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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2012
The Totem Pole Playhouse needs to raise $250,000 to see another summer season, theater officials said Wednesday.  Dana Witt, president of the Totem Pole Playhouse's board of directors, said when the curtain goes down on the playhouse's current summer season, it could be the last year for the local theatrical mainstay.  “Totem Pole Playhouse celebrated its 62nd anniversary in 2012. Right now, that future is in doubt,” she said.  In recent years, the quality has been so high and ticket prices so low that Totem Pole has been producing many smaller-cast shows, Witt said.
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January 9, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Santa arrived early at Totem Pole Playhouse. R.A. Hill Inc., an industrial building construction company at 1364 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, Pa., in December donated a 1997 Ford nine-passenger van to the nonprofit summer theater at Caledonia State Park. The theater is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, a union of professional actors and stage directors. One of the union's rules requires the theater to provide transportation to and from the theater plus shopping trips for actors without their own vehicles.
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March 12, 1999
photo: KEVIN G. GILBERT / staff photographer Tom Hefelfinger of Hagerstown e-mailed that Totem Pole Playhouse in Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, Pa., is an interesting destination for a date. "Especially for a first date, the trip through Waynesboro, Mont Alto and the nearby mountains makes a nice 'getting-to-know-you' drive. At the end of the trip is a delightful evening of live summer theater. " Although his first Totem Pole date has been out of his life for many years, the theater in the woods has been good to Hefelfinger.
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June 1, 2000
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Neil Simon's Broadway hit comedy with music, "The Good Doctor", opens the 50th anniversary season at Totem Pole Playhouse playing from June 3 through 18 at Caledonia State Park summer theater. Adapted from the early short stories of Russian author, Anton Chekhov, with original music and orchestrations by Peter Link, the production is presented by Caledonia Theatre Company. The Caledonia Theatre Company 2000 Totem Pole Playhouse season includes: "The Good Doctor" by Neil Simon, Saturday, June 3, through Sunday, June 18. A comedy with music.
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by KATE COLEMAN | June 5, 2003
kate@herald-mail.com FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - For the first time in 53 years of professional summer theater, Totem Pole Playhouse is air-conditioned. But there's good news for audience members who like the piney fragrance that wafts through the wooden louvers of the theater nestled in Caledonia State Park. Those louvers still can be opened to the mountain breezes. The air conditioning wasn't needed for the Saturday, May 31, season opener - "Art," directed by Carl Schurr, Totem Pole's producing artistic director.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | May 22, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, PA. -- It was one of the largest Fun Fests in recent Totem Pole Playhouse history Saturday as families from across the area met under the trees to mark the beginning of the theater's 2010 season. "It has been a fantastic day," said Sue McMurtray, managing director of the playhouse. "The fun, the smiles. It's great. " Totem Pole Playhouse has hosted the festival for at least 11 years, McMurtray said. A mix of children's activities, food, theater, tours, a yard sale and a bake sale have come to characterize the event.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | May 29, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com FAYETTEVILLE, PA. - Local children had the opportunity to experience several aspects of live theater with their families Saturday, and more than 1,000 people took advantage of it. Totem Pole Playhouse, a professional summer stock theater at Caledonia State Park, held a free community event, Theatre Fun Fest 2005, during which children could take backstage tours, try out costumes and set displays, watch a...
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June 16, 2005
The 55th season for Totem Pole Playhouse provides a variety of theatrical experiences with six productions this summer, said Carl Schurr, producing artistic director. They include the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama "Proof," the classic mystery-comedy "Ten Little Indians," and the romantic comedy "Mixed Emotions. " Schurr's Thunderbird Limited production company hired about 50 people for the summer theater, including about 25 actors, said Wil Love, associate artistic director.
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by KATE COLEMAN | May 30, 2002
katec@herald-mail.com Totem Pole Playhouse, the professional summer theater in the woods at Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, Pa., will open its 52nd season Saturday, June 1. The first play, "Visiting Mr. Green," is a "charming piece, really," says Wil Love, Totem Pole's associate artistic director, who stepped in to direct the comedy when Producing Artistic Director Carl Schurr had to go out of town because of an illness in his family....
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By KATE COLEMAN | July 3, 2010
Ten years, a month and a couple of days ago, I wrote a story marking Totem Pole Playhouse's 50th anniversary. This year, the summer stock theater in Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, Pa., is celebrating its 60th season. That's a long time. I know. I've lived 60 summers myself. My friend Marie Beck and I attended a Wednesday matinee performance of Neil Simon's "45 Seconds From Broadway," the season's second offering. I wasn't familiar with the play, but it was a perfect choice for Totem Pole and for me. John Putch came from California to direct it. The filmmaker, actor, writer and director of several television shows - including episodes of "Scrubs," "Ugly Betty" and "Cougar Town" - had never directed at the playhouse where he got his start.
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By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2012
The Totem Pole Playhouse needs to raise $250,000 to see another summer season, theater officials said Wednesday.  Dana Witt, president of the Totem Pole Playhouse's board of directors, said when the curtain goes down on the playhouse's current summer season, it could be the last year for the local theatrical mainstay.  “Totem Pole Playhouse celebrated its 62nd anniversary in 2012. Right now, that future is in doubt,” she said.  In recent years, the quality has been so high and ticket prices so low that Totem Pole has been producing many smaller-cast shows, Witt said.
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By KATE COLEMAN | July 3, 2010
Ten years, a month and a couple of days ago, I wrote a story marking Totem Pole Playhouse's 50th anniversary. This year, the summer stock theater in Caledonia State Park in Fayetteville, Pa., is celebrating its 60th season. That's a long time. I know. I've lived 60 summers myself. My friend Marie Beck and I attended a Wednesday matinee performance of Neil Simon's "45 Seconds From Broadway," the season's second offering. I wasn't familiar with the play, but it was a perfect choice for Totem Pole and for me. John Putch came from California to direct it. The filmmaker, actor, writer and director of several television shows - including episodes of "Scrubs," "Ugly Betty" and "Cougar Town" - had never directed at the playhouse where he got his start.
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By KATE S. ALEXANDER | May 22, 2010
FAYETTEVILLE, PA. -- It was one of the largest Fun Fests in recent Totem Pole Playhouse history Saturday as families from across the area met under the trees to mark the beginning of the theater's 2010 season. "It has been a fantastic day," said Sue McMurtray, managing director of the playhouse. "The fun, the smiles. It's great. " Totem Pole Playhouse has hosted the festival for at least 11 years, McMurtray said. A mix of children's activities, food, theater, tours, a yard sale and a bake sale have come to characterize the event.
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January 9, 2009
FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - Santa arrived early at Totem Pole Playhouse. R.A. Hill Inc., an industrial building construction company at 1364 Lincoln Way East in Chambersburg, Pa., in December donated a 1997 Ford nine-passenger van to the nonprofit summer theater at Caledonia State Park. The theater is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, a union of professional actors and stage directors. One of the union's rules requires the theater to provide transportation to and from the theater plus shopping trips for actors without their own vehicles.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | June 24, 2008
The Gettysburg, Pa., audience for the latest movie by John Putch will really only need to look out the window to see the film's sets in person. Putch brought friends to southcentral Pennsylvania last fall for 18 days of filming for "Route 30. " Among the cast were Dana Delany and Kevin Rahm of "Desperate Housewives" as well as Ed Gotwalt of more local fame - the namesake of Mr. Ed's Elephant Museum in Orrtanna, Pa. Putch called the...
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | July 10, 2005
FAYETTEVILLE, PA. bonnieb@herald-mail.com Working under original gaslights Saturday in the Thaddeus Stevens Blacksmith Shop, blacksmith Pam Sheirer cranked the blower, hammered out iron hooks and educated visitors on the art of blacksmithing. Sheirer works in the forge every Saturday and Sunday afternoon, but her demonstration Saturday was part of the huge Caledonia State Park arts and crafts fair. The 24-year-old event, which included a strolling bagpiper, Ecuadorian music, lots of food and 196 vendors, is sponsored by the all-volunteer Friends of Caledonia State Park.
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June 16, 2005
The 55th season for Totem Pole Playhouse provides a variety of theatrical experiences with six productions this summer, said Carl Schurr, producing artistic director. They include the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy-drama "Proof," the classic mystery-comedy "Ten Little Indians," and the romantic comedy "Mixed Emotions. " Schurr's Thunderbird Limited production company hired about 50 people for the summer theater, including about 25 actors, said Wil Love, associate artistic director.
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by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL | May 29, 2005
bonnieb@herald-mail.com FAYETTEVILLE, PA. - Local children had the opportunity to experience several aspects of live theater with their families Saturday, and more than 1,000 people took advantage of it. Totem Pole Playhouse, a professional summer stock theater at Caledonia State Park, held a free community event, Theatre Fun Fest 2005, during which children could take backstage tours, try out costumes and set displays, watch a...
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | June 5, 2003
kate@herald-mail.com FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - For the first time in 53 years of professional summer theater, Totem Pole Playhouse is air-conditioned. But there's good news for audience members who like the piney fragrance that wafts through the wooden louvers of the theater nestled in Caledonia State Park. Those louvers still can be opened to the mountain breezes. The air conditioning wasn't needed for the Saturday, May 31, season opener - "Art," directed by Carl Schurr, Totem Pole's producing artistic director.
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by KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI | July 14, 2002
kimy@herald-mail.com Kent Roberts draws a crowd whenever he sits down. As a caricature artist, Roberts uses markers, colored pencils and pastels to draw portraits of visitors at craft fairs throughout the Tri-State area. On Saturday, Roberts used a black marker to draw 12-year-old Katie Forbes at her favorite pastime - soccer - at the Caledonia State Park Arts and Crafts Fair in Fayetteville, Pa. Approximately 200 crafters and artists displayed their wares at the annual event.
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