Troupe celebrates with SAMA exhibit

P&J Productions, a local theater company, is celebrating its first decade this year, and fans can take a trip through past shows at Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Altoona this week.

SAMA-Altoona is featuring artwork and posters that chroncle past P&J productions, including a collection of original artwork by local painter Joe Servello, said Barbara Hollander, the gallery’s coordinator.

Neil Port, co-founder of P&J Productions, said there are about 10 paintings by Servello that come from different shows that the artist enjoyed.

“We thought that was worthy of people seeing,” Port said, “his artistic work based on our artistic work.”

The exhibit also features posters from a number of P&J shows – the group has done close to 25 over the past 10 years, Port said – and the letters “P” and “J,” which were featured in the company’s recent production of “Mary Poppins” during the famous musical number “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”

Hollander said the exhibit is a great example of people from the community doing great things.

“I think it’s a great show because it’s taking place in Blair County,” she said. “So it’s done by us and being seen by us.”

The exhibit will be the focal point of SAMA-Altoona’s upcoming Wicked Wednesday program, which will be held next week.

The event, which costs $25 to attend, features a light meal and drinks along with music. Reserve a spot by calling SAMA-Altoona at 944-4464.

Hollander said that members of P&J Productions will be on hand Wednesday night to perform some selections from past shows for the attendees.

She added that P&J’s shows are consistently high-quality.

“I think the productions are as good as you could see anywhere,” she said.

Some of Servello’s paintings will also be available for purchase, she said.

Though the exhibit is set to be taken down shortly after Wicked Wednesday ends, Hollander said she’s taken a liking to it.

“I may leave it up a bit longer because it’s so nice,” she said.

Port said P&J’s next anniversary event is a show at the Mishler Theatre that will chronicle the past decade of music and performance. It should be a treat for people who’ve followed along with the group over the years, he said.

“I think a lot of people who like P&J would like to come and reflect about the shows and the movie we made,” Port said.

More information about the 10th

anniversary show is available on P&J Productions’ Facebook page.

Mirror Staff Writer Paige Minemyer 946-7466.