Millbrook Playhouse announces the 2016-17 Youth Ensemble

Millbrook Playhouse is proud to announce the 2016-17 Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble (MPYE). “After a very successful inaugural season we are thrilled to announce that we are continuing the program.” said David E. Leidholdt, artistic director, “The group has almost doubled in size going growing form from 17 members to over 30 members for season two.” This audition-based program is designed to inspire, nurture and support young performers who have shown a dedication to the theatre. The ensemble is derived from Millbrook Playhouse’s main stage season and summer educational programs and performers range in age from 7- 18. “They will be working together to create a professional theater experience, each ensemble member must strive to better themselves as an artist and become a catalyst for positive change in their communities,” said Matt Spencer, artistic associate and education director.

The 2016-17 Youth Ensemble includes: Briana Bottorf, of Lock Haven; Claire Bowman, of Mill Hall; Emily Chapman, of Mill Hall; Hannah Cole, of Lock Haven; Maia Crowell, of Lock Haven; Garrett Cunningham, of Woolrich; Kendall Eichenlaub, of Lock Haven; Malea Embick, of Lock Haven; Sydney Glossner, of Beech Creek; Abby Greevy, of Jersey Shore; Izyah Gerlach, of Lock Haven; Olivia Hanna, of Lock Haven; Dane Hanna, of Lock Haven; Aimee Hunsinger, of Mill Hall; Joshua Lavallee, of Longanton; Shannon Long, of Mill Hall; Kenetcha Long, of Lock Haven; Tara Mader, of McElhattan; Madi Meeker, of Woolrich; Olivia Miller, of Lock Haven; Trinity Miller, of Lock Haven; Elizabeth Nestor, of Lock Haven; Sydney Neff, of Lock Haven; Katie Owens, of Longanton; Allison Pancyszyn, of Jersey Shore; Troy Prebble, of Hyner; Lydia Parker, of Mill Hall; Ivy Patterson, of Beech Creek; Elizabeth Shaffer, of Jersey Shore; Elaina Shaffer, of Jersey Shore; Megan Spencer, of Lock Haven; Daisy Samples, of Lock Haven; and Mackenzie Toner, of Longanton.

The holiday production for MPYE will be “Elf the Musical, Jr.” Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf Jr. features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Elf the Musical Jr. tells the story of Buddy, a young would-be elf who is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity.

Performances will be  7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16; 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 17; and 2 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Sloan Fine Arts Center on the Lock Haven University campus. The production will be directed and choreographed by artistic associate, Matt Spencer with musical direction by Sheila Carroll.

For tickets, please visit www.millbrookplayhouse.org or call 570-748-8083.

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