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July 7, 2013

New theatrics troupe off to rousing start

JOHNSTOWN — The curtain has been raised on a new theater company in Johnstown.

Triple Threat Theatrics was founded in March by Bishop McCort Catholic High School guidance counselor Kelly Mack, who wanted to create a theater company for adults to share their passion for the performing arts with the community.

Mack, who previously directed McCort’s musicals, said she was approached by former students who were interested in forming a theater group where they could continue to hone their craft.

“I started to think that this was something we could have here in town,” she said. “I liked the idea of doing smaller, scaled-down shows.”

Mack knew she’d need a venue to stage the productions so she approached Rosemary Pawlowski at the Bottle Works Ethnic Arts Center in the Cambria City section of Johnstown to see if they could work together.

“Rosemary was very supportive of what we were trying to do and would help us to get up and running,” she said.

For the theater’s first production, Mack chose the musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” which tells the story of a fictional spelling bee set in Putnam Valley Middle School where six pupils, who are played by adults, compete to be the spelling bee champion.

“I saw this show a few years ago and thought it was so funny and would be a good show to start with because it has a small cast, a minimal set and upbeat music,” Mack said.

The show encourages audience participation, and before each performance, four theatergoers were chosen to portray additional spellers.

“It was really fun to watch, and the cast did a lot of improv,” Mack said.

Triple Threat Theatrics put on five performances at the end of June, and Mack said she was encouraged by the number of people who came to see the show.

“We had two sold-out shows, but all five shows did really well, and we had a great response,” she said.

Next up will be a “Broadway at Bottleworks – A Night of Cabaret” on Aug. 10 where local performers will be able to show off their talents.

“For the future, I would like to be able to do two or three shows a year,” Mack said.

Eventually, Mack would like to see the company find a venue it can call home and expand its offerings to include workshops and classes for the community and local school students.

“Right now, we are in talks on what we can do next, and we’ll see what the response is from the community and who wants to be involved,” Mack said.

Triple Threat Theatrics is open to people of all ages and those interested in learning more can visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TripleThreatTheatrics or by email at triplethreattheatrics@gmail.com.

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