Step Afrika! Brings African American “Step” Dance to the Weis Center Stage

Step Afrika! Brings African American “Step” Dance to the Weis Center Stage

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will present Step Afrika! on Friday, February 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Step Afrika! now ranks as one of the top 10 African American dance companies in the United States.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by PPL Foundation and the Class of 1953 Fund.

About the Company

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Williams’s leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 50 countries across the globe.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities, traditional west and southern African dances and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience.

Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

At the Weis Center, they will perform the self-titled work Step Afrika! It introduces audiences to the tradition of stepping through both a traditional and contemporary lens. The performance features nine to 10 artists/musicians who demonstrate stepping’s origins in African American fraternities and sororities while showing the art form’s unlimited creative and artistic potential. Also featured is a suite of traditional South African dances including the powerful dance of the Zulu Nation and the poly-rhythmic South African gumboot dance. Step Afrika! has studied and performed both of these traditions for over 25 years.

The performance run time is 90 minutes, without an intermission.

COMPLIMENTARY TRANSPORTATION FROM COAL REGION

Thanks to a generous grant from PPL Foundation, the Weis Center will offer complimentary roundtrip transportation via Catawese Coach Lines from Shamokin, Mount Carmel and Sunbury. Patrons using this transportation will receive complimentary tickets to the engagement. Tickets will be issued to patrons upon boarding the bus.

Advance reservations are required by Tuesday, January 31 by calling 570-577-3727 or emailing [email protected] Reservations are limited and will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. The pick-up schedule is as follows:

● Shamokin – rear of Weis Markets, pick up at 5:30 p.m.

● Mount Carmel – Divine Redeemer Church, pick up at 6 p.m.

● Sunbury – 4th Street/Beiter’s, park on the edge of the parking lot, pick up at 6:30 p.m.

Arrival at the Weis Center at 7 p.m. for the performance at 7:30 p.m.

Return trip will begin around 9 p.m.

TICKETS

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $15 for youth 18 and under, $15 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 2) and $15 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

There is a special rate for local dance studios for this performance: Youth $5 and accompanying parent/guardian $15. Use Coupon Code STEPPING at checkout, after selecting seats.

Group discounts are available; please inquire with the Campus Box Office.

Tickets can be reserved by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For more information about this event, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by e-mail at [email protected]

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or search for the Weis Center on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble brings ‘Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service’ on the road in March

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble brings ‘Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service’ on the road in March

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – From March through May, children in Pennsylvania and neighboring states will journey back in time to the 1890s and the beginnings of the National Park Service and meet the men who created the now familiar role of Park Ranger as the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble performs Park Protectors: The Story of the Buffalo Soldiers and the National Park Service in their school. With BTE’s time-tested, energetic storytelling style, imaginative props, and audience involvement, three Theatre In the Classroom (TIC) actors will transform elementary and middle school cafeterias and gymnasiums into the landscape of our first National Parks. Park Protectors, BTE’s 44th TIC tour, is an inspiring collection of stories, songs, and first-person narratives woven together to share the history of these Army Buffalo Soldiers, America’s earliest caretakers of America’s public lands, with students.

Park Protectors was conceived, written, and directed by Bloomsburg native and Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s inaugural Emerging Artist, Dante Green. This tour follows BTE’s tradition of bringing quality theatre to young people and developing and vitalizing their imagination by involving them, through active participation, in the theatrical arts. Shows are presented by actors in an animated story-theatre style, followed by a lively post-performance conversation with the cast. This tour’s actors are Brian Bond, Gabe Moses, and Meagon Williams.

For schools, a comprehensive study guide written from the same material as the script, provided before the scheduled performance, enables educators to maximize the educational value of the theatre experience by providing discussion ideas, related classroom activities, post-performance questions, and a bibliography.

Educators can download the study guide from BTE’s website: www.bte.org.

Park Protectors tours from March 20th through May 26. Booking dates for the 2023 tour are available.

Teachers, administrators, and parent-teacher organizations should call BTE’s School Programs Director, Paula Henry, at 570-458-4075 or e-mail [email protected] for more information or book a show.

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

One Actor. No Rehearsal. Anything Can Happen at BTE’s ‘White Rabbit Red Rabbit’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Generally in professional theatre, actors, directors, and production staff spend more than six weeks preparing for a show. BTE’s next show throws all that out the window with White Rabbit Red Rabbit by Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour. Each night will feature a different professional actor being handed a sealed envelope containing the unseen script. From there, anything can happen! The show teeters between comedy and drama, and is not particularly political.

Bravely taking the stage will be BTE’s Education Director Abigail Leffler and Resident Acting Company member Elizabeth Dowd, last seen as the narrators in this season’s A Christmas Carol, and Resident Acting Company member Amy Rene Byrne, last seen in The Christians. Leffler will perform on January 12th, Byrne on January 13th, and Dowd on January 14th. The New York run featured actors such as Nathan Lane, Wayne Brady, and F. Murray Abraham.

As each actor is only permitted to perform this show once, this limited engagement is for three nights only, January 12th, 13th, and 14th at 7:30pm! Tickets are $30, with discounted tickets for seniors, young professionals, and students. In celebration of our 45th Season, we are offering two regular tickets for $45, a savings of $15! Patrons can take advantage of this by using code ’45for45′ online, or mentioning it on the phone. Bloomsburg University students are just $9 with a valid BU ID. Call the Box Office at 570-784-8181 or purchase tickets online at www.bte.org.

This show is sponsored by MC Federal Credit Union, Mike and Samantha Capita, Hanna FM, Bigfoot Country, Innotek Computer Consulting, Viamedia, and WNEP.

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

Matinees are Filling Up Fast for Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – The weather is getting colder, and the special school matinees at BTE are starting to fillvup! In November and December, the Alvina Krause Theatre in downtown Bloomsburg will be filled with the sounds of school students in the audience and on stage when Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble presents Charles Dickens’ holiday classic, ‘A Christmas Carol.’

Few school matinees for ‘A Christmas Carol’ remain available for bookings, as several have sold out already.

Limited availability on the following matinee dates: December 6, 7, 8, 14, and 20. Matinees are suitable for all grade levels. All school matinees begin at 10:00 am, costing $9.50 for all audience members. These matinees fill quickly, so school representatives are encouraged to call soon for the best seating availability. This new adaptation by Resident Acting Company member Aaron White features live music and puppetry. Don’t let your students be left out! This 19th production of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol, in BTE’s 45th anniversary season is not to be missed. From the first ghostly rattle of Jacob Marley’s chains, to the frivolity of the Fezziwig’s party, to the ominous predictions of the Ghost of Christmas Future, students from
kindergarten through high school will travel through time along with Ebenezer Scrooge as he is confronted by the boy he was, the man he has become, and the fate that awaits him if he fails to change.

This production is sponsored by First Columbia Bank & Trust, SAM CAPITA, Innotek Computer Consulting, Hanna FM, Bigfoot Country, Viamedia, WNEP-TV, and MCFCU.

To make a reservation for one of these special matinees or more information about all of the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s programs for students, contact Paula Henry, BTE’s School Programs Director, at 570-458-4075 or email her at [email protected]

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

Celebrate the Season with a Trip to BTE’s TreeFest!

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Beginning November 25th, more than eighty Christmas trees decorated by community groups, families, and local businesses will be displayed during the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s annual TreeFest! Visitors can enjoy the dazzling trees and festive activities in the beautiful Caldwell Consistory at 150 Market Street.

During this annual holiday event, locally grown trees, many of which are donated, are sponsored by businesses and patrons and decorated by community groups. Gift cards, toys, food, and clothing are also often gifted. At the end of the event, local families in need will take home a tree with lights and decorations for the holidays, along with gift cards. The toys are donated to Toys for Tots, and the food will go to the Bloomsburg Food
Cupboard.

TreeFest will be open to the public Fridays from 4-8pm, Saturdays 10am-6pm, and Sundays 12-4pm from November 25th until December 4th. Admission is $5, with children 12 and under free! All ticket proceeds benefit the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble.

The two weekends each feature special activities; The Children’s Museum will have its Gingerbread display at TreeFest on the first weekend, and the second weekend will have select vendors for visitors looking for unique gifts. TreeFest will be open to visitors before and after Seven Mountain Media’s Parade of Lights on November 25th at 6pm and Tree Lighting on December 2nd at 5:45pm. Outdoor entertainment at the fountain will follow
the Tree Lighting beginning at 6:15pm with Danceworks by Amber, Bloomsburg High School Fusion, and TubaFest. Come into TreeFest and warm up with food and drink by the folks at the Caldwell Consistory!

Santa will be at TreeFest Saturday and Sunday, November 26th and 27th, from 12pm-2pm. He’ll also be back at TreeFest on December 3rd from 12-2pm. There is no cost for children to visit Santa.

There are still trees available for sponsorship. If you are interested or would like more information, please visit www.treefest.org.

About BTE: founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.

A Fresh Take on a Holiday Classic in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

A Fresh Take on a Holiday Classic in Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s ‘A Christmas Carol’

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. – Charles Dickens’s classic story of redemption and joy comes to life in the Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble’s newest adaptation of ‘A Christmas Carol,’ onstage from November 25th until December 28th. Packed with live music, puppets, and faces both new and familiar, this fresh adaptation by Aaron White will be a joyful way to celebrate the holidays.

BTE’s newest Resident Acting Company member, Aaron White, both adapts and directs this season’s show. Andrew Hubatsek, Resident Acting Company member, features as the ever-dour Ebenezer Scrooge, with fellow members Elizabeth Dowd and Daniel Roth playing various roles. In addition, guest artists Abigail Leffler (BTE’s Education Director), Tanner Lenhart, Kimie Muroya, and Michael Covel return to our stage. New faces also join the adult actors; Robert Barkley and Rebecca Thomas will join us for the first time.

Many community cast members round out the production. BTE is pleased to have onstage Kyla Brookhart, Ben Crane, Grace Dickermen, Jack Dickerman, Emma Endress, Ethan Hommel, Abby Knoebel, Shaela McCrone, Lauren Rovito, Marie Saracoglu, Henry Turnbough, Blessing Zerbe, and Julius Zerbe. Audiences may recognize many of these talented young actors from previous roles, including this past summer’s ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.’

BTE is proud to host our annual Food Preview on November 25th at 2:00pm. Patrons can see the show with the donation of canned and non-perishable food items. This performance is an excellent opportunity for our community to enjoy live theatre at no cost! All donations benefit the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard and the families it serves.

On Saturday, November 26th, BTE will have a 2pm Preview performance, followed by our Opening Night show at 7:30pm. ‘A Christmas Carol’ will then run Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 7:30pm and Sundays at 3pm.

In addition, we have added performances at 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 21st, and Monday, December 22nd through Wednesday, December 28th. There are no performances on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.

Special school matinees can be booked by calling BTE’s School Programs Director Paula Henry at 570-458-4075 or emailing her at [email protected]

Tickets can be purchased at our Box Office at 226 Center Street, Bloomsburg, Tuesday through Saturday, 2-6pm, by calling 570-784-8181 or online at www.bte.org. Group discounts, subscriptions, and ticket packages are all available!

Founded in 1978 as an artist-driven, community-based resident ensemble, BTE creates innovative work with local and national impact. Today, BTE produces a lively mix of classic and contemporary plays and original theatre education programs for all ages. For more information about our shows and programs, please see www.bte.org.