As Hairspray continues its run at Steel River this weekend, the Playhouse will also be celebrating its new name and new facade, and the community is invited to participate tomorrow, June 16th, during a Community Day. Details below can be found at the Steel River website.
Join us for Community Day!
Saturday, June 16
at Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464
Celebrate our Grand Re-Opening with free workshops, guest artists, refreshments, tours, and giveaways! Come see our new façade and marquee, a welcoming outdoor plaza, and a renovated lobby.
Guest artists include Robb Curtis Brown, High School Musical 3, It’s Complicated, Dreamgirls, Bruce Almighty; BJ Ellis, executive director and performer for The N Crowd, and widely regarded as one of the top short-form improv specialists in Philadelphia. John Moletress, founder of the Washington D.C. – based Factory 449: a theatre collective (2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company), and force/collision, an interdisciplinary performance ensemble. Guest artist at Steel River Playhouse directing The Crucible, and Pippin. Neal Newman, director of classical, Shakespeare, modern theater, musicals, and opera, including off-Broadway and Shakespeare in the Park. Guest artist and instructor at Steel River Playhouse directing Ragtime, A Christmas Carol, Toys in the Attic. Robert Snow, script and screenwriter and director, his first short, The Blue Die, won the Film of Highest Distinction Award at the Siouxland International Film Festival. His thesis film, Bunny, premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival. Bob is now a staff writer for New Girl starring Zooey Deschanel; and Lisa Waltz, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Reckless, Yours, Mine and Ours, Pet Sematary Two. Currently, she’s working on a new series with Eric McCormack and a film about working actors.
Community Day Schedule
9:30 AM – Summer Camp Info Session – Steve Reazor, Education Dir.
10:00 AM – Music, Movement and Me with Deedee Mann (Grades K through 4); Comedy-Improv Workshop with BJ Ellis (Grades 5 through 8); Vocal Evaluations with Deborah Stimson-Snow (Grades 5 through Adult) Private 10-minute voice sessions with Artistic Director; Cold Reading and Monologue Workshop with Robb Curtis Brown (Observers – all ages, and Participants – Grades 8 – Adult pre-register with firstname.lastname@example.org)
11:00 AM – Exploring Drama with Steve Reazor (Grades K through 4); Acting Fun & Games with Phil Ballantine (Grades 5 through 8); Vocal Evaluations with Deborah Stimson-Snow (Grades 5 through Adult) – Private 10-minute sessions with Master Instructor; Comedy-Improv Workshop with BJ Ellis (Grades 8 through Adult); Cold Reading and Monologue Workshop with Robb Curtis Brown (see above)
12 NOON – Music, Movement and Me with Deedee Mann (Grades K – 4); Getting Ready to Sing Workshop with Margaret Curry (Grades 2 through 4); Finding your Inner Shakespeare: First Steps to Approaching the Bard with Neal Newman (Grades 5 through Adult); Surviving College Auditions: Practical Advice on School Selection, Audition Prep, Managing Expectations, and Family Bonding with Marta Kiesling and John Moletress (Grades 8 through 12, and parents)
1:00 PM – Acting Fun and Games with Steve Reazor (Grades K – 4); Inside the Directing Process with Neal Newman (Grades 5 to Adult); Out of your Mind: Movement and Visualization Workshop with John Moletress (Grades 5 to Adult)
2:00 PM – The Inside Scoop: Celebrity Stories with Lisa Waltz, Robb Curtis and Neal Newman (All Ages) Backstage chatter about working with Al Pacino, Zac Efron, Patrick Dempsey, Ashton Kutcher, Ashley Tisdale, Sylvester Stallone, Laurence Olivier, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Carrey, Robert Redford, Barbara Streisand, Meryl Streep, Steve Martin, Blythe Danner, Angela Lansbury, and more!
3:00 PM – From Page to Stage (and Screen!): Real Stories on How to get your New Work on its Feet with John Moletress, & SKYPE interview with Bobby Snow. (Grades 5 – Adult); Summer Camp Info Session with Steve Reazor, Education Director
Here’s what the Steel River Playhouse – formerly Tri-PAC – has to say about their name change and their continuing mission to educate and to bring together new and established performing artists…
A star reborn? Not exactly, but Tri-County Performing Arts Center and Village Productions are getting a new name along with the obvious facelift, as anyone can tell by driving by the theater at 245 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown.
Tri-PAC and Village Productions have become the Steel River Playhouse. Same address. Same telephone. Website: www.steelriverplayhouse.org. Email format: (First name)@steelriver.org.
The new flowing steel mesh façade, high-tech marquee, and engaging outdoor plaza will be completed in June and the Steel River Playhouse is planning a June 16 community celebration event.
“The name reflects the strength, beauty and vitality of Pottstown and surrounding region,” said Marta Kiesling, executive director of Steel River Playhouse. “Steel made in Pottstown helped build major structures around the world. Beams iconically stamped ‘Bethlehem Steel’ run through our playhouse. And, of course, the Schuylkill runs through Pottstown, where we have an annual festival and a National and State Heritage Area that honor its beauty and role in our region.”
Kiesling continued, “The new name and logo mark the passage from our initial years of getting established in Pottstown and the surrounding region. We moved to Pottstown in 2005 as part of a broad redevelopment effort, and our wonderful theater complex opened in 2008.”
A name and logo are just a beginning. “Names and logos are just visuals,” says Joshua Lampe, founder and president of StandingStone Media, and the Steel River Playhouse board member leading the re-branding project. “The real work of brand-building is what the Steel River Playhouse has been working on since before coming to Pottstown – quality performances, creating a place for both emerging local talent and established actors and directors to work together, and education that develops talent, confidence and life skills.”
Kiesling adds, “The new brand and façade reflect the Steel River Playhouse commitment to the community and region. From the start, regional planners and leaders recognized that a strong performing arts center would contribute to the economic, cultural and social health of Pottstown and the surrounding region.”
Steel River Playhouse, formerly Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain,through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences. Each year, the Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from throughout the region. We offer performance opportunities through open auditions; theater technical training; acting, voice, and instrumental lessons; classes and workshops for all ages; summer camp programs; and educational outreach including scholarships, artists in the classroom, traveling children’s shows, and other initiatives. For further information, visit www.steelriverplayhouse.org, or call 610-970-1199.
Check out Evan Brandt’s article today about the transformation and history of the Steel River Playhouse – all great news for downtown Pottstown and the entire region!
There are still some seats left for FARRAGUT NORTH, the political drama now showing at Tri-PAC. Check out a previous Pottstown Post article on the show and get online now to get your ticket! Showtime is at 3 pm!
Village Productions is a dynamic nonprofit performing arts organization that seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and educational opportunities geared toward a diverse audience. The new Tri-County Performing Arts Center at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA is the home of Village Productions.
The next Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour takes place TODAY at MOSAIC Community Land Trust’s office & gallery at 10 S. Hanover Street from 5-7 pm. Food by Grumpy’s! Pop art by James Enders and photography by Karl McWherter on display. Learn about Mosaic’s community garden, now under construction at 423 Chestnut Street. It’s not too late to RSVP to email@example.com.
Ladies can follow up the happy hour fun at the monthly Girls’ Night Out held by Belle Rouge Salon at 257 E. High Street. The Belle Rouge Girls’ Night Out includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Their speaker on Friday will be heart specialist Anna Cousins. She has worked in the cardiology and vascular field for the past 25 years and holds degrees in adult, pediatric, and neonatal cardiovascular technology. Currently Anna is working as a consultant to Dr. Rajiv Dhawan, M.D. as a vascular specialist. They diagnosis and treat all types of vascular disease. RSVP to Tracy Williams at 610.326.5400.
On the third Friday of each month, Belle Rouge invites a special guest to share information geared toward healthy living, business, or anything that might make life a little less stressful for today’s busy women. (They also do some amazing hair styling, as you can see at the left!)
Their next event takes place this Friday, April 20th from 7-9 pm. That follows on the heels of the Positively Pottstown Happy Hour, which is 5-7 pm at the MOSAIC Community Land Trust Gallery. Why not keep the happiness rolling and head over to Belle Rouge after the Happy Hour?
The Belle Rouge Girls’ Night Out includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres. Their speaker on Friday will be heart special Anna Cousins. She has worked in the cardiology and vascular field for the past 25 years and holds degrees in adult, pediatric, and neonatal cardiovascular technology. Currently Anna is working as a consultant to Dr. Rajiv Dhawan, M.D. as a vascular specialist. They diagnosis and treat all types of vascular disease.
Belle Rouge’s Girls’ Night Out will be held on the third Friday of every month. On May 18th, they will have a representative from H&R Block talk about business start-ups and solutions to problems business owners run into.RSVP for either event to Tracy Williams at 610.326.5400.
More than 60 people attended last Friday’s Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour at Rich Ranieri’s Flooring & Carpeting center at 218 E. High Street. In addition to introducing the fine products and services offered by Rich and his staff for over 30 years in Pottstown, we also wanted to raise awareness of The Mercury‘s Fill the Media Lab food drive going on now and a fundraising campaign for Lindsey Havyer, a Pottstown High School student headed to Utah for a national DECA competition to showcase her 2011 downtown cleanup project.
Thanks to the generosity of our guests and the generosity of Craig & Sue Bolinger of The Ice House, who donated food to the event, we were able to collect 50 food items, $50 for the Grumpy’s collection/food match, and an anonymous donation for The Pottstown Cluster. We were also able to raise a whopping $400 toward the $1,200 cost for Lindsey’s trip! PDIDA is helping to raise funds for Lindsey and for a scholarship for future students who undertake projects that directly benefit downtown businesses. Contact Sheila Dugan of PDIDA to learn more or to make a donation (610-323-5400).
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate a local business and to support these local causes. It always astounds me the way that people in Pottstown do not hesitate to help out and then dig a little deeper. It’s awesome.