The Penn State Musical Theatre Tour, sponsored by the Penn State Alumni Association, will include performances at the Hershey (Pa.) Lodge (Jan. 4), Washington, D.C. Marriott (Jan. 5), Philadelphia Franklin Institute Science Museum (Jan. 6), Allentown (Pa.) Crowne Plaza (Jan. 7) and Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Woodlands Resort (Jan. 8). The Penn State show involves 16 standout junior and senior students, selected from the Musical Theatre Program in the College of Arts and Architecture. Graham B. Spanier, Penn State’s president and an accomplished magician, will open the show by performing some close-up magic.
Students in the show are: Rachel Barthmaier, State College, Pa.; Justin Buchs, Sunnyvale, Calif.; Melissa Carlile, Glen Carbon, Ill.; Carol Feiger, Lake Hiawatha, N.J.; Addi McDaniel, St. Augustine, Fla.; Rebecca Miller, Long Island, N.Y.; Emily Peterson, St. Louis, Mo.; Lisa Rohinsky, Blakeslee, Pa.; Anthony Romeo, Hawley, Pa.; Steve Schepis, Center Valley, Pa.; Matt Schmidt, Downingtown, Pa.; Kendall Thornburgh, Wexford, Pa.; Casey Tuma, Marlton, N.J.; Tommy Wehry, Rough and Ready, Pa.; and Natalie Weiss, Manalapan, N.J. The Musical Theatre Tour is directed by Cary Libkin, head of the Musical Theatre Program, and choreographed by Michelle Dunleavy, an assistant professor of dance. Mollye Otis, musical theatre accompanist and instructor of music theory, is the musical director.
All tickets for each show must be ordered by Dec. 14. Tickets are free to members of the Penn State Alumni Association and all children under 18, and $20 per person for all others. Tickets for the musical theatre shows also include a pre-show reception with other Penn Staters and President Spanier.
For more information on specific show locations and times, to place ticket orders and make reservations, go to www.alumni.psu.edu/events or phone 800-548-LION, option 4.