WELLSBORO - Hamilton-Gibson Productions of Tioga County, 29 Water St., recently announced its 2012 season.
"We are so fortunate in this area to have such a creative and energetic community performing arts program," Mansfield University President Dr. Maravene Loeschke said in her opening remarks.
The 2012 season begins with two winter theater arts camps for kids:
"Winnie the Pooh" - Based on the newly revised Disney film, "Pooh" will feature two weeks of focused acting-singing activities for students in grades one through six, culminating with performances of the beloved A.A. Milne tale. The next two weeks will be for students in grades four through nine and will feature a junior version of the musical "Once Upon a Mattress."
"Second Samuel" is a warm, gentle Southern comedy exploring a community response to a revealed secret. The play will feature Wellsboro native Josh Sticklin, now acting in Washington, D.C., in a return performance in the central character B Flat.
In March, H-G will host the Pennsylvania Association of Community Theatres Festival, as groups from throughout Pennsylvania come to the Deane Center for the annual festival of plays.
"How I Became a Pirate" is a delightful musical adaptation of the beloved picture book. It boasts a cast of adults and one boy that will delight all ages.
Three summer theater arts camps for kids in grades three through nine are offered in Elkland, Blossburg and Wellsboro. These annual fun-filled focused explorations of all aspects of theatre arts will explore "Myth and Legend."
Revisit the 1950s with "Forever Plaid," the forever-popular musical revue, all the best of music from those early boy bands.
"Summer Fringe" is an experimental week-long exploration of the performing arts, including a potpourri of local artists offering staged readings and original works.
The recently popular Broadway play starring Jane Fonda, "33 Variations," is a riveting drama-mystery exploring one woman's search for truth as she explores Beethoven's great obsession.
"Unbeatable" is a new musical based on the true life story of one Tioga County woman's journey to find meaning in life - via a round with cancer.
"39 Steps" is based on the Hitchcock film from the '30s and finds new life in this zany spoof. It's a bit mystery, adventure story, love story and a lot of fun.
"A Christmas Carol" is H-G's perennial Dickens holiday ghost tale. Two casts perform throughout the Dickens weekend, bringing Scrooge and his Christmas Eve visitors to life.
"Messiah Community Sing" is now a holiday tradition, as the glorious sounds of the Christmas portion of Handel's "Messiah" are sung by selected soloists and community members.
"The Gift of the Magi" is a charming adaptation of O. Henry's poignant story of sacrificial love and sacrifice.
Throughout the year H-G offers "Acting Up," stimulating, energizing, always thought-provoking Tuesday afternoons of informal reader's theater for seniors. No audience, no line memorization, no stage-fright, just good fun and friends.
H-G's popular "Cabaret in the Gallery" series will continue. These lively, informal concerts with local musicians, wine, tasty food, and friends are offered throughout the year in the Warehouse Gallery.
The H-G Choirs will continue to offer choral experience for singers in grades 2-12. The H-G Choirs continue the 67 Initiative, singing in all the counties in the state with a May tour that will center on singing at the 9/11 Memorial near Shanksville.
The homecoming concert features all four H-G Choirs celebrating their performance tour, "Every Song Has a Story; Every Story has a Song."
"Autumn Chorale," sponsored by Bob and Diann DeCamp, again features all four H-G choirs performing together for their annual fall concert.
The "Dickens of a Concert," sponsored by Drs. Tina Tolins and Grady Gafford, kicks off the Dickens of a Christmas Weekend with a full concert at St. Peter Catholic Church.
H-G will again offer a summer intern program - sponsored by Gene Seelye - for a student interested in exploring the workings of nonprofit performing arts group.
There are still lots of programs in the 2011 season, including the a Halloween Cabaret on Oct. 29 with Sadie Green Sales, the "Autumn Chorale" on Oct. 30, the comedy "Over the Tavern" in November, "A Dickens of a Concert" on Dec. 3, "A Christmas Carol" and the "Messiah Community Sing" and the closing of the season with "It's a Wonderful Life."
For more information, call 724-2079 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.