Summer Casting Announced At Gettysburg Community Theatre

Summer Casting Announced At Gettysburg Community Theatre

Gettysburg Community Theatre (GCT) the not-for-profit 501c3 community theatre located at 49 York Street in historic downtown Gettysburg, announces casting for their summer productions of Into The Woods, Children Of The Battlefield, and America The Beautiful. These productions continue the theatre's 10th Season of revivals of some of the theatre's favorite shows. GCT originally presented Into The Woods Jr an all youth version in 2010 and originally presented America The Beautiful and the World Premiere production of Children Of The Battlefield in 2013.

"Community theatre is for the community by the community," says Secretary of the Board of Directors of GCT, Dr. Lori Hockley. "By day GCT's actors, musicians, technicians, volunteers, and board members are teachers, IT directors, sales clerks, lawyers, store managers, small business owners, grandfathers, bankers, electricians, bookkeepers, retirees, stay-at-home moms, students, etc. from not only Gettysburg but the surrounding towns and counties as well. Community theatre brings together individuals from all walks of life-different ages, backgrounds, and abilities-to create a "family" in which acceptance, support, and encouragement to grow are abundant and life-changing."

This is very evident from GCT's current casts in rehearsals for upcoming productions. Into The Woods, a fractured fairy tales musical written by James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim features a cast of adults including: Chuck Lambert from York in the leading role of The Baker, a role he played 18 years ago at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover along with fellow cast mate Ann Barcroft from Hampstead, MD who played the Witch in that production, but is currently just as wickedly brilliant in the role of Cinderella's Stepmother. Michaela Odian from Taneytown, MD plays Cinderella, Kevin Foster from Mechanicsburg plays Jack from Jack & The Beanstalk, Sophie Stromberg from New Windsor, MD plays Little Red Riding Hood, Melissa Rosenfeld from York Haven plays The Witch, Rennes Carbaugh from Washington, D.C. plays Cinderella's Prince, Nic Vaughan Ecker from Biglerville plays Rapunzel's Prince, Andrea Stephenson from Dallastown and Linda Fink from Gettysburg play Cinderella's Stepsisters, Lindsey Ringquist and Jesse Ringquist from Gettysburg play the Baker's Wife and The Steward/Wolf #2, Michael Krikorian from Gettysburg plays the Narrator/Mysterious Man, Shane Miller from Gettysburg plays Wolf #1/Cinderella's Father, Buff Wills from Gettysburg plays Jack's Mother, and Marilyn Lopes from Gettysburg plays Rapunzel/Granny/Cinderella's Mother. The production is under the direction of GCT Founding Executive/Artistic Director, Chad-Alan Carr, along with Music Director Nicholas Werner from York who will conduct live musicians from a piano on stage, and Andrea Stephenson assists the production greatly as the Stage Manager. Into The Woods performs 8pm Fridays and Saturdays and 2pm Sundays June 1-17, 2018 at GCT and tickets can be purchased online in advance for $18+tax/fees per person.

Children Of The Battlefield, an original one act play written by GCT alumni Katie Pellegrino, and based on true stories of the children during the Battle Of Gettysburg featuring Civil War Era music and the recorded voice of the incomparable late great Jim Getty as President Lincoln, will share performance dates with a musical revue titled America The Beautiful at various times this July perfect for tourists and residents. The casts include local youth: Emma Greenawalt and Caleb Greenawalt from Dillsburg, Rebecca Williams from Littlestown, Reia Hogan, Emma Kirk, Maria Kirk, Liliana Hoedemaker, Kalia Hoedemaker, London Nieves, Jorja Nieves, Ivy Nieves, Audrey Norwood, Tessa Trax, Audrey Trax, and Jordan Coscia from Gettysburg, Joshua Schriver from McSherrystown, Jeffrey Miller and Sara Miller from Biglerville, Richard Coursey from Emmitsburg, and Gaven Dingle from Waynesboro, with Eleanor Hogan and Sarah Kirk from Gettysburg as Stage Managers, Carrie Trax from Gettysburg as Music Director, and GCT Alumni and now Senior Musical Theatre Major at Catholic University in D.C., Marilyn Lopes, originally from Gettysburg, serving as Director/Choreographer. Children Of The Battlefield performs July 6th, 7th, & 20th at 8pm and July 14th, 15th, 21st at 2pm, while America The Beautiful performs July 7th, 8th, & 22nd at 2pm and July 13th, 14th & 21st at 8pm at GCT. Tickets to either of these July productions can be purchased online in advance for $12+tax/fees per person.

As the theatre only seats 80, advanced purchase is highly recommended for these popular shows. Also on sale now, are performances held at GCT including A Year With Frog And Toad -August 10-26, 2018, Annie -September 7-23, 2018, The Diary Of Anne Frank -October 5-21, 2018. Performances of The Wizard Of Oz (Penguin Project 2018) -November 16-18, 2018 will held at the Eichelberger Performing Arts Center in Hanover and tickets for that production are being sold through The Eich. Tickets are on sale for GCT's Annual Christmas Concert Home For The Holidays November 23-December 2, 2018 at GCT and other special event Wine Cabarets to be held at GCT at 8pm on May 18 & 19, July 27 & 28, and September 29, as well as Improv Comedy Nights at GCT at 8pm on August 3 and December 7.

Limited seating tickets for performances held at GCT are available in advance online at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org ,or via phone, or at the door one hour before each show time if seats are still available in GCT's very intimate, and almost always sold out, 80 seat theatre. GCT is located at 49 York Street within the first block of Lincoln Square in historic downtown Gettysburg in the building that was once The Elks Lodge. GCT box office phone number is 717-334-2692. Audition, ticket, educational, donation, volunteer opportunities and more can be found online at www.GettysburgCommunityTheatre.org.

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