Twirlers to Showcase Popular Dance Styles in “Let’s Dance”


The Double “R” Twirlettes will present “Let’s Dance” on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at Mid Valley Secondary Center.  The show will feature the Twirlettes as they perform popular dance styles while twirling.

To purchase tickets please call 570-489-1935 or visit Tickets will also be available at the door. The Twirlettes are under the direction of Kathleen Y.  Mercatili.

Shown in front, from left: Khloe Agapito, Danine Reuther, Amy Driscoll, Deztinylynn Moshier and Hannah McHugh. Standing: Kiera Lucash, Virginia Miller and Hannah Neiswander.


“It’s A Hard-Knock Life”: DHS Crimson Company Prepares for “Annie”

crimson-company-annie-posterIt’s been a “hard-knock life” for members of the Dunmore High School Crimson Company since the new year as they prepare to present their spring musical, Annie.

Opening night for this DHS production is at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 30, at the Dunmore High School Auditorium. This family-friendly show, under the direction of Brian and Dawn McGurl, can also be seen on April 1, 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. She is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage that is run by the cruel, embittered Miss Hannigan.

With the help of her fellow orphan girls, Annie escapes to the wondrous world of New York City. Annie foils Miss Hannigan’s evil plot and even befriends President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She finds a new home and family in billionaire, Oliver Warbucks, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.

Leading the production as the title character of Annie is Lauren Brown. Mark Nealon will star as Oliver Warbucks; Madison Eagen as Grace Farrell; Cessna Pendon as Mrs. Hannigan; Nico Summa as Daniel “Rooster” Hannigan; Marisa Moraski as Lily St. Regis; Noah Cogliette as Drake; Luke Gratkowski as President Roosevelt; Matthew Kosack as the radio announcer; and Jack Culkin as Bert Healey.

The roles of the Boylan Sisters will be played by Kaitlin Ahern, Ashley Fischetti, Mackenzie Senatore and Julia Pasko.

Lily Conaboy, Arianna Costanzi, Lauren Grippi, Maria Micciche, Sophia Norvilas, Bell Pendon, Molly Sheets and Aleia Sileo will play the orphans.

Members of the ensemble are: Timothy Andrews, Elizabeth Brace, Colleen Brown, Molly Butler, Madison Castellano, Noah Cogliette, Colby DeSando, Abby Errico, Paige Flynn, Joe Ferguson, Ian Gratkowski, Julia Ingargiola, Lydia Meade, Will Meade, Tessa McDonald, Billy McDonough, Cori Pietrusckiewicz, Christian Reese, Emily Stedina and Matthew Valunas.

Running the show from behind the scenes are the stage managers   Anthony Behler, Spencer Asman and Robert Kersavage along with assistant stage manager, Jonah Cogliette.


Marywood Chamber Singers named semifinalists in nationwide competition

marywoodMarywood University’s chamber singers have been named semifinalists in the collegiate division of The American Prize 2016 in Choral Music, a nationwide performing arts competition.

The chamber singers were evaluated for the ensemble’s latest CD, “Ave Maria: A Celebration of Marywood University’s First 100 Years.” Candidates for The American Prize receive professional adjudication and regional and national recognition based on their recorded performances. In addition to written evaluations from judges, winners and runners-up are profiled on The American Prize website, where links will lead to the winners’ website.

The music, theatre, and dance department at Marywood University offers large and small performing arts ensembles that are open to all Marywood University students by audition or permission of the appropriate director. The chamber singers, the University’s top-touring ensemble, are a select group of between 12 and 20 members.

For additional information about Marywood University’s chamber singers, please visit

To learn more about The American Prize, please visit