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February 19, 2013

Shippensburg Public Library nets $500,000 grant

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. — State Rep. Rob Kauffman, R-Cumberland/Franklin, recently announced a $500,000 grant through the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund for needed upgrades and repairs to the Shippensburg Public Library.

“This grant funding will go a long way in helping with the addition to the library, as well as making upgrades to make it more accessible for those with disabilities,” Kauffman said in a news release.

Grants awarded under the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund may be used to pay up to 50 percent of the costs for projects such as Americans with Disabilities Act upgrades; new roofing; replacement windows; energy-efficient upgrades to heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems; facility expansion; and new construction.

Shippensburg Public Library is one of 15 public libraries across the Commonwealth to take part of $3.7 million in grant funding. Shippensburg was awarded $500,000 — the highest amount available under the program — which must be matched dollar for dollar.

The Shippensburg Public Library is at 73 W. King St. in the historic George Stewart house.

Tryouts for ‘Ghosting’ set

MONT ALTO, Pa. — The Mont Alto Film Project is holding tryouts for actors for “Ghosting,” a full-length independent feature film.

“Ghosting” is a microbudget, nonunion production of the Mont Alto Film Project in conjunction with Third Child Productions under the auspices of Penn State Mont Alto, according to a news release from the campus.

Auditions are open to all actors. They will be held Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and March 16, also from noon to 4 p.m.

The tryouts will be in the campus’ General Studies Building at One Campus Drive.

Check-in is in Room 110 on the first floor of the General Studies Building. Actors with head shots and resumes should email them to casting@thirdchildproductions.com or bring them to the audition. Others should send or bring a current photo and contact information.

The Mont Alto Film Project’s production blog can be found at http://mafilmproject.wordpress.com.

“Ghosting” is the second motion picture to be produced by Mont Alto students and their faculty adviser, Kevin Boon. The project’s first motion picture, “Two Days Back,” was released in the fall of 2011. It was awarded Best Picture in the Horror/Sci-Fi category at the Bare Bones International Film Festival in April 2012. The festival, which screens feature films with budgets of less than $1 million, featured 100 entries in five categories.

CATF play lineup being announced Feb. 26

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The Contemporary American Theater Festival at Shepherd University will hold a free public event Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Shepherdstown Opera House, 131 W. German St., to announce the 2013 season of plays.

Producing Director Ed Herendeen, with special guests, will introduce the five plays to be presented July 5 to 28. The 2013 season — the festival’s 23rd — marks the milestone of 100 plays produced in the CATF’s history, as well as the opening of a new theater in Shepherd University’s Center for Contemporary Arts.

Guests for the event include actors Joey Collins, who appeared in “Captors” by Evan M. Wiener and “In A Forest, Dark and Deep” by Neil LaBute during the 2012 CATF season; and Joey Parsons, who performed at CATF in “Gidion’s Knot” by Johnna Adams, “Dear Sara Jane” by Victor Lodato and “Fifty Words” by Michael Weller. Under Herendeen’s direction, they will present short scenes from each of the five plays to be produced.

No reservations are required.

Tickets for the CATF go on sale Feb. 27.

For more information, go to www.catf.org.

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