Thursday, December 30, 2010

Genesius theater presents "Striking 12" this weekend

It’s the Holidays.
Deal With It !
“Striking 12”
Dec 29, 30, 31, Jan 1,  at 7pm
Jan 2, at 3pm

"Thoroughly winning! 

More artfully crafted and engaging

than virtually all the standard-mold

musicals these days. Alive with wit and humor."

- The New York Times

Revisit Hans Christian Anderson’s

“Little Match Girl,”

but with a totally different twist.

Weaving New Year's Eve narrative

into rock concert, a

"holiday show for people who

don't like holiday shows."

153 North 10th Street
(610) 371-8151

Parking next to the theatre

auditions for "Doubt"

Director Bruce McLean will be holding auditions for "Doubt" at Reading Community Players on January 10 & 11 at 7 p.m.

Father Flynn - Ages 23-40
Sister Aloysius - Ages 50-70
Sister James - Ages 20-30
Mrs. Mullen - African-American woman - Ages 35-40

Doubt: A Parable is a 2004 play by John Patrick Shanley set in a Bronx Catholic school during the fall of 1964.
"What do you do when you're not sure?" Father Flynn asks the audience in the opening line of this play, setting the stage for a story of suspicion and moral certainty.
Sister Aloysius is an old-school nun who insists that her students not be coddled: "Every easy choice today will have its consequence tomorrow. Mark my words." Flynn, following the Second Vatican Council's directive, believes the clergy should be more accessible to the parish and be thought of "as members of their family."
These two schools of thought come into direct conflict when Aloysius suspects Flynn of "interfering" with Donald Muller, the school's first black student. Sister James, an inexperienced but enthusiastic young nun is enlisted as witness. When James reluctantly reports smelling alcohol on Donald's breath after a visit with Flynn, she sets the play's central conflict into motion. The fourth character, Mrs. Muller (Donald's mother) provides yet another perspective when she's brought in to discuss the situation with Aloysius.

The show is scheduled to run March 11-20, 2011. The theater is located at 403 N. 11th Street in Reading.
(610) 375-9106

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

On Stage in December

Montgomery Theater, 124 Main St. (Route 113), Souderton (215-723-9984)
"Half and Half"; through Dec. 4

Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey (717-534-3405)
"South Pacific"; Nov. 30 through Dec. 5

“A Christmas Carol, The Musical” at Tri-PAC, Pottstown, Thursdays-Sundays, through Dec. 19. For information, visit or call 610-970-1199.

Sovereign Performing Arts Center, 136 N. Sixth St. (1-800-745-3000)
Broadway on Sixth Street presents "Grease"; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9

McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown (215-538-1776)
"It Would Take a Miracle"; Dec. 3-19

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

“The Tempest” at Act II Playhouse, Philadelphia, through Dec. 12. For information, visit

“A Pines Country Christmas” at The Pines Dinner Theatre, through Dec. 26. For information, visit .

“The Three Musketeers (The Later Years): A Musical Panto” at the People’s Light & Theatre Company, Malvern, through Jan. 9. For information, visit or 610-647-1900.

Genesius Theatre, 153 N. 10th St. (610-371-8151)
"Striking 12"; 7 p.m. Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 2

Tri-Pac presents 'A Christmas Carol'

"A Christmas Carol, The Musical" opens Thursday Dec.2 and runs for three weekends at Tri-Pac in Pottstown.
This musical version of the Charles Dickens' classic ran for 10 years at Madison Square Garden.
There will be a special Victorian Character Tea, Saturday Dec 11, followed by a 3 p.m. matinee performance where you can meet the characters from the show, sing Christmas carols, and enjoy delicious food and drink. Special Guest: Santa Claus. Advance reservations required.
The show runs Thursdays Dec. 2 and 9 at 7:30 p.m., Fridays Dec. 3, 10, 17 at 8 p.m., Saturdays Dec. 11 at 3 p.m. and Dec. 4, 11, 18 at 8 p.m., Sundays, Dec. 5, 12, and 19 at 3 p.m..
There will be talkbacks with the director and cast Sundays, Dec. 5 and 12.
Tickets are available through http://www.villageproductions. org/AChristmasCarol.html or by calling 610-970-1199.

ADULT: Thurs $19; Fri, Sat and Sun $23
STUDENT/SENIOR(65+): Thurs $17; Fri, Sat, Sun $21
CHILD (12 and under): Thurs $13; Fri, Sat and Sun $15
VICTORIAN CHARACTER TEA - 12/11 (1:30 pm): Combo Tea and Show - Adult: $39; Student/Senior: $37; Child: $29
$2 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more.