Broadway Musical – Spring Awakening Sept 26 – Oct 13 At Steel River Playhouse

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Winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, 4 Drama Desk Awards, and 4 Olivier Awards including Best Musical, “Spring Awakening” explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood with a poignancy and passion you’ll never forget.  It’s a powerful celebration of youth and self-discovery in a world of unresponsive adults.  A rock and folk musical adaptation of the Frank Wedekind’s 1891 expressionistic play about the trials, tribulations, and exhilaration of the teen years, Spring Awakening features “the most gorgeous Broadway score this decade”. (Entertainment Weekly)

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Steel River Playhouse Annual Gala

Picture 577Join us for The event of the season!!

Annual Gala

June 7, 2013

6:00 PM

This dynamic event will honor Susan and Scott Bentley, local philanthropists and prinicpal owners of the high tech company, VideoRay.  We will also be recognizing our Artistic Director, Deborah Stimson-Snow, recipient of the 2013 Advocacy For Equal Opportunity Award from the PA Human Rights Commission.

Event includes live entertainment, wonderful refreshments from local food establishments including Sly Fox Brewery, Clique Vodka, Lindt Chocolates, Cutillo’s, Baird’s, Moyer’s and many more, a performance of the hit Broadway musical, La Cage aux Folles, and a grand light show and musical reprise outside on High Street.  It will once again be the “event of the season”!

$75 per person (price includes ticket to La Cage aux Folles)

$50 per person (Gala only)

Space is limited to so make your reservations now! Email Gala Invitation


Your sponsorship will provide much-needed programming and operations support for our current and upcoming season. Sponsor acknowledgement will appear in theatre programs throughout our 2013-14 Season, and include many other exciting perks.

We are very grateful for your support of Steel River Playhouse through the sponsorship of our Annual Gala. Every sponsorship level includes tickets to our Season Finale production of the Broadway hit musical, La Cage aux Folles running June 6 – 23.  Your sponsorship will make this and many more programs possible at Steel River Playhouse.

Sponsorship opportunites are now available!  Annual Gala Sponsorship Package or call Mary Beth Kerekes at 216-577-0269.

Pittsburgh Native Zachary Quinto Revels In Spock Role

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English: Zachary Quinto greets a soldier’s daughter on the phone following a screening of Star Trek at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At one point during “Star Trek Into Darkness,” Kirk fumes, “Sometimes, I just want to rip the bangs off his head.”

But Kirk doesn’t do that, which is a good thing considering the amount of time consumed by the workday ritual of transforming Pittsburgh native Zachary Quinto into Spock, the half-Vulcan, half-human with a high-maintenance look.

By the time the movie finished shooting, the makeup artists had shaved a whopping 30 minutes from their application of the signature swooping ears, angled eyebrows and other facial flourishes.

Not a big deal? It started as 3 hours and 15 minutes — plus another 30 minutes in hair — so even an extra half-hour can be a luxury when you have to report to the set 2 1/2 to three hours ahead of everyone else who may be arriving at 6 a.m.

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Pottstown Designer Awaits Tony Awards Night

To create the set for the Broadway smash Newsies, Pottstown resident Tobin Ost served multiple masters: a choreographer who needed space for his performers to dance, a director who envisioned a jungle-gym effect, a writer who moved the action from scene to scene, and producers who worried about the box office.

So the scenic designer crafted a tiered, tic-tac-toe metalscape that separates, recedes and rotates. Performers dance up, down, and through it during a musical set in turn-of-the-century New York.

For his efforts, Ost has been nominated for a Tony Award.

“I tried hard to ignore it when the announcements were coming out. I just didn’t want to have any assumptions,” Ost, 38, said of hearing the news “Then, my partner called and he was crying for joy.”

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Pippin Opens At Pottstown’s Tri-County Performing Arts Center

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PIPPIN (musical)
Oct 13 – 30, 2011

Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson  
Presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International
Stage Director, John Moletress; Music Director, Deborah Stimson-Snow

Parental Guidance Suggested*
PLEASE NOTE: there is no performance Saturday, Oct 15. Instead, there is an additional matinée on Saturday, Oct 19.

PIPPIN is the tongue-in-cheek, anachronistic fairy tale that captivated Broadway audiences and continues to appeal to the young at heart everywhere. Pippin is a young prince who longs to discover the secret of true happiness and fulfillment. He seeks it in the glories of the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power. In the end, he finds it in the simple pleasures of home and family. The energetic pop-influenced score bursts with one show-stopping number after another, from soaring ballads to infectious dance numbers. PIPPIN is by three-time Oscar®-winning composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz, the creator of the Broadway hits WICKED and GODSPELL, and the animated films POCAHONTAS, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME and THE PRINCE OF EGYPT, among many other musicals!

An opening weekend review by the Pottstown Mercury –

The Tri-PAC & Village Productions  

PO Box 1325

245 E. High Street

Pottstown, PA 19464

Voice – (610) 970-1199

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Review Of “A Chorus Line” at Genesius Theatre In Reading

Review of “A Chorus Line” by Roy Keeler – Pottstown Herald Staff Reporter

On Sunday afternoon, September 13th, I attended a matinee performance of “A Chorus Line” at the Genesius Theatre in Reading.  The theatre is a very intimate space and my seat was dead center so viewing was perfect.  The seat was comfortable which was good because this production is performed without an intermission.

The set is stark.  Everything is black and there are large rectangular mirrors that can be turned to show the front or back sides.  The orchestra is behind the mirrors and can only be glimpsed when the mirrors are being turned.  The theatre was not full but that is to be expected for a Sunday matinee at 2 pm.

The Director and Co-Choreographer, Irving Gonzalez came out to welcome us and make the normal announcements.  Without further delay, the show began.

The story revolves around a group of hopefuls auditioning to be part of a chorus line for a Broadway show.  The characters run the spectrum of age, size, gender and orientation.  The casting was well done.  The individuals chosen seemed to fit their character extremely well.  There is no elaborate set so the acting has to be believable in order to draw the viewer in.  Otherwise, there is not much else to look at.

“A Chorus Line” is a musical.  Two of the most important elements are singing and the orchestra.  I found the singing good to excellent depending on the character and the orchestra was excellent. The orchestra plays almost constantly in this show and their timing is crucial.  Everything was well executed and the group blended together nicely which is a direct reflection on Music Director Melody Pierce.

The last major element would be the dancing.  Characters are singing and dancing for a good portion of the show although there are spoken lines as well.  Again, I found the skill levels good to excellent depending on the character.  Irving Gonzalez and Deena Linn did a fantastic job with the choreography!

Richard Bradbury did an outstanding job as Zach.  Zach is the director who is auditioning the dancers.  Richard plays his part extremely well and even spends time in the audience delivering lines which further involves you in the story.

Timothy Feeg plays Paul.  Paul is deeply conflicted and bares his soul in an emotional recollection of how he came to terms with his orientation.  Tim’s ability to capture these intense emotions is amazing.

Deena Linn plays Cassie.  Cassie has a past with Zach which is uncovered as the story unfolds.  Deena has another difficult character to portrait and captures the raw emotion of Cassie in all her flawed glory.

Comic relief is provided by Matthew Kleckner (Mark) who offers an R-rated adolescent memory during his interview with Zach, Erin Stevens (Val) with her naughty little song “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” (the original title more aptly suits the song) and Christina Ferlazzo (Kristine) with her very funny rendition of “Sing!”

The most familiar and anticipated song for me was “One”.  It was well done.  I definitely enjoyed the costume change at the end.  The glitzy finale provides the appropriate closure and left us on a high note!

After seeing this production, it is no surprise “A Chorus Line” was one of the longest running and most highly awarded Broadway musicals of all time.  In my humble opinion, this production does justice to the story and provides several hours of highly enjoyable entertainment.  Kudos to everyone involved for bringing Broadway to Berks! 

This is not a show for young children as some of the subject matter is very adult!  Sexual subjects are frankly discussed and some course language is used.  Parents should be cautioned.

The show runs through September 20th.  Call the ticket office or check the Genesius Theatre website for dates and times.

Genesius Theatre
153 N. 10th Street
Reading, PA  19601
(610) 371-8151 or (610) 373-9500

Broadway Comes To Berks!

The fourth longest running Broadway musical of all time and winner of multiple Tony Awards is coming to Berks County.  “A Chorus Line” will debut at the Genesius Theatre in Reading at 8:00 p.m. on September 11th.  This popular show features music by Marvin Hamlisch and Lyrics by Edward Kleban.  The Genesius production is Directed and Choreographed by Irving Gonzalez.   The Music Director is Melody Pierce.
Ticket prices range from $15.00 to $25.00.
Show times are:
09/11/09   8:00 PM
09/12/09   8:00 PM
09/13/09   2:00 PM
09/16/09   7:00 PM
09/17/09   8:00 PM
09/18/09   8:00 PM
09/19/09   2:00 PM
09/19/09   8:00 PM
09/20/09   2:00 PM
The Genesius Theatre is located at:
153 N. 10th Street
Reading, PA  19601
To purchase tickets with a credit card call (610) 373-9500
To make non credit card reservations, questions and show times call (610) 371-8151
For further information see their website at
17 Broadway Dancers put themselves on the line for their dream only 8 of them will make it. A Chorus Line – Do it for the Love!