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by BOB MAGINNIS | June 1, 2005
This summer, as part of Hagerstown's annual Augustoberfest celebration, a group of students will perform an original work based on the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm. Students act in plays and musicals all the time, but this one will be different. The first word of dialogue hasn't been written yet and there won't be any auditions for anyone 13 or under. Everyone who signs up will have a part in the production and input on the script. Despite what might seem to be a chaotic approach, the Washington County school system has agreed to subsdize the production to the tune of $10,000 - if the Authentic Community Theatre Inc. (ACT)
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by JULIE E. GREENE | January 12, 2006
julieg@herald-mail.com CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Almost nine months after a chunk of its ceiling fell, injuring several audience members, The Capitol Theatre is set to reopen this Friday with a sold-out musical concert of songs from the popular Broadway composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. "We're very excited. We think that the signal that the public is sending to us by buying every seat in the house for this show on Friday is a great show of confidence and their desire to get back in the theater," says Paul E. Cullinane Jr., president of Downtown Chambersburg Inc., which owns the theater.
LIFESTYLE
By CHRIS COPLEY | chrisc@herald-mail.com | October 11, 2012
Devan Whitacre is the rare individual who gets to do for work what he loves. As director of Young Actors Theater Lab in Shepherdstown, he is responsible for leading workshops and preparing productions featuring child and teen actors in the Eastern Panhandle. This job is a dream for Whitacre, 23, who has been involved in theater for almost two decades. But the real joy for him is working with the kids. “They're geniuses. Their hopes and dreams haven't been squashed yet. They're willing to share, be bold,” Whitacre said.
NEWS
by KATE COLEMAN | August 29, 2003
katec@herald-mail.com Tri-State area community theaters are more than the "Forty-five Minutes From Broadway" of legendary showman George M. Cohan's 1906 musical, but that hasn't stopped them from tackiling a diverse production lineup of comedies, musicals, dramas and classics. Many of the companies have been around for years. Chambersburg Community Theatre is celebrating its 50th season. Potomac Playmakers is beginning its 78th season in Hagerstown, Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va.
NEWS
November 23, 1997
Community theater like family to thespians By CLYDE FORD Staff Writer, Charles Town CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - Susie Miller pointed to the spot where she wanted one of the trees to stand, but she had to wait for the trees to stop giggling before she could get their attention. As director of the Old Opera House's production of "The Wizard of Oz," she's dealing with the community theater's version of flying monkeys, singing trees, a dancing scarecrow and a little dog, Toto, too. "Lori, can you start at 'Apples?
NEWS
August 29, 2003
Old Opera House in Charles Town, W.Va., is celebrating its 30th anniversary season. Steve Brewer, the community theater's new managing and artistic director, has been on board since July, arriving with 20 years of community theater experience. He says he immediately felt welcome in the OOH group. "It's like a family," he says. For the past three years, Old Opera House has hosted the New Voice Play Festival, a competition and production of new plays. The fall season in the brick playhouse that dates back to the 1890s will feature the following: "The Crucible," by Arthur Miller 8 p.m. Oct. 24, 25, 31 and Nov. 1; 2:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 "Annie," by Charles Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin 8 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13; 2:30 p.m. Dec. 7, 13 and 14 204 N. George St. Charles Town, W.Va.
NEWS
October 19, 2008
Community theater group now forming A new community theater group is forming in Washington County and holding an informal meeting at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in the back room at Oliver's Pub in Longmeadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown. Light refreshments will be provided. All theater enthusiasts who are tired of traveling out of the area to enjoy theater that goes "outside the box" are invited to attend. Business professionals as well as individuals with experience in grant writing, fundraising, and bookkeeping are encouraged to attend.
NEWS
October 3, 2008
A new, community, theater group is forming in Washington County and holding an informal meeting Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the back room at Oliver's Pub in the Long Meadow Shopping Center in Hagerstown. Light refreshments will be provided. All theater enthusiasts who are tired of traveling out of the area to enjoy theater that goes "outside the box" are invited to attend. Business professionals as well as individuals with experience in grant writing, fundraising, bookkeeping, marketing and running a business or nonprofit organization are strongly encouraged to attend.
NEWS
September 22, 2009
Performers ranging from young children to adults will take the microphone to read poetry, play instruments, sing and dance Thursday, Sept. 24, at 5 p.m. at Antietam Academy High School's third open mic night. The school is in portable classrooms at 1151 S. Potomac St. on the South Hagerstown High School campus. Niki Perini, South High dance teacher and artistic director of Authentic Community Theater, will perform as will a trio of students singing a classic song from the group Destiny's Child.
NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | December 12, 1998
ST. THOMAS, Pa. - "At Land's End," Marcus Steinour's one-act comedy, made its New York debut in 1995 in a theater far, far off Broadway, but for the retired Letterkenny Army Depot computer programmer it was the big time. Steinour, 68, of St. Thomas, has been writing plays since the early 1960s. Mostly they sat on shelves and collected dust, as did his unpublished 250-page novel. His break came in 1994 when he saw in a local newspaper ad that the Conococheague Players, a community theater group in Chambersburg, Pa., was looking for new plays.
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