Melange Contemporary Dance at Steel River for 2 shows only THIS WEEKEND!

Back by popular demand, the contemporary dance company Melange will perform at Steel River Playhouse for two performances only, Saturday April 12th at 8:00 pm and Sunday April 13th at 3:00 pm.

Featuring the music of Peter Gabriel, the Melange professional dance company and student apprentices will present a Genesis concert experience of inspired movement coordinated with breathtaking visual lighting and videography effects. Experience storytelling through the power of movement, led by artistic director, Michelle Jones Wurtz.

The professional company includes Michelle Jones Wurtz, Emily Meola, Kelsey Patrick, and Daria Vartanian-Gibbs. Student apprentices include Jenna Balog, Aimee Kulp, Alexa Lurie, Makena Lurie, Alessandra Ondey, and Raeanna Woodall. Kathleen Kerner is the rehearsal assistant.

And while you’re at Steel River, be sure to check out the new concession and retail area, where you can pre-order your intermission treats for fastest service. There’s great shopping too, including Steel River logo items (wine glasses, cheese trays and more).

Tickets are $13 – $17 and may be purchased online or at the door if available. Purchase tickets at http://www.steelriver.org or by contacting boxoffice@steelriver.org or 610-970-1199.

About Steel River Playhouse
Steel River Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable education and performance facility that seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences. Designated as a “gateway” performing arts center, Steel River provides affordable, high quality performances, comprehensive educational offerings, and enriching volunteer opportunities in all aspects of theatre arts. The organization embraces emerging and established artists, and supports community by serving as a magnet destination for economic development and a platform for shared experiences by diverse audiences. Students and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to explore and grow their skills by working side-by-side with professional instructors, performers, directors, and designers.

Spring into the arts this weekend in Pottstown!

I’m sorry I’ve been AWOL for so long – teaching and coaching take up just about all of my waking/thinking hours these days – but I have not forgotten you, Pottstown and its champions, and will continue to promote your fun, fascinating, and hard-won triumphs whenever possible! The following info comes from press releases from these organizations.

Whether you want to browse recycled and upcycled art at ArtFusion 19464, or take in a new, classic American drama – August: Osage County – at Steel River Playhouse, there’s plenty to keep your right brain busy this weekend.

First, there will be an opening reception at ArtFusion from 6-8 pm TONIGHT, Friday, March 21st, as they open their show, ReSourced, which helps prove true the old adage that “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” Local artists have created work from recycled, upcycled and salvaged items. Visitors to ArtFusion will be delighted by the wide range of pieces on display, from functional clothing to gorgeous free-standing sculptures.

Each visitor will also have a chance to contribute to a fun public art project. Throughout the show, which runs from March 21 through May 3, visitors will have a chance to add to a large scale, recycled weaving project. The weaving will be created from plastic bags, paper, VCR tapes, and more. The piece can be seen as it grows in the front window of the ArtFusion gallery.

Participating artists are: Alita Abruzzzese, Lisbeth Bucci, Robyn Burckhardt, Tom Carroll, Arline Christ, Maggie Creshkoff, James M. Enders, Juanita A. Gaspari, Robert Hakun, Heidi Hammel, Joe Hoover, Millie Lea, Dora Siemel, Carla Schaeffer, Teresa Shields, Donna Steck-McMahon, and Julie Tonnessen.

There will be an opening reception for ReSourced on Friday, March 21 from 6-8pm. All receptions are free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. A $100 Best in Show prize, sponsored by the NARI-BIE Green Team, will be presented at 6:30pm.

In conjunction with this show, ArtFusion is offering free field trips to local schools. Over 550 children have currently signed up for a fun, interactive experience. Students will learn about and discuss recycling, why it is important to the future of our planet, and how artists create with objects other people throw away. Each student will also create their own unique piece of recycled art. This show will help teach local children the importance of caring for our planet and will inspire them to look at the world–and how people create art–in a whole new way.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

Now, maybe you want to drop in at ArtFusion right at 6 and then cross the street to Steel River for the 7 pm showing of August: Osage County IT IS IN ITS FINAL WEEKEND!! (Friday and Saturday at 7 pm; Sunday at 3 pm)

It has gotten some great reviews (see The Mercury’s review here.) This play swept the 2008 awards season, winning the Pulitzer plus all the “Best Play” awards –  the Tonys (5 in all), Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, and New York Drama Critic’s Circle awards. It’s about wild and wacky family dynamics, which make it perfect for a grown-up night out, book clubs, service organizations – you get the idea (not for young kids).

Please note: It’s a long play so it’s got an early curtain for the evening performances (7 pm), but it’s fast-paced and engrossing. There are two intermissions so there’s plenty of time to kick back with a glass of wine or beer – especially appropriate for this play! And you’re welcome to bring your refreshments into the audience seating area. 

To order your tickets online: go here.

Steel River Playhouse

245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

610.970.1199www.steelriver.org

 

 Pulitzer Prize-winning New American Classic

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (comedy-drama)

Thursdays – Sundays

March 13th – 23rd

Comedy-Drama by Tracy Letts

Directed by Harland Meltzer

Contains Mature Themes, Sexual Content, and Adult Language

College Performing Arts Programs: Steel River alumni share their stories TONIGHT

Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High Street in the heart of Pottstown, PA 19464

The Road to College Performing Arts Programs

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

A Chat with Steel River Alumni

Thursday, January 16th

7:00 pm

Join us for a lively discussion and performance demonstrations featuring SRP alumni who have pursued advanced training at the college and conservatory level. Alumni will share their journeys, discuss their career paths, and answer questions of students and parents who are considering a performing arts career or are just curious about the process!

SCHEDULE

7:00 pm –

discussion

8:15 pm – alumni performance demonstrations

9:00 pm – refreshments

PARTICIPATING ALUMNI

Drew Carr – BM Music Education, Ithaca College (2017)

Craig Hacker – BFA Film and Media Arts, Temple University (2015)

Ryan Hagan – BA Theatre, DeSales University (2017)

Matt Kiesling – BFA Theatre, NYU/Tisch, New Studio on Broadway for Music Theatre (2016)

Michael Kiesling – BM Vocal Performance (Opera concentration), Westminster Choir College (2017)

Andrew Pierce – BA Theatre, DeSales University (2017)

Jordan Popky – BM Songwriting (minor in Choral Conducting) (2016)

Kelsey Riker – BFA Musical Theatre, Seton Hill University (2016)

Carrie Thorwarth – BFA Musical Theatre, University of the Arts (2016)

Kevin White – BA Musical Theatre, DeSales University (2015)

Matt Zarley – BA Theater (Acting concentration), Temple University (2015)

RSVP appreciated with the number in your party. Contact kathy@steelriver.org

Shrek the musical at Steel River: Family fun for everyone!

Family Holiday Fun – Shrek the Musical at Steel River Playhouse

“Five Years on High” 5th Anniversary Celebration

It isn’t easy being … GREEN! Bring the whole family to Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street in Pottstown and celebrate the holidays with everyone’s favorite ogre, Shrek! Fun for the “kid” in all of us, Shrek the Musical runs Thursdays through Sundays, December 5th through 22nd. Take advantage of a range of special family events at no extra charge, especially during the Opening Weekend “Five Years on High” celebration in honor of Steel River’s fifth anniversary on High Street!

 

Michael Roman as "Donkey"
Michael Roman as “Donkey”

Here’s your Shrek refresher to access your funny bone … In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Add a donkey who won’t stop talking, a vertically challenged bad guy with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand – Shrek! The familiar music will have you tapping your toes, and the heartwarming story will put a smile on everyone’s face.

Opening weekend includes complimentary photos with the cast (12/5 through 12/8), free gingerbread treats (12/5) and candy cane treats (12/6 through 12/8), and a complimentary reception sponsored by Lily’s Grill (12/6). You can also join the cast and crew for special talkbacks after the show on Sundays, 12/6 and 12/15.

Other special events include free “Family Fun Days” on Sundays, 12/8 and 12/15 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm, immediately prior to the 3:00 pm matinee performances. Designed for ages 6 through Adult, Family Fun activities include comedy/improv and theater games facilitated by Steel River’s expert instructors. Pair this event with tickets to see Shrek the Musical and a FREE talk-back session to chat with the actors after the show. Make it a magical day your family will remember!

But WAIT, there’s MORE! On Saturday, December 14th, you can participate OR observe one-day only Stage Combat and Tap Dance workshops with special guest artists James N. Brown (Certified Teacher, SAFD), Adam Kissinger (Actor/Combatant, SAFD Theatre), and Johnnie Hobbs, III (Los Angeles tap dancer, actor, director, and producer). Divided by age groups, the workshops will cover unarmed stage violence as well as tap dance history, technique, and choreography. Sign up by December 5th, and receive $3 off tickets to the first weekend performances of Shrek the Musical. More information is available at www.steelriver.org.

And while you’re at Steel River, be sure to check out the new concession and retail area, where you can pre-order your intermission treats for fastest service, including Sly Fox Beer as well as an assortment of wine, sodas, indulgent treats, and healthy snacks. There’s great holiday shopping too, with Silver Shoppe jewelry and authentic gemstones, glass ornaments (including limited edition Shrek themes), and Steel River logo items (wine glasses, cheese trays and more).

The cast of Shrek the Musical includes Bryon Smith* as “Shrek” (Reading), Erica-Anne Bossman as “Fiona” (Bensalem), Michael Roman as “Donkey” (Reading), Joe Ciresi as “Farquaad” (Limerick), Ebony Pullum as “Dragon” (Philadelphia), Stephanie Haring as “Gingy” (New York), Jordan McAndrew as “Young Fiona” (Pottstown), Denise Webb as “Mama Ogre/Witch” (Coatesville), Sebastian Coates as “Young Shrek/Baby Bear” (Douglassville), Amanda Morrell as “(Mama Bear” (Phoenixville), Maddie Aicher as “Pinocchio” (North Coventry), Connor Kirk as “Elf” (Chester Springs), Becka Melanios as “Queen Lillian/Sugar Plum Fairy” (Birdsboro), Ashley West as “Teen Fiona/Knight” (Downingtown), Ben Williams as “Pig” (Pottstown), Taylor Ruffo as “Pig” (Royersford), AJ Sermarini as “Pig/Knight” (Barto), Jocelyn Shank as “Ugly Duckling” (Douglassville), Robert Webb as “Wolf” (Coatesville), Zach Reynolds as “Peter Pan/Knight” (Norristown), Olivia Helmer as “Puss-in-Boots” (Gilbertsville), Burt Merriam as “Captain of the Guard/Bishop” (Pottstown), Trent Soto as “Knight/Humpty Dumpty” (Boyertown), Nathan Esser as “Mouse” (Blue Bell), Liam Keenan as “Mouse” (North Coventry), Ben Helmer as “Mouse” (Gilbertsville), Madison Devlin as “Blue Bird” (Gilbertsville), Charles Delaney as “Thelonious/Guard” (Collegeville), Carly Silberman as ”White Rabbit”, and as “Ensemble and other characters”: Anna Pederson (Gilbertsville), Hannah Paczkowski (Pottstown), Sabrina Paulino (Coatesville), Lindsay Lohr (Schwenksville), Breyana Clark (Pottstown), Kendall Bowden (Gilbertsville), Karissa Smith (Boyertown), Abby Webb (Coatesville). The director is Deborah Stimson-Snow and the music director is Richard Lewis. *Mr. Smith appears courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association

Shrek the Musical runs Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm, December 5th through 22nd. Tickets are $15 – $27 and may be purchased online. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464. Purchase tickets at www.steelriver.org or by contacting boxoffice@steelriver.org or 610-970-1199. Please note: children under 4 will not be admitted to the theater.

About Steel River Playhouse

Steel River Playhouse is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable education and performance facility that seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences. Designated as a “gateway” performing arts center, Steel River provides affordable, high quality performances, comprehensive educational offerings, and enriching volunteer opportunities in all aspects of theatre arts. The organization embraces emerging and established artists, and supports community by serving as a magnet destination for economic development and a platform for shared experiences by diverse audiences. Students and volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are encouraged to explore and grow their skills by working side-by-side with professional instructors, performers, directors, and designers. More information is available at www.steelriver.org.

Latest news from Steel River Playhouse

Starts Friday – Two Weekends Only!

ACCOMPLICE (comedy-thriller)

By Rupert Holmes, creator of The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Director – Taylor Darden

FridaySaturdaySunday

November 1st – 10th

Contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language

Smart, witty, sexy, and inventive, Accomplice begins as a conventional thriller set in an English country house, but keeps the audience guessing at every turn. An unscrupulous wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband. Or so it seems … But who is really the next victim, and who is planning their demise? And which person is the “Accomplice”? Charming, suspenseful and highly entertaining, Accomplice won the highly coveted Edgar Award (the “Oscar” of Crime) from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Dramalogue Award for Best Play!

Our Cast!

The Accomplice cast features Paul Dake (last seen as Van Helsing in Steel River’s Dracula), Steel River “regular” Andrea Frassoni (the hilarious Aunt Gert in Lost in Yonkers, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible,Mother in A Christmas Story, and Carrie Berniers in Toys in the Attic), Shawneen Rowe (Bella in Lost in Yonkers), and Anthony Marsala (Mike in Wait Until Dark). Mr. Dake and Ms. Rowe appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

 ACCOMPLICE (comedy-thriller)

Contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language

 Friday

8:00 pm

Nov 1 & 8

Saturday

8:00 pm

Nov 2 & 9

Sunday

3:00 pm

Nov 3 & 10

Tickets

ADULT: $19

SENIOR (65+): $17

STUDENT/CHILD: $15

Group Discounts and Reception Rooms Available!

Contact subscriber@steelriver.org

Or call Velva at 610.970.1199

August: Osage County, The Piano Lesson, Pinocchio

AUDITIONS!

Auditions in November!

Steel River is holding auditions for the following productions. Audition times will be posted soon on our website, but you can get information directly.

Contact CASTING@STEELRIVER.ORG and ask for audition information!

APPOINTMENTS PREFERRED

PINOCCHIO (musical by Susan Bardsley and Lani Brockman)

Director – Jay Gilman

Tuesday, November 12th (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Thursday, November 14th (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Possible additional date if needed: Saturday, November 16th (2:00 – 6:00 pm)

Casting Needs

1 male or female, age 10 – 30 (Pinocchio)

1 male, age 30+ (Geppetto)

1 female, age 16 – 30 (Blue Fairy)

1 male or female any age (Fox/Cat)

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (comedy/drama by Tracy Letts)

Director – Daniel Student

Sunday, November 17th (1:00 – 6:00 pm)*

Wednesday, November 20th (7:00 – 10:00 pm)

Thursday, November 21st (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Possible additional date if needed: Saturday, November 24th (11:00 – 4:00 pm)

Casting Needs

6 males, age 25 – 65

6 females, age 18 – 65

1 girl, looks age 14

THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson

Director – MJ Harris

Saturday, November 2nd (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Sunday, November 3rd (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Possible additional date if needed: Saturday, November 9th (10:00 – 2:00 pm)

Casting Needs

5 African American men, age 25 – 60

2 African American women, age 25 – 40

1 African American girl, age 10 – 14

 

Contact casting@steelriver.org for information about auditions and to schedule an appointment.

Pottstown Rotary 5th Annual Performing Arts Competition!

SPOTLIGHT ON TALENT

Entry Form Due November 1st!

Competition finals – November 23rd at Steel River Playhouse

The Rotary Club of Pottstown is seeking students in grades 9 through 12 to participate in this special talent competition, to be held on November 23, 2013, at Steel River Playhouse. Students can choose from four (4) different performance categories:

Pop/Broadway Vocal

Classical/Operatic Vocal

Instrumental

Drama.

$750 scholarship to the winner in each category!

Entry is free.

For an application and the performing guidelines, please visit

http://www.pottstownrotary.org/

Save the Date!

SENIOR FOLLIES – “INFAMOUS LOVERS”!

Saturday, Nov 16th – 7:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 17th – 3:00 pm

Adam and Eve. Sonny and Cher. Richard and Liz. The names immediately conjure an image, a feeling, a memory. Who better to remind us of love, romance, and scandal than Steel River Playhouse’s Senior Education students in their ever-popular Senior Follies presentation! Our sassy seniors present a variety of tunes and skits in this Education Department presentation. The intimate Newberry Loft is the setting, and these performances often sell out, so get your tickets early. The cast includes Marian Wray, Earl Boehmer, Rosemarie Kidon, Mason Craig, Bonnie Heath, Joanne Arnold, Ellie Brown, Laura Cohn, Norman Cohn, Joyce Foster, Mary Jimick, Patricia Ann Rhoads, and Robert Roebuck.  The production is facilitated by Steve Reazor, Margaret Curry and Deborah Stimson-Snow. It’s always a fun time for all!

SENIOR FOLLIES

Saturday

7:00 pm

Nov 16

Sunday

3:00 pm

Nov 17

Tickets

ADULT: $12

SENIOR (65+): $10

STUDENT/CHILD: $8

Need help? Contact boxoffice@steelriver.org

 

Sure to be a Sell-out!

SHREK THE MUSICAL!

Thursdays through Sundays

Dec 5 – 22

Music by Jeanine Tesori; book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig;

Directed by Deborah Stimson-Snow; Music Directed by Richard Lewis

Recommended for all audiences. Please note – children under 4 will not be admitted to the theater.

The hilarious and irrepressibly charming story of everyone’s favorite ogre. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Add a donkey who won’t stop talking, a vertically challenged bad guy with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand – Shrek!

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL (family musical)

Contact boxoffice@steelriver.org NOW to reserve your tickets early!

Thursday

7:30 pm

Dec 5 (Public Preview)

Dec 12 & 19

Friday

8:00 pm

Dec 6 (Opening Night)

Dec 13 & 20

Saturday

8:00 pm

Dec 7, 14 & 21

Sunday

3:00 pm

Dec 8, 15 & 22

Special Events

Opening Weekend Special Events

Get your tickets for opening weekend and enjoy special events, cast photos and talk-backs, giveaways,

and our 5th Anniversary Birthday Party!

Other Special Events

Talk-backs with the cast and crew – Dec 8 & 15

Tickets

ADULT: $27 (Thurs $24)

SENIOR (65+): $24 (Thurs $21)

STUDENT/CHILD: $17 (Thurs $15)

Group Discounts and Reception Rooms Available!

Contact subscriber@steelriver.org

Or call Velva at 610.970.1199

STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE

245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

610.970.1199www.steelriver.org

It may be fall, but “Spring Awakening” is at Steel River Playhouse

Courtesy of Steel River Playhouse
Courtesy of Steel River Playhouse

The rock musical Spring Awakening opened last weekend at Steel River Playhouse at 245 E. High Street in Pottstown. (Actor Matt Degaetano is shown at left.) It will run Thursdays through Sundays, through October 13th. There will be a facilitated discussion this evening following the show. It will be led by Dr. Marvin Marsh of First Baptist Church in Pottstown and Jena Stoltzfus of Creative Health. The show this evening begins at 7:30 pm. Scroll down for all the details about showtimes and click here for the Mercury’s review, which calls the show “compelling musical theater.”

 

Facilitated Discussion Thursday; Talk-Back Sunday

SPRING AWAKENING (rock musical)

Book and lyrics by Steven Sater; Music by Duncan Sheik

Director – Dr. Beverly Redman; Music Director – Deborah Stimson-Snow

Thursdays thru Sundays, thru Oct 13th

Contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language

 Winner of 8 Tony Awards (including Best Musical), 4 Olivier Awards (including Best Musical), and 4 Drama Desk Awards, Spring Awakening is a cross-generational phenomenon that transcends age and cultural barriers! It’s a high energy musical adaptation of Frank Wedekind’s controversial expressionistic play from 1891, about the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of the teen years – issues that still resonate with teens and adults today. Told with poignancy and passion, it’s a fast-paced, gripping celebration of youth and self-discovery in a world of unresponsive adults. With a true indie-rock score, the music has been described as “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade” (Entertainment Weekly).

Facilitated Panel Discussion – Thurs, Oct 3rd!

Dr. Marvin A. Marsh (First Baptist Church); Jena Stoltzfus (Creative Health)

The public is invited to attend a facilitated panel discussion about the important themes and issues presented in Spring Awakening, immediately following the performance this Thursday, October 3rd. Curtain time is 7:30 pm; panel discussion will begin at approximately 9:45 pm. All are welcome. For those wishing to see the show in advance, ticket information is listed below.

Pottstown Mercury Review!

http://www.pottsmerc.com/arts-and-entertainment/20131002/steel-rivers-spring-awakening-is-compelling-musical-theater

 

Our Cast!

The Spring Awakening cast includes Maddie Aicher as Wendla (Pottstown), Madison Devlin as Martha (Boyertown), Casey Cloonan as Thea (Honey Brook), Dona Marie Pizzo as Anna (Eagleville), Kira Clements as Ilse (King of Prussia), Amanda Gray as Jennifer (Douglassville), Karissa Smith as Krista (Boyertown), Sami Kolb as Liesl (Spring City), Matt DeGaetano as Melchior (Downingtown), Andrew Patterson as Moritz (Coatesville), Robb Russ as Hanschen (Philadelphia), Zach Reynolds as Ernst (Jeffersonville), Mike Styer as Georg (Spring City), Andrew Pierce as Otto (Downingtown), AJ Sermarini as Gerard (Boyertown), Cory Taylor as Robert (Lansdale), and Aileen McCullough as Adult Woman (Morgantown).  Neal Newman as Adult Man (Wayne) appears courtesy of Actors Equity Association.

 

SPRING AWAKENING (rock musical)

Contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language

Thursday

7:30 pm

Oct 3 & 10

Friday

8:00 pm

Oct 4 & 11

Saturday

8:00 pm

Oct 5 & 12

Sunday

3:00 pm

Oct 6 & 13

Special Events

Facilitated Discussion – Thursday, Oct 3rd

Parents, Teens, Young Adults, Educators

Rev. Dr. Marvin A Marsh, pastor of First Baptist Church

Jena Stoltzfus, Director of Police Liaison and SAFE Services, Creative Health Services

Discussion of the show’s themes and application to today’s relationships

Immediately following the performance

Oct 6th

Talk-backs with the cast and crew!

Tickets

ADULT: $27 (Thurs $24)

SENIOR (65+): $24 (Thurs $21)

STUDENT/CHILD: $17 (Thurs $15)

Group Discounts and Reception Rooms Available!

Contact subscriber@steelriver.org

Or call Velva at 610.970.1199

Deep Discounts – Limited Time Offer!

SEASON SUBSCRIPTIONS

Shrek the Musical, Spring Awakening, The Piano Lesson, The Music Man, Accomplice, August: Osage County, The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised] and more!

Show Descriptions

http://www.steelriver.org/current-season/2012-2013-season-calendar/

Package Pricing

http://www.steelriver.org/current-season/subscription-plans/

Need help? Contact subscriber@steelriver.org

Be Heard!

STEEL RIVER COMMUNITY SURVEY

 We’re on a mission to learn what you think of us, what your experience has been with us, and how we might deliver even more value to individuals like you! To help us, we greatly appreciate your willingness to complete a brief on-line survey. Survey participants will be entered to win an array of prizes such as gift certificates to restaurants, entertainment and cultural venues!

Link to Survey

http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07e7tbilkdhiyttdn3/start

FAME, Jr. for one weekend only at Steel River Playhouse

FAME, Jr. (student musical)

PERFORMANCE DATES/TIMES:

August 9th – 7:00 pm

August 10th – 3:00 pm & 7:00 pm

August 11th – 3:00 pm

LOCATION:

Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

TICKETS: $10

Buy online at www.steelriver.org or call 610.970.1199, or at the door subject to availability.

AGE APPROPRIATENESS:

Parental guidance for younger children is suggested due to thematic content.

 

Steel River Playhouse Presents FAME, Jr.

One Weekend Only, August 9th – 11th

Steel River Playhouse announces its summer camp production of FAME, Jr., four performances only on Friday, August 9th through Sunday, August 11th. The popular musical is a high-energy production with strong singing and dancing from a talented ensemble cast.

Set at New York City’s celebrated High School for the Performing Arts, the musical follows the bittersweet but inspiring story of a group of students committed to four years of grueling artistic and academic work in order to achieve their dreams. The students come to terms with life and relationships, and some are resilient, while others are not. With insight and humor, the show explores the issues that confront many young people today including prejudice, identity, self-worth, literacy, and perseverance. With its topical subject matter and contemporary pop score (including the hit title song), FAME Jr. is an exciting summer treat.

The summer camp production features 50 students actors from 8 school districts and 3 private schools. Steel River’s FAME, Jr. is directed by Robb Russ. The music director is Katherine Skrzat and the choreographer is Kelsey Riker. The musical will be presented on the Main Stage on the following dates and times:

  • Friday, August 9th at 7:00 pm

  • Saturday, August 10th at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm

  • Sunday, August 11th at 3:00 pm

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased online at www.steelriver.org or at the door, space permitting. Parental guidance for younger children is suggested due to thematic content. Please note that children under 4 will not be admitted. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.

Job and Volunteer Fair at Steel River Playhouse

If you’re interested in a paid or volunteer position in the performing arts, read on. Steel River Playhouse is looking for folks to fill a variety of positions. This is a great opportunity for middle and high school students to explore the performing arts and perhaps build their resumes for college!

Steel River Playhouse, a nonprofit performing arts education and performance facility located in the heart of Pottstown’s historic district, is holding a Job and Volunteer Fair on Sunday, July 28th from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and Monday, July 29th from 4:30 PM to 9:00 PM.  Interested candidates will have the opportunity to learn about open positions, meet with Steel River’s leadership, and tour the facility.

Paid and stipend positions include Education Coordinator, Music Coordinator, Tech Director, Concessions/Retail Manager, Stage and Music Directors, Production Designers (e.g., sets, costumes, lighting, sound, props, hair and makeup), and Stage Managers. Instructors of music, voice, and acting are also encouraged to apply for future positions that are expected to become available.

Adults and students from middle school age on up can explore a host of volunteer learning and social opportunities in virtually every area of the performing arts center. High school and college students are also eligible to sign up for internship opportunities to satisfy their volunteer or external learning requirements. Some examples of volunteer opportunities include:

·         Technical theater (set construction and painting, costuming, lighting and sound operation, props, hair and make-up)

·         Stage management and backstage run crew

·         Production Assistants

·         House management and ushers

·         Music support, especially piano accompaniment

·         Riser moves, maintenance and repairs

·         Administrative support (such as receptionist, phone support, filing, photocopying)

·         Software and data entry/utilization

·         Concession and retail sales

·         Box office

·         Education support/teacher aides

·         Event planning and hosting

·         Fundraising

·         Marketing and public relations (including social media)

·         Graphic design

·         Literary analysis and dramaturgy

Candidates for paid and stipend positions may sign up for initial interview slots ahead of time by contacting marta@steelriver.org or are welcome to request an interview slot on the day of their visit. Additional interviews may be scheduled at other times for those who are not available during the Job and Volunteer Fair. Department representatives will also be on hand to meet with volunteer candidates to provide information and answer questions.

Steel River also welcomes area performers to visit during the Job and Volunteer Fair to learn more about Steel River’s mission and facilities. A variety of audition opportunities and instrumental openings are available for the upcoming season. Come learn about sharing your talent with the community and region.

 For more information, please visit www.steelriver.org. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

 About Steel River Playhouse

Steel River Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) charitable education and performance facility, is a key component of the revitalization of downtown Historic Pottstown. Steel River 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, Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from the region and beyond. www.steelriver.org, 610-970-1199.

Summer Fun at Steel River! Free Building Tours and Q&A for Prospective Summer Campers

Brought to you by Steel River Playhouse in the heart of downtown Pottstown!

Are your kids scrambling for AFFORDABLE summer fun? Steel River Playhouse still has some limited space available for summer camp for all grades, but especially for students in Grades 1 through 4. And now’s your chance to see what it’s REALLY like “behind-the-scenes.” Prospective campers and their families can sign up for free tours and Q&A sessions with the education department, starting THIS WEEK on Fridays, Saturdays and Mondays.

Courtesy of Steel River
Courtesy of Steel River

Celebrating its 10th anniversary of providing quality, affordable performing arts summer camp for students in Grades 1 through 12, Steel River’s professionally-trained artists work with the campers to develop skills in voice, acting, comedy improv, and movement in a collaborative, noncompetitive setting.

Prospective campers and their families are invited to tour Steel River and participate in a Q&A session by appointment. Tour and meeting hours are Fridays (3:00 – 6:00 pm), Saturdays (12 noon – 3:00 pm), and Mondays (6:00 – 8:00 pm). Please call Steel River at 610.970.1199 or email rebecca@steelriver.org to schedule your visit.

For summer, campers can choose 2, 4 or 6 weeks of camp (in any combination) running July 8th through 19th, July 22nd through August 2nd, and August 5th through 16th. Camp fees run approximately $5 per hour. Younger campers in Grades 1 through 4 can choose morning, afternoon, or full-day camp ($209 per 2-week session for ½ day; $429 for full day). Camp for those in Grades 5 through 12 is Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm ($419 per 2-week session). Current students can refer a friend and receive a $10 gift certificate!

As a nonprofit performing arts center, Steel River Playhouse maintains low tuition rates (averaging $5 per hour), so that camp is accessible to as many students as possible. Financial aid is also available for those who qualify.

More information is available at www.steelriver.org, or by contacting Rebecca Shoemaker, Operations Manager, at rebecca@steelriver.org or 610.970.1199. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

Courtesy of Steel River
Courtesy of Steel River

About Steel River Playhouse

Steel River Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) charitable education and performance facility, is a key component of the revitalization of downtown Historic Pottstown. Steel River 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, Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from the region and beyond. www.steelriver.org, 610-970-1199.

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