FRIDAY, DEC. 20, 2013
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Loretta Apshago, left, and Frannie Tkach, both of New Philadelphia
John Henry and Kim Schroeder, Barnesville For more photos from the show, see Page 5
For a review of “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, see Page 3
Showtime at Sovereign See Page 2
Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center Inc. to present annual Broadway Christmas show BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDITOR
oungsters will spread holiday cheer through song this weekend at the Sovereign Majestic Theater, Pottsville. The Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center Inc. will present its annual “A Broadway Christmas” on Saturday at 209 N. Centre St. The show will begin at 6 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and will be available at the door. The show will feature about 40 performers ranging in age from 5 to 21 performing Broadway classics and holiday favorites. Participants are split into four groups — children, junior, senior and Pottsville GTC’s performance squad Spotlight Kidz. Also, several college students will be singing during the show. Sandy Kost-Sterner is serving as director, while Kate Zimmerman is music instructor and Lucy Murray is the choreographer. “Audiences will be delighted as they are entertained this holiday season by some of the area’s most talented singers. ‘A Broadway Christmas’ will feature Christmas songs from various Broadway shows as well as some favorite traditional holiday 2
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What: “A Broadway Christmas,” presented by Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center Inc. When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Sovereign Majestic Theater, Pottsville Cost: $15
songs. This is a great way to get in the holiday spirit with this annual show hosted by the Pottsville Gymnastics & Theatrical Center Inc.,” KostSterner said. Songs scheduled to be performed come from Broadway shows such as “Elf,” “White Christmas,” “The Sound of Music,” “Meet Me in St. Louis” and “ A Christmas Carol.” Holiday classics planned for the show include “Oh, Holy Night” and “The First Noel.” In addition to the ensembles, Kost-Sterner said many solo performances are scheduled. Soloists include Kylee Clark, Makenna Copeland, Jade Richards-McDonough, Kieffer Quandel, Gabrielle Quandel, Celena Granito, McKenna Becker, Morgan Flick, Reiley Lonergan, Tyler Pangonis, Cassidy Conroy, Katrina Calvin, Nicolai Kabana and Kayla Sabol. “A Broadway Christmas” is the sixth show Pottsville GTC has presented at the Sovereign Majestic Theater this year. The other shows were “Let’s Go to the Movies,” “Lil’ Bits of Broadway,”
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“A Broadway Christmas,” presented by Pottsville Gymnastics & Theaterical Center Inc., will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sovereign Majestic Theater, Pottsville. Members of the cast include, from left, Christopher Hobbs, Caroline Hobbs, Rylee Denion, Kali Grochowsky, Taylor Fitzpatrick and Bo McDonald. Gavin Stone, top, is also a member of the cast. “The Diary of Anne Frank,” “Magical Memories: A Tribute to the Magic of Disney” and the group’s first musical play, “Annie Kidz.” “We are very proud of what we accomplished this year in bringing quality shows to the area and exposing the area to the magic of music and theater. We are happy to be closing out the 2013 season with a great holi-
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day show and are looking forward to a wonderful 2014 season,” Kost-Sterner said. Auditions for Pottsville GTC’s next show, “Movie Magic,” will be held Jan. 27 and 29 at Sovereign Majestic Theater. They are open to boys and girls ages 5 to college students. The show is scheduled for April 27. In addition, Pottsville
“We are very proud of what we accomplished this year in bringing quality shows to the area and exposing the area to the magic of music and theater...” Sandy Kost-Sterner, “A Broadway Christmas” director GTC plans to do another play, possibly Shakespeare, in the summer and a children’s musical in the fall.
For more ticket information for “A Broadway Christmas,” call the box office at 570-628-4647.
Ron Burgundy takes Manhattan If over the next few days your friends begin exchanging such cryptic phrases as “lace man” and “chicken of the cave,” followed by helpless guffaws, the reason is clear. They’ve seen “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” The follow-up to a classic is tough to pull off. “Anchorman 2” is Will Ferrell’s “Exile on Main Street” or “Physical Graffiti,” a somewhat baggy successor to a gem. It may not leave the same imprint on American culture as its super-quotable predecessor. But it has moments of howling hilarity and the improvisatory spirit that gave Ron Burgundy’s origin story its shaggy, ramshackle charm. Having conquered the San Diego TV news market in the 1970s, then lost it all through hubris the obtuse news reader is recruited to help fill time in a new, 1980s concept: a 24hour news channel. Ferrell, whose grasp on anvil-headed stupidity has never been firmer, rounds up his news team (Steve Carell, Paul Rudd and David Koechner, a formidable band of cut-ups) to take New York by storm. Ron’s path is impeded by the prettier, slicker hairdo anchoring the prime-time slot (James Marsden, who holds his own nicely). He also runs afoul of his sultry African-American boss (Meagan Good). When they meet he can’t stop blurting out the word “black.” When they become an item and he greets her prim and proper family with thug slang, it gets exquisitely uncomfortable. “Anchorman 2” communicates an almost childlike delight in big, silly, naughty jokes. Ferrell, who again shares writing credits with director Adam McKay, salts some savvy satire into the script. Ron accidentally invents
MOVIE REVIEWS every pernicious, substancestrangling trend in today’s ratings-driven TV news ecosystem. The cable news channel is even owned by a greedy, corrupt Australian (Josh Lawson). I wonder who inspired that? The film’s strong suit, however, is its unhinged, anything-for-a-laugh audacity. If somebody thinks there ought to be a 10-minute detour from the central plot to blind Ron and exile him to a remote lighthouse, that happens. Would it be entertaining to see him and his pals tossed about, slo-mo, in a crashing Winnebago full of boiling deep-fry grease, bowling balls and live scorpions? In it goes. I left the theater having laughed a lot, but mildly dissatisfied — mildly! — because of the erratic sketch-comedy pacing and the random nature of often haphazard gags. It’s such a pleasure when scenes actually develop and build upon each other and lead to payoffs down the road, rather than just stacking up as much randomly goofy material as possible. Then again, a classically constructed comedy could never build to the stupendous comic melee that caps the action here, with heaps of bigname cameo players in a gladiatorial battle royal. If I had to choose between tidy construction and belly laughs, wall-towall crazy wins every time. “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues,” a Paramount release, is rated PG-13 for crude and sexual content,
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friends with a Pachyrhinosaurus, “Patchi,” voiced by Justin Long. We follow the baby Patchi out of the nest, through a few near death experiences and into adulthood as he migrates south with his herd, tries to stick to his bigger, tougher brother Scowler (Skylar Stone) and catch the eye of the fetching Juniper (Tiya Sircar). They endure attacks by TRex like Troodons, Gorgosauruses and flying Pterosaurs, injuries and the threat of a forest fire. Co-director Barry Cook came from animation (“Mulan”), and partnered up with BBC nature film vet Neil Nightingale (he produced “Meerkats: The Movie”). And while the tale they
tell (the “Happy Feet” scribe wrote it) has dull patches that may try an adult’s patience, the animation is astonishingly real and the approach is just smart enough to keep your interest. The story they package all this in might be too childish for anybody over 12, but the research behind it and effort to pass that knowledge on to young dinosaur fans make “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D” as at home in the classroom as it is in theaters. But again, let’s keep that between us. No reason the kids need to know it might be good for them. “Walking With Dinosaurs 3D,” a Fox release is rated PG for creature action and peril, and mild rude humor. Running time: 86 minutes. ★★½
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BENEFIT CONCERT — 7 p.m., Living Waters Church of God, 155 S. Balliet St., Frackville. Proceeds go to help typhoon victims in the Philippines. Freewill offering accepted, nonperishable food items, summer clothes and blankets. Call 570-874-1585. CHRISTMAS COOKIE AND DESSERT BREAD SALE — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., today and Saturday, Chizmar’s Styling, Saint Clair. Beneﬁts St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, Lake Harmony. Call 570-429-0303. COFFEEHOUSE — 7 p.m., Gods Mountain Activity Center, Union and Cadbury streets, Palo Alto. Christmas music by Diaspora. Free. CONCERT — Presented by Twelve-Twenty Four band, a Trans-Siberian experience, 7 p.m., Pine Grove Area High School auditorium, 101 School St., Pine Grove. Cost $20. FOOD PANTRY — Hosted by New Life in Christ Ministries, 3:30 to 5 p.m., 217219 Market St., Cumbola. To qualify for food pantry you must have a PA state-issued
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LOS ANGELES — “The Bible” was a hit for History this year, so it only makes sense that more would be coming. On Tuesday, NBC announced the sequel — “A.D.”— is making the leap from cable to broadcast. It will air on NBC sometime in the spring of 2015. The 12-hour miniseries, executive produced by “The Apprentice” creator Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Richard Bedser, is expected to take up the story of the New Testament after the crucifixion of Jesus. “The Bible” premiered its 10-episode run in March and grabbed 13.1 million viewers. The series averaged 13.2 million viewers per episode when live-plus-7 figures are factored in. The series was the third most-watched cable series or miniseries of the year.
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North Pole Naughtiness Vintage Theater presents adult comedy ‘The Eight: Reindeer Monologues’ BY CAITLIN HEANEY STAFF WRITER
Most Christmas stories burst with mistletoe, elves, carols and cheer. Generally, they steer clear of scandals at the North Pole. Not this one. Today and Saturday, Scranton’s Vintage Theater, 326 Spruce St., will present “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues,” a dark comedy for adult audiences set in the days before Christmas. Doors open at 7 p.m., and local band the Push will perform prior to the show. Director Kimmie Leff described the play, written by Jeff Goode, as an atypical Christmas story. When one of the reindeer brings about an accusation of sexual harassment against Santa Claus, she said, “you don’t know if the reindeer are going to unite and have the
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Christmas run on Christmas monologue the most, noting Eve or what’s going to hap- it probably is the most pen.” uncomfortable of the eight.
Reindeer games All of the reindeer share their perspective on the situation in monologues and rang e from what Lef f described as Santa supporters to those who have their own agendas. “For Donner, it brings up a pain for him that he’s tried to push into the past,” she said. “It makes a lot of statements, and it’s just absurd in the process.” Leff has enjoyed seeing the cast of five women and three men enjoy the script as much as she has. The cast members have done research about their reindeer, she added, and she loves something about each of their interpretations of the monologues. In terms of the story, though, Leff enjoys Donner’s
Donner’s story “You want to hate him and be like, ‘How could you have done that?’ ” she said. “But when you kind of hear his story, it’s almost like you could sympathize.” Leff fell in love with the play after coming across it several years ago. It “definitely paints a different picture about Christmas and ... how we have traditionally thought of the North Pole,” she said. “It’s just a diversion from the normal kind of fluffy, happy holiday stuff,” she said. “It’s kind of like it’s good for the person who’s not into Christmas. If you’re having a hard time with the JASON RIEDMILLER/SPECIAL PHOTO Christmas spirit, it’s kind of a different perspective to give Starring in “The Eight: Reindeer Monologues” at the Vintage Theater this weekend are, from left, Jeff Boam, Erin Healey, Chantal Mitchell and Casey Thomas. you, and it’s just fun.”
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Uncle Sam loves $1,200 jackpots
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