BY TOM LAVIS AND RUTH RICE
— A variety of performances that promise to be entertaining will be presented by students in the region’s high schools. A production schedule is below.
“Anything Goes” is a comedy set to the music of Cole Porter. An evangelist-turned-nightclub singer, Reno Sweeney, and his Angels; a lovelorn stockbroker, Billy Crocker, wooing a lovely debutante, Hope Harcourt; the debutante’s mother, Mrs. Harcourt, and Hope’s British fiance, Sir Evelyn Oakleigh, a gangster disguised as a minister; and Moonface Martin with his sidekick, Bonnie, all turn up on a luxury cruise liner bound from New York to London to sing, dance and romance.
“We look forward to the challenge ‘Anything Goes’ presents because of having numerous choreographed dance numbers.”
Melissa Wingard and Rodney Berkey, directors
“Seussical” is based on the works of Dr. Seuss and weaves together his most famous tales and characters from at least 15 of his books. The show follows the adventures of Horton, an elephant who one day hears voices coming from a speck of dust. He soon discovers that within this tiny speck exists the smallest planet in the universe. On this tiny planet lives a tiny race of creatures known as Whos. Although ridiculed by the other animals in the Jungle of Nool for believing in something he cannot see, Horton stubbornly persists in his belief that the Whos exist. Traveling everywhere from the Jungle of Nool to McEligott’s Pool, some of the characters fall in love, some have desperate adventures and some even save the world.
“Students of all ages are involved in our production of ‘Seussical,' and we are all working hard to prepare for our upcoming performances. The cast is diligently working at learning the music and clever Dr. Seuss’ lyrics. As a director, it is always wonderful to see students from many different groups (and this year, different ages) coming together for the love of theater, to tell a remarkable story onstage. From our youngest cast member, JoJo, played by third-grader Caden Montgomery to the veterans of the stage, Jacob Emerick (The Cat) and Ben Clegg (Horton), everyone is truly putting forth their best effort. The show is a wonderful celebration of Dr. Seuss’ characters and stories and will be entertaining for audience members of any age.
Katie Spiri, director
Bishop Carroll Catholic
“Little Shop of Horrors”
A down-and-out skid row floral assistant becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination.
“ ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ is a challenge for Bishop Carroll, but one that we are already tackling head-on. We have the perfect cast for this show – and we were even so blown away by the talent that our students have, that we have extended the typical trio of street urchins to include what is closer to a small chorus of street urchins. When they showed us what incredible potential they had as a whole, it was a no-brainer. I think it is going to add an entirely new element to the show, and I’m eager to get this show up and running.”
Gabbi Hertzog, director
Bishop McCort Catholic
“Thoroughly Modern Millie”
It’s 1922 Manhattan, and Millie arrives from Kansas in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz – a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. There are many frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a villainess who will keep the audience entertained. Lots of intertwined plots and merriment with wonderful songs and dance numbers will delight everyone. The cast is large with 60 members. Voices are being coached by Susan Pearce, and the orchestra will be conducted by Keith Kuchenbrod. Other members of the production team are Suzanne Smedberg, technical director; Amanda Woodruff, set design; Chris Scuillo, set builder and design; and Leslie Lech, sound.
“I knew this show was perfect for our talented group of students. We have so many outstanding dancers and singers, and I wanted a show that would give these performers a chance to shine on the stage. Watching 60 students dance on the stage is a thrill to see and they are learning some great routines with the guidance of choreographer Anita Lorek.”
Jean Arcurio, director
“Mirror Image: A Real Enchanted Musical”
This is a musical comedy that explores what would happen if the land of make-believe suddenly came face-to-face with the world of reality. Could the beloved fairy tale princesses make it in the land of reality? And do kids in the real world have faith in fairy tales and in themselves?
In the fairy-tale world, princesses are delightful, princes are charming and stepsisters are wicked. But when the Woodsman who saves Snow White from the wicked witch and who saves Little Red Riding Hood from the Big Bad Wolf decides that he wants more of an identity than the unnamed Woodsman, chaos breaks out. After all, stories are meant to be read and enjoyed, not changed until the Magic Mirror opens a portal to the real world. The Woodsman and Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters cross through to the harsh reality of high school. There, they learn how mean teens can be. And, of course, what would high school be without a trip to detention.
“This show can be summed up in one word: fun. We hope that the blend of fantasy and reality helps everyone get in touch with their inner child and find the ‘happily ever after’ in their own lives.”
Jessica Strazisar, director
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”
The family-friendly musical, written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber, recounts the story of Joseph, Israel’s favorite son. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock ’n’ roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.
“Over 70 students are in the cast and crew of this production. In addition to high school thespians, the cast includes a choir of middle school students. We have an extremely creative and talented group of students involved.”
Patricia Stiles, director
“Disney’s High School Musical On Stage!”
“Disney’s High Musical On Stage!” is Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical coming to life onstage. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The jocks, brainiacs, thespians and skater dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the new year. Basketball team captain and resident jock Troy discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. They cause an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.
“This year, we have stepped up our game and chosen a more well-known show. This is the first big Broadway-style show that these students have been involved in. It has a lot more dancing than the shows we have been doing. Our students are up for the challenge and are really excited about presenting ‘Disney’s High School Musical.’ Many of them grew up watching the HSM movies, so this show holds a special place in their hearts. We have been working hard to put together another dynamic and entertaining show. It is a lot of fun to see our students put their own spin on such well-known characters.”
Lauren Zezanski, director
“Fiddler on the Roof”
“Fiddler on the Roof” features music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. The show is set in tsarist Russia in 1905, and is based on the story of “Tevye the Milkman” by Sholem Aleichem. The story follows the father of five, Tevye, as he tries to uphold tradition in an ever-changing political and social landscape. During a period of change for Russian Jews, the family learns to cope with the decline of tsarist Russia and the tough laws enforced on the family and the village of Anatevka. The musical is extremely popular all over the world, and was the first Broadway show to play for more than 3,000 performances. The original production ran for almost 10 years. The show features such well-loved songs such as “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and features the well-known “Bottle Dance.”
“Our cast of over 80 students has been very excited about learning this show. They have been surprised to find out how popular ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is among several generations. Our upperclassmen have really taken a hold of working with the younger students in the production. We have junior, David Saylor, taking his first featured lead role as Tevye, alongside senior, Page Prebehalla, starring as his wife, Golde. We have a great community that supports the musicals, and it is an extreme honor to work with my fellow staff of Suzette Gardenhour, Sharon Wissinger and Dick Gardenhour.
Mari Grace Lingenfelter, director
“Grease” is the famous story of the ’50s of love gained and lost by two people from opposite sides of the fence. Goody Two-shoes Sandy (played by Bryanna Yahnert) falls in love with Danny the rebel (played by Shaun Ocipa). The two face challenges as Danny’s friends persuade him to steer clear, while Sandy’s new friends try to toughen her image to help her fit in. Even though this is the “school” version of the show, the musical includes several of the classics such as “Greased Lightning,” “Summer Nights” and the “Hand Jive.” A cast and crew features 52 students, including Ricky Stahl, Amanda Sepp, Mikayla Lint and Molly Fox, who not only has an onstage role, but also is the choreographer. Junior Beth Barbis is the set designer.
“We started allowing the senior class to pick what show they would like to do. This year’s seniors started talking about ‘Grease’ in their seventh- grade year, so we pretty much knew that this would be our 2014 production five years ago. The original version of ‘Grease’ is not appropriate for high school, so choosing the school version presented some challenges. I love the fact that our leads’ ages range is from 13 to 18 years old. That age diversity brings everyone a little closer together as a cast, and Jeanie Arcurio, musical director, and I are always humbled by the love and dedication that the students show us.”
Brian Empfield, director
“Lucky Stiff” is a musical farce that centers around Harry Witherspoon, an English shoe salesmen who lucks into a $6 million inheritance when his rich uncle dies. The catch: The terms of the will state that he must take his dead uncle in a wheelchair on vacation, or he forfeits the money to his uncle’s favorite charity. As luck would have it, the charity is a dog home and Miss Annabel Gluck has been sent secretly to spy on Harry. They have a chance meeting in Monte Carlo, and the audience senses a romance starting to form.
Meanwhile, Rita Di Ruzzio is trying to get the money back. She embezzled the money, along with Harry’s uncle, from a rich casino owner. Rita drags her helpless brother, Vinnie, into the mix after she blames the lost money on him.
In Monte Carlo, Harry is having the time of his life, while Rita and Vinnie are searching for him and his dead uncle. As the act closes, Harry and Annabel meet Rita and Vinnie, as Rita has a gun to his ribs demanding the money back.
“After doing some large-scale productions for the past few years, I wanted to scale things back this year and present something modern and funny. We have the perfect cast of students this year for this show, and they are working very hard on every aspect of the production. The students are having a great time learning the songs because the show is really, really funny. We have a great production crew who assists with the shows each year, and I am very excited to be directing this cast. Anyone who sees this show is guaranteed to have a great time.”
Sean Cogan, director
“The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes”
Everyone has their crazy starts; even the great Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock and Watson are helping renowned author and scientist H.G. Wells search for the lost manuscript of Sir Author Conan Doyle. But, while reporting to Mr. Wells, Mrs. Hudson, their gruff landlady, comes looking for Sherlock and Watson so she can get her rent money. As the two try and elude her, they jump into Wells’ laboratory and into his time machine.
When Holmes steps out of the time machine, he finds himself in 21st century London without his faithful companion Watson, and in the basement of the Fruedley Institute. At the Fruedley Institute, psychiatrists Dr. Sydney Fruedley and Dr. Carla Young take care of patients with “Grandiose Delusions” (people who think that they’re somebody famous).
Naturally, when Inspector Lestrade finds Sherlock in the basement of the institute, she takes him to Dr. Fruedley thinking that he’s just another “crazy client” needing help.
However, when an unknown man is found dead on the premises, who better to consult than Sherlock Holmes? But Watson shows up out of the blue and now he and Holmes are accused, by Lestrade, of being the murderers. Reunited with Watson, the pair sleuths for clues to the find the culprit. The game is afoot.
“Follow Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson on their first big case in the funny and mysterious play that will keep you guessing.”
Susan Leftwich, director
“Up the Down Staircase”
The play follows an ambitious, spirited and concerned young teacher determined to make a difference in a troubled school. She quickly becomes discouraged during her first year of teaching, frustrated by bureaucracy, the indifference of her students, and the incompetence of many of her colleagues.
“The play was originally set in the ’60s. We have chosen to place it in the ’80s, but the themes are applicable today as well. We performed this play in the mid-’90s. In fact, it was one of the first we produced on our new stage. That’s quite fitting since it will be the last to be performed in this theater. We have a really large cast, which is exciting, but this also presents the challenge of dealing with numerous scheduling conflicts. Fortunately, we have really dedicated students.”
Melissa Livermore, director
Eric Myers, technical director
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast”
“Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” is a Disney classic that tells the tale of an enchanted prince in the shape of a hideous beast and the intelligent beauty who enters his life and must learn to love him if the curse is ever to be broken.
“The story and music are based off of the successful 1991 Disney film. It certainly is a ‘tale as old as time’ that’s sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face. In addition to fantastic acting, singing and dancing from the cast, we will be utilizing some state-of-the-art special effects for our show, including flying some cast members, a first for us on the Cochran stage.”
Adam Bukosky, director
Based on the novel “The Man Who Broke The Bank At Monte Carlo” by Michael Butterworth, “Lucky Stiff” is a zany, offbeat murder-mystery farce, complete with slamming doors, mistaken identities, $6 million in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair.
The story revolves around an unassuming English shoe salesman who is forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered Atlantic City uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo.
If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, Harry Witherspoon will inherit $6 million.
If he doesn’t, the money will go to the Universal Dog Home of Brooklyn or the gun-toting wife of the casino owner.
“The show is considered a musical farce and is full of many unique characters from a mobster’s girlfriend to a dead guy in a wheelchair to a British shoe salesman. This makes the show a lot of fun for the directors and the actors.
“The students are beginning to loosen up and get into character. Many students need to have accents such as British, Italian and New Jersey. This has been a challenge for some and provides a lot of laughs at rehearsal. I think the audience will appreciate the humor inherent in ‘Lucky Stiff.’ ”
John Gregorich, director
Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his beloved team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees.
Transformed into the baseball sensation Joe Hardy, Boyd builds the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he’s left behind.
Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self and leads the Senators to the World Series.
“Once again this year, the artistic and talented students of North Star invite you to our production. We look forward to you attending our performances and know you will enjoy the great guys and gals that bring ‘Damn Yankees’ to life.”
Kathy Shaffer, producer
“The Wizard of Oz”
In this classic story, young Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are taken from a farm in Kansas to the land of Oz by a large tornado.
Dorothy just wants to get back home, so she takes the yellow brick road and encounters the Wicked Witch of the East, the Wicked Witch of the West, the Good Fairy of the North, a scarecrow who needs a brain, a tin man who needs a heart and a cowardly lion who needs courage.
“ ‘The Wizard of Oz’ has always been one of my favorite movies. I used to direct it when I was little on the playground. It has been a dream of mine to bring this movie to the stage. I am excited to work with a great cast and crew this year. Come see it. You won’t be disappointed.”
Holly Smith, director/choreographer
“Till Death Do Us Part”
In this audience participation wedding mystery, there will be murder, mystery, some strange characters and humor.
As murder takes center stage, all the guests are suspects at the offbeat wedding of the season.
Herb and Eula Lomax don’t approve of their zookeeper son marrying Lotus Blossom, a herbologist, because they think she’s after their money.
The family lawyer has something up his sleeve involving a mysterious guest, but she is murdered before her secret can be revealed.
When the lawyer also is murdered, an amateur sleuth takes charge and conducts an investigation within the traditional wedding events.
The audience can participate in throwing the bouquet, cutting the cake and the happy couple’s first dance.
The audience also will help find clues during the intermission, and all but the killer will live happily ever after.
Those who attend the March 21 performance and purchase tickets for the dinner theater will be invited to the wedding reception.
Beach-theme attire is recommended.
“This is my first year leading the drama department here at Portage Area, and I am very excited about this show. I wanted to focus on teaching the students about character development, and boy, did we create a great show for that.
“The last few years, the previous director did a phenomenal job of raising money and keeping the kids interested. We are going to work with the kids that came out from grades 7-12 and try to build a large department for the future.
“I have had great support from the district thus far, and the school has a lot of resources for us to manipulate. I also am very excited to be partnered up with Alysia Dalesio, our current full-time substitute art teacher, as she will handle the artistic and design aspects of the show.
“The kids have shown lots of potential thus far, and I am looking forward to sharing their talents with the people of Portage and the surrounding communities.”
Michael Fox, director
This musical is the irresistible story of the joy of living, glittering with happy songs, shining with loving scenes and alive with the personality of one of the most fabulous characters on the musical stage – Dolly Gallagher Levi!
“Hello, Dolly!” is the story of her efforts to marry Horace Vandergelder, the well-known half-a-millionaire, and send his money circulating among the people the way her late husband taught her.
Along the way, she also succeeds in various matchmaking schemes.
At the Harmonia Gardens, the most elegant and expensive restaurant in New York City, Dolly is greeted by the waiters, cooks, doormen and wine stewards in one of the most famous songs in the history of American musical comedy, “Hello, Dolly!”
Other classic musical numbers include “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,” “Ribbons Down My Back,” “Before the Parade Passes By,” “Elegance,” “It Only Takes a Moment” and “So Long, Dearie.”
“This musical has it all – big show numbers, heartfelt monologues, comedy and romance. It’s a classic masterpiece. We hope you will join us for an evening of fun and excitement as we bring the wonderful personality of Dolly Levi to life.”
Rebecca Bracken, director
“The students within the Purchase Line Junior/Senior High School are extremely talented, excited and motivated to be participants in this year’s production of ‘Hello Dolly.’ I am sure it will be an extraordinary experience as the musicals have always been in the past. Every year, I look forward with enthusiasm to attending the performance and watching our students shine.”
Carol Putt-Ayers, assistant principal
“Bye Bye Birdie”
The play tells the story of Elvis Presley-type rock ’n’ roll singer Conrad Birdie, who has been drafted into the Army.
As a farewell to his fans, Conrad is scheduled to sing “One Last Kiss” on the Ed Sullivan Show. At the end of the show, Conrad will give a real kiss to a lucky girl from his fan club.
“Bye Bye Birdie” was a big hit on Broadway when it first opened in the spring of 1960, and now has gained new followers with a Broadway revival in 2009.
“ ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ is a true American classic. It’s ageless and beloved by many. The show includes a lot of great numbers like ‘Put on a Happy Face’ and ‘Telephone Hour,’ and it’s just a lot of fun for our students at Richland High School.
“This year, we decided to double cast some of our leading female roles. With 56 young performers, ages 13 to seniors in high school, we felt it was very important to showcase our student actors and actresses. The casts will perform different nights, just like on Broadway.”
Scott D. Miller, director
In this pop musical adventure, the best and worst of two worlds meet when fantasy comes face-to-face with the hard reality of high school.
In the fairy-tale world, princes are charming and stepsisters are wicked, but the Woodsman dreams of being more than an incidental character without a name. He wants to be a hero.
When Cinderella’s stepsisters find a portal to another world, they get zapped into a real high school, and the Woodsman jumps at the chance to fulfill his dream and become the hero.
“The meaning behind the play is everyone has a place, and we all fit in someplace. It’s a very fun-filled play with a very meaningful plot, so we hope you will come out to see it.”
Julie Carlson, director
“The Wizard of Oz”
In this charming musical based on the popular L. Frank Baum story, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are caught in the path of a tornado that carries them all the way from the family farm in Kansas, over the rainbow into the magical land of Oz.
Wishing to return home, Dorothy follows the advice of Glinda the Good Witch of the North, and the munchkins, who tell her to follow the yellow brick road that will lead her to the wonderful Wizard of Oz who will help her return home.
On her way to find the wizard, she meets the scarecrow who needs a brain, the tin man who wants a heart and the cowardly lion who desperately needs some courage.
They all hope the wizard will be able to help them before the Wicked Witch of the West catches up with them and spoils all their hopes and dreams.
“We hope you will join us as we journey into the wonderful land of Oz.”
Susan K. DiPasquale, director
“The Last Gladiator”
On a typical day in B.C. Rome, the emperor is away at war with almost all the senators and other men of the city.
Peasant thieves run their schemes and scams in the marketplace, and the princess is searching for a husband.
If she can’t find a suitable match, she must marry the last gladiator standing in the upcoming Gladiator Games.
A possible solution to her problems results when Gladius, who has fallen in love with the princess from afar, convinces his cohorts to sneak into the royal palace disguised as handmaidens.
Adding to the confusion is a senator who is trying to stay in Rome and in control and an ambitious group of senator’s wives who are testing out their entrepreneurial skills.
Michelle Dunn, director
Set in an island paradise during World War II, this musical features two parallel love stories, which are threatened by the dangers of prejudice and war.
Nellie, a spunky nurse from Arkansas, falls in love with a mature French planter, Emile. Nellie learns that the mother of his children was an island native and unable to turn her back on the prejudices with which she was raised, refuses Emile’s proposal of marriage.
Meanwhile, the strapping Lt. Joe Cable denies himself the fulfillment of a future with an innocent Tonkinese girl with whom he’s fallen in love out of the same fears that haunt Nellie.
When Emile is recruited to accompany Joe on a dangerous mission that claims Joe’s life, Nellie realizes that life is too short not to seize her own chance for happiness, thus confronting and conquering her prejudices.
“I’m excited to be here at Westmont, and I’m looking forward to a great first show and many more to come as we aim to carry on the tradition of musical theater that has been established here for years. We’re very fortunate to have a great musical staff, and this year we’re welcoming John Teacher of UPJ as our new dramatic director.
“The students have been hard at work since returning from winter break, and as we’ve watched the show start to take shape over the last month, we’re excited to share it with the community. The show has a great combination of emotions from serious to funny and music ranging from beautiful ballads to songs with a raw, upbeat blues feel reminiscent of the blues and rhythm and blues music that eventually turned into rock ’n’ roll.
“This show truly has something for everyone, and the students hope to bring you a performance you will remember for a long time to come.”
Christopher Pickering, director
“Beauty and the Beast”
The traditional love story tells the tale of a prince who was transformed into a hideous beast. In order to be transformed back, the beast must find true love before the last rose petal falls.
“ ‘Beauty and the Beast’ was a wonderful selection for this year’s musical. With many of our male participants graduating, we decided to select a show that would really highlight the capabilities of the males involved within the musical. Their voices are very strong and are a nice complement to the voices of our young ladies.
“This story is a favorite, no matter how old you are, and it provided the prime opportunity to showcase some of the younger elementary students in roles as well. The students have worked really hard on bringing this classic love story to life, and we can’t wait to bring the story alive once again in the hearts of many, both young and old.”
Clarissa Thomas, director
The following high schools will perform spring musicals or plays:
Bedford: “Anything Goes,” 7 p.m. March 21-22, auditorium. Tickets are $7, available at door or in advance by calling 623-4250, ext. 1219.
Berlin Brothersvalley: “Seussical,” 7:30 p.m. April 4-5 and 2:30 p.m. April 6, auditorium. Advance tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students by calling 267-4073 or visiting www.bbsd.com; tickets are $1 more at the door.
Bishop Carroll Catholic: “Little Shop of Horrors,” 7 p.m. April 3-5, cafetorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students, at the door, which opens at 6:30.
Bishop McCort Catholic: “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” 7 p.m. April 25-26 and 2 p.m. April 27, Bishop McCort’s Guzzi Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students at the door or by calling 536-8991.
Blacklick Valley: “Mirror Image: A Real Enchanted Musical,” 7 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and Feb. 28 and March 1, auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students at the door or in advance by contacting Jessica Strazisar at email@example.com or www.bvsd.k12.pa.us.
Cambria Heights: “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” 7:30 p.m. April 11-12 and 2 p.m. April 13, auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students and are available at the door or reserved by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chestnut Ridge: “Disney’s High Musical On Stage!” 7:30 p.m. March 15-16, middle school auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for students, available through the high school office and at the door. Ticket sales will begin March 3.
Conemaugh Township Area: “Fiddler on the Roof,” 7 p.m. April 3-5, auditorium. Tickets are $9 at the door or $8 in advance by calling the high school office at 479-4014.
Conemaugh Valley: “Grease,” 7 p.m. March 21-22 and 4 p.m. March 23, auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and are available at the door only.
Everett Area: “Lucky Stiff,” 7 p.m. April 3-5 and 2:30 p.m. April 6, auditorium. Tickets are $8 at the door or reserve seats at 652-9114, ext. 1302.
Ferndale Area: “The Secret Case of Sherlock Holmes,” 7 p.m. March 7-8 and 2 p.m. March 9, auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students March 7-8, spaghetti dinner-and-a-play $10 for adults, $6 for students from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 9. Dinner only prices are $7 for adults and $4 for students. Take-outs are available.
Forest Hills: “Up the Down Staircase,” 7:30 p.m. March 19-22, auditorium, a dessert-theater format, $7 for adults with dessert or $4 without dessert; $5 for students with dessert or $2 without dessert. For tickets, 487-7613, ext. 7500, with dessert; ext. 7600, without dessert, Doors open at 7 p.m. for dessert format.
Greater Johnstown: “Disney’s Beauty and The Beast,” 7 p.m. March 20-22 and 2 p.m. March 23, auditorium. Upcoming ticket pricing/ordering information will be posted at gjsd.net.
Ligonier Valley: “Lucky Stiff,” 7 p.m. March 21-22, auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $7 for students ages 18 and younger and will be sold at the door.
North Star: “Damn Yankees,” 7:30 p.m. March 27-29, auditorium. Tickets are $7. Call: 629-6651.
Penn Cambria: “The Wizard of Oz,” 7 p.m. April 10-12 and 2 p.m. April 13, auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Call: 886-8188, ext. 2227.
Portage Area: “Till Death Do Us Part,” 7 p.m. March 20-21, auditorium; 6:30 p.m. March 21, dinner theater, cafeteria. Tickets are $3 for the show only and $12 for the dinner and show. Dinner-theater reservations, which are limited, will be available starting the week of March 10 by calling 736-9636, ext. 3216.
Purchase Line: “Hello, Dolly!” 7:30 p.m. March 6-8, auditorium. Tickets are $5. Call: 724-254-4312.
Richland: “Bye Bye Birdy,” 7 p.m. Feb. 21-22 and 2 p.m. Feb. 23, Richland Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for senior citizens and $5 for students by calling 269-0300 or www.richlandpac.com.
Rockwood Area: “Mirror Image,” 7 p.m. March 7-8, auditorium. Tickets are $4 for adults and $1 for students by calling 926-4631.
Somerset Area: “The Wizard of Oz” at 7 p.m. April 11-12, auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and will be available in advance at the athletic office by calling 443-2831.
United Area: “The Last Gladiator,” 7 p.m. March 8 and 2 p.m. March 9, auditorium. Tickets will be $6 for adults and $4 for students at the door. Children ages 4 and younger will be admitted free. For presale tickets and group ticket sales, call 446-5615, ext. 1143.
Westmont Hilltop: “South Pacific,” 7:30 p.m. March 20-22, auditorium. Tickets are $9 and can be purchased online at www.whsd.org or www.facebook.com/WestyChoirs and at the high school office at 255-8726.
Windber Area: “Beauty and the Beast,” 2 p.m. today, auditorium. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students and senior citizens by calling 467-4567.