New Castle Playhouse receives donation



New Castle Playhousereceives donation
PITTSBURGH -- Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania has donated 5,000 to the New Castle Playhouse in support of their 2007 season, a substantial increase from previous years.
"We are very grateful for the continued support we have received from Columbia Gas of Pennsylvania," said Bobby Womack, Executive Director for The New Castle Playhouse. "Columbia's gift will help us fulfill our mission of fostering community pride, civic renewal and cultural enlightenment."
The gift from Columbia Gas was given in support of the NCP's 2007 programming. The New Castle Playhouse presents seven regular season productions, an annual Youth Production, as well as several special presentations. Additionally, the NCP serves over 2,500 individuals through its increasingly diverse education and outreach activities.
Since 1987, playhouse volunteers have been very active in repairing and restoring the old State Theatre, where the Augustine Auditorium, the NCP's main theatre is now located.
The New Castle Playhouse is a local nonprofit volunteer organization with two theatre venues and educational opportunities for youth.
Maluso and Blacksonto hold CD signing
BOARDMAN -- The cabaret duo Rick Blackson and Mary Jo Maluso will hold a CD signing event at 2 p.m. Feb. 11 at Barnes & amp; Noble, 381 Boardman-Poland Road. Copies of the CD, "The Bigger Picture," will be available for purchase.
Trumbull artists' workon display at gallery
WARREN --Trumbull Memorial Hospital Foundation, in partnership with Trumbull Area Artists, presents a mixed media art show featuring the members of Trumbull Area Artists. The exhibit will run from Jan. 25 through March 8, and is located in the Nissen Art Gallery on the first floor of the North Lobby at Trumbull Memorial Hospital, 1350 E. Market St.
The artwork of the Trumbull Area Artists is available for sale. The public is welcome.
Acclaimed organistcoming to Westminster
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- Internationally acclaimed organist and recording artist Christa Rakich will perform a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Orr Auditorium.
"She has selected works by Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Johanna Sefter, and James Woodman," said Kathryn Miller, college organist.
"A prizewinner at international organ competitions, most notably Bruges in 1976, Rakich has received particular acclaim for her interpretations of the music of J.S. Bach," Miller said.
Gospel act to performat dinner-concert
HARTVILLE -- Hartville Kitchen welcomes Greater Vision for a dinner concert Feb. 22.
Great Vision has established a firm place at the pinnacle of Christian music and has become the most awarded trio in the history of Gospel music.
Reserve seating is 32 and general seating is 27. Ticket prices include a meal. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., dinner is served at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m. Purchase your tickets at Hartville Kitchen offices or call (330) 87-9353.
Wind ensemble to playBritish composition
NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. -- The Westminster College Wind Ensemble presents & quot;Masque, & quot; a celebration of wind music, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Orr Auditorium.
"The Wind Ensemble is a select group chosen through audition at the beginning of each year," said Dr. R. Tad Greig, Westminster College director of instrumental activities and assistant professor of music.
"The repertoire for this concert includes a stunning composition, challenging every member of the ensemble. This work was published in 2001 by British composer Kenneth Hesketh titled Masque. " The concert is free and open to the public.
'Grapes of Wrath' contract fetches 24K
NEW YORK -- A contract signed by John Steinbeck handing over "The Grapes of Wrath" motion picture rights to Twentieth Century Fox fetched 24,000 at a charity auction last week.
It and nearly 160 other contracts and papers signed by stars including Humphrey Bogart and Audrey Hepburn were donated by Twentieth Century Fox. The auction netted 267,280 for the Motion Picture & amp; Television Fund, which helps take care of not-so-rich-and-famous actors and directors.
The Steinbeck contract had been expected to sell for 4,000 to 6,000, Swann Auction Galleries said.

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