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Ray of Light Awards returning to CAC

For area theater students, few events are as exciting as the Community Theatre League’s annual Ray of Light Awards. The event, which is styled after the Tony Awards, serves to highlight local high school drama programs and brings attention to the brightest student performers around. Now in ...

Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions to perform ‘The Diary of Anne Frank’

MILTON — Anne Frank’s tale is always worth retelling. Christ Wesleyan Theatre Productions presents “The Diary of Anne Frank” at 6:30 p.m. June 13-14, with a 4:30 p.m. matinee on June 15. The dinner-theatre production will be presented at Christ Wesleyan Church Auditorium, 363 Stamm Rd ...

Sean Farley to release new EP ‘Raising the Grain’

Sean Farley has a lot to celebrate. He is releasing a new EP titled “Raising the Grain” and will be hitting the road for a tour out west. It only makes sense that he should have a release party to share his hard work. “There will be multiple music performances and I will play the songs ...

FUSE Productions to host showing of musical ‘The Prince’s New Pet’

STATE COLLEGE — FUSE Productions turns its attention to a new children’s musical “The Prince’s New Pet” as its next attraction. Written by Penn State Alumnus Anthony De Angelis, “The Prince’s New Pet” will be performed at 10 a.m. today in Schwab Auditorium on Penn State’s ...

For longtime fans, ‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’ pleases

The long-running failures of video-game adaptation films comes to an end thanks to the emergence of the odd paring of a little yellow Pokemon with the voice of Ryan Reynolds. “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” will certainly please long-time fans of the source material; the same cannot be said for ...

Despite a few laughs, ‘The Hustle’ is pure agony

As a long-suffering critic who’s reviewed many bombs and duds, here’s a little film-going tip: It’s not a good sign when a movie has seven writing credits. This generally means they couldn’t figure out what to do with the thing, and just kept hammering away until it was as flat as ...

Open Stage of Harrisburg to end season with ‘Ragtime’

HARRISBURG — In the final production of its ambitious 2018-19 season, Open Stage of Harrisburg is swirling historical and fictional characters in the melting pot that was America in the early 20th century. These colorful characters pursuing the American dream are featured in the musical ...

‘Long Shot’ doesn’t miss, delivers a fun time

Whoever thought to pair Seth Rogen with Charlize Theron deserves a pat on the back. The incredibly hilarious chemistry between the two in “Long Shot,” provides for a raunchy romantic comedy that will surely leave you laughing. Brutally honest reporter Fred Flasky (Seth Rogen) finds ...

‘The Intruder’ lacks originality, imagination

Despite generally lousy reviews, I just had to catch “The Intruder” and see for myself whether Dennis Quaid could pull off a psychopathic villain. The answer is yes, and very nicely too — which is all the more impressive, as it’s tough to think of a single film in which this veteran ...

WSO to end season with ‘Gerardo and Roberto Meet Again’

After winning the prestigious Cleveland International Piano Competition back in 2001, pianist Roberto Plano was offered an opportunity to perform with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra as a part of his prize. By all accounts, the program provided a great experience for Plano, the WSO and ...

CTL announces nominees for 2019 Ray of Light Awards

It’s almost time for the Community Theatre League to roll out the red carpet for the Ray of Light Awards for excellence in high school theater. Honoring the brightest and the best in local and area high school Music and Theatre Departments and Drama Clubs, the 11th annual Ray of Light ...

Time for Three to close out CAC’s 25th Anniversary Season

For the final act of its 25h Anniversary Season, the Community Arts Center is bringing the genre-defying band Time for Three to its stage at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. With a show that blends elements of classical music with folk, pop, rock, western, country, bluegrass and jazz, the group offers a ...

Song by local musician Loni Gamble goes global

Imagine having your song inspire dancers in 16 countries around the world. That is exactly what Loni Gamble did. The Williamsport musician’s latest release “3 Steps” was the catalyst for a video featuring dancers from Jakarta, England, Singapore, Netherlands, Belgium, Sweden, Denmark, ...

‘Every Brilliant Thing’ comes to BTE stage

BLOOMSBURG — Size-wise, whether little or large, insignificant or monumental, “Every Brilliant Thing” shines in its own unique way. The professional Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble concludes its Main Stage 2018-19 season with “Every Brilliant Thing,” with 7:30 p.m. performances ...

‘Avengers: Endgame’ leaves fans thoroughly satisfied

After 21 films, 11 years and a legacy left by Stan Lee, the fact remains that all good things must come to an end. “Avengers: Endgame” is the final swing of the hammer, leaving the last, most impactful mark on the franchise. As emotional as it is epic, this is not just a film, but rather an ...

John Cafferty, The Grass Roots to play show at Scottish Rite

When John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band broke out with the hit “On the Dark Side” in 1983, the group didn’t immediately realize that it was becoming a nationally recognized act — the kind that could fill a large venue all on its own. But as the song was on its way to reaching No. 1 ...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ ready to land at Community Theatre League

Less than a few weeks after descending onto Penn State’s University Park campus, the popular “To Kill a Mockingbird” is making a highly anticipated local landing on the Community Theatre League’s stage. CTL presents “To Kill A Mockingbird” at 7:30 p.m. May 3-4 and 9-11, with a 2 ...

South Williamsport musician Lou Mauro performs as one-man band Kick Trax

South Williamsport musician Lou Mauro has been playing drums for over 44 years, honing his craft, and giving audiences great music and great times. In more recent years, Mauro has been performing as his one-man band Kick Trax, a classic rock and pop single entertainment act playing primarily ...

‘The Curse of La Llorona’ benefits from good acting

In a sea of subpar horror movies, “The Curse of La Llorona” manages to stand out. Barely. Being a huge fan of “The Conjuring” universe, I was excited when the trailer for “The Curse of La Llorona” released and it turned out to be connected to that universe. Having James Wan ...