CaPAA Theater Holds Audition for Disney’s “Newsies”

CaPAAOpen auditions for high school and college students and adults have been scheduled for Sept. 10 and 11 at CaPAA’s Theater at the Ritz for an upcoming production of Disney’s “Newsies.” Auditions are open to all Marywood University students, CaPAA students, and actors from Northeastern Pennsylvania and beyond. For audition details and materials go to

Production dates for the upcoming production are Dec. 20-23 at CaPAA’s Theater at The Ritz.

The Creative and Performing Arts Academy has helped foster a community of support for the performing arts, making The Ritz Theater a mecca of creativity and inspiration once again. Part of that support comes from an exciting collaboration with Marywood University’s Department of Music-Theater-Dance.

In partnering with Marywood University and its skilled faculty, the possibilities of bringing more top class productions and talent to the Scranton stage is broadened, which enriches the local culture and provides amazing opportunities for our youth. The professional talent and direction from both organizations combine to make a powerhouse team in presenting this winter’s production of Disney’s Newsies!

Collaborative creative team members from CaPAA and Marywood University include: Michael Melcher, producer; Chuck Gorden, associate producer; Mandy Bruno Bogue, director; Sheri Melcher, music director; Cristina Sohns Williams, choreographer, and Michele Gorden, assistant to the director.

There will also be student leadership roles, including a variety of positions giving the opportunity to learn new, or  refine existing, technical skills, such as Stage Management, Scenic Design, Stage Technicians, Lighting and Sound Tech.

Scranton Shakespeare Festival Gears up for Seventh Season

shakespeareThe Scranton Shakespeare Festival (SSF) announces its seventh season — an ambitious program featuring two Shakespeare comedies, two musicals, a new devised work, and its annual Youth Theatre Lab piece. Audiences will have the opportunity to catch all the shows in repertory during the festival’s signature last weekend, July 27 – 29.

For its seventh year, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival will present “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” June 28 through July 1, and one last time July 27. Directed by Bobby Temple, the musical will be performed at The Marketplace at Steamtown Mall, continuing the festival’s exploration of location-specific theatre, a nod to last year’s “Damn Yankees” at PNC Field.

shakesRandolph Curtis Rand returns to the festival to direct an abridged, four-person version of Shakespeare’s “Tempest,” double-billed with Brenna Geffers’ devised work “Sycorax,” specially commissioned by the festival and inspired by a character briefly mentioned in “Tempest.” “Tempest/Sycorax” will go on July 6 through July 8, and July 28 at Scranton Prep.

“As You Like It,” directed by festival newcomer Emma Rosa Went, will go up the following weekend, July 13 through July 15, as well as July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The festival’s second musical, “Footloose,” directed by Artistic Director Michael Bradshaw Flynn, will perform July 19 through July 22, and July 29, at Scranton Prep.

The Youth Theatre Lab is set to perform its original adaptation of “Hansel & Gretel” July 7, 14 and 21, at Scranton Prep.

As in previous years, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival continues to push boundaries and expand its reach, exploring a variety of relevant themes and echoing national conversations on challenging the status quo and the youth movement sweeping the country. The Scranton Shakespeare Festival is a not-for-profit, government recognized 501 (c)3 organization. Founded by a board of local community members and theatre professionals who hail from Northeastern Pennsylvania region, the Scranton Shakespeare Festival is now in its seventh season of professional theatre that is free to the public.

SSF is made possible by the generosity of local businesses and institutions, the support of grants of both state and national standing, the dedication of our talented company of actors and technicians reigning from

Northeast Pennsylvania, New York City, Philadelphia, and beyond, but most importantly through the patronage and donations of our community.


“Standing Room Only” Plans for First Reunion Event

Standing Room Only - Committee

Members of ‘Standing Room Only’ Community Theater ensemble will gather for their first reunion at La Buona Vita in Dunmore on Saturday, Oct. 28.  A cash Bar will open at 5:30 followed by a fabulous buffet dinner. The cost is $30.00 per person.

This popular group performed major musicals, dinner theater and children’s theater from 1979-1995 at various venues in Scranton.  

SRO was  truly a community theater effort with mostly all volunteers.  

Some of the major shows were Fiddler on The Roof, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly, Mame, West Side Story, George M, and The Pajama Game, to name just a few.  The troupe presented five Valentine’s Day dinner theater productions through the years.

Standing Room Only - Hello Dolly

“Hello, Dolly!” (1982)

SRO was also known for their original musicals and exceptional children’s theater presentations.

People from Dunmore and all areas of our community were a part of the troupe, from youngsters to senior.  SRO was the true meaning of the term ‘community theater’.

 The large musicals would drawn hundreds to each of the six performances.  Both the Dinner theater and children’s theater productions were “sell outs.”

Former members are sending out the call to anyone who worked with SRO over the years.  This includes performers, technicians, stage crews, musicians, costumers, props, lighting, sound personnel, carpenters, reservations and all other jobs associated with this successful theater group.

If you are reading this story and know of any SRO friends, please share the information.

A mailing list for invitations is being developed.  Please send all information to or call 570-585-6991 for information.


Committee members planning the first ever reunion of members of the Standing Room Only Players are shown above.

Seated from left: Debbie Jennings, Lisa Benedict and Gina Michaels.

Middle row, same order: Cindy Vettorel, Cathy Struch, Bunny Adams, Cindy Gowell, Theresa Kaplan, Pat Foresman, co-chairman; Joe Caputo and Matt Moyer.

Back row: Brad Morgan, Tom Adams, Mary Alice Fenwick and Chris Yevitz.

Not pictured is Tony Nicosia, co-chairman.