Area high schools begin productions

With the start of school a couple of months ago, it’s that time of the year again — when a young man’s (and woman’s) fancy turn to thoughts of — the Ray of Light Awards.

The Community Theatre League kicks off another year of programing to develop and promote the efforts of area high school music theater and drama clubs.

Local and area high schools, generally within an approximately 40-mile radius of CTL’s downtown Williamsport location, present plays in the fall, and musicals in the spring as part of the year-long adjudication.

Jacquie Engel initiated the popular program which honors the brightest and the best in high school theater, with the 10th annual Ray of Light Awards ceremony to be held on May 19, 2018 on the stage of the Community Arts Center, 220 W. Fourth St.

Open to the public, the “red carpet” treatment begins at noon, with the program at 2 p.m., and a gala post-production party following the ceremony.

CTL emphasizes that the Ray of Light program is two-pronged. Some schools present a comedy or drama in the fall, and also stage a musical in the spring, while other high schools stage only a big-scale musical in the second semester.

CAST education director Seth Sponhouse and office administrator Philip J. Vonada have completed the Orientation and Training sessions for the panel of adjudicators, who travel to the competing schools located in Lycoming, Clinton, Snyder, Bradford, and Northumberland Counties.

With a dozen or more schools expected to present a musical in the Spring, the fall lineup of productions submitted for the Ray of Light adjudication:

“A Wrinkle In Time” (Central Mountain High School) — Leading off the adjudication (as in prior years), this play, based upon a science fiction novel, was presented for three performances last weekend.

“Charlotte’s Web” (Selinsgrove High School) — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15, 16, 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 18. Note: No Friday performance.

“A Gift To Remember” (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School) — 7 p.m. Nov. 16, 18 and 2 p.m. Nov. 19. Note: No Friday performance.

“The Rented Christmas” (South Williamsport Jr./Sr. High School) — 7 p.m. Nov. 17, 18 and 1 p.m. Nov. 18. Note: If there is a football playoff game, the Nov. 17 performance will be dropped, and a Nov. 16 show at 7 p.m. added.

“Doctor Death” (Jersey Shore Area Sr. High School) — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17, 18.

“The Rivers and the Ravines” (Shikellamy High School) — 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1, 2 and 2:30 p.m. Dec. 3.

For more information on CTL’s Ray of Light: 570-327-1777; or visit ctl