A variety of performances that promise to be entertaining will be presented by students in the region’s high schools.
“The Wizard of Oz”
The classic story of little Dorothy Gale of Kansas. Like many girls her age, she dreams of what lies over the rainbow. One day, a twister hits her farm and carries her away to the wonderful land of Oz, where she meets many interesting characters that try to help her find her way home. The show features the talents of Katrina Warren, Samantha Press, Jan Hardinger, Jay Fetter, Sara Conway and Adrian Williams.
“Come join Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Cowardly Lion as they travel to see the Wizard. Don’t miss this magnificent journey written by L. Frank Baum with music and lyrics of the MGM motion picture score by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg.”
Melissa Wingard and Nikki DiBuono, directors
Many of the students, unfamiliar with the show when the cast list went up, did some personal research and quickly described it to friends and family as “Titanic without the iceberg and sinking.” While that description might be lacking detail, the show does take place aboard the SS American with a colorful cast of characters.
An evangelist-turned-nightclub singer Reno Sweeney (Kelsey Snyder) and her Angels; a lovelorn stockbroker, Billy Crocker (Ben Clegg) wooing a lovely debutante Hope Harcourt (Emily Philip); the debutante’s mother Mrs. Harcourt (Lara Will) and Hope’s British fiance Sir Evelyn Oakleigh (Alex Ickes), a gangster disguised as a minister; Moonface Martin (Jacob Emerick) with his sidekick, Bonnie, (Brooke Little) all turn up on a luxury cruise liner to sing, dance and romance.
“The musical cast of over 50 students is quite excited for the April production of ‘Anything Goes.’ The dancing endeavor in this show is one that I am already proud of and we are two months from a performance. Lindsay Menhorn is doing a fantastic job teaching both experienced and beginning tappers some fantastic choreography. I am so proud of the work ethic and dedication that our cast gives each year and am constantly reminded of what great talent we have in our small town of Berlin.”
Kati Spiri, director
Bishop Carroll Catholic
“The Wedding Singer”
Robbie Hart, also known as “The Wedding Singer,” is a selfless romantic and a pro when it comes to creating the perfect wedding atmosphere for all of the weddings that he and his band perform. Robbie is planning his own wedding to Linda, who ends up leaving him at the altar. He begins a downward spiral until his new friend Julia asks him to help with her own wedding planning. Julia, being engaged to a man who frankly doesn’t treat her well, begins to enjoy Robbie’s company a little more than she should, and Robbie begins to develop similar feelings. They both freely deny this fact, until Robbie finds out that Julia’s fiance Glen is cheating on her. The show puts a nice ribbon on finding love in the most unexpected places.
“I am beyond thrilled to be directing one of my favorite shows of all time. We have an exceptionally talented cast, who are hard at work memorizing lines, blocking and dances to put on what we’re hoping to be one of the best shows that Bishop Carroll has seen.”
Gabbi Hertzog, director
Bishop McCort Catholic
“The Sound of Music”
The romantic story and familiar songs have been a favorite of theatergoers since first produced by Rogers and Hammerstein in November 1959.
The score is based on the true story of “The Trapp Family Singers,” written by Maria Augusta Trapp, and takes place in Austria during the Anschluss in 1938.
The voices are coached by Susan Pearce, and the orchestra will be conducted by Keith Kuchenbrod. The production team includes Suzanne Smedberg, technical director; Amanda Woodruff, set design; Robert Voeghtly, set builder; and Leslie Lech, assistant to the director.
Some of the most famous songs are “The Sound of Music,” “Do Re Mi,” “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” and “Edelweiss.”
“The cast has really stepped up and made my first year as director at Bishop McCort a truly rewarding experience.
“The students are keeping the McCort tradition of pride and excellence alive and are shining in their roles. In keeping the story true to nature, we auditioned children from the elementary schools, and selected four wonderful performers to play the roles of the younger Von Trapp children.”
Jean Arcurio, director
“The Nifty Fifties”
“The Nifty Fifties” follows the adventures of a group of teenagers as they face the hardships of high school. Those challenges include how to handle feuding cliques of teenage girls, where to have the Hippity Hop dance since the school is being renovated and what to do when you crash the meanest rebel’s new motorcycle. And of course what ’50s show would be complete without an Elvis character – Ziggy Springer.
The music captures the rock ’n’ roll vibe of the 1950s, and promises to leave the audience wanting to dance in the aisles. “The Nifty Fifties” is one of those shows that people can’t help falling in love with. The characters remind us all of our favorite ’50s shows - whether it be “Grease” or “Happy Days.” So dig out your leather jackets, poodle skirts and saddle shoes for a great evening of fun.
“It has been an absolute joy to work with this amazing group of students. Their dedication to each other, the show and the program is inspiring. They have embraced the rock ’n’ roll spirit of the ’50s, and are determined to make this their most successful show ever. The best way to describe this year’s show and cast is simply: Fun.”
Jessica A. Strazisar,
musical theater adviser
Cambria County Christian
“The Old, Faith, Hope & Charity”
The play is a story about an old country doctor who is the heartbeat of a small town. His office is known as the “Old, Faith, Hope & Charity.” The doctor is retiring and looking for his replacement. During the “initiation” of his replacement, a lot of quirky people visit the office.
“Last year, we graduated a good part of our theater program participants, so we are working with a lot of new talent.”
Bonnie Berkebile, director
“Acts of God”
A storm-tossed swirl of a play, “Acts of God” tracks 12 high school students through the year following a devastating tornado strike. As the students grieve, assist in the recovery efforts and tackle the basics of getting on with life, they must also cope with the storm’s emotional remnants. Friendships and allegiances shift, beliefs and faith are tested and the threat of a new storm forces each character to relive the once-in-a-lifetime terror.
“The challenge for the student actors will be to develop strong, recognizable characters who learn and grow because of their experience.”
Patricia Stiles, director
“When in Rome”
Peasant thieves Gladius (J.D. Weyant), Minimus (Tom Sims) and Julia (Renae Guenther) sneak into the royal palace disguised as handmaidens. Gladius is smitten with the beautiful princess (Theresa Mitchell) and simply must catch another glimpse of her. They are promptly caught in a hilarious scene, almost becoming lion food until the princess gets an idea. She must marry soon, but almost all the senators and other men of the city, except the repulsive Senator Altilis (Dustin Heller), are away at war. If she can’t find a suitable match, her father The Emperor (Marcus Grisetti) has decreed she must marry the last gladiator standing in the upcoming games. That’s the last thing this intelligent but headstrong feminist leader wants. And Senator Altilis is plotting to get her out of the empire’s affairs by moving the date of the gladiator games up, thus burdening the princess with having to plan her dreaded wedding. This is where Gladius comes in. The princess schemes to train Gladius to compete in the games so she can avoid marrying Brudis (Kyle Winegardner), the brainless brute favored to win. The only hitch – Gladius has to win. That’s easier said than done, as the princess realizes once the training begins.
“We are really excited to be working with another talented group of students. The show is coming together quickly and we are pleased. There are many comedic moments in this show that will keep the audience laughing. As usual, we will have some crowd participation to keep the audience on its toes.”
Lauren Zeznanski, director
“All Shook Up”
“All Shook Up” is a new musical comedy built around a number of songs made famous by Elvis Presley. It takes place in 1955, somewhere in middle America, where one girl’s dream and a surprise visit from a mysterious leather-jacketed, guitar-playing stranger help a small town to discover the magic of romance and the power of rock ’n’ roll.
Among the songs featured in the score are classics like “Heartbreak Hotel,” “Love Me Tender,” “Dont Be Cruel,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” and the title tune “All Shook Up.”
“Our cast is incredibly excited for this show as they love the music and the dancing. They didn’t know how many songs they would recognize that were originally made popular by Elvis. It is something that they have been sharing at home with their parents and grandparents. This is a show that almost everyone will leave singing songs from it for days after. Our two leads, Nick Felton and Savanna Mitchell, are some of the hardest working teens. They put their heart and soul into their roles and the audience will just get lost in their performances. It is amazing what our choreographer, Sharon Wissinger, can do with a stageful of students who have never really danced before. Our set constructor, Dick Gardenhour, is one of the best set builders in the area. Our stage has very little side space and every year he creates a new world on stage that makes our stage look larger than it really is. My co-director, Suzette Gardenhour, and I love working with our students. They are so hard working and never cease to amaze us at what students can do.”
Mari Grace Lingenfelter, director
“Footloose” is the stage adaptation of the ’80s classic and to a lesser extent, the 2011 movie.
The show follows Ren (played by Ricky Stahl) as he tries to get the town’s Rev. Shaw (played by Shawn Ocipa) to change his thinking and get rid of a law that prohibits dancing within the Bomont city limits. He is aided by his mother Ethel (Shauna Bixel) and Shaw’s wife Vi (Selena Graham). In the process, he falls in love with the preacher’s daughter (played by Bryanna Yahnert) and befriends her circle, including Rusty (Amanda Sepp), Urleen (Jamie Cekada), Wendy Jo (Mikayla Lint) and Willard (Jake Statler). The show features many Top 40 pop and rock songs from the ’80s, including the title song, “Footloose,” “I Need a Hero,” “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” and “Almost Paradise.”
“We performed ‘Footloose’ on the Conemaugh Valley stage 10 years ago. Two weeks before we were to perform, our student playing Rev. Shaw had to drop out of the show. With no one to replace him, I was forced to take the role. Even though it was an honor to perform with the students, I felt that we left something incomplete.
When Jeanie Arcurio (musical director) and I were discussing show possibilities for this year, I suggested redoing ‘Footloose.’ Looking at the potential students that would be auditioning, we felt we had the perfect group of students. Our theories were proven true when Jeanie and I each cast our own show and then compared notes. We discovered that we differed only on three roles.”
drama adviser, director
“The Boy Friend”
“The Boy Friend” is the ultimate romantic comedy. Written in the 1950s by Sandy Wilson, it is set in 1926 in Nice, France. The beauty and popularity of the French Riviera is reflected throughout the story.
The story opens on Madame Dubonnet’s finishing school, where five young British girls (Polly Browne, Maisie, Nancy, Dulcie and Fay) are chatting about the ball that evening. They are hoping to pair up with their prospective boyfriends (Alphonse, Pierre, Marcel and the rich American Bobby Van Husen) that night. Polly has invented an imaginary boyfriend because her widowed father (Percival Browne) has forbidden her to date, fearing that all men would only be after her money.
Polly, an English heiress, falls in love with Tony, a delivery boy. Conscious of her father’s warning to beware of boys dating her for her family’s money, Polly pretends to be just a secretary. Things get complicated with the unexpected arrival in Nice of Polly’s parents and Lord and Lady Brockhurst. It turns out that Lord and Lady Brockhurst are in fact Tony’s wealthy parents. Polly and Tony have shared the same secret, they both come from wealthy families.
“The students have been working very diligently toward putting this production together. It is not a well-known show, but it’s a fun show, and that fun is beginning to show through in the students’ performance. It has been a learning experience for me as well, because I did not know this show very well before I chose it. I think the subject matter is something that the kids can relate to as well – girl meets boy, girl looses boy, girl and boy reunite. It’s a timeless story, really. One big surprise for me is that the students love the fact that it’s set in the 1920s. All the cast has been talking about for months now is costumes, hairstyles, the choreography and the music. I’m very excited to continue rehearsals and to watch this show unfold.”
Sean Cogan, director
“Once Upon a High School”
Everyone’s favorite fairy-tale characters have their world turned upside down as they get a fresh taste of reality. When a portal is opened to another world, Cinderella’s stepsisters take the leap and find themselves in a very real high school. While they seem to fit in perfectly in this world where mean girls are cool, crossing over into reality has serious consequences for the fantasy world they left behind.
The Woodsman, who dreams of being more than just an incidental character without even a name, sets out to be the hero who brings them home. The Woodsman seeks help from high school student, Danica, a hard-core realist who never believed in fairy tales. She’s running for class president, but her speeches are full of gloom and doom.
Without the Woodsman, Little Red is attacked by the wolf and Sleeping Beauty keeps pricking her finger while chopping her own firewood. As harsh reality seeps into the fairy tale, the characters are forced to break free of their patterns and learn to take charge of their own destiny.
Susan Leftwich, director
Forest Hills will present its first musical in three years. “Footloose” is a musical version of the big screen ’80s classic, where a city kid challenges the rules of a small town, where dancing is illegal. It features many of the songs from the movie soundtrack as well as several others written specifically for the musical.
“I had so many students say, ‘I just want to dance’ or ‘I only want to sing’ or ‘I’m only able to act,’ but that doesn’t really work in this show. They have to do it all. It has been a great journey to see the students step outside their comfort zones and realize they can develop those other talents as well.”
Melissa Livermore, director
“I don’t think the kids initially realized how challenging this musical really is. It’s been great to see the kids rise to that challenge.”
Jennifer Stombaugh, musical director
“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
Charlie Brown stands alone as his friends give their various opinions of him. Today everyone is calling him a “good man.” Charlie Brown is happy and hopeful as usual, but he nevertheless wonders if he really is what they say. As Charlie Brown’s world unfolds, we see him and his friends’ joy, struggles, frustration, hope and excitement in the daily life of the “Peanuts” gang.
Charlie Brown talks about his bad days. Lucy expresses her deep infatuation with Schroeder and asks him what he thinks of the idea of marriage. Sally shares her sadness because her jump rope is tangled. Linus confesses his undying devotion to his blanket.
Although trivial to many in the minds of 5 and 6 year olds, these dilemmas are life and death, which makes for many laughs and thrills as musical numbers express their passion to win the championship “Baseball Game,” a song of jubilation goes out to Schroeder’s hero on “Beethoven Day” and the “The Book Report” proves an extremely challenging assignment for the characters. However, by nightfall Snoopy has celebrated over his joyous “Suppertime” and the characters settle in to reflect on the “Happiness” of the day and in their lives.
“The cast is more than I could ever hope for. They are all so talented in a variety of ways, from their singing, dancing and theatrical abilities. With each cast member constantly adding to their characters, it makes rehearsal a joy as well as increases the anticipated excitement for the audience to see the show. The songs are so catchy that it makes the show contagious to watch and the audience is sure to be singing the songs as they leave. It’s a happy and fun show, so rehearsals seems to fly with so much getting accomplished. It’s always a joy, especially watching my cast as they grow more and more with each rehearsal.”
Angela R. Godin, director, and Joshua Smith, music director
“Legally Blonde: The Musical”
The musical is based on the 2001 hit movie “Legally Blonde.” Elle Woods, a stereotypical West Coast blonde, is dumped by her boyfriend, Warner, for not being “serious” enough. Not taking no for an answer, she follows him off to Harvard Law School in hopes of revamping her image and winning him back. With lots of laughs and great music along the way, she ultimately proves that being yourself never goes out of style.
“You are certainly in for lots of laughs. This is a show that has something for everyone, especially those who don’t consider themselves musical-goers. Music from the show spans genres of pop, R&B, funk, ’80s ballads, etc. Even memorable moments from the movie such as the infamous ‘Bend and Snap’ are bound to bring a smile to your face.”
Adam Bukosky, production/music director, and Mike D’Angelo Jr., drama director
“Back to the Eighties”
This musical journeys back to the ’80s, reliving some of the most popular songs of that decade while interweaving the trials and tribulations of a group of high school students during their senior year at William Ocean High School.
“We are so pleased and excited to bring this show to life and celebrate the music of such a fun decade. We hope that people are singing right along with our students as they hear some of their old favorites performed by new talented voices.”
Melanie Hayllar, director
This musical comedy is based on the comic strip by Al Capp and is a broad spoof of hillbillies on the surface.
It also is a pointed satire on broader topics, ranging from incompetence in the United States federal government to standards of masculinity.
Tunes will include “Jubilation T. Cornpone,” “Namely You,” “The Country’s in the Very Best of Hands,” “Oh Happy Day,” “I’m Past My Prime,” “Progress is the Root of All Evil” and “Put ‘Em Back.”
“The show is being directed by Mary Ellen Laird and choreographed by Lucretia Hileman from Becky’s School of Dance.
“The musical will be performed by high school chorus students and be accompanied by a professional pit orchestra.”
Beth Hull, choral director
“Once Upon a Mattress”
In this tweaking of the fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea” by Hans Christian Andersen, Queen Aggravain has ruled that none may marry until her son, Prince Dauntless, marries, but she has managed to sabotage every princess that comes along.
When Sir Harry and Lady Larken learn that they are going to be parents, wed or not, he goes off to the swamps and brings back Princess Winnifred, Fred to her friends.
The queen is horrified and immediately begins to scheme, but Winnifred gets some help from Sir Harry, the King and the Jester.
“Once again this year, our artistic and talented students offer this year’s production to the public. We look forward to the North Star and surrounding communities attending our performances and enjoying the great show.”
Kathy Shaffer, producer
“Guys & Dolls”
This musical set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City features nightclub performers and gamblers, including Nathan Detroit, who is always desperate to find a spot for his infamous floating dice game.
“Guys and Dolls” is based on stories and characters by Damon Runyon.
The music and lyrics were written by Frank Loesser, and the book was written by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
“Our musicals have a reputation for being a captivating experience for all involved, and this year’s production of “Guys and Dolls” is no exception.
“The gangsters are perfecting their Brooklyn accents, the Hot Box Dancers are tirelessly practicing their kicks and the singers will be ending everything on a high note.
“We hope to give everyone our usual flair at Purchase Line for effect, music, drama and entertainment.”
Rebecca L. Bracken, cast director
“On the Town”
This musical is the story of three American sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City during wartime 1944.
Each of the three sailors becomes enamored of a particular woman and the city itself.
“On the Town” was the brainchild of Oliver Smith, who was impressed with American choreographer Jerome Robbins’ 1944 ballet “Fancy Free.”
The musical by Leonard Bernstein introduced several popular and classic songs, including “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town,” “I Can Cook, Too” and “Some Other Time,” as well as the famed Coney Island Ballet.
When it opened in the 1940s, The New York Times praised the show as “the freshest and most engaging musical show to come this way since the golden days of ‘Oklahoma.’ ”
“The show is not performed often because it needs exceptional comedic singer-actors, a large orchestra and skilled dancers to handle the eight dance scenes.
“We are expecting our students to not only sing and act, but to grow as actors and dancers as they learn this historic piece. Many schools do not offer the level of music, acting and dance training needed to mount this production.
“The show was written by young people to be performed by young people.”
Scott D. Miller, director
“Our production of ‘On the Town’ will demonstrate the high level of musical theater our students will perform in this classic musical.”
Jerrod Cannistraci, musical director, conductor
“The work is not only one of the most complex dance features in the history of Broadway, it also is a great score for our orchestra. The music reveals how Bernstein borrowed sounds of jazz as well as influences from many of the great composers of classical music in the 20th century.”
Kim Rauch, musical producer
This musical is based on the classic story “The Wizard of Oz” by L. Frank Baum.
The story is based around the movie “The Wizard of Oz.”
“I wanted a production that would be of interest to all age groups. I’m hoping to make this an entertaining musical that the whole family would want to come and enjoy.
“This production includes students from the fourth through 12th grades.”
Julie Carlson, director
In this comedy farce with a large cast, Mr. and Mrs. Polk buy a new house and discover that Grandma came with it.
They want Grandma to leave, but complications arise as her boyfriend arrives along with all her friends.
Comedy ensues as misunderstandings and confusion mounts.
“As director, I like the character development that this play requires. The challenge for the actors is the fast-paced timing, which is required, and the fact that many of them are playing senior citizens. They should come away with a better appreciation for the problems our elderly face each day.”
Rev. Jay E. Shaffer, director
“The Sound of Music”
This musical is the story of the singing Von Trapp family in pre-World War II Austria and their governess, Maria.
Through classic tunes such as “Do Re Mi” and “My Favorite Things,” Maria helps the seven Von Trapp children experience the joy of singing and brings a love of music back into their home.
Maria falls in love with and marries the children’s father and after returning from their honeymoon, the couple discovers Austria has been invaded by the Nazis who demand the captain’s immediate service in their Navy.
The family’s narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides a thrilling conclusion to the inspirational musical.
“This is truly one of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s finest collaborations. “The Sound of Music” is a timeless classic that appeals to audiences of all ages.”
Susan K. DiPasquale, director
“All the King’s Women”
This show is a collection of scenes and monologues that takes the audience on a historical trip of America’s pop culture and the people who shaped it through their interactions with Elvis Presley.
The audience will be engrossed in the tales told from women who were shocked, awed and enchanted by “the King.”
“We’ve just started rehearsals on this original and engaging show, but already the cast and crew are showing their talents. It’s fascinating for all of us to discover the history behind the legend of one of America’s greatest musicians and icons.
“We hope we have a packed house to reminisce and sing along with us as we pay homage to one of rock ’n’ roll’s most beloved figures. And, who knows, there might just be an Elvis spotting.”
Michelle Dunn, director
“Into the Woods”
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s play weaves elements of five well-known fairy tales – “The Baker and His Wife,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Cinderella,” “ Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Rapunzel” – into a complex cautionary tale of choices and consequences.
“The ‘woods’ represent the real world, and each of the characters must make decisions and learn how to live ‘in the woods.’
“The show is full of both funny and sad moments as the audience follows each character’s wishes, actions and ultimately, the consequences of those actions.
“The interplay between good and evil is painted in shades of gray. Witches sometimes tell the truth, ‘nice’ people lie, good people die. As the characters learn to live in the woods, they learn to band together to slay the ultimate adversary, the Giant. This show is appropriate for the entire family.”
Beth Good, choral director
The following high schools will perform spring musicals or plays:
Bedford: “The Wizard of Oz,”
7 p.m. March 1-2, auditorium; tickets are $7, available at door or in advance by calling 623-4250, ext. 1219.
Berlin Brothersvalley: “Anything Goes,” 7:30 p.m. April 5-6 and 2:30 p.m. April 7, auditorium; advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students by calling 267-4073 or visiting www.bbsd.com; tickets are $1 more at the door.
Bishop Carroll Catholic: “The Wedding Singer,” 7 p.m. March 14-16, cafetorium; tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, at the door, which opens at 6:30.
Bishop McCort Catholic: “The Sound of Music,” 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, Bishop McCort’s Guzzi Performing Arts Center; tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students at the door or by calling 536-8991.
Blacklick Valley: “The Nifty Fifties,” 7 p.m. Feb. 22-23 and March 1-2, auditorium; tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students at the door or in advance by contacting Jessica Strazisar at email@example.com.
Cambria County Christian: “The Old, Faith, Hope & Charity,” 6 p.m. April 19-20, Pike Grace Family Center, 541 Pike Road, Mundys Corner; dinner and play $10 per
person. The menu is stuffed shells on April 19 and a ham dinner on
Cambria Heights: “Acts of God,” 7:30 p.m. April 13 and 2:30 p.m. April 14, auditorium; tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and are available at the door.
Chestnut Ridge: “When in Rome,” 7:30 p.m. March 15-16 and 2:30 p.m. March 17, middle school auditorium; tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students, available through the high school office and at the door.
Conemaugh Township Area: “All Shook Up,” 7 p.m. March 14-16, auditorium; $7 in advance by calling 479-4014 or $8 at door. For $25, patrons may enjoy a five-course dinner and show at 5:30 p.m. March 15 in the cafeteria; tickets may be purchased in the high school office.
Conemaugh Valley: “Footloose,” 7 p.m. April 12-13 and 4 p.m. April 14, auditorium; $7 for adults, $5 for students, senior citizens and Conemaugh Valley employees; $2 discount for advance tickets, which may be obtained by calling 535-5523 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everett Area: “The Boy Friend,” 7 p.m. April 12-13 and 2:30 p.m. April 14, auditorium; tickets are $8 at the door, all seating is general admission.
Ferndale Area: “Once Upon a High School,” 7 p.m. March 22-23 and 2 p.m. March 24, auditorium; tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and are available at the door, which opens one-half hour before showtime.
Forest Hills: “Footloose,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23, 2 p.m. Feb. 23 and 5 p.m. Feb. 24, auditorium; tickets are $7 for adults and $5 students and are available at the door or they may be reserved by calling 487-7613, ext. 7500.
Greater Johnstown: “Legally Blonde: The Musical,” 7 p.m. Feb. 28, March 1-2 and 3 p.m. March 3, auditorium; $8 for adults and students; tickets may be purchased at the door, or reservations can be made by calling 303-9824. Tickets may be picked up upon payment at the high shool office during regular school hours.
Johnstown Christian: “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, auditorium tickets are $7 and are available at the door or by calling 288-2588.
Ligonier Valley: “Back to the Eighties,” 7 p.m. March 22-23, auditorium; tickets are $7 for adults and $6 for students with ID.
North Star: “Once Upon a Mattress,” 7:30 p.m. April 11-13, auditorium; tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door, 629-6651.
Northern Bedford: “Lil’ Abner,” 7 p.m. March 14-16, auditorium; tickets are $8 and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 766-2221.
Purchase Line: “Guys & Dolls,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 and March 1-2, auditorium; tickets are $5 at the door.
Richland: “On the Town,” 7 p.m. March 1-2 and 2 p.m. March 3, arts center; tickets are $9 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens and are available by calling
269-0300 or on the Web at www.richlandpac.com.
Rockwood Area: “Oz,” 7 p.m. March 15-16, auditorium; tickets are $4 for adults and $1 for students.
Shanksville-Stonycreek: “Medium Rare,” 7:30 p.m. April 19-20, cafetorium; tickets are $3 for adults and $1 for students.
Somerset Area: “The Sound of Music, 7 p.m. April 12-13, auditorium; tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available in advance at the athletic office.
United Area: “All the King’s Women,” 7 p.m. March 16 and 2 p.m. March 17, auditorium; tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students; 446-5615, extension 1149, or email email@example.com.
Westmont Hilltop: “Into the Woods,” 7:30 pm. April 4-6, auditorium; tickets are $7 and will go on sale March 4 in the high school office.
A variety of performances that promise to be entertaining will be presented by students in the region’s high schools.
Captured on film | Annual Johnstown movie festival kicks off tonight
People yearning to become successful filmmakers have an opportunity to showcase their talents during the seventh annual Johnstown Film Festival. Johnstown Area Heritage Association’s festival will be held tonight through Saturday (June 6-9) and will feature a mix of film shorts – documentaries, experimental films, narratives and comedies.
Toe-tapping music | Jazz Along the River kicks off Friday at St. Mary’s in Cambria City
Jazz Along the River will be back again this summer. The monthly jazz event has become a fixture at St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church pavilion, Fifth Avenue and Power Street in the Cambria City section of Johnstown. The series of concerts will feature a different jazz group on the fourth Friday of each month through September.
Texas Tenors returning to Arcadia
Contrary to popular western lore, the good guys, or at least the good singers, wear black hats.
The Texas Tenors will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Arcadia Theater, 1418 Graham Ave., Windber.
Cresson Lake Playhouse to stage ‘The Fantasticks’
This musical has been on Broadway for 54 years.
“The Fantasticks” will be presented Thursday through June 2 at Cresson Lake Playhouse, 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto.
Curtain times will be 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays.
Events | Whitewater bash
Benscreek Canoe Club’s Stonycreek Rendezvous will be held today through Sunday on the Stonycreek River and Greenhouse Park, Route 403, Tire Hill.
Events | Young art
Greater Johnstown Young Artists Exhibit is on display through May 25 at the Community Arts Center of Cambria County, 1217 Menoher Blvd., Westmont.
'Seeing the Invisible' exhibit opens Friday in Loretto
Painting on a different plane is a positive study for artist and Altoona native Barbara Wachter. Her latest exhibition, “Seeing the Invisible: Paintings by Barbara Wachter,” opens Friday at the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art at Loretto. The exhibition features 35 canvases of contemporary impressionism that will be on display in the museum’s Margery Wolf-Kuhn Gallery.
Events | 'Grand Finale'
Johnstown Symphony Orchestra will present “Grand Finale” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.
Showcase of the Stars will feature students from local high schools
Local theater arts will flourish at an area arts center. The fourth annual Showcase of the Stars will be presented at 7 p.m. May 18 at Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center in Richland Township.
Polka party | Three-day festival will feature Slovenian and Polish bands
After a seemingly endless winter and an abbreviated spring, the people of Johnstown are ready to kick up their heels. And there is no better opportunity to do that than by attending the Friendly City PolkaFest. The Greater Johnstown/Cambria County Convention and Visitors Bureau and St. Mary Byzantine Catholic Church co-sponsor the event. They are ready to welcome thousands of polka enthusiasts to the city May 31 through June 2.
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