ACT presents Broadway hit
Altoona Community Theatre will finish its 2012-2013 season in the Mishler Theatre with the musical "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum." Performances will be at 8 p.m. May 2, 3 and 4 and at 2 p.m. May 5.
Written by Larry Gelbart and Burt Shelove, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, "A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum" is a Roman romp about a wily slave named Pseudolous who pulls out every trick he knows to help his young master win the heart of a beautiful but simple-minded courtesan in exchange for the one thing he desires most his freedom.
Tickets are $23 for adults and $18 for students. Tickets are available at the Mishler box office from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays, by calling 944-9434 or online at www.altoonacommunitytheatre.com.
ACT also is hosting a Red Hat Ladies Brunch before the Sunday matinee. For more information, contact the ACT Administrative Office at 943-4357.
Guest pianist scheduled
HUNTINGDON - The Juniata College Wind Symphony will feature a Huntingdon native as guest pianist and debut a new Juniata College and community music ensemble at its spring concert at 3 p.m. April 27 in Rosenberger Auditorium on the Juniata campus.
Joining the ensemble will be Robert Swan, a 1964 graduate of Huntingdon Area High School and a renowned instrumental soloist for the International Baldwin Artist Roster. Swan will play "Piano Concerto in A Minor," by Edvard Grieg.
As a piano soloist, Swan has performed with major orchestras and given solo performances at Lincoln Center in New York City and the White House. He is an adjunct professor of music at Seattle Pacific University and at Music Works Northwest, in Bellevue, Wash.
After intermission, the college musicians will display their talents in a new ensemble, the Raystown Wind Orchestra.
Tickets for the concert are $5 for adults. Juniata students with ID and children under age 18 are admitted free.
Glee Club to perform
UNIVERSITY PARK - The Penn State Glee Club, directed by Christopher Kiver, will perform a mix of music ranging from works by the Beatles to Benjamin Britten at its annual Blue and White Concert at 8 p.m. Saturday in Schwab Auditorium.
The program features a rollicking setting of "Saltarelle" by Camille Saint-Saens and a gorgeous arrangement of the African-American spiritual "Balm in Gilead." The always-popular Hi-Lo's perform energetic pop arrangements, while the concert concludes with rousing renditions of Penn State songs.
Each general admission ticket is $12 for an adult and $4 for a student. Buy tickets before the day of the concert to save 40 percent.
The school's oldest student organization, which includes 80 singers, tours throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble performs choral literature from the Renaissance to the 21st century.
Juniata gets into 'Noir'
HUNTINGDON - "Noir, Noir, Noir," the latest production from the Juniata College Theatre Department, is loosely adapted from "Kiss Me Deadly," a Mickey Spillane novel and later a classic film noir movie. Inspired by the film's portrait of a world living in fear of mob control and nuclear destruction, this production will focus on Americans' current societal fear of classified information leaks, drone targeting and other phobias.
Directed and created by Stephanie Skura, a member of Juniata's Gravity Partners, the college's professional theater faculty, "Noir, Noir Noir," will be staged at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Suzanne von Liebig Theatre on the Juniata Campus.
Admission for this performance is free and open to the public, but audience seating is limited. Tickets can be reserved online. Tickets that are reserved online will be held at the door.
The Eagles touring again
PITTSBURGH - The Eagles will bring their "History of the Eagles" tour to the CONSOL Energy Center at 8 p.m. July 23.
The Eagles - Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit - will perform classics spanning their career. Hits from band members' solo catalogs will also be featured during the evening.
Tickets for the show range in price from $50 to $225 and can be purchased online atticketmaster.com, at any Ticketmaster outlet or charge-by-phone at 800-745-3000.