Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Airness: A hilarious comedy about the competitive world of Air Guitar.

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble to present Airness: A hilarious comedy about the competitive world of Air Guitar.

Bloomsburg – Starting September 16th, Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will present Airness by Chelsea Marcantel. Airness is a rockin’ comedy “about being authentic to your true self, letting go of your inhibitions and accepting others as who they are” states Onstage Colorado. When actual guitarist Nina enters an air guitar competition, she thinks the whole thing is pretty silly, but she soon discovers that it takes real talent and charisma to become the champion. Does Nina have what it takes to do more than play pretend and seriously rock it?

Airness marks a triumphant return to live, in-person performances for BTE in the Alvina Krause theatre. Eric Wunsch, ensemble member and Airness director explains that “18 months ago, we were a week away from opening this play in our theatre. It was a show we felt proud of, and then it abruptly ended. We lost a couple of beloved cast members, and everything changed. So, it is an unbelievable pleasure to be finally presenting this show that celebrates the ecstasy of live performance and the rock star inside us all!”
BTE is also celebrating a return to the stage for Aaron White (D Vicious), a longtime friend of the company and guest artist who is starting his candidacy to become a full-time ensemble member. The passage of time also sees a return to the Alvina Krause stage for founding BTE member James Goode (announcer) as an emeritus performer. The cast also features ensemble members Amy Rene Byrne (Cannibal Queen) and Andy Hubastsek (Facebender), as well as, guest actors Marisol Rosa-Shaprio (The Nina), Dominic Santos (Golden Thunder), and Jon Schultz (Shreddy Eddy).

Even though Airness is a face-melting good time it also illustrates the importance of friendship, repairing damaged relationships, and one women’s journey to find herself through abandoning her preconceived notions of what it really means to experience true Airness.

Airness runs from September 16th through October 10th. Season tickets and subscription packages can be purchased by visiting BTE’s website www.bte.org or by calling the BTE Box Office at 570-784-8181, and do not hesitate to leave a message. Single tickets go on sale August 25th. Airness is intended for a mature audience as it contains sexual themes and adult language.

Airness is produced by special arrangement with Broadway licensing
www.broadwaylicensing.com

Contemporary Indigenous Dance Comes to Weis Center, Performance Inspired by Sky and Star Stories and Features Six Dancers and Live Music

Contemporary Indigenous Dance Comes to Weis Center, Performance Inspired by Sky and Star Stories and Features Six Dancers and Live Music

Canadian-based Red Sky Performance will perform their work “Trace” on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

There will be a pre-performance talk with Red Sky Performance’s Artistic Director Sandra Laronde on the same day as the performance, from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. Masks are required.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), the group is currently in their 21st year of dance, theater, music and media.

While at the Weis Center, Red Sky Performance will present the work, “Trace” which is 60 minutes in length, without an intermission and features six dancers: Sarah Di Iorio, Miyeko Ferguson, Lindsay Harpham, Tyler Layton-Olson, Jessica Mak and Connor Mitton and three live musicians: Rick Sacks, Ian De Souza and Nadene Pita.

Members of the company have said about the piece, “We are traceable to the very beginnings of the universe, our ancestral origins stretching across the Milky Way to the atoms burning inside of us in the ‘here and now’ on Earth.”

Laronde says that “Trace” is a highly kinetic contemporary dance work inspired by Indigenous (Anishinaabe) sky and star stories, offering a glimpse into our origin as well as our future evolution.

“Trace” has won two Dora Mavor Moore awards, presented annually by the Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts, which honors theater, dance and opera productions in Toronto.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by PPL Foundation, Evangelical Community Hospital, and the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT RED SKY PERFORMANCE

Red Sky Performance is a leading company of contemporary Indigenous performance in Canada and worldwide.

Led by Artistic Director Sandra Laronde of the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water), they are currently in their 21st year of dance, theatre, music, and media. Red Sky’s mission is to create inspiring experiences of contemporary Indigenous arts and culture that transform society. They create, produce, and tour original work to expand the ecology of contemporary Indigenous performance.

They are dedicated to working with emerging and established artists as they hone their artistic practice, particularly through an Indigenous lens, offering unique opportunities for these practitioners to thrive creatively and professionally.

Touring since 2003, Red Sky has delivered over 2,778 performances across Canada including 198 international performances in 17 countries on four continents, including landmark events such as at two Cultural Olympiads (Beijing and Vancouver), World Expo in Shanghai, Venice Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow. At the same time, they have remained deeply rooted and invested on a grassroots level and regularly perform in urban, rural and reserve communities across Turtle Island.

Red Sky is the recipient of 16 Dora Mavor Moore awards and nominations, two Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, three International Youth Drama Awards from Shenzhen, China, and the Smithsonian Expressive Award, among other recognitions.

TICKETS
Tickets are $25 for Adults, $20 for Seniors 62+, $15 for Youth 18 and under, $15 Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2): $15, $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $15 for Non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Special rate for youth dancers: The Weis Center is offering a special $10 rate for youth under 18 who are taking dance classes at local dance studios. The code RedSkyDance21 (not case sensitive) should be entered as the Coupon Code at checkout on Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice to access the $10 rate for the student AND the accompanying parent or guardian (adult or senior 62+).

Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is socially distanced and general admission; specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

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.).

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

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.

Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Music and Dance from Bali Comes to the Weis Center in Free Performance, Lecture/Demo Precedes Performance

Çudamani: Gamelan and Dance of Bali will perform on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

The performance is free, but tickets are required by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice.

There will be a pre-performance lecture and demonstration on Tuesday, Sept. 14 from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium facilitated by Music Professor Bethany Collier.

The performance is sponsored in part by the Candland family, Remembering Mary Candland. It is co-sponsored by Bucknell University’s Department of Music in partnership with the Bucknell University Gamelan Ensemble. This engagement of Çudamani is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

ABOUT CUDAMANI
Hailed as one of Bali’s most forward-thinking music and dance ensembles, Çudamani is known for its exceptional creativity and superb artistry and also the performers’ unflagging love for the classical Balinese traditions.

Nurtured and trained in the village of Pengosekan, the group is among Bali’s most respected and accomplished. One of its many singular features is that its artists are multi-disciplinary, mastering gamelan, dance, voice and visual art, resulting in artistically unified presentations.

This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound: the punctuation of deep, great bronze gongs; charismatic leadership from the drums; stunning interlocking percussion from the bronze gangsa, and the finely-elaborated delicacy of voice and flute.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM
While at the Weis Center, Cudamani will present a program called “WATER-TIRTA.”

The Balinese have myriad of ways of understanding and relating to water. The Balinese conceptualize their physical world in terms of the high mountain (the place of Bali’s the most sacred temple) and low ocean and the Balinese dedicate themselves to protecting the life-giving cycle of water. They call their form of Hinduism AGAMA TIRTA or “The Religion of Holy Water.” Water not only makes things grow, it is a medium for spiritual regeneration. All places of worship from the enormous temples to corners of the humblest of homes requires purification with water – ceremonies, offerings, and receiving the blessings of holy water.

As a centerpiece for this tour “WATER-TIRTA” Dewa Berata (Director of Cudamani) will showcase his personal and family history of painting. Dewa has explored how digital drawing/painting brings new possibilities to his work. For WATER~TIRTA he will create digital time-lapse story painting which will be projected behind the gamelan orchestra. Original music will be composed by Dewa and his younger brother Dewa Rai.

The audience will be taken on a journey as water falls from the sky to the highest and most sacred mountain in Bali – bathing the temples and replenishing the sacred springs. Water is central to prayer, to rice cultivation, to social ties, to health and well-being of all living things. For the Balinese the water cycle is the story of life on this island in the sea. Even at death, one of the most important ceremonies for the Balinese ends as ashes are released on the shore.

TICKETS
Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance by calling 570-577-1000 or online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice. Seating for the fall 2021 season is general admission and specific seats cannot be reserved in advance.

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 the 2021–22 season, all seating will be socially distanced and general admission. Specific seats cannot be selected.

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings. All visitors are required to wear a face covering when indoors. We reserve the right to request that any visitors who do not follow University protocols leave the premises.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

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.

Weis Center Announces In-Person Season that Includes Nearly 30 Performances

Weis Center Announces In-Person Season that Includes Nearly 30 Performances

The Weis Center’s 2021-22 line-up includes a diverse schedule of nearly 30 live performances designed to inspire your mind, energize your body and restore your heart.

Performances will include music from Bali, Venezuela, West Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, plus classical music, Americana and roots music, modern dance from three acclaimed companies, jazz, and family-friendly performances. Seven performances are free.

Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. by calling 570-577-1000, online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or in-person weekdays 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Campus Box Office’s location in the Weis Center Atrium.

The season will kick off on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m. with a free alt-rock and roots concert by Amythyst Kiah as she performs outside on the Weis Center Plaza. Her song “Black Myself” received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards. The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

On September 14, world music and dance from Bali with ensemble Cudamani will perform. This 20-member ensemble weaves layers of intricate sound including gongs, drums, voice and flute.

On September 28, Red Sky Performance, a leading indigenous contemporary dance company from Canada, will perform their work “Trace”, which is a dance work inspired by Indigenous sky and star stories.

On October 1, the contemporary cirque duo, Air Play, returns to the Weis Center for a family-friendly performance highlighting the amazing power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience and a huge snow globe will make audience members gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.

Then, in the first of several engagements with the Jazz at Bucknell series – Jeremiah Abiah performs for free in the Weis Center Atrium on October 6. Abiah is a renowned singer, songwriter, celebrity vocal coach, author and producer.

The Julliard String Quartet will perform on October 17 with pianist and Bucknell Assistant Professor of Music Qing Jiang. They will perform works by Beethoven and Dvorak.

A season highlight will be Mavis Staples’ performance on Thursday, October 28. Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” Staples is a Blues AND a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer; a Civil Rights icon; a Grammy Award winner; a chart-topping soul/gospel/rhythm-and-blues pioneer; and a Kennedy Center honoree. She’s collaborated with everyone from Prince and Bob Dylan to Arcade Fire and Hozier.

Americana duo The Honey Dewdrops will perform on November 3 at the Campus Theatre in downtown Lewisburg. Their harmony-soaked songs, blended with the tones of guitar, banjo and mandolin are sure to inspire.

Pianist Michelle Cann will perform on November 7 with a program that includes Chopin, Florence Price and Brahms.

Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX, will perform three new works on November 12.

The final fall performance will be a raucous holiday performance by eight-piece jazz band, The Hot Sardines, on December 3. The performance will feature timeless Christmas classics and original tunes.

The spring 2022 season includes: American roots ensemble American Patchwork Quartet on January 23, Jamal Aliyev on cello and Dominic Cheli on piano on January 27, The Crossing with Dublin Guitar Quartet on February 4, bluegrass band Della Mae on February 8, Circa Contemporary Circus on February 15, Polish Wieniawski Philharmonic Orchestra on February 17, Nella on February 24, Reverso on March 1, The Peking Acrobats on March 6, Sona Jobarteh on March 22, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang on March 25, Jake Blount on March 30, Sonia De Los Santos on April 2, pianist Qing Jiang on April 3, Ronald K. Brown/EVIDENCE Dance on April 8, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain on April 10 and world music ensemble from Colombia Chontadelia on April 21. Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.

Season Brochure

The season brochure is now available as an eco-friendly, downloadable and printable PDF and online flipbook at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

A limited number of hardcopies are available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Hardcopies are also available at the Weis Center and will soon be available throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region.

Tickets

Please note that usual ticket subscriptions and seating selections have been temporarily changed for the 2021–22 Season.

· Subscriptions will not be available during the 2021–22 season.

· Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.

· Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.

· All seating will be general admission and will comply with current guidelines. Specific seats cannot be selected when purchasing tickets, and patrons should plan to arrive early to ensure ample time to select an available seat. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show time.

· Capacity limits will be adjusted for each performance at the venue’s discretion and based on current health and safety guidelines.

Campus Box Office Information

· Weis Center Atrium
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

· Elaine Langone Center, Campus Activities & Programs Center
Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.

The Campus Box Office opens one hour prior to performances at the performance location.

570-577-1000 or Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice

PLEASE NOTE

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings, if still being implemented.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

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

Weis Center Will Host Live Performances this fall, Season Kicks-off on Friday, August 27 with Free, Outdoor Concert

Weis Center Will Host Live Performances this fall, Season Kicks-off on Friday, August 27 with Free, Outdoor Concert

This fall, the Weis Center curtains will rise again, and the Central PA community is invited to experience it live. The 2021-22 line-up includes a diverse schedule of 30 live performances designed to inspire your mind, energize your body and restore your heart.

Performances will include music from Bali, Scotland, Venezuela, West Africa, Mexico, and Colombia, plus classical music, Americana and roots music, modern dance from three acclaimed companies, jazz, and family-friendly performances. Seven performances are free.

The season will kick-off on Friday, August 27 at 6 p.m. with a free alt-rock and roots concert by Amythyst Kiah as she performs outside on the Weis Center Plaza. Tickets are not required.

The Exchange’s Art Cart will be on site from 5:30-7 p.m. with special all-ages activities.

Amythyst Kiah’s debut, Wary + Strange, marks the glorious collision of two vastly different worlds: the iconoclastic alt-rock that first sparked her musical passion, and the roots/old-time-music scene where she’s found breakout success in recent years, including recognition from Rolling Stone as “one of Americana’s great up-and-coming secrets.”

Along with tapping into the vibrant musicality she honed, in part, through her studies in East Tennessee State University’s Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program, the Chattanooga, Tenn.-bred singer/songwriter expands on the uncompromising artistry she’s displayed as a member of Our Native Daughters, an all-women-of-color super group. Its Kiah-penned standout “Black Myself” received a Grammy nomination for Best American Roots Song and won Song of the Year at the Folk Alliance International Awards.

Kiah was included in People magazine’s “Meet the Talented Black Musical Artists Taking over 2021.”

Full Season Announcement and Brochure
The Weis Center’s full season will be announced in mid-August.

The season brochure will be available at that time as a digital PDF. A limited number of hardcopies will be available upon request. To request a hardcopy brochure, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or e-mail [email protected] and one will be mailed at no cost.

Limited hardcopies will also be available at the Weis Center and throughout the Susquehanna River Valley region in late August.

Sponsors
The Weis Center’s 2021-22 season is supported by the following season-level sponsors: Bucknell Sports Properties, The Daily Item, Seven Mountains Media, Sunbury Broadcasting Corporation and Susquehanna Life.

Event sponsors include Glenn and Raquel Alexander, Bloomsburg Children’s Museum, Centre Daily Times, Coldwell Banker Penn One Real Estate, Doug Candland, Columbia-Montour Visitors Bureau, Julianna and John Cooper, Nancy and Sam Craig, Evangelical Community Hospital, the Exchange/Art Cart, Geisinger, Jazz at Bucknell, Lewisburg Children’s Museum, Clayton and David Lightman, Teri MacBride and Steve Guattery, PPL, Press Enterprise, Riverwoods, Service 1st Federal Credit Union, Gary and Sandy Sojka, Standard Journal, Stone State Entertainment, Williamsport Sun Gazette, Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling family, and WVIA.

Grant funding for the season includes Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Tickets
Please note that usual ticket subscriptions and seating selections have been temporarily changed for the 2021–22 Season.

  • Subscriptions will not be available during the 2021–22 season.
  • Tickets for fall 2021 performances will go on sale beginning Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 a.m.
  • Tickets for spring 2022 performances will go on sale on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, at 10 a.m.
  •  All seating will be general admission and will comply with current guidelines. Specific seats cannot be selected when purchasing tickets, and patrons should plan to arrive early to ensure ample time to select an available seat. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to show time. For events with balcony seating, please note that the balcony level is not accessible by elevator and can only be accessed by stairs. Weis Center staff can assist patrons with accessibility needs to find seating.
  • Capacity limits will be adjusted for each performance at the venue’s discretion and based on current health and safety guidelines.

While on campus, patrons must abide by all Bucknell University health and safety guidelines, including maintaining social distancing and wearing appropriate face coverings, if still being implemented.

These protocols may be subject to change at any time. Please continue to visit our website for the most up-to-date information at Bucknell.edu/WeisCenter.

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

BTE Stages Free Family Play in the Park

“The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus” begins its free performances on July 15th

Bloomsburg Theatre Ensemble will continue its outdoor return to live, in-person presentations this July, with free performances of The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus by Eric Coble at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park. About the play:

“School’s out for the summer, and the New Mexico air is hot, even in the darkest part of the night.  But 8-year-old Sheila and her scrappy pack of pals aren’t going to let the summer heat get them down. When their fantastical junkyard fort draws the attention of a mysterious furry stranger, this band of misfit kids suddenly find themselves deep in the desert, face to face with the walking, talking critters who live there. It’s a whirlwind adventure about humans’ effect on the environment and the animals with whom we share the planet. And, spoiler alert: somebody swallows a cactus! Presented outdoors at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park, The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus features a cast of BTE members and friends. This unique twist on traditional fable-style storytelling will captivate the imaginations of audiences of all ages!”

Performances are free of charge to all audiences thanks to underwriting from the Columbia County Commissioners and longtime Summer show sponsor, Renco Ace Hardware. “We don’t want there to be any barriers to keep people away from live theatre,” says BTE Managing Director, Jon White-Spunner. “This generous financial support means anyone can see our work without cost.”  “BTE has been the cultural foundation of Columbia County for as long as remembered,” added County Commissioner Chris Young. “It’s a pleasure that the Commissioners can partner and support such an iconic community member.”

BTE’s Elizabeth Dowd (Director of Sideways Stories From Wayside School) leads a creative team featuring Michael Yerges, A’nie Kirchner, Earl Martz, Thom Sirkot, and host Daniel Roth. The cast is also populated with BTE Summer Show veterans Amy Rene Byrne (The BFG), Eric Wunsch (Something Grimm), Andrew Hubatsek (Birthday Showdown at Penguin Pete’s Pizza Emporium), Violet Race (The Landlover: A Pirate Musical), Lily Eliza Wirth (The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales), and BTE founding member James Goode (Lil’ Red’s Extreme Freestylin’ Fairy Tales) in his final role as a full-time member of the company. On entering this new era, Goode writes: “To you, the audience and patrons, I wish to express my gratitude for the support you have given to BTE throughout its ups and downs.”

All performances will be held at Totsburg in Bloomsburg Town Park. “The Town of Bloomsburg really keeps the park looking great,” says White-Spunner. “It’s a beautiful venue for a play like this, and really something different for us.”

The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus begins Thursday, July 15th and will conclude Saturday, July 31st. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday shows begin at 11AM, while Friday and Saturday shows begin at 7PM. Though admission is free, those with special seating requests and large groups are encouraged to reserve their spot by calling the BTE Box Office at (570) 784-8181, or email [email protected]. More information is available on BTE’s website, www.bte.org.