Friday, October 29, 2010

What's on stage now?

On Stage

TELFORD -- The players of dcp theatre, formerly Dutch Country Players, present one of the most popular Broadway musicals ever written.
“Hello, Dolly!”at 8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 30 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the playhouse, located on Ridge Road near Telford. Weekend shows will continue through Nov. 21.
Kelly Germann will appear in the title role, reprising her 1987 performance as a senior at Quakertown Senior High School.
For ticket information, reservations or directions, visit or call 215-234-0966.

POTTSTOWN -- The Mélange Contemporary Dance Company returns to the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St.,this weekend.
The troupe, founded by artistic director Michelle Jones Wurtz, will feature pieces developed for and performed at The International Dance Festival in Ladek Zdroj, Poland, one of the oldest spa towns in Europe.
Mélange was a headlining group for the festival. Pottstown shows will continue Saturday Oct. 30 and Sunday Oct. 31.
Seating is limited. Visit for call 610-970-1199 for information on tickets, which range in price from $13 to $17.

BOYERTOWN -- Pat O’Neill, a 2008 graduate of Boyertown Area High School, will appear in the lead role in a Penn State Berks production of “Medea,” opening Thursday at the Berks County campus.
Performances are scheduled at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and Nov. 6, 11, 12 and 13 and at 2 p.m. on Nov. 7 and 14.

READING -- Celebrating “Women in Film” and local female film professionals, the Berks Arts Council recently announced a lineup of special guests for its fifth annual Greater Reading Film Festival, beginning on Friday and continuing through Nov. 14 at the R/C Movies 11 and IMAX, 30 N. Second St.
Actress and former Berks County resident Kelly McGillis will open the festival with a special celebration planned in conjunction with Berks Women in Crisis at the Cohen Gallery, GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington St. A screening of “The Accused” will follow at 7 p.m.
McGillis will also attend a 25th anniversary showing of “Witness: at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6. Actress and Berks native Lisa Eichhorn will join McGillis and other film professionals for a “Women in Film” symposium at 7 p.m. on Sunday.
Eichhorn’s films take center stage during the festival’s second weekend, with a screening of “A Modern Affair” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 13. A showing of “...Around” at 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 will conclude the festival.
Visit for a complete schedule of festival events.

POTTSTOWN -- “Thirteen Things about Ed Carpolotti,” a dinner and theater performance featuring local entertainer Nancy Dolan, will be presented on Nov. 6 at the Elks Home, 61 E. High St.
A 5 p.m. cocktail hour will be followed by the dinner and show. Cost is $35 per person. Reservations are available at 484-374-9409.
l 717-397-2748 for more information.

“Jersey Boys” at the Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, through Dec. 12. For information visit or call 800-447-7400.

“Girl Talk: The Musical”
at the Kimmel Center’s Innovation Studio, Philadelphia, through Nov. 21. For information and tickets, visit or call 215-731-3333.

“Dralion – Cirque du Soleil” at the Sovereign Center, Reading, through Nov. 7. For tickets and information, visit or call 1-800-745-3000.

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

What's on stage?

If you’re looking for something to do in the coming weeks, here’s a list of what’s on stage:

* “Wait Until Dark” at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, Pottstown, Thursdays-Sundays through Oct. 17. ( See review posted in this blog) For information visit or call 610-970-1199.

* “The Sound of Music,” one of the most beloved musicals of all time, will be presented by Methacton Community Theater through Oct. 17 at the Shannondell Performing Arts Center. Based on a memoir by Maria von Trapp, the musical includes songs that have become classics, including “My Favorite Things,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and the title song. Curtain time is 7:30 p.m. for Friday and Saturday performances and 2 p.m. for Sunday matinees. Tickets are $15 for general admission, $10 for seniors citizens and children under 12. Call 610-489-6449 for more information.

* “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, through Oct. 16. For information visit or call 610-644-3500.

* “john & jen” at the Act II Playhouse, Ambler, through Oct. 17. For information visit or call 215-654-0200.

* “Smoke on the Mountain Homecoming” at The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown, through Oct. 24. For information visit or call 610-433-2333.

* “A Matter of 2nds” at the Walnut Street Theatre Studio, Philadelphia, through Oct. 24. For information visit or call 215-687-4512.

* “Jersey Boys” at the Forrest Theatre, Philadelphia, through Dec. 12. For information visit or call 800-447-7400.

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voice-over lesson at TriPAC

Check out this workshop at Tr-PAC:

THIS SATURDAY ( 10/16/10)


The Actor’s Voice (9:00 – 11:00 am)

Voice-Over Technique & Industry Know-How (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)

Each workshop consists of THREE classes: October 16th, 30th & Nov 13th

$60 per workshop with paid annual registration fee ($69 all others)

$10 joint tuition reduction if you take both workshops!

Link to and scroll down for class descriptions

CONTACT for registration information

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tri-PAC auditions announced

If you are ready to get back on stage, Tri-PAC is holding auditions for the rest of this season. Check below for info on the shows and audition times.

AUDITIONS: October 9 – 20
CALLBACKS: October 21 - 29
The Tri-PAC is seeking men, women, teens, and children (vocalists, actors, dancers) of all ages and ethnicities for productions scheduled for January through June 2011.

You are welcome to audition for one or all of our productions. We will cast as much of the 2nd half of our season as possible from this process. Additional auditions may be available later in our season to fill open roles, as needed. Ethnic diversity is encouraged; specific ethnicities are required for some roles. Roles are nonunion and unpaid. Guest artists or residents may be eligible for stipends. Rehearsals are evenings/weekends. Please scroll down for production details and information about the roles currently available.


Drama by Arthur Miller
Guest Artist Director – John Moletress
Performances March 3 – 20

U.S. Premiere of new edition by Drewe & Stiles
Director Deborah Stimson-Snow
Performances June 2 – 19


Performances Jan 13 – 16

Performances Feb 11 - 13

Performances May 5 – 15

Locations – Please see dates/locations listed below.
All auditions will be at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464 EXCEPT THAT Saturday mornings October 9th & 16th will be at the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, 1616 Walnut Street, Suite 1800, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Initial Auditions - Please refer to the initial audition dates below, and contact the Production Manager, Leena Devlin at to schedule a timeslot. We appreciate you attending the earliest audition date possible. Please let us know if you require a Philadelphia audition when you schedule your appointment. Walk-ins at the Pottstown location are also welcome, although appointments are appreciated. If you are not able to attend one of the audition dates below, please inform Leena and we will do our best to make other arrangements. Audition dates/times are as follows:

Saturday, Oct 9th (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) as follows:
9:00-12:30 p.m. at the Theater Alliance of Greater Philadelphia, 2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Tri-PAC
Monday, Oct 11th (6:00–10:00 p.m. at the Tri-PAC)
Wednesday, Oct 13th (7:00-10:00 p.m. at the Tri-PAC)
Saturday, Oct 16th (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. as follows: 9:00 a.m.
12:30 p.m. at the Theater Alliance of Greater Philadelphia
2:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Tri-PAC
Monday, Oct 18th (6:00 – 10:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, Oct 20th (TBD if needed, at the Tri-PAC)

Audition Preparation – If auditioning for a musical role, please prepare 16 – 24 bars of a ballad and bring a copy of the music for the accompanist. Please do not use CDs or sing a capella. Acting auditions include readings of scenes which will be made available at the audition. You may also perform a monologue if time permits and if the casting team feels it would be helpful for the initial audition.

To schedule an audition, please contact Leena Devlin at

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

'Wait Until Dark' lights up the local theater scene

Some people are really good at being bad. Such is the case with Michael Shoeman who plays Harry Roat in "Wait Until Dark," now playing at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center in downtown Pottstown.
The suspense in this carefully paced play builds as Roat, along with two clever con men deftly played by Anthony Marsala and Rob Patey, prey upon a seemingly fragile blind woman in search of a mysterious doll that has been misplaced. Tara McFalls delivers a solid performance as the woman, Suzy Hendrix, and never loses her focus in this difficult role.
As Suzy gradually realizes the men are not who they claim to be, she matches wits with them right down to the spine-tingling final act. The direct confrontation between Suzy and Mr. Roat is powerful theater and worth the trip to Pottstown.
On a lighter note, young Hannah Paczkowski who plays Gloria, a bratty neighbor who "helps" Suzy, is delightful, adding some comic relief to an otherwise dark play. I expect audiences will see a lot more of her in the future.
Rounding out the cast are Paul Recupero as Suzy's husband, and Kris Collins and Dave Paczkowski as patrolmen. Whether or not you've seen the 1967 movie of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, the intimacy of the live stage performance makes this a great evening of entertainment. It is not suitable for young children due to violent content.
Performances continue Thursdays through Sundays through Oct. 17 at the theater at 245 E. High St. in Pottstown. For more information call 610-970-1199 or visit the website at