'Rapunzel' to be presented at Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale
By Rachel Basinger
Published: Thursday, May 9, 2013, 7:17 p.m.
The education program at the Geyer Performing Arts Center in Scottdale is growing, and organizers are encouraged and excited at the prospects.
Theater manager Kristen Tunney said the program is under the direction of longtime theater veteran Kat Post.
“The growth in the education department over the past year has been so amazing, and we're really excited,” Tunney said.
With the help of a grant through the Marilyn K. Keifer Foundation, the theater has been able to offer a weekly after-school program where students have gotten hands-on experience in how a theater works.
The program is in addition to an annual show that Post and other actors and directors have offered to area schools in order for students to have the opportunity to come to the theater, find out what it's all about and enjoy themselves through live performances.
“Rapunzel,” this year's show, has been performed for school children throughout this week, but will be open to the public for one show only on Saturday.
Tunney said they have gotten a good response from children in regards to the “Rapunzel” show.
“Even with television shows, kids have come to expect some kind of interactive experience with their entertainment and this year Kat (Post) has really done a great job with creating that opportunity,” she said. “There are some elements from the classic Rapunzel story, but it has a twist to it.”
The day will be filled with fun and entertainment for children and their families.
“Rapunzel” will be presented at 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 each. Following a lunch break, the public will be welcomed back to the theater around 1 p.m. to take in a free magic show as well as a performance by students in the after-school program.
Tunney said the children have written their own fairy tale show and will perform it for the public at that time.
“We are so excited about how the whole department has just flourished for us,” she said.
Post is also excited by the fact that two of the performers in “Rapunzel” — Mandy Onder and Tessa Markle — are seasoned performers who came up through the theater's Camp Curtain Call and other education programs.
“Mandy (Onder) is now the head teacher for the after-school program,” Tunney said. “These are ladies who are putting what they've learned here to use and helping to bring in more generations of theater performers.”
For questions or more information, call the theater office at 724-887-0887.
Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Greensburg woman accused of assaulting nurse in Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital
- Greensburg bishop’s time at helm draws to a close
- Fuel spill discovered on Loyalhanna Creek
- Unity woman loses appeal of DUI conviction
- Westmoreland man’s walk in Niagara Falls State Park wasn’t allowed, police say
- Yukon shelter group at odds with former leader
- Jeannette to use grant to secure Monsour
- Judge to Cook Township drug suspect: Get new friends
- Wilkinsburg man jailed in heroin overdose case
- Westmoreland photographers record grave sites for historical society