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CTL to host ‘Open Stage’

May 23, 2013
By DANA BRIGANDI - Sun-Gazette Correspondent , Williamsport Sun-Gazette

The stage will be open for local performers during the first "Open Stage" night at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St.

The free event will be similar to an open mic and will feature comedy, music, improv and poetry during First Friday festivities downtown.

According to Jacquie Engel, administrative manager at the CTL, the event will be a relaxed evening with music in between acts, refreshments and a variety of different performances.

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The stage will be open for local performers during the first “Open Stage” night at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Community Theatre League, 100 W. Third St.

Engel said performances can include songs from shows, on the radio or original works, poetry readings, comedy skits or stand-up and can be individual performances or feature a combination of people.

She's hoping that this event will have a vaudeville feel in that different acts are featured so it will attract a new audience for the CTL. Because it's free flowing, people can come and go as they please. She did stress that the acts will not be censored for young children, and that the "Open Stage" is geared toward performers ages 17 years old and older.

"The point of the whole thing is to give people a chance to perform things that we might never have in a show here, to build confidence in those performing - and maybe they'll be in a show sometime - and to perhaps find a few diamonds in the rough," Engel said. She encouraged people to check out the CTL Facebook page, where she will announce acts and performers.

"We wanted to have more of a presence during First Friday," Engel said. "We want to open up so people can see what we're about. We want to bring in people who haven't been in here in a while."

Plans are in the works for "Open Stage" nights in August, September and October and Engel hopes the project is so successful that the CTL can eventually hold themed nights, such as one for children.

Engel said a juggler on a unicycle, a comic and a performance by Nothing but Treble already are on the schedule, with more acts anticipated for the 17 to 40-year-old crowd. "We want to mix it up each month."

For more information, contact Engel at 327-1777 or via email at ctl@ctlnet.org.

 
 
 

 

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