On Centre: Around Philipsburg | Performing arts group looking for space to expand

September 4, 2013 

Front and Centre Productions is experiencing growing pains.

Just four years old, the Moshannon Valley performing arts nonprofit has an enviable problem. Its popularity among local enthusiasts, especially youth, has led to adding more performance opportunities, more interest in activities, and more people participating.

The downside? More stuff to do, more things to store, and more space needed for it all.

The group is looking to expand to a real location, not just occupying space in the home of organizers Jennifer and Steve Switala. They have a goal: the Jack Weaver Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. Now they just need to find the place to hang that shingle, and the money to make it happen. The group’s first major capital fundraising drive is being conducted, with a goal of raising $25,000 to see the dream become reality.

Donations are being accepted through group’s website, www.frontandcentre.org.

But fundraising isn’t the only activity Front and Centre is planning. The fall and winter is promising to be a busy one.

On Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Morrisdale, there will be auditions for a new show choir. (Think “Glee,” but less melodrama.) Only 16 parts are open, four each in soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Two children’s choirs, one auditioned and one open enrollment, are being planned. And then there is “The Christmas Post,” an all-ages holiday musical production. Auditions for those events have not been scheduled yet.

Just this week, FAC announced the summer productions for 2014. Younger kids will perform Disney’s “Mulan Jr.” in June, with an older youth production of “West Side Story” in July.

Lori Falce writes weekly about the Rush Township/Philipsburg area. Send comments to lorifalce@gmail.com.

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