Ballet Theatre of Scranton Marks 60th Year with Anniversary Production

Ballet TheatreBallet Theatre of Scranton will celebrate its 60th anniversary with their production of “Jewels” on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 pm at The Theater at North. Under the Artistic Direction of Joanne Arduino, excerpts from ballets performed in the company’s history will include Romeo and Juliet, Slaughter on Tenth Avenue, Phantom of the Opera, Moulin Rouge, Tales of Beatrix Potter and Dracula.

Guest professional alumni will join the Ballet Theatre senior company dancers and include Karen Keeler, Theo Lencicki, Jennifer Cadden, Colin Bolthouse and Matt Lynady. These NEPA alumni have performed at the Metropolitan Opera and Radio City Music Hall in NYC and have credits that include National Broadway tours.

Christian Zimmermann (formerly of Boston Ballet) and Giovanni Ravelo (of Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo) are professional dancers who performed with BTOS in the past and will also make guest appearances. The Scottish Reel from La Sylphide will be performed in tribute to the company’s late founder Constance Reynolds.

Tickets are available beginning April 9 online at . For information, call Ballet Theatre at 570-347-2867.


Prima Elite Dancers Win Big at Regional Competition

Prima Elite Titles

Maeve Ludka, Lucia Dudziec ,and Bobbi-Rose Smith were awarded Regional Champion Titles at Dancers Inc. Scranton Regional Competition. The girls will be competing at Dancers Inc. National Finals & MSA/OnTour Intensive in the Poconos in July.

Prima Elite Academy of Dance, founded by Jennifer Griglock, a professional dancer and educated dance teacher from Dunmore,  has announced their studio awards for their first competition this year at Dancers Inc. Scranton Regional Competition.

In their second year, the studio participated at the competition with 13 students and was awarded three regional champion title awards, a number of top overall awards, and many student medals of the competition. Dancers Inc. is a leader in the dance competition/convention industry and the completion was part of their national circuit. The studio will be attending Dancers Inc. National Finals & MSA/OnTour Intensive in Poconos, PA in July.

Student medals are as follows: Lucia Dudziec, Regional Champion Title, 3rd and 8th overall, elite and high gold; Maeve Ludka, Regional Champion Title, 2nd and 4th overall: 2 elites and high gold; Bobbi-Rose Smith, Regional Champion Title, 3rd overall and elite; Nodiya Defreitas, Prestigious Elite; Bella Nardone, elite: 2nd overall; Aaliyah Defreitas, 3rd overall, 2 elites; Ashlin Brody-Walega, elite, high gold, 5th overall; Reagan Martin high gold, Maya Terbovich high gold; Riley Pica, gold; Bella Diana, high gold; Jaiden Brody-Walega, high gold; Mariel Curra, gold.

Trios: Bobbi-Rose Smith, Jazmin DeFreitas, Bella Diana: elite, 2nd overall; Reagan Martin, Maya Terbovich and  Riley Pica, high gold.

Duos: Mariel Curra, Bella Nardone, high gold, 1st overall; Ashlin and Jaiden Brody-Walega, high gold; Maeve Ludka and Aaliyah DeFreitas, high gold, Bella Diana and Jazmin DeFreitas, high gold.

Studio group dances: Breathe of Life: elite, 1st overall; Power of the dream, high gold, 1st overall; Star Wars cantina, high gold: 5th overall.



Calendar of Events: April 2017

Anxiety Screenings at Marywood:

marywoodMarywood University’s Psychological Services Center will offer free, confidential anxiety screenings on Thursday, April 6, from 9 a.m. –7 p.m., in the McGowan Center for Graduate and Professional Studies, on the University’s campus. The free screenings are open to the public and to all ages.

The anxiety screenings at Marywood University will include an educational presentation and written self-test, a private meeting with a mental health professions, and, if appropriate, a referral. For additional information, please visit, or call the Psychological Services Center at Marywood University, at (570) 348-6269.

YMCA Healthy Kids Day:

YMCAThe Greater Scranton & Wilkes-Barre Family YMCAs are holding free community events at each of their facilities on Saturday, April 29, to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 26th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.

YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day, celebrated at over 1,300 Ys across the country by over 1.2 million participants, works to get more kids moving and learning, creating habits that they continue all summer long, which is a critical time for kids’ health.

LRCA RiverFest:

The LRCA’s “Regional Rite of Spring” RiverFest, Saturday May 13, will celebrate its 30 year anniversary with a Canoe-A-Thon, Regatta and Duck-A-Thon. There will also be two instructional Kayak Excursions in the afternoon.

Music, refreshments, craft vendors, environmental & educational displays, kids activities, demonstrations and much more will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. For information or registration, call (570) 347-6311 or email

MFA Open House:

Marywood University’s master of fine arts program for designers and illustrators, “Get Your Master’s with the Masters,” will hold an open house on Friday, April 21,, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., in the Shields Center for Visual Arts, Room 136. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with faculty, take a tour of the facility, and attend talks given by industry leaders.

The “Get Your Master’s with the Masters” MFA program at Marywood University is a low-residency program designed specifically for working professionals: art directors, graphic designers, illustrators, educators, and other artists who have to budget their time and resources carefully, while continuing their full-time occupations.

For additional information, please contact Steven Brower, assistant professor in the department of visual arts at (570) 348-6211, ext. 2569, or visit

Meatless Dinner

a31d5c5426359e355b9a01eec4aa5d02_satan-advent-wreath-clipart-fourth-weel_2550-2858The sixth annual Meatless Meal for Lent sponsored by SS. Cyril & Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church, Olyphant, will be held on  Friday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.At the Regal Room, (Ballroom/side entrance) 216 Lackawanna Ave., Olyphant. Tickets are $13 per dinner for sitdown or take-out. Menu is baked haddock, potato, vegetable, cole slaw, roll and dessert. Call (570) 383-9587 for reservations. A limited amount of dinners will be available at the door for $15.


Ballet Theatre Presents: Dracula

The Ballet Theatre of Scranton present International Choreographer Arkadiy Orohovsky’s haunting love story, Dracula, on Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 pm at the Theater at North.   Under Artistic Director Joanne Arduino of Dunmore, Ballet Theatre’s Senior Company will move your heart and capture your soul as they relay the true and tragic tale based on the Bram Stoker novel.  

For tickets go to or for information call (570) 347-2867.  

Irish Cultural Exhibit

resizeLackawanna County Commissioners Patrick M. O’Malley, Jerry Notarianni and Laureen A. Cummings are sponsoring a unique exhibit and panel honoring Irish Culture. The Face of Irish Music: Photographs by Robin Hiteshew opens on First Friday, April 7, at the Lackawanna County Government Center at The Globe, Wyoming Avenue, Scranton, from 5 – 8 p.m.  Mr. Hiteshew will be in attendance along with the Sligo-style music of renowned fiddle player Brian Conway, who is featured in one of the portraits.      

On Saturday, April 8, from 11 a.m. – noon at the Government Center a panel on Dancing in the Kitchen: The Role of Music in Irish and Irish American Culture will examine how traditional Irish music has shaped the identity and culture in Ireland and the United States. Distinguished panelists include: photographer Robin Hiteshew, musician Brian Conway, poet John E. McGuigan, and cultural anthropologist Dori Panzer.

Both events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Maureen McGuigan, Deputy Director of Arts and Culture, at 570.963.6590,    ext. 102, or email

Community Concerts Presents: Postmodern Jukebox

Back by popular demand and following an extensive world tour, Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox will return to the Community Concerts’ stage on Saturday, May 13, at 8 p.m.

logoThe electrifying live show will be presented The Peoples Security Bank Theater at Lackawanna College after having previously performed at the Theater in 2015. For the uninitiated, Postmodern Jukebox is a genre-busting, rotating collective of performers who have built a massive following by reimagining modern pop hits with a vintage twist. Postmodern Jukebox crosses musical boundaries and generations with their distinct take on songs originated by artists ranging from Lady Gaga and The Strokes to Katy Perry and the White Stripes.

Tickets are $40 and $45 and can be purchased online at, by phone at (570) 955-1455, or through the Box Office, located at Lackawanna College in Angeli Hall, 501 Vine Street, Scranton, Pa., 18509.