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Williamsport Symphony Orchestra set for ‘Rock Meets Celtic’ show at CAC

When most people think of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, the first thing that comes to mind is usually classical music, which makes a lot of sense. They expect to hear the symphony play tunes from artists like Mozart, Bach and Beethoven, not groups like Pink Floyd, Queen and Led Zeppelin. ...

Farcical ‘Noises Off’ to play on Community Theatre League stage

If a stage manager in England wants to quiet the cast and crew just minutes before the curtain rises, he doesn’t whisper “quiet, backstage,” but simply yells “Noises Off!” The Community Theatre League presents this frantic farce at 7:30 p.m. March 22-23 and March 28-30, with a 2 ...

BBA Audition Concert coming to Genetti next weekend

For the 27th year, the Billtown Blues Association is set to host its annual BBA Audition Concert, which offers local and regional musicians a chance to compete for a performance slot at the Billtown Blues Festival in the summer. The Audition Concert, also known as the “Blues Challenge,” is ...

Popular musicals headed to a few regional stages

For theater buffs, traveling a bit to see a revival of a classic or contemporary musical may be preferable to fighting the traffic into Manhattan to see a Broadway show. With the exception of the Community Arts Center’s recent production of “Cinderella,” the scarcity of big splashy ...

While exciting, ‘Captain Marvel’ fails to leave a lasting impression

Although it’s rare to say “DC did it better,” Marvel’s latest film showcasing an empowering female lead falls a little flat despite the heavy anticipation. “Captain Marvel” shows that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) formula can only do so much when so little is introduced to the ...

Art Garfunkel returns to CAC after 25 years

Art Garfunkel enjoys long walks more than most people. In fact, he has covered thousands of miles on foot through the years, hiking from coast to coast in both the United States and Japan, and also trekking his way through various parts of Europe. However, despite all of that traveling, the ...

Lock Haven band RIZE brings arena rock to local stages

LOCK HAVEN — In the mid-1970s, a style of rock music called “arena rock” or “stadium rock” originated, becoming increasingly popular throughout the ‘80s and even into the ‘90s. Designed for large audiences, the highly produced music featured a strong emphasis on melody, anthem ...

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 ...