PreVue 2019: April 5-7

Save the dates: It’s pre-launch party time! Join us for 3-days of fun at The State Theatre as we celebrate the arts in Central PA and talk about our upcoming 2nd Annual Theatre & Dance Festival. There’s food and beverages, performances and readings, and workshops where you can be a part of the performance. Purchase tickets here.

First – make sure to join us at the Reception, Friday, April 5 at 6pm. Join Commissioner Mark Higgins, CPCVB Executive Director Fritz Smith, Mayor Don Hahn, and other dignitaries as we kick-off festival season. We’ll be sharing the newest additions to the Festival and you can meet and talk to the 20 Legacy Companies who helped bring this festival to State College. Then drop in on the many events happening over the 3 day PreVue!

Friday, April 5

Part of First Friday State College, a day of free events

1:30pm A Room of One’s Own
“A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.” Become members of the University of Cambridge student body as Virginia Woolf joins them for this 1928 lecture. With Elaine Meder-Wilgus as Virginia Woolf by Tempest Productions. Admission Free.

3:00pm 27 rue de Fleurus
Join avant garde patron Gertrude Stein at her famous 27 rue de Fleurus salon as she hosts local poets Alison Jaenicke, Rachael Lyon, Lisa Mangini, Mary Rohrer-Dann, and Camille Yvette Welsch. With Stephanie Gates as Gertrude Stein by Tempest Productions. Admission Free.

4:30pm Time Flies
The Next Stage Theatre Company presents Caitlin Osborne and John Austin in this David Ives short.

6:00pm Reception & Announcements
Join us from 6-7pm for our pre-launch party as we introduce the new programming and events slated for the June 21-23, 2019 Central PA Theatre & Dance Fest. Meet representatives from the 20 companies and some Central PA Dignitaries as we launch into festival season!

7:30pm Playwriting Festival Shorts
The 2018 Central PA Theatre & Dance Playwriting Festival awarded 5 shorts
Distinguished Status . We’ll be reading and discussing these works throughout the evening. Includes:

  • Biscuits & Bacon by Sharece M. Sellem
    It’s the Spring of 1929 in Harlem. The streets are filled with lights and glitter and to Daisy, who only wants to find her sister, four very different women show her how to grow in concrete.
  • Fluent by Chuck Smith
    A bench in a Chinese railway station. Two low-level managers have been separated from their superiors and neither the man nor the woman speaks the other’s language.
  • The Naughty List by Trevor Suthers
    So who’s really responsible for compiling that Naughty list, and where do the funds come from?
  • Theories by Jenell Abram
    A bar in a small Pennsylvania city. Present day. What the bartender sees night after night.
  • Therapy Dog by Les Abromovitz
    Neurotic Jerome forces his hypochondriacal dog, Achoo, to pose as his emotional support animal, but the canine becomes increasingly uncomfortable with perpetuating this charade.

Saturday, April 6

StoryBook Theatre (ages 4-10)
Tempest Productions
9:30am So You Wanna Be a Pirate ($5)
11:00am So You Wanna Be a Pirate ($5)
Ahoy mateys! It’s time to climb aboard the pirate ship Tempest on its seafaring voyage. There be sharks, pirate games and shanties, and even a bit o’ treasure! This 1-hr StoryBook Theatre adventure takes us through the land of pirate books and other sea-faring stories. Make a pirate hat, walk the plank, and learn to talk like a pirate!

1:30pm Sneak Peak: A Student Dance Sharing (free)
Join the students of Central PA Dance Workshop and Centre Dance as they share works in progress and samples from upcoming performances.

3:00pm Much Ado About Nothing ($12)
Student director Mary Rose Valentine is back for more Shakespeare fun! Much Ado About Nothing has all the ingredients of a classic Shakespearean comedy: love, wit, insults, and a dastardly plan to make everyone absolutely miserable. Can Benedick and Beatrice, locked in a raging battle of words, fall for each other? Can Claudio and Hero marry before Don John conspires to stop them? Will Dogberry ever make sense? (Spoiler Alert: No, he won’t.) Whatever happens, it will be great fun!

6:00pm Uncovering Choreography – Discussions and Demonstrations with Dance Makers hosted by Allied Motion Dance Company (free)
Where do ideas for dance come from? How do ideas become movement? And, once invented, how can dance be polished, edited, and refined? Join members of Allied Motion Dance Company, Central Pennsylvania Dance Workshop, and Van Dance, Inc. as we take a journey through the process of dance making. A combination of lecture, discussion, demonstration, and participation, this workshop will give you insights to the dance making process and the opportunity to try some on for size.

8:00pm Lady Grey hosts Fast and Loose–A Community Cabaret ($18)
Lady Grey hosts this cabaret featuring a collection of short works by Central PA dance and theatre companies with Black Cat Belly Dance, FUSE Productions, Lady Grey’s Lovelies, Dmitry Myers, Adam Swartz Puppets. Tempest Productions, and VanDance Inc.

Sunday, April 7

1:30-4:30pm Playwriting Festival Readings (free)
3 One-Act plays were nominated as Best Plays for the 2018 Central PA Playwriting Festival. Join us for encore readings & discussions. Admission Free.

  • 1:30pm Drive by Robert Weinstein
    Three people and one awkward cross-country car journey.
  • 2:30pm Factory Treasure by Amy Oestreicher
    Four family members, one factory and an incalculable legacy. A collective confrontation of how we view our past and what we choose to do with it.
  • 3:30pm All in the Numbers by Evan W. Saunders
    Can you run user experience on finding the meaning of life? Is there an app for that?

6pm Dance & Theatre Sampler (free)
Sample some of the upcoming workshops, performances, and moments from the 2018 and 2019 festival season with your favorite local theatre & dance companies.

7:30pm Much Ado About Nothing ($12)
Student director Mary Rose Valentine is back for more Shakespeare fun! Much Ado About Nothing has all the ingredients of a classic Shakespearean comedy: love, wit, insults, and a dastardly plan to make everyone absolutely miserable. Can Benedick and Beatrice, locked in a raging battle of words, fall for each other? Can Claudio and Hero marry before Don John conspires to stop them? Will Dogberry ever make sense? (Spoiler Alert: No, he won’t.) Whatever happens, it will be great fun!

for ticketed events go to The State Theatre