NEPA Theatrical Alliance to Live Stream Annual Awards Program

neptaThe Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance will host its 23rd Awards for the 2019 year on June 7. The NEPTA Annual Awards is usually held as an elegant dress-up event in the spring which highlights and honors the best of the best in Community Theater of Northeast Pennsylvania of the previous year. 

The categories mirror those of the Tony Awards, including best actor and actress in a comedy, drama and musical. Other awards include: supporting actors, child actors, directors, technical work and, of course, awards for best comedy, best drama, and best musical.

NEPTA member organizations include: Actors Circle, Actors Guild of Schuylkill County, Center Stage, Diva Productions, DM Performance Works, Endless Mountains Theatre Company, Gaslight Theatre, Little Theatre of Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania Theater of Performing Arts, Theatrical Gems, Music Box Theatre, and Worthington Players at Shawnee.

This year, due to all the issues with the Coronavirus, the event will be streamed LIVE to the Facebook page of Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance and on NEPTA’S YouTube Channel on Sunday, June 7 beginning at 7pm.

Award recipients will be announced live and nominees will be there to accept, just like at the regular awards show! Trophies will be given to the recipients as soon as possible once businesses reopen.

The broadcast will be available to view publicly, with no ticket purchase required. Donations in lieu of the ticket price is gladly accepted and will help to help cover the cost of awards. Any extra donations will go toward the NEPTA Scholarship Fund, for a graduating senior pursuing the performing arts or technical theater in college. A link to donate will also be available.


UNICO Postpones Annual Pig Roast

Pig Roast 2020 First Committee Picture TIMES April 20-1-4

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic the Keystone Chapter UNICO National has rescheduled its annual Pig Roast Fundraiser until Sunday, Sept. 27, at Fiorelli’s.  “Clothesline for Men” is this year’s major beneficiary and “Black & White 1940’s Big Band Era” is the theme.Entertainment will be provided by E.J. the D.J. from 5 to 9 p.m.  The evening will include a professional 5×7 photo taken by Rich Banick.

There will be a two-hour open bar with hors d’oeuvres during the first hour and an Italian buffet dinner during the second hour, along with a basket raffle,, Wilbur the Money Pig, and the Italian Money Umbrella.  The Grand Door Prize is “Dinner at Angelo’s” in Dunmore.  Tickets are $55 per persons. Call Michele at 570-343-7009.

Committee members are, seated from left:Board chairman Nanine Gramigna; Pig Roast cochairman Sylvia Tagert; Bonnie Haluska, Volunteer Program Manager, ClothesLine For Men, and Keystone President Frank Coviello. 

Standing: Mark McDade, Lenore Latarewicz, Ann Summa, Mary Ann Coviello, Michele McDade, Marilyn Vitali, Tom Carlucci, Nancy Malone, cochair Bob Tagert,  Toni DiVizio, Ed Latarewicz, Mary Lou Karliak, Jim Mack and Valerie Riggi.

Actors Circle Production Postponed

Actors Circle

Playing the leading roles in “On Golden Pond,” to be presented at a date to be announced by Actors Circle are Bob Thomas and Carol Davis.

Due to the Coronavirus, Actors Circle has postponed the opening of “On Golden Pond.” Please stay in touch on Facebook or call our theatre for the most up to date information, and to make reservations, when we do  confirm our dates, 570-342-9707.

Actors Circle will present “On Golden Pond,” by Ernest Thompson, at Providence Playhouse, 1256 Providence Scranton onThursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., on dates to be announced. 

Tickets are $12, General $10 Seniors, $8 Students; Thursday prices are discounted:  $8 General and Seniors, $6 Students. Reservations Call 570-342-9707, or email to  All reservations are held 10 minutes until show time.

Directed by Katie VonBergen, this well known classic tells the story of Norman Thayer and his energetic wife, Ethel, who have been spending the summers at their lakeside home on Golden Pond for 48 years, fishing and watching for loons. It is then that, their divorced daughter, Chelsea, her new fiancé and his teenage son make an unexpected visit.

Cast members include Bob Taylor as Norman Thayer, Carol Davis as Ethel Thayer, Marcie Herman Riebe as Chelsea, Eric Lutz as Billy Ray, Michael Semus Fenton-Kapacs as Billy Ray, Jr., and Jeff Ginsberg as Charlie Martin.