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School To Present "Beauty And The Beast" January 18, 2019

High school students from Milton Hershey School will present Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," a Broadway modern classic, in the Memorial Hall Auditorium, 901 Homestead Lane, Hershey. The community is invited to attend one of four performances that are free and open to the public, including Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m.; Friday, March 8, at 7 p.m.; and Saturday, March 9, at 1 and 7 p.m.

Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" tells the story of youthful, intelligent Belle and the misunderstood Beast, a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn how to love and be loved, the spell will end and he will be transformed into his former self.

The production incorporates themes like community, respect, and acceptance - values embraced by Milton Hershey School and included in the school's social and emotional learning curriculum.

Tickets are free and available by visiting www.showtix4u.com and searching for "Beauty and the Beast" at Milton Hershey School.

While the school does not provide wheelchairs or other mobility devices, readers who need accommodations for a disability are asked to notify the Milton Hershey School Campus Service Center 72 hours in advance at 717-520-2647.

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Theater Will Stage "Chicago" January 16, 2019

The Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, has announced that one of Broadway's longest-running musicals, "Chicago," will open on Thursday, Jan. 24.

A complete list of dates and times is available at https://thefulton.org/shows/chicago.

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Chorale Releases Studio Recording January 16, 2019

The Susquehanna Chorale recently released a studio recording featuring repertoire from its spring 2018 concert series, titled "Roots & Wings." The Susquehanna Chorale, founded in 1981 by conductor Linda L. Tedford, is a nationally recognized adult chamber ensemble of 35 singers chosen by audition.

"Roots & Wings" celebrates the breadth of human experience and how relationships that are rooted in faith, family, and friendship may inspire people to achieve their dreams.

Faure's "Cantique de Jean Racine," American spirituals, and Rhonda Sandberg's modern arrangement of Bach's "Come, Sweet Death" pay tribute to the historical roots of faith.

The enduring roots of human relationships are the focus of "Jenny Rebecca," Bob Chilcott's setting of Christina Rosetti's poem "Remember Me," and Eriks E∫envald's "Only in Sleep," based on Sara Teasdale's poem about childhood friends returning in her dreams.

The roots of the United States' musical heritage are honored with songs from early America, including "Nelly Bly" and a men's arrangement of "Aura Lee" as well as Copland's "Long Time Ago" and "I Bought Me a Cat."

The program also includes Sean Kirchner's "Unclouded Day."

"Roots & Wings" is the chorale's eighth nationally distributed recording. Three of the chorale's recordings were considered for Grammy nomination.

"Roots & Wings" is available for purchase by calling 717-533-7859 or visiting www.susquehannachorale.org.

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Polka Dance Event Planned January 16, 2019

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York will hold a dance on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. Dance music will be provided by The Monaldi Brothers.

Admission tickets will be sold at the door or in advance by calling 717-244-3436. Refreshments will be included in the price of admission.

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Dance Event Slated January 16, 2019

York USA Dance Chapter 3008 will hold its first ballroom dance of the new year on Sunday, Jan. 27, while returning to its previous venue, Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. The dance will begin at 3 p.m. with a lindy hop lesson taught by Anthony Obin, followed by open dancing to a mix of swing, ballroom and Latin music from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available, and food donations will be accepted.

All USA Dance events are open to the public, including dancers of all ages and experience levels. Admission fees, which include the lesson, have been set for members, guests and students with IDs.

More information may be found at the York USA Dance Chapter 3008 Facebook page or at www.danceinyork.net.

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Piano Students Perform In Recital January 11, 2019

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Community Singers To Begin Rehearsals January 10, 2019

The Hummelstown Community Singers will begin rehearsals for the spring season with registration on Mondays, Jan. 21, Jan. 28, and Feb. 4. Registration will begin at 7:15 p.m. and take place in the sanctuary at Hummelstown United Church of Christ, 104 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

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

For more information, readers may contact Valerie at 717-566-9312 or Barbara at 717-566-6601. Readers may also search for "Hummelstown Community Singers" on Facebook.

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Mandolin Ensemble To Perform January 9, 2019

The Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble will return to play at the Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The ensemble formed in the summer of 2011. Harrisburg mandolinists Tom Cook and Wade Yankey had crossed paths at a performance and found a common love for playing eclectic acoustic tunes on mandolin family instruments. Their idea was to explore the tonal range from the mandolin to the mandobass and to explore new and eclectic material from Bach to bluegrass and jazz and roots music.

Eventually, the group evolved into a quintet. In addition to Cook on mandola, the group currently consists of Greg Rohrer on mandolin, Kevin Neidig on mandolin and octave mandolin, Henry Koretzky on mandocello and mandolin, and Pete Netznik on mandobass.

The band's repertoire has grown to include original tunes and arrangements from both group members and local musical colleagues, along with an array of tunes and songs drawing from jazz, swing, bluegrass, old-time, folk, and world music.

Those who plan to attend are asked to preregister by calling the library at 717-626-2255 or by emailing their name and the number of people attending to register@lititizlibrary.org.

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Singing Valentines Fundraiser Posted January 8, 2019

The White Rose Chorus has announced its annual singing valentines fundraiser. For a fee, the Sunny 4Cast barbershop quartet will deliver singing valentines on Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14. Proceeds will benefit the White Rose Chorus.

To reserve a time slot, readers may contact the chorus at 717-659-7720 by Friday, Feb. 1.

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Upstart Arts Sets Auditions, Performances January 3, 2019

York city theater collective Upstart Arts has announced that St. John's Episcopal Church, 140 N. Beaver St., York, will be its artistic home going forward.

Additionally, it has posted auditions and performance dates for its second show, Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest." Auditions will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 16 and 17, at 6:30 p.m. No advance preparation is required. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, March 17, at 3 p.m.

"The Importance of Being Earnest" is a comically serious look into colliding dreams and hopes.

Admission is free, but tickets can be reserved through Eventbrite by searching for "The Importance of Being Earnest," and donations are encouraged. Upstart Arts is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit and all funds are put directly into its productions.

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Community Chorus Posts Openings January 3, 2019

The Elizabethtown Community Chorus has announced openings for all voice parts. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 15 from 7:30 to 9:20 p.m. in Leffler Chapel on the campus of Elizabethtown College, 1 Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown. Singers age 16 and up, including faculty, staff members, students, and community members, are welcome to join regardless of experience. There are no fees for participation.

The ensemble will perform in the spring concert on Sunday, May 5. Contact Dr. Matthew Fritz, director, at 717-361-1112 or fritzm@etown.edu for additional information.

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Racing Expo Slated January 2, 2019

The 2019 Racing Xtravaganza show is set for Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at the York Arena at the York Expo Center. Registration for vendors and race teams is now open. The Racing Xtravaganza Expo provides racing fans and companies an opportunity to reconnect during the off-season and support the race teams off the track. Early bird registration ensures inclusion in pre-event marketing materials.

The BAPS "Finishing First" Cornhole Challenge is back in 2019 and will feature 64 drivers as they compete in a single-player, double-elimination contest. New for 2019, fans will have the chance to compete in the BAPS "Finishing First" Fan Challenge for a cash prize. Spaces are limited.

For more information or to register, readers may visit www.racingxtravaganza.com. More information may also be received by following Racing Xtravaganza on Facebook or Twitter.

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Dance Group Posts Classes January 2, 2019

Greater York Dance has announced a promotion and an upcoming program.

New students who enroll for classes at Greater York Dance by Thursday, Jan. 31, may use the promo code NEWATGYD35 to receive a set discount at the time of checkout. There are more than 65 classes a week to choose from at Greater York Dance.

On Thursday, Jan. 10, dancers ages 3 and 4 may attend Sparkle Day, a program offered through Twinkle Star Dance, and receive a free tutu dress. Twinkle Star Dance programs are age-specific classes containing ballet, tap and jazz/creative movement. The purpose of the class is to introduce young dancers to the three styles of dance and inspire movement and creativity within a positive environment. Dancers also learn basic steps and terminology in all three styles.

For more information about Greater York Dance, readers may call 717-755-MOVE (6683) or visit www.gydance.org.

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EPAC Plans Auditions January 2, 2019

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC) will hold auditions for performers ages 8 to 14 for several roles in its 2019 season. The auditions will take place on Saturday, Jan. 26, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at EPACs Sharadin Bigler Theatre, 320 Cocalico St., Ephrata.

Young actors/singers are sought for productions of "Ragtime," "Pippin," "The Man Who Came to Dinner" and a show yet to be announced. Applicants must present a memorized monologue no longer than one minute and a one-minute song. For those only interested in chorus/ensemble roles, only a song is required. Attendees are asked to bring their own sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. They may use a CD for accompaniment; however, they must bring a player, as one one will not be provided.

Auditions will be by appointment only, with sign-up at http://ephrataperformingartscenter.formstack.com/forms/ragtimeauditions. For more information, readers may email Edward R. Fernandez at artisticdirector@ephrataperformingartscenter.com.

General auditions for the 2019 season will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, and Friday, Jan. 11, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Jan. 12, and Sunday, Jan. 13, from 1 to 9 p.m. Musical applicants must present a memorized monologue no longer than two minutes and a one-minute song. For those only interested in chorus/ensemble roles, only a song is required. Attendees are asked to bring their own sheet music; an accompanist will be provided. They may use a CD for accompaniment; however, they must bring a player, as one one will not be provided. Play applicants need only present the memorized monologue.

Acting roles in any production at EPAC are volunteer positions. Callback auditions dates will be announced later.

EPAC is also seeking to fill the positions of sound-board operator, lighting board operator and stage managers for the 2019 season.

Auditions are by appointment only. To make an appointment, readers may visit http://ephrataperformingartscenter.formstack.com/forms/2019seasonauditions. More information may be received by contacting Fernandez at 717-733-7966, ext. 2, or artisticdirector@ephrataperformingartscenter.com, with email requests getting a reply much quicker and being the preferred method.

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Dancers Qualify For World Championships December 26, 2018

The Hooley School of Irish Dance has announced that six dancers have qualified to compete in the CLRG Irish Dance World Championships in Greensboro, N.C., from Sunday to Friday, April 14 to 19, 2019. These six dance students and a junior team of eight dancers will compete against more than 4,000 dancers who have qualified at their regional championships. Competitors will come from Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Great Britain, mainland Europe, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States.

The qualified solo dancers are Avery Winters, 10, Reamstown Elementary fourth-grader; Mia Kelly, 10, fourth-grader at Reidenbaugh Elementary; Olivia Raff, 13, eighth-grade student at Gerald Huesken Middle School School; Isabella Carper, 15, 10th-grade student at Conestoga Valley High School; David Irwin, 14, eighth-grader at Anchor Christian Academy; and Thomas Lane, 18, senior at Hershey High School. All of these dancers qualified for the World Championships at the regional Mid Atlantic Oireachtas, held in Philadelphia from Nov. 22 to 25.

At the World Championships, each dancer will be required to dance a hard shoe and a soft shoe round in the first heat. The top 50 percent of the dancers in each age group will then be recalled to dance their two rounds again the following day. Only the top half of the competitors from heat two will progress to the third and final round, which is a nontraditional set dance that showcases rhythm, footwork, and endurance.

The ceili team consists of eight dancers plus one alternate. The team will perform a traditional group dance called a ceili, which is judged on uniformity as a team. Ceili dancing in Ireland began with group dances passed down through generations by tradition. They were eventually put into writing in the Irish dancing commission rule book in 1939. The Hooley team dancers, ages 10 and 11, are Abigail Kelly, Mia Kelly, Sophia MacCartney, Natalie Raff, Annabelle Rajkowski, Mia Rajkowski, Emily Stauffer, Makenna Urban, and Avery Winters.

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DreamWrights Receives Donation December 26, 2018

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AGO Chapter Sets Carol Sing, Recital December 20, 2018

The Lancaster Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) invites the community to the annual Christmas at the Organ carol sing and recital, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 28, at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 29 E.Walnut St., Lancaster.

The program will feature local organists Frank Dodd, Dr. Ross Ellison, Mark Herr, Joy Ide, Eileen Laurence, Margaret Marsch, Dr. Karl Moyer, and Carl Tobias leading congregational carols interspersed with festive recital pieces.

The event is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received to further the goals and mission of the Lancaster AGO.

Ample parking will be available in the church lot, and on-street parking is available. For further parking details, readers may visit www.engagegodfirst.org/about/parking.

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High School Sets Holiday Concert December 13, 2018

The community is invited to the Solanco High School holiday concert on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the high school, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville. Admission is free.

The 31-member chorale and the 35-member chorus will present selections, which will range from fun holiday songs like "Run Run Rudolph" to large choral pieces like Craig Hella Johnson's "The Holding Carol." Other selections will include "The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy," "Something Told the Wild Geese," and Javier Busto's "Ave Maris Stella."

The orchestra will perform four selections, two full orchestra arrangements and two string ensemble arrangements. The full orchestra will perform "Around the World at Christmas Time" arranged by Bruce Chase and "Christmas Sing-Along" arranged by Bob Cerulli. The string ensemble will present "Somewhere in My Memory" by John Williams and arranged by Larry Moore and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" arranged by Calvin Custer.

Jazz band performances will include "O Come, All Ye Faithful" arranged by Gregory Yasinitsky, "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" arranged by Mike Collins-Dowden, "Greensleeves" arranged by Victor Lopez, and "My Favorite Things" arranged by Paul Murtha.

Snacks will be available for purchase, and proceeds will benefit the Solanco Music Boosters.

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Students Present Recital, Receive Awards December 12, 2018

Piano students from Raspberry Hill Art and Piano Studio performed in a Christmas recital on Dec. 2 at EUM church of Windsor. The students performed their favorite Christmas carols, and awards were given to the top students of the year.

Molly Bailor and Ava Bailor received the Virtuoso Pianist trophy. Charlie Bupp was given a medal for being the Most Improved Student. Abby Fake received the runner-up medal for the Top Student of the Year. Kailee Langione, Natalie May, Penny Blevins, and Gavin Hake were given certificates for consistently good lessons. Tyler Spangler, Zoe Yakelis, Abby Fake, Molly Bailor, and Ava Bailor were given ribbons for a full year of consistently good lessons.

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EPAC Launches New Website December 12, 2018

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center (EPAC) recent launched a new website redesign.

The new, modern site, www.ephrataperformingartscenter.com, reflects the theater's approach to the arts in the local community. It was built with consideration for users accessing the site via their mobile phones.

The launch coincided with the Extraordinary Give on Nov. 16, which brought in more than $30,000 to help with renovations needed at the Sharadin Bigler Theatre, EPAC's home in Ephrata.

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