Community Theatre League Presents: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Community Theatre League Presents: Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella

Community Theatre League Presents:
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
March 1 & 2 at 7:30 p.m.
March 3 at 2 p.m.

TICKET COSTS:
$30 – $50 plus fees

TICKET CONTACT INFORMATION:
Box Office Phone: 570.326.2424
Online: CACLive.com/Cinderella

Williamsport, February 16, 2024 – Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, the beloved classic fairytale, comes to life March 1 to 3 on the beautiful historic stage of the Community Arts Center with a magical and enchanting twist. This timeless tale tells the story of a kind and gentle young woman named Ella (Cinder Ella), who, with the help of her fairy godmother, overcomes adversity and captures the heart of a prince. The Broadway version, originally adapted for the stage in 2013, features stunning costumes, memorable songs, and a modern take on the beloved characters. Audiences can expect a captivating experience filled with romance, humor, and the enduring message that dreams can come true.

As Cinderella herself would say, “Impossible things are happening every day.”

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella is a tale that resonates with the young and the young at heart,” says Director Marie Fox. “Our production promises to bring a fresh and enchanting perspective to this beloved story, featuring a talented cast and a creative team dedicated to delivering a magical experience for our audience.” This production boasts a cast of over 40 talented local performers, each bringing their superb talent and passion to the stage. Their dedication and skill promise to elevate this rendition of Cinderella to new heights.

“We are particularly thrilled to be performing on the beautiful historic Community Arts Center stage once again,” says Executive Artistic Director Seth Sponhouse. “This iconic venue adds an extra layer of magic to our production, and we can’t wait to share this enchanting experience with our community. The partnership between CTL and the CAC is one that adds so much value to our community as a whole.” This performance continues a collaboration between the Community Theatre League and the Community Arts Center to bring exceptional arts and entertainment to Williamsport.

To see a complete cast list, learn more, or get tickets for this magical event, go to CACLive.com/Cinderella. Tickets are also available through the Community Arts Center Box Office at 570.326.2424.

The Community Arts Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education.

The Community Theatre League, located at 100 W. Third Street, Williamsport, is a Williamsport-based theater organization dedicated to providing quality live performances and fostering a vibrant arts community. With over 46 seasons of engaging productions, CTL continues to be a cornerstone of cultural enrichment in the Williamsport area.
CTL’s slogan is “Enrich, Educate, Entertain.” Learn more at ctlshows.com.

Kyshona Brings Healing Power of Song to the Weis Center, Artist is a Licensed Music Therapist

Kyshona Brings Healing Power of Song to the Weis Center, Artist is a Licensed Music Therapist

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome roots, rock, rhythm and blues, and folk singer Kyshona on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

There will be a pre-performance talk with the artist from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Karl Voss and Chanin Wendling and family.

Kyshona is an artist ignited by untold stories, and the capacity of those stories to thread connection in every community. With the background of a licensed music therapist, the curiosity of a writer, the resolve of an activist and the voice of a singer, Kyshona is unrelenting in her pursuit for the healing power of song.

She is both a sought-after collaborative vocalist working with artists like Margo Price whom she accompanied on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Adia Victoria who features Kyshona, Margo Price and Jason Isbell on her single “You Was Born to Die,” as well as being a burgeoning performer in her own right whose release, Listen, was voted Best Protest Album of 2020 by Nashville Scene.

Kyshona’s nonprofit organization, Your Song, offers songwriting programs for youth empowerment programs, detention, re-entry, recovery, mental health and veterans centers and organizations.

TICKETS
Tickets are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 1) and $10 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Mental health professionals and teachers are invited to purchase $10 tickets for this performance. Simply use code MUSICTHERAPY online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice after selecting seats.

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.

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Will Present Three Classical Works at Weis Center

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine Will Present Three Classical Works at Weis Center

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine (NSOU) on Friday, February 23 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.
The performance is sponsored, in part, by Sam and Nancy Craig and the Press Enterprise.

Volodymyr Sirenko serves as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor and Volodymyr Vynnytsky will be featured on piano.

Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. This is the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine’s 4th US tour.

At the Weis Center, they will perform:
Maksym Berezovsky: Symphony No. 1 in C major
Camille Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 22 (featuring Vynnytsky)
Antonin Dvořák: Symphony No. 8, Op. 88, B. 163 in G major

ABOUT THE NSOU
Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November of 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered to be one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Its first conductor was Oleksander Horilyj. Natan Rachlin was the Artistic Director of the Orchestra from 1937 until 1962. Stefan Turchak, Volodymyr Kozhuchar, Fedir Hlushchenko, Igor Blazhkov and Theodore Kuchar consequently conducted the Orchestra as its Principal Conductors. Other conductors who worked with the NSOU include Kostiantyn Simeonov, Leopold Stokowski, Igor Markevitch, Kurt Sanderling, Kiril Kondrashin, Kurt Masur, Hermann Abendroth, Willy Ferrero and others. Soloists who performed with the NSOU include Artur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Gidon Kremer, Oleh Krysa, Monserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras, Placido Domingo, Andrea Bocelli and Juan Diego Flores. The NSOU was entrusted with the premier performances of the works of the following composers: Boris Lyatoshynsky, Valentyn Sylvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk, and Evgen Stankovych.

The Orchestra has gained international recognition over a remarkably short period of time. Since 1993, the NSOU has released more than 100 sound recordings which include both Ukrainian and international repertoires. Most of these recordings have received the highest international acclaim. In 1994, the Australian Broadcasting Company (ABC) rated NSOU’s recording of Boris Lyatoshynsky’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 3 as “The Best Recording of the Year”. The CD of Sylvestrov’s Requiem for Larissa was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005. The CD of Bloch and Lees’ Violin Concertos was nominated for a Grammy Award four years later. The NSOU has performed in successful concert tours throughout Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, England, Hong Kong, Iran, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and the United States of America. Volodymyr Sirenko is the Artistic Director & Chief Conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine. Oleksandr Hornostai is Managing Director & Producer of the Orchestra.

ABOUT THE PIANIST
With playing described as “mystically powerful,” “rare,” and “simply superb,” possessing “incredible technique and deep musical understanding,” pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky has performed in recitals throughout the United States, France, England, Denmark, Sweden, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Brazil, Canada, South Africa, among many others.

Internationally renowned pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky is a laureate of the Margueritte Long-Jacques Thibaud International Piano Competition in Paris. Vynnytsky has performed with leading orchestras and appeared in solo recitals in many prestigious concert halls, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, Steinway Hall, the Phillips Gallery in Washington D.C., and many prestigious halls across Europe and Asia. A popular television and radio guest, he has also been featured on NHK-TV (Japan) and in the United States on WQXR-FM in New York, and nationally on NPR.

Recital and chamber music appearances have included guest invitations in numerous International Festivals in Ukraine (Kyiv Music Fest, “Virtuosi”, “Contrasts”, “Bridge of Alexandre III”), France (Masters de Pontlevoy, “Les MusiCimes”, “DSCH”), Brazil (“Virtuosi”), Curacao (Art in Avila), Canada (Niagara International Chamber Music Festival), Czech Republic (“American Spring” Festival) and USA (Artosphere Arts Festival, Chamber Players International, LWMF, Mohonk Festival of the Arts, Windham Chamber Music Festival, Southampton Festival of the Arts, Lake San Marcos Chamber Music Society, Music Mountain in Connecticut, Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston , Rachmaninoff International Festival in Los Angeles, “Music at the Institute” in New York and Art Center of Greene County.

Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Volodymyr Vynnytsky studied at the Lviv Music School for Gifted Children and later at the Moscow Conservatory. After earning his doctorate from the Moscow Conservatory under the direction of Yevgeny Malinin, he taught at the Kyiv Conservatory and concertized extensively throughout the world.

Volodymyr Vynnytsky has been a visiting member of the piano faculty in SUNY at Purchase, NY, and at the University of Connecticut. He served as a Chairman of the Jury of the Emil Gilels International Piano Competition in Odesa, Ukraine, and is an Honorary Professor of Lviv State Academy of Music, Odesa State Music Academy and Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine (Kyiv Conservatory). He is Director of Chamber Music at the College of Charleston, SC, and Music Director of the Music and Art Center of Greene County, New York.

TICKETS
Tickets are $35 for adults, $28 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $25 for youth 18 and under, $25 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 1) and $25 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

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.

Community Theatre League Presents “A Few Good Men” – A Riveting Military Drama

Community Theatre League Presents “A Few Good Men” – A Riveting Military Drama

[Williamsport], [1-19-24] – The Community Theatre League is proud to present “A Few Good Men,” a gripping play directed by Phil Vonada. The show is scheduled to run from January 2-4 and 8-11 on the CTL Mainstage, located at 100 W. Third Street, Williamsport. Tickets are now available for purchase on the official CTL website: ctlshows.com/season-47/#AFewGoodMen.
“A Few Good Men” is Aaron Sorkin’s groundbreaking debut that delves into the compelling narrative of a group of military lawyers assigned to defend two Marines in Guantanamo Bay. As the trial unfolds, they stumble upon a high-level conspiracy aimed at eliminating weaker soldiers in the name of patriotism. This thought-provoking production provides audiences with a glimpse into the complexities of duty, honor, and justice.
Directed by the talented Phil Vonada, the play brings to life Sorkin’s acclaimed work that premiered on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre on November 15, 1989. The 1992 film adaptation, directed by Rob Reiner, starred Hollywood icons Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon, and Kiefer Sutherland.
Tickets for “A Few Good Men” are on sale now, offering audiences the opportunity to experience this compelling drama live on stage. Please note that due to the mature content, this show may not be suitable for those under the age of 18.
Don’t miss the chance to witness the gripping intensity of “A Few Good Men” at CTL Mainstage, located at 100 W. Third Street, Williamsport. Get your tickets today and join us for an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Quotes:
Phil Vonada, Director of “A Few Good Men”:
“A Few Good Men deals a lot with power dynamics and discerning whether there’s a gray area in the truth. The core characters are each strong in their convictions, but surely everyone can’t be right, right? This powerhouse cast is bringing fresh life into characters that many people know well from the movie. We have been working to find moments of levity in a dense script, while also giving great respect to a sensitive topic. I’m very grateful to be working with this cast and production team, and thankful that the Community Theatre League is a home for artists to stretch their wings outside of working hours. Support the local arts!”
Seth Sponhouse, Executive Director of Community Theatre League: “At CTL, our mission is to enrich, educate, and entertain our community. ‘A Few Good Men’ exemplifies the quality and depth of performances we strive to bring to Williamsport. We are proud to present this impactful production and invite everyone to be a part of the experience.”
The National Dance Company of Ireland is coming to the CAC in Williamsport with Rhythm of the Dance!

The National Dance Company of Ireland is coming to the CAC in Williamsport with Rhythm of the Dance!

Journey through Ireland’s history with these world-class dancers, musicians, and vocalists on March 10! Williamsport, January 16, 2024 – The Community Arts Center in Williamsport is excited to welcome The National Dance Company of Ireland on March 10. Rhythm of the Dance is circling the globe in 2024 to celebrate its “25th Anniversary Tour.” Featuring world-class musicians, incredible vocalists, and Ireland’s greatest dancers, this show is a captivating experience of pulsating rhythms performed at lightning speed, with slick choreography by its ensemble of world-renowned step dancers and a live band who have brought audiences to their feet around the world.

The show will be quintessentially Irish; from its roots in Sean Nos (Irish Gaelic for “old style”) to the modern style we see today, this new production takes the Audience on a thrilling, breathless two hour Celtic dance extravaganza.

You can join this journey through Ireland’s history from the ancient, rich in legend and myth, to the modern day at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on March 10. Tickets are available online at CAClive.com/RhythmOfTheDance or through the Box Office at 570.326.2424.

The Community Arts Center is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pennsylvania College of Technology, a national leader in applied technology education.

Ballet Hispánico Returns to the Weis Center on Feb. 6; Dance Company called “smashingly theatrical” by Chicago Sun Times

Ballet Hispánico Returns to the Weis Center on Feb. 6; Dance Company called “smashingly theatrical” by Chicago Sun Times

The Weis Center for the Performing Arts will welcome back NYC-based contemporary dance powerhouse Ballet Hispánico on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center.

There will be a free pre-performance talk from 6:45-7:15 p.m. in the Weis Center Atrium. The talk will feature Johan Rivera, Artistic Associate & Rehearsal Director.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Service 1st Federal Credit Union.

Ballet Hispánico is the largest Latine/Latinx/Hispanic cultural organization in the U.S. and one of America’s Cultural Treasures.

At the Weis Center, they will present a mixed repertoire program, designed to be enjoyed by audiences of all ages: Línea Recta by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, ¡Si Señor! ¡Es Mi Son! (excerpt) by Alberto Alonso, Danse Creole (excerpt) by Geoffrey Holder, Buscando a Juan (excerpt) by Eduardo Vilaro, and 18+1 by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano.

Press Quotes
“both earthy and classically elegant” – The New York Times

“When Ballet Hispanico’s dancers take the stage, watch out. No one struts, kicks, spins, leaps and gyrates the way they do. Their joy is infectious.” – New York Newsday

“Ballet Hispánico delivers spirited fun.” – The Boston Globe

Ballet Hispánico’s three main programs — the Company, School of Dance and Community Arts Partnerships — bring communities together to celebrate the multifaceted Latinx diasporas. Ballet Hispánico’s New York City headquarters provides the physical home and cultural heart for Latine dance in the U.S. It is a space that initiates new cultural conversations and explores the intersectionality of Latine cultures. No matter their background or identity — Latine, Latinx, Hispanic — Ballet Hispánico welcomes and serves all, breaking stereotypes and celebrating the beauty and diversity of Hispanic cultures through dance.

Dance visionary and National Medal of Arts recipient Tina Ramirez founded Ballet Hispánico in 1970, at the height of the post-war civil rights movements. From its inception Ballet Hispánico focused on providing a haven for Black and Brown families seeking place and artistic sanctuary. By creating the space for Latine dance and dancers to flourish, Ballet Hispánico uplifted marginalized artists and youth, which combined with the training, cultural pride, and the power of representation, fueled the organization’s roots and trajectory. Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as a Company dancer in 1985 and became the organization’s second Artistic Director in 2009 and CEO in 2015. Vilaro is building on Ramirez’s impact; expanding, and deepening the legacy of visibilizing Latine cultures, and exposing the intersectionality and depth of diversity found in them.

Through its exemplary artistry, distinguished training program, and deep-rooted community engagement, Ballet Hispánico champions and amplifies Latinx voices in the field. For over fifty years Ballet Hispánico has provided a place of honor for the omitted, overlooked, and othered. As it looks to the future, Ballet Hispánico is pushing the culture forward on issues of dance and Hispanic creative expression.

About Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director & CEO
Eduardo Vilaro joined Ballet Hispánico as Artistic Director in August 2009, becoming only the second person to head the company since it was founded in 1970. In 2015, Mr. Vilaro took on the additional role of Chief Executive Officer of Ballet Hispánico. He has been part of the Ballet Hispánico family since 1985 as a dancer and educator, after which he began a ten-year record of achievement as founder and Artistic Director of Luna Negra Dance Theater in Chicago. Mr. Vilaro has infused Ballet Hispánico’s legacy with a bold and eclectic brand of contemporary dance that reflects America’s changing cultural landscape.

Born in Cuba and raised in New York from the age of six, he is a frequent speaker on the merits of cultural diversity and dance education. Mr. Vilaro’s own choreography is devoted to capturing the spiritual, sensual, and historical essence of Latino cultures. He created over 20 ballets for Luna Negra and has received commissions from the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Grant Park Festival, the Lexington Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony. In 2001, he was a recipient of a Ruth Page Award for choreography, and in 2003, he was honored for his choreographic work at Panama’s II International Festival of Ballet.

Mr. Vilaro was inducted into the Bronx Walk of Fame in 2016 and was awarded HOMBRE Magazine’s 2017 Arts & Culture Trailblazer of the Year. In 2019, Mr. Vilaro was the recipient of the West Side Spirit’s WESTY Award, was honored by WNET for his contributions to the arts, and most recently, was the recipient of the James W. Dodge Foreign Language Advocate Award. In 2022 and 2023, Mr. Vilaro was included in Crain’s New York lists of Notable Hispanic Leaders and Notable LGBTQ Leaders; and was acknowledged as one of Forbes’ Kings of Culture, Legends of Business.

About the Dance Works
Línea Recta
From award-winning choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa comes Línea Recta, a powerful and resonant work that explores the absence of physical partnering in flamenco dance. While maintaining the genre’s hallmark passion, Lopez Ochoa’s piece offers an original and explosive movement language performed to Eric Vaarzon Morel’s flamenco guitar.

¡Si Señor! ¡Es Mi Son! (excerpt)
Choreographer Alberto Alonso brings the spirit of Cuba to life. Elaborately costumed dancers make their way across the stage in a carnival style procession eventually breaking off in pairs, their movement intertwined with the Afro-Cuban rhythms of Gloria Estefan’s music from her album, Mi Tierra.

Danse Creole (excerpt)
Inspired by the pulsing Caribbean rhythms of Trinidad, Geoffrey Holder’s Danse Creole explores the influence of European, West African, and Indigenous cultures combined with long, balletic lines. In blending the cultures that developed throughout the country’s history, Holder pays homage to his homeland’s folklore in this lively work.

Buscando a Juan (excerpt)
Inspired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Juan de Pareja: Afro-Hispanic Painter exhibition and showcasing Eduardo Vilaro’s unique choreographic talents, Buscando a Juan explores the mix of cultures and diasporas through the exoticized body and fixation on gesture and sensuality.

18+1 (excerpt)
Celebrating Gustavo Ramírez Sansano’s tenure as a choreographer, this vulnerable and joyous piece demonstrates the care and hope that comes within each artistic endeavor. In a display of subtle humor and eclectic choreography, the movement merges with the playful rhythms found in Pérez Prado’s mambo music.

TICKETS
Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), free for Bucknell students (limit 1) and $20 for non-Bucknell students (limit 2).

Special rate for youth: Students of local dance studios may purchase tickets for just $10! Use code LATINX online at Bucknell.edu/BoxOffice after selecting seats.

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.