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Hershey Area Playhouse Presents Godspell 2012

Friday January 22, 2016

Kicking off its 2016 season, Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present Godspell 2012, an updated version of the well-known musical that explores a portion of Jesus’s life, His death, and His followers.
 
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Hershey Area Playhouse Announces 2016 Shows

Tuesday January 5, 2016

Kicking off its 2016 season, Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present Godspell 2012, an updated version of the well-known musical that explores a portion of Jesus’s life, His death, and His followers.
 
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Hershey Area Playhouse Presents "A Charlie Brown Christmas"

Monday November 30, 2015

Hershey Area Playhouse Presents A Charlie Brown Christmas Performance Dates: Dec. 17-20, 2015 HERSHEY, Pa., Nov. 30, 2015 – Rounding out its 2015 season and as one of the first theatres in the area to secure the just-released license for the show, Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present A Charlie Brown Christmas, a story about a boy searching for the real meaning of Christmas. The stage adaptation of A Charlie Brown Christmas is based on the original television production that debuted in 1965, which has become a Christmas staple in homes across the country. When Charlie Brown complains about the materialism he sees at Christmas, Lucy suggests that he direct the school’s Christmas pageant. He accepts, but it proves to be a frustrating effort. When an attempt to restore the proper holiday spirit with a neglected little Christmas tree fails, he needs Linus’ help to discover the real meaning of Christmas. “We are tremendously excited to have obtained the rights to this holiday treasure,” said Jill Panyard, who is directing the show and has more than a decade of experience with adult and children’s productions in the region. “This show creates a great opportunity for the children of our community to join in the Charlie Brown fun, just as I did growing up. The kids are really getting into their characters, and it is so fun to see those moments when they suddenly understand their character or they accomplish something they never thought they could do.” Bringing this holiday treasure to life, the kids-only cast members of A Charlie Brown Christmas, ranging in age from 8 to 12, include: Seth Winnick as Charlie Brown; Morgan King as Snoopy; Samantha Koegler as Lucy; Matthew Milunic as Linus; Katie Copeland as Sally; Fletcher Smith as Schroeder; Ada Howard as Violet; Abigail Bridgeman as Patty; Hattie Gavazzi as Frieda; Carson Smith as Pig Pen; and Levi Snyder as Shermy. Ensemble cast members include: Kara Donaghue, Nicholas Horney, Juliana Silber, Morgan Silber, Jude Petersen, Mia Caldonetti, Lillian Bridgeman, and PJ Paterno. In addition to Paynard, production staff members for A Charlie Brown Christmas include: Michele Robertson, producer; Josiah Graybill stage manager; Jeff Miller and Carlton Hoke, set designers; Gwen Vares costume designer; Tim Banis and Ezra Smith, sound designers; and Brydon Lidle, lighting designer. Experience the timeless classic of A Charlie Brown Christmas, runningDec. 17-20 2015. Thursday through Saturday performances begin at 7:30 p.m.; the Sunday performance begins at 2 p.m. The Playhouse is located at 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey.
 
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Hershey Area Playhouse Presents "It’s A Wonderful Life"

Monday November 30, 2015

Hershey Area Playhouse Presents It’s A Wonderful Life Performance Dates: Dec. 3-6 and Dec. 10-13, 2015 HERSHEY, Pa., Nov. 18, 2015 – Just in time for the holiday season, Hershey Area Playhouse is proud to present It’s A Wonderful Life, a timeless classic known for the famous line, “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” It’s a Wonderful Life is a familiar story that centers around George Bailey, a frustrated and desperate businessman. In his despair, an angel comes to his rescue by showing him what life would be like if he was never born. "What a wonderful time of year to ponder the importance of friends and family, and our impact on their lives, than in this social period of holidays that arrive in December,” said It’s A Wonderful Life director Marcie Warner. “We usually split our time between shopping expeditions, events and parties, but the theme of It’s A Wonderful Life is truly realizing the gift of our own selves to others.” Bringing this holiday classic to life, the cast members of It’s A Wonderful Life include: John Mallonee as George Bailey; Harry Menear as Clarence Odbody; Mark Cuddy as Uncle Billy Bailey; Jess Schladebeck as Mary Hatch-Bailey; Larry Sheaf as Mr. Potter; John Switaj as Mr. Gower; Mike Ritter as Harry Bailey; Karen Lloyd as Mother Bailey; JoEllen Myers as Aunt Tilly; Dr. Valerie Schrader as Violet Peterson; Ken Skelly as Bert; and Rob Kopko as Ernie. Additional cast members include: Penny Dougherty as Potter’s Assistant; Tara Mead as Potter’s Secretary; Bridget Still as Mrs. Hatch; Travis Zimmerman as Sam Wainwright/Mr. Welch; Joe Owsley and Montse Benito as Mr. and Mrs. Martini; Sybil Stambaugh as Miss Andrews; Donna Marino as Mrs. Thompson; Renee Seibel as Miss Carter; Alexander Hatt as Pete Bailey/Young George; Grace Miller as Zuzu Bailey; Morgan Owsley as Tommie Bailey; and Grace Tadajweski as Janie Bailey/Newspaper Girl In addition to Warner, production staff members for It’s A Wonderful Life include: Michele Robertson and Lisa Greene, producers; Scott Harman, stage manager; Patt Roth, assistant stage manager; Carlton Hoke, set designer; JoAnn Wallace, costume designer; Vickie Feinstein and Aimee Potteiger, properties; Tim Banis, sound designer; and Brydon Lidle, lighting designer.
 
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