Tri-County Performing Arts Center Presents “A Christmas Story”, December 1st – 18th

A CHRISTMAS STORY (family comedy)
Dec 1 – 18, 2011

By Jean Shepherd, a comedy based on the Warner Bros. motion picture; adapted by Philip Grecian / Presented through special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing / Directed by Bill Kiesling
Appropriate for All Ages*

Don’t miss this classic holiday tale of the mischievous, be-speckled young boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie and his friends and family get into all kinds of sticky situations – including a bully with yellow eyes, a tongue stuck to a lamp post, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish major award, and a Chinese Christmas dinner. Based on the humorist Jean Shepherd’s novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”, A CHRISTMAS STORY is the perfect holiday treat for the whole family!

Thursdays, Dec 1 (preview), Dec 8 & 15 @ 7:30 pm
Fridays, Dec 2, 9 & 16 @ 8:00 pm
Saturdays, Dec 3, 10 & 17 @ 8:00 pm AND Dec 17 @ 3:00 pm
Sundays, Dec 4, 11 & 18 @ 3:00 pm

Special Events
– Opening Night Reception: 12/2
– Talkbacks with Director/Cast: Sundays, 12/4 & 12/11

ADULT: Thurs $18; Fri, Sat & Sun $21
STUDENT/SR (65+): Thurs $16; Fri, Sat & Sun $19
CHILD (12 & under): Thurs $13; Fri, Sat & Sun $15
$2 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more!

Log on to for tickets.

245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464


Saturday, September 10th

Pottstown Opens Its Doors to YOU!

Display of rescue/police/military vehicles

Classic Cars

Rescue demonstration including repelling off the high school building

 Come to Downtown Pottstown

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Opening ceremony with Pottstown Middle School Jazz Band at Smith Plaza-11:00 a.m.

Open Doors invites you for a visit:

Pottstown Regional Public Library


The Gallery on High

Pottsgrove Manor

Pottstown Karate Club


Genesis Housing

Hill School Art Gallery

 Come to Pottstown High School

2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Kid activities

Over 30 organizational information tables

Display of police, fire, and military equipment

Free entertainment

Free food

Display of classic cars

7:00 p.m. Home Varsity Football Game – Pottstown vs. Pennwood (Admission to the game will be charged)

¨ Free entertainment

¨ Free trolley transportation

¨ Free food

¨ Giveaways

¨ Displays

¨ Tours

¨ Demonstrations

¨ Games & Activities for youngsters

¨ Moon Bounce & More!


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1895

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The Music of Rush!

April 1st through 3rd – Three Performances Only

The Melange Dance Company celebrates the music of Rush with “Head Rush” and “What’s Behind the Impression” inspired by the paintings of Degas, Van Gogh, and Toulouse Lautrec. “Russian Tango”; a visual interpretation of the music of the famed Russian musician Vysotsky.

Friday Apr 1st at 8:00 pm
Saturday Apr 2nd at 8:00 pm
Sunday Apr 3rd at 3:00 pm



Voice:  (610) 970-1199

Final Performances Of “The Crucible”

Persecution of witches

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Join Us This Weekend for the LAST 4 PERFORMANCES – THE CRUCIBLE – Tonight, Saturday & Sunday
~ Powerful Performances… Riveting” – Pottstown Mercury


A Tony Award Winner for Best Play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie – and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted.

For tickets and more information:


“The Crucible” Now Playing At The Tri-County Performing Arts Center, Downtown Pottstown

THE CRUCIBLE at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, Thursdays through Sundays, now through March 20th.  Log on to for tickets

A Tony Award Winner for Best Play, this exciting drama about the Puritan purge of witchcraft in Salem is both a gripping historical play and a timely parable of our contemporary society. The story focuses upon a young farmer, his wife, and a young servant-girl who maliciously causes the wife’s arrest for witchcraft. The farmer brings the girl to court to admit the lie – and it is here that the monstrous course of bigotry and deceit is terrifyingly depicted.

Parental guidance suggested due to themes about relationships

Join us for the 2nd weekend of this powerful performance.

THE CRUCIBLE (Mar 3 – 20) Thur. @ 7:30 pm/ Fri. @ 8:00 pm / Sat. @ 8:00 pm / Su. @ 3:00 pm

Talkback with Cast: Sundays March 13th

The Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance

I recently learned of this organization and feel it is important to spread the word that this organization exists and what exactly they are doing to help Pottstown! 

So what exactly is the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance? 

According to their website it is:

The Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance is a result of the collective vision of its founding members: The Gallery School of Pottstown @ Gallery on High, Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, and Village Productions/Tri-County Performing Arts Center.

Our Mission

The mission of the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance is to bring together the arts and cultural organizations of Pottstown for the purpose of articulating and promoting a unified vision.

Our Vision

A cultural district in downtown Pottstown that will increase cultural tourism and awareness of the social and educational importance of the arts.

The arts, cultural activities and tourism are a means of revitalization and economic development for places like Pottstown.  Having a riverfront is a key part.  The Schuylkill River is Pottstown’s southern boundary and flows a few short blocks from High Street. 

An added benefit would be the Montgomery County Community College West Campus and the Hill School.  These two educational resources bring many people into Pottstown who would have an interest in arts, culture, tourism and entertainment (restaurants and nightlife).  The West Campus is strategically located across College Drive from the river.  Their annex building is on High Street, so the college ties the riverfront to downtown Pottstown.  The Hill School already has an excellent arts and culture program along with their own performing arts center and is located at 717 High Street.

The Urban Land Institute report advised Pottstown’s leadership that in order to revitalize this community, a strategy of arts, culture and entertainment should be embraced.  To that end, the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance was formed in 2009 to act as an umbrella organization for transforming Pottstown into an arts and entertainment destination.

For more information you can check out their website at:

A Review Of Ragtime

Last evening I again had the pleasure of attending another Main Stage Village Production.  My two friends and I met in the lobby, purchased our tickets and eagerly waited for what was to come.  When the doors opened we made our way into the theatre to find seats.  There was a very good crowd for a Thursday night.  The theatre was ¾ full. 

Village Productions uses general seating, which I prefer.  The seats are arranged in a “u” shape for this production.  We decided to try sitting in a section other than the large straight-on view of the stage area.  We sat on the left side in a section that narrowly stretches along the side wall.  This was good because we were closer to the actors.  Actors came and went directly behind us throughout the performance.  I enjoyed this vantage point because of the opportunity to hear each voice (other than soloists) singing. 

Ragtime certainly speaks to today’s audience.  Many of the struggles this musical addresses are still around.  We still have racism, classism, sexism and immigration issues.  While people may not be as overt in this day and age, these problems still plague our society.  I will caution that racial epithets and cursing are part of the script.  There were some gasps by the audience when they were used.  Let me just say it brings home the point! 

What always amazes me is the lack of lavish sets and props.  The acting draws you in and speaks for itself.  There is just enough to get the job done.  Another wonderful thing about Village Productions is the use of live music.  The orchestra is always first-rate!  No canned music here!  The program lists 14 musicians and a conductor.  Impressive!  Hat tip to Music Director Deborah Stimson-Snow for a job well done! 

The audience is warned that there are simulated gun shots and strobe lights used during the production.  It does help knowing this ahead of time so you aren’t startled!

Ragtime takes place 100 years ago.  Our country was going through a period of enormous change.  New inventions, familial changes, civil rights and work-place struggles all propelled society forward and changed life as we knew it.  America was optimistic about its future and anything seemed possible. 

Ragtime is the best show I have seen thus far at the TriPAC.  The level of performance was inspiring.  The singing was phenomenal.  In my opinion, this was the strongest cast vocally of any musical I have attended there.  The story is compelling and the characters are well developed.  The audience becomes emotionally involved.  Ragtime Director, Neal Newman gets a RoysRants gold star for an outstanding job!

Normally I list stand-out performances in my review.  All the actors are deserving of high praise for their performances.  Everyone was playing their “A” game last night.  There are a few people I would like to mention: 

Julie Eurillo delivered a brilliant performance as Mother.  A gorgeous voice with tremendous control!

Bill Kiesling’s portrayal of Father was on the money.  Bill captured the essence of the “privileged white man” of this era and also delivered a strong vocal performance.

Gary Giles, who we came to greatly admire in The Wiz, put every fiber of his being into portraying Coalhouse Walker.  Gary has a soulful voice and is an amazing actor.

Chartel Findlater was riveting as Sarah.  Chartel’s depth of emotion, coupled with her stunning voice, was perfect for this pivotal role. 

Gregory Kasander delivered an emotionally charged performance as Younger Brother.  We knew Gregory could act after seeing him in Noises Off.  In this performance we were equally impressed with his singing ability. 

Carly Crowley was awesome in her role as Evelyn Nesbit.  Evelyn was the Paris Hilton of her day…famous for being famous.  Carly delivered some much-needed comic relief, perfectly captured her character’s eccentricities and gave a strong vocal performance. 

Ben Fried as Tateh was another superb casting decision.  Ben’s performance was believable and we felt his pain.  Ben was also vocally outstanding. 

The funniest thing I have seen in a long time was Act II, Scene 2: The Polo Grounds.  Father takes Little Boy to his first baseball game.  He tells Little Boy what a noble game baseball is.  When they arrive, it is anything but.  I laughed until I cried during What a Game!

I would urge you to take advantage of this opportunity while it is still playing.  Executive Director, Marta Kiesling and her staff are to be commended for providing such high-caliber entertainment to the Greater Pottstown area.  We give this production a RoysRants two thumbs up! 

Ragtime is playing until June 20th at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown.

For dates, times, ticket information and purchases:

Voice: 610-970-1199


Ragtime Opens Tonight At The Tri-County Performing Arts Center, Downtown Pottstown

RAGTIME (June 3-20, 2010)
Thursday – 7:30 pm
Friday – 8:00 pm
Saturday – 8:00 pm
Sunday – 3:00 pm
ADULT: Thurs $19; Fri, Sat & Sun $23
STUDENT/SENIOR(65+): Thurs $17; Fri, Sat, Sun $21
CHILD (12 & under): Thurs $13; Fri, Sat & Sun $15
$2 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more!

Village Productions “Noises Off”

I was fortunate enough to attend the last performance of “Noises Off” this afternoon at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center.

Again, I was very impressed with the production!  Acting, set, lighting etc… all excellent.  Nice sized crowd.  Marta Kiesling, Executive Director asked how many people were there for the first time and a ton of people raised their hands.  She said they had great attendance and good reviews for the show.

This is a wonderful resource here in Pottstown.  It adds to the quality of life for residents and brings people into the central business district.

If you have not attended any performances at the TriPAC yet, in June they are doing “Ragtime”. 

Kudos to Village Productions for another fine performance.

If you want to check out the Village Productions/Tri-County Performing Arts Center website, click their link on my blogroll for your convenience.

A Review Of HONK!

The weather played havoc with schedules this weekend here in Southeastern PA.  I had tickets for the Saturday evening performance of Honk! at Pottstown’s Tri-County Performing Arts Center but the show was cancelled.  Fortunately, the tickets were honored at Sunday’s matinee!

That being said, there is no review of Henry’s as our plans changed due to inclement weather.

So my two friends and I trudged through the snow to see Honk! Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.  The theatre was 2/3 full.  The crowd was enthusiastic and appreciative.  A mixture of all ages.  We started a few minutes late and after the usual announcements the show began.

The set was once again well designed.  Simple, yet functional and appropriate.  The music was live (great orchestra) and the lighting and effects were also excellent.

Honk! is based on the fairy tale of the Ugly Ducking by Hans Christian Anderson and was turned into a musical production.  Honk! was named Winner Best Musical of 2000 Oliver Award, and winner of FNB VITA Awards in South Africa.  Honk! is now performed all over the world.

The performance ran 2 1/2 hours with a 15 minute intermission between the Act I and Act II.  Again, the seats at the TriPAC are comfortable which really helps!!

The cast was very large, talented and included many children as well as adults.

Everyone did an excellent job but IMHO the stand-out performances were as follows:

Ugly aka Marc Sherfield did an outstanding job in the lead role.  He made Ugly come alive.  His acting and singing skills were first rate.  He was wonderful as the Tin Man in the Wiz, but I felt he did an even better job in this role.  Thank you Marc for a superb performance!

Ida aka Denise Webb was perfectly suited to be the mama duck.  Her performance was genuine and her vocal skills were first rate.  Denise graduated from West Chester University with a degree in Music Education.  West Chester’s music program is excellent and Denise did them proud!

Cat aka David Wrigley was my favorite character.  David recently graduated from Muhlenberg College.  Muhlenberg has a nationally ranked theatre program which I have experienced first hand (see my Bat Boy The Musical Review).  I think casting David as Cat was genius.  His performance was purrfectly awesome.  I would have to say David is the total package for musical theatre.  Looking forward to seeing David in something else at the TriPAC or in the area.

Lowbutt aka A.J. Giruzzi was beyond hysterical as the rooster.  He had all the right moves and was hands down the funniest character.  My friend laughed so hard during the Together scene she had a coughing fit.

Queenie aka Krista Knight was perfectly matched to A.J. Giruzzi.  Their character’s were BFF’s and we had no trouble believing that.  Their voices blended beautifully and they played off of each other to perfection.  Again, great casting decisions!  Two very talented actors!

Lastly, Michael Tunney as Greylag and Deborah Stimson-Snow as Dot were also quite funny.  Great chemistry between them!

Hats off to Village Productions for another outstanding event!  If you live in the Greater Pottstown area and have not yet attended a show at the TriPAC, I would highly recommend checking them out.  Save yourself the trip into Philadelphia to see high quality theatre.  Take advantage of what is in your own backyard!

To check out upcoming events:

Voice: 610-970-1199

The performing arts center is located at 245 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown.

Holiday Musical Downtown Pottstown At Tri-County Performing Arts Center Starts Today

Starts December 3rd!

A Musical Holiday “Tweet” for All Ages!
Musical by Drewe & Stiles

Based on the Hans Christian Andersen story
“The Ugly Duckling”
Presented by arrangement with Music Theater International
Recommended for ages 4 through adult

to an American Tony Award), beating THE LION KING. The musical retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling, HONK! features a squadron of comical geese, a sly tomcat who wants to befriend ducklings only so he can eat them, a tearful mother, a dad always `ducking` out of his responsibilities, a duo comprised of a cat and a hen right out of a Shakespearean comedy, a wisecracking bullfrog, and an ugly duckling who discovers his inner beauty by becoming a swan. Ugly’s odd, gawky looks make him an instant outcast with his family and the neighborhood. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

With a witty book and score, and a great many “fowl” puns, HONK! won an Olivier Award for Best Musical when it opened in England (equivalent

HONK! (Dec 3 – 20, 2009)
Thursday, December 3rd & 10th – 7:30 pm
Friday, December 4th, 11th and 18th – 8:00 pm
Saturday, December 5th, 12th and 19th – 8:00 pm
Sunday, December 6th, 13th and 20th – 3:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO SHOW on December 17th. Instead, there will be an additional matinee on Saturday, December 19th.

ADULT: Thurs $19; Fri, Sat & Sun $23
STUDENT/SENIOR(65+): Thurs $17; Fri, Sat, Sun $21
CHILD (12 & under): Thurs $13; Fri, Sat & Sun $15
$2 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more!