Millbrook announces 2016-17 youth ensemble

PHOTO PROVIDED This recent photo shows the Millbrook Playhouse 2016-17 Youth Ensemble.

MILL HALL — Millbrook Playhouse has a 2016-17 Millbrook Playhouse Youth Ensemble, and it is working on a holiday show.

“After a very successful inaugural season we are thrilled to announce that we are continuing the program,” said Producing Artistic Director David E. Leidholdt. “The group has almost doubled in size, growing from 17 members to over 30 members for Season 2.”

This audition-based program is designed to inspire, nurture and support young performers who have shown a dedication to the theatre. The members of this talented young artists ensemble are derived from Millbrook Playhouse’s main stage season and summer educational programs, and range in age from 7 to 18.

“They will be working together to create a professional theatre experience, and each ensemble member must strive to better themselves as an artist and become a catalyst for positive change in their communities,” said Matt Spencer, artistic associate and education director.

The 2016-17 Youth Ensemble includes Briana Bottorf (Lock Haven), Claire Bowman (Mill Hall), Emily Chapman (Mill Hall), Hannah Cole (Lock Haven), Maia Crowell (Lock Haven), Garrett Cunningham (Woolrich), Kendall Eichenlaub (Lock Haven), Malea Embick (Lock Haven), Sydney Glossner (Beech Creek), Abby Greevy (Jersey Shore), Izyah Gerlach (Lock Haven), Olivia Hanna (Lock Haven), Dane Hanna (Lock Haven), Aimee Hunsinger (Mill Hall), Joshua Lavallee (Loganton), Shannon Long (Mill Hall), Kenetcha Long (Lock Haven), Tara Mader (McElhattan), Madi Meeker (Woolrich), Olivia Miller (Lock Haven), Trinity Miller (Lock Haven), Elizabeth Nestor (Lock Haven), Sydney Neff (Lock Haven), Katie Owens (Loganton), Allison Pancyszyn (Jersey Shore), Troy Prebble (Hyner), Lydia Parker (Mill Hall), Ivy Patterson (Beech Creek), Elizabeth Shaffer (Jersey Shore), Elaina Shaffer (Jersey Shore), Megan Spencer (Lock Haven),  Daisy Samples (Lock Haven), and Mackenzie Toner (Loganton).

The ensemble’s holiday production is “Elf the Musical, Jr.” Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, “Elf Jr.” features songs by Tony Award-nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

It tells the story of Buddy, a young would-be elf who is raised unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Buddy embarks on a journey .to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. The show is good for all ages.

“Elf the Musical, Jr.” will be performed Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. in Sloan Fine Arts Center on the Lock Haven University campus.

Spencer will direct and choreograph the production with musical direction by Sheila Carroll.

For tickets and information about the family package, visit or call 570-748-8083 (leave a message).