Arts and Entertainment Calendar Week of April 4

First Posted: 4/4/2012

Visual Arts/Performing Arts


PEPS Art Show and Sale, The Pennsylvania En Plein Air Society (PEPS) will host an art show at the Glenburn Township Building located at 54 Waterford Road, Dalton from April through June. The show will benefit Physical Activity Intervention – Surviving Beyond Cancer (PAISBC). This organization was founded by former Olympian and Waverly resident Abby Peck. A “meet the artists” opening reception will be held at the Township April 15 from 3 – 5 p.m. with Abby Peck as guest speaker. Info: 954-1489

Art exhibit in Lock Haven University’s Sloan Fine Arts Gallery, featuring South Abington Township resident Ricky McKnight, a freshman Studio Arts: Graphic Online Design major. The works will be on display until April 20.

Original paintings by Anita Ambrose, on display at Summit Frameworks, 111 N. Abington Rd., Clarks Green. Info: 587.0162.

Catholic Choral Society 62nd season, rehearsals Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. at the IHM Center at Marywood University. The group, composed of members from both Luzerne and Lackawanna counties, performs sacred, classical, Broadway and popular music and welcomes new members. No auditions required. Ann Manganiello is music director with Jean Shields as accompanist while Brenda Grunza and Dr. Thomas Rittenhouse are co-presidents. Info: and 587.2753.

Singers sought, Wally Gordon Community Singers, Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Morgan Highway, Clarks Summit, Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m. No auditions required. Info: Loriann Valentine Kerber, 586.2595; Judi Jones, 587.5365; Dale Thomas, 575.4708.

The University of Scranton Hope Horn Gallery exhibit “The Visiting Nurses Association of Scranton: One Hundred Years,” on display April 16 -May 4 on the fourth floor of Hyland Hall. Info: 941.4214.

Senior Exhibition 2011, to April 22 in the Mahady Gallery, located on the first floor in the Shields Center for Visual Arts at Marywood University. It will feature the artwork of 51 students graduating in May and December of 2012.

Annual Keystone College Senior Exhibition, April 6 – 28 at Artworks Gallery in Scranton from 6 – 9 p.m. Graphic design, sculpture, ceramics, blown glass, and book arts will all be on display. Opening reception will be catered by Keystone College Chef’s Table Restaurant. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 12 to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Valley View High School’s 30th Anniversary performance of Fiddler on the Roof, April 13 and 14 at 7:30 p.m. and 15 at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Cost: $10, adults and $8, students and are available in two weeks in advance by calling the high school 570.876.4110 or at the door.

Musical Comedy “All Shook Up,” inspired by and featuring the songs of Elvis Presley, April 13 through 29, at The Music Box, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. Tickets are on sale for dinner and show or show only. Tickets/Info: 283.2195 or 800.698.PLAY.

Casting Call, Azzarelli Family Productions is holding open casting calls for the upcoming play “A Walk Through the Past” at the Scranton Iron Furnaces, 159 Cedar Ave., April 14 and 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. and by appointments. Info: contact Margo at 346.6179 or

“Love Songs, a Concert in Memory of Joan Sylvester”, at The University of Scranton Houlihan-McLean Center April 15 at 7:30 p.m. Features guest artist Wycliffe Gordon and The University of Scranton Jazz Ensemble. Info: 941.7624.

The 2012 In Concert, presented by the Scranton Civic Ballet Company, April 15 at 2 p.m. at the Mellow Theatre at Lackawanna College. This year’s performance will showcase new and exciting choreography paired with live music by the Wargo-Steveskey Flute and Guitar Duo and the Doug Smith Orchestra. Cost: $14. Tickets/Info: 343.0115.

The Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute Special Gala Performance, April 15 at 7 p.m. in the Amato Auditorium of the Wyoming Seminary Lower School, 1560 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. Six high school musical theater performers compete for three scholarships to attend this year’s PAI summer program. Tickets: $10 for students and senior citizens, $15 for adults and $25 for the pre-performance reception and performance. Info: 270.2186.

Shawnee Playhouse CATS Dance Audition, April 15 at the Shawnee Inn from 2 -5 p.m. For adults and youth 12 years and older. Participants must be prepared to sing if asked. Info:

Up and Coming Comedy Act, at the Scranton Cultural Center at the Masonic Temple, April 21, with music and cocktails 7 p.m. and show at 8 p.m. Headlining act: Jimmy “Roundboy” Graham. Opening act: Cal Verduchi. Emcee: Rock 107’s The Prospector. Musical opener: Michael Baresse. Cost: $16.

The Wyoming Seminary Civic Orchestra Spring Concert, April 22 at 8 p.m. in the Great Hall of Wyoming Seminary, 228 Wyoming Avenue, Kingston. Yoon Jae Lee, music director, will lead the orchestra in a performance of the Hansel and Gretel Prelude by Humperdinck, the Symphony No. 9 in E flat major by Shostakovich and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in C major, featuring John Michael Vaida on violin, Christiane Appenheimer-Vaida on cello and Lee on piano. Cost: free. Info: 270.2192.

Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet will present a free concert in Clarks Summit to perform its unique style of jazz at 4 p.m. April 22. The concert will take place at First Presbyterian Church, 300 School Street, Clarks Summit. The concert is in support of the Quartet’s eighth CD release “Interior Window.” Cost: free Info: 570. 586.6306 or visit the church’s website at

William Tersteeg, Sphere of Influence, now through April 29 at the Keystone College Linder Gallery in the Miller Library. Also includes works by Keystone College alumni. Info: www.keystone.eud/lindergallery.

Enrollment for the Music Box Theatre Academy, at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. A musical theatre workshop for students ages 13 to 20. Tuition: $275. Sessions begin May 14. Students will perform on June 15, 16, and 17. Students will learn techniques in acting, singing and dancing. Info/enrollment: 283.2195 or 1.800.698.PLAY.

Enrollment for the Music Box Summer Theatre Workshop, at the Music Box Dinner Playhouse, 196 Hughes Street, Swoyersville. A musical theatre workshop for students ages 7 to 13. Tuition: $200. Sessions begin July 23. Students will perform Disney’s 101 Dalmatians Kids on August 24 and 25. Students will learn techniques in acting, singing and dancing. Info/enrollment: 283.2195 or 1.800.698.PLAY. for information and enrollment forms.

Wally Gordon Community Chorus Spring Concert, May 5 at 7 p.m. at Clarks Summit United Methodist Church, Morgan Hwy. Tickets- $5 and are available from chorus members or at the door.

Literary Arts


Writers Group, for ages 18 and up, at the Dietrich Theater in downtown Tunkhannock, Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m., ongoing. All genres and levels of writing welcome. Cost: Free. Info: 996.1500.

The Lackawanna Historical Society Welcomes Author Robert F. Harris, at the LHS headquarters April 29 at 2 p.m. Harris will discuss his latest book, The Last Dispatch Rider, which relates the story of 14 year old Thomas D. Collins who fakes his age in order to serve as a Union soldier during the Civil War. Info: 344-3841.

Arts, Crafts and More


Learn to read and sing Welsh, in preparation for the North American Festival of Wales to be held in Scranton, on Labor Day weekend 2012. Classes will take place the first and third Saturday of each month, 2 to 4 p.m. at the first Congregational Church, 500 Luzerne Ave, West Pittston. Cost: free. Info: email or call 905.9074.

Women’s Fitness Class, Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Newton Recreational Center, Cost: $12. Info: 587.5791.

After School Fitness Program, Wednesdays, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., ages 10-14, at the Newton Recreational Center. Cost: $70 for six weeks. Info: 587.5791.

“Yoga for You,” Dietrich Theater 60 E. Tioga St. Tunkhannock, Wednesdays 10 to 11 a.m. Yoga Instructor: Melissa Russo. This class will teach or reinforce the basic yoga poses (asanas) which gently stretch and strengthen the body. Attention will be given to breathing and alignment in postures. Bring a mat or beach towel. Cost: $10 per class. Info: 996.1500 or visit

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