Singing Onstage becomes educational arm of Fuse Productions

Kids participate in Singing Onstage Studios’ Camp Hamilton in July 2016. The musical theater training program will become the education division of Fuse Productions.
Kids participate in Singing Onstage Studios’ Camp Hamilton in July 2016. The musical theater training program will become the education division of Fuse Productions. Centre Daily Times, file

Local theater group Fuse Productions has added Singing Onstage Studios as its educational division, the organizations recently announced.

Singing Onstage Studios, a Centre County musical theater training program, is led by Heidi and Richard Biever. The co-directors said in statement that the merger will provide students another outlet to perform.

“Heidi and I are excited about this new development,” Richard Biever, who also serves as the producing artistic director of Fuse Productions, said in a statement. “Although the mission of Fuse itself is educational — bringing together local talent, Penn State students and faculty and professionals from NYC — many current and former Singing Onstage students have been featured in Fuse’s productions over the years.”

According to a Fuse release, scholarship pledges for Singing Onstage students now can be made through Friends of Fuse, the organization’s nonprofit fundraising wing.

Both Fuse and Singing Onstage are based in State College.

Juniata College bookstore reopens under new name, management

Two Huntingdon business owners and Juniata College have agreed to a deal involving the college’s bookstore at Ellis Hall.

Jeff and Staci Shuck, owners of Grove’s Office Supplies in Huntingdon, have taken over the lease for the space and have renamed it “Headwaters at Juniata College” in honor of a painting by 19th-century American artist Thomas Cole. The bookstore reopened under the new name on Thursday.

The store carries official Juniata College memorabilia, sportswear, souvenirs, gifts, refreshments and more.

“One of our goals as owners of a local business is to serve, promote and support the local community and local industry,” Staci Shuck said in a statement. “The Juniata College community and the many visitors to campus and the Huntingdon community have supported Grove’s. We are so excited to partner with Juniata to continue to provide products and services that bring campus, community and others together while appreciating all the area and region have to offer.”

The college also announced a partnership with Akademos Inc., an online bookstore provider. The platform will allow for students to shop for books and course materials from their laptop or mobile device. Orders will be distributed from the Headwaters retail store.

“We are confident that transitioning to a personalized, school-sanctioned virtual bookstore with a marketplace that offers students more competitive pricing on course materials is the right decision for Juniata,” Juniata College President James Troha said in a statement. “Partnering with Akademos closely aligns with our strategic plan.”

Advertising club hosts third awards ceremony, announces free rebrand selection

Centre County advertising club [CP]2 hosted its third annual Bracket Awards on May 13 at the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center in State College, presenting gold and silver awards to 14 organizations.

AccuWeather took home the “Best in Show” award.

“The 2017 Bracket Awards are a celebration of the very best advertising, design and marketing work created right here in Central Pennsylvania,” [CP]2 President Mark D. Dello Stritto said in a statement. “This year, there was fantastic art direction and design, copywriting, web development, video production and illustration.”

The club also announced Taproot Kitchen as the recipient of its Brand[Aid] makeover. The initiative selects a local nonprofit to provide a free marketing refresh of its materials and website.

For the Bracket Awards, [CP]2 accepted more than 100 entries and presented 47 awards from marketing and design professionals in the area.

Winners included AccuWeather, Andy Heckathorne, Bienvenido Concepcion, Christian Baum, Fuse Productions, Impressions WHQ, Loaded Creative, MoJo Active, Penn State Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness, Penn State University Press, Rowland Creative, Snavely Associates, State College Magazine and Town & Gown.