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Auditions ready to start at Millbrook Playhouse with 56th season coming up

MILL HALL — As Millbrook Playhouse gears up for its 56th summer, Central Pennsylvania’s premier professional theater is looking for a few good men — and a few good women, too. David Leidholdt, Millbrook’s producing artistic director, is scheduling auditions for local actors to fill ...

New thriller ‘Greta’ works well despite predictability

There’s scarcely a single plot-point in “Greta” that doesn’t telegraph its arrival beforehand; yet somehow, the movie works. Directed by Neil Jordan, the new thriller strides firmly through the standard tropes of secret-psychopath stories (especially those with tormented captives, ...

‘The Umbrella Academy’ whets the appetite

THE COMIC BOOK “Apocalypse Suite” is the first arc in writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba’s “The Umbrella Academy.” Years ago forty-three children were born to mothers who had previously shown no sign of pregnancy. Scientist and wealthy entrepreneur Sir Reginald Hargreeves took ...

WSYO set for spring show at Community Arts Center

For many students in the Williamsport Symphony Youth Orchestra, getting the chance to make music at the Community Arts Center is something they have been dreaming about for quite some time. And it’s no wonder why — with its big stage, ornate decorations and outstanding acoustics, the ...

Area actress Shelby Snyder discusses her love of performing theater locally

Although Shelby Snyder is passionate about hairstyling and doing makeup, her first love is theater. A resident of Sunbury, Snyder remembers singing at an early age, including warbling as a partridge in a pear tree during a “12 Days of Christmas” concert in elementary school. “After ...

Mulrooney chosen as commemorative potter for Soup and a Bowl

Jane Mulrooney took her first interest in pottery way back in fourth grade, after coming across an instructor named Ellen Brown whose fabulous works drew her into the world of clay creation. About a decade later, she found herself further pursuing the art form, taking pottery courses over three ...

One80 attracts a new generation to ‘80s classics

The decade of the 1980s produced amazingly popular music, attracting even today’s younger generations to its classic rock style. So, it’s no surprise that when the rock band One80 broke onto the local scene, area music fans were turning their heads to find out who was rocking those songs ...

‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ show keeps landing on local stages

That high-flying “Mockingbird” continues to defy expectations by landing on area stages to appreciative applause. The stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird,” even before it was named the most widely read book in a nationwide poll, was notable for the vivid ...

Factory Works Gallery to showcase Brian Spies with ‘Beautiful Pictures’

Factory Works Gallery at the Pajama Factory is set to present “Beautiful Pictures,” an exhibition of large-format photographs by Brian James Spies, a Williamsport-based photographer and Factory Works Gallery director. The exhibition will begin with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. ...

Grammy-winner Chris Botti to play at Community Arts Center

For 265 days out of the year, world-renowned trumpeter Chris Botti is on the road with his band playing concerts all over the globe. It’s a relentless travel and performance schedule, but one that Botti has been able to maintain for the last 16 years, as he continues to establish himself as ...

GC & Company brings years of experience, talent to area music scene

GC & Company is a local six-piece band that specializes in classic rock and originals. The group is broadly influenced by music of the ‘60s, ‘70s and “big hair” ‘80s. GC & Company was formed in 2000 as a co-project with guitarist/vocalist Gary Crouse and keyboardist/vocalist ...

Penn State Centre Stage set to present ‘Hands on a Hardbody’

UNIVERSITY PARK — “Hands on a Hardbody” is a pretty catchy title. Penn State Centre Stage hopes that theatergoers will catch this gritty musical, which opens tomorrow, with 7:30 p.m. performances on Feb. 22-23 and Feb. 26-27, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 23 at The Playhouse on the ...

‘Small Town Murder’ provides comic relief

It’s no surprise a large number of people are interested in true crime because the sort of senseless terror doesn’t exist in their own lives, so they’re curious. Most hard-hitting news is built on the saying, “if it bleeds, it leads,” which is true. People are fascinated by crime ...

Showcase writers make predictions for Academy Awards

It’s Oscar time again! In addition to not having an emcee, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science’s telecast on Sunday breaks some new ground. The biggest breakthrough is “Roma’s” nod as both Best Foreign Language Film and also one of the eight Best Picture ...

‘Happy Death Day 2U’ provides watered-down, mediocre sequel

What do you get when a decent low-budget film makes a considerable amount of money? Usually, a watered-down, mediocre sequel. “Happy Death Day 2U” is exactly that, average at best. Taking place after the first film, “Happy Death Day,” Tree Gelbman (Jessica Rothe) finds herself to be ...

Local poodle makes big screen debut in ‘Isn’t It Romantic?’

Yesterday, the Warner Bros. satirical rom-com “Isn’t It Romantic?” premiered in theaters across the country just in time for Valentine’s Day. The movie features many big names in Hollywood, such as Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth, Adam DeVine and Priyanka Chopra — but local theatergoers ...

Uptown Music Collective brings ‘Women of Pop’ performance to CTL next week

On the heels of its Chicago-themed concert last month, the Uptown Music Collective is now set to host its next big performance — only this time the music will be a little more contemporary. The Collective will bring “Women of Pop: 21st Century Divas” to stage four times from Feb. 21-23 at ...

Broadway star Lindsay Mendez headed to CTL for fundraiser

Whenever Seth Sponhouse first reaches out to the agent of a big-name Broadway star to try and convince them to participate in the Community Theatre League's annual “Evening with a Star” fundraiser, he must inevitably answer questions about where exactly Williamsport is and what CTL does. ...

Open Stage of Harrisburg presents ‘The Wolves’

HARRISBURG — If anyone is out in the woods and hears a lot of howling, it’s probably just from wolves.. Theatregoers know, however, that “The Wolves” are not the four-legged variety, but the name of a fiercely competitive girls’ soccer team, preparing to defend their undefeated ...