UMC students to perform ‘Generation Grunge’

WILLIAMSPORT — On March 8, 9 and 10, Williamsport’s Community Theatre League stage at 100 W. Third St. will come alive with the grunge rock sound of the ’90s as the Uptown Music Collective presents its third major performance of the season, “UMC Unplugged: Generation Grunge.”

In this primarily unplugged performance, the students of the Uptown Music Collective will pay tribute to ’90s rock icons Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and more, during what will undoubtedly be a sold-out four-show run.

The rock of the 1990s saw a backlash against the excesses of the music of previous decades. Bands of the era began stripping the music back down to its essentials and focusing their songwriting in new and interesting directions. The first wave of this new sound surged out of the Seattle, Washington area, spearheaded by the “grunge rock” sound.

The shows will be at 7:30 p.m. all three days, along with a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday.

“Performing music in the theater at the Community Theater League is an intimate experience, that allows our students and their audience to connect on a much deeper level,” said UMC executive director and founder Dave Brumbaugh. “For the audience, it’s an up-close and personal look at some of our best performers in a stripped-down environment, where their talent and passion for music will clearly shine through the minimal production, as they rip into the passionate and powerful music of the 1990s.”

“UMC Unplugged: Generation Grunge” will feature Collective students who have been diligently preparing for this event for more than two months. Along with the live music, there will be a professional-grade light and sound show organized by the students themselves. As with all Uptown Music Collective performances, the students are not only the performers but also direct the show, and a group of younger students will serve as stage technicians.

This show is being produced by Collective senior Nate Schreffler of Sullivan County, and directed by Collective seniors David Chubirka of the Montoursville area and Enso Tran of the Williamsport area. Cade Palmatier of the Jersey Shore area is on the leadership committee.

This show is sponsored in part by M&T Bank and The Gaetano Family. Additional sponsors include State Farm Agent Kellen Moore, The Lockard Agency, FASTSIGNS, and The Hartman Group.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students and are available at the Community Theatre League box office, by calling 570-327-1777 or visiting www.ctlshows.com. For other details about the show, visit uptownmusic.org or call 570-329-0888.

Also, check out the Collective’s official Facebook page, as well as other Collective social media outlets for teasers, previews, behind the scenes information, and more from the performance.

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