He continues to drum for artists such as Suzanne Gorman and Memphis based singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery. He is also an active clinician in the rudimental drum community and in 2007 was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. In 2012, Robinson returned to his roots by competing in and winning the DCA national snare-drumming competition. He is currently working on a follow-up solo album.

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

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Academy To Present "The Wizard Of Oz" April 19, 2017

Playing the role of Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz" has been a fun experience for 18-year-old Joy Herr. "She's younger than I am, so it lets me portray a younger character, which is different from other shows," said Joy, who is starring in The Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts' upcoming musical production of "The Wizard of Oz."

"(Dorothy) learns that what she wanted all along she already had, so I feel like that's very relevant," added Joy, a homeschool senior from New Providence who has acted in numerous shows with the academy, including "Murder in a Nunnery," "Anne of Green Gables," and "The King and I."

The academy will present "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday, April 28, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 29, at 2 and 7 p.m. at the brand-new Landis Performing Arts Hall at The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim.

Audiences are invited to watch the retelling of the classic American story by a cast of 60 local students in grades one through 12 who will sing, dance, and skip through Oz and down the familiar yellow brick road. Directed by Bonnie Bosso, "The Wizard of Oz" is a Broadway musical by the Royal Shakespeare Company based on the traditional movie version with Judy Garland.

"'The Wizard of Oz' is an iconic story in the American canon, and people generally have a warm, fuzzy memory attached to it," said Bosso. "It makes everyone so happy! I love the songs and the message of the story: that we need to do work on ourselves before we look to what the world has to say about us. As Christians, that work is between God and ourselves."

Bosso, an experienced theater professional, has directed other academy productions since 2011 and also instructs advanced theater students.

"This is the kind of show where so many areas of the arts weave together to create a beautiful story, with many familiar songs, dances, orchestration, beautiful sets and costumes, and interesting characters," said producer Jean Newswanger, noting that "The Wizard of Oz" will be the academy's 27th theatrical production.

The cast includes Bryan Zhu as Lion, Jordon Beedle as Tinman, Brandon Beedle as Scarecrow, and a theater-trained canine named Cavachon Oliver Zimmerman as Toto. The production team includes musical director Caleb Heckman, choreographer Rachel Newswanger, set designer Anne Flinchbaugh Richey, costume designers Emily Rodriguez and Johanna Rogers, stage manager Emma Groff, and house manager Kristina Werner.

To obtain discounted tickets in advance, interested individuals may visit www.thejunctioncenter.com prior to 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. Tickets will be available at the door prior to each show, with separate prices for adults and children age 12 and under. Patron parking is free, and the gates will open approximately one hour prior to show time.

The Lancaster Academy for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit, educational organization that offers instruction in beginning through advanced choirs, ministry choirs, orchestra, elementary band, guitar, percussion, handbell ensembles, theater, fine arts, musicals, plays, and summer camps. For more details, readers may go to http://lancasteracademy.org.

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Playhouse To Present "Rabbit Hole" April 13, 2017

Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, will present the second production of its 2017 season, "Rabbit Hole," on Thursdays through Sundays, April 20 to 23 and 27 to 30. Performances on Thursdays through Saturdays will begin at 7:30 p.m., with Sunday performances at 2 p.m.

The story, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and directed by Lewis Silverman, delves into the complexity of a family navigating deep grief and learning what it means to live a fruitful life. In the story, an upper middle class husband and wife experience a tragedy and fight to gain back the relationship they once had as they try to move their lives forward.

The cast members include Samuel Eisenhuth as Howie, Renee Howard as Becca, Jeremiah Joel as Jason, Michele McErlean as Nat, Shelby Snyder as Izzy, and Michael Thompson as Danny.

In addition to Silverman, production staff members include Wendy Lubell, producer; Richard Foster, stage manager; Daniel Bixler, lighting designer; Carlton Hoke and Jeff Miller, set design and construction; Linda Pagliarulo, costumer; Renee Howard, props mistress; and Robyn Swayne, technical coordinator.

The production may not be suitable for children. Separate ticket prices have been set for teenagers and adults and for children age 12 and under. To purchase tickets, readers may visit www.HersheyAreaPlayhouse.com or call the box office at 533-8525.

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Orchestra Announces New Season April 11, 2017

The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra (LSO) has announced its 2017-18 season. Unless otherwise noted, Classic Series concerts will take place at the Fulton Opera House, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster. The LSO is led by music director Stephen Gunzenhauser.

The Classic Series will open on Saturday, Sept. 9, with a concert including Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, featuring violinist Diana Seitz; Shostakovich's "Festive Overture"; and Elgar's "Enigma" Variations.

A Saturday, Oct. 28, concert will include Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini," featuring Yevgeny Yontov, along with the Overture to "Cosi fan tutte" by Mozart and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.

Sounds of the Season: "And All That Jazz" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 15, and 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. The orchestra and the Lancaster Symphony Brass will present holiday and jazz music under the direction of Dr. William B. Wright, who is a professor of choral music at Franklin & Marshall College (F&M). The show will be held at F&M's Barshinger Center for the Performing Arts, 600 College Ave., Lancaster.

The New Year's Eve Broadway Celebration on Sunday, Dec. 31, will take place at 7:30 p.m. at the American Music Theatre on Route 30. It will feature music from Broadway and performances by brothers Will and Anthony Nunziata.

A concert on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, will feature violinist Rachel Barton Pine performing Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1 and Smetana's "The Moldau." The concert will also feature Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Violin Concerto No. 3, "Klezmer," by David Chesky, the 2013 LSO Composer's Award winner. The location of the concert is yet to be announced.

A concert on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, will feature Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 6, "Pathetique," and the presentation of the 56th annual Composers Award winner.

On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the LSO will present "Bernstein Meets Rachmaninoff," featuring Bernstein's "Symphonic Dances from West Side Story" and Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 1.

The final Classic Series concert, set for Saturday, May 19, 2018, will include Verdi's Messa da Requiem. The LSO will be joined by the Lancaster Symphony Chorus and chorusmaster Wright. The location of the concert is yet to be announced.

All Saturday Classic Series concerts will commence at 3 and 8 p.m. Free Meet the Music pre-concert talks will be held an hour before each performance. A Meet the Musicians reception will follow the Saturday night concerts in the lobby.

Subscriptions to the 2017-18 Classic Series may be purchased by calling the LSO at 291-6440.

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Musical Theater Camps Announced April 10, 2017

Servant Stage Company, in partnership with Lancaster Bible College, will offer two musical theater camps for students ages 10 to 18 this summer. During each camp, students will rehearse and perform a full-length student production and participate in daily workshops and master classes with a camp staff of experienced theater professionals. Last year's inaugural camp performed "Godspell Jr."

Both camps will be directed by Servant Stage artistic director Wally Calderon. He has worked in various youth theater settings, which include the Miracle Theatre in Pigeon Forge, Tenn.; the Palace Theatre in Manchester, N.H.; and the Stage Door Manor in upstate New York.

The camps will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and students will perform their production for family, friends and the neighboring community.

The "Honk! Jr." camp will take place from Monday, June 19, to Wednesday, June 28. From the duo that wrote the songs and lyrics for the Broadway musical "Mary Poppins," "Honk! Jr." is a heartwarming story about The Ugly Duckling that is suitable for all ages.

The "Bye Bye Birdie" camp will be offered from Monday, July 17, to Wednesday, July 26. Limited spots remain. The show is a satire told through songs such as "Put On A Happy Face," "A Lot of Livin' To Do," "Kids," "The Telephone Hour," and "Honestly Sincere."

There is a fee to attend, with a discount available to those who register on or before Monday, May 1. Financial assistance is available. For more information and to register, readers may visit www.servantstagecompany.com/camps.

Servant Stage Company is a theater that has served Lancaster County since 2011 and brings family-friendly entertainment to more than 20,000 audience members each year.

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