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July 26, 2013
Totem Pole Playhouse's artistic director has announced that his fifth season will be his last. Ray Ficca issued a statement Thursday night, saying he will step down from the post in September. “With its recent infusion of overwhelming community and financial support, the playhouse is heading towards an exciting new future,” Ficca said in the statement. “It's a promising and important new direction that I believe, to be successful, requires a full-time, year-round artistic director, not a seasonal one. Since I live in Washington, D.C, that's a level of professional support that I'm unable to offer to the theater.” Ficca was named the artistic director in April of 2007, replacing Totem Pole legends Wil Love and Carl Schur.
NEWS
By DON AINES | February 28, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Carl Schurr and Wil Love have been synonymous with the Totem Pole Playhouse for decades, first as actors and in more recent years as the men behind the scenes of the summer stock theater's productions. Schurr, the theater's producing artistic director, and Love, its associate artistic director, are not ending their relationship with the theater, but are beginning transitions to new roles as actor Ray Ficca was named the new artistic director, a role he will take over in September.
NEWS
December 26, 2009
Bella Salon and Spa professionals Karen Nave, Megan Palmer, Sam Wade and Amanda Hendershot recently attended a Redken advanced hair design class called "Just Cut the Darn Thing" at the Redken Exchange in New York. They are pictured with Sam Villa, artistic director of Redken.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 24, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- It is Julie Herber's wish that the kangaroos in her play, "No Bullies Allowed," will empower kids to stand up for themselves. "I want kids to be able to associate with the characters," Herber said. "No Bullies" debuts at Maryland Ensemble Theatre on Saturday, May 2, and is an original production of the MET's family-friendly theater troupe, The Fun Company. Herber, The Fun Company's artistic director, said the play is about 45 minutes long and was ideal for elementary school kids.
LIFESTYLE
August 10, 2012
Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will have an open house and fall registration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Wood Center at Capitol Theatre Centre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg. Featured will be a performance of ballet students from the August Ballet Intensive, performing excerpts from "Swan Lake. " Tours of the studio will be offered, as well as information about the school. A seminar, "Hairstyles for Ballet," where student and parents can learn to make the "bun" hairdo, will be offered.
NEWS
December 13, 2000
Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company, a nonprofit company created in 1995, is for dancers 13 to 18 years old. The idea is to turn out pre-professional level dancers, said Lauran Clowser, artistic director. The company rehearses at City Ballet School studios, but is open to students from any ballet school. Ballet Mistress Susan Banks teaches the company's classes. Potomac Classical Youth Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" features more than 100 local children.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012
 Wayside Theatre is hosting the T. Carter Fussell Young Playwright's Festival. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 1. The first-place winner will receive a professionally produced public staged reading of their play performed on the Wayside Stage, a $100 savings bond and two tickets to a play of his or her choice during the upcoming season. The winning author will go through an editing process with a member of the Wayside artistic team, and will be part of all rehearsals for the public staged reading of their play, which is  performed on the Wayside stage Monday, April 30. The professionally produced staged reading is free to the public, and followed by an audience talkback with the author, moderated by Wayside's artistic director, Warner Crocker.
NEWS
July 26, 2007
APRIL 27, 1928-JULY 24, 2007 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hubert William Rolling, 79, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Born April 27, 1928, in Lagny, France, he was the son of the late William Hubert and Mercedes Thibault Rolling. He was a member of the Actors Equity Guild and Society of Directors and Choreographers. He received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Michigan. He directed "West Side Story," "Romeo and Juliet," "Damn Yankees," "King Lear" and "The Christmas Carol" at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.
NEWS
May 8, 2010
Saint James School Simon Holt recently was named department chair of fine arts, music and choir director, and organist at Saint James School. Holt will assume his new role at the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year. Holt became director of music at Calvary Church in Stonington, Conn., in May 1999. He became director of music at Pine Point School in Stonington in September 2000, and at the same time collaborated with Calvary Church in founding the Calvary Music School, for whom he is executive director.
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July 26, 2013
Totem Pole Playhouse's artistic director has announced that his fifth season will be his last. Ray Ficca issued a statement Thursday night, saying he will step down from the post in September. “With its recent infusion of overwhelming community and financial support, the playhouse is heading towards an exciting new future,” Ficca said in the statement. “It's a promising and important new direction that I believe, to be successful, requires a full-time, year-round artistic director, not a seasonal one. Since I live in Washington, D.C, that's a level of professional support that I'm unable to offer to the theater.” Ficca was named the artistic director in April of 2007, replacing Totem Pole legends Wil Love and Carl Schur.
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LIFESTYLE
August 10, 2012
Chambersburg Ballet Theatre will have an open house and fall registration from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, at the Wood Center at Capitol Theatre Centre, 159 S. Main St., downtown Chambersburg. Featured will be a performance of ballet students from the August Ballet Intensive, performing excerpts from "Swan Lake. " Tours of the studio will be offered, as well as information about the school. A seminar, "Hairstyles for Ballet," where student and parents can learn to make the "bun" hairdo, will be offered.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 16, 2012
 Wayside Theatre is hosting the T. Carter Fussell Young Playwright's Festival. Deadline for submissions is Thursday, March 1. The first-place winner will receive a professionally produced public staged reading of their play performed on the Wayside Stage, a $100 savings bond and two tickets to a play of his or her choice during the upcoming season. The winning author will go through an editing process with a member of the Wayside artistic team, and will be part of all rehearsals for the public staged reading of their play, which is  performed on the Wayside stage Monday, April 30. The professionally produced staged reading is free to the public, and followed by an audience talkback with the author, moderated by Wayside's artistic director, Warner Crocker.
NEWS
May 8, 2010
Saint James School Simon Holt recently was named department chair of fine arts, music and choir director, and organist at Saint James School. Holt will assume his new role at the beginning of the 2010-11 academic year. Holt became director of music at Calvary Church in Stonington, Conn., in May 1999. He became director of music at Pine Point School in Stonington in September 2000, and at the same time collaborated with Calvary Church in founding the Calvary Music School, for whom he is executive director.
NEWS
December 26, 2009
Bella Salon and Spa professionals Karen Nave, Megan Palmer, Sam Wade and Amanda Hendershot recently attended a Redken advanced hair design class called "Just Cut the Darn Thing" at the Redken Exchange in New York. They are pictured with Sam Villa, artistic director of Redken.
NEWS
By TIFFANY ARNOLD | April 24, 2009
FREDERICK, Md. -- It is Julie Herber's wish that the kangaroos in her play, "No Bullies Allowed," will empower kids to stand up for themselves. "I want kids to be able to associate with the characters," Herber said. "No Bullies" debuts at Maryland Ensemble Theatre on Saturday, May 2, and is an original production of the MET's family-friendly theater troupe, The Fun Company. Herber, The Fun Company's artistic director, said the play is about 45 minutes long and was ideal for elementary school kids.
NEWS
September 9, 2008
Auditions for Potomac Classical Youth Ballet Company's Company I and Company II will be held at the City Ballet School in the Elizabeth Hager Center at 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, on Saturday. Company I auditions will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Company II auditions will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dancers eligible for Company I must be at least 13 years old by Dec. 31 and have had at least two years of pointe work. Dancers eligible for Company II must be at least 12 years old by Dec. 31 and have had at least one year of pointe work.
NEWS
By DON AINES | February 28, 2008
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Carl Schurr and Wil Love have been synonymous with the Totem Pole Playhouse for decades, first as actors and in more recent years as the men behind the scenes of the summer stock theater's productions. Schurr, the theater's producing artistic director, and Love, its associate artistic director, are not ending their relationship with the theater, but are beginning transitions to new roles as actor Ray Ficca was named the new artistic director, a role he will take over in September.
NEWS
July 26, 2007
APRIL 27, 1928-JULY 24, 2007 MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Hubert William Rolling, 79, of Martinsburg, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007. Born April 27, 1928, in Lagny, France, he was the son of the late William Hubert and Mercedes Thibault Rolling. He was a member of the Actors Equity Guild and Society of Directors and Choreographers. He received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Michigan. He directed "West Side Story," "Romeo and Juliet," "Damn Yankees," "King Lear" and "The Christmas Carol" at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.
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