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SUBMITTED PHOTOS The cast of the “Wizard of Oz” is shown.

SALT Performing Arts stages ‘Wizard of Oz’

Follow the yellow brick road to SALT Performing Arts this October. The beloved family musical adventure, “Wizard of Oz” is the finale to SALT’s current season, running Oct. 14-30. The cast consists of the local area talent of all ages. Lauren McComas directs this most beloved American fairytale and takes you on a magical journey through the merry ol’ Land of Oz. Karalyn Joseph (Dorothy), Jason Scansaroli (Scarecrow), Caleb Duffy (Tinman), Brian Noffke (Lion), Beth McDonnell (Wicked Witch of West), Melody Stanert (Glinda), Dave Frank (Professor/Wizard of Oz) perform the lead roles in this classic show that guarantees to a be a treat for the whole family. SALT is producing the RSC version, which closely follows the classic 1939 film, nominated for six Academy Awards, and has since earned the title “most-watched motion picture in history!” A family performance sponsored by Chick Fil-A offers a discounted ticket price and a free-boxed breakfast on Oct. 22 at 10 am. Cookies By Design will have gourmet treats available for purchase in the lobby at all performances. Tickets available at www.saltpa.com. Or call the box office at 610-703-1734. 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425.
Check www.saltpa.com/the-wizard-of-oz/



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‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ comes alive at Pennypacker Mills

What better way to get into the All Hallows Eve spirit than a performance of the renowned play by Washington Irving, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” On Saturday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. come to Pennypacker Mills, 5 Haldeman Road in Schwenksville, to enjoy a free afternoon performance by actor Neill Hartley as he portrays Ichabod Crane. See Ichabod lead the audience in song and dancing with his love. Then, follow him on his fateful journey home as he meets the Headless Horseman.
Neill Hartley is a well-known actor of numerous television shows, regional theater performances and movies who will share his creative talents in this inspiring performance that is sure to captivate all ages. Please bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Pennypacker Mills is open year-round for guided tours, seasonal events, educational programs, and changing exhibits. It is operated by the Montgomery County Division of Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites.
For more information call 610-287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.




Submitted photo The cast of Fleetwood Community Theatre’s production of “Love, Sex. and the IR$.”

Fleetwood Community Theatre presents ‘Love , Sex and the IR$’

Love and laughter take the stage when Fleetwood Community Theatre presents “Love, Sex and The IR$,” by Billy VanZandt and Jane Milmore, Oct. 20 through Oct. 30. This 8 character play, directed by Brian Miller, with all the great comedy elements: mistaken identity, a love triangle, and of course deception will take the stage in Kutztown at 201 E. Main St.
Jon and Leslie are two musicians living together but struggling to earn their keep. These guys are behind on rent payments and really need to save money. While doing their taxes, Jon (played by Brian Welsco) decides he can get them some money by listing he and his roommate as being married. A good plan until the IRS wants to audit their tax return. So, Jon talks Leslie (Sebastian Paff) into dressing up as a woman.
They enlist Kate (Kimberly Sudrez), Jon’s fiancé who is cheating on him with Leslie, to help. While trying to keep this all a secret from Victoria Scovens, who plays Connie, Leslie’s actual girlfriend,
Enter Floyd–the IRS Agent played by Jerry Brucker. As introductions are made Jon’s mother (Judy Evans) shows up un-expectantly wanting to meet Jon’s new wife!
We can’t forget the nosy landlord, Jansen, (Jonathan Kerbein) who complicates matters even more by reminding the guys that he doesn’t allow the opposite sex to cohabitate in his apartments.
Total chaos erupts. Jon’s plan is unraveling before him. He and Leslie and Kate keep dodging situations that almost spoil the plan: Connie arrives to reconcile with Leslie, but Leslie tells her he doesn’t want to see her anymore. She is persistent and is thrown into hiding in the apartment to avoid the IRS and the Landlord. Mom wants a wedding to happen for her peace of mind. She finds a lay minister (played by Bob Barskey) brings him back to the apartment to perform the ceremony.
How are they going to get out of this? Guess you’ll have to come see it!
The play opens on Thursday Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. at 201 E. Main St, Kutztown, PA. Other performances are also at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee on Sunday Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can ordered by calling 484-637-7067.
Fleetwood Community Theatre is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization of theatre lovers currently in their 29th season. FCT is committed to the education and development of their membership within the theatre arts program by offering opportunities to all ages both on-stage and behind the scenes. As an outlet of quality musical, dramatic and ensemble productions, it encourages and supports local youth to pursue performing arts opportunities through school, church, collegiate or other local productions.



Spring-Ford Area High School presents ‘Noises Off’

Called the funniest farce ever, “Noises Off” will be presented by the Spring-Ford Area High School theatre on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28. Noises Off presents a manic menagerie as a cast of itinerant actors rehearsing a flop called “Nothing’s On.” Doors slamming, on and offstage intrigue, and an errant herring all figure in the plot of this hilarious and classically comic play.
Spring-Ford Cast includes Student Director Dominic Huntzinger, Student Producer Taylor Keckler, Lloyd Dallas played by Brendan McGill; Dotty Otley played by Grace Gallelli, Garry Lejeune played by Joe Lapree, Brooke Ashton played by MacKenna Chandler, Understudy played by Sara Wisniewski, Frederick Fellowes played by Dominic Huntzinger, Belinda Blair played by Erica Love, Poppy Norton-Taylor played by Lauren Dougherty, Understudy played by Lindsay Edwards, Selsdon Mowbray played by Richard Ledig and Timothy Allgood played by Owen Glaser.
The play will be held at the Spring-Ford Area High School, 350 South Lewis Road, Royersford
Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior citizens. Reserve your tickets online at http://tinyurl.com/h3a5hmh
For more information contact Aimee Oblak at aobla@spring-ford.net.

Ursinus College Theater and Dance presents Night Watch

Extend the thrill of the Halloween season with Ursinus College’s production of “Night Watch” by screenwriter Lucille Fletcher.
Directed by guest artist Neill Hartley and produced by Domenick Scudera, a professor of theater at Ursinus College, “Night Watch” is the story of Elaine Wheeler, who sees a dead man in the next building from her dark New York apartment. When no one believes her, she begins to doubt if it really happened or if it was just her imagination.
Hartley, a Philadelphia actor, director and educator, also directed “Lend Me a Tenor” and “All in the Timing” at Ursinus College. He has performed with many regional theater companies and teaches at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia.
The show runs Thursday, Nov. 3 to 5 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. at the Blackbox Studio Theater in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Ursinus College campus.
Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for seniors, students and Ursinus faculty and staff. Tickets can be purchased online at ursinus.edu/tickets and they will be available for cash only at the Box Office before the show. For inquiries, please contact boxoffice@ursinus.edu or 610-409-3030.

Speckled Pig Photography Sarah Riley, left, as Wednesday, Fred Robsel, as Lurch, Chris Nappi, as Gomez, Tiffany Kiphart, as Morticia, Lauren Massaro, as Pugsley, and Derek Lebzelter, as Fester, are cast members in “The Addams Family” at Ashtabula Arts Center.

Sarah Riley, left, as Wednesday, Fred Robsel, as Lurch, Chris Nappi, as Gomez, Tiffany Kiphart, as Morticia, Lauren Massaro, as Pugsley, and Derek Lebzelter, as Fester, are cast members in “The Addams Family” at Ashtabula Arts Center.

Forge Theatre presents ‘The Addams Family’ — a musical

From the imagination of Charles Addams, to the pages of The New Yorker, to television screens, to the big screen, to the Broadway stage, The Addams Family has captured our hearts and secured a place in Americana right alongside Lil’ Abner and Peanuts.
The eclectic combination of dry humor mixed with the absurd and a dash of the macabre creates a delicious recipe that strikes a chord within us. And now, Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, Fester, Grandma and the Addams Ancestors will invade Phoenixville, and appear at Forge Theatre. Come see this spectacular new musical directed by Clem Mirto with Patrick Murphy as musical director leading a magnificent ten piece orchestra.
Tickets $18. Adults, $15. Students. The show runs Oct. 28 through Nov. 20. Forge Theatre is located at 241 First Avenue, in Phoenixville. For information, go to www.forgetheatre.org or call 610-935-1920.


SUBMITTED PHOTO Edward (Eric Rupp), Midge (Julia Sims), Gerda (Danielle Riedel), and Henrietta (Anne Lannak), all react to the sudden and horrible death in Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow.”

Playcrafters presents ‘The Hollow’ by Agatha Christie

A classic English country home outside of London in the 40s is the setting of Playcrafters’ next stage play, “The Hollow,” first written as a novel in 1946 by the brilliant and famed queen of mystery, Agatha Christie.
It’s a lovely early September weekend at the estate when the Lord and Lady of the manor, Sir Henry Angkatell (Loren Bittner) and his wife, Lady Lucy (Michelle Quigley) invite their extended family members (mostly, all cousins) for a weekend gathering. At some point in true Christie style, the doctor (Jeff Sherman) is murdered.
Did the Butler (Clark Van Hekken) do it? The maid (Leah Forster)? Was it an accidental case of mistaken identity or none of the above? With three women in Dr. John Cristow’s life, including his subservient wife Gerda (Danielle Riedel), renowned sculptress Mistress Henrietta (Anne Lannak), and a movie star named Veronica (Lauren Rozensky Flanagan), who has designs on him after moving back into the neighborhood, a stew of intrigue ensues.
Playcrafters is prepping the murder scene with loads of laughter, innuendo and surprise.
“It’s important to bring out the humor behind the lines,” said Director DJ Suki of the romantic comedic murder mystery. Suki is a veteran of DCP making her directorial debut and a self-avowed Christophile. “Luckily I was blessed with some really awesome actors. I give them freedom to explore and to play with different deliveries. Even after seeing it a billion times, I’m still laughing. Agatha is brilliant.”
There truly is more laughter than fright in this two-act play as the characters engage themselves in finding the source of the tragedy, particularly the absent-minded Lady Lucy. Not to mention, the estate is replete with guns in the most innocuous places, and there is a shooting range on the property that everyone is familiar with.
“Everybody has a motive and everyone had a shot at it,” said Suki, with a laugh.
In the wake of the murder, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Colquhoun (Stephen Kuerschner) to the estate to try to determine who is guilty along with his assistant Detective Sgt. Penny (Patrick McGurk).
“I love the relationship between the police guys, they could star in their own show,” she said.
Also rounding out the cast is Cousin Edward Angkatell (Eric Rupp), who loves Henrietta and is jealous of Dr. Cristow, along with Midge Harvey (Julia Sims), a half-Angkatell, who disdains a family allowance to work a regular job in a London dress shop.
So who dunnit? The former lover, who threatened the victim earlier on the day he was killed? The wife? The mistress? Jealous Edward? Perhaps Lucy isn’t as scatter brained as she seems? Does Midge know something?
Pay close attention because there are clues along the way for the astute viewer. The result is an entertaining romp through the English countryside, with a dead body and a house full of high-born suspects thrown in to enliven the atmosphere.
Playcrafters presents Agatha’ Christie’s The Hollow at The Barn, 2011 Store Road and Skippack Pike (Rt. 73), Skippack, PA 19474 Performances continue Oct. 29, Nov. 3-5 at 8 p.m. and a matinee Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. For tickets, call 610-584-4005 or go to www.playcrafters.org.

Spring-Ford Participates in Bux-Mont Honors Chorus

The Bux-Mont Honors Chorus will hold its 10th anniversary concert on Friday, Nov. 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Penndale Middle School, 400 Penn St., Lansdale. This Chorus is a joint effort of middle school choral teachers and students from the Souderton, Methacton, North Penn and Spring-Ford school districts. More than 100 students and their directors work on concert music at their own schools and then come together for three rehearsals prior to performing the concert. It is a great way for students to meet other musically-talented students and work with other choral directors to improve their skills.
In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Bux-Mont Honors Chorus commissioned 2010 Souderton Area High School graduate, Matthew Ramage, to write a new piece titled “Canticum,” a joyous song celebrating singing together in peace.
Students participating from Spring-Ford include Claire Falcone Amelia Mordan, Morgan Simon, Katie Riley, Jayde Renninger, Kayleigh Wolfe, Maddy Carson, Rebecca Moore, Juliana Christie, Kaitlyn Myers, Matt Solomon, Owen Wright, Eli Jones, Kenny Butler and Caleb Dean.



SUBMITTED BY ARTFUSION 19464 Artwork by Dora Siemel

Art and the environment featured in new educational exhibit

ArtFusion 19464 announces the opening of the latest in their series of educational exhibits. As part of their effort to live their mission of making the arts accessible to everyone in their community, ArtFusion 19464 curates a special exhibit each year with an educational focus. They choose topics they believe they can teach about through art. Past topics have included the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and women’s history. This year the focus will be on art and the environment with a show called Reclaim. Art featured in this show will be created from recycled, upcycled and salvaged items. The artists have been challenged to reclaim the definition of art, to show that creativity and imagination can expand a view of art as only paint and canvas. Reclaim will run in the main gallery from Oct. 8 through Nov. 19.
During every educational exhibit, ArtFusion 19464 offers free field trips to local schools. Each field trip is tailored to the age of the students and is a fun, interactive learning experience. Students who visit during Reclaim will learn important facts about the environment, recycling and the newest inventions in the fight to tame this country’s trash. They will also have an opportunity to create a piece of recycled art themselves. In keeping with the theme, students will engage in a discussion about environmental issues and how individual and group actions affect the health and well-being of the planet. Teachers and group leaders interested in scheduling a field trip can call 610-326-2506 or email info@artfusion19464.org.
ArtFusion 19464 invites the public to a private, catered opening reception for Reclaim on Friday, Oct. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Advantage Insurance, the event features a catered menu created by @107. Individual tickets are $20, interested community members can help an ArtFusion 19464 student to attend this event for free with a $30 student sponsorship ticket. All proceeds help fund the free field trip program.

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Nationally touring art quilt exhibit comes to Pottstown


Submitted photo “Wings of Fire” by Melani K. Brewer

POTTSTOWN >> Montgomery County Community College, the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site will present a traveling juried art quilt exhibit, “Piecing Together a Changing Planet,” that illustrates how pollution and climate change have affected national parks.
The 26-quilt exhibit has been on display at national parks and partner venues since 2014 and is continuing its journey across the country in celebration of the National Park Service’s Centennial Anniversary this year. Since the exhibit started, it has been seen by nearly a quarter-million people, according to Gary Bremen, a park ranger who helped to coordinate the exhibit.
The exhibit will be held at MCCC’s Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High St., through Oct. 28 with an opening reception on Wednesday, 5-7 p.m. Both the exhibit and the reception are free and open to the community — everyone is welcome.
The quilted artwork was created by Florida members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates, a 3,000-member international organization dedicated to the promotion of art quilt. In addition to traditional stitching and piecing, this type of quilting features graphic design and layering of pieces of fabric, creating a dramatic, three-dimensional effect. As a result, butterflies appear to flutter from treetops, while glaciers seem to melt into oceans.
According to exhibit curator Maya Schonenberger, “The artists’ goal is to help open people’s eyes to the beauty of nature that surrounds them, and share their concern for its loss.”
Over the years, climate changes, particularly the warming of the atmosphere, has created many changes in the environment, which are often evident in America’s national parks.
“Stories of how artists have played a crucial role in environmental protection are legion,” said Bremen. “The arts convey beauty, fragility and urgency in ways that touch the heart and soul, thus opening the mind as well.”
The national tour of Piecing Together a Changing Planet is made possible by SAQA and Biscayne National Park, with financial support from the National Park Service’s Climate Change Response Program, the South Florida National Parks Trust, Les Bouquinistes Book Club and an anonymous donor.
For more information about the Schuylkill River Heritage Association, visit www.schuylkillriver.org
For more information about Valley Forge National Historical Park, visit www.nps.gov/vafo
The Fine Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and Friday, 8;30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Closed weekends.



Collegeville resident wins award in photo contest

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation announced the winners of the 2016 Through The Seasons Photo Contest. Laurie Spade of Collegeville was awarded Second Place by popular vote in the Friends and Family Fun category. Spade’s winning photo was taken at Marsh Creek State Park.
The contest included seven categories. All photos had to be taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest and judging was done by popular vote on Facebook and critics’ choice. The winning photographs may be viewed at the Foundation’s Facebook page and website, as well as in the Foundation’s Fall 2016 Newsletter.
This photograph, along with the other winning photos, will be a part of the Foundation’s traveling photo tour and will be on display at many locations across the state in 2017, including the Capital Building in Harrisburg.



Submitted photo “Splash” by Lin Webber

Flying Colors fall art show set for Oct, 28-30

Flying Colors Fine Artists will hold its annual art show Oct. 28, 29 and 30 at the Montgomery School, Route 113, in Chester Springs. An artists’ reception with live music and refreshments will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. Hours on Saturday and Sunday are 10 to 5. All hours are open to the public free of charge. All paintings will be for sale. An art activity for children is planned for Saturday and Sunday as well as informal artist demonstrations.
Flying Colors is an organization of women painters who meet weekly at Fairview Presbyterian Church in Glenmoore to paint together and provide mutual support. This year, the group is celebrating 20 years of friendship and artistic growth. All members are professional artists working in watercolor, oil, acrylic, pastel, colored pencil or fiber art. Membership is open as space permits to qualified women working in fine arts.
Participating artists are Ruth Biles, Douglassville; April D’Angelo, Wyomissing; Cheryl Decker-Sauder, Glenmoore; Kristie Gilfillan, Malvern; Liz Schlag Griesser, Elverson; Linda Killingsworth, Elverson; Pam McKee, Downingtown; Mary Alice McQuinn, Coatesville; Deborah Northey, Downingtown; Maureen O’Neill, Malvern; Joanne Orth, Downingtown; Cathy Peluso, Downingtown; Karen Powell, Elverson; Lisa Prinzo, Honeybrook; Nicola Soricelli, Chester Springs; Joan Spillman, Phoenixville; Kelley Stanford, Pottstown; Edith Stevenson, Downingtown and Lin Webber, Glenmoore.

Works by Malvern native and West Chester resident on display at Gallery 222

Gallery 222: Works by Malvern native and West Chester resident Randall Graham are on view through Nov. 12 at the gallery at 222 E. King S., Malvern. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Other times by appointment. Graham teaches traditional painting fundamentals at Randall Graham Studio in Malvern and at Chester County Art Association. For more information, check www.gallery222malvern.com.



PHOTO COURTESY OF RANDALL GRAHAM Brandywine River Museum Rain by Randall Graham.

‘Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City’ opens at Brandywine River Museum

Brandywine River Museum of Art: “Rural Modern: American Art Beyond the City” opens Oct. 29, providing a view of avant-garde art from the 1920s through the 1940s in coastal New England, small-town Pennsylvania, Midwestern farms and other rural regions. On view through Jan. 22, the exhibition will feature more than 60 works by artists such as Charles Demuth, Marsden Hartley, Georgia O’Keeffe, Anna Mary Robertson “Grandma” Moses, Horace Pippin, N.C. Wyeth and Andrew Wyeth. Located on Route 1, Chadds Ford, the museum is open daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for students and children 6-12; free for children 5 and younger and members. Call (610) 388-2700 or visit www.brandywinemuseum.org.


James A. Michener Art Museum presents ‘Shifting the Limits’

James A. Michener Art Museum: “Shifting the Limits: Robert Engman’s Structural Sculpture” goes on view in the Fred Beans Gallery Oct. 22-Feb. 5. The museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Learn more at www.michenerartmuseum.org.



Quilts will be featured at the Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen’s juried arts & crafts show.

Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen Fine Arts & Crafts Festival set for Oct. 29-30

The 67th annual Juried Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Festival and Sale by the largest Craft Guild in Pennsylvania runs Saturday, Oct. 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Kutztown University in O’Pake Fieldhouse at the corner of Trexler Avenue and Baldy Street in Kutztown. Highlighting this event will be a “Last of its Kind” Hooked Rug by Annie Harlin. She is a juried lifetime member of not only Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen but also the Pennsylvania State Guild of Craftsmen as well. Harlin is a well-known artist in Pennsylvania and because of her love for this area and her Guild, has created this last hooked rug for us for this event. This will be a silent auction on Saturday, Oct. 29 (9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) and will benefit The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen and their ongoing educational programs of the chapter. You will find an array of more than 100 juried fine artists and craftsmen producing beautiful and functional traditional works of art consisting of wood turnings, hooked and penny rugs, paper cuttings, folk art and theorem, calligraphy, basketry, tinsmithing, redware, block printing, quilting, felting, furniture.
There are many featured craftsmen also working in the contemporary style and you will find ceramics, glass beads, gold and silver jewelry, florals, wearable art, photography and fine art. These artists and craftsmen are ever evolving and their newest creations will be at this show and sale. Also featured at this Festival will be a Student gallery and live music by “The Acoustic Road Show”.
An indoor dining café is available during all hours of the Festival. It is handicapped accessible. Hourly door prizes too. Admission is $6.00 by donation. Children 12 and under are free. Come early, the first 50 through the door will receive a free gift. For a real “tease” go to our website rbcrafts.org and you will be able to view “Annie’s Last Rug” and some other fine creations that you will be able to see and buy at this Festival. In partnership with The Pennsylvania German Scholarship Studies, The Pennsylvania Cultural Heritage Center and Kutztown University, The Reading-Berks Guild of Craftsmen presents this most unique buying experience in time for the gift-giving season. Visit the website: rbcrafts.org



SUBMITTED PHOTO “Dock of the Bay” – Oil by P. Quarracino

Chester County Art Association featured artist

Real and Imagined: Peter Quarracino will be the featured artist in the Huston Gallery at the Chester County Art Association, 100 N. Bradford Ave., West Chester, from Oct. 28 through Nov. 17. An Artist Reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3. Quarracino is a long time artist member. His serene subject matter and gentle, sublime use of color offer the viewer a soothing art viewing experience.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
For more information visit chestercountyarts.org or call 610-696-5600.

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