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CAC ushers

LIVE UNITED an entertaining way to support a great cause

It’s been a quarter century since the first usher showed the first patron to their seat at the Community Arts Center. What followed has been a whole army of ushers, donating thousands of volunteer hours at downtown’s flagship venue.

These are the men and women decked out in black suits, white shirts and, for the men, ties to welcome all of those who enter through the doors of the former Capitol Theater.

These are people from our local community who enjoy showing off the revitalized arts and entertainment venue, with many of them serving since 1993 when Pennsylvania College of Technology reopened it as the Community Arts Center.

These are volunteers who enjoy people and want to make them comfortable during a night at the theater, regardless of who the guest is. And big guests have appeared on stage there — Willie Nelson, Yo Yo Ma, Ringo Starr, Jay Leno — as well as local favorites — Uptown Music Collective, Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, local dance recitals, just to name a few — to draw diverse crowds that appeal to many sectors of the community.

Tonight the Community Arts Center opens its new season with comedian Jim Breuer, followed by a packed lineup that will flow through May.

And on Thursday, a LIVE UNITED in Music event will present Broadway star Michael Cavanaugh performing the music of Billy Joel, along with the Strolling Strings of Williamsport Area High School, the LIVE UNITED Pops Orchestra conducted by Walt Straiton, and Uptown Music Collective.

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Lycoming County United Way and its support for 41 community service programs in Lycoming, Tioga and Sullivan counties. This promises to be a spectacular night for a very worthy cause.

We are confident the ushers will be there, dressed to the nines. The question is: Will you?

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