Old Academy Players Presents THE 2015 HOLIDAY SHOW!

by Patricia Bradford

Kick start the Holidays with great singing and dancing at Old Academy Players’ amazing annual HOLIDAY SHOW — one weekend only December 4, 5, & 6, 2015! Director Annie Hnatko, Accompanist Mark Urmson, and Producer Stephen Hnatko have engaged an ensemble of accomplished performers, who will bring joy to your heart and add sparkle to your festive spirit. What a dazzling, fun-filled way to start the Holiday Season!

Old Academy Players presents the musical extravaganza, “From Screen to Stage,” featuring the sensational singing of Melissa Fernandez, Annie Hnatko, Ben Marshal, Brian Padla, Amber Marie Payne, Mark Rohland, Gina Maria Schwoerer, and Paula Urmson. The annual Holiday Show, music to warm the heart and soul with wonderful tunes, great voices and fun, is an unforgettable way to start the Holidays!

Old Academy Players, a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and featured the acting debuts of both Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky.

Show times are Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5 at 8 pm and Sunday, December 6 at 2 pm. Tickets are $15. Old Academy welcomes groups! If you have 15 or more in your party, you can take advantage of group discount pricing. Parking for all performances is free. For information and reservations, call 215-843-1109 or visit the theatre’s website at www.oldacademyplayers.org.

Do you need a gift for a special friend? Consider giving tickets to one or more of Old Academy Players upcoming 2016 productions.

The 2013 Tony Award Winner for best play is VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE by Christopher Durang. Running January 8 – 24, 2016 and directed by Jane Jennings, it is set in Pennsylvania’s own Bucks County and mixes a feuding family, a costume ball, and a hint of voodoo.

A 2008 Tony Award Nominee, THE SEAFARER by Conor McPherson is directed by Christopher Wunder. It is a chilling black comedy about the sea, Ireland and a mysterious stranger. OAPs 500th production runs March 4 – 20, 2016.

The 1967 Tony Award winning musical YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner is based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in his comic strip Peanuts. Directed by Annie Hnatko, this fast-paced, light-hearted musical is guaranteed to please all audiences and runs April 22 – May 8, 2016.

The 1963 Tony Award Winner and the NY Drama Critics’ Award Winner, WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? by Edward Albee, is a brutally hilarious, harrowing and emotionally searing, modern masterpiece. Directed by Old Academy President Nancy Frick, this ground breaking play wrings out every human emotion and runs June 10 – 26, 2016. Note: the curtain rises at the earlier start time of 7:30 pm for evening performances due to the length of the play.

Theater/Organization OLD ACADEMY PLAYERS
Theater/Organization Website: http://www.oldacademyplayers.org/

Theater/Organization Address: 3544 Indian Queen Lane Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129 (Map It)
Theater/Organization Phone: (215) 843-1109

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